And he was serving a suspension from school for possessing marijuana on the day that he was killed. And while it's still not clear if the photos circulating the internet that were allegedly from the kid's Facebook and other social media sites and which show him throwing gang signs and posing with guns and drugs are real, it's becoming clearer that he was no choirboy.
Still, George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin and who was apparently beaten by Martin before firing the shots, is probably going to wind up indicted before too much longer, and yes, that will probably happen in part because of the "outrage" of so many people, most of whom know even less about the events surrounding the shooting than I do, which is damned little indeed. Zimmerman screwed up when he perceived Martin as a threat, according to his own 911 call, and then exited his vehicle and began following Martin on foot instead of remaining in his vehicle as he'd been instructed to do by the 911 dispatcher. A claim of self-defense requires that the claimant have clean hands and not have done anything to escalate the situation into one where the use of deadly force would have been otherwise appropriate. Zimmerman, by leaving his vehicle and pursuing Martin, did just that. If he was formally trained as Florida's law requires for those who wish to carry a firearm for self-defense, he should have known better. That concept is a cornerstone of the NRA's 8hr Personal Protection course or comparable training that Florida's concealed carry law mandates.
I wish Zimmerman luck, because he's going to need it to get out of the fix that he put himself in. And as for all of the Martin supporters who claim to be so upset over the death of one black male at the hands of "some white guy", I have to ask them all where the anguish is for all of the other people--white, black, male, female, children and senior citizens--who are killed every day in this country by other black males? Is just this death and this death alone worthy of getting angry about? And would any of these people be angry today had Martin the black male just killed Zimmerman or anyone else for no real reason last month? Sadly, I think that we all know the answers to these questions.
Oh, and in the latest development, Martin's mother has spent some cash ($325.00 per filing) to try to trademark her son's name. Apparently this "grieving family" is starting to see the dollar signs flying around, and since there's no handy police department or big corporation to sue, they're planning to go after anyone who utters or prints the phrases “I Am Trayvon” or “Justice for Trayvon". Someone had better warn Obama before she trademarks "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."