Ever wonder what it would be like to have a time machine and travel back to the
of the South in the 1930’s? The citizens of America have done that, and it is not a very pleasant trip. It places front and center the concept of racial injustice, and the attitude that in certain parts of the country, the shooting and killing of an unarmed teen aged African American is not a crime. Sanford, Florida
It was raining the night of Feb. 26 when George Zimmerman, a crime watch volunteer, set out to patrol his neighborhood in his sport utility vehicle, as was his habit in recent weeks. Several break-ins had been reported in the area, and Mr. Zimmerman was especially alert.
Shot and Killed for Walking
through a neighborhood
with a can of iced tea and some
Mr. Zimmerman has claimed self defense and local officials will not charge him with a crime.
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something,” Mr. Zimmerman told dispatch, in his initial call. “It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” Mr. Zimmerman continued: “He’s here now just looking at all the houses. Now he’s just staring at me.”
Then he got out of the car with his licensed 9-millimeter pistol, and a worried dispatcher asked: “Are you following him? O.K., you don’t need to do that.”
Mr. Zimmerman seems to be what may be called a “professional vigilante” and had logged over 40 calls to the police. They had told him before not to pursue a potential criminal, to let the police handle it.
Police volunteer program coordinator Wendy Dorival said she met Zimmerman in September at a community neighborhood watch presentation.
“I said, ‘If it’s someone you don’t recognize, call us. We’ll figure it out,’ ” Dorival said. “‘Observe from a safe location.’ There’s even a slide about not being vigilante police. I don’t know how many more times I can repeat it.”
So we have a “suspect” running away, and yes Mr. Martin was unarmed
And yes Mr. Zimmerman did pursue Mr. Martin, engaged him and ultimately shot and killed him.
Is race an issue? Obviously.
“That is the circumstance we are dealing with: If we arrest, we open ourselves to a lawsuit,” Sgt. Dave Morgenstern, a spokesman with the Sanford Police Department, said. “I would have to say I don’t think we have conducted a racially biased investigation at all.”
Really, no racially biased investigation at all? Just imagine if the racial identities were reversed. The shooter would be in jail, without bail and charged with first degree murder. Anyone who doubts that has not been living on this planet for a long time. The idea that police have not arrested Mr. Zimmerman because they fear a lawsuit is ludicrous, and just adds to their lack of credibility.
Here is the chief of police rationalizing away any investigation and follow up.
Police Chief Bill Lee said that although police do not encourage watch program volunteers to carry weapons, he recognizes a citizen’s constitutional right to do so. No arrest was made, Lee said, because there was no evidence to disprove Zimmerman’s account.
Well the police could get evidence from Trayvon Margin to disprove Mr. Zimmerman’s account. No wait, Mr. Martin is dead. And those pesky 911 tapes, well everybody knows how unreliable they are. And as for the attitude of the police, well there is this.
“We are taking a beating over this,” said Lee, who defends the investigation. “This is all very unsettling. I’m sure if George Zimmerman had the opportunity to relive Sunday, Feb. 26, he’d probably do things differently. I’m sure Trayvon would, too.”
Yeah, that’s right, the real victim here is the local police who are taking a “beating” over the killing. And yes, the shooting victim is to blame here too according to the police chief. He sure should have known better than to walk unarmed minding his own business through a neighborhood and not expected to be shot and killed.
It is possible justice will be done
Representative Corrine Brown, a
Florida Democrat, and ’s mayor, Jeff Triplett, have joined the parents’ request for a Department of Justice investigation. Sanford
The residents of Sanford, Florida are entitled to law enforcement that belongs in the 21st century, not the ugly days of the pre-civil rights 20th and 19th centuries. Everyone hopes that is what they will get.