Even though we don’t know all the facts surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin, we’ve
heard enough to know that there is an injustice that is very alarming. At minimum, this story should evoke a certain level of anger and righteous indignation within all of us. An African-American teenager named Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, a self-proclaimed Neighborhood Watch Captain. The shooting didn’t occur last week, or two weeks ago. It happened on Feb. 26. It is unbelievably shameful that to this day, George Zimmerman has still not been arrested on any charges. Not even for a weapon’s charge. It is equally despicable to witness the Sanford Police Department’s handling of this issue. They sent a narcotics investigator to test Trayvon Martin for drugs and alcohol. But for whatever reason, Mr. Zimmerman wasn’t subjected to a drug test. For three days, the police department wasn’t even proactive enough to take a look at Trayvon’s cell phone to call his parents, friends or loved ones. A 911 tape reveals that Mr. Zimmerman chased down Trayvon Martin even when the operator told him to stand back. There is enough probable cause to warrant an immediate arrest. I can’t help but imagine that if Trayvon Martin had been a white teenager, the response and level of urgency would’ve been very different.