Never mind what the jurors, potential jurors and even prosecutors in the George Zimmerman trial have said — many insist that not only was Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin racially motivated, but that Zimmerman’s acquittal on murder charges was proof that it’s “open season” on young black men. If that’s the case, why have a trial at all?
The embers of the Zimmerman verdict might be dying down, but Samuel L. Jackson is fanning the flames of another case which had a much lower profile. More than a year after 18-year-old Ramarley Graham was shot by a New York City police officer in the bathroom of his grandmother’s home, a grand jury investigating the case decided not to file charges against the officer who shot him. The New York Times notes that the officer, who is white, still faces a federal inquiry and an internal disciplinary review, and Graham’s parents have filed a lawsuit against the police department.
In more than five hours of testimony, Officer Richard Haste said that Graham, who was being pursued following a suspected drug deal, ignored repeated warnings to show his hands. No gun was found at the scene, although a bag of marijuana was found in the toilet.