I don't think my opinions in this article will be very popular but I do think they are true. The first thing I have to say is that I am very sorry that Trayvon was killed. Anytime a young kid is killed with violence it is a bad day for us all. That said I am not convinced that George Zimmerman is the racist cold blooded killer everyone is making him out to be. The reality is based on what I have read and seen there is no way anyone can know what happened between the time he hung up the phone with the cops and the shooting happened.
I live near the area and up until everyone started going crazy about this case even though Zimmerman had not been arrested the state's attorney was still planning to have it heard by a grand jury to see if they should make an arrest. There is a reason that our system is set up the way it is...that is to protect us. The officers on the scene found the physical evidence to back the story they were told by Zimmerman and concluded they did not have cause under the law to arrest him.
This is an important fact because we don't want police officers who arrest people based on emotions and not clearly what the law tells them to do. This is what stops us from being yanked off the streets by law enforcement and thrown in a cell indefinitely like what can happen to you in other countries. This is something we should always protect and never throw away on the emotion of a single case.
The law in Florida basically says that you can use up to and including deadly force to protect your home or your property. The law in Florida allows for people who have been authorized by the state to carry a concealed weapon. Some people are basing their whole mob mentality on the fact that you can't shoot unarmed people. However in Florida you can if you are in fear of your life. If in fact Zimmerman is found to have not been breaking any law then we cannot rally for him to be locked up.
I gotta be honest too I have read a lot about this case and this guy just doesn't really make me think he is racist. If you actually read through all his infamous calls to the police over a period of time there is no pattern that he was always calling on strange black kids. He would call because people left their garages open or if he saw strange people in his neighbors yard and he reported people of all colors. And even if you think he made too many calls to the police the reality is he only ever shot one person even with the multitude of calls.
As far as the volume of calls he made it is now being reported those span of calls is over 10 years and average about 4-6 calls a year. Not really over obsessive. To be honest I probably end up calling the cops 3-4 times a year when I see a house I know should be empty with a door wide open or see some other strange activity. My neighbors do the same we look out for each other. I think the worst he could be accused of in this regard is having too much time on his hands.
The racial slurs that some hear him making in the phone call, others don't hear at all. I didn't hear it until CNN slowed the audio and raised up some volume thingy and then I could. So I think that really can't be evidence when it is that subjective and nothing else about his character or life leads you to the conclusion he is a racist.
I think the other problem people have with this case is that they don't like the stand your ground law. Whether you like it or not it's the law and if Zimmerman didn't violate the law, then he didn't violate the law, case closed. As I said I live in Florida and honestly I am all for this law. I have never owned a gun, will never own a gun and pretty much hate guns. However, I would certainly not want to live in a world where the only people who have the guns are bad guys and cops.
I think the cases like Trayvon's show us this law has a broad stroke. However, I think when it is doing what it is designed to do it has to have a broad stroke. If someone is trying to hurt your or kill you I think you should be able to do anything you can to defend yourself. If people don't want that to happen to them then they have to be careful what kind of situations they find themselves in. The law also relies on something that is very subjective.....your personal fear level.
Fear of your life means very different thing to different people. Eyewitnesses to the fight said that Zimmerman was being beat, he had a gash on his head and grass stains on the back of his shirt. So there is a good likely hood he was being beat up by Martin. We have no idea why. Martin may have felt threatened himself and felt Zimmerman was creeping him out. Who knows? I don't know, you don't know and nobody else knows. Two people know, one is dead and one has told his version.
Even with all that said the story is tragic. It's tragic for both of them and their families. I don't think there are any winners in this situation. I also don't think we win anything by hoping to arrest people who didn't violate the law whether we like the law or not. We don't win anything by trying to change laws that allow people to protect themselves.
We need to let the law do it's job. Every agency is involved now from the local, state and federal levels. Each one is going to do an investigation and conclude what they conclude and either move forward with charges or not. There is a lot of real racism in this country that goes on every single day. We should work to root that out rather than seek it where it may not be just for sensationalism.