Justice for George Zimmerman

In a simple declaration, the jury in the Trayvon Martin murder trial found George Zimmerman “not guilty” in the murder of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012 in the gated community of Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Fla.

Some pundits said that the prosecution had a weak case; others, that Zimmerman never should have been arrested in the first place, because the killing was clearly an act of self-defense.  The public reaction to the failure to arrest Zimmerman resulted in the resignation of Sanford Pole Chief Bill Lee, according to NBC station WESH of Orlando, Fla.  Lee stated that there was not enough evidence to arrest Zimmerman.

But the PC Police were not satisfied and continued to pursue the case until Zimmerman was finally put under arrest, although under the Stand Your Ground Law, Zimmerman had a right to possession of his legally-owned gun and a right to use it if his life was in danger.

Little information was made public about Trayvon Martin.  He was simply portrayed as an innocent, unarmed black youth who’d gone to a convenience store for some candy and got lost.  But there were some things we weren’t told.  Martin wasn’t simply visiting his father at Twin Lakes; he was living there, because he had been suspended from his Miami high school for the third time.  He was suspended once for tardiness and truancy.  In October, he was kicked out of school for graffiti.  A school security guard, searching his backpack at the time, looking for the graffiti markers, instead found a “burglary tool” (a flathead screwdriver) and a bag full of women’s jewelry.

Then in February, the month he was shot, school officials caught him with a marijuana pipe and a baggie with drug residue.  A couple of the prominent photos from his cellphone camera were a picture of a huge marijuana plant and a gun.

Prosecution witness Wendy Dorival said volunteers weren’t supposed to follow people, but it was odd that Martin was walking between houses without a particular purpose.  She felt Zimmerman was a professional person.  Zimmerman’s call to 911 was justified, according to the account he gave police of Martin’s behavior.

A report by Reuters notes that   “Shortly before he was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin complained about a “creepy” man who seemed to be hunting him down, a key witness, Gchel Jeantel, 19, whose identity had been a closely guarded secret until her appearance in court.  She said she was on the phone with Martin for several minutes while he tried to evade Zimmerman.

Jeantel said Martin, 17, “kept complaining that the man was looking at him,” as he walked back to the house where he was staying with his father in the central Florida town of Sanford.  Zimmerman, 29, was a neighborhood watch volunteer in the Retreat at Twin Lakes community in Sanford at the time of the February 26, 2012, killing. He pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and could have faced life imprisonment if convicted.

Jeantel, with whom Martin had been friends since elementary school in Miami, told the court in sometimes emotional testimony that Martin tried to run away and thought he had lost the stranger, until he reappeared. “He told me the man looked like ‘a creepy ass cracker,’” Jeantel said, using a pejorative term for Southern whites.

She claimed she heard Martin ask the man, “Why are you following me?” before the voice of a hard-breathing man replied, “What are you doing around here?”

Next she said she heard “a bump, the sound of grass” and Martin saying, “Get off!  Get off!”
 before the line was cut.

In the Zimmerman phone calls, he can be heard reporting what he described as suspicious behavior by various black men, using words or phrases similar to those he used to report Martin to the police.  Some reports (unsubstantiated) indicate that what made George suspicious of Trayvon was that he was looking into parked cars and even into windows and trying doors of darkened homes.

“They typically run away quickly,” he said in one call, referring to two men whom he said matched the description of suspects in a recent neighborhood burglary.

A number of residents testified to the burglary problems the neighborhood was experiencing  (Some of the testimony is redacted):

“[  ] husband called the police non-emergency number approximately one (1) time per week about suspicious-looking kids for the duration of their residency in the neighborhood.  In one specific example, [  ] husband observed young black males walking around the community lake playing with screen doors.  [   ] later learned “the kid” that burglarized her lived in the same neighborhood.”

 “[  ] considers the Retreat at Twin Lakes to be associated with the City of Lake Mary.  Lake Mary is known to be a predominantly white community that is followed by financial status.  The Retreat at Twin Lakes has a higher standard than the normal Sanford citizen.  [  ] added the community standard is not based on race but on economic social stature.  The attire of jeans and hooded sweat shirts is not common attire for the community.”

 

“[  } resided at 1840 Retreat View Circle, Sanford, Fla., from June 2011 to February 2012.  [  ] and her family moved subsequent to the burglary that occurred while she and her son were home one Wednesday, circa Aug. 2, 2011.  On Wednesday, circa Aug. 2, 2011, at approximately 11:00 A.M., [     ] front doorbell rang for approximately 30 minutes.  From [   ] upstairs window, she observed a young black male, whom she did not recognize, at her front door.  While [  ] was on the telephone with her mother, she observed two (2) black males, between eighteen (18) to nineteen (19) years of age, standing in the street in front of her house.  [  ] subsequently retreated to her son’s room and call 911 when she observed one (1) of the black male approaching her house.”

 

Another witness testified, ““Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”

Zimmerman’s account emerged for the first time Monday in a report by The Orlando Sentinel. Quoting unidentified “law enforcement authorities,” the Sentinel reported that Zimmerman told police that Trayvon Martin knocked him down with a single punch and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times before the shooting — an account that police said witnesses have corroborated.

Zimmerman said he was walking back to his SUV when Martin approached him from behind, according to the Sentinel’s report, which Sanford police confirmed Monday afternoon.

The two exchanged words before Martin decked him with a punch to the nose and began beating him, Zimmerman told police. He said he then shot Martin in self-defense.

Witnesses said they heard someone cry out in distress, some of them telling NBC News and other news organizations that it was Martin. But police sources told the Sentinel their evidence indicated it was Zimmerman.

One witness told police he saw Martin pounding Zimmerman on the ground. This witness was certain it was Zimmerman who was crying for help, the Sentinel reported.

When police arrived less than two minutes later, Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and had a swollen lip and bloody lacerations to the back of his head, the newspaper reported. Police said Zimmerman wasn’t badly injured and didn’t seek treatment until the next day.

ABC News reported separately that Zimmerman told police that Martin also tried to take his gun.           

Trayvon Martin was suspended from school three times in the months before he was shot dead by a neighborhood watchman, it emerged today.

The new claims, revealed in a leaked report, paint a different picture of a teenager who frequently found himself in trouble with authorities.  It was also revealed that he might have attacked a bus driver, according to a Twitter account that it is claimed belonged to the teen.

The Miami Herald claims that in October, he was caught with a “burglary tool” – a flathead screwdriver – and 12 pieces of women’s jewelry. Martin insisted that they did not belong to him.

The conservative news site the Daily Caller and the blog the Wagist claim they have unearthed a Twitter account, which has since been taken down, that belonged to the teen.  Among many Tweets, the Wagist claims, is a message from his cousin implying that Trayvon attacked a bus driver.

“’Yu ain’t tell me yu swung on a bus driver,’” a user Tweeted to Travyon’s alleged account five days before he was killed.

Meanwhile, Joe Oliver, Zimmerman’s longtime friend, told Good Morning America Monday that no matter how the case comes out — even if the shooting is ruled justified – “George has virtually lost his life, too.”

Mr. Oliver said Zimmerman has gone into hiding and is in fear of his life over the public outcry for his arrest. A fringe group, the New Black Panther Party, has offered a $10,000 reward for his “capture.”

Protests have been growing throughout the country, although the Martin family has asked for only peaceful demonstrations.  Still, vandalism has broken out.  The New Black Panthers have placed a bounty on his head, and the DOJ is looking to bring civil rights violation charges against Zimmerman for “profiling” Martin, a black youth.

The black community is calling for “change” so a tragedy like this doesn’t happen again.

Yes, change is needed, but not the kind of change they mean.  First, they need to put a stop to the sale and usage of drugs.  The laws against drug use need to be harsher, not softer.  Secondly, black families need to learn to keep their acts together.  Not that their white counterparts are any better at the institution of marriage.  Thirdly, black parents need to keep their kids engaged in school, at home, and off the streets.  They need to ignore the black theologists and communists who want to alienate them from the larger community in which they find themselves.

The Europeans managed to assimilate, from very different cultures.  White society wouldn’t permit black assimilation, it’s true.  But that was decades ago.  That was our parents’ and grandparents’ war, not ours.  Martin Luther King Jr. saw to that.  He dispensed with the Jim Crow laws that at once separated and set against one another black and white society.  Progressive politicians would have the black people cling on to that unproductive, negative stereotype for the purposes of dividing America.

Finally, blacks need to stop voting for Democrats.  They need to demand from them jobs, not government welfare.  Instead, they happily allow the Democrats to tax businesses away from America’s shores, on the pretense that they’re redistributing wealth.  In doing so, they’re also creating an underclass of dependents and directing their resentment at the white community.  They need to start voting for the politicians who will make America a viable business climate with good jobs once again.

Now that the trial is over, we can take a good hard look at the evidence.  In particular, we can examine Trayvon Martin’s character – all on record – and decide whether George Zimmerman was justified, as a neighborhood crime watcher, in “profiling” Martin.  A locker filled with women’s jewelry and a flathead screwdriver is pretty incriminating evidence.

Did Trayvon Martin “deserve” to die?  No.  But then, he was the one who initiated the violence, as Zimmerman, as it turns out, was walking away.  He didn’t deserve to die; he did deserve to be “profiled,” though.

Yesterday was a day of justice not just for George Zimmerman, but for the community of Twin Lakes as well.

 

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