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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kyburg at Sign this petition
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mountain_hiker at Sign this petition
Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin
Why This Is Important

On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old.

Trayvon's killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community's self appointed "neighborhood watch leader," called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn't been charged for murdering our son.

Trayvon was our hero. At the age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.

When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.

It's been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer - saying he's "a college grad" who took a class in criminal justice.

Please join us in calling on Norman Wolfinger, Florida's 18th District State's Attorney, to investigate my son's murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.


Date: 2012-03-23 08:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steve98052.livejournal.com

When the law says that you can pick a fight with someone, wait until the victim starts to fight back, and then kill them in "self defense", the law is an ass.

Unfortunately, that's the law in Florida right now, so it will be pretty difficult to prosecute the killer. The tampering of a witness by police may be enough to bring in federal civil rights charges, but that's a lot more complicated than just charging an unprovoked killing as murder, like it should be.

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