- Posted April 13, 2012 by
Watertown, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
One year since Trayvon Martin's death
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Supporters of Trayvon Martin aren't cheering Zimmerman's arrest. Justice has yet to be decided. But that decision will be made where it should be made- in a court room.
This wasn't about vengence as some have suggested. There are always those in every movement. But they are the exception, not the rule.
Many assumed that George Zimmerman was just "standing his ground when he took the life of Trayvon Martin. Others were outraged that little recourse was available to Trayvon's grieving parents. Certainly, few answers were available.
Until thousands stood up and demanded that our justice system took a closer look at the circumstances that surrounded this case, it seemed as though nothing more would be done.
No one won in this decision - not Trayvon's parents or friends who will suffer the pain of their loss a lifetime.
Zimmerman made a decision that night that will affect him and Martin's family forever. Legislators made decisions about implementing vague laws that leave the outcome of this trial in question.
Maybe justice will prevail now that it's had a second look at this difficult case, but Trayvon and Zimmerman won't have that chance. If Trayvon's death forces us to put our decisions and what we want as a society on trial along side Zimmerman in the weeks to come, then so be it. It's long over due that we did.
It's unclear what the outcome of Zimmerman's trial will be. He may very well go free. Such is the case when laws are vague and poorly thought through. But we can honor Trayvon's memory by changing our justice system in ways that bring clarity and prevent other parents from being broken-hearted.