Volume 2, Number 15 - April 24, 2012

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Vox Populi: What Are Your Thoughts On George Zimmerman Being Charged With Second-Degree Murder In Connection With The Trayvon Martin Case

By Helen Hamilton
helen.hamilton001@mymdc.net

The Reporter asked Miami Dade College students what they thought about George Zimmerman being charged with second-degree murder in connection with the Trayvon Martin case.


 “I think he should have been charged with first-degree murder. I believe it was premeditated. I think racism is a major factor in this case. I think it’s unfortunate that a lot of young black men are viewed as criminals, and honestly, as a black man, it makes me feel as if my life is not worth as much as other races.”

Felton Pierre, 21, English

“It’s fair that he was charged second-degree. The guy thought he could get away with it, and he did at first. So now he was charged with something he should have.”

Jonathan Klein, 20, business 

“My question is, how far does the stand your ground law go? He followed Trayvon Martin. It’s clear by the 911 call that he was following him. I think he should have gotten worse.”

Jeancarlo Betancourt, 24, criminal justice/film

“I feel that he deserved what he got; as for using a gun, you need to use a gun for a good reason, don’t just use a gun for any stupid reason—not just because you see someone walk through your neighborhood.”

Phoebe Waith, 30, paralegal studies

“I don’t think the degree is as significant as the fact that he got charged. There is justice in that because he was first caught and then let go. I believe Florida needs to reevaluate the law that allows these things to happen.”

Gabriela Narvaez, 29, Student Life coordinator for clubs/organizations

“I think it’s okay with second-degree because it wasn't premeditated. What makes it complicated is the fact that he was told to evade the situation, yet he continued.”

Uriel Perez, 18, undecided major


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