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Liberty and Justice for All? Examining the Untold Trayvon Martin Stories

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Ronnie Sidney II

on 20 February 2016

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Transcript of Liberty and Justice for All? Examining the Untold Trayvon Martin Stories

Liberty and Justice for All?
Examining the Untold Trayvon Martin Stories

Aiyana Stanley-Jones,
7 years old
The unarmed teen was shot and killed by 76 year old John H Spooner on May 31, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Spooner suspected that Darius was behind a break-in that involved the theft Spoon his shotguns. Police searched Darius's home and didn't find the weapons.
Spooner was convicted of first degree intentional homicide and sentenced to life in prison.

Darius Simmons,
13 years old
Jordan Davis,
17 years old
The unarmed teen was shot three times by Michael Dunn in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23rd, 2012.
Dunn confronted Davis and his friends because they were playing loud music in their vehicle. An argument ensued and Dunn fired 10 rounds into the teenagers car.
Dunn was charged with first-degree murder and evoked the Stand Your Ground defense at his February 3rd trail.
On October 17, 2014 Dunn was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
Kimani Gray,
16 years old
Kimani was shot 7 times by plain clothes officers Sgt. Mourad and Officer Cordovain in Flatbush, Brooklyn on March 9th, 2013.
Officers reported that Kimani pointed a .38 caliber weapon at them.
Officers were placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
Prosecutors did not pursue criminal charges against the officer and did not present the case to a grand jury.
Aiyana was shot in the head/neck area by Officer Joseph Weekly during a police raid of her home in Detroit on May 16, 2010.
A grand Jury indicted Officer Weekly on involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. The case went to trail and after 3 days of deliberations the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict.

Untold Stories
Derek Lopez,
14 years old
The unarmed teen was shot and killed on by Northside Independent School District police Officer Alvarado on November 12, 2010.
The grand jury declined to indict Officer Alvarado because the law states that people have a right to defend themselves if they feel their life is in danger.
Daniel’s mother received a $925,000 settlement from district.

Criminal Justice
Stop and Frisk
"Stop, question and frisk" is an NYPD policy wherein police will detain and question pedestrians, and potentially search them, if they have a "reasonable suspicion" that the pedestrian in question "committed, is committing, or is about to commit a felony or a Penal Law misdemeanor."

Dylan Matthews, Washington Post
Stand Your Ground
Florida passed the nations first Stand Your Ground law in 2011. It gives shooters the right to use deadly force when they feel threatened and does not require them to retreat. In Florida,
the shooter cannot be arrested unless law enforcement finds probable cause that the shooting was unlawful.

Mainstream Media
Discussion Questions
Ronnie Sidney II
Email: rnsidney@vcu.edu
Twitter: @ronniesidneyii

1. Does liberty and justice
exist for ALL Americans?
2. Do you believe Stop and Frisk and
Stand Your Ground are racially
3. How do you feel about the way the
mainstream media covers these
types of stories?
4. What can we do to prevent the
death of the next Trayvon Martin?

Tamir Rice,
12 years old
Tamir was shot twice by 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann within two seconds of arriving on the scene.
A caller reported that a male was pointing "a pistol" at random people but stated to the dispatcher that "it's probably fake."
The officers reported that upon their arrival, Rice reached towards a gun in his waistband.
On June 3, the prosecution presented evidence to a grand jury, which declined to indict Officer Loehmann.
The city of Cleveland sued Tamir Rice's estate for $500 in ambulance fees.

Michael Brown,
18 years old
Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson.
Brown was accussed of walking down the middle of the street and Wilson asked him to get out of the street. An altercation ensued after Wilson backed up his cruiser aggressively. Darren Wilson fired 12 shots, a majority of which were after Brown turned around with his hands up.
The police use of force doctrine in Missouri was brought into question.
On November 24, 2014, McCulloch announced that the St. Louis County grand jury had decided not to indict Wilson.

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, shoots and kills Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012.
Zimmerman acknowledges that he shot Martin, claiming it was in self-defense.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, hires attorney Mark O'Mara and turns himself in.
A six woman jury deliberates for 16 hours and finds George Zimmerman not guilty.
Trayvon Martin,
17 years old
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