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Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict doesn’t make him totally innocent

Published: Wed, August 7, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Some THREE weeks after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter, I’m taken aback by the comments still being made about the incident. The rants of opportunist demagogues like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have thankfully diminished, but there are now some voices trying to demonize Trayvon Martin while others try to trivialize the event by citing examples of black-on-white and black-on-black violence that did not receive the same level of national coverage.

While there was a racial element in Zimmerman’s singling out Martin for surveillance, it is understandable. If, as reported, homes in the community were recently robbed by young black men, Zimmerman was justified in notifying the police of a possibly suspicious interloper in the community.

Where Zimmerman crossed the line between block-watch and vigilantism is when he decided to get out of his vehicle and follow Martin despite explicit police instructions not to and at odds with national neighborhood-watch rules.

The question that begs an answer is whether or not Zimmerman would have chosen to stalk Martin had he not been armed. By his own admission he was being pummeled by a 5-foot-11-inch, 158-pound teen, notwithstanding false Internet claims that Martin was over 6 feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds. That beating itself would indicate Zimmerman’s lack of rudimentary self-defense skills that would certainly dissuade any rational person from provoking a confrontation.

The courage Zimmerman derived from his Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm pistol obviously emboldened him in the escalation of events that led to Martin’s death. This tragedy could have been avoided if neighborhood watch volunteers were required to leave their weapons at home while on duty.

While I believe that the jury’s verdict of not guilty of murder or manslaughter was appropriate, it does not mean that Zimmerman is innocent. His actions assuredly make him morally responsible for the death of a 17-year-old boy, who was doing absolutely nothing wrong at the time. This is a fact with which he must live for the rest of his life. That the victim was black is no more or less tragic than if he were white, Hispanic or Oriental.

Robert F. Mollic, Liberty Township


1redeye1(5054 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Once again Zimmerman was attacked by T-boy and not the other way around. So if I understand it. It's okay to attack someone who is following you. Is that right? Because the next time I'm walking in the mall parking lot, I can attack someone just for following me . Damn, watch the crime rate go up and very fast

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2jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

The usual liberal race hucksters have been saying for at least a year that, if Trayvon Martin had been white, and Zimmerman had been black, then Zimmerman would have been convicted instantly. Heck, the liberals have implied that Zimmerman would have been lynched had he been black!

Well, as usual, the liberals just can never get their facts straight.

So, Meet Roderick Scott.

Mr. Scott is a black man from the small town of Greece N.Y. which is outside of Rochester.

In the early morning hours of April 4th 2009, Mr. Scott thought he saw 3 teenagers breaking into his neighbors’ cars.

Mr. Scott grabbed a handgun, for which he had a legal permit, and then went to the end of his driveway and ordered the teenagers to remain where they were and to wait for the police.

At this point 17 year old Christopher Cervini allegedly advanced towards Scott and displayed anger. There is some dispute as to what was said. Scott says Cervini threatened him. Cervini’s friends say that he said “Please don’t shoot me I’m just a kid”. At no time did Cervini and Scott come close enough to engage in physical contact. Unlike Trayvon Martin, Cervini did not sucker Punch Scott. He did not break Scott’s nose. Cervini did not get on top of Scott and pound his head into cement.

Scott shot at Cervini with 2 bullets finding their mark. 17 year old Chris Cervini died and Roderick Scott was charged with manslaughter.

7 months later a jury found Roderick Scott not guilty.

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3Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I don't think bringing up black on white or black on black crime trivializes the case at all. It is a legitimate criticism, and one the media cannot defend. I mean, let's be fair about it. If the reverse was true in this case, would the national media have seized on this case with the same vigor?

Absolutely not, because it does not fit their narrative. In Baltimore's Little Italy, an employee leaving his job at a restaurant late in the evening got beaten to a pulp by fourteen African American youth. Why didn't the media make a national fuss over that case? 14 on 1 is a pretty big deal I think, but apparently the media doesn't think so, and certainly not Mr. Sharpton or Mr. Jackson.

We need a real honest discussion about race in America, but don't count on the media to do any favors making it happen. For them, it is a one way street and they will actively black out anything that goes against their point of view.

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4dmacker(375 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

According to this article Zimmerman got out of his car and followed Martin "despite explicit police instructions not to". That is no accurate on two levels. The tape of the conversation with a civilian dispatcher not a police officer told Zimmerman "we don't need you to do that" but then followed up with a question of "where is he now". A question that suggests Zimmerman find out where Martin is by locating him.

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