Thursday, April 12, 2012

Trayvon Martin Case: Relief After Arrest

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A second degree murder charge after weeks of demands
for justice in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

All the protesting; all the marching.
all the tears--all for this victorious day.

Many questions still remain. We will
continue to seek the truth in this case.

We don’t want high-fiving tonight;
there was no winner tonight.

This isn’t about gloating;
this is about pursuing justice.

This is nothing more, nothing less
than an arrest.  This is just the beginning.

We have a long way to go
until the legal process plays out.

It began as a shooting
in a Sanford gated community,

overshadowed by the All-Star Game
taking place nearby in Orlando. 

Zimmerman, in his SUV, spotted Trayvon.
Trayvon, walking home, spotted Zimmerman.

Zimmerman called police
to report Trayvon as suspicious.

Neighbors describe an altercation
between the two; screams, then a gunshot.

Trayvon’s death ignited racial tensions
and sent protestors to the streets.

The outcry prompted an investigation.
Zimmerman was arrested.  Let the process work.

The law defines second degree murder as “an act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life.” If Zimmerman is convicted on the charges of second degree murder, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

Zimmerman is a 28 year-old "white Hispanic" (white father, Peruvian mother). Zimmerman admits to killing Trayvon Martin, a 17 year-old black high school junior, but he claims it was self-defense.  Zimmerman got out of his SUV, taking his gun with him, and followed Trayvon despite being told by the police during the 911 call not to do this.  Trayvon was unarmed.

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