Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Trayvon Martin Case: 10 Things You Need To Know

Three weeks ago, an unarmed 17yr old, Trayvon Martin was shot in a gated subdivision in Sanford, outside Orlando. He'd been visiting his father after getting suspended from school. Zimmerman, whose family says is Hispanic but whom police have described as white, was not arrested. He claimed self-defense. The 10 things you need to know about the Martin case wthat has fury spreading all over America..

1. This Is Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, Florida. His parents were separated and he lived with his mother, Sybrina Fulton. His father, Tracy Martin, lives in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon is described by his parents as a hero. "At the
age of nine, Trayvon pulled

 his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life," said Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin in a joint statement. "He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic."

2. George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman is a 28-year-old resident of Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy Martin, is also a resident. Zimmerman was a self-appointed neighborhood watchman who had called the Sanford 911 nearly 50 times since January 2011 to report suspicious behavior. He himself has had run-ins with the law, including an arrest in 2005 for assaulting a law enforcement officer (where the mugshot above was taken) and allegations of domestic violence.
(AP / Orange County Jail via Miami Herald)
Trayvon Martin was visiting his father in Sanford, Florida on the evening of February, 26th, 2012. They were watching the NBA All Star game at his father's girlfriend's home when Trayvon decided to go to the local 7-11 and buy some snacks for everyone. Trayvon purchased Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea.

4. The Walk Home

It was a rainy night on February, 26th. Trayvon was wearing a hoodie as he headed back from the 7-11. His path took him by the gated community of Twin Lakes, where George Zimmerman lived.
(Reuters / David Manning)

5. The 911 Call

Zimmerman spots Trayvon and begins following him in his car. Zimmerman calls 911 and is told not to pursue. Zimmerman ignores the dispatcher and gets out of his car to confront Trayvon. In the same phone call, Zimmerman utters something under his breath that some have interpreted as the racial slur "coon." Others claim he is saying "punk." Zimmerman is armed with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun.

6. The Call To His Girlfriend

Trayvon realized he was being followed by Zimmerman while he was on the phone with his girlfriend. “He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man,” said his 16-year-old girlfriend (who, as a minor, has not been identified). “I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run. Trayvon said, ‘What are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the headset just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”

7. A Shot Is Fired

911 is inundated with phone calls from the Twin Lakes neighborhood describing an altercation. In one call, you can hear screams followed by a shot. The screams stop. Trayvon Martin has been killed by a gunshot to the chest. He is only 70 yards from his father's girlfriend's home.
(Getty Images / Gerardo Mora)

8. "Stand Your Ground" Law

Even though Zimmerman confessed to shooting Trayvon, who was unarmed, he has not been charged with any crime. Zimmerman is being shielded by Florida's Stand Your Ground Law, which gives wide latitude to homicide in the name of self-defense. Since Zimmerman claims he felt threatened and was partially bloodied in the altercation, Sanford police claim they have no grounds for an arrest.
(Reuters / Handout)

9. The Federal Government Steps In

Following widespread condemnation of how the Sanford police handled the case, the Justice Department has announced it will launch its own investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin, and a grand jury is being called by authorities in Florida. The Sanford City Commission voted 3-2 that it had no confidence in the Sanford Police Chief.
(Getty Images / Joe Raedle)

10. Rallies And Protests

Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, join a protest called A Million Hoodies March to demand justice for their son's death in New York City. The Million Hoodies March is only one of many rallies that have sprung up around the country calling for further action in what many, including Trayvon's parents, believe is a racially motivated killing.



Anonymous said...

Stand your ground my foot! 1. Police instructed him not to pursue, he did without any actual provocation from this innocent young man who is UNARMED. Apparently, we have us a trigger-happy lunatic who is himself a criminal. And they can't get anything on him? Welcome to 21st century America. Racism is still very much alive. There's need for stricter laws in America if black people were to really reap the fruits of their grand parents 'unpaid labour'

Anonymous said...

typical coons