One of the biggest topics in the news today is the sad story of Treyvon Martin and his murder. Reading and following his story on the news I was baffled by how the whole scenario played our. I couldn’t help but think that this is something that should have never happened. I like to think that today in our society we have been making great strides over racism and stereotypes but when something like this happens, we can see that it clearly still exists. Currently a Civil Rights investigation is looking for evidence that George Zimmerman, Treyvon’s shooter, was fueled by racial hatred. Zimmerman somehow saw Martin as “suspicious” as he quietly made his was to his father’s finances house after stopping at a convenience store. Now what I can understand here is when you see someone in the neighborhood you do not know, you become aware of that person. I live on a cul-de-sac in a very small neighborhood where everyone knows everyone and even what kind of car they drive. I have watched my mom stand in the window wondering who is the person she has never seen before walking down our street. But I have also never seen her pull out a gun and follow that person. It is understandable for a person to be territorial and concerned but in this case things were clearly taken out of hand and Zimmerman was obviously after Martin for more reasons than suspiciousness. As Zimmerman followed Martin through the neighborhood and even ignored 911 dispatcher’s orders to stop following the boy.
A leaked police report details Zimmerman telling them that as he was heading back to his truck when Martin attacked him and wrestled for his gun where Zimmerman then shot him. This information contradicts what Martins girlfriend has to say since she was one the phone with him when the attack happened. She describes that Martin told her he was being followed where she then heard sounds of a scuffle and then phone was disconnected. The 911 call from Zimmerman also reveals Martin in the background begging for help and even the use of racial slurs are heard in the call. It seems that police in this case are not giving their all when it comes to justice being served as they released damaging information to the public trying to make Treyvon look like the bad guy. Releasing reports on his ten-day suspension, believed burglary, and other irrelevant disciplinary problems. Treyvon’s death was a tragedy and should have never happened. Personally im happy that Zimmerman is behind bars, before his arrest his hopes were to one day become a police officer and now that we aware of his racial profiling my mind is at ease at the thought of one less unethical officer.