Because of leaks by police sources, several questions need answers. There seems to be an effort to paint the young teen, Trayvon Martin as some kind of bad kid. Trayvon was suspended from school because he possessed a bag that had supposedly carried marijuana because of residue in the bag. As far as I’m concerned, this suspension has nothing to do with the incident that caused the boy’s death. It does not show the boy to be violent.
One question is; what happened between the 17-year-old Trayvon and George Zimmerman? How much truth is in Mr. Zimmerman’s account of events? Why did the police automatically take Zimmerman’s account as being fact? Why wasn’t there more effort by police to secure the crime scene and take forensic evidence?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and put together what I believe transpired between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman in that few minutes between the cell phone call Trayvon was having with his girlfriend that went dead and when the police showed up on the scene. I believe Trayvon confronted Zimmerman because Zimmerman was following him. He surprised Zimmerman because he wasn’t expecting the youth to confront him, only run from him. I don’t know who threw the first punch – maybe it was Trayvon. Even so, Trayvon didn’t produce a weapon as he didn’t have one; this is backed up by what the police have allowed us to know.
I believe there was a fisticuffs between the two and Zimmerman did the unthinkable and what someone with a gun that shouldn’t have one, did; he pulled it out and shot Trayvon Martin when he began losing the fight. He used bad judgment about when he should pull the gun and when he shouldn’t and it ended the life of a 17-year-old innocent kid.
The police were on the way and George Zimmerman knew he needed to cover his tracks. I believe his wounds were real but definitely not life-threatening. All he needed to do was show that he had an altercation with the black youth in a hoodie by showing his injuries and then tells a story that fits the incident – the youth attacked him and he had to pull a gun and shoot him.
There is a big failure on the Sanford, Florida police department because no matter how much they believed Zimmerman, they should have done their jobs and secured the scene as a crime scene and called in the proper forensic experts to – if for no other reason than to back up George Zimmerman’s account of events, to look for every scrap of evidence to identify what happened when an unarmed teenager lost his life. They didn’t do that so now we’re stuck with Zimmerman’s story and what little we know from witnesses.
We also are stuck with the aspects of a law; the Stand your Ground law that is obviously unconstitutional as it does not protect the rights of the innocent. It allows those who wish to use it for such a purpose, to take the law into their own hands and kill anyone that they wish to kill, that is as long as they can show some kind of altercation that they can claim self-defense and, even if the altercation called for deadly force or not. It leaves anyone at all, to decide when they should use a gun. That’s “Old West” mentality; give everyone a right to bear arms and then the right to kill anytime they feel threatened.
Even cops have to follow certain strict guidelines when discharging their weapons and what justifies the use of deadly force and when it is not. Yet, this law gives ordinary citizens the freedom to judge when they believe they should use a weapon and when they should refrain.
George Zimmerman put himself in the middle of this altercation. He felt the need to follow Trayvon Martin because the youth was black and dressed in a hoodie and because of that; looked suspicious. He ended up in an altercation with that same youth and ended up pulling a gun and shooting him in what he called self-defense. His actions are the only thing we know more about. We know he acted when he was told not to act by the police and it was he who shot an unarmed 17-year-old kid.
Today, 4.22.14 the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.