Why Trayvon Martin is about race, not self-defense laws.
There have been many distractions from the actual cause of the cause of Trayvon Martin’s death and the lack of prosecution of the murderer George Zimmerman. The worst of which are attacks on the victim ranging from the neighbor of George Zimmerman stating this whole incident would have been avoided if Trayvon responded appropriately when confronted by Zimmerman. How bout if George responded appropriately to Trayvon’s question of why are you following me? Then there’s Fox New’s low blow of Black and Latino men shouldn’t wear hoodies in the rain because they look like criminals.
Then there’s the Florida self defense law, which the Sanford police state did not allow them to arrest or detain Zimmerman. This law does not protect Zimmerman for several reasons. The first the law specifically states that you are exempt from protection from this law if you initiate the conflict. The police had the 911 tape of Zimmerman stating that Trayvon was running away from him and that Zimmerman was following him. Actively pursuing someone is not standing your ground. Also as Zimmerman was following and harassing Trayvon because of his race, he was committing a hate crime. The law exempts people committing crimes from protection. The law also does not allow you to use self-defense against someone who has a legal right to be minding their own business as Trayvon was doing. You can read it here and interpret it for yourself. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0776/0776.html
The problem is racism. Zimmerman thought Trayvon was suspicious because of his race, and executed him for it. The police did not perform an adequate investigation before allowing Zimmerman to leave the scene, as they did not attempt to identify the victim. They did not evaluate the 911-call where Zimmerman admitted to following Trayvon. There is also the 911-call from a neighbor, which numerous screams of help from a teenager are clearly heard. The voice of Zimmerman from his 911-call and the voice yelling for help are clearly different. There is a preponderance of evidence that Zimmerman is not protected by the Florida self-defense statute. In addition, all police need to perform an arrest is probable cause, not certainty of guilt. The gun was not even collected as evidence for ballistics testing, etc.. or to prevent Zimmerman from killing again. Trayvon died because of his race. Zimmerman was allowed to walk away without being charged because of his race and the racist society we live in.