Petition demands justice for death of black teen in gated community
March 14, 2012
A new petition is circulating online demanding justice for the shooting of an African American teenager in a predominantly white gated community in Florida two weeks ago by a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in self-defense in Sanford, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, two weeks ago on February 26 while armed with nothing but a bag of Skittles. A neighborhood watch patroller, 28-year old George Zimmerman, shot the 17-year old while visiting family in the enclave, who was returning from a trip to the corner store for a snack. And Sanford Police declines to arrest Zimmerman, citing his claim that the shooting was in self-defense and that they lack evidence to contradict that story. Meanwhile, the 911 tape revealed Zimmerman was instructed not to engage Martin and also recorded the shot that killed him. Witnesses told ABC News that said the two were in a fight on the ground, with Zimmerman, about 100 pounds heavier, taking the dominant top position. And when police did arrive, their questioning of Zimmerman and of witnesses were leading and “corrected” their accounts. Zimmerman’s record himself was characterized by police as “squeaky clean”, but was found by ABC to have an expunged assault charge.
The story had garnered outrage in Orlando’s African American community and with sympathizers nationwide. An effort to urge the State’s Attorney Office get involved in the case is underway with a petition on Change.org, which in the week since it started has now over 100,000 signatures and counting. The case has been sent to the State Attorney today and Zimmerman is still not under arrest.
Sign the petition: Change.org