That the Sanford, Florida police department half-heartedly investigated the fatal shooting of this African American teen, is a complete dereliction of duty. It’s a complete disregard for his life.
The shooter, neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, claimed self-defense. The Sanford Florida police department says, they have nothing to disprove his claim, and have not arrested him.
The public and experts believe police have plenty of probable cause for an arrest.
The incident has hit a fever pitch. There is a national outcry for justice. Celebrities and politicians are joining a movement that is sprouting demonstrations in numerous cities. The hoodie has become a symbol of unity for justice.
The hunter has now become the hunted. Now, The New Black Panther Party have a bounty on Zimmeman’s head. They are offering a reward of $10,000 for the capture of George Zimmerman and hopes to raise it to $1 million by next week.
George Zimmerman, who is a white Latino, got to tell his side of the story, the night he shot and killed the 17-year-old teenager.
Trayvon Martin never got his day in court. He was found “guilty” without judge or jury, as he lay dead on the wet lawn of someone’s back yard.
The worst scenario does not justify deadly use of force.
My brother in law, who is a California retired policeman, told me he has imagined the worst possible scenario in an attempt to justify Martin’s shooting, based on the information available.
This ex-policeman concluded there was no justifiable reason for the use of self-defense with deadly force. Martin was not doing anything unlawful when the neighborhood watchman began following him. Martin carried skittles and a can of tea in his hands. He was not armed.
George Zimmerman admits he was following Martin the night of the shooting.
Following is that part of the written 911 call transcript moments before the shooting.
Zimmerman: "He's near the clubhouse right now. Now he's coming towards me. He has his hands in his waistband. He is a black male. Something's wrong with him. Yep. He's coming to check me out. He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is. Send officers over here."
Dispatcher: "Let me know if he does anything else."
Zimmerman: "These a**holes, they always get away. When you come in go straight to the left ... when you pass the clubhouse ..."
Zimmerman: "Go straight in. Oh, s***. He's running ... down towards the other entrance of neighborhood."
Dispatcher: "He's running? Which way is he running?"
Zimmerman: "Down towards the other entrance to the neighborhood."
Dispatcher: "Which entrance is that, that he is running towards?
Zimmerman: "The back entrance." [inaudible]
Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"
Dispatcher: "OK. We don't need you to do that. What's your name?"
Zimmerman: "George. Zimmerman."
Martin tells his girlfriend he’s being followed
At that precise moment, Martin, is on his cell phone with his girlfriend. He tells her he’s being followed and is scared.
"Oh he's right behind me, he's right behind me again," 17-year-old Trayvon Martin tells his girlfriend, Martin family's attorney, Benjamin Crump tells USA Today. Who’s to say that Martin was not the one acting in self-defense against Zimmerman?
The Seminole County grand jury will take up the case on April 10, 2012. Crump says, the Martin family does not trust the Sanford police department in anything they do with the investigation.
Trayvon Martin may yet get his day in court.