A young teen goes to the store. Buys a few snack items and heads home. Minding his own business, when suddenly he realizes he is being followed. He probably picks up his pace a little, and says something to his girl friend who he is speaking to on his cell phone. Then, suddenly the boy asks the follower why he is following him. The boy is unarmed, and the stalker apparently tries to detain the youth physically. The lad goes into self-defense mode, and his girl friend is stunned when she here’s the altercation followed by a gunshot. In that aftermath 14-year-old Trayvin Martin is dead. George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who was armed said to police that he shot the boy in self-defense. He thought his life was in danger. So, according to the police……it was deemed self-defense, and justified homicide! Seriously?
the more we hear about this case the more stunned we are. This young kid, going home, minding his own affairs, not harassing, bothering, or sneaking around anyone or anyones property is gunned down by a cop-wanna be, vigilante who knows that all he has to say is that he thought his life was in danger. This was clearly not the case, and today the police chief involved has been forced to step down. Further, the FBI is now involved, and most likely Zimmerman will be forced to justify his actions or face prosecution.
There are only a handful of States with laws that allow an individual to kill someone if they feel that their life is in danger. But, in this case it is obvious that there was no real indication that this was the case. Florida is one of them. But it comes down to this. Laws need to be structured to show that there was just cause to trigger such a response as to pull a gun and decide that in self-defense to pull the trigger. was the just cause? In what way did Zimmerman feel that his life was in danger? Is it because the boy was wearing a hoodie? Was the boy carrying what looked to be a weapon. was he sneaking around, casing the neighborhood? No, he was walking home, talking to his girl friend on a cell phone, minding his own business, as he most likely had done before. A trip to a 7-11 store cost him his life.
And what of this Zimmerman guy. What about the comments he made over the phone to a police dispatcher These %&*$ are always ….. blah, blah,blah. Clear racial remarks as if this was just cause for stalking a kid minding his own affairs. Then there is the alleged case of domestic abuse charges, and a clear directive by police when asked if he is following him. Zimmerman said yes. The police Dispatcher instructed him “We don’t need you to do that”. In short let the police do their job. Zimmerman decided that he could do the job better.
There is something wrong when anyone can stalk someone, without just cause, and without any provocation pull a weapon shoot, kill and then justify his actions with a phrase “I thought my life was in danger”, and not have to show evidence to justify his actions that ended the life of an obviously innocent kid.
That’s my point of view, and I hope to hear yours.
Until then have a great day and as usual……….God Bless America!