More Thoughts on Martin and the Zimmerman Verdict

Trayvon Martin1Over the months, I saw mean reactions to Trayvon Martin’s death, such as being glad he was gone and the world is a better place without him. I saw a lot of, ‘he was a thug and deserved what happened to him.’ These reactions do not begin to sit well with me. I read about young Mr. Martin being suspended from his high school, finding jewelry and a burglary tool in his backpack (or school locker). Off course that does not sound good, but I did not read anywhere of him being arrested and charged with burglary or any other crime. Trayvon Martin did not deserve death.

I do believe when the fight ensued between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, young Mr. Martin got the best of the fight with the head butting on concrete. Mr. Zimmerman pulled out his gun and shot him when he would not stop. I do not believe George Zimmerman deliberately hunted down and shot young Mr. Martin. But then, what I or you believe does not matter. It’s was the jury’s call. According to the laws of Florida, the testimonies and evidence presented in court, the jury rendered a not guilty verdict on George Zimmerman. They saw the shooting as self-defense.

George Z1The emotions are fever pitched from many who feel Mr. Zimmerman got away with murdering Trayvon Martin and should now be in prison. Many do not believe the testimonies or evidence. Some do believe that no fight occurred and that Mr. Zimmerman deliberately stalked and shot to kill the young teen. Others are angry at the jury for rendering a verdict based on Florida law as it relates to self-defense. BTW, the defense team never argued Florida’s specific Stand Your Ground Law in defending George Zimmerman.

As extremely terrible as Trayvon Martin’s death is, too many folks of color are making this the tragedy of the century while ignoring the deaths of young black men, teens and young children that continue to happen in Chicago, Illinois. Arrests go begging there. It is blacks killing blacks and that should at least get equal enragement to the Martin death if not more. We had this argument in my household. Family members shouted me down. They tell me black on black deaths are different. Trayvon Martin’s death is in the worst of the worst category of whites, (and Zimmerman’s so-called whiteness is another debate) getting away with murdering black males. There was a time when I thought like that, but now the enraged anger over white on black murder while mitigating black on black murders does not fly with me.

George Zimmerman: Not Guilty

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The verdict on George Zimmerman is not guilty. From what I made of the case, it was a tragic incident were a young man was killed. From the reports, I wondered why Mr. Zimmerman continued to follow Trayvon Martin after he was told to stop. There are reports of some sort of turn around that say young Mr. Martin  followed him as he was on his way back to his car after being told to stop the following.

I thought under the original charge of 2nd degree murder, he would go free. Most of the legal pundits said the prosecutors’ case for 2nd degree murder was just too weak. Then, when the judge allowed the manslaughter charge at the last-minute, I thought there might be a conviction, because of my experience as a juror on a manslaughter case. Well, no matter how any of us assessed what happened, we had no say in Mr.  Zimmerman’s innocence or guilt. It was all up to the jury based on the presentation of evidence and testimony in court, the judge’s instructions and the laws of the state of Florida.

I pray that people who are angry at the not guilty verdict do not do what is expected of them, which is to riot and kill, because as they see it, there was no justice for Trayvon. There is a corporate plea to not do any violence in reaction to a guilty verdict. The call is for all protests to be peaceful. George Zimmerman is free, but it should not be a surprise if and when we hear of Mr.Zimmerman back in court facing Trayvon’s parents in a civil suit. There is even the possibility of the Department of Justice stepping in and charging him at the federal level for civil rights violations. As relieved as George Zimmerman is tonight, it is not over for him.