Re: My 2 Cents on the Zimmerman case
posted at 7/16/2013 6:48 PM EDT
I can't say I am surprised at the verdict...a bit disappointed in the whole process to be honest..but not surprised.
I felt at times that it was Martin on trial..not Zimmerman. There are some bottom line things that I can't get away from.
A 17 year old boy is dead. But for the bad decisions made by Zimmerman..Martin would be alive today.
Based on what we know..which is about the same as what the jury knew..this case was doomed from the beginning. We only have one side of the story..Zimmerman's, but there are some things we know.
We know from the 911 call that Martin started running. We know that the 911 operator told Zimmerman not to follow him. We know that Martin did not have a gun. We know that Zimmerman did. I can't get past the idea that Martin had as much right to defend himself as Zimmerman did..
I don't think Zimmerman is guilty of racism. I think he is guilty of profiling..of making assumptions about a male walking through his neighborhood in a hoodie. I think based on the way Martin was dressed, Zimmerman assumed he was a criminal..as evidenced from his comments to the 911 operator.
I look at the broader picture here. If Zimmerman had not been carrying a gun..none of this would have happened. Does anyone in their right mind really think Zimmerman would have followed Martin if he wasn't armed? One defense witness after another got up and said Zimmerman was essentially a coward..so without that gun..Zimmerman is staying in his car. You can bet the bank on that.
Hopefully..this is a rare situation..but really these are the types of things that happen when you have permissive gun laws. 1008 other people were killed in FL from guns.
Zimmerman may not be sitting in a jail cell..but he's going to pay for his actions that night for the rest of his life. The homeowner's association has already settled a lawsuit from the Martin family to the tune of 1+ million. Zimmerman will be next on the list of civil lawsuits and the parents will probably prevail.
Sad and tragic situation. Ironic that Zimmerman declined to pursue the Stand your Ground defense. Stand your Ground laws need to be looked at. Any law that makes killing a human being should be held to extraordinary scrutiny.
" Above all..be the heroine in your life..not the victim" Nora Ephron