February 26, 2012 marked the day that the innocent minor, Trayvon Martin, was shot to his death in a gated neighborhood in Sanford, Florida. The shooter, George Zimmerman, still has not faced any serious consequence for the murder. Many people in the Sanford community, and even around the country, believe that there is no question that Zimmerman should be convicted and sent to jail, but, unfortunately, it is not up to the people; it is up to the justice system. With the consideration of Florida’s state laws, this is a difficult case to foresee the outcome of George Zimmerman’s conviction and prosecution.
Trayvon Martin’s murder occurred around 7:25 PM of February 26, 2012 on his way home from a convenience store. (CNN Wire staff, 2012) On site, Zimmerman called police to report a suspicious person. The police made a point to tell Zimmerman that following him was no necessary. Record show that, around the time, Martin had been on the phone with his girl friend who heard the beginning of the confrontation. She told reporters that Martin seemed terrified because the man was following him, that he had even asked the man why he was doing so before the conversation abruptly ended. (ABC News, 2012) Zimmerman’s statement claims that Trayvon Martin attacked him, punched him in the face and beat him. (CNN Wire staff, 2012) Neighbors started calling in to report screaming and gunshots; later, audio experts reported to CNN that the cry for help was not Zimmerman, but actually young Trayvon Martin. (CNN Wire staff, 2012) When on the scene, police found Zimmerman with a broken nose and a cut on the back of his head, suggesting that Martin did, in fact, attack Zimmerman. When found dead, unarmed Martin was only carrying a small amount of cash, Skittles, and sweet tea – nothing suggesting that he was looking for any trouble. Weeks later, Police Chief Bill Lee stated that, “Zimmerman was not charged because there are no grounds to disprove his (Zimmerman’s) account of the...
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