The chain of events as I understand them: Travis Martin 17, is walking through a gated community and is noticed by George Zimmerman, the areas Neighborhood Watch Captain. Zimmerman suspicious of Martin, begins to follow the teen on foot. Martin notices that he is being followed, and tells this to his girlfriend who he is talking to on his cell phone. Apparently he is saying something to the effect of some guy is following him, and he is about to confront him. But the girlfriend says she said for him just to continue on home. Behind him, Zimmerman is making a call too. He’s calling the 911 police operator. He says he is following a black male in the neighborhood, and needs police back up. He said he will continue to tail the guy. The 911 operator say’s we don’t need you to do that. Back off and await police. He says something about dealing with Punk kids and uses a racial phrase. He continues to pursue.
A few moments later a confrontation occurs. A fight breaks out, both men end up on the ground, rolling apparently onto the side-walk. Travis Martin apparently is seen banging Zimmermans head on the concrete. At some point Zimmermans gun is dislodged and there is a scuffle for the weapon. Zimmerman gets the gun. There are cries for help, and suddenly two shots are heard. Travis Martin in terminally wounded. Withen ten minutes Travis Martin is dead. George Zimmerman states he killed Martin out of self-defense and said that he was in fear of his life.
Now, first, let me clarify what I think actually happened. George Zimmerman is following Martin. Travis Martin. is wearing a dark Hoodie, and according to Zimmerman was acting suspiciously. Zimmerman calls 911, reports a suspicious black male in the gated community of which he was patrolling for Neighborhood Watch. The 911 operator, after Zimmerman says he will continue to follow Martin, says “We don’t need you to do that”. He is instructed to back down, and await the police. He ten says something about Punks and uses a racial phrase, and continues to pursue Martin. Clearly, Zimmerman was profiling, a black teen in a gated community, wearing a dark hoodie. Ignoring the instructions given by 911 he approaches Martin, and a confrontation occurs. There is a fight, and in the end Zimmerman’s gun is dislodged, and a scuffle ensues for the weapon. Zimmerman wins the scuffle, and Martin is on top of Zimmerman. Seeing the gun, Martin now realizes he is in a fight for his life. There are screams for help. Zimmerman fires two shots from the weapon, and Travis Martin lays mortally wounded. Zimmerman claims self-defense and says he felt his life was in danger.
Had Mr. Zimmerman done as he was instructed and backed off until the police arrived on the scene, Martin would be alive today.
Based on two facts, I am of the opinion that George Zimmerman was stalking Travis Martin. Based on his statement to 911, Travis Martin, was in my opinion a victim of profiling. He ignored calls to back down and instead confronted Martin with his weapon drawn. He had decided to deal with the matter himself.
However, there is a serious flaw with this scenario. There are no witnesses to collaborate my suspicions, or perceptions. No witnesses to substantiate profiling, no wittnesses to show that Zimmerman instigated a confrontation. There is no proof thus far introduced to show malis and forethought, or any desire to murder Travis Martin.
Now, Lets examine the events as set forth by Mr. Zimmerman.
Mr. Zimmerman states that he noted a suspicious individual in the gated community of which he was patrolling for Neighborhood Watch. He states he notified 911. He stated that 911 had said that they did not need for him to follow Martin, and to let the police handle the situation. He states that he was approached by Martin as he was returning to his car. He states that Martin assaulted him and a struggle ensued. Mr. Zimmerman states that during the course of that struggle that his weapon was dislodged, and that Martin went for the gun. However, he was able to regain the weapon. He said Martin was on top of him, and that he was banging his head of the concrete side-walk. He said he was in fear of his life, he cried out for help and the confrontation ended after he shot Martin in what he said was a matter of self-defense and that he was in fear of his own life.
To this date, no evidence has been presented by the prosecution that shows that Zimmerman acted in such a manner that would indicate racial profiling, or that he was not acting in self-defense.
If the prosecution can not show that Zimmerman acted in such a manner other than self-defense. If they can not show that he was profiling, then in this matter, the prosecution has no case.
However, there are clear indications that George Zimmerman was a cop wanna be. He had attended Law Enforcement classes at a University in Boston Mass. There are indications that he wanted a good relationship with area police. Based on his statements to 911 using the word punks and a racial phrase in his descriptions and opinions, there could be a case of racial profiling. He very well might have been trying to earn some Brownie Points with the police, and had decided to confront and hold Martin for police. To accomplish this I suspect that he approached Martin, with weapon drawn, and most likely failed to identify himself. If this is the case, then Martin would every reason to believe that his life and safety were is dire danger.
However, what we suspect, and what is presented in a court of law are two different things. Our contentions, perceptions, opinions, suspicions, allegations, and all the rest mean nothing. the only thing important, and to be considered by a jury are the facts, as presented to them in court. It is here that the Prosecution failed. Many pundants feel Zimmerman will walk.
Now, that is a sad commentary. But imagine a justice system that is ruled by suspicion, allegations, perceptions, and opinion. Imagine a legal system where the facts mean nothing.
As I have said. I think Zimmerman is guilty of profiling. But the prosecution failed to prove anything other than what he contains. That on that night he was fighting in self-defense, feared for his life, and shot Travis Martin.
That’s the sad commentary we face as we now await a jury’s verdict.
Have a good night, and as usual……..God Bless America.