In late February, George Zimmerman was patrolling the streets of his gate community when we happened to see Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old teenager, walking down the street. Zimmerman though Trayvon was acting suspiciously and called 911. The dispatcher wanted to know what was suspicious about Trayvon and Zimmerman said he was walking and looking around. The dispatcher told Zimmerman the police were being sent, but that he should stay in his car.
Minutes later, Zimmerman had killed Trayvon by putting a 9mm bullet into his chest.
And, right now, Zimmerman has not had any charged filed against him and is driving around in his gated community looking for more Trayvon Martins.
If you haven't hear this story, it is horrific, and has everyone asking, "Why is George Zimmerman allowed to roam free tonight?"
This link has a great run down on the points that need to be considered, but the take away is this:
George Zimmerman is obsessed with his position at a community watch captain and has called 911 over 40 times in the past 14 months to report suspicious things. He was in an SUV following Trayvon and had a gun. Trayvon had been to the local convenience store and was going back to the house of his father's fiance. Trayvon was carrying 1) a bag of Skittles, 2) a cellphone, and 3) a canned beverage. No one knows what made Zimmerman think Trayvon was suspicious, except for possibly two things: Trayvon was African American and was wearing a hoodie.
Subsequent to all of this, the Sanford, FL police department say they don't have cause to arrest Zimmerman, despite the 911 tapes, the eyewitness accounts, and the fact that Zimmerman had been told not to leave his vehicle. The Sanford police are also begging the state and the feds to come in and take over so they can get rid of this mess because pressure is mounting and they don't want to take the heat. They also say they can't do anything because Zimmerman claims it was self defense.
In fact, it looks like the Sanford police want to try to escape the scrutiny they are receiving because, for three days, Trayvon's body was in a morgue with a "John Doe" tag, despite the fact that the policy were in custody of Trayvon's cell phone, which was ringing incessantly as Trayvon's father was trying to find his son. The Sanford police never answered the phone nor tried to dial a number on the phone to find out who "John Doe" was.
So, tonight, a young man, described “as an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness" is dead, and the man who killed him is roaming free.
By the way, Zimmerman is not African-American.
If the roles were reversed and Zimmerman was the person shot dead and Trayvon was the shooter, is there anyone here who thinks that Trayvon wouldn't be in a jail cell somewhere?