Neighborhood Watch Patrol:Trayvon's Voice Heard Round the World
Most people consider that they are safe in their own neighborhood because of new organizations sprouting up in many communities along with committees which are formed called "neighborhood watch patrol." Sadly, whenever there are people allowed to carry guns safety of the neighborhood is not always their first priority. Sometimes, the safety of theirselves carries higher precedence over any other situation.
In the case of George Zimmerman, 28 year-old self-appointed neighborhood watch guard, the tables were quickly turned against effort to keep the community safe because in a highly publicized altercation, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was left dead in a heap carrying in his hands only a bag of skittles and a soda.
Records reveal that 911 messages have recently been screened by expert audio analysts who have determined the same conclusion that was made by the Martin family that the screams for "help" on the messages were that of son, Trayvon.
Outside a U.S. embassy in London, 17 black balloons were flown while hundreds of people in support of the prosecution of George Zimmerman overwhelmed the city streets and caused a media stir. Even in the UK there are people who feel for the Martin family and encourage the authorities to arrest George Zimmerman.
The NAACP is now involved in a righteous battle to bring awareness to what's happened through the death of Martin breaking the support which helped keep Zimmerman free up until this point from prosecution or suspicion of wrongdoing. Now, the organization is fast footing a new approach and the difference could put Zimmerman behind bars sooner than expected.
"Because of the age of the young man and because of the circumstances of his death, every community can identify with that," said Bernard Simelton, president of the Alabama state conference of the NAACP. "We've had things like that happen in Alabama where somebody gets killed and the police just sweep it under the rug. It just touches everyone."
Martin was walking in the neighborhood unarmed back from a convenience store and was gunned down during what Zimmerman said was a scuffle. However, the scuffle heard on the 911 tapes clearly identify the voice screaming for help as Martin's. The case is quickly rising to a "racial flashpoint with protesters," according to NBC News. Zimmerman is White and Hispanic according to current records.
Protesters led by two prominent religious leaders who rally for Civil Rights, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton chanted "We want an arrest, shot in the chest." Martin was fatally shot in the chest on Feb. 26, 2012 in Orlando. According to the Sentinel, the suspect was chasing after Zimmerman back to his SUV when he was trying to leave the scuffle and that's when Zimmerman claims to have shot at Martin in the check.
Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws prevents Zimmerman from being arrested based on the assumption that he was acting in self-defense. The Chief of Police in Orlando called a press conference within a week to remove himself from his job position during this investigation but it's unclear whether or not the reason he stepped down is because he himself appointed Zimmerman as neighborhood watch officer and sanctioned his concealed weapons permit, or whether the pressure of firing him from his position became too popular.
The final decision to arrest Zimmerman rests on the outome of the facts concerning whether or not this act of violence occurred in defense or whether the screams recorded and heard by nearby residents are enough proof that Martin himself was victimized by Zimmerman and those screams were pleas of help by a young teenage boy trying to survive.
"I believe that's Trayvon Martin in the background, without a doubt," Primeau told the newspaper. "That's a young man screaming."
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous were among those leading the rally through Sanford’s streets, marching behind a huge yellow banner with the words “Justice for Trayvon.”
Zimmerman told police that he was walking back to his vehicle when Martin attacked him and slammed his head against the ground and that he shot in self defense. Police declined to arrest Zimmerman citing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which gives wide latitude to use deadly force when a threat is perceived.