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George Zimmerman Trial: Who had the right to stand their ground? (video)
Who had the right to "Stand Your Ground"?
Was Zimmerman scared?
So, I have watched the George Zimmerman murder case with curiosity. One of the things that baffles me is this idea that Zimmerman had a right to follow this kid. Stand your ground says that if you feel you are in danger, you have a right to protect yourself. Now that evidence, has come out, the question everyone should ask is who first felt they were in danger?
Was it George? Let’s see. George followed Trayvon in his car. He was in his neighborhood and had a 9 mm weapon strapped to his hip. He did not appear afraid at that point. He actually got out of the car to find Martin, after Martin tried to lose him. He then walked up to this stranger and confronted him about what he was doing in the complex. What we now know is that this complex is isolated and that during his interview with the police, Zimmerman admits that he followed Trayvon because, “these assholes always get away.” When asked in the interview if he was afraid for his life, Zimmerman emphatically answered, “No!”
So, who was afraid? According to Trayvon’s friend, Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon saw Zimmerman and said he was being followed by some, “crazy-assed cracker”. He tried to lose Zimmerman, but George ended up right behind him so, according to Jeantel he said, “The nigga is right behind me.” Jeantel said she told Trayvon to run, but he said no. Did he decide to ‘stand his ground’? Zimmerman was wearing a gun on his belt. Did Trayvon see it?
Most people who support Zimmerman have said they do so because he had a right to protect his neighborhood. They believe that Zimmerman was fighting for his life. They believe that Trayvon was pounding his head into the cement. I believe that Trayvon fought Zimmerman as was his right because he saw his gun and was afraid for his life.
The fact is that the person who was burglarizing the complex had been caught. In his interview with police, Zimmerman said he followed Trayvon for two reasons. The first was as I stated before, “These assholes always get away,” and because he said he wanted to get a unit number for the police. He knew that Trayvon was staying there because it was the only place in the area he could be staying. TwinLakes is isolated.
When I was in college, one early morning, a female friend of mine and I had an argument. At about 3 a.m., I decided to take a walk. As I walked, a campus police officer followed me with his lights off about 50 yards back. For some reason, he took his eye off me and I was able to walk up to his car window without him seeing me. I asked, “Why are you following me?” The officer was clearly startled, but instead of reacting aggressively, he simple said, “I wanted to make sure you were ok.” Situation diffused.
George Zimmerman followed this young man and when Trayvon confronted him, he allowed the situation to escalate. Zimmerman was not afraid. Trayvon, according to testimony, was and he had a right, under Florida Law, to ask Zimmerman, “Why are you following me?” He also had a right to defend himself. He was fighting for his life because, I believe, he saw Zimmerman’s gun. I would have beat the crap out of Zimmerman too. I do not care if Zimmerman is convicted. What I care about, is that this story is heard in an official courtroom and that a jury gets to hear that Trayvon was afraid. He was not committing a crime. He was defending himself against someone who was chasing him.