I will explain the history on this story first for those who don’t know what happen in the beginning. If your educated on this story skip down to paragraph 5 to read my thoughts on the verdict. Trayvon Martin walked into a 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida, grabbing a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea. The hood from his dark gray sweatshirt over his head, he walked up to the counter, reached deep into his pants’ pockets, paid the clerk, and then walked out. His father Tracy had taken his son four hours away from home because neither he or Trayvon Martin’s mother wanted the teen to stay in his hometown where he could enjoy time with his friends, family friend and former football coach Jerome Horton recalled later. That Sunday night, Martin was supposed to be getting a snack and heading back to the Sanford home of his father’s fiancé. It was on that walk back that he encountered George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer
Zimmerman’s voice, meanwhile, comes through on a 911 call he made around that time, telling a dispatcher about “a real suspicious guy. “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining, and he’s just walking around. “The dispatcher asked Zimmerman, who’d called 911 at least four times previously for other incidents, if he was following the person. He replies, “Yes, “OK. We don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher responded. But Zimmerman followed him anyway. Who was yelling? When the 911 calls were later played back for him and he was asked if they were from his son, an emotional Tracy Martin “quietly responded ‘no’.” But an FBI analysis, also detailed on Thursday, said it couldn’t be determined whose voice it was due to the “extreme emotional state” of whoever was yelling, a lack of words from which to compare, overlapping voices and “insufficient voice quality” on the recording.
Numerous witnesses, however, did clearly hear a gunshot. It came from Zimmerman’s black, 9mm semiautomatic hand gun. The bullet went into Martin’s left chest and lodged there. Police headed to the neighborhood after Zimmerman’s initial 911 call, but didn’t arrive until after the fatal shot. They found Martin “face down in the grass.” He had blood on his nose — with one officer saying it appeared “broken,” while noting “swelling” of his face — and, as photographs showed, blood on the back of his head. His back was wet and soiled, as if he’d been in grass. Zimmerman claimed that Martin had attacked him, hitting him in the nose and knocking him back into the pavement. It was only then, in self-defense, that he’d taken out his gun and shot the teen, he said
Police had declined to arrest him that night, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to refute his self-defense claim. But the investigation continued. In a capias request, a request that someone be taken into custody, on March 13, police described what happened as “ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement, or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog (sic) in an effort to dispel each party’s concern. “There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity. “On April 11, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced that Zimmerman was being charged with second-degree murder. He was subsequently arrested and, eventually, released on bail then the trail began and Zimmerman verdict is found not guilty.
How I feel about the unfortunate verdict.
First I would like to say people let’s keep the Martins family in our prayers and lets pray for our communities and our justice system. What bugs me the most about this sad, sad story is Trayvon was minding his own business! Zimmerman was on duty for neighborhood watch and had nothing better to do but notice a African-American boy walking the streets with a hoodie on thinking that he was up to no good. Shake my head! Zimmerman was the one with the gun as he got into a scuffle with Trayvon. Trayvon probably did not understand why the neighborhood watch volunteer is accusing and assuming me of suspicious behavior. I hate to play the race card with my opinion on this story but I’m black and I understand that, if I go outside with a hoodie on as well-mannered, polite and innocent as I am, you better bet Zimmerman would have had it out for me too, shake my head! Trayvon did not have to lose his life because of another man’s suspiciousness, that’s just wrong!
I was trying my best to look at both sides of the story but this could have and should have been avoided. The dispatch team told Zimmerman not to follow him but Zimmerman followed anyway! What does that tell you!? Zimmerman was looking for trouble and he found it. Trayvon lost his life because of it! Zimmerman is GUILTY in my book of justice! God is the real judge and sometimes, well most of the times we just have to leave it in his hands. In the state of Florida Zimmerman was in the guidelines of using a gun in self-defense by law. Because of Florida’s law I said oh man, this is just unfortunate, but it’s NOT! There is clear race involved here due to Zimmerman being so suspicious that led to Trayvon’s death. We have to remember the court put this in the juries hand to make the final decision which raises concern for not just our justice system but our society. I want to hear from you is Zimmerman guilty or innocent?