Trayvon Martin: “Why Are You Following Me?”
Partially prompted by national outrage and online petitions of protest, the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, as well as the FBI, have opened an investigation into the murder of Trayvon Martin. A statement was released by the Justice Department concerning the Martin case:
“The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action and the conclusion of the investigation. … The government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws.”
Of course this still doesn’t mean that George Zimmerman will ever be arrested and convicted for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, but at least there is an investigation, which is more attention than what the Sanford police afforded to the shooting at the time.
In other areas related to the case, an unidentified 16 year old girl has revealed to Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump that she was on the phone with Trayvon 5 minutes before he was gunned down by George Zimmerman. According to the girl, she told Trayvon to run when he told her he was being followed. A few minutes later, she heard a brief exchange between Martin and Zimmerman before a scuffle ensued and the phone went dead.
According to the girl:” Trayvon said, ‘What, are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”
Furthermore, although Zimmerman claimed to the police that he was part of a neighborhood watch program, it was revealed by the National Neighborhood Watch program that Zimmerman is not part of any registered watch group. In my opinion, Zimmerman is nothing more than a whack job racist vigilante, who was looking for any reason to go all Dirty Harry on the first African American who dared to be out after dark in his presence.
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- U.S. Department of Justice and FBI Will Investigate Trayvon Martin Killing [Trayvon Martin] (gawker.com)
- Trayvon Martin Death: Friend on Phone with Teen Before Death Recounts Events – ABC News (abcnews.go.com)
- Why Trayvon Martin murder is not just a ‘black problem’ (thegrio.com)
- Justice Department to probe murder of Trayvon Martin (bazaardaily.com)