George Zimmerman Should Be Charged For Trayvon Martin's Murder By Sanford Police Department

The Sanford Police will soon make a decision on whether to charge and prosecute, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who was not arrested after shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February. As people wait for the special prosecutor’s decision, Zimmerman’s defense team has revealed new arguments to support his case against prosecution for Martin’s death. Hal Uhrig, a lawyer who recently joined Zimmerman's defense team, was cited on television using "Shaken Baby Syndrome" in his defense. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self defense, after being attacked by Martin who allegedly pounded his head into the concrete pavement. “Shaken Baby Syndrome” is recognized as a form of child abuse that is typically done to infants. Zimmerman is a 28-year-old-man who shot an unarmed teenager. This ridiculous defense and the flawed story Zimmerman told police is enough reason to prosecute him. 

On CBS, Uhrigh stated, "We're familiar with the Shaken Baby Syndrome. You shake a baby, the brain shakes around inside the skull. You can die when someone's pounding your head into the ground."  Zimmerman’s only injury Uhrigh described elaborately was a broken nose. There are often no visible external signs of “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” Injuries that are associated with SBS include bleeding in the brain. In the interview Robert Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s father, had with FOX News, he was asked to describe the injuries his son received and how he is healing. Robert’s response was, “Currently he’s not dealing with it well. I don’t know if his injuries are physical or mental, but he’s not in good shape.”  If George Zimmerman did have SBS, there would not be much confusion about his injuries because he would need serious medical attention. 

The Stand Your Ground law is what has been protecting Zimmerman, and it is the reason he was not arrested after his initial crime.  The evidence of racial profiling that stand against him contradict his claims of self-defense and they are what will lead to his prosecution. 

This racially driven case has triggered protests across the country. Martin’s supporters can only hope their outcries will soon make a difference.  

 

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Sifat Azad

Sifat is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Kingston University in London as the first-ever recipient of the Hilary Mantel Creative Writing Scholarship Award. She is a CUNY Baccalaureate graduate with dual concentrations in Literature and Creative Writing. Her piece, "Covered," was featured in John Jay's Finest and her short story, "Brownstone," was published in J Journal: New Writing on Justice.

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