In listening to all the talk regarding the murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Florida, I keep hearing people say that George Zimmerman (Trayvons killer) is protected by the “Stand Your Ground Law”. What about Trayvon?…why are they only saying Zimmerman had a right to stand his ground? Trayvon had a right to stand his ground as well! It just seems strange to me that they are all talking about Zimmerman’s right, yet not Trayvon’s …and hes’s the one thats dead.
Part of that law there in Florida says “A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony”. From Zimmerman’s own account, he was following Trayvon. A person doesn’t usually follow someone who they believe is going to do something to them. I can understand “stand your ground” if someone is approaching you. The problem is according to the first story’s out, Zimmerman was following Trayvon and Zimmerman was not approached. Thats according to Zimmerman’s recorded testimony. It sounds to me the person who had the right to stand his ground is a person who is being approached and according to every report I’ve heard up untill today, it was Trayvon that was being approached. As I’m typing this however I’m hearing a new report.
What they’re sayng now is that Trayvon turned around and asked Zimmerman ‘why he was following him’ and then there was a scuffle and Zimmerman shot Trayvon after Trayvon retaliated. I don’t know if thats true …BUT … lets just say that it is. Well according to this law (which I just stated above) a person has that right IF they “believe it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm”, and if someone was following me and I turned around and felt they were too close and might have a gun , I would definetly think their intent is to do bodily harm to me. Zimmerman not only followed him (against police orders who he was speaking with as it was happening), but Zimmerman also approached him with a gun. Anybody who thinks a stranger walking up on them to close in the night, does not mean them harm … is a fool. Its just not something that you would do because you don’t want to scare them. Zimmerman was too close. Even with all of these new things coming out saying that it was Trayvon that was the aggressor,I’ll even go there. Even if he was the aggressor, according to this law, he had the right to be aggressive, IF HE BELIEVED IT WAS NECESSARY to do so to prevent bodily harm and Trayvon had the right to suspect something like that may have happen. Just like Zimmerman saw a black kid in the neighborhood who he thought shouldn’t be there, Trayvon saw a strange white man approaching him , who shouldn’t be that close, who very well could have had a gun or a knife (and in this case he did). So IF Trayvon was the aggressor, as they are now saying he was, then let it be, as he had a right to be an aggressor. He was not doing anything illegal, a strange man had been following him that he felt could mean him bodily harm and according to the law,. that meets the conditions for Trayvon to stand his ground. I have no problem with the “Stand Your Ground Law” at all … my only question is why isn’t anybody saying that Trayvon had the right to stand his ground as well. Had Zimmerman not followed Trayvon and merely called the police like he should have, which was his only duty, he and Trayvon would not have come face to face and Trayvon would still be here. He shouldn’t have followed him, he shouldn’t have approached that close and he definetly should not have asked him why he was there. It was none of his buisness and Trayvon had every right to be there. He was not on anyones private property. He was on a public street. Zimmerman encouraged the whole situation. Even if he did finally decide to walk away, as they’re now saying (still defending him), he never should have done any of it on the first place. He had no right, he is not a police and Trayvon was doing nothing wrong.
Regarding the racism they are talking about. I’m not going to say that Zimmerman is a racist, and as a Libertarian I’m definetly not going to say he shouldn’t have had gun. What I am saying however is that he was over zealous, out of control and broke police orders which stirred a situation into something that it shouldn’t have become. The racism thats involved however is coming from the powers that be. A young black child was killed and the person they know killed this boy was right there and police allowed that person to go home. Everybody knows, had it the roles been reversed and Zimmerman been laying on the ground dead, and Trayvon was standing there with the gun, even if he hadn’t shot Zimmerman, he would have still been the one carried away to prison but instead Zimmerman was allowed to go home and they are trying to protray Trayvon as a bad boy.
I’m not sure if its really Zimmerman thats the racist here. He’s just an over zealous “wanna-be” cop and his excitement took him to a bad place. He’s still got to pay though. The racism however is in the powers that be who once again are doing nothing but ignoring the crys of its citizens and only protecting itself . No drug or alcohol test were ever done on Zimmerman (and they are now saying Trayvon earlier had maryjuanana). No one is asking …Why it took so long for them to notiify Trayvon parents (2 days I heard). Nobody is saying anything about the sloppy police work that was done, why not even a preliminary arrest was done, why the police were not there until after the shooting, when they were called before. Why its was almost a month before the nation learned about it. Why despite crys all around the country no warrant has been issued. There are a number of things that went wrong here that the government is still avoiding. Zimmerman is being protected while they’re looking for reasons to tear Trayvon down, who was minding his own business and doing nothing wrong that night (although they’d love to be able to prove he was) . Just a young kid walking down the street with a pop and bag of skittles, and all they keep saying is Zimmerman is protected by the stand your ground law. They are not saying that Trayvons rights were covered in that law too. Digging up nothing but good things about Zimmerman and continually looking for bad things about Trayvon, to justify why Zimmerman and the police were right in all of their actions and why Trayvon was wrong in his. And todays photgraphs of Zimmerman are different of the ones that had been showing. They are now pictures of a clean shaven man with a close cut and a suit and tie. They are also showing a different picture of Trayvon too . The picture they are showing of him shows him to fit the bill of a gangster with a gold grill. Working to defend Zimmerman the murderer and to discredit Trayvon the deceased. Unbelievable!! Zimmerman doesn’t have anything to do with that . Thats all the powers that be working overtime to make their make point clearly letting us see who the real racist are. They have no shame.
Its the same old story and the utter failure of government to working to protect the civil liberties of some and not the civil liberties of all.