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The Sad Case of Trayvon Martin

posted Apr 3, 2012, 5:48 AM by Melissa Moriarty

by Taylor Davis

Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old African American teenager that was shot by the neighborhood watch guard, George Zimmerman. Trayvon was reportedly walking home (unarmed) from a convenience store when Zimmerman called the police reporting suspicious behavior. Soon after that phone call, he shot Trayvon. George explained to the police that the shooting was simply self defense. The police did not arrest George Zimmerman because they did not find evidence to prove that Zimmerman didn’t shoot him for self defense. Because of the conditions of Trayvon’s death, this story reached national and international attention. This got so much attention for many reasons: one of them being that people believed this incident was against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. This law is that you are only allowed to shoot someone if you feel very threatened. Also, people believe that this shooting had racial motivations and that police had acted improperly. Many national leaders have made statements about this case, and people are still insisting on Zimmerman’s arrest. Teenagers and cities around America are protesting, to get Trayvon justice, as well as honoring the 17 year old Trayvon Martin.