This is the story of Trayvon Martin. For those of you who aren't familiar with the case, I'll try to lay out the undisputed facts:
A 17 YO teen (Martin) was walking to his father's girlfriend's house in a gated community. He was returning from the store where he bought candy and a drink.
A 28 YO man (Zimmerman) was working on the Neighborhood Watch. He saw a young man wearing a hood and walking slowly in the rain. He called the non-emergency number for the police. The dispatcher told him not to pursue the person. During the conversation, Zimmerman said, "these a..holes always get away."
He pursued him anyway. A struggle ensued. Neighbors began calling 911. On one of the tapes you can hear a person yell for help and then a gunshot.
The 28 YO man outweighed the 17 YO by about 100 pounds.
The police have publicly stated they will not be bringing charges against Zimmerman because he said he was acting in self-defense and they have no reason to doubt his account of the events.
The community is outraged. They want charges brought against the shooter. They also believe the shooting and the police's response are racially motivated.
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What do you think? Was this racially motivated? Does "self-defense" apply he approached the unarmed boy? Is it up to the police to decide that he was acting in self-defense or a judge/jury?