This petition can’t wait for LOGI: http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-17-year-old-trayvon-martin
Summary: a teenage boy is walking into the gated community where his father lives, carrying a beverage and a bag of Skittles. A security guard calls the police to report a “suspicious” individual. The cops advise him not to get out of his truck or approach the individual in any way, and they’ll be there soon. He gets out, allegedly has a confrontation with the boy, and shoots him to death. Then he claims self-defense, and the cops say that because they can’t prove it wasn’t self-defense, they won’t charge him.
Perhaps it’s relevant to mention that the boy was black, and this was in Florida. The boy, Trayvon Martin, was also unarmed and a really good kid – no record, good in school, the whole nine yards.
Multiple neighbors called 911 to report someone screaming “Help me!” followed by gunshots. That may be the only redeeming part of this story – that the neighbors did the right thing, and in so doing, created evidence.
“This is amazing,” family attorney Natalie Jackson told the media after hearing the tapes on Friday. “The police have been covering up from the start. The most alarming thing was hearing a 17-year-old pleading for his life and someone still pulling the trigger.”
Point of law: I thought it was up to the cops to proffer charges and present evidence to the D.A. If the D.A. had declined to prosecute, that would be bad enough, because there’s no question this man shot this boy. It should go to trial, and let his defense attorney argue self-defense. The reason the police give why they won’t charge him? Because they have to swear out a warrant saying they don’t believe it was self-defense, and they do.
If you can shoot people in in FL and avoid charges by merely claiming self-defense, then let’s all immediately start luring our enemies to FL where we can deal with them properly.
Or is that only if they are young black kids?
Unlike Martin, Zimmerman, the shooter, has a record which seems relevant here:
Zimmerman had been arrested in 2005 in Orange County on charges of resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Also, Zimmerman was not tested for intoxication, as is supposedly standard procedure.
The night of Feb. 26, Zimmerman made a non-emergency call to police before fatally shooting Martin, in which he told a dispatcher, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, on drugs or something.”
But law enforcement expert Rod Wheeler who listened to the tapes tells ABC News that Zimmerman, not Martin, sounded intoxicated in the police recordings of the 911 calls.
“When I listened to the 911 tape the first thing that came to my mind is this guy sounds intoxicated. Notice how he’s slurring his words. We as trained law enforcement officers, we know how to listen for that right away and I think that’s going to be an important element of this entire investigation,” Wheeler said.
The police also claim the voice calling for help in the 911 recordings was Zimmerman, not Martin, as Martin threatened his life so effectively with that bag of Skittles that Zimmerman was left with no choice but to shoot him.