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Trayvon Martin: George Zimmerman’s defense

Updated on March 26, 2012

In defense of an indefensible act

George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman
Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin was the one standing his ground

Well, now we know what George Zimmerman’s defense is going to be in the Trayvon Martin shooting. He is going to claim that Martin jumped him from behind and knocked him to the ground. The he beat him to a pulp and tried to take his gun. So, he had to shoot him. Am I the only on that this angers?

Trayvon Martin was a good student. No one ever remembers him being in a fight. He was not violent. Apparently, he smoked a little weed because that was why he was suspended. However, on the night in question, he became this raving lunatic who suddenly over-powered 250lb George Zimmerman with one punch. Martin only weighed 140lbs. Anyone who has ever studied boxing understands the problem with this defense. It does not matter that Zimmerman followed Martin and it does not matter that, according to his girlfriend, that Martin was scared of Zimmerman. All that matters is that, in Zimmerman’s eyes, Martin was a dangerous individual and reacted as such. So what I would like to do is change the scenario around a bit and have people tell me what they think.

Let’s make Trayvon a 17-year-old girl with blonde hair and blue eyes who decided to go to the store to get away from her family and call her boyfriend. She is on her way back when she sees a man in an SUV who pointedly, stops and stares at her. She tells her boyfriend that a strange man is watching her. Then she sees him get out of the car. Her boyfriend tells her to run. It is a different picture isn’t it? If Trayvon had been a girl, everything that he did would have been perfectly normal and had he been a white girl he could have run to any house and told them that a strange man was stalking him.

However, Trayvon was not a girl. He was an African-American male who told his girlfriend that he was not going to run. He eventually did, but Zimmerman continued to follow him and eventually caught up. Two things prevented Trayvon from running to the neighbors. One is that he was a male and his pride would not let him run at first. The second thing is that he was a black male in a hoodie and the neighbors were so scared that they would not even come out of their homes. So, he did what I would have done and turned to “Stand his Ground”, pun intended.

The only person who stood their ground that night was a scared 17-year-old kid who thought he was being stalked. I cannot imagine his fear. He did not know if he would be abducted or robbed. All he knew was this man was following him and he needed to get home. He never made it because Zimmerman confronted him. Trayvon is dead and Zimmerman is free because he can now rewrite what happened that night to fit existing stereotypes. JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!


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    • Alberic O profile image

      Alberic O 4 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

      'However, on the night in question, he became this raving lunatic who suddenly over-powered 250lb George Zimmerman with one punch. Martin only weighed 140lbs. Anyone who has ever studied boxing understands the problem with this defense.'

      -Ok, boxing is not the only combat skills used in the streets. They will blindside you, and do what ever they can to hurt or kill you.

      Law states that if you were in a position of disadvantage (ie: someone mounts you, and pounds you) you can use lethal force. Self defense laws do not say that if you are 250 lbs, you can't use use lethal force on a person who is 140 lbs when he blindsides and mounts you. Then , he starts bouncing your skull on the concrete. Having worked in the military and security, these type of attacks on the streets are more vicious than in a gym or dojo. And attackers can be of various size and gender- with similar viciousness, especially when they get you in a position of disadvantage. I've experienced it first hand.

      The ultimate issue in this case was whether George Zimmerman really acted in self defense. If he stalked the kid and/or provoked the attack, (there is evidence he did) then he will be charged with murder. There is some evidence that he provoked the attack.

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      Marie-Kelly 5 years ago from Port Saint Lucie, Florida

      If anyone could claim Stand Your Ground in this case it would be Trayvon. I don't see what motive a boy on his way home from buying Skittles and tea would have to get into a fight with a much larger man within a minute of their encounter, unless that boy was fighting for his own life. Experts have said the voice pleading for help was not Zimmerman. It was the boy, scared and confused. If Zimmerman's head was bloodied from the struggle, the injuries certainly do not reflect life threatening wounds that he claimed made him fear his imminent death. He used excessive force in a reckless manner.

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      mia504 5 years ago

      I think that we need to turn Zimmerman's story around. At some point it was Zimmerman who jumped Trayvon from behind, knocking him to the ground he probably landed on his side. Hopefully Trayvon was able to get a punch in, but then Zimmerman shot him, Trayvon probably grabbed his chest was still alive but Zimmerman straddled him and held him down like a cop would if he was about to place cuffs on a person. while trayvon suffocated in his own blood. I wonder if its possible for the bullet to go through the back and out the chest?

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      SpanStar 5 years ago

      I find it interesting that George Zimmerman would take on the police department in a fight and also be charged with domestic violence. This tells me he has the will to fight, the know how to fight and the desire to fight if he's ready to take on the police but when it comes to a 17 year old child he is helpless and has to pull out his "Make My Day Gun." Makes it hard for me to swallow.

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      William R. Wilson 5 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      It's hard to know exactly what happened because the police didn't properly investigate. I can put myself in Trayvon's shoes, though, and I know there are situations where I would have fought a stranger who approached me with a gun.

      The self defense argument doesn't hold water because Zimmerman put himself into that situation after being told not to by the 911 operator. He should at least be tried for manslaughter.

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      SpanStar 5 years ago

      *There are number of problems with Zimmerman's claims first and foremost a stranger looks suspicious to him, just because Zimmerman thinks someone is suspicious Doesn't Mean That They Are!

      *A stranger minding their own business what gives Zimmerman the right to interfere with that?

      *We talk about a fight ensued between Zimmerman and the teenager Martin the emphasis has been placed on Zimmerman feeling threatened so if two people are engaged in combat wouldn't Martin also feel threatened and is fighting for his life against some strange man? The stand your ground Law applies to him as well as it does this Zimmerman.