Trayvon Martin Case Study

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Human rights is a term that many people have heard, but do we really have a good grasp of the concept? To many Americans human rights includes the right to bear arms, the right to a free education, or the right to vote. But to other Americans human rights include being able to walk down the street without being questioned by police; it is the right to enter a store without being followed. For others it is the right to fall in love with whomever they please. Since the founding of America, people have been fighting for all sorts of rights: from the right to vote to the right to equality. "Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language,…show more content…
For example, in the case of Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman had the right to bear arms. Trayvon Martin also had the right to walk buy skittles and juice from his local corner store. Trayvon Martin had the right to walk home from his trip to the store. However, George Zimmerman felt that his right to live was going to be taken away from him because Martin was acting suspicious. Therefore George Zimmerman used what he believed to be his right to bear arms. Then end result was Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin and ending his life. Trayvon Martin did not take away any of Zimmerman 's rights. All he did was buy snacks for him to enjoy in the comfort in his home. But because Zimmerman did not have any regard for Martin 's rights, and felt his own rights were being stripped from him by Martin, he felt that he had the authority to take away Martin 's right to…show more content…
States and other duty-bearers are responsible for the observance of human rights. Although human rights are defined by the law, many officers of the court fail to understand the definition of the term. They are abusing the term "human rights." They are not entitling everyone to the rights that they swore they understand and swore to protect. Lately, police have been stripping humans of their rights. There has been many cases of police brutality across the country. Police feel that they are protecting other people 's rights by devaluing another person 's life. An example of police brutality is in the case of Oscar Grant. There was a fight on a train so the train was forced to stop at nearby station. Oscar Grant, a 22 year old black male, was asked to come off the train. Oscar Grant exercised his right to freedom of speech. He was not sure as to why he was being questioned since he was not involved in the fight. Because he was not one of the people involved in the fight, he began to question the policemen. The police felt that Oscar Grant was affecting their authority thus threatening the rights of the other passengers. They asked for the young man to lay on the ground. He continued to ask questions. Not much later Oscar Grant was

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