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    Posted April 11, 2012 by
    Greenville, South Carolina
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    One year since Trayvon Martin's death

    modestoam and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Trayvon Martin shooting
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    Zimmerman charged with second degree murder


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     modestoam, of Greenville, South Carolina, says the prosecutor made the right call in charging Zimmerman. 'I think the charge is worthy. I believe that he profiled Trayvon and was antagonistic towards him that subsequently caused his death,' he says. However, he says, this does not mean justice for Trayvon. 'The system of lobbyists influencing public policy in cases like "stand your ground" needs to be stopped because, as we saw, George Zimmerman was allowed too much time to be free as the debate about whether or not he was guilty and his whereabouts enthralled public media,' he says. 'The Trayvon Martin situation is not the first time a black child has been gunned down for suspicious reasons...The violence towards black people needs to stop, regardless of whether someone wears a hoodie, wears gold caps in their mouth, or has a style that you deem dangerous or stupid. We all need to get along and make this nation one that is non-violent and tolerant towards all people.'
    - ssesha, CNN iReport producer

    George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was an unarmed teenager that was accosted and shot by George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain.

    Although Zimmerman is behind bars, we as a collective need to challenge the system. A system that allows laws like "stand your ground" to exist and suspend justice for an innocent kid and allows a vigilante with a chip on his shoulder to buy time and be free until charged.
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