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Originally posted by TKDRL
Why are so many people so emotionally invested in this case?
The young man under that police tarp in the picture is Trayvon Martin. He was laying there with a bullet in the middle of his heart because someone decided to ignore an official warning and pursue him in a place that he had every right to be in.
And now, sadly, that man is free.
Of course we are hearing from his attorneys that he shouldn't have been arrested in the first place. They claim that the only reason he was arrested is because he was white and the young victim was black.
That, of course, is preposterous.
Imagine for a minute that another African American male had shot Trayvon Martin. Do you really think that he would not have been immediately hand cuffed and arrested when the police came on the scene? Do you think that he would have been allowed to just walk into the police station and shoot the breeze with police officers like George Zimmerman did? Do you think the crime scene would have been compromised and the police department would have refused to arrest him as was the case with George Zimmerman?
When we first learned of the death of Trayvon Martin and the circumstances surrounding it, we were shocked and appalled to learn that there had not been at least an arrest in the case.
Claim: Photographs document 17-year-old shooting victim Trayvon Martin was a muscular, 6'2" man.
The kicker? The photo on the right was of a different Trayvon Martin. One that was still alive and in no way related to the deceased.
The medical examiner's report on the death of Trayvon Martin indicated that the deceased was actually 5'11" and weighed 158 lbs., and he had two tattoos, none of which was on his face, neck, or the back of his hands (one was on his right arm and the other on his left wrist).
As far as we know the following is the last pre-mortem photograph of Trayvon Martin (shown standing on the far right), a picture taken as he posed with family members gathered for his mother's birthday nine days before he was shot and killed:
Congratulations Mr. Zimmerman, you are a free man.
You can no longer be tried for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
You can start the rest of YOUR life now.
Find a good agent and accountant because things could get interesting for you from here on out.
There will be book deals, movie scripts, speaking tours, and no doubt a guest hosting spot on FOX news.
Blacks are understandably outraged, but it’s not surprising that a jury of mostly white Floridians decided to set him free. To them, Trayvon Martin is not like their children; his life was deemed less valuable. As a young African American male he fits into a stereotype that was placed firmly in their minds years ago. It’s unavoidable when you live in America. Besides, the thinking goes, aren’t thousands of young African American males murdered and senselessly killed every year by other young African American men?
To the jurors and some people in America, George Zimmerman’s actions on that rainy winter night was justifiable. They would have done the same thing. It was a jury of his peers. It was not a jury of Trayvon Martin’s peers.
People will argue that the prosecution did a poor job, and that their hearts were never in it. While I agree that they could have done a better job, it didn’t really matter how well they prosecuted their case; they were fighting an uphill battle from the very start.
Racism Comes Home: The Howard Beach Case
On Dec. 20, 1986, racial tension in Howard Beach exploded into headlines when a gang of white youths brutally beat three black men who had stumbled into the neighborhood, chasing one of the three to his death when he was hit by a car crossing the Shore Parkway.
The case immediately went nartional,and
dominated the news in New York City.
The three black men — Cedric Sandiford, 36, Timothy Grimes, 20, and Michael Griffith, 23 — were driving through the almost entirely white community of Howard Beach when their car broke down.
Finding themselves stuck in the neighborhood, they were first confronted by some white passersby who shouted racial epithets and warned them to leave their turf. But they were stuck and they were hungry, so they decided to eat at a local pizza parlor. When they walked outside, a gang of more than 10 whites were waiting for them – with baseball bats.