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Zimmerman, Guilty or Not Guilty?
The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Florida has divided us as a nation once again. The media has sensationalized this beyond a crime and even edited crucial information to make it appear there were racist undertones in the 911 call made by Trayvon's killer George Zimmerman. NBC news aired an edited tape of Zimmerman's 911 call in which they edited out the dispatcher's question regarding the race of the suspect he was following. The dispatcher asked, "Is he white, black, or Hispanic?" to which Zimmerman responded "He looks black". This tells me that Zimmerman did not know for sure if Martin was black or not. So how can people say he racially profiled him and followed him because he was black?
Martin's family tried to portray him as a responsible teen with a bright future who helped out in the community and had never been in trouble. This is a fabricated story to gain sympathy and elicit responses to the racial issue and portray Zimmerman as a cold blooded racist killer who stalked and killed an innocent teen boy who was just trying to get home. The truth of the matter is that Trayvon Martin was far from a model citizen. He had been suspended from school for possession of marijuana which is the reason he was in Florida to begin with. He tweeted about how his favorite "drank" was "purple drank" a mixture of Skittles, tea, and cough syrup with codeine which creates a drug that can cause hallucinations and aggressive behavior. Trayvon was on his way through the neighborhood in a gated community late at night with his face covered with a hood, carrying 2 of the 3 ingredients required to make "purple drank". He was also suspended once for a violent confrontation with a bus driver, and another time for vandalism. When he was caught for vandalism his bag was searched and inside they found a can of spray paint, a screwdriver, and several pieces of women's jewelry. What would a 17 year old kid be doing with a screwdriver and women's jewelry? He tweeted pictures of himself flashing gang signs, and other pictures holding a gun. None of this is a reason for this young man to lose his life, but it does however give reasonable doubt to the prosecution's story and make it a possibility that Trayvon himself could have started the physical confrontation.
This is what I know from listening to actual evidence and not letting emotions or opinions get in my way and cloud my judgment. On the night in question George Zimmerman was driving his vehicle through the community when he spotted a suspicious character wearing a hood and walking between houses in the neighborhood. Zimmerman did the right thing at first by placing a call to law enforcement and reporting the suspicious person prowling around the neighborhood. He then proceeded to get out of his truck and follow Martin while he was still on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. The dispatcher then advised Zimmerman that they did not need him to follow Martin and that he should return to his vehicle. Zimmerman then stated he lost sight of the suspect and was returning to his vehicle. This tells me that Trayvon Martin had eluded Zimmerman and could have continued home without incident or called the police himself. He did neither of these but chose to turn around and confront Zimmerman. This led to the violent confrontation that eventually cost him his life and possibly cost Zimmerman his as well. There are photos of Zimmerman showing his bloody nose and the lacerations on the back of his head from being repeatedly pounded into the ground, that he says were caused by the attack perpetrated by Trayvon Martin. I have no reason to dispute any of these statements because I was not present and all I can do is comment on the statements and evidence that is presented. I do not believe the entire police department fabricated and lied about these photos.
There are witnesses who are scheduled to testify on Zimmerman's behalf who requested confidentiality because of threats they received. They are genuinely afraid that racial activists and groups will target them if their testimony helps exonerate Zimmerman for Trayvon's murder. This was met with an uproar from the media and the prosecution who want them displayed to the world so they can be recognized by these groups. This isn't about whether Zimmerman is guilty or not, it is about winning the case by any means necessary, it's about appeasing these groups, and the fear that the court officials will be labeled as racist. The defense wants to introduce photos of Trayvon with a gun, and various tweets referring to gang activities and drugs that he posted to Twitter. They are trying to show the jury that Martin was capable of violence and that it is possible that Zimmerman could be telling the truth about Trayvon instigating the physical altercation that eventually led to his death. This was also denied by the judge presiding over this case.
In closing I would like to say I do not know if George Zimmerman is guilty of murder or not, but with the details I received through research and listening to police statements there is a possibility that Zimmerman is telling the truth. I truly hope the court system gives him a fair trial and punishment if he is found guilty, but if the preliminary hearings are any indication of how the actual trial will go, Zimmerman will not receive a fair trial. He has already been convicted in the hearts and minds of the African-American community, the media, and liberals who want to prove they are not racists. I have even read several posts and blogs online recanting this story like they were actual eye witnesses to the crime and that Zimmerman is guilty of racially profiling Trayvon Martin, stalking him, and shooting him down in cold blood. if all of you saw what happened it should be a slam dunk, but like me none of you were there and none of us can testify to the thoughts that went through Martin or Zimmerman's head during this altercation.
I just want you to ask yourself one important question and try to answer it with an open mind free of bias and hatred. If you were going to stalk and kill a young black man (just because he was black) would you call the police and ask them to come before the fact? Would you give them your name and tell them you were following him? Do you really believe that the police fabricated photos of Zimmerman showing the damage to his face supposedly done by Trayvon Martin? Are you so paranoid that you believe the entire state of Florida is part of a conspiracy to allow an insignificant private citizen to kill a young black boy?
Justice Has Been Served
George Zimmerman faced a jury of his peers in a Florida courtroom and was found innocent by reason of self defense. The state's attorneys used every dirty trick in the book to wrangle a conviction out of the 6 women charged with the task of determining if this tragedy was murder, or a justifiable shooting. They bypassed the grand jury hearing because they knew they did not have enough evidence and withheld pertinent evidence form the defense. They even deleted text messages off of Trayvon's phone before turning it over to the defense. This case should have never been brought to trial. There was not enough evidence to get a conviction so the state was hoping that the 6 women jurors would sympathize with Trayvon's mother and convict Zimmerman. They even had two charges for the same crime. Zimmerman had 3 different outcomes possible in this trial, a murder conviction, manslaughter, or not guilty. He has faced his charges and found innocent. All parties involved in this need to move on with their lives and just give it a rest.
Now the NAACP wants the U.S. Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman. They say that Zimmerman violated the most sacred civil right, the right to life. What they fail to realize is, that right is null and void when you attack another person and put them in fear for their life. The NAACP needs to respect our justice system and the verdict handed down in this case. There is a huge double standard in this country and frankly I am sick of it. They can call white people "crackas", shoot unarmed white people, or even pour gasoline on three innocent white children and set them on fire while screaming "BURN WHITEY" and not be charged with a hate crime.
As strange as this may sound racism is color blind, let me explain. Blacks, whites, Asians or, Hispanics can be racist. This is not a white only problem I know for a fact white people are discriminated against on a daily basis where I live, it has even happened to me on a job where I was the only white employee on the site. I filed charges against my supervisor and coworkers only to be laughed at by the EEOC and told by lawyers that I had no case because the court will refuse to admit that a white man was discriminated against by a black woman. It happens more than anyone wants to admit.
This case was not about race it was about whether or not a man was justified in shooting a young man to save his own life. This case was a tragedy in which a young man lost his life not an opportunity for the "reverend" Jesse Jackson to pass the offering plate. This case is over, Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers, respect our laws and our justice system and let it be!!!!!!!!!!!!!