In February 2012, a 28-year-old man followed a 17-year-old youth and killed him on a residential street. The youth hadn’t done anything; he did not commit a crime, and he hadn’t provoked the older man. He was shot simply because he seemed “suspicious.” This was the story of Trayvon Martin’s death in Sanford, Florida at the hands of George Zimmerman (Cooper). Zimmerman, the killer, is a white man while Trayvon was an innocent black youth. While Trayvon’s death was a tragedy, it was also an example of violent racism in the United States. Racial discrimination affects the way Americans think about race violence and relations, and should be eradicated as soon as possible.
On April 22, 1992, three guilty criminals walked away innocent after committing heinous acts of aggression and assault. They were not punished after brutally beating an African American citizen after a meer traffic stop. This brutal act of racial profiling was forgiven in the name of systemic bias and societal attitudes towards racism and similar issues. The date in question is the day that the verdict of the Rodney King trial was released by the jury. The trial involved Rodney G. King a taxi driver who was pulled over for a traffic violation. After said violation, four nameless officers proceeded to beat the mostly compliant King. The savage act of police brutality was captured on camera. After such a crime, the four officers in question were
It’s been 4 years since the killing of Trayvon Martin and the verdict still hasn’t ended the debate about his death. Many supporters believe that his murder was a cowardly act by one George Zimmerman who shot and killed Martin. It was the night of February 26 when Martin went to a nearby 7-eleven to buy himself a snack. Wearing the hood of his grey shirt over his head, he paid the store clerk and left. He was walking back to his father’s house, where he was staying after he had been suspended from school. Zimmerman identified Martin as being sketchy and called the police regarding a very suspicious individual to which the police ordered him not to follow. Zimmerman profiled Martin and then confronted him, no one actually saw the incident but
Emmett Till murder trial changed the world the world by making people realizes that they have to stand and make a change. Emmett Till helped people realizes they have to stand up .Emmett Till helped black and white people join together. Emmett Till death inspired American People to demand justice for black people through his background, murder and trial and world wide impact.
Innocence is is a lack of guilt, with respect to any kind of crime, or wrongdoing. In a legal context, innocence refers to the lack of legal guilt of an individual, with respect to a crime. Being convicted of a crime and found not guilty later on can frustrate the convict and the convict’s family as the time spent behind bars, is time they will never get back.
“A person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.” In the play, Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose, a nineteen years old is on trial for the murder of his father. After many pieces of evidence were presented, the three that are weak include the one of a kind knife, the old men who heard the words “I’m going to kill you!” and the woman who is in question because of her glasses. Based on these, the boy is not guilty.
OJ Simpson was an idolized NFL player, actor, and broadcaster. He was loved by all and defied all racial barriers during the 1900s. People didn’t see him for the color of his skin, they saw him as an American hero. This was until June 12, 1994 when Nicole Simpson, OJ Simpson’s ex wife, as well as Ronald Goldman were found murdered. This was the beginning of the end of most Americans respect and adoration for OJ Simpson. OJ became the prime suspect of their murders.
As innate to America as apple pie and baseball are, so is vigilantism. Since the decision to revolt against Britain in 1776, acts of vigilantism have prevailed the nation. American vigilantism organizes itself into three distinct eras, classical, neo and pseudo vigilantism all of which serve as reactions to epidemics plaguing the nation.
A blood spatter proved in a case study that a teen could not have murdered her parents. In a murder case where an 18-year-old, Sarah Johnson was sentenced to life in prison for committing a first degree murder for both her and dad. The case reopened when a retired crime lab technician Michael Howard “testified that whoever shot Diane and Alan Johnson at close range on September 2, 2003, would have been hit by a "rain" of blood spatter” (http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/03/03/johnson/index.html?eref=sitesearch). Howard came up with his theories proving that, Sarah was not even close in committing those murders and it is a wrongful conviction. Based on blood spatter, Howard disclosed that the shooting which took place was at a very close range and
Lizzie Borden’s trial was one of most mysterious and famous murder trials in 1900’s. The trial was popular in America at the time thus, people followed the trial throughout to find out who murdered Andrew and Abbey Borden. The murder of Andrew Borden and his wife took place in the Borden’s house on August 4th, 1892 in the city called Fall River, Massachusetts. The Borden’s house consisted of Andrew Borden and his second wife, Abby, his two daughters, Lizzie and Emma, and a housemaid Bridget Sullivan. About a week after the crime Lizzie was arrested for her father and stepmother’s murders; however, in spite of a great deal of evidence, she was acquitted. A look at the evidence of the murder case proves
And because it’s so impassioned, it’s typically disproportionate to the original injury—meaning that it usually can’t be viewed as just. The punishment may fit the crime, but it’s often an exaggerated response to another’s perceived offense. (And I use the qualifier “perceived” purposely here. For take the Florida case of George Zimmerman’s fatal 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. Not only does such an instance exemplify the wrongheadedness sometimes linked to vigilante justice but, as many (if not most) people would agree, Zimmerman’s ultimate acquittal represented a serious miscarriage of justice—especially in light of the gunman’s anti-social conduct and legal infractions subsequent to the case.)
Imagine walking home in the rain after purchasing a snack at 7-11 then being followed and shot. You’re shot because you look suspicious in your hoodie and jeans. German composer Johannes Brahms once said “Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.” Zimmerman was suspicious because Trayvon was not like him. On February 26, 2012 George Zimmerman alerted the police of Sanford, Florida that there was a suspicious guy walking around his neighborhood looking about. Zimmerman described what the guy was wearing as “A dark hoodie,
O.J. Simpson 's trial was one of the most anticipated trials. It was highly publicized and many people watched the trial go on on the news. O.J. Simpson was convicted of murder - killing his ex-wife and his waiter (and friend). Both were stabbed multiple times. On June 12th, 1994, his ex-wife and waiter were found murdered outside a condo in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Evidence collected at the scene all pointed to Simpson. On June 17th, 1994, O.J. Simpson was arrested. While he was still in his own car he had a gun pointed to his head. He was supposed to turn himself in earlier that day, but later on he apologized for it after his friend convinced him to throw his gun out the window and think about his children. O.J. sent letters
Orenthal James Simpson, also known as OJ Simpson, was born on July 9, 1947. Once in high school OJ Simpson didn't have very good grades but his football skills got him to play for the USC Trojans. OJ simpson ended up winning the heisman trophy in 1968. Once out of College OJ was drafted by the Buffalo Bills but did not show his talent until the team switched to a running styled offense. OJ then retired in 1979 after a legendary football career. Simpson was then also accepted into the hall of fame in 1985. OJ also divorced his first wife in 1979, and his second wife in 1992. Two years later Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were both found stabbed to death outside of their condominium on June 12th 1994. After evidence was revealed OJ Simpson was suspected of the Murder, but he pleaded “Absolutely, Positively,100%, not guilty”(para)(O.J. Simpson Biography). What really happened during this trial, What went wrong, How was OJ Simpson not convicted?