Saturday, July 13, 2013

No Justice for Trayvon

How are you supposed to feel when the result of the Zimmerman case is a dead child, a grieving mother, and no resolution?  Regardless of what our personal feelings are about this case, the facts remain the same... there is a mother who had to bury her child due to a senseless crime.

I can't begin to imagine how Trayvon Martin's mother is feeling and will continue to feel for the rest of her life.

There is a child dead due to a shooting and nobody is paying the consequence except for his mother.

Manslaughter is defined as:  The unjustifiable, inexcusable, and intentional killing of a human being without deliberation, premeditation, and malice. The unlawful killing of a human being without any deliberation, which may be involuntary, in the commission of a lawful act without due caution and circumspection.

The jury found the neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, not guilty of second degree murder in the case of Trayvon Martin but did not bother to charge him for manslaughter- the intentional killing without premeditation or malice.  Trayvon is dead- Zimmerman killed him and Zimmerman walks free while Trayvon's mother never will.

My observation is this:  why is it necessary for a neighborhood watchman to carry a loaded gun?  Shouldn't he carry a non-lethal weapon for self defense... maybe a tazer?  If Zimmerman truly felt threatened, he could have tazed Trayvon and gotten a safe enough distance away in order to contact police to properly handle the situation.

Zimmerman was the self-appointed neighborhood watch officer.  There was never a vote.  He is not a police officer- in fact he attended the Seminole County Sheriff's Office 14 week class to become an officer and was kicked out due to safety concerns.  He was also involved in two separate criminal misconduct and violence cases.  Zimmerman obtained a concealed-carry license in order to protect his neighborhood.  A security officer armed with an automatic hand gun... really?  Is that necessary?

Why are we not questioning this case further?  Why are we simply allowing the senseless death of a teenage boy?

I can not get the image of Trayvon's mother out of my head.  She now has to live her entire life without her child and without closure.

I also can not get the image of George Zimmerman's smile as the verdict was read out of my head.  I realize that Zimmerman's life was
just pardoned but shouldn't he have shown signs of remorse and relief, not happiness and smiles?  What is the appropriateness of that reaction? 

How would Zimmerman have reacted if his child was taken from him at the tender age of seventeen?  I do not believe that he would have been all smiles if the tables were turned and it was he who had to bury his child.

"I just want to say, good night, sweet prince, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
-Harry Dean Stanton


  1. I don't understand this case or verdict...I don't know that I ever will:-/

  2. I am so angry over this verdict. Justice was not served. I think it is time we take a good hard look at our legal system.

  3. This case is just so heart breaking , I am hating that man!
    Noor @ Noor's Place

  4. I think the verdict can only be understood within the context of racism in America. Racism created both the situation, the outcome and the verdict.

  5. Well written post. I am saddened by the verdict of this trial ... and for the loss of a child's life at the hands of an adult.

  6. I can't believe they found him not guilty. and NO, he doesn't necessary need to carry a loaded hand gun being a watchdog. He took that "title" to the extreme.

  7. I saw your post and wanted write and then today I was with my client (I'm a home health care provider) And overheard a conversation an African American woman had 2 children very well behaved children in a crowded dr.s office. I really wasn't trying to eaves drop but something she said made my heart cry out to her. She was telling whoever she was on the phone with how she had to explain to her children that there were certain kids they could no longer play with because they had to hold themselves in a certain manner,lest someone think negatively of them. I wanted to cry.Is this what it's come down to? I am a proud grandma of a biracial granddaughter I don't want her to be limited to hide who she is.Zimmerman had 2 flashlights and a gun IF u believe he was in danger he could have chosen to hit and stun trayvon Martin with the gun then hold him there until the police got there.

  8. First off, you are correct - a mother is grieving. Every other thing in this post, I question.

    This case has shown me a number of bad things about America. The most scary is that the knowledge people carry is gained from biased media outlets who are looking more to gain loyal followers than to fair and balanced. No one looked as closely at both parties involved - one was portrayed as a vigilante cop wanna-be, hell bent for personal justice, and trigger happy... while the other was looked at through emotional text, a young man cut down in the prime of his life, who left a grieving mother.

    If you're going to write with emotion about something, make it YOUR emotion. Not what someone has spoon feed you. By the sound of this rant, you could work for Gannett News. (That was not a journalistic compliment...)

    The facts in this case, many we will never know, were laid out in a court of law. Heard by 12 people, just like you you and me, deemed by our law system to be competent and unbiased. The heard the facts. They were given private quarters to talk freely. They decided - based on the facts and parameters given to them. Their verdict:

    As the law was written, that we as American's live by, the man was not guilty of what he was accused of.

    If you want to rant about something, rant about the legal system. As I understand it, the lawyers wanted a conviction of the man with something MORE than simply manslaughter. And, through the legal speak of these lawyers, manslaughter was removed from what the jury could convict him of. Basically, it was lawyered into an 'all or nothing' case. Don't blame the man on trial for how the system works.

    Finally - I want to end with a question. Can you tell me, without looking it up, a name of one other young person, regardless of their race or gender, who has been killed since this trial gained national attention? Just one... You know what - I'll even take a synopsis of the story. Just one... because this is happening daily in our streets. (Can anyone tell me about the boy, who was catching a nap in his car, in a parking lot... and was shot? JUST BECAUSE! Someone write about THAT person's grieving mother. Didn't think so...)