A year has passed since Trayvon Martin, a young African American high school male, was attacked and murdered while walking home from the store on a rainy night in a gated Florida community. For most people, this story has not rested in their minds; but some others have completely forgotten.
On February 26, 2012, Martin was targeted and reported for suspicious behavior by George Zimmerman. Though he was unarmed and carried only a bag of skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea, he was viewed as a sinister intrusion. He was wearing a hoodie to shield himself from the rainfall.
For some reason, Zimmerman, a Hispanic member of the community and neighborhood watch, found it necessary to pursue the young man who didn’t pose a threat, as he simply talked with his girlfriend via cellphone on the way back home.
Zimmerman proceeded to call 911, during which time the dispatcher clearly stated that they did not need for him to follow Martin. Moments later, after the call ended, a neighbor phoned into the police station to report an altercation between two men.
In the recording of the phone call, cries for help can be heard in the background. After professional examination, it has been determined the voice in the background was Trayon Martin pleading for his life followed by the gun shot that would kill him.
Zimmerman allegedly has a history of reporting disturbances of black males and is on record saying “these assholes, they always get away.”
Zimmerman remains free awaiting a June 10,2013 trial date, facing second degree murder charges. He is protected by the ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law in Florida that states that it is fine to use force when a reasonable threat presents itself. He will try to prove that his murder was justified.