Trayvon Martin Shooting Essay

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As Americans we are bold, brave and unwilling to be pushed around. Our nation is a symbol of our story and how our determination made us the greatest country on the face of the earth. We are a family and just like every family we have our ups and downs and many times are separated by family disputes. Time after time just as soon as our nation begins to recover as a whole from one dramatic event, we open ourselves to be consumed by sectionalism and riots over events like the Fruitvale station shooting, the crisis in Ferguson and one of the most popular and still most debated events to this day the Trayvon Martin shooting.”
Trayvon Martin a Seventeen year old boy was gunned down on the night of February 26, 2012 in Sanford Florida while walking
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Martin was born into the world as Trayvon Benjamin Martin in 1995 on February 5. His mother and father four years down the road would face a divorce. Martin was enrolled in the Miami Gardens public schooling system in Florida. He struggled with his discipline during high school. Many times he had been suspended for various reasons such as vandalism, tardiness and possession of drug paraphernalia. Martin was found with some women’s jewelry that officers believed he had stolen. Martin was not charged for having the stolen jewelry and he had no juvenile record. (, …show more content…
There was talk of weather the defense would use parts of Martins past disciplinary struggles in their argument. “Behavioral profiling is not racial profiling, but behavioral profiling can be just as discriminatory as racial profiling.” (Nelson, n.p.) On the twenty eighth of May in 2013 the court decides that the defense could not use anything about Martins past to support their argument. Months later Zimmerman is found not guilty for the crime of manslaughter because of the “Stand your ground law” in Florida. (,

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