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Justice for Trayvon Martin

By Stephfon Guidry

On February 26, a 911 call recalls an incident of a suspicious looking young man in a neighborhood, shouts, and later a man decided to take action. George Zimmerman saw a ‘suspicious’ young man had an altercation shots were fired in ‘self-defense’ and now Trayvon Martin guilty of wearing a hoodie, caring skittles, is dead. This event shook the nation to the point of President Obama solemnly, commenting, “If I had a son he would look something like Trayvon”. A grand jury convened on April 10, charging Zimmerman with second degree murder after surmountable evidence and the loss of his legal counsel.

The hot topic of the Trayvon Martin investigation was the “911” call. Zimmerman claimed that Trayvon attacked him and that he is the person crying for help in the call. CNN correspondent, Roland Martin weighed in on the controversy of the case, “It was about holding a legal system accountable that clearly gave more credence to a 28-year-old gunman than the 17-year-old, unarmed man who was gunned down.”  The prosecution affidavit released more evidence to the court and public of the truth behind Zimmerman’s idea of ‘self-defense’. The affidavit stated that while on the 911 call, Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal; he

referenced recent break-ins in the community saying the “these a**holes, they always get away” and “F***ing Punks” (Cnn.com). It was revealed that Trayvon Martin was on the phone with a friend and when he noticed he was being followed he began running home. Zimmerman pursued against the advice of the dispatcher and later the altercation which ultimately lead to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

The grand jury’s charge of “2nd Degree Murder” has the potential to carry a life sentence in prison. However, Attorney Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s new counsel, plans to have the case retried outside of the Seminole County and Zimmerman will plead ‘Not Guilty’. This case brings strong feelings on all sides but now with more information and the American people watching to see that justice is served.

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