On February 26th 2012, George Zimmerman stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin through a gated community in Sanford, Florida, and then shot him through the heart. Earlier this week, the U.S.
Department of Justice declined
to file civil rights charges against the killer, two years after a state court
acquitted him of murder. These are the lessons we learned in between.
Tamir Rice, 12
Trayvon Martin, 17
Mike Brown, 18
Akai Gurley, 28
Ezell Ford, 25
John Crawford III, 22
Eric Garner, 43,
Yvette Smith, 47
Jordan Baker, 26
Jonathan Ferrell, 24
Larry Eugene Jackson, Jr., 32
AND YOU SHOULD BE TOO.
NEW VIDEO RELEASED OF UNARMED MAN BEING SHOT BY POLICE SHOWS POLICE LIED. DA RULED MURDER AS BEING “JUSTIFIED”
On August 11, 2014, Dillon Taylor walked out of a local Salt Lake City, Utah, convenience store minding his own business. He wasn’t armed. He wasn’t committing a crime. He was listening to music on his headphones, probably in his own world.
Just two days after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed an unarmed Mike Brown in Ferguson, Taylor would soon face a similar fate at the hands of a local officer. And on October 1, the district attorney in Salt Lake City, Sim Gill, ruled that the killing of 20-year-old Taylor was justified. Even in his determination, though, he stated that “Taylor’s shooting was justified not because he posed an actual threat, but because (Officer) Cruz reasonably perceived a threat.”
Do not forget this face! It has been almost 3 years since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, and the man who got away with murder was just arrested again on another weapons related incident. He was profiled, stalked, tracked, and then murdered by a man with violent tendencies yet justice was not served. Not only was his life taken, but so was his character. The young boy was accused of being a ‘thug’ despite being an average teenager doing teenager things, and having committed no crime when he was shot down. Do not forget this face, do not let history forget this young man. He was a victim, but was convicted of being Black and wearing a hoodie, a crime punishable by murder.