I've listened to the 911 tapes of the calls that came in on the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman, and frankly, I'm outraged. Why is George Zimmerman not in jail pending investigation of the case?
If the tables had been turned, there is no doubt in my mind that Trayvon Martin would be sitting in a jail cell right now. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Trayvon is dead and George Zimmerman has been allowed to go free, free to kill the next young black man he suspects is up to no good.
A video with the 911 tapes and an opinion piece by Carolyn Edgar can be found on CNN's Black in America. If you haven't already heard the calls, I warn you that they are very disturbing.
A USA Today article stated that 70 protesters at a Sanford rally chanted "What if it was your son?" and held posters saying, "This is not a race issue." Many carried Skittles.
They are only partially right. Unfortunately, this IS a race issue. Yes, the criminal justice system is supposed to be colorblind. It is supposed to afford everyone the same rights and punishments under the law, but let's face it, the criminal justice system is only as colorblind as the racial biases of those who administer said justice. The fact that Trayvon Martin's parents cannot find justice in Sanford, Florida is an outrage.
Zimmerman should be in jail, and Sanford, Florida Police Chief Lee should be fired.
Feel free to voice your opinion. You can contact Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee at:
407.688.5070 - Office