Like any other Black man who doesn’t walk around with a gun on his waist, I found myself confused and disturbed by the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin (pictured left), who was shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, 26 (pictured below), last week after an altercation.
As the son of a police officer, I understand the need to use deadly force, even if the defendant happens to be Black. But in this case, I don’t see a police officer, I see a security guard. The use of deadly force by a neighborhood watchman is enough to create suspicion in the mind of anyone with a working brain.
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The second thing I noticed about the case of Trayvon Martin is that he was unarmed. This wasn’t a shootout. It wasn’t some innocent victim being robbed at gunpoint. This was the case of an armed security guard shooting a Black man who had nothing to defend himself but his fists.
The next thing I noticed about the Trayvon Martin shooting is that it appears that the boy was simply being stalked by the security guard on his way to his father’s house. Zimmerman felt that Martin somehow had a suspicious profile and then proceeded to follow him on the way home.
So, if anything, we can say that this unarmed Black teenager was being terrorized by a night watchman who somehow thought that he “looked suspicious” for inexplicable reasons. There is nothing illegal about Martin fighting Zimmerman if he was indeed being harassed or physically assaulted for no reason. Martin wasn’t hitting a police officer – he was hitting a security guard.