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POLL: Country Grappling with Shooting of Unarmed Teen

Online petitions have called for the arrest of the volunteer neighborhood watch captain who shot a 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla.

One of the biggest stories in the news this week is the continued debate over the shooting of 17-year-old Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin.

Martin, who was unarmed, was shot on Feb.26 by a neighborhood watch captain in his town of Sanford, Florida. The captain, George Zimmerman, said he fired his handgun in self-defense. Police Chief Billy Lee has said there is no information to dispute that's what happened and has refused to arrest Zimmerman.

In the meantime, Martin's family has called for the state Attorney General, the FBI and the Dept. of Justice to investigate the shooting. Allegations have been made the the killing may have been racially motivated. This week, Lee stepped down temporarily while the investigation continues.

The case has caused nationwide protests and has questioned both gun use laws in Florida and the issue of whether race played a factor in the shooting of an unarmed teen.

What's your take on this issue? Patch would like to know.

Arnum March 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM
This killing was wrong it was caused by profiling its illegal for law enforcement to profile. So now is this Country going to a system of vigilante militias. This seems to be a script from a Charles Brunson movie due to a hoodie. Youth of all racial backgrounds dress alike wearing hoodies, dropped pants, no shoe strings, as well tattoos. So should anyone be gunned down just because that could've been anyone's child or anyone of us. Its wrong and the Local, State and Federal Government need to investigate this horrific crime.
chris March 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
This tragedy is a wake up call to everyone as to how difficult it is to raise young black men in this country. West Orange has had issues of insensitivity to race in different forms. It's a reality.  No matter how much the typical town's public relations artists (who frequent these forums) want to deny it, WO has some work to do in this area...especially in our schools.  I have heard that the district is investing some dollars in racial sensitivity courses for our teachers.  Now only if we can get parents and neighbors on the same page.  Put your guards down, differences aside, let the ignorance go...Trayvon could be your child's friend, your neighbor...speak with your children about this case.  Open up the dialogue.  Don't be afraid to educate your kids on race issues.  We don't need any more Zimmermans in this country...and we certainly don't need Zimmermans in West Orange!
Maj Variola March 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
6'3 footballer attacks a guy. Guy defends self with available tools. Problem? Evolution works, unless you think GZ punched himself. Not racial, SYG, or pistol related. Just don't initiate force.
Maj Variola March 24, 2012 at 03:16 PM
It was caused by a 6'3 football playing man with behavioral problems at school, who decided to attack someone who at most was making sounds at him.
Tiel Roman March 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Last comment doesnt make sense. Please explain

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