It has been nearly a month since self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman defied a 911 dispatcher’s order to stand down, shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin for no apparent reason, and Zimmerman still has not been arrested, nor has he been charged with any crime.
To lose a child in such a senseless way in and of itself must be one of the worst kinds of pain, but Trayvon Martin’s family must also live with the knowledge that as things stand, Zimmerman could very conceivably never be charged due to unusual laws in Florida that may permit such behavior. And while Zimmerman remains a free man, the family of Martin must cope daily with their grief on top of justice that has so far not arrived.
Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton spoke to HuffPo about her reaction to the fact that Zimmerman has yet to be arrested, saying that she hopes recent news that the FBI and DOJ are investigating will move the Trayvon Martin case forward:
“I think it’s progress that so much is being done and I think they are starting to open their eyes. I truly believe they are going to arrest him… Until they do, I can not eat, I can not sleep and I can not relax. Not until he’s arrested.”
Outrage over the decision thusfar not to prosecute Zimmerman is not confined to Facebook and Twitter- the local community where Martin was shot and killed has been tense since the murder, and Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) represents Sanford (where the killing occurred.) Brown says the incident was a hate crime, and that no neighborhood watch program exists in the gated community- she explains to NPR:
“[Zimmerman] appointed himself as neighborhood watch… Obviously, he didn’t go through the training, because the training indicates (that) you follow the directions of the police department. The police department asked him to stand down.”
Do you think Trayvon Martin’s mother will see justice following the murder of her son?