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Thread: Trigger-happy Neighborhood Watch Kills Black Teenager

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    Trigger-happy Neighborhood Watch Kills Black Teenager

    I'm sure a lot of people have heard about this, but I didn't see a thread.

    D.L. Chandler, News One - The curious case surrounding the killing of African-American 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated Florida community has the family of the teen questioning the circumstances that led to his untimely death at the hands of an armed neighborhood watch captain. The twist to this story? The watch captain is a White man. Martin’s family will be filing a lawsuit today, according to the Miami-Herald, and are demanding the arrest of the captain.

    Trayvon Martin’s life ended last month during the NBA All-Star Weekend. His brisk walk to a convenience store to buy candy for his 13-year-old brother turned into a confrontation with the armed captain. Martin, who lived in Miami, was visiting his father and step-mother in the gated Retreat town homes at Twin Lakes in Sanford, some 20 miles north of Orlando.

    While details are sketchy at best, as Martin was returning home, watch captain George Zimmerman reportedly confronted the teen after a 911 call went out of a suspicious person walking in the neighborhood. While waiting for police to arrive, Martin family lawyer*Ben Crump says Zimmerman approached the boy, who was near the sidewalk near his father’s home.

    When police officials arrived, Martin was dead by way of a single gunshot wound and Crump says the boy was unarmed. “What do the police find in his pocket? Skittles,” Crump said. “A can of Arizona ice tea in his jacket pocket and Skittles in his front pocket for his brother Chad.”

    I've read some updates recently and apparently the confrontation began because Zimmerman was following the kid down the street at night. The boy turned and (rightfully) asked "what's you problem?"

    From what I understand of Florida law, self-defense can be claimed regardless of who began the fight. But I have a hard time believing a 200lb 26 year old man armed with a gun felt his life was threatened by a teenager with a pack of skittles.

    Sad story.

    Seems his biggest mistake was "walking while black."
    Last edited by missesdash; 03-12-2012 at 06:58 AM.

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