Escaping Racism Still Involves Pain

March 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM (childcare and child protection, current news, human life issues, legal issues, political atmosphere, social opinion, web gossip)

This did NOT need to happen!  This young man DID NOT deserve to DIE!  It is very difficult to get beyond the sensations, the mixtures of sadness, rage, and disgust, when contemplating what occurred.  It is hard not to point fingers, not to call out people with judgments and opinions, after initial reviews of the situation.

All of this happened on the evening of February 26, within the metropolitan area of Sanford, Florida.  A seventeen year-old young man named Treyvon Martin had gone to a neighborhood convenient store.  Treyvon left the store after buying a bag of Skittles, and a can of iced tea.

As Treyvon walked home, a man named George Zimmerman was watching him.  Zimmerman is the self-designated neighborhood watch leader of the Miami Gardens area, within Sanford, Florida.  Records report that Zimmerman made a call to 9-1-1, reporting that a suspicious character was within the neighborhood, and that he was disturbed because of recent break-ins that had occurred, recently.  Zimmerman reported to the telephone dispatcher that the person could have been on drugs, and that he was “up to no good”!

Zimmerman continued with commentary to the 9-1-1 dispatcher.  He described the character as wearing sweatpants and a hooded top, along with possibly carrying something by hand.  After describing what he saw to the 9-1-1 operator, Zimmerman saw the young man run off, and he opted to follow the boy.

Zimmerman took on his role as neighborhood watchman, leaving his home to confront whom he had sized-up as a neighborhood violator.  The 9-1-1 dispatcher told him not to leave his home, likely for his own safety, and suggesting that police would be to the area, soon.  Yet, Zimmerman did leave his home, and what happened next was recorded by 9-1-1 operators.

A few calls were made to the emergency dispatch station, where reports were made of someone having been shot.  A report to 9-1-1 told of two men wrestling on a backyard porch, as one of the men cried for help.  The caller to 9-1-1 told the dispatcher that one of the men had been shot, and that he appeared to be dead!

Several other calls were made, and they told of a teen male who was walking a dog when he was approached by an armed assailant.  One caller stated that screams for help could be heard just before the explosion of a gunshot, followed by a still silence.  Another call told of wrestling that seemed to be happening before a gunshot went off, followed by an extended, mute moment.  The callers did express that Treyvon Martin had died!

Zimmerman remained at the scene, holding a flashlight, and admitting to having shot Treyvon Martin.  When police arrived to assess the situation, they did not arrest Zimmerman, allegedly due to his having “a squeaky-clean record”!  However, records show that he was arrested during 2005 for resisting arrest, for actions of violence, and for battery of a law-enforcement officer!

Benjamin Crump, and attorney for the Martin family, has reported that legal officials are reviewing the details of what occurred that evening.  Their assessments will decide as to whether or not Zimmerman will be arrested, and if any charges will be filed against him.  Crump believes that what happened now has been placed within a cover-up situation, and that The Sanford Police Department needs to have a thorough overhaul!

Prior complaints had been made about George Zimmerman.  He has been cited by his neighborhood homeowners’ association for inappropriate approaches onto residents, and using tactics that exceed his designation as the neighborhood watchman.  Suggestions have arisen that Zimmerman has used his position, self-assigned, or otherwise, to make false claims against African-Americans, an issue that has expanded to the level of treatment upon African-Americans by The Sanford Police Department.

Treyvon Martin



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