There's no doubt in my mind that 90% of black Americans believe Trayvon Martin was cruelly and unjustly murdered by George Zimmerman. After all, Martin is black and Zimmerman is Hispanic. Not white, but close enough to justify racial biases.
A Neighborhood Watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, shot and killed an unarmed, black 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Zimmerman claimed it was in self-defense and was released as police said there was no evidence to dispute this. Indeed, Zimmerman's bloodied face and head clearly supported Zimmerman's claim of self defense.
My Opinion and My Concern:
In America, you get special consideration if you are black. Blacks are a "protected class," and that protection means that any confrontation, fight or disagreement by a non-black is presumed to be "racism," and the non-black individual guilty until proven innocent. We all know this, though many will never admit it in public. After Martin's death, the race-grievance industry went into overtime, insisting that Zimmerman must have shot Martin simply because the dear boy was black, wearing a hoodie and eating Skittles. Zimmerman was eventually arrested and charged with second degree murder, not on the basis of any credible evidence, but because he had sinned against our sacred tribe of Dalai-Lama black folks, and because white liberal politicians can never pass up a photo-op proving that they are the incarnation of Atticus Finch. My concern is that Zimmerman has been denied equal treatment under the law simply because of race.
The above has been my concern over this trial from day one. However, I do not know what happened on the grounds of that Florida homeowners association back in February of 2012. Also, I wouldn't want my 17 year old son shot dead either. Maybe Zimmerman provoked the confrontation by following Martin too closely, by insinuating that Martin was a criminal about to perpetrate a crime, based on nothing but racial considerations. I can understand how that would totally piss off Martin and provoke a fight. So what really happened? I was content to leave it to the jury to sort it all out, and not prejudge the case (like 90% of blacks have already done).
Witness Testimony So Far:
A defense attorney, Andrew Branca, at Legal Insurrection has been describing the testimony and trial over the past few days, and most of the witnesses, including those called by the prosecution, convincingly uphold Zimmerman's description of events: Martin attacked Zimmerman, got on top of Zimmerman and began punching him in the face in a mixed, martial arts style; Zimmerman screamed for help; and Zimmerman shot Martin out of fear for his life. (Zimmerman claims that Martin went for Zimmerman's gun and threatened to kill Zimmerman.) Photos of Zimmerman's wounds after the altercation confirm that Martin had done serious physical damage to Zimmerman's face and head.
The prosecution's primary witnesses were either destroyed in cross-examination by the defense, or gave testimony supporting the defense positions. Andrew Branca described it yesterday:
Once again, it was simply not a very good day at all for the prosecution. The primary State witnesses today were Rachel Jeantel, Jenna Lauer, and Selma Mora. The first had her credibility substantively destroyed, the second was powerfully–almost humiliatingly–co-opted by the defense, and the third provided testimony entirely consistent with the defense’s theory of lawful self-defense.My Conclusions:
Based on testimony and evidence so far, George Zimmerman is proved innocent of murder, as he clearly acted in self-defense and in fear for his life. Martin's death was a tragedy, though largely self-inflicted by his own uncontrolled rage. It most certainly was not second degree murder.
However, will the jury agree? Who knows.