Zimmerman….. Not Guilty???

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Zimmerman….NOT GUILTY???

I will explain the history on this story first for those who don’t know what happen in the beginning. If your educated on this story skip down to paragraph 5 to read my thoughts on the verdict. Trayvon Martin walked into a 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida, grabbing a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea. The hood from his dark gray sweatshirt over his head, he walked up to the counter, reached deep into his pants’ pockets, paid the clerk, and then walked out. His father Tracy had taken his son four hours away from home because neither he or Trayvon Martin’s mother wanted the teen to stay in his hometown where he could enjoy time with his friends, family friend and former football coach Jerome Horton recalled later. That Sunday night, Martin was supposed to be getting a snack and heading back to the Sanford home of his father’s fiancé. It was on that walk back that he encountered George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer

Zimmerman’s voice, meanwhile, comes through on a 911 call he made around that time, telling a dispatcher about “a real suspicious guy.  “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining, and he’s just walking around. “The dispatcher asked Zimmerman, who’d called 911 at least four times previously for other incidents, if he was following the person. He replies, “Yes, “OK. We don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher responded. But Zimmerman followed him anyway.  Who was yelling? When the 911 calls were later played back for him and he was asked if they were from his son, an emotional Tracy Martin “quietly responded ‘no’.” But an FBI analysis, also detailed on Thursday, said it couldn’t be determined whose voice it was due to the “extreme emotional state” of whoever was yelling, a lack of words from which to compare, overlapping voices and “insufficient voice quality” on the recording.

Numerous witnesses, however, did clearly hear a gunshot. It came from Zimmerman’s black, 9mm semiautomatic hand gun. The bullet went into Martin’s left chest and lodged there. Police headed to the neighborhood after Zimmerman’s initial 911 call, but didn’t arrive until after the fatal shot. They found Martin “face down in the grass.” He had blood on his nose — with one officer saying it appeared “broken,” while noting “swelling” of his face — and, as photographs showed, blood on the back of his head. His back was wet and soiled, as if he’d been in grass. Zimmerman claimed that Martin had attacked him, hitting him in the nose and knocking him back into the pavement. It was only then, in self-defense, that he’d taken out his gun and shot the teen, he said

Police had declined to arrest him that night, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to refute his self-defense claim. But the investigation continued. In a capias request, a request that someone be taken into custody, on March 13, police described what happened as “ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement, or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog (sic) in an effort to dispel each party’s concern. “There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity. “On April 11, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced that Zimmerman was being charged with second-degree murder. He was subsequently arrested and, eventually, released on bail then the trail began and Zimmerman verdict is found not guilty.

 

How I feel about the unfortunate verdict.

 First I would like to say people let’s keep the Martins family in our prayers and lets pray for our communities and our justice system. What bugs me the most about this sad, sad story is Trayvon was minding his own business! Zimmerman was on duty for neighborhood watch and had nothing better to do but notice a African-American boy walking the streets with a hoodie on thinking that he was up to no good. Shake my head!  Zimmerman was the one with the gun as he got into a scuffle with Trayvon. Trayvon probably did not understand why the neighborhood watch volunteer is accusing and assuming me of suspicious behavior. I hate to play the race card with my opinion on this story but I’m black and I understand that, if I go outside with a hoodie on as well-mannered, polite and innocent as I am, you better bet Zimmerman would have had it out for me too, shake my head! Trayvon did not have to lose his life because of another man’s suspiciousness, that’s just wrong!

I was trying my best to look at both sides of the story but this could have and should have been avoided. The dispatch team told Zimmerman not to follow him but Zimmerman followed anyway! What does that tell you!? Zimmerman was looking for trouble and he found it. Trayvon lost his life because of it! Zimmerman is GUILTY in my book of justice! God is the real judge and sometimes, well most of the times we just have to leave it in his hands.  In the state of Florida Zimmerman was in the guidelines of using a gun in self-defense by law. Because of Florida’s law I said oh man, this is just unfortunate, but it’s NOT! There is clear race involved here due to Zimmerman being so suspicious that led to Trayvon’s death. We have to remember the court put this in the juries hand to make the final decision which raises concern for not just our justice system but our society. I want to hear from you is Zimmerman guilty or innocent?

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10 thoughts on “Zimmerman….. Not Guilty???

  1. In a legal since Zimmerman is not guilty, let me explain. No matter how much we try to look at the fact that Zimm should not have left his vehicle, it was racial profiling, he was 17, he was a child, none of that matters in the eyes of the law. I have been expressing; to those whom are willing to listen that the law is not bias. Bias means:Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair. Basically showing emotion and feelings in a court of law which is what the prosecution team and defense attorney in my opinion did a fantastic job at. I feel that both the defense and the prosecution did a horrible job representing both sides, which is why the verdict was left to a jury. I was however shocked with the “not guilty” verdict at first. I felt like he deserved at least 30 years just based off of the evidence and facts. The evidence proves that (AT THE TIME OF THE ALTERCATION) Trayvon was trying to become the aggressor by climbing on top of him to fight, but that’s all Trayvon was going to do he was going to simply fight, the gun was not necessary. Zimm shot, the position of the bullet wound the position Trayvon was laying in when he was found indicated that he was on top. When I put myself in Zimms shoes I could see how he would’ve felt threatened but killing should not have been the first option, He should have fought back. For the killing part of the situation I would have liked to have seen him get at least 30 years but because of Florida law allowing the possession of fire arms to be used in situations of self defense this man was set free. The prosecution could not prove that Zimmerman was going after Trayvon with an intent to kill, like I said before they sucked at everything, but I think what we should really be upset about is not having stricter gun laws in this country. Just stop and think for a second, if the gun laws were just a little bit stricter, if there was just a slight tweek somewhere then and only then can violence be minimalized but until that day the justice system will always win and thats just it. If we really want justice for Trayvon and other innocent children and individuals that have been victims of guns then how about we start petitioning those gun laws!!!

  2. This is a very unfortunate situation so I will try to be brief:
    I agree with Felicia when it comes to their needing to be some type of justice served. Even if they don’t convict him fully due to self defense he initiated contact and should be convicted in some way for that alone. I however don’t think there needs to be a tighter control on gun laws because I don’t see that as what caused this event to happen. The principal and underlying problem is that Zimmerman tried to play super hero and approached Trayvon when he should have left it up to the police. If anything he should have just followed Trayvon in his car to keep an “eye” on him if he thought he was suspicious until the police arrived to investigate the situation. My prayers are with Trayvon and his family.

    • I understand completely what your saying Michelle, that verdict was so emotional for me because I have a child of my own. Its also painful because I know they will never see a fact or a principle. I’m just really disappointed with how the justice system is set up. 😦

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  4. I can appreciate the passion, dissapointment, saddness and dismay with the outcome of this case. This case came full circle with a lot of wrong in the center of it all. Beggining with the jury selection, to the prosecutions case, evidence, and witnesses to the states attorny saying “this case was not about race” when it clearly was and is. 2 million people had to petition and protest to even have Zimmerman arrested. He went home after shooting Trayvon Bengamin Martin to death. In summary,
    the “mantality” in sandford Florida showed this case had already been decided. All my prayers to the Martin family. Thank you Brandon for creating this forum for folks to talk about it. Love you Stephanie.

    • Thank you for visiting and commenting Mrs Towanda! Zimmerman still has to find a way to live day-to-day with the wait of America on his shoulders. It seems as though he will serve one way or the other. I’m with you 100%

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