Criminal Law Class
Trayvon Martin vs.George Zimmerman
The neighborhood watch
Martin, 17 year old, was shot dead in Sanford, Florida, on 26 February by a neighborhood watch George Zimmerman, Sanford PD decided not to arrest Zimmerman at the time. The Sanford PD declined to arrest Zimmerman after the shooting, because the PD did not found any evidence to contradict his account that he acted in self-defense. In Florida's the self-defense law gives a leeway to use deadly force and eliminates a person's duty to retreat in the face of danger.
I read the report that Ofc. T.Smith had written and this is what I go out of it. Ofc. T.Smith was the first one to get to the scene, he stated via his radio that he was arriving to the area and also stated there was one subject shot and one gun at point. Upon arrival Ofc. T.Smith had a white male in custody who was later identified as George Zimmerman who was also the original caller in reference to the suspicious person walking through the neighborhood. After Zimmerman was put into custody Ofc. T.Smith and Sgt. Raimondo tried to give Martin CPR but it wasn't successful. Ofc. T.Smith started questioning Zimmerman and he had told the Ofc. That he had been the one who had called the police and he is still armed.
Zimmerman complained with all the verbal commands Ofc. T.Smith had asked him. While Ofc. T.Smith was in a close contact with Zimmerman he saw that Zimmerman had blood coming out of his nose and back of its head and had grass all over him. SFD had given Zimmerman medical attention. After that he was taken to SPD. At no point Ofc. T.Smith had asked Zimmerman what had happen.
By reading the report that Ofc. T.Smith was given its hard to make a decision who was right or wrong in this situation. By reading some articles online I feel that Zimmerman did the wrong decision by shooting Martin. If he was the neighborhood watch guy by him calling the cops...