Trayvon Martin:The who, what, where, and why?
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Trayvon Martin:The who, what, where, and why?

Sanford : FL : USA | May 26, 2012 at 5:20 PM PDT
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Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman, and obeying the police.

As the Trayvon Martin case boils down, I think it gives us some time to reflect on the whole fiasco and why it happened in the first place. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old from Sanford, FL. He was walking through his stepmother’s gated townhome community when a 26 year old volunteer community watch patrol member named George Zimmerman came to him and shot him. Martin’s side say the attack was racially motivated and that Zimmerman has no ulterior motive. Zimmerman’s side says that Martin instigated a fight and Zimmerman fired at Trayvon, only for self defense. No one knows what actually happened that night, but me along with the majority of the public have to side with Trayvon Martin. After months of protesting in a pseudo-Montgomery March spectacle, Zimmerman was arrested and booked on one count of second degree murder. Although his fate is far from being decided, the law which made him a free man is coming under heavy criticism. In Florida, a statute called “Chapter 776 Justifiable use of force” or as it’s colloquially referred to “Stand your ground law” gives a person who perceives bodily harm coming to themselves or someone else, the right to use deadly force. A form of a “Stand your ground law” is actually present in 11 states in the US, and is surprisingly in some of the bluest. Proponents of the law argue that these laws have led to murder rates which have dropped by 9 percent and violent crime rates which have dropped by 11 percent. They will also argue that it is a benefactor to the second amendment, finding a modern use for an ancient amendment. But the way I and millions of other Americans see it, these “Stand your ground” laws are being used unjustly, to diminish and draw attention away from crimes. Trayvon Martin, Greyston Garcia, and Trevor Dooley are just some of the most controversial cases in the American judicial system which involve these “Stand your ground” laws. The main problem with the law is in cases like the Trayvon Martin case, where there is very little evidence and no direct eyewitnesses. Conjuring stories to get out of a harsh prison sentence is a breeze when there is no concrete evidence against the suspect, or in this case, the perpetrator. “Stand your ground” laws must be removed from all state legislatures as they are a massive detriment to American Justice. As the old saying goes, “An eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind”.

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Titus Manning protests the Sanford Police's handling of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida
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