Today Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton said their final good-byes to their son at a Miami church. They are still looking for answers… and the list of questions is growing.
WFTV out of Orlando discovered earlier in the weekend that the shooter, George Zimmerman, had been arrested in 2005 for battery on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence. Until WFTV showed the court documents to the family, they had no idea that Zimmerman had an arrest record (the charges in 2005 were dropped, ‘why’ has not been reported). Trayvon’s mother was understandably stunned. “He was just a baby… my heart hurts… I don’t understand,” Sybrina Martin said.
So the question taken up by the neighbors of Brandy Green in Sanford Florida is ‘why have the police not arrested Mr. Zimmerman in light of his arrest record?’ Granted, according to the sheriff, Zimmerman is cooperating with the investigation, but they are not happy. A number of them gathered at the Sanford Police Station for two hours on Saturday, waiting to speak with someone who could answer that question. They were ignored. There’s nothing worse than ignoring a protester. Some in the group have contacted the Rev. Al Sharpton, now a commentator for MSNBC, asking that he apply pressure to the sheriff to at least arrest Zimmerman.
My question is ‘how did this Seminole State College criminal justice major keep a concealed weapon permit with that arrest record?’ I would think that allowing an individual who has given them trouble in the past carry concealed is the last thing the local police would want.
The family did file a public records lawsuit Friday, seeking the release of the 911 tapes surrounding the incident, plus the tape of Zimmerman’s non-emergency call. The tape, if any, of Zimmerman’s call will answer the question of what, exactly, did the dispatcher tell him to do. They might even shed some light onto why he had been following Trayvon Martin in the first place.
The 600-pound gorilla in the middle of the room is race. Was Trayvon targeted because he was black? Is Zimmerman still free because he is white and the victim is a black kid from Miami? If the Rev. Sharpton gets involved, he will haul that 600-pound gorilla out of the shadows and put a microphone in its fist. The sheriff’s investigators might want to conclude their work with all deliberate speed.