I don’t need to rehash the news. I just want people to think. Some already have George Zimmerman tried and convicted. We are a little ahead of ourselves.
The Sanford Florida Police. They have had problems in the past (as have many police forces). I can see why they haven’t charged him. There isn’t a lot of evidence. Still, the history of the Sanford Police makes anything they do suspect.
Is George Zimmerman a hothead with a sense of self-importance? It would seem so. He seems to have done some good things in that community possibly preventing some crimes. You may think he’s over the top, but you can’t send him to jail for that.
Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law: If you are killed as Trayvon Martin and the returned Iraq soldier in another community was, your odds are 100%. Having said that, millions live in Florida, many millions more visit. I live in Arizona. Tombstone daily has a reenactment of the OK Corral, (I should tell the real story one day in a post). So far, I haven’t seen Disneyworld have shootouts every day because of the Stand Your Ground law.
I’m not saying George Zimmerman didn’t overreact or use racial slurs or any of that. I’m saying it will be hard to prove. This isn’t France, where an Examining Magistrate can find something to hold Zimmerman on for political reasons. It’s also natural for people to assume someone is guilty. That’s what makes the English system of justice so atypical. Innocent until proven guilty is not typical. In most of the world, it’s the other way around, you have to prove your innocence.
I hope George Zimmerman didn’t shoot Trayvon Martin for racial reasons. The victim didn’t do anything wrong. He lived there. This is the United States of America, Trayvon Martin didn’t need a passport to be there.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to protect your community. There is with overreacting. That needs to be proven first.