Surveillance video shows Marley Lion, pictured above, losing his life. Like Trayvon Martin, he was only 17. Unlike Martin who beat Zimmerman’s head to the cement, there was no struggle. This is an open and shut case.
Marley Lion was killed in Charleston, South Carolina, at around 4 am on June 16, 2012. That was just a few months after Trayvon Martin. He was 17.
The media is silent on this issue. Obama won’t mention him either. But four suspects were arrested.
Police found him lying on the ground outside his Nissan Pathfinder, bleeding to death. Before dying he told police that two black males approached his car, one of them shooting him several times.
Charleston police would later arrest four people in connection with the shooting. The Charleston Police Department said they came across the suspects when one of them tried to sell the gun that had been used in Marley’s murder.
The NAACP has responded to comparisons being made between this and the Trayvon case.
One thing we need to be clear: I applaud how things were handled with Lion’s case, because here was a young man, fresh out of high school, bothering no one, taking a rest in his own car, and he had someone take his life away from him. [Police] did what they should have done. The only thing we’re saying is it doesn’t happen the same way with the life of a black child. That’s where the disparity is, and the fact that it took so long to even bring Zimmerman to the due process of the justice system and to have the verdict that it did. We feel like that would not have been the same verdict if race wasn’t an issue.