Thoughts on Thursdays: Neighborhood Watch Captain Kills Teen

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Good Morning Toughtalkerz!  Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old high school junior from Miami, FL was visiting his dad and stepmother in Orlando recently.  The young man was spending a quiet afternoon watching coverage of the NBA All Star Weekend when he decided to take a break from TV and decided to walk to the convenience store to purchase snacks…his younger brother Chad asked Trayvon (affectionately known as Tray), to bring him back some skittles.  Chad never received those skittles because Tray never returned home.  He was shot to death.  By whom you ask?  Allegedly the person who was supposed to be in charge of keeping the community safe.  George Zimmerman (who is listed in the community newsletter as Neighborhood Watch Captain), supposedly placed a 911 call to the Sanford Police Department to report a suspicious person.  How protocol usually works is that the dispatcher asks for a description of the “suspicious” person (what they’re wearing , doing, etc.) and THEY handle it from there.  But that didn’t happen…because Tray is dead.  And now his family has to bury a promising young man who had aspirations of one day becoming a pilot.  And what happened to the alleged shooter?  Mr. Zimmerman is not in jail.  Nor has he been charged with any crime.  He actually walked away from the scene.  And I know what you’re asking yourself…how is this even possible?  Well the police are looking into the possibility of the shooting being self defense.  Yes self defense!  Tray, who at the time of the incident was carrying a can of Arizona Ice tea in his jacket pocket and a package of Skittles in his front pocket was shot dead.  And how those two items could begin to justify using deadly force to shoot the young man in the chest is beyond me!  The police have refused to release the original 911 tape to the family…and I wonder why?  Maybe it will shed some light on the incident and finally bring out the truth of what really happened.  There’s one thing I’m certain of…Trayvon Martin didn’t deserve to be murdered.  And someone needs to be held responsible for their actions.  And after reading this we all know who that should be!!  JUST MY THOUGHTS PEOPLE!!!

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What Were You Thinking Wednesdays: The Halloween Shooting

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The District of Columbia’s Department of the Youth Rehabilitation Services ….WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??  On Monday night shortly after 8pm, Tyronn Vincent Garner (age 17) was pronounced dead at an area hospital.  Mr. Garner was shot in his head on October 31, 2011, Halloween night, in an affluent area in Washington, DC known as Georgetown.  Such a young person losing their life is a tragedy within itself, knowing that it should have never happened makes it even more sad.  I’m asking…COULD THIS HAVE BEEN AVOIDED??  Mr. Garner was a ward of the City’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and was supposed to be removed from the city in July 2011 and sent to a facility in Pennsylvania (so he shouldn’t have been in DC anyway).  And my question to the Department and the City is “what changed??”  Mr. Garner was sent to The New Beginnings Juvenile Facility in Maryland for a brief stay, with the next step supposedly being transferred to Pennsylvania to a another facility that had more services to offer the teen.  But that never occurred.  In September the agency appeared in front of DC Superior Court’s Judge Milton Lee and they informed the Judge that New Beginnings would keep Garner without any explanation why.  Sources have said such a decision angered the judge so much that he in fact placed Garner on probation and placed a 7pm curfew on him as well.  But after all of those things occurring, no one has yet to state why the plans changed??  Was there an economic reason why the plans changed?  Was there an oversight on someones behalf?  Or was it just plain incompetence by the agency to follow up on a court order?  I’m not sure if we will ever get the true story behind the change in plans, but what I do know is that now Tyronn’s family has to plan a funeral service.  And while his loved ones mourn his death…my question to you again is…COULD IT ALL HAVE BEEN AVOIDED?  DC Department of the Youth Rehabilitation Services…WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??!!!