Justice for Treyvon Martin
(via USA Today) Trayvon Martin’s death Feb. 26 at the hands of a Neighborhood Watch leader in this small, gated Florida community has rippled through many corners of the nation’s justice and political system and raised questions about the relationship between the black community and police in small towns.
He was on his way back in the rain when Zimmerman, 28, spotted him. Zimmerman was armed as he patrolled the area in his car in response to several break-ins in the community.
Zimmerman called 911 to report a suspicious person, according to the call released by Sanford emergency dispatch. Against the advice of the 911 dispatcher, Zimmerman followed Martin, according to the 911 recording.
The two men fought and Trayvon Martin was left dead. Zimmerman told the Sanford police that he shot the teen in self-defense because he was fearful for his life. The police have said there is no evidence to contradict Zimmerman’s claims. Police say Zimmerman was bleeding from his nose and the back of his head.
Listen to the audio recording of Treyvon yelling and screaming for help moments before he was shot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL72w4xiTVU
Efforts to prosecute Zimmerman have taken on the forms of justice rallies and the distribution of an online petition. If you are in the DMV area, please attend the Justice Rally for Treyvon Martin this Saturday at Freedom Plaza. Wear all black or a hoodie.
Show us your support. Mention us on Twitter with #IAmTreyvonMartin to spread awareness.