There are some topics that no matter what your platform is, they need be addressed and brought to light. The current situation in Sanford Florida involving the case of Trayvon Martin is one of these topics, a topic that as a member of the human community , I can’t sweep under the carpet.
The parents of 17 year old Trayvon Martin has contacted the FBI to oversee the investigation of the killing of their son by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who 3 weeks after he shot and killed Trayvon remains free and uncharged. Trayvon’s parents told the FBI they no longer trust the local police department to handle this case properly. (CBS News)
On February 26, 2012 Trayvon Martin went to the local store to get some skittles and something to drink. On his way back to his Stanford Florida home, unknown to Trayvon, he would not live to enter his home once again as he had done hundreds of times during his 17 years of life.
Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman spotted Trayvon on his walk home from the store, and called the police to report Martin’s “suspicious” behavior. In the newly released 911 call placed by Zimmerman, he said:
““There’s a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking about… These a**holes always get away” [Orlando Sentinel]
Shortly there-after several 911 calls came in from other residents that lived in the same gated community as Trayvon who told dispatch that they can hear a boy crying for help outside their window. The audio of these 911 calls have been in the news and on the internet, and you can hear Trayvon’s cries in the background. It’s is very hard to listen to, but what you hear is clear. You hear Travon yelling “help!” “help me!” over, and over, with the desperation that comes when your life is in danger, then a gunshot, then silence.
At the time of the shooting Zimmerman maintained that it was him doing the yelling that witnesses had described to 911 dispatch then later to police.
With 911 call recordings that clearly discredit Zimmerman’s statement that it was him yelling for help, the police chief to this hour maintains that there still isn’t any probable cause to arrest Zimmerman.
The call that Zimmerman made to police reporting Trayvon’s “suspicious” behavior has also been released, and I’m sorry, you can hear the crazy in his voice. Since January 1st 2011 Zimmerman has called the police 46 times. Neighbors ofZimmerman report that he was “fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.” I’m not in law enforcement, but even Inspector Gadget could see that there is enough evidence to place George Zimmerman in police custody.
Florida has a “stand your ground law,” which allows wide latitude in using deadly force if someone feels reasonable threatened. (CBS News) With the evidence in the open so far, there is absolutely nothing that points to Zimmerman being threatened by Trayvon Martin.
The Sanford police department has made so many mis-stepps in this investigation that it is completely shameful! The FBI has not intervened in this investigation but they told ABC News that they are monitoring the investigation and have been in touch with the local authorities.
This case isn’t about Black, Brown, or White it’s about “Right” and ” Wrong”, it’s about the misconduct of the Sanford Florida Police Department, where in their town, they make it about Black, White, and Brown.
I can attest that things are “different” when it comes to race relations in some parts of the south eastern United States. There ARE cites and towns that have recycled a culture of hate into the disregarded the civil rights movement in America, and all though the laws mandate they treat all as equals, they don’t.
There will be a Justice For Trayvon rally this Thursday @7pm at First Shiloh Baptist Church (700 S. Elm Ave., Sanford, Florida).
#Justice For Trayvon
Here are some links that will give you more information about the case:
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call, fax, or email the District Attorney’s office, Sanford Police, and political representatives to ask them why Trayvon Martin’s killer has not been arrested.
1. State Attorney’s Office – Sanford
Attn: Florida District Attorney Norman Wolfinger
State Attorney’s Office
Criminal Justice Center
101 Bush Boulevard
PO Box 8006
Sanford, Florida 32772-8006
Telephone: (407) 665-6000
2. Sanford Police Department
Sanford Police Department, Attn: Police Chief Bill Lee, 815 West 13th Street, Sanford, FL 32771
Telephone: (407) 688-5070
3. Florida Governor
Office of Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Governor’s office Telephone: (850) 488-7146
4. Florida legislators
(a) The Florida state senator for Sanford, Florida is David Simmons.
David Simmons, 251 Maitland Avenue, Suite 304,Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Telephone: (407) 262-7578
(b) The Florida state representative for Sanford, Florida is Jason Brodheur.
Jason Brodheur, District Office, 114 West First Street, Suite 208, Sanford, FL 32771-1273
Telephone: (407) 302-4800
(c) The US representative for Sanford, Florida is Corrine Brown.
Representative Corrine Brown, 2336 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515
Telephone: (202) 225-0123, Fax: (202) 225-2256
Senator Marc Rubio, 317 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-3041
Senator Bill Nelson, 716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-5274