The night of February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home from a convenience store with snacks. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, thought Martin looked suspicious and began to follow him. A confrontation followed, which ended with Zimmerman shooting and killing Martin. The gun was Zimmerman’s; Martin was unarmed.
Those are the parts of the story that everyone agrees on, though obviously there are many blank spaces in there, and a lot of dispute over what happened in those blank spaces. But given that outline alone, it’s not hard to see why many have been outraged that Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges. How could that happen, when he was the one who started the whole thing, and he was the one with the gun?