The Trayvon Martin case remains in the spotlight as new evidence about what happened on his last day of life continues to emerge . From the 7-11 surveillance video minutes before the encounter to medical records revealing that Martin had THC in his system the day of the killing, the media has plenty to cover. One surprising detail hasn't been populating the media-sphere that I think is very important. George Zimmerman's medical records revealed that he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the altercation; and I can't thank any of the major media outlets for informing me of this new-found revelation. If I had never got an email alert via Your Black World through their newsletter, I probably wouldn't have never known this.
I decided to do a little web searching to see who else wrote about the claim. I entered the phrase "Zimmerman had drugs in his system." Very specific and to the point right? What did I get back? Pages upon pages of Google results with some variation of the headline "Trayvon Martin Had Drugs in His System At Time of Death." Definitely not what I was looking for. So I went back to the article from Your Black World. Temazepam. That's the drug that was in Zimmerman's system the night of the shooting. So I searched "Zimmerman Temazepam." Headlines like "George Zimmerman Had 'Close Fracture of Nose' Was Taking Aderall & Temazepam" appeared. Very different from Martin's search. Now I do understand that THC (a chemical found in marijuana) is illegal. In the early stages of the case, Martin was portrayed as this innocent almost angelic high school student who could do no wrong. Meanwhile, George Zimmerman was made out to be a mad man. So it's natural for media outlets to want to unveil that Martin's record wasn't squeaky clean. Let's hope it was to paint a more accurate picture of the teen.
Temazepam and Adderall are drugs that have dangerous side effects. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine,Temazepam, which is taken for insomnia can cause anxiety, hallucination, fatigue, nervousness, dizziness, aggressiveness and hallucinations. Adderall, which is taken primarily for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, can cause aggressiveness, delusions, hostility, anxiety and depression. So not only was Zimmerman armed with a gun, it's reasonable to assume that he was under the influence of such drugs.
Whether or not Martin having a little bit of weed in his system is important in the grand scheme of things is another story. The drugs that were found in Zimmerman's system are usually obtained via prescription from a physician. Is that why it wasn't on the front page of major media outlet's site or paper? Or did these entities feel that they had enough information to focus on regarding the case already? I'd like to heir on the side of objectivity, but it's pretty hard not to raise an eyebrow or two at the fact that predominantly black publications were the first and only (with the exception of MSNBC's brief mention of his use of the drug) that wrote about this detail.
I'm curious about quite a few things but I will leave you with two. 1. Why the heck does Trayvon Martin having THC in his system get blasted by the media without even a fraction of a mention of Zimmerman being influenced with drugs that cause anxiety, mood swings and hallucinations? and 2. how will this new-found information affect the outcome of this case? Being under the influence of prescription drugs should not be justification for killing someone. But given the way that things go here in America, the inherently flawed justice system just might lend itself and lean in Zimmerman's favor.
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