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Trayvon Martin Case
Transcript of Trayvon Martin Case
ABC News Sources On the night of February 26, 2012, an African American 17 year old was walking back to the house he was staying at inside a gated community. The teenager, Trayvon Martin, was returning from a local 7-Eleven after buying an Arizona sweet tea and skittles. On his way home, 28 year old neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was driving his SUV through the Orlando-area neighborhood. Zimmerman spotted Martin, and he called 911 to report "a real suspicious guy" that was a "black male" walking around. It was also confirmed that there were trace amounts of THC (the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana) in Martin's system after his death, but the amount was not enough to alter his thinking or behavior. More than two million people have signed a petition on Change.Org to demand justice in the case. Martin's former classmates have held several smaller protests, including a school walkout by more than 1,000 students last month. Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, later urged students not to protest with walkouts, but to sign petitions, take part in organized rallies and pray. -Why do you think Trayvon "looked suspicious" to Zimmerman?
-If you were in Zimmerman's shoes at the moment he saw Trayvon, would you have reacted differently than he did?
-Do you believe Zimmerman's self defense claim is legitimate?
-Why do you think police waited so long to make an arrest on Zimmerman?
-If Trayvon Martin were white, would he be alive today? Zimmerman then decided to follow Trayvon, when police advised him not to. Trayvon was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and only carrying the Arizona tea and skittles he had bought earlier. The two then engaged in some sort of altercation. One of the two men screamed for help--it is unclear who said it--before Zimmerman fired a shot into Martin's chest, killing him. Zimmerman was brought to the police station and pleaded self defense, saying that Martin initiated the fight between them, and Martin was punching him in the face and repeatedly bashing his head into the pavement. Although Trayvon was a very good kid, he was not a perfect angel. He got As and Bs in school, and he was liked among his peers. However, he was suspended three times that school year, the most recent was for ten days due to possessing a baggie with marijuana residue in it, and that is why he was staying in the gated community. His mom sent him there because she didn't want him to enjoy his suspension with friends or family. After his encounter with Martin, Zimmerman was diagnosed with a nose fracture, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head, and a minor back injury. Zimmerman's Injuries