I am glad the US Justice Dept is investigating the murder of Trayvon Martin. But legal scholars and the Justice Dept’s own lawyers are saying that proving this was a hate crime will be tough if not impossible, even though we know it was a hate crime, based on the murderer’s own 911 call and what he said to the dispatcher. From the WaPo link:
Lawyers at the department said Tuesday that while the investigation into the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin would go forward, it would be difficult to prosecute the case under federal law. Civil rights law protects against “hate crimes” or actions by police officers, but Martin’s shooting may not have either of those elements, two officials said. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the probe is still under federal review.
It makes me cry that we still have to worry about children of color being killed in cold blood in this day and age. Sure, I am a minority myself, and my son, now an adult, is half hispanic. But I never worried about him being killed in the manner Trayvon Martin was killed because he didn’t look like a minority when he was young. I am quite thankful for that in retrospect.
Will there be justice for Trayvon’s murder? It’s looking bleak at this point, and the laws in red states like FL that allow this type of killing, under the cover of ‘stand your ground‘ are really nothing more than the legalized murder of innocent people of color.
We can thank the NRA and ALEC for those laws. And Trayvon’s blood is on their collective hands as well.
Ironically, the author of FL’s ‘stand your ground’ law former Sen. Durell Peaden, thinks George Zimmerman should be arrested for Trayvon’s murder. From the CBSNews link:
The authors of Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law say George Zimmerman should probably be arrested for shooting Trayvon Martin, reports the Miami Herald.
“He has no protection under my law,” former Sen. Durell Peaden told the newspaper.
Florida’s law, called “stand your ground” by supporters and “shoot first” by critics, was passed in 2005 and permits residents to use deadly force if they “reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”
Traditionally, self-defense laws did not typically extend beyond a person’s home, but the Florida law, and at least 20 more passed across the country since them, allows a resident to “meet force with force” almost anywhere, including the street or a bar.
Justice for Trayvon would be justice for all minorities. But will it happen?
Don’t hold your breath m’dear reader. You will probably turn blue and die..and that’s sad..in this day and age..its fucking pathetic.
The Bigots and Racists are winning folks… and we all, regardless of color, should be afraid.
Lawrence O’Donnell on the background of these heinous laws that legalize killing people below: