by Vanessa Woodard Byers
By now you are aware of the murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Martin, 17, was shot to death by George Zimmerman who was on Crimewatch duty in the gated community where the shooting occurred. Martin was visiting the area, he was a student a Krop Senior.
Zimmerman claims the shooting was self-defense. Martin had no weapon on him only a bag of Skittles and can of Arizona Iced Tea he purchased from a nearby convenience store.
Zimmerman called in to police about a suspicious person and was ordered not to take further action.
So, what's wrong with this picture? Zimmerman shoots Martin. Zimmerman was not arrested. The Sanford Police Department will not release the 911 tape of the call regarding the incident. Is this the United States of America or are we in the Twilight Zone?
This case has received national coverage and the image of Florida is not a very good one as far as this situation is concerned. It's easy to make this a racial issue because Martin was black and Zimmerman is white but the truth is, it's way bigger than that.
In the meantime, let's pray for the Martin family and help them get justice in the murder of Trayvon. Stay tuned.
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