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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Character Assassination of Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin was a teenage boy, who was murdered 29 days ago. After Trayvon's murder his dead body was drug tested. George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, was not drug tested. This is just one tiny fact in an ocean of facts that illustrate just how quickly our law enforcement system began looking for ammunition to assail Trayvon's history as a way of justifying his murder after the fact.

Since Trayvon gasped his last breath, and died in the grass, 29 days ago, George Zimmerman has been a free man. His father, a retired judge, wrote a letter to the media defending his son. When the public responded and demanded justice for Trayvon, the Zimmerman defense machine went sniffing through Trayvon's school records, desperate for any information that could deliver George Zimmerman further away from accountability for the senseless murder he committed.

Trayvon's mourning loved ones and millions of their supporters know that the only person that was ever in danger on that fateful night, in that gated community, when George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin crossed paths was Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was unarmed, talking on the phone with his girlfriend, and he was being followed. He was being followed by someone who had a gun. The man with the gun had already been told by 911 not to follow Trayvon.

It is obvious that George Zimmerman's calculated lawyers can't afford to have public compassion or sympathy for Trayvon when their client's actions on the night of Trayvon’s death are sure to damn their client in any sensible and fair court.

The media should be reporting the whole story and begin with fully exploring George Zimmerman's prior arrests, and why each time the charges against him always fizzled away. The media should be exploring if his father's career as a Judge has anything to do with George Zimmerman's violent criminal record never manifesting in any punishment.  The media should follow Lawrence O'Donnell's courageous and bold lead by demanding the facts instead of force feeding us Zimmerman's attorney's blasphemous eulogy of this young boy. These attack’s on Trayvon’s memory are getting us no closer to making sure that George Zimmerman never kills again.