What can I say about the George Zimmerman case that hasn’t been said already? Whether you agree with the jury’s decision or not, we live under a system of laws, and that system has gone through the process and the jury found the man not guilty based upon the evidence presented to them at the trial. I have no doubt that Zimmerman may well face a Federal indictment next, though I feel that is more politically motivated than anything else.
I also find it interesting that George Zimmerman’s actions last week in coming to the assistance of a family whose SUV rolled on a Florida highway has not received nearly as much press as the shooting of Trayvon Martin. I once saw a decal on an outlaw biker’s helmet that said, “When we do right, no one remembers. When we do wrong, no one forgets.” I imagine Zimmerman probably feels that way.
So, do I think Zimmerman murdered Tryvon Martin? No. I believe he really was in fear of his life and defended himself. Do I believe the whole situation could have been avoided if Zimmerman had made better choices? Yes, I do. If he would have stayed in his locked car and remained on the phone with police, things might have worked out differently. But I wasn’t there and neither were you, so who knows?
What I do know is that the whole 17 year old child description of Martin is bullshit. At 17 you can join the Army. That makes you a soldier, not a child.
And a child can kill you. My brother was shot to death standing in his own front yard by a 16 year old punk. Because he was a child, he went to reform school until he was 18, and then he got out and stabbed a neighbor. Back he went behind bars, until he was 21. The day he was released he killed his mother with a hatchet because she would not give him the keys to her car.
Dead is dead, and my brother is just as dead as he would be if the person who pulled the trigger had been 25, or 30, or 50. Some of the Viet Cong soldiers who killed our troops were no more than kids 15 or 16 years old. The men who died at their hands are still just as dead.
Last year El Paso, Texas police officer Jonathan Molina, age 29, was killed by a 17 year old child who knocked him to the ground and beat his head on the pavement. Sound familiar? You can read about it at this link. He was a trained police officer, but he’s just as dead as if his assailant had been an adult.
Dead is dead. And George Zimmerman is alive because he defended himself.