Saletan: Almost everything I thought I knew about Zimmerman was wrong

posted at 12:01 pm on July 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Don’t take this excellent and self-effacing essay from Slate’s William Saletan as an endorsement of George Zimmerman’s actions.  Instead, it’s an indictment of the sensationalist media coverage that distorted or outright manufactured narratives in the case, and of the activists on all sides of the ledger who have exploited a tragedy for political gain.  Only after informing himself by watching the actual trial, evidence, and closing arguments did Saletan have his epiphany (via Amy Alkon):

Trayvon Martin is dead, George Zimmerman has been acquitted, and millions of people are outraged. Some politicians are demanding a second prosecution of Zimmerman, this time for hate crimes. Others are blaming the tragedy on “Stand Your Ground” laws, which they insist must be repealed. Many who saw the case as proof of racism in the criminal justice system see the verdict as further confirmation. Everywhere you look, people feel vindicated in their bitter assumptions. They want action.

But that’s how Martin ended up dead. It’s how Zimmerman ended up with a bulletproof vest he might have to wear for the rest of his life. It’s how activists and the media embarrassed themselves with bogus reports. The problem at the core of this case wasn’t race or guns. The problem was assumption, misperception, and overreaction. And that cycle hasn’t ended with the verdict. It has escalated.

I almost joined the frenzy. Yesterday I was going to write that Zimmerman pursued Martin against police instructions and illustrated the perils of racial profiling. But I hadn’t followed the case in detail. So I sat down and watched the closing arguments: nearly seven hours of video in which the prosecution and defense went point by point through the evidence as it had been hashed out at the trial. Based on what I learned from the videos, I did some further reading.

It turned out I had been wrong about many things. The initial portrait of Zimmerman as a racist wasn’t just exaggerated. It was completely unsubstantiated. It’s a case study in how the same kind of bias that causes racism can cause unwarranted allegations of racism. Some of the people Zimmerman had reported as suspicious were black men, so he was a racist. Members of his family seemed racist, so he was a racist. Everybody knew he was a racist, so his recorded words were misheard as racial slurs, proving again that he was a racist.

Be sure to read it all. This may be the best column Saletan has ever written, and I don’t want to over-excerpt. However, I do want to highlight one more point in his conclusion:

In court, evidence and scrutiny have exposed these difficult, complicated truths. But outside the court, ideologues are ignoring them. They’re oversimplifying a tragedy that was caused by oversimplification. Martin has become Emmett Till. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using the verdict to attack Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which wasn’t invoked in this case. The grievance industrial complex is pushing the Department of Justice to prosecute Zimmerman for bias-motivated killing, based on evidence that didn’t even support a conviction for unpremeditated killing. Zimmerman’s lawyers have teamed up with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, inadvertently, to promote the false message that Zimmerman’s acquittal means our society thinks everything he did was OK.

It wasn’t OK. It was stupid and dangerous. It led to the unnecessary death of an innocent young man. It happened because two people—their minds clouded by stereotypes that went well beyond race—assumed the worst about one another and acted in haste. If you want to prevent the next Trayvon Martin tragedy, learn from their mistakes. Don’t paint the world in black and white. Don’t declare the whole justice system racist, or blame every gun death on guns, or confuse acquittal with vindication. And the next time you see somebody who looks like a punk or a pervert, hold your fire.

In my column today for The Week, I also argue that all sides seem more interested in vindicating their political hobby horses rather than learn a lesson from the entire tragic affair.  Few seem to find empathy with the principals in the case, when (like most tragedies) the human cost is all too apparent, and that justice for anyone is elusive in this case:

No party in this case will feel that justice was done. The police had originally closed its investigation of Zimmerman, concluding that the evidence was lacking to charge him with manslaughter or murder. The state only brought charges against Zimmerman after public outrage forced them to reopen the investigation. The media stoked the fires with inaccurate reportingarguably to the point of libel, driving a sensational narrative of racism that the FBI concluded didn’t exist, and which ignored Zimmerman’s own multiethnic heritage. The New York Timespractically coined the term “white Hispanic” for Zimmerman, which fueled the racial angle of the case. The sensationalism and inaccuracies led to the demand of a second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman, an overreach that the prosecution didn’t come close to proving.

Even with the acquittal, I doubt that Zimmerman feels as though he’s seen justice. He’s been vilified and threatened for more than a year, and will be for the rest of his life.

That pales in comparison to the experience of the victim’s family. Trayvon Martin, 17, was on his way to see his father when he got killed. He was unarmed and merely walking through the neighborhood when the confrontation happened, and Trayvon got shot and killed anyway. The police at the time didn’t take action against the man who shot him. After more than a year of demanding justice, they don’t even have the comfort of a verdict.

As the father of a young man myself, I can’t help but put myself in the Martins’ shoes. My son, perhaps like Trayvon, had the typical teenage contempt for authority (oftentimes mine, but also the police and nosy neighbors) and got into more than a few ill-advised confrontations. My son got the chance to outgrow it. Trayvon didn’t. …

Archetypes and narratives may allow us to put events like this shooting on our hobby horses for the benefit of personal agendas, but those archetypes and narratives contributed to this tragic outcome. Ironically, instead of learning a lesson from that, we have thought leaders, celebrities, and ordinary people stoking anger and fear in the aftermath of the trial, rather than finding ways to reduce and eliminate those barriers so that we can avoid this kind of heartbreak the next time.

Everyone needs to step back from their anger and fear, and understand that both of those is how we got here in the first place.


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But one of ‘em is dead, and much of what the other has to tell has little but his word to support it.

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

A broken nose and head injuries are now considered little.

sentinelrules on July 16, 2013 at 4:34 PM

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

So, you’re were wrong in your 3:09 PM post and the additional suspensions are not conspiracies.

sentinelrules on July 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Here’s a question…
Oysters…Blue Points or Kumamotos?
And then..Sam Adams Summer Ale…or a Guinness?

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 4:34 PM

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Better question, conspiracy or not?

sentinelrules on July 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Will his acquital serve to give even more pause to those who think they can plunder “helpless sheep”.

KW64 on July 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I believe the anti-gunners were just itching to restart the gun control debate, but Zimmerman’s acquittal threw a monkey wrench into the works.

Liam on July 16, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Ed Morrissey, I’m disappointed in your article. Like you, I have empathy for Trayvon’s parents because I agree that had Trayvon lived long enough, he most likely would have matured and become a productive citizen.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was on his way to see his father when he got killed. He was unarmed and merely walking through the neighborhood when the confrontation happened, and Trayvon got shot and killed anyway.

This is a false narrative. Trayvon confronted Zimmerman. Even Rachel Jeantel testified to that. And you suggest that Zimmerman was wrong to profile him as a criminal, yet minutes later Trayvon was committing felony battery on Zimmerman, as supported by the evidence. It seems he was quite perceptive to identify him as a possible criminal.

I also have a son who had issues when he was Trayvon’s age, but thank goodness he did grow out of it. When I discussed this case with him, he said “it sucks that Trayvon died” but he brought it on himself.

NbyNW on July 16, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Are you sure Martin wasn’t one of these burglars? Where did he get the women’s jewelry that was found in his locker? Has this question been answered yet?

And there was only a confrontation because Martin caused a confrontation. If Martin had only made some effort to go home or stay hidden…

blink on July 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

He could have been but we don’t have enough evidence to say. I agree the confrontation was apparently started by Martin. The point of my post was that the neighborhood was on edge due to these break-ins but they do not get talked about. Police arrive too late to find suspicious people if someone does not watch where they are going. If we demand that everyone “mind their own business” does that mean your neighbors being robbed and frightened and your property values going down because of high crime is none of your business? I would hope not. Neighbors should watch out for each other as everyone has a legitimate interest in the law and order that preserves the collective peace.

KW64 on July 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

I wish he’d just run home (though GZ likely wouldn’t have assumed that where that “fu*king punk” was headed.)

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

He did. The problem is he then went back and assaulted Zimmerman.

So about the only thing we can be somewhat certain of, is that both of these guys made some bad and wrong assumptions about the other.

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

No. We can be pretty certain of a lot of things, among them that the only one who did anything wrong was Martin, in committing aggravated assault and battery on a guy he didn’t even know.

But one of ‘em is dead, and much of what the other has to tell has little but his word to support it.

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Well, that and his wounds (and Martin’s lack thereof)… and the NEN call … and Rachel’s testimony … and eyewitnesses. Yeah, other than that, I guess nothing but his word.

GWB on July 16, 2013 at 5:06 PM

The Left,and it activists,hi-jacked the narrative,and now,
they still want blood!

And I’m afraid to say,they’re just beginning,to fire up
this Witch Hunt!!!

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Thus spake the incomparable canopfor, our wise and gifted friend from the North–the same as this incomparably wise and gifted trio: Rush–performing “Witch Hunt” from their 1981 masterpiece album, Moving Pictures:

The night is black, without a moon;
The air is thick and still.
The vigilantes gather on
The lonely torchlit hill.

Features distorted in the flickering light;
Faces are twisted and grotesque–
Silent and stern in the sweltering night,
The mob moves like demons possesed.

The righteous rise
With burning eyes
Of hatred and ill-will;
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat and burn and kill.

Those who “know” what’s “best” for us
Must “rise” and “save us from ourselves.”

Quick to judge,
Quick to anger,
Slow to understand;
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand.

Lyrics by Peart; music by Lee and Lifeson.
© and ℗ 1981 Core Music Publishing.

Dime IV on July 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report. School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.

A lawyer for the dead teen’s family acknowledged Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti, but said the family knew nothing about the jewelry and the screwdriver.

kingsjester on July 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

4. Martin’s phone had an interesting panoply of pictures on it, including nude pictures of underage females, poses of him in fighting stances, and most disturbingly, someone’s hand holding a semi-automatic pistol.

eyesights on July 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Martin’s cell phone also had a picture of a pile of women’s jewelry on a bed.

Interesting to follow up on what happened when the PD was given that jewelry.

They didn’t try to find an owner. They did not try to tie it to any burglaries in the area. They put it on a shelf as “found”

From The Curious Case Of Trayvon Martin’s Backpack With Stolen Jewelry and Burglary Tool…

Meanwhile the stolen jewelry from the burglary (PD111021-422483) was sitting on a shelf in the Property Room listed as (2011-11477 “found items) gathering dust.

Until we started digging, and the FOIA requests revealed not only the scheme, but the fact a victim was never made whole with the return of their items.

That is, until now.

Yesterday we contacted Detective Manresa, assigned to the burglary case, of the Miami-Dade Police Department to notify him some of his victims’ stolen items were actually in the Miami-Dade property room:

Subject: Attn: Detective Omar Manresa [RE: PD111021-422483 Burglary at XXXX XX XXXXX]

Dear Detective Manresa,

Per phone conversation of 4/30/13 @ 10:20am regarding burglary incident #PD111021-422483

During the course of research surrounding an internal affairs M-DSPD investigation in March/April of 2012 it coincidentally came to our attention that School Resource Officer Darryl Dunn (Dr. Krop Senior High School) filled out a report of items from a student’s backpack without criminal attachment.

The internal documentation used by SRO Dunn only listed the contents of the backpack as “found items” and a burglary tool. He was trying to avoid subjecting the student [Trayvon Martin] to a criminal investigation, therefore no criminal report, nor investigation was initiated.

This action by SRO Dunn was taken at the direction and request of former M-DSPD Police Chief Hurley who had advised his officers to avoid writing criminal reports on student offenders; Apparently in an attempt to artificially improve the recorded criminal student statistics.

The internal report #2011-11477 never attached the stolen property to the student who was carrying it when searched. The property was taken to the custody of Carmen Gonzalez, Property Specialist, where it was held, and still should be located.

The details surrounding this event are outlined in the following sworn affidavits completed by members of the Miami-Dade School Police Department. (they are extensive)

….

As mentioned, if you contact the victim of Miami-Dade burglary #PD111021-422483, and review with them the property confiscated by M-DSPD SRO Dunn listed under #2011-11477, we believe you will be able to return at least a portion of the stolen merchandise.

Perhaps some of the items returned may have sentimental, as well as obvious financial, value.

farsighted on July 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

3 suspensions…
Once for a baggie with ‘marijuana residue’, once for missing school, and once for graffiti.

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

He also had fights in school and was found in the possession of stolen jewelry. The school didn’t forget all the things he did. You seem to have some problem keeping your story straight.

Do you know why he wasn’t arrested for the fights, or thieving jewelry? I do.

You obviously don’t care that Martin was a violent thug. Ok, we got that.

dogsoldier on July 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM

eyesights on July 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Really?
Wow…he sounds like an insane criminal.
Imagine if Zimmerman hadn’t managed to get this crazed maniac?
He might have managed to talk to his girlfriend for even more than an hour. Or maybe have gone out later all jacked up on skittles and cough syrup and smashed windows with his bare fists!
And he had traces of pot…POT! I hear that stuff makes you insane, and want to randomly jump out of bushes and attack people.
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sigh…

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Wow. Liberalism is like armor for the mind, the way it keeps out all those pesky details.

Like the one where Trayvon attacks Zimmerman and is shot in self defense. Insane? Irrelevant. Violent? Established.

Trayvon appears to have been experimenting with high doses of DXM and marijuana, both. Did they contribute to his state of mind that lead to him attacking Zimmerman? Very possibly.

But what matters is that he did attack Zimmerman, regardless of why, and that Zimmerman was entitled to defend himself.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Obviously, he was doing more than just walking through a neighborhood. Don’t you think?

DDay on July 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

What do you mean/infer by ‘doing more than just walking through a neighborhood’?
Tell me what it is you think he was doing?

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Well, he was stoned and on his way back from a drug run for supplies to make another substance to abuse. It was his acting like he was on drug’s that caught Zimmerman’s eye as you recall. And he was correct.

So, a stoned punk, with history of petty crimes, drugs, possession of stolen property, graffitti, possession of child pornography (photos of underage mude girls on his phone) walks through the neighborhood that has recently had a wave a petty crime. The neighborhood watch captain sees him, thinks he looks suspicious “like he’s on drugs” and calls 911. He follows the thug to keep him from getting away. He loses the thug. The thug gets to his property, calls his girlfriend, goes back and confronts the watch captain, striking him and sitting astride him and pounding his head into the cement. After about 45 seconds of being assaulted the watch captain shoots the punk.

Other than the media having injected race into the matter, this case never would have gone anywhere.

Martin was a petty criminal on his way to becoming a bigger criminal. He was stoned (a crime at 17) and committing battery when he was shot. He was not innocent by any definition of the word, only in the media’s imagination. His mother already got a million dollars from the homeowner’s association. She is raising more on the story.

Zimmerman was a watch captain, trying to find a job in law enforcement, half Hispanic (1/4 black?) took a black girl to the prom, mentored black children, etc. The media has ruined his life. To me, his is the greater tragedy, but maybe that’s just me.

talkingpoints on July 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Yeah, whatever! It’s all BS. Trayvon was a trouble making big man on campus who got what he deserved for his actions. He was there because he was suspended from school. What a little angel.

Anyone who listened to the evidence knows the outcome is just. Now the blacks of America are showing us who the true racists are.

Anyone remember whites rioting when Simpson was let go?

I didn’t think so…

stacman on July 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

stacman on July 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

When it starts to get aroung that Martin’s attack was a gay bashing, all the protests will crumble. Where are the race baiters gonna go to get the smell of homophobia off of themselves?

Eric Holder is looking for tips to prove Zimmerman was a racist, according to Breitbart.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/07/16/DOJ-phone-call-Zimmerman

Holder is one loathsome low life.

dogsoldier on July 16, 2013 at 6:45 PM

But one of ‘em is dead, and much of what the other has to tell has little but his word to support it.
 
verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

 
+1. Plus the 911 call, police reports, local investigations, state investigations, an FBI investigation, and a trial by jury.
 
But yeah, other than all of that, you’re 100% correct.
 
Great point.

rogerb on July 16, 2013 at 7:21 PM

It happened because two people—their minds clouded by stereotypes that went well beyond race—assumed the worst about one another and acted in haste.

No, it happened because one man’s mind was clouded by stereotypes and he decided to attack the other man — who was indeed the nearest thing to a police person (as a more cultured Rachel Jeantel might put it) in the neighborhood.

unclesmrgol on July 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

And he had traces of pot…POT! I hear that stuff makes you insane, and want to randomly jump out of bushes and attack people.

verbaluce on July 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Strange you should mention that — that’s the sort of thing MJ (pot) did to my son — only he wasn’t outside in the bushes somewhere, he was inside my home.

A much saner person now that he’s given it up. Nearly all traces of paranoid schizophrenia are gone….

unclesmrgol on July 16, 2013 at 7:38 PM

It happened because two people—their minds clouded by stereotypes that went well beyond race—assumed the worst about one another and acted in haste.

 
No, it happened because one man’s mind was clouded by stereotypes and he decided to attack the other man …
 
unclesmrgol on July 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

 
Not to mention Zimmerman clearly didn’t assume a black guy he didn’t know, at night, in the rain, was physically dangerous and prone to harsh, irrational, and immediate violence.
 
That’s far from “the worst”, and is actually a pretty decent thing to assume, frankly. Shame Trayvon felt the need to prove him wrong.

rogerb on July 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

First St Skittles was no choirboy. He had beaten a bus driver before Zimmerman, was a drug user, and there is some evidence he had been in possession of stolen jewelry and this at 17. Second the “white Hispanic” acted rashly when he chose to persue Msrtin rather than letting the police take care of this. There are no winners here, not Trayvon who lost his life, not George who has lost his ability to lead a normal life, and not the American people who have lost their faith in the justice system, the media, and the government. Im not talking about the idiot rabble rousers rioting in the streets, Im talking about the regular folks who have watched this Coury woman twist the law into a pretzel, that hater Holder now trying to use this as some way to rid us of the stand your ground defense which didnt really play into this case very much and lastly a rabid media ruining a mans life to sell their version of the story. Im glad this Saletan person is grown up enough to see that there was no “there there”. Now if only those calling for Zimmermans head on a platter would do the same but unfortunately there are more Rachel Jeuntels than Allen Wests out there and these folks are the poster children for low info voters. Haters gotta hate I guess.

neyney on July 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

First St Skittles was no choirboy. He had beaten a bus driver before Zimmerman, was a drug user, and there is some evidence he had been in possession of stolen jewelry and this at 17. Second the “white Hispanic” acted rashly when he chose to persue Msrtin rather than letting the police take care of this.

NARRATIVE TIME!

George Zimmerman did not pursue Trayvon Marton. There are a full two minutes of unaccounted for time on the timeline, during which, if Zimmerman’s testimony is true (and it was corroborated by more than one eyewitness), Martin came back around and confronted Zimmerman!

There are no winners here, not Trayvon who lost his life, not George who has lost his ability to lead a normal life, and not the American people who have lost their faith in the justice system, the media, and the government.

Fuk that noise, you talking-points parrot. If it took you this long to lose faith in American government and media, you’ve been living in a cave these past five years!

Im not talking about the idiot rabble rousers rioting in the streets, Im talking about the regular folks who have watched this Coury woman twist the law into a pretzel, that hater Holder now trying to use this as some way to rid us of the stand your ground defense which didnt really play into this case very much and lastly a rabid media ruining a mans life to sell their version of the story. Im glad this Saletan person is grown up enough to see that there was no “there there”. Now if only those calling for Zimmermans head on a platter would do the same but unfortunately there are more Rachel Jeuntels than Allen Wests out there and these folks are the poster children for low info voters. Haters gotta hate I guess.

neyney on July 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Saletan’s a libwit through and through. He just lost the ability to defend the indefensible. Anyone that can commiserate with Bill Saletan is suspect in my book, and yes, that includes Cap’n Ed.

gryphon202 on July 16, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Again – Zimmerman NEVER “pursued” Martin, please stop repeating the proven-false talking point.

PJ Emeritus on July 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I wanted to post on his site, but he’s an idiot. Most of us here get it.

1. Zimmerman did what watch captains are trained to do- observe and report. He got out because dispatch asked for more information.

2. Martin was that young aggressive thug that his GF calls “new school”. From the knock out games, to the flash mobs to the man beaten to death by four black men in Atlanta for being white and getting gas we have all seen their handiwork.

3. Martin’s GF was all in his ear about teaching that gay cracker a lesson in respect. She has changed her story because telling the truth is foreign to her.

4. Martin’s GF said that he was too smart to jump and ARMED man which infers he would jump an unarmed man. He did, but was too stupid to realize the man was armed.

5. the GF testified that Martin called her back after running and she thought he was behind his dad’s house. Think about that. He…made..it..home. But four minutes later he’s beating Zimmerman at the other end of the complex. The only way that happens if he returned to stalk GZ.

6. No matter what GZ did, it does not justify Martin attacking him. Why can’t Martin just talk like a civilized human? Was in incapable of communicating? Or did he just prefer the “street way” of doing things?

7. We’ve seen the “Martin” of our society for the last few days. They LIKE violence. It is a form of communication and establishing a pecking order in their culture. I know, I’ve worked hundreds of these cases in my career.

And as you can see, there is more than one, and they are encouraged to act this way by our leaders. Not just the race baiters but many people- like Hillary, who will never be put in harms way by the riots or the crime that will occur.

We, as a society, have allowed an entire sub-culture to be born, bred, fed, encouraged and rewarded for acting like less than civilized humans. If they act that way, they should not complain if one of them gets whacked acting out by a man who wasn’t willing to die for political correctness.

Had GZ not been armed, the headlines would have read “Hispanic watchman, loved by all, found beaten to death in his complex. Suspect seen fleeing a young black male (or maybe not even ID’ed as black by PC driven paper). It would have been a page three four line article. And they would have probably spelled his name wrong.

archer52 on July 16, 2013 at 9:44 PM

truth is this was the “stacey Koon” case Obama was looking for to lay out his racial agenda. The anti stand your ground people were in it too.

It just blew up when the light of truth hit it like a vampire at daylight.

Sadly, the lies will never leave some people’s minds. And if GZ or his family get killed it will be directly on the heads of Sharpton, Obama and Holder.

archer52 on July 16, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Too many people want this story to fit their own needs.

From the information I have gleaned:

The school system had instituted a policy of not having students arrested, but instead expelled, as Martin was for crime. Reason, to get lower crime numbers for the district. Otherwise, Martin might have had a felony

The lower income gated community had been experiencing crime from hoodie wearing males

Zimmerman was not ordered to stay in his car

Forensic expert testified that when an attacker is on top, leaning forward, his colon drops, out of the way from the bullet entry, consistent with the damage on the internal organs in the shooting victim

Girlfriend of the victim has reduced credibility, because she claimed to write a statement she could not read

At the point a victim is pinned by an attacker who has broken victim’s nose and is bashing victim’s head on the ground, and the victim screams loudly for help without receiving help, the victim is justified using a gun to dispatch the attacker

Therefore the shooting was justified.

The press manipulated audio recordings, misrepresented evidence, especially after it was realized Zimmerman was not white, which ruined the script

The prosecutor’s office withheld evidence, and fired the whistle blower

The judge added a new charge at the end of the trial, depriving the accused of the ability to create a defense based on the charges

The judge demanded legal answers from the defendant and would not let the defense lawyer give counsel on the questions

In a free country following a suspicious character is not a crime.

Zimmerman is the victim. I hope he sues and gets a lot of money. He will need it because his enemies are calling for his lynching.

Martin made the mistake of beating up someone who was armed.

Being followed by a creepy az cracka is not a legal justification to break their nose and bash their head into the ground

Martin is the one at fault. The tragedy in this event is the grave miscarriage of justice by the mob seeking to scapegoat Zimmerman

The case reminds me of Richard Jewel, accused by the MSM of planting a bomb years ago. The press hounded him and maligned him. He won a lot of money but the press has not changed

entagor on July 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Everyone needs to step back from their anger and fear, and understand that both of those is how we got here in the first place.

That’s just typical ed cowardly BS. Zimmerman lived in a subdivision that had become a happy hunting ground for criminals, nearly predominantly black. In one instance a burglar had actually made eye contact with a woman inside the home he was breaking into and he continued to break in and she and her child had to lock themselves in the bathroom and call the police. He got away as most of the predators feeding off this community had. The neighborhood started a neighborhood watch program and Zimmerman was active. He had a conceal carry permit, and given the brashness of the criminals, decided to carry his weapon while on patrol. He spotted Martin, who was not strolling along the sidewalk but walking along the buildings in the shadows, and Zimmerman called the police. While he was giving the info he lost sight of Martin and stopped his truck to get out and see where he went, informing the dispatcher, not a police officer, of what he was doing who replied, “We don’t need you to do that.” Seconds later with only a one sentence yelled warning Martin attacked Zimmerman. Based on the inarticulate manner of Martin’s friend, it’s likely Zimmerman had no idea what Martin said but since the attack and first yell were nearly simultaneous, it didn’t really matter. Martin knocked Zimmerman down with a sucker punch, straddled him and Zimmerman screamed for help but no one came to his defense. At some point he remembered the weapon, drew it and fired.

It was not a mistake for Zimmerman to be carrying the gun. The neighborhood was dangerous and the attack by Martin justified him carrying it. Zimmerman did not know Martin, did not know how old he was. All he knew was that someone bigger than he was smashing his head into the sidewalk and screaming, “You gonna die!” Zimmerman did nothing wrong. He was defending his neighborhood and home. He was viciously attacked, an he used the weapon he was legally carrying. Is it your squishy opinion ed that Zimmerman should not have drawn the weapon and should have continued to take the beating in hopes that Martin was just joshing and didn’t really mean that he was gonna die? Martin’s girlfriend confirmed in her court testimony and in her cnn interview the events above. Martin did nothing wrong, that is why he was acquitted. Half the jury thought he should be guilty of something because Martin died but the more and more they went over it the more they realized Zimmerman did nothing wrong. You squishies may accept it but I refuse to accept the BS demonization of an innocent man, all white people and my country. This is the greatest country on the planet and just because the evil few who live here are louder than me does not mean I think any differently than my own experience tells me.

peacenprosperity on July 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM

This story tells us much about how the mainstream media treats every issue. Find a way to twist it to support and drive the progressive agenda. That should not be much of a surprise by now. The issue itself however tells us far more about the black community in America. Much to the misfortune of blacks in America, the the media’s bias helps propagate the wrongheadedness. The outcome, unfortunately, but not surprisingly is more, many more dead black people and poverty stricken black people than there might be otherwise. Of course, the race pimps like Jessie and Al and the media empowering such pain don’t care.

How the Trayvon Martin case showcases the plight of black America… but probably not in the way you think.

http://www.imperfectamerica.com

imperfectamerica on July 17, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Ed Morrissey has now ADDED to the assumptions , mis perceptions and outright ignorance regarding Trayvon Martin!

First of all, there is no evidence that Trayvon Martin DIDN’T commit the burglaries in Zimmerman’s neighborhood! But, there IS amp,e evidence that Trayvon Martin DID commit burglaries– as detailed by the Miami Herald writer Frances Robles!

Moreover, Trayvon Marrin was SUSPENDED from school when he was shot by Zimmerman. He was suspended for ASSAULTING a bus driver! It wasn’t his first suspension, and he had been arrested by the police with a bag full of women’s jewelry and a burglary tool. Why wasn’t he prosecuted? Because the school district engaged in a program to HIDE all school arrests to help the school districtt’s OWN funding from the Feds!

So stop flapping your gums until you’ve availed yourself of the facts,Ed. google it. You can find Robert Zimmerman’s response to Robles’s article, as well as the documentation on Trayvon’s arrest and the program the Miami school district used to hide Trayvon Martin’s numerous criminal activities!

mountainaires on July 17, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Another curiosity. Why didn’t the NRA release a statement saying Martin would have been protected had he just had a gun?
 
libfreeordie on July 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

 
Easy-TM was a minor, it is against state and federal laws for a minor to be in possession of a handgun. He may use one only in the comp0any of a parent.
The NRA promotes the safe, responsible and legal use of handguns and rifles.
 
gonnjos on July 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

 

 

Imagine that for a bit. Imagine being consumed by your academic fetish but being constantly shown as wrong on almost every topic you introduce here outside of a laughably self-limited sort of “the influence of women professors in gay black history and how it influences future gay history of blacks and women” sphere of knowledge.
 
Now imagine knowing that the non-bubble folks you choose to congregate with care very little about your womens-/LBGT-/black-studies knowledge. And, worse, often laugh openly about its perceived value after you prove you haven’t bothered to learn much else.
 
Sadder still is knowing that he comes here and gets knocked around academically by people who probably only graduated high school but who have genuine intellectual curiousity and have educated themselves on different topics, and this forces him to return to the comfort of that little womens-/LBGT-/black-studies bubble where he knows what he’s expected to say to be told he’s smart again.
 
Lather, rinse, repeat.

rogerb on February 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM

rogerb on July 17, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Who is Alberto Carvalho and how did he contribute to Trayvon Martin’s death?

Good question. I wish Ed and other so-called “journalists” would ask it.

The Curious Case of Trayvon’s Backpack with Stolen Jewelry and a Burglary Tool

Ironically were it not for Frances Robles writing a Miami Herald article on March 26th 2012 an entire chain of events would not have taken place.

It was that Robles article, and the outlining of the Miami-Dade School Police Department’s report on a Trayvon Martin incident from October 2011, that kicked off an internal investigation by M-DSPD Police Chief Hurley against his own officers to find out who leaked the police report.

[Note: The Miami-Dade Public School System has its own Police force, and Chief, who report to the School Board and Superintendent - Not the Police Dept. The Police Chief is appointed by the School Superintendent, in this example, Alberto Carvalho]

Get the full story:

http://thejacksonpress.org/?p=5088

mountainaires on July 17, 2013 at 7:25 AM

mountainaires on July 17, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Why wasn’t Martin in jail?

However, there was ONE big issue. SRO Dunn never filed a criminal report, nor opened a criminal investigation, surrounding the stolen jewelry. Instead, and as a result of pressure from M-DSPD Chief Hurley to avoid criminal reports for black male students, Dunn wrote up the jewelry as “found items”, and transferred them, along with the burglary tool, to the Miami-Dade Police property room where they sat on a shelf unassigned to anyone for investigation.

Vandalism, thievery, drug use, and fighting. Gee Martin was a model citizen.

dogsoldier on July 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Yeah I must have missed where Trayvon Martin was in fact not a thug. Quick question why was he unsupervised in Sanford in the first place gang? Oh yeah that’s right Miami PD and Schools caught him with a bunch of jewelry “a friend gave him”….

George Zimmerman made a few boneheaded errors but the reality is he thought Trayvon Martin was a thug b/c well he was a thug.

harlekwin15 on July 16, 2013 at 12:28 PM

You mean jewelry that was reported stolen in a house close to his high school?

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/05/01/m-dspd-cover-up-the-curious-case-of-trayvon-martins-backpack-with-stolen-jewelry-and-burglary-tool/

cptacek on July 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Yesterday morning Jeff Kuhner on WRKO suggested that Jeantel egged Martin on. Now we know it for certain. And look what she said!

YIKES!

dogsoldier on July 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Man, I should have put money on it:

If I was a betting woman, I would bet that she egged Trademark on to go beat that creepy a$$ cracker, and that is why she felt guilty afterwards.

cptacek on July 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/07/13/video-jury-acquits-zimmerman-in-shooting/comment-page-9/

cptacek on July 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

cptacek on July 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

You should have!

dogsoldier on July 18, 2013 at 5:43 AM

None of this has anything to do with race, it’s all a bunch of LEFTIST. Go down the list of everything that plagues the black community: Drugs, Abortion, Family Destruction… you name it. Every single thing you will list is a JEWEL of SOCIALISM. And when a good man claws his way out of the hood, they attack him, “He has betrayed his race”. NO HE HASN’T! He has betrayed SOCIALISM. Al Sharpton isn’t black, he’s a F***’N LEFTIST. Barack Obama isn’t black, he’s a F***’N LEFTIST. Name the race baiter, their all F***’N LEFTIST. STOP dignifying this with “but some of my best friends are black”. NONE of my friends are F***’N LEFTIST. THE BLACK COMMUITY HAS BEEN ENSLAVED BY F***’N LEFTIST and they have NO ONE TO BLAME BUT THEMSELVES. So stop blaming ME you F***’N LEFTIST.

Pole-Cat on July 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

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