The Justice Department announced Tuesday that George Zimmerman will not face federal criminal civil rights charges for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin in 2012.
Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, 17, while the unarmed African American teenager was walking in Sanford, Fla. The shooting became a national flash-point, sparking a discussion of race relations that continues to reverberate in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and other incidents across the country.
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a statement. “It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country.”
Holder that the “comprehensive examination” determined that there was not enough evidence for a federal hate crime prosecution. But he said that Martin’s “premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface.”
Absolutely, sir. We’ll continue that dialogue and confront those issues and tensions like there’s no tomorrow. For example, do not pound the head of someone who’s carrying a loaded weapon.
And lose the fascination with gangsta “culture”. Not healthy.
I disagree with the caption. I don’t thank Zimmerman for getting into that situation. He’s not liable, criminally or civilly, but he’s not entirely blameless.