Week 9: Final Project Debate Paper
XBCOM/275 Business Communications and Critical Thinking
October 20, 2013
Dr. Jim Burrescia
The issue that is the subject of my debate paper is the George Zimmerman trial. George Zimmerman, 28 years old at the time, shot and killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch patrolman and Martin was visiting his father who lived in the gated community where the shooting occurred. Zimmerman called the non-emergency number to report a suspicious male walking in the neighborhood. He was told by the non-emergency dispatcher the police were on the way and to not follow the individual. The police arrived on the…show more content… There were posts and comments on those sites that stated had Trayvon been white and Zimmerman black an arrest would have been made immediately and he would not have been released. Many felt that Zimmerman was racist and because he did not recognize Martin, he profiled him as a thug because of what he was wearing.
After the not guilty verdict was reached many were not pleased with the outcome to say the least. The Department of Justice launched an investigation to determine whether or not Trayvon Martin’s civil rights had been violated. Federal prosecutors were appointed to investigate and evaluate evidence gathered to determine if criminal civil rights charges would be filed against Zimmerman. The Justice Department said “the criminal section of the civil rights division, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office for the Middle District of Florida are continuing to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal probe, in addition to the evidence and testimony from the state trial.” The statement said that, in the government's words, "experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation."
I followed this story and watched the trial from beginning to end. I determined the defense to have the more persuasive argument. However, I personally believe George Zimmerman got away with murder. I feel this way because Trayvon Martin posed no threat to anyone. He was nothing more