Travyon Martin had traces of a chemical found in marijuana in his blood and urine, a medical examiner found, CNN reported.
He also had been suspended three times, the first for graffiti, the second for truancy and the last time for being caught with “drug residue” at school. It was after this last suspension that Martin’s father had brought him to Sanford, four hours away from his home.
Martin was shot within 36 inches, a medical examiner found. Yet a newly released medical report also showed the extent of Zimmerman’s injuries that night, which include a broken nose and cuts at the back of his head. Ultimately though, Martin’s death was “avoidable” if Zimmerman had not left his car and approached the teen, an investigator determined. A local prosecutor wanted to arrest Zimmerman and charge him with manslaughter but was overruled.
The information was released with a bevy of documents which give a more complete picture of what happened the night that George Zimmerman killed the Florida teen.
Expect the drug findings to be seized upon in the coming days as a way to sully the teen’s name. As Colorlines.com’s Editorial Director Kai Wright wrote back in March:
Sadly, it’s necessary to point out that there isn’t an imaginable scenario in which an armed man can shoot an unarmed child to death and it be okay. But set that obvious fact to the side. … We were dangerous, so chattel slavery was necessary, and a nation’s wealth was born. We are still dangerous, so a police state is necessary in black neighborhoods all over this country, and the wealth of a prison-industrial complex flourishes. This is what Trayvon Martin’s murder is about. It’s not about his high school suspension. It’s not about his hoodie. It’s not even about Florida’s Kill at Will law, at least not at root. It’s about the enduring, dark fantasies to which America still clings, in order to justify a society in which more black men are locked up or on parole today than were enslaved in 1850—to pick just one of many indicators of the scale at which black men are battered. But we’re menaces; we’ve got it coming.