BTW, it was not Treyvon Martin's town or neighborhood. He lived in Miami-Dade & was visiting someone in Sanford. Consequently this tragedy is front page news in Miami, especially since Mr Zimmerman, despite the last name, is Hispanic. It is also reported he has moved from his home there.
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This case is so upsetting. Treyvon's death was so senseless
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Slightly Wounding Banana list cont: MacMadame.
The word on twitter is the DOJ and FBI are getting involved now. More to come...
MSNBC did a story on this tonight (Lawrence Odonell). Part of the problem is the Florida law which practically allows people to kill anyone they perceive as a threat. There is a concern that many african american men will be targeted. They also said the FL police need to be investigated.
this was another high-profile case). But I'm not sure it applies if you initiate a confrontation as blatantly as Zimmerman did, especially considering he was told by police not to do so.
Since State and Federal authorities are now investigating the case, I am hopeful that there will be a just outcome.
This will probably be used as a defense in the Sanford shooting:
It does seem that the state senator that represents Miami Gardens, FL is recommending that the legislature look at, and possibly modify, the law. I agree. It has a few flaws.
Considering that the last legislative session had a bill introduced that wanted to require everyone in the state be armed I don't think that much will come of this.
Last edited by NeilJLeonard; 03-20-2012 at 03:51 PM.
Well, no self defense would have been necessary if Zimmerman hadn't decided to play at being a cop (which, of course, he was not). Though his story is that he was attacked, all the evidence I've read of so far seems to contradict that scenario. In which case it seems he's not covered by Stand Your Ground, right? Or so says the Miami Herald article:
Trayvon Martin was apparently on the phone with his girlfriend; here's the ABC story about what she heard.“If he was attacked, he can stand his ground,” said retired Miami-Dade prosecutor David Waksman, who is not involved in the case. “But if police say back off and we’ll take care of it, he’s not covered by the law.”
Yet Mr Zimmerman is claiming he stepped out of his truck to check the street signs to see what street he was on and was attacked by Mr Martin as he tried to get back into his truck. He had to defend himself then.
ETA: I think that this thread may actually belong in PI.
What Zimmerman did sickens me down to the marrow in my bones :
From the very beginning, Zimmerman's account of what happened never sounded on the level, especially in light of what was said on the 911 tapes. Now, with the information from Martin's girlfriend who was on the phone with Trayvon as things transpired, it is glaringly clear that Zimmerman was lying his fat ass off.
The ABC news story said that the DOJ is investigating this as a possible hate crime. That may be the case, but it may also be something far more simple (and sinister). By appointing himself the head of the Neighborhood Watch (IIRC that was mentioned in one of the Miami Herald articles), he was constantly looking for any reason or excuse to engage in vigilante justice. I think it's more likely that this Zimmerman asshole was simply a power-hungry thug who was itching to kill someone, and the Neighborhood Watch was nothing more than a vehicle for him to act out his sick fantasy.
This goes against what is stressed over and over during training for Neighborhood Watch groups. They are specifically taught that they are NOT vigilantes and they are not to engage in any type of vigilante behavior. The very name of these organizations spells out what they are supposed to do, which is keep an eye open and *watch out* for irregular or suspicious behavior. In the event that they see something that is suspicious, shady, etc., the training specifically states that 1) they are to call 911 and let law enforcement handle any contact or confrontation with the person/suspect, and 2) they are not to insert themselves into the situation. Zimmerman flagrantly disregarded both of these rules, and now a teenager is dead.
"One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain."~~Thomas Sowell
Too bad it took arm twisting by the Feds to get them to finally do the right thing.
The Seminole County Grand Jury will be called to session on Tuesday, April 10 Wolfinger said.
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There have been many reports in the local media of Zimmerman having called 911 about multiple unfounded "incidents".
This whole thing is disgusting. How is it possible in the US to run a child down with a gun, murder him in cold blood, and walk away with the police enabling the crime.
I don't even with whom I'm more outraged with. The delusional Zimmerman walking free, the media ignoring this issue because Martin isn't a 13-year-old-white girl, or the local police that basically let Zimmerman walk free and gave him a "self-defense" excuse to commit murder.
This is what gun culture creates, these kinds of vigilantes that think they are above the law. The NRA should be ashamed of themselves for lobbying for such absurd laws as this "stand your ground" BS.
At least the story is starting to get picked up, has anyone been able to location Zimmerman? Or has he flown the coop?