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My only comment on the Zimmerman case...

by Steve Mona on Sun, Jul 14 2013 9:40 AM

As someone who spent a career in law enforcement I believe that my colleagues and I are a little more qualified to speak on the Zimmerman case than most. Herewith is my one and only comment on the matter:

George Zimmerman caused this chain of events. I don't know if he's a racist but I do know he's the worst kind of "neighborhood watch" person, the wannabe cop. I know that a police dispatcher suggested to him that he shouldn't follow Trayvon Martin; suggested mind you as, despite the internet hysteria to the contrary, a police dispatcher has no authority to order you to do anything. (The fact that many of the very same people suggesting he failed to follow the "orders" of the dispatcher also believe a police officer can't "order" you to do anything is another story) Zimmerman should have stayed in the vehicle and this incident doesn't happen. But it's also fair to say that during the 4 minutes Mr. Martin alluded Zimmerman he could have gone straight to his father's house and this incident doesn't happen.

What George Zimmerman did was stupid but was it criminal? A jury says no. However, a conviction of manslaughter would have been equally appropriate as an acquittal. That's how close a line I think there was here on that issue. I'd guess the jury threw out the murder charge quickly. It was a horrible overreach by the prosecution. On the manslaughter charge I'd say the jury spent the most time but didn't get to, "beyond a reasonable doubt" in their eyes. I know I wouldn't have wanted to be on that jury. Like it or not, putting your hysteria aside, the system worked. I could easily have said the same if a conviction on manslaughter came back. Rest assured those of you unsatisfied by the verdict there will be a civil rights charge by the DOJ and that is the worst travesty of justice.

The final word: I am heartbroken for the parents of Trayvon Martin. No parent should have to bury a child and they are deserving of all our sympathies. But the facts are that during the next month, while you all obsess about this verdict, dozens of young men of color will die at the hands of other young men of color. That is an outrage worthy of media attention and the likes of the Sharptons and Jacksons. An outrage that never quite gets there...


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