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Letter to the Editor: What Does the Trayvon-Zimmerman Shooting Say About America?

The fact that police allow George Zimmerman to walk free after shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin sends a message that criminals can shoot someone anytime and walk away free by claiming self defense.

 

I think it's a travesty for America that we allow George Zimmerman—the 28-year-old man who killed the black teenager Trayvon Martin—to just walk around free.

About a month ago, on Feb. 26, Zimmerman shot and killed Martin in Stanford, Fla. Martin was unarmed and screaming for his life when he was shot. Zimmerman pursued Martin after being told by the police not to. Zimmerman's excuse was self defense—you have to be kidding me!

You can just shoot someone, tell police you did it, claim self defense, and then just walk out the door with your gun and not be arrested? That is just plain crazy!

Allowing Zimmerman to walk free without an arrest sends a message to all black people that, in America, someone can come up and shoot you and just walk away—and it's not just a message heard by black people.

I'm white and this incident tells me that I can be shot like that by anyone who doesn't like me for any reason, and all they have to do is claim self defense to walk free. It makes me wonder if this is a sign that we have collectively gone insane?

I'm Gilroy resident Marc Perkel—and I approve this message!

Rose Moreno March 24, 2012 at 06:26 AM
I cannot believe that even if Trayvon played football or got into some trouble is he being disciplined with his life for these. Police are trained on how to handle situations. Was Zimmerman trained or just given a gun and sent out to do this type of killing. That of suspicious behavior. Which one of us don't go walking at night. Somebody with a gun has the power in any situation you encounter. Why did Zimmerman keep in persuit when told not to? Why did Zimmerman say through his cell that he is tired of this because they always get away with it? What, walking around when it started getting dark. Does this make someone suspicous to no good. A hoodie come on if they are that bad make the companies stop making them. Have they even brought out any of Zimmermans past and what his record looks like. No they hide him like a needle in the hay stack. To afraid to face the people who stand for Trayvon. Everything that I have heard is so far Zimmerman should pay the price and justice served before something worse happens to the people in Sanford. You can push your weight around long enough and the rope is going to snap. How many more lives should be lost over a gunned man and one thats not. That is like going out hunting you know your going to get the game. We all know that because they don't have the ammunition to fight back just like Trayvon who had nothing to protect himself with. WHAT IF THE ROLES WERE REVERSED ZIMMERMAN you low life murderer
Rose Moreno March 24, 2012 at 06:28 AM
I cannot believe that even if Trayvon played football or got into some trouble is he being disciplined with his life for these. Police are trained on how to handle situations. Was Zimmerman trained or just given a gun and sent out to do this type of killing. That of suspicious behavior. Which one of us don't go walking at night. Somebody with a gun has the power in any situation you encounter. Why did Zimmerman keep in persuit when told not to? Why did Zimmerman say through his cell that he is tired of this because they always get away with it? What, walking around when it started getting dark. Does this make someone suspicous to no good. A hoodie come on if they are that bad make the companies stop making them. Have they even brought out any of Zimmermans past and what his record looks like. No they hide him like a needle in the hay stack. To afraid to face the people who stand for Trayvon. Everything that I have heard is so far Zimmerman should pay the price and justice served before something worse happens to the people in Sanford. You can push your weight around long enough and the rope is going to snap. How many more lives should be lost over a gunned man and one thats not. That is like going out hunting you know your going to get the game. We all know that because they don't have the ammunition to fight back just like Trayvon who had nothing to protect himself with. WHAT IF THE ROLES WERE REVERSED ZIMMERMAN you low life murderer

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