Trayvon was travelling home in his own neighbourhood from the shop with a bag of sweets. It's raining on the street so he's got his hoodie up. Zimmerman is part of a local neighbourhood patrol team who hangs out in his car, armed, looking for people up to no good.
So he sees this black teen walking and decides he's "real suspicious". He calls the police to report it. He tells the police he's "Sick of these ***holes getting away with it"
He then gets out of his car to follow Trayvon. The police tell him not to do that. Trayvon runs away (presumably because he's just seen a man stare at him from his car, get out and start following him). Zimmerman follows him.
Zimmerman then shoots and kills Tray during an altercation. Now whatever about the defence of justifiable homicide, or self defence (Which given it's florida has quite wide definition) to not even ARREST the guy is ludicrous. There are sustained protests in the state and the Justice dept is investigating the FA police's behaviour. But if he gets away with this then as long as you have a licence to carry a concealed weapon, and don't know the person you're about to kill, you've pretty much got licence to kill in Florida as long as no one sees you.
either case I am still puzzled as to why he wasn't arrested? The kid was a minor in the eyes of the law, still 17 and he did not have a weapon of any kind? I dont know how a person can talk themselves out of being arrested and charged? Are neighbourhood watch groups allowed to carry weapons?
Yeah this story has been all over the news here in the states. The law that allowed this man to commit murder and not face any charges is so absurd I don't know whether laughter or tears should be a response. It's actually stunning.