The Death Of The United States

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On February 26, at 7:11 pm it was a rainy night in Sanford, Florida when a neighborhood watchman, 28-year-old mixed Hispanic George Zimmerman, calls 911 to report a suspicious person. “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about” (Genius). That suspicious person was 17-year-old African American Trayvon Martin returning home after stopping by a local convenience store to purchase, the now infamous, Arizona Ice tea and Skittles. When the 911 dispatcher asked Zimmerman if he was following Martin he replied “yeah.” The dispatcher in return said, “Okay, we don’t need you to do that” (Chicago Tribune). That call would last four minutes. Soon afterwards, the police received more calls from the neighborhood reporting, at first, two men in a physical altercation but eventually a gunshot. When officers arrived at the scene they encountered George Zimmerman who was bleeding from mild head injuries and the lifeless body of Trayvon Martin, having been shot by Zimmerman. “Zimmerman acknowledges that he shot Martin, claiming it was in self-defense” (CNN). Sanford police took Zimmerman into custody, questioned him for hours and eventually released him. According to Sanford police, Zimmerman alleged that he killed Martin in self-defense so he was neither arrested or given any sort drug/alcohol test (MTV). When George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers, many were outraged by the verdict.

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