Target: Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder
Goal: Convince Holder that the jury in Florida did not serve justice, and that murderer George Zimmerman must be held responsible for the death of teenager Trayvon Martin
In February of 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Florida while walking home from the store late one night. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman carrying a concealed weapon, was told to stop following Martin multiple by police yet decided to take “justice” into his own hands. When Martin, who knew he was being followed and feared for his life, confronted Zimmerman in self-defense, Zimmerman killed young Trayvon. A Florida jury recently found Zimmerman, who was not even arrested immediately following the incident, innocent of all charges. Federal prosecutors still have a chance to bring suit against Zimmerman. Attorney General Eric Holder must tell the world that young black men are treated with the same respect as any other American citizens, and that Zimmerman is unequivocally guilty of second-degree murder.
In the past, Zimmerman has been tried for both battery of a police officer and domestic abuse, yet has miraculously escaped serious punishment in every one of his court appearances. In the time between the crime and his trial, Zimmerman gained around one hundred pounds, a clear indication of a guilty conscience. Zimmerman’s pursuit of innocent Martin reflected not only a wildly irresponsible vigilantism and violent personality but also a clear racial bias. Although Florida’s prosecution failed to convince a jury of Zimmerman’s guilt, the Department of Justice still has a chance to give Martin’s family the closure and justice they deserve. By signing the petition below, you will be telling Attorney General Holder that the Floridian jury’s decision was faulty and unacceptable.
Dear Attorney General Eric Holder,
George Zimmerman is a man with a history of violence and disrespect for the law. His actions against innocent 17-year-old Trayvon Martin constitute nothing other than racially motivated, cold-blooded murder. Although Martin’s family has remained poised and stalwart in the face of the Florida jury’s verdict, I firmly believe that they deserve another chance at justice.
Unfortunately, the facts of Martin’s murder were convoluted during Florida’s trial by evidence and witnesses that were out of the prosecution’s control. However, I believe that Zimmerman’s guilt is unequivocal and that the Florida jury made a grave error. In effect, Zimmerman stalked and provoked an innocent boy into confronting him. Martin, not Zimmerman, was acting in self-defense, and a verdict that says otherwise is a slap in the face of Martin’s surviving loved ones.
I am demanding that you throw the full weight of the Department of Justice against George Zimmerman and bring him to federal court to answer for his crimes. Trayvon Martin’s family deserves more than a verdict that assumes the worst about their beloved, innocent son.
[Your Name Here]
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