Monday, March 19, 2012

The lynching of Trayvon Martin

By now I suspect that you’ve heard about the murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. But in case you haven’t here are the details.
17-year-old Florida teenager Trayvon Martin

17-year-old Florida teenager Trayvon Martin
From The Washington Post
Seventeen year-old Trayvon Martin, who was visiting relatives in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., on February 17 was on his way back to their house from 7-Eleven with an iced tea and a bag of Skittles. That’s when he caught the eye of (28 year-old) George Zimmerman, a crime watch volunteer who called 911.

“Hey, we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood and there’s a real suspicious guy,” Zimmerman tells police before giving the address of where he is. “This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something.”

“These [expletive], they always get away,” Zimmerman says before getting out of his car to pursue Trayvon.

“Are you following him?” the police ask.

“Yes,” Zimmerman says. The officer on the phone tells him, “We don’t need you to do that.” But he did. In another 911 call, you can hear screaming for help and the fatal gunshot. Zimmerman brought a 9 mm handgun to the altercation. A scuffle ensued. Trayvon was fatally shot in the chest. His mother told the Associated Press yesterday, “(Zimmerman) was chasing him, he was following him, and my son was afraid. He didn’t know who this stranger was.”
Murderer George Zimmerman
Murderer George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin. But since the shooting the Sanford police department has interviewed Zimmerman at least three times and have declined to arrest him and the local DA has so far not charged him with any crime. And that’s what makes this more than simply a cold blooded murder, that makes it a lynching.

This Zimmerman apparently thought that a Black child walking in his neighborhood was suspicious. And now the police apparently are taking the side of Zimmerman. When a citizen kills another that’s murder but when law enforcement refuses to seek justice for the victim then it becomes a lynching.
And we all know that had Zimmerman been Black and Martin been a White teen, Zimmerman would be under the jail by now.

My hope is that very soon the U.S. Justice Department will intervene and arrest Zimmerman. And if they don’t do it soon I can very easily see this situation getting seriously out of hand. People want justice and when the system denies them it they sometimes find other ways of getting justice.

Report: Peyton Manning Picks Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow Likely To Be Traded

Peyton Manning will be the next quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
DENVER (FNN Media) — Peyton Manning will be the next quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
Barring an unforeseen snag, Manning and the Broncos will reach an agreement according to ESPN.
In addition, the Broncos will try to trade Tim Tebow.

As recently as this weekend Manning worked out for the Tennessee Titans, who were impressed with his showing. A false report leaked online this weekend that Manning was apparently ready to choose the Titans and a press conference was going to be called.

All the while, Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, had already been talking contract with Denver.
ESPN says reaching the contract is merely a formality.

Condon and Broncos VP John Elway discussed the parameters of a five-year, $95 million deal when Manning visited the team earlier this month.

One week later, as they visited in North Carolina, Elway told Manning’s camp that they wanted to finalize the contract.

The Broncos don’t appear to have many concerns over Manning’s health after he passed a team-administered physical earlier this month.

Still, the Broncos want language in the contract that protects them in case Manning is unable to return to the field.

The former Indianapolis Colts quarterback was released earlier this year after he missed all of last season following multiple neck surgeries.

Still, neither the Broncos nor Manning expect any hangups in finalizing the deal.
Manning has instructed Condon not to negotiate with the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans, the other two finalists to land him.