July 14th, 2013 11:19 EST
Justice Prevails: George Zimmerman Not Guilty!
About a year and a half ago George Zimmerman and his wife were renting a house in a multi-ethnic gated community of modest townhomes. Zimmermann was invested in the welfare of his community, and he reached out and ministered to the least fortunate, including mentoring at-risk African American children.
The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida wasn`t perfect, in recent years there had been a string of burglaries. There was an atmosphere of fear in the development and in September 2011 residents held an organizational meeting to create a neighborhood watch program. Zimmerman was selected by his friends and neighbors as the program`s coordinator; I`m sure they were aware of his interest in the criminal justice system.
Zimmerman is dismissed as a "wannabe cop" by his detractors, but aspiring to be a police officer is a noble goal. Zimmerman took his role as a watch captain seriously, and he called the police non-emergency line a few times to report suspicious individuals. In every call Zimmerman made to the police department he didn`t mention the race of the suspicious individual until prompted by the dispatcher.
Zimmerman is biracial (White/Hispanic) and he has black relatives in his family. As a watch person Zimmerman was motivated by a desire to protect his community, and he didn`t use his authority to single out blacks for harassment.
Although neighborhood watch volunteers are not encouraged to carry weapons, Zimmerman had a concealed carry permit and he had a legal right to be armed while safeguarding his neighborhood.
On the fateful evening of February 26, 2012 Zimmerman observed a black teenager who appeared to be acting suspiciously. It wasn`t the color of the teen`s skin that aroused Zimmerman`s suspicion, it was the fact that he was peering into the windows of homes.
We now know that 17-year-old boy was Trayvon Martin who was walking back to the home of his father`s girlfriend after a trip to a convenience store to buy Skittles and a watermelon-flavored ice tea.
Trayvon didn`t live at The Retreat at Twin Lakes, at the time of the incident that rocked Sanford and the entire nation he was under suspension from his school in Miami, his third disciplinary suspension of the year.
We will never have a complete picture what happened that rainy day in Florida. But according to Zimmerman Trayvon noticed that he was watching him, and at some point the young kid sucker punched Zimmerman knocking him to the ground, and then he straddled him punching him and repeatedly smashing his head against the sidewalk.
Fearing for his life Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon, and that gunshot is still echoing through the legal system, social media, and the culture at large.
Zimmerman`s account was corroborated by several witnesses, and it just rings true. Any objective observer would have to conclude that Zimmerman acted in self-defense. Zimmerman should never have been arrested, and he should never have been charged with any crime. It`s only because of the political machinations of professional race-baiters like Al Sharpton that Zimmerman was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder.
On July 13, 2012 a jury of his peers declared George Zimmerman not guilty, and if our nation is ever going to overcome our racial problems, we must start by respecting the verdict.
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