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Trayvon Martin Shooting and George Zimmerman: Are Reports Too Quick To Judge?

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It’s been just over two weeks since news broke of the case of slain 17 year-old, Trayvon Martin.

At first glance, the evidence on hand was ambiguous at best.  Although the initial national reaction has been shock and outrage, some have george zimmermanbegun to question whether George Zimmerman’s critics have been too quick to judge.
 

But after further investigation of the tangible evidence, the public has reason to raise its eyebrows.  

Several points suggest that Martin’s death wasn’t result of self-defense gone wrong, it was a senseless killing of a young boy by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman.

First, George Zimmerman, a Spanish-speaking 28-year old, is said to have a history of violent and aggressive behavior.  In 2005, he was arrested after a shoving match with a cop.  A month later, he entered into a domestic violence dispute with ex-fiancée Veronica Zauzo; it was settled with a mutual restraining order.

Second, Zimmerman’s defense is that he killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense.  But according to reports, Zimmerman was the one who had been following Martin and therefore would have been the one creating the situation for conflict.  

And, although Zimmerman claims he had incurred injuries from a physical altercation with Martin, there’s been no hard proof of that yet.  Furthermore, can the public really buy that a 28 year old man couldn’t physically defend himself against an unarmed 17-year old boy?  And, say Martin did physically attack Zimmerman, why did he shoot to kill?  Why didn’t he shoot to disable?  Either way, Zimmerman acted beyond the call of “duty.”

Third, after Martin had been killed, there was no further investigation into the events leading up to the incident.  Zimmerman had a filed an ambiguous and incomplete report, while Trayvon Martin was drug tested.  It looks as though law enforcement was looking for more of a reason to villainize Martin, than questioning Zimmerman’s actions.

So now, months after the original incident has taken place, mass protests have taken place throughout the country, on social media networks, in the courtrooms, and right here in D.C. - on behalf of the slain teenager.

Set aside the natural inclination to turn this into an issue of prejudice, the public is outraged because of undue process of the law and justice.  A neighborhood watch captain doesn’t have the authority to take the law into his own hands.  If Zimmerman had been suspicious of Trayvon Martin, he should have called the police as he had 46 times before in other circumstances.  Aside from color, which is not a valid reason to find a person suspicious, what was he doing tracking an unarmed teenager walking the street?

Aside from motive, the public has a right to be outraged because of a glitch in the system that should be protecting young children, not villainizing them, and in this case allowed the senseless killing of a young man.

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Photo of George Zimmerman from AP

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