The recent shooting in Sanford, Florida resulted in the death of Mr. Trayvon Martin. The shooting occurred as the 17 year old was returning to a friend’s home. Apparently, he entered a community of private homes that had a Neighborhood Watch. There he was spotted by Mr. George Zimmerman who was on his Neighborhood Watch patrol.
Mr. Zimmerman called 911 and reported a suspicious person and gave them a description of the young man. The 911 operator asked Mr. Zimmerman for a location where he could meet the responding officers and advised him not to follow the youth. Mr. Zimmerman apparently disregarded the advise followed Mr. Martin at some point.
At some point in time an altercation occurred between the two individuals. Some reports indicate the altercation occurred when Mr. Zimmerman caught up with Mr. Martin. Another report from a Tampa Bay television station (http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/state/witness-martin-attacked-zimmerman-03232012) states that the fight occurred after Mr. Zimmerman had discontinued his pursuit and was returning to his vehicle.
The outcome of the fight was the death of Mr. Martin and multiple injuries to Mr. Zimmerman. The Tampa Bay report relates that Mr. Zimmerman’s head and face were bloody and the back of his shirt was stained by grass. The Sanford Police said the blood and stains indicated a struggle had taken place before Mr. Martin was fatally shot. The evidence was confirmed by a witness who saw the two struggling on the ground with Mr. Zimmerman underneath Mr. Martin.
A public outcry has resulted from the shooting. The outcry was originated by the victim’s mother who asked for a fair investigation by the police. Others have insinuated the youth was killed because of his race and the Sanford Police are covering it up. It is possible; perhaps even likely that Mr. Zimmerman had an animosity toward black youths like Mr. Martin. However, the evidence does not appear to support the public’s contention that Mr. Zimmerman pursued and murdered Trayvon Martin.
The public appears to have already condemned Mr. Zimmerman for the shooting. Unfortunately, I am among the masses who did not give Mr. Zimmerman the due process guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. I cannot speak for others, but I came to the conclusion that Mr. Zimmerman was guilty because he pursued and provoked Mr. Martin. It appears I was wrong if Mr. Zimmerman had discontinued pursuit and was attacked by Mr. Martin.
It is disconcerting that our fellow citizens will react in the manner that they have and move to condemn a man based on circumstantial evidence and rumors. What is more disturbing are the number of people and groups who are willing to use the death of a 17 year old man to further their personal goals or the goals of their organization.
These people include the usual purveyors of racial hatred like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Lewis Farrakhan. Each of these illustrious gentlemen has made comments to incite the masses and deny Mr. Zimmerman a fair investigation and trial. None of these gentlemen have given any credence to the findings of the Sanford Police. Instead, they are fanning the flames of racial hatred.
The New Black Panther Party has joined the chorus. The Party has offered a $10,000 bounty for the capture of Mr. Zimmerman. The New Black Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad announced the bounty during a protest in Sanford. When asked whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad replied defiantly saying: "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." (http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=672121 )
The opponents of the 2nd amendment are also capitalizing on the death of Mr. Martin. The group is using the shooting to support their contention that people should not be allowed to own guns. In fact one person on Digital Journal stated something to the effect that it was stupid to allow people to own items that could be used to kill others. The anti-gun crowd is also attacking Florida’s law that allows individuals to defend themselves when attacked.
Some politicians like U.S. Representative Corrine Brown and President Obama are also jumping on the bandwagon. It appears these individuals are supporting the conviction of Mr. Zimmerman to solidify support in the Black community. One would expect that our elected leaders would be the first to stand up to the masses and request them allow due process according to laws of the State and Nation.
It is regrettable that the public is allowing a travesty to occur because of race-baiting egomaniacs, hate groups and self serving politicians. I say we should step back and allow the police to complete a fair investigation. Mr. Zimmerman deserves the due process guaranteed by the Constitution.