America Under Fire

When Police arrived they saw a dead black kid

a white guy who killed him claiming self-defense

….and that was all they wanted to see

On February 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member’s home from a convenience store where he had just bought Skittles and an Ice Tea. He was on the phone with a friend when he told her there was someone watching him.

17-year-old Trevon Martin had only Skittles and an Ice Tea when he was gunned down by Zimmerman

That someone was George Zimmerman, an overly paranoid member of the Neighborhood Watch, who neighbor has complained to police was overly violent. Zimmerman, who had a history of calling police for things as minor as open garage doors, began to hunt down Martin, eventually cornering and killing him as the boy cried out into the night for help.

When police arrived at the scene of Martin’s murder, the all white officers eagerly accepted the white Zimmerman’s story that he had acted in self-defense. Without so much as a check of his arrest record, Zimmerman was sent home and the case was closed. Or  so they thought. Community outrage forced the Sanford Police to release the 911 tapes of Zimmerman and several residents who called to report a boy being attacked by a man with a gun. Despite these tapes contradicting every single detail of Zimmerman’s account of his confrontation with Martin, the Sanford Police Department has refused to admit their mistake in letting Zimmerman walk away moments after committing cold-blooded murder. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer – saying he’s “a college grad” who took a class in criminal justice.

Please join the Martin’s in  in calling on Norman Wolfinger, Florida’s 18th District State’s Attorney, to investigate my son’s murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.

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