Street protests spread across the US over the killing of an unarmed African American teenager by a white neighborhood watch guard and attempted police cover up.
Press TV has interviewed Frederick Alexander Meade, author and human rights activist from Atlanta Georgia about the gunning down of Trayvon Martin and protester’s demands for the police to arrest George Zimmerman so that he may face justice. Zimmerman has not been arrested due to a controversial law, which allows people to use deadly force when they perceive danger.
What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Tell us about exactly what is going on. Of course, this is not the first African American that has been killed in the US; however, it seems that this time around things are a little bit different as we are witnessing protests in different cities. Tell us what exactly is happening and what is the difference that we’re seeing this time around?
In the past, clearly we’ve had a number of young African American people gunned down by vigilantes as well as by police officers.
In the past we’ve experienced this considerably, but what is different about this circumstance is, in the case of Trayvon Martin, you have an enormous amount of information surfacing, which clearly proves that not only was he gunned down unjustly, but that there’s been an enormous cover up on behalf of law enforcement officials in subverting justice. That’s the difference here.
You have 911 tapes, which clearly demonstrate that, George Zimmerman pursued this young man; he was the aggressor; gunned him down; and you also have some information surfacing that the Sanford police department attempted to support the false claim of self defense.
You had one witness who stated that prior to Trayvon martin being shot he heard the screams from this young man crying out for help. Well, the arriving officer changed that statement. The arriving officer reported that it was not Trayvon Martin crying out for help, but in fact it was George Zimmerman.
So you have any number of pieces of information that support the idea that this crime is being covered up and because it’s so public, everybody’s fully aware of this, it’s created just a mass of support for the Martin family and that is what is required if the Martin family is going to receive justice.
As I said earlier we are seeing demonstrations now all over the country. How likely do you think that this movement to try to get justice for him is going to continue?
Based on what we’ve seen, clearly, this has really taken on a life of its own. You have rallies, demonstrations emerging in cities all over the country. College students have gotten involved. Yesterday in Florid, the state in which this murder occurred, you had approximately 50 schools in which high school students walked out as a demonstration of support for Trayvon Martin.
Really, this movement it continues to grow it continues to grow. There is no indication that it will stop any time soon. This time, I think not only African Americans, but a number of Americans irrespective of race, religion, political ideology; clearly understand that an enormous injustice has occurred.
And really I have to say a number of people in the nation have stood behind the Martin family and they are absolutely demanding justice. I don’t see any sign of this movement slowing.