CJS 250 Week 7 Discussion Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman
Research the facts of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Was George Zimmerman acting in a private police officer capacity? Why or why not? Did this status have any impact on the trial outcome? What is your objective assessment of this situation? Include references.
Participation I have thought about that but the problem that continues to come into play is that there were no actual witnesses other then Zimmerman. The charge of manslaughter might have been thwarted with same form of defense because there is just enough evidence to raise reasonable doubt to any version of the event including ZimmermanÕs. However, because the plaintiff is given the benefit of doubt there is no real way to show that he is guilty of the crime. Participation I forgot about that part, I think it is an interesting case which should be studied closer because it is definitely a problem with how the laws are designed that created this outcome. On the one hand we do not want to make people helpless in situations but at the same time we need to limit the untrained and overzealous from taking matters into their own hands. Perhaps the answer lies in how security programs of this nature are treated. Perhaps there should be laws which govern the formation of community watch programs. It is a difficult area of law.