Trayvon Martin case shows laws must change

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Many years ago, as a new social worker at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stamford, I saw a mother and her little son pass by.

The boy entered the room across from me and began screaming with a quality and intensity that shut out everything else. The cries of terror and pleading for help from a child who perceived he was about to die will be in my memory forever.

The child was given a pre-op sedative which paralyzed his heart. The doctors cut through his chest and hand-massaged his heart. But it was too late. He died after being brought in for a routine tonsillectomy.

I heard the essence of that primal scream a second time when following the George Zimmerman trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager walking home.

They played tapes of 911 calls with screams of terror in the background. Being trained as a professional listener, I  believe the screams for help were from a young male who saw his life coming to a close.

To be so terrified, the person screaming had to see his life could be over unless someone came to help. The primal yells I heard were not from a person who was in a regular fistfight. I’m certain the sounds of terror were from Trayvon who, confronted with Zimmerman’s loaded gun, knew he had only seconds to live.

The law that allows a person to carry a deadly weapon, shoot and kill and then say he was defending himself because the person he murdered fought back to defend himself has to change. Zimmerman was able to prove to a jury that a few bruises and bumps justified murdering an unarmed teenager. Zimmerman’s attorney convinced the jury it was Zimmerman who was afraid he was going to die from the fight.

Hopefully, the law will change and Zimmerman will not go back into the neighborhood watch business. Freedom was given to him by the jury, but Zimmerman will have his own demons and fears forever as he carries his concealed, holstered gun inside his waistband every day of his life.

 

Margaret Robben
Old Greenwich

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