A few weeks after George Zimmerman was acquitted for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, alleged robbers have cited the slain 17-year-old for fueling their actions.
Details of the alleged robbery landed online Sunday (July 28).
A weekend robbery in a racially diverse neighborhood of Washington may have been a hate crime, police said. “This is for Trayvon Martin,” one of the three black men told a white man as they approached him early Saturday, according to Washington Metropolitan Police Officer Anthony Clay. The alleged robbery happened two weeks after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the 2012 death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin The men kicked the adult white male as they took his iPhone and wallet, Clay said Sunday. The man, who has not been publicly identified, suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment, he said. There have been no arrests, but police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, he said. (CNN)
Bad Boy Records rapper French Montana spoke on how common fatal shootings take place in his New York hometown.
“He was just the first one that got public, the people standing behind. But things like that happen almost every day where I’m from, so I’m used to it,” French said in an interview. “I’m used to not getting the upper hand in the court of law. That’s the system we’re dealing with. … The way everybody is reacting to the whole Trayvon situation, you can’t get a better outcome.” (Toronto Rappers)
Fellow New York rapper Raekwon recently said the Martin family’s fate was sealed with the selected jurors.
“When I heard about the verdict, about the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case, I was sad,” Rae revealed in an interview. “I was disappointed in the justice system and I felt like they didn’t really pay attention to the case the way they were supposed to. The jurors, there were mothers there, and it hurt me to know that they wouldn’t even understand the fact that he’s still a child. This is a kid right here, this is not somebody that I’m saying, ‘Well, he looked the suspicion’ or ‘He looked like he was carrying [a weapon], he was going to draw on you’ or ‘He was bigger than you.’ This is a kid. He looked like he didn’t weigh no more than 120 pounds and you a grown man following him and you must have wanted to be this hero.’ And I think within the case, people didn’t look at it all the way.” (Fuse News)
This week, rap star Jay Z admitted the not guilty verdict hit him extremely hard.
“I was really angry, I didn’t sleep for two days. I was really angry about it. We all knew it was still a bit of racism in America but for it to be so blatant, if you just ask yourself the question, ‘Didn’t Travyon have a right to stand his ground?’ He was being chased, he fought back. He may have won. That doesn’t mean he’s a criminal. He won. If you chase me and you try to attack me and I defend myself, how can I be in the wrong? How is that right? This guy went to get some Skittles and go back to watch the All-Star game. He had plans. ‘I gonna get this Arizona, these Skittles, and go watch this game.’ … He had no intentions of robbing anyone’s home — it’s a thing where it’s like a reminder of, ‘We still got a long way to go.’ It’s beautiful because this generation right now, they don’t see color in that way. We’re a bit removed from those racist feelings.” (“The Truth With Elliott Wilson”)