Letter from the Editor: Why is justice not served?
By now we all have heard about the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, 28, in Sanford, Fla. If not, let me explain it to you.
Last month, Zimmerman claimed he was out on a Neighborhood Watch patrol when he saw a suspicious black youth walking in the neighborhood and phoned 911. The 911 dispatcher advised Zimmerman to stay in his car but he approached Martin and shot him in the chest.
The media has been following this story closely, and now Martin’s family is speaking out and thinks this unfortunate case was because of racial profiling.
To date, Zimmerman has yet to be arrested, while authorities say he was acting in self-defense, but Martin was only carrying a pack of skittles candy, a beverage, and a few dollars in cash.
This case is a hard pill to swallow. It is always sad when a life is taken, but when it’s a case like such, you cannot help but think, what type of world are we living in?
With the 911 calls being made public this past week, and with all evidence, it seems unjust that Zimmerman is not behind bars.
Zimmerman has claimed self-defense. Florida law allows a person to use deadly force if the person believes he or she is facing a deadly threat.
On Monday morning, several colleges around Florida are rallying to demand the arrest of Zimmerman, along with Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil-rights activist.
The family has decided to take matters into their own hands by seeking help through an online petition on a website called Change.org, which seeks the support of Zimmerman being charged for the murder of their son.
This type of violence could happen in any community, but as Americans let us all take a stand and help this family by signing the petition for justice to be served.
It will not bring 17-year-old Trayvon Martin back to his family, but hopefully with Zimmerman being behind bars will at least help the Martin family rest at bit easier.
Please take five minutes out of your day to sign this petition and help this family get justice served.
Allison B. Hudson