Murder of Teenager One Dead and The Instructions for a Disaster
The case of the teenager who was shot in Florida is a pressure valve for pent-up frustration of African Americans.
Sabrina Fulton (Wed.) and Tracy Martin (2nd from l.), The parents of the murdered teenager, at a press conference.
No, Robert Woodbury normally wears no shirts. He usually wears a jacket, at least on weekdays, when he worked in the customer’s bank space. But now he has donned a gray hooded sweatshirt. Robbie and his sons, Ethan and Jayson, the youngest of three, the eldest of seven of them, dressed just like her father. And as Trayvon Martin, the teenager who was shot a month ago in Florida and by shaking his death the country.
Four hoodies, four protest signs. The venue is the wide sidewalk in front of the Justice Department in Washington. Chants resound. “What do you want?” Says one. “A guilty verdict!” Replies a chorus. At least initially will be charged even George Zimmerman, the leader of a “Neighborhood Watch”, one of those citizen patrols, as they defend throughout the U.S., the better neighborhoods.
What exactly happened on the rainy evening of 26 February, when Martin Trayvon in Sanford, Florida, George Zimmerman was killed is disputed, the testimonies are contradictory. What is certain is that Zimmerman followed the teenager, only in a jeep, on foot. It is also certain that he dialed the emergency number 911, and reported some risk of “assholes” told them to come every time. It was Martin, dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, briefly left the apartment of his father, in order to buy in a retail candy and ice tea. As Zimmerman pursued him, he was on his way back.
The recording of the 911-Dialogue is published, you can hear how the man in the emergency center for recreational guards discouraged them, Martin to stay on their heels. He obviously knew who he was dealing with. Over the past year, chose Zimmerman nearly 50 times the 911 beat in order to alert many false alarms. Some describe the son of an American father and a Peruvian woman as a paranoid person who sniffs hazards everywhere. In the police station, testified Zimmerman, the teenager had attacked him and not vice versa. Out of nowhere, the figure in the sweater had turned up behind him, had him transferred to a brief exchange fist and his head struck the pavement several times as he lay on the ground. In dire need he had then shot.
Not only Trayvons football coach, who knew a cheerful boy who was never aggressive doubts at presentation. Zimmerman, 28 years old, 40 pounds heavier than it was Martin. Even if it the 17-year-old to a few inches taller, doubts remain about its version, after which he was at the skirmish of the underdog. “Zimmerman lives and can say what he wants. Trayvon can only mention yet,” was the bitter comment Benjamin Crump, the attorney of the Martin family.
“The old demons”
But it’s no longer just about the crime in the wave of protests, the more violent is rolling across America. It’s about something that Joe Mitchell calls the old demons. Even Mitchell, a bus driver in his fifties, has gathered in front of the Justice Department, in the hands of a poster that said “I am Trayvon” position. As the policemen of the City of Sanford discussed the case, which for him is the real scandal. Apparently they were running Zimmerman, without examining its history, and that with the dead. The shooter, so it looks Mitchell, was a certain sense, one of them. “There they are again, the old demons,” he says, speaking of slavery: “Since it was legal to kill people just because they had black skin.”
However, disputes the police to have remained idle. We have treated the case very well as a possible homicide, but prosecutors have refused to arrest, reports the Miami Herald. On 10 April will be decided on an indictment. After Trayvons death seems to erupt frustration that has long been building, but was overshadowed for a time after the euphoria of the election of Barack Obama. Most African Americans are not sure how deep their country has changed.
According to a survey by the Pew Institute for more than 80 percent hold other changes necessary in order to be truly equal. Al Sharpton, an eloquent preacher from New York, compares Sanford already with Birmingham in the 50s and 60s, when the Ku Klux Klan, the black inhabitants of the metropolis of Alabama tried to intimidate through terror bombing. Meanwhile, Democratic congressman urging it to collect a bill that makes the madness weapons only feed: “Stand Your Ground” (”Do not swerve back”) – introduced in 2005 as the first state of Florida, to which 23 other states followed. Thus armed citizens have the right to contact outside their own four walls with rifle or revolver to defend, if they feel threatened.
Even as the Parliament debated the amendment on Florida, a former Miami police chief warned of the consequences. Doubtful vigilante cop leisure without training, could take the right after Wild West style into their own hands, John F. Timoney oracle. The New York Times, he put it, these days even more clearly: “The law is a guide for disaster.”