Subject: ideas on Trayvon vs Zimmerman
After reading everything I could--including extremists on both sides
(there's no reason to offer $10k for his kidnap
and delivery to any group)--about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin,
I began thinking that maybe Zimmerman
is borderline paranoid, rather than racist. He's had a difficult
life, has not completed many things he tried, but he apparently
took his position seriously as head of the unofficial neighborhood
watch group he helped start in his gated community.
on that position, and his desire to become a police officer (as shown
by taking the four-month training program
twice in four years), he became the person that people in the community
would call to report minor crimes. He then reported
this information to the police, 46 times in the year prior to the
confrontation (out of 402 total calls from his community).
Zimmerman bought a gun and got a concealed carry permit, legally; no
doubt he felt it was necessary
to help protect
the other members of his community.
consider a relatively emotional man (shown by the fact that, right
around the time his fiancée left him in 2005, he got
into a fight with police and had an injunction filed on him for
domestic violence), feeling the need to protect members of
his community, and (from his neighborhood watch position) seeing the
results of a lot of minor crimes (vandalism, theft, etc.),
mostly by people who did not live in the community. He's driving
his SUV to the store and sees someone he doesn't
recognize walking through the community and looking around (this
assumes Zimmerman saw Martin when he was
looking for the 7-11). This unrecognized person starts walking
towards Zimmerman, then starts to walk away.
is suspicious, and calls the police; he's angry because these outsiders
have been vandals and thieves in the past,
and "these assholes always get away." So he feels its his
responsibility to follow this potential criminal, keep him in sight
until the police get there. He may even have been angry enough at
the police, and how long they take to respond,
to refer to them as "f'ing goons."
Consider the possibility that he followed Martin, who turned around and
confronted him, saying, "What are you following me for?"
Zimmerman is not in control of the situation any longer. Perhaps
he tries to grab Martin, who twists away.
If Martin was 6'3" and Zimmerman was 5'9", it's not surprising that, in
jerking away and turning around, Martin's elbow
may have hit Zimmerman in the face -- may even have broken his nose if
Zimmerman was moving forward. If Zimmerman
then fell down (whether from the elbow hit or because he tripped trying
to get away), he could easily have hit the back of his
head on the sidewalk; then all his injuries would be explained.
So you have this highly emotional man who feels a responsibility to
defend his community, who loses control of the situation
and is knocked to the ground injured. If Martin did not
immediately run away, Zimmerman may have felt he was still under
In the mind of Zimmerman as I have postulated, the obvious response
would be to shoot your "attacker" in "self-defence."
But, had Zimmerman minded his
own damn business, everyone would still be alive.
that I am not trying to justify Zimmerman's actions, just explain them
-- and, I hope, show how a borderline paranoid
put under a lot of stress (in this case, self-inflicted) could snap and
kill someone. He wouldn't need to be a racist.
On the other hand, the Sanford police department seems to have
responded incredibly poorly. Even back in Indiana,
which had something similar to Florida's "stand your ground" law when I
was growing up, if you killed someone you spent
at least one night in jail. Also, despite how racist Indiana is
(and as the home of one of the "greatest" Grand Dragons of
the KKK, it's up there), if a black teenager were killed, the police
would make a significant effort to find out what he had
been doing there and to find his family.
police on the scene claim they wanted a warrant before arresting
Zimmerman, and the
way Martin's parents found out he was dead was that they filed a
missing persons report.
course, it's possible that Martin didn't have any ID on him, since he
was just running out to 7-11,
but you'd think the police would have tried to find out what an unknown
teenager was doing in the
gated community, carrying an iced tea and some Skittles.
On Trayvon's Wikipedia page, it
says Zimmerman told police he had stepped
out of his truck to check
the name of the street he was on,
when Martin attacked him from behind as he walked back to his truck.
That's very suspicious.
Zimmerman was "patrolling" the streets in
"his neighborhood" but didn't know what street he was on?
How far away from home did Zimmerman need to go to "find trouble?"
According to Zimmerman, if he had known
what street he was on, Trayvon would still be alive.
Plus, I'd say it's at least likely that
Zimmerman had his gun out the whole time.
Why would a "neighborhood watch
commander" (that makes the shooter sound so important
- and so official) have a gun in his possession but not have it in his
hand when confronting trouble?
And why in the world would Trayvon attack
an armed man?
Odds are we'll never know the truth.
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