The Case Of Trayvon Martin
March 21, 2012 - The tragic case of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, who was wrongfully shot and killed by a neighborhood watch citizen, George Zimmerman. This incident occurred back on February 26, 2012.
George Zimmerman is claiming that he was in fear of his life, therefore he is protected by Florida’s “Stand your ground” law that says you do not have to run from a confrontation, but you can use deadly force if you feel your life is at risk from an aggressor or if a felony is occurring. Here’s the problem … Mr Zimmerman was in pursuit of Trayvon Martin which means in effect his life was not in danger, and there was no felony being perpetrated by Trayvon Martin. Even during Zimmerman’s 911 call the dispatcher asked him if he was pursuing Martin and he said yes. The dispatcher told Zimmerman that he did not need to be following him and to stop. Zimmerman ignored the 911 dispatcher and the rest is tragic history. In my eyes it appears that Mr Zimmerman was the aggressor and young Mr Martin was the victim who, if armed, could have killed Zimmerman under the stand your ground statute.
Zimmerman is not a law enforcement officer. He is a private citizen who some would call a wannabe cop who has been a pain in the ass for the local PD. This guy has made at least fifty 911 calls to report suspicious people in his neighborhood and none have amounted to anything. Zimmerman also has a police record.
To make matters far worse for the Martin family, every civil rights whore including that scum bag Al Sharpton is coming to their aid to stir up tempers and possibly violence. Of course this is their opportunity for media exposure and has absolutely nothing to do with justice.
As of this posting, Mr Zimmerman has not been charged with anything. He is a free man. Trayvon Martin is still dead. -JRoycroft
Today syndicated radio talk show host Neal Boortz had a few things to say about this story and I would like to share them with you.
By Neal Boortz
The case of Treyvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida has really gained traction over the past four days while I was out of town. I’ve read what I could on the case this morning … and if my opinions on this are worth anything, here we go:
Bottom line – as things look now – it would appear that this so-called “neighborhood watch captain”, George Zimmerman, was a law enforcement wannabe who was destined to end up in a controversy like this. Some stories refer to him as a “self-appointed” neighborhood watchman. One story mentioned that Zimmerman had called 911 perhaps as much as 50 times reporting “suspicious persons” in his neighborhood. I could not find one instance where Zimmerman’s calls actually turned out to be valid … most were false alarms.
Treyvon Martin’s family says that they don’t believe that their son would have been killed if it were not for the color of his skin. I believe they’re right.
The Grand Jury will convene on April 10th to consider this case. I feel it is likely that charges will be brought against Zimmerman, as they should be. He should not be able to use Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute as a defense. You are not “standing your ground” when you are pursuing someone. On the other hand, the charge will very likely not be murder. This, of course, will outrage a lot of people; but I don’t know you you’re going to prove motive and intent in a case like this. Could the charge be second-degree murder? In Florida that charge requires the killer to be acting with a “depraved mind.” This can be an act that is imminently dangerous to another and which shows no regard for human life. Perhaps this charge could be proven in court.
Many people, of course, are screaming racism on this one. That’s understandable. People scream racism any time there is a negative interaction between a black and a white person. There is no evidence that I’ve seen here which indicates that Zimmerman harbored a belief in the genetic superiority of one race or another. Bigotry may be involved however. Perhaps Zimmerman just doesn’t like black people, though there is not yet any evidence of that. The more likely scenario here is one of pure prejudice. George Zimmerman saw a young black male in his neighborhood at night, and immediately pre-judged the situation, coming to the conclusion that Treyvon Martin was up to no good.
There is a tragic lesson here for neighborhood watch groups across the country. You need to choose carefully the people you want involved in keeping an eye on the goings-on in your neighborhood. Perhaps I’ve missed this in some story somewhere, but I get the impression that Zimmerman was completely self-appointed. He may have seeking recognition as some sort of neighborhood hero. Now I think it’s likely he will end up in jail.
The entire situation, as you would expect, is now being used by various race pimps and organizations to grab a little publicity for themselves while agitating the crowd and muddying the issue. Foremost among these people is that race-baiting creep from New York City Al Sharpton. The memory of Treyvon Martin, by all accounts an exemplary young man, is only soiled by the presence of Sharpton. You remember the Tawana Brawley case, I’m sure. But do you remember Freddy’s Fashion Mart? Click on the link to see how some died as a result of Sharpton’s bigoted rhetoric. And this is the type of guy you want to soil the memory of Treyvon Martin? And then we have the New Black Panther Party and the New Black Liberation Militia. They’re going to perform a citizen’s arrest of George Zimmerman. Now THERE is where the “stand your ground” law would be in effect.
The death of Treyvon Martin was tragic and, I believe, chargeable as second-degree murder. Let’s see what comes of the Grand Jury session on April 10th.
- Police pressed to make arrest in Trayvon Martin’s death (thegrio.com)
- Standing your Ground in Florida and the death of an unarmmed Black Teenager (sacratomatovillepost.com)
- Florida shooting: What we know about Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman (news.blogs.cnn.com)
- George Zimmerman Neighbor Slams Media For Rushing To Judgment (mediaite.com)
- Trayvon Martin Killing: Prosecutor Orders Probe as Calls for Justice Rise (newsfeed.time.com)
- Trayvon’s Killer Walking Free Because of The Colour of His Skin (socyberty.com)
- Trayvon Martin, shot by George Zimmerman (metafilter.com)
- Justice Department intervention in Trayvon Martin case unusual, but not unprecedented, experts say ( )
- The Immorality of the Treyvon Martin Murder (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)