Trayvon Martin, Shot & Killed By His Own Neighborhood Watch (DETAILS)
by Deidra Cade (email@example.com) March Thursday 8th 2012 12:31 PM EST
Deidra says: Everyone is familiar with DWB (Driving While Black), especially in what’s considered an upscale neighborhood. I guess WWB (Walking While Black) needs a closer look. Racial profiling and stereotypes all play a part in the black males plight with the law, especially when they’ve not done a thing. However both of these stem from some very real events that have been found to be a trend amongst young black males or black male in general. It’s a case of one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch.
In this case, this young man appeared to be the victim of that negative stigma. The neighborhood watch captain apparently didn’t know his own neighbors, which is a shame, especially in a gated community. He thought he was protecting the neighborhood from a “common thug” (assuming there was no racial motivation behind the shooting), so he became a vigilante and took matters into his own hands. Should he be charged with a crime? I think so since he didn’t actually see him doing anything at all but walking. He should have at least waited until police arrived or kept eyes on him to see where he was going then he would have at least found out the boy lived in the neighborhood. It’s a shame because you move into these types of communities to escape crime like this and keep your kids safe. To have something like this happen is devastating to say the least. It only goes to show you that no matter where you live, how much money you have, or what great thing you do, you will never be able to fully escape the stereotype especially when others makes it their truth. (leave your comments below)
17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a Neighborhood Watch captain inside his own gated Orlando, Florida community where he was living with his father, stepmother and little brother, according to the family’s lawyer.
Martin was shot after returning home from a local convenience store, where he bought snacks including Skittles candy requested by his 13-year-old brother, Chad.
According to the family’s lawyer Ben Crump, the family is calling for the Watch captain’s arrest, saying Martin was “on his way home and a Neighborhood Watch loose cannon shot and killed him.”
The man in question is Neighborhood Watch Captain George Zimmerman, who was present at the time of the shooting.
According to Crump, while Martin returned to the townhome, police received a 911 call reporting a suspicious person; Zimmerman was the man that made the call.
Without waiting for police to arrive, Crump said, Zimmerman confronted Martin, who was on the sidewalk near his home. By the time police got there, Martin was dead of a single gunshot to the chest and the only thing they found on him was a can of Arizona ice tea in his jacket pocket and Skittles in his front pocket for his brother Chad.
Crump said the family was concerned that police might decide to consider the shooting as self defense, and that police have ignored the family’s request for a copy of the original 911 call, which they think will shed light on the incidents.
Family spokesman Ryan Julison said:
“If the 911 protocol across the country held to form here, they told him not to get involved. He disobeyed that order.”
Crump believes that race is definitely a factor in the shooting saying:
“The 600 pound elephant in the room. Why is this kid suspicious in the first place? I think a stereotype must have been placed on the kid.”
Here is a clear cut case of stereotypes of a black male leading to the death of an innocent young student.
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