Does it matter that there was marijuana in Trayvon Martin's system?
Recent evidence has shown that the Trayvon Martin investigation is still far from over. Just a few days after the FBI said they were examining whether Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, should be charged with a hate crime, a wealth of new information related to the case--including photos of a bruised Zimmerman, medical reports, and witness accounts--was released to the pubilc.
One piece of information that has drawn lots of negative attention? A medical's examiner's findings that the 17-year-old Martin had traces of THC (an active ingredient in marijuana) in his system in an autopsy conducted just hours after his death. The discovery has fueled arguments in favor of Zimmerman and placed new blame on Martin--which I find, quite honestly, to just be ridiculous.
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Um, news flash: people smoke marijuana, especially young kids like Martin. I don't know why that is shocking to anyone...or why that is even remotely important in this case. I mean, does the fact really change anything? Or justify Martin's death? I don't think so.
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In fact, I think that information is only taking attention away from one of the GIANT and crucial pieces of evidence that actually is of signifiance in this investigation: which is that only two weeks after the shooting, police in Sanford, Florida, ruled the killing of Martin "ultimately avoidable" and urged prosecutors to take George Zimmerman into custody. WHAT?! Are you kidding me? So why was Zimmerman not charged and arrested until weeks later? What was the hold up? The request read:
The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement, or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog (sic) in an effort to dispel each party's concern. There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity.
Don't those few words really just say it all? Even if Martin had attacked Zimmerman as he proclaimed (Zimmerman said he only shot the teen in self-defense and new photos do show him with small cuts on his face and head), it would have never even gotten to that point if Zimmerman had just done as he was told and stayed in his car. So in the end, does it really matter if Martin had recently smoked marijuana? Ultimately, it was Zimmerman's irresponsible, rash actions led to the death of a young teenager. And that's the real piece of information the public and law officials really need to focus on.
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