Case: Smile For The Camera

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Smile for the Camera
February 26, 2016, Sanford Police received a call to the scene of a crime. A 17-year-old
African American boy, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain.
Coming home from a convenience store with a can of soda and some candy, Martin was seen as suspicious. George Zimmerman, accused of the murder of Trayvon Martin, later walked out of the courtroom with a "Not Guilty" plea. Zimmerman waived his right to the "Stand Your
Ground" law. In the release of the phone records it was said that Zimmerman made some racially biased slurs about Martin when reporting him to the police initially; before the operator told him to stay in his vehicle. Nobody truly knows the events that happened that evening; if Zimmerman
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Sometimes, defendants aren’t always given a speedy trial like promised. Without the hassle of subpoenas and calling witnesses, trials would be more of a sentencing than a trial.
Most convincingly, body cameras show the human side of police officers; and as a result, help officers gain trust among citizens. An average day for police officers doesn’t always involve movie like crime scenes, or officer involved shootings. Many officers take part in community outreach and help citizens inside and outside of police duty. Cops are average people; they struggle with traffic, car problems, dealing with irate people constantly, and work long hours.
With the tension in America between citizens and officers, sometimes a friendly reminder that not every cop is bad can be helpful. 911 is supposed to be a number that people call for help; whether you are in danger, fear your life, in an altercation that won’t be solved, or someone has gotten themselves stuck. But in recent trends, it seems as if communities fear officers rather than feeling safe or trusted. Red, white, and blue are the colors that Americans associate with

Manderscheid 5 freedom; unless those colors are flashing behind you on top of a police car. Cameras are
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Works Cited

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