Thursday, April 12, 2012

George Zimmerman Arrested!

Finally, George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, has been arrested and charged with murder. What did it take to get to this point? It took the Martin family fighting to get the 911 tapes released to the public. It took bringing in a special prosecutor to examine the case. It took bringing in the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. It took bringing in the FBI. It took public awareness and national outrage over Trayvon’s death and a call for Zimmerman’s arrest. While the Martin family was burying their child, George Zimmerman was free to go home with his murder weapon, with the potential to gun down another innocent victim. And he has been free since February 26th, the day he took Trayvon’s life. 

Zimmerman hunted Trayvon down like an animal. He followed him armed with a gun, while Trayvon was armed with a bag of Skittles and only his hoodie to protect him from the irrational and unprovoked fears of a vigilante, looking for any excuse to attack. Then, after following and killing an innocent boy, he claims to have been the one attacked and shot Trayvon in self-defense. He says he called for help. The screams for help on the 911 tapes were identified to be Trayvon’s. What now Mr. Zimmerman? What defense can there possibly be for your actions? Florida laws need to be changed because of people like you, who use the law for your own agenda. The law was intended to protect victims who are attacked and need to defend themselves. The law was not intended for attackers who kill and then pretend to be victims. The evidence speaks for itself, but it took public cries for justice to get the wheels in motion. The Sanford police may have already closed the case and never investigated. They were prepared to take Zimmerman at his word and believe his story hook, line and sinker. Now they should also be under investigation and scrutinized. Their actions that night and in subsequent days should be reviewed thoroughly. It’s not enough that Zimmerman be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The law enforcement policies and practices of Sanford need to be reviewed. The arrests and actions of their police force need to be examined. Something is going on there and it isn’t right. Who will get to the bottom of it before another young man loses his life because the police force that is supposed to be protecting him, is instead protecting lawless vigilantes? 

Thank God that people spoke up and demanded justice in this case. Zimmerman should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. It will never bring Trayvon back. Trayvon’s parents will never be the same after suffering such a senseless loss. But they can at the very least have some measure of comfort or relief, in knowing that their son’s killer is going to suffer some consequence for his actions. That is the very least they are entitled to now. If I were them, I would have someone do a full investigation into George Zimmerman’s background to see if the authorities have anything on him as far as his propensity for violence. If there are grounds for them to sue the police department for any reason whatsoever, they should do so, and maybe use the money to set up a memorial in their son’s name. Crimes like this should never be forgotten and they should never happen again.

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