George Zimmerman Acquitted: Can Restorative Justice Apply?
from the article by Lisa Rea on Restorative Justice International:
For those who haven’t followed this trial, Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old black teenager shot by George Zimmerman, an armed neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida in 2012. Zimmerman was acquitted.
It’s hard to consider that such a verdict is just given the victim, Trayvon Martin, was unarmed while Zimmerman was the one with the gun.
Regardless of your views on whether the offender was “justified” in his killing Martin, let alone considering the impact of Florida’s “stand your ground” law, there is no peace from this verdict. As many have said, this verdict might be legal but it is not just. The offender killed; the victim died. The offender is released. Trayvon Martin can’t speak from the grave. The family members of the teenager are the victims left behind. Can restorative justice apply here and how? Is it available to them?