Recently, there has been a lot of press about the Sandford, Florida case involving the death of Trayvon Martin. If you haven’t heard, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed but George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman when Trayvon was going back to his father’s girlfriend home after coming from the store. Trayvon’s hoodie made him seem suspicious to Zimmerman because the neighborhood had been having a lot of break-ins. Zimmerman called 9-1-1 and still followed Martin, even after the 9-1-1 operator advised him not to do that.
Zimmerman was armed and he intentionally went after Martin, even though we found out Martin was unarmed. Martin was almost half the size of Zimmerman and Zimmerman claimed that he shot Martin in self-defense. In recent updates, Zimmerman claimed Martin went after the gun. Here’s the thing, wouldn’t Zimmerman have to physically show Martin that he had a gun, meaning he pulled it out again Martin? If I was walking back home and someone kept following me and they had a gun, my defense skills would kick it in. I would have to decide whether or not to run and possibly get shot in the back or reach for the gun before he could shoot me. I would have tried to reach for the gun as well but I highly doubt the Martin could physically overpower Zimmerman.
Other updates in the media are now trying to portray Martin as a bad person because he was suspended from school for supposedly have marijuana on his persons. At the moment, I’m not sure how true that is but that has nothing to do with this case. Trayvon’s murder will continue to go in vain until Zimmerman is arrested and charged. He has not been arrested because of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The law states that a person can use deadly force in self-defense if they believe they are a threat.
I’m not lawyer (yet) but I do know that because of the Sandford Police dept.’s failure to further investigate and to hold Zimmerman in custody until more answers are clear, Zimmerman will always have to look over his shoulder. The police department didn’t thoroughly investigate and took Zimmerman’s word for it like “Ok, he’s using the Stand Your Ground defense, he’s free to go” and that’s not right. Because Zimmerman is still free, he may have to stay in hiding for a long time. I wrote the Sandford Police dept. saying that they should have kept Zimmerman in custody and not taken his word of self-defense as is because the public may take the law into their own hands and that’s no good for anyone.
What really upsets me is people talking bad about other people on social media for spreading the message of this case. Many people have blamed other people for only knowing about this case via social media. Truth be told, many people find out news through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. When the earthquake on the east coast happened not but only a few months ago, everyone on twitter were instantly talking about it. It took the news 30 minutes to write a quick story about it. Don’t be mad at people for spreading the word through social media. Some people don’t even watch the news anymore, sad but true. I do think it’s important to watch the news and find out information for yourself instead of relying solely on social media.
One thing we do know, social media can affect change. We’ve seen it during the Troy Davis case where a wrongfully convicted man was sentenced to death on September 21, 2011. Because we spread Troy’s execution date through social media, the case got so much attention that it briefly halted the execution. I hope, for Trayvon’s case, his offender is properly charged and convicted and does not continue to keep his freedom. Trayvon’s parents need justice and closure.