Central Florida is the getting a lot of negative attention on social media sites regarding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Certainly this is a tragedy for the family and the community. An independent investigation is certainly in order. However, why not let the FBI investigate instead of attending rallies led by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton both of whom have a history of interjecting themselves into politically hot situations? It is particularly disturbing to hear out-of-towners demanding an arrest before the investigation is complete. Are we heading toward a riot if one is not made?
Sanford has an egregious history of discrimination toward African-Americans. There is no dispute regarding this issue. But with all of the national attention being directed toward the case, it is doubtful that the law will not be followed in this case. This writer finds the tone of the protests and media coverage disturbing. According to the Orlando Sentinel:
The New Black Liberation Militia, a self-styled black survival group, has announced that it plans to make a citizens arrest of Zimmerman next week, the Associated Press reported.
Death threats have sent the shooter into hiding. Is this the way a civilized people handle a criminal investigation? I think not and believe Sanford is heading toward real trouble if this situation is not brought under control.
Regular readers know this blog is very anti-crime. However much I disagree with the law, and I do, particularly as far as defendant rights are concerned, I accept that this is the system and let the system work it out. [Before you say I haven't known anyone who was murdered, check out the Jeff Norton tab at the top of this page. I know where I speak.]
The people making the worst comments online don’t live here. They don’t realize that there is a lot of crime in the neighborhood in question. I don’t know if Zimmerman is a Citizen on Patrol, but if he is, he was doing exactly what he was supposed to do UNTIL he engaged Martin. He absolutely crossed the line when he did that. Fallout from this situation will result in even more people unwilling to do neighborhood patrols.
As for the calls to the police, if Zimmerman was calling about young black men in hoodies with low slung pants in the neighborhood, that’s to be expected. There are no Urkel’s in Sanford and with a population of 48% African-American statistically one should expect that close to half of all suspicious person reports concern them.
Questions that need to be answered:
- What training did Zimmerman have?
- Was he part of an organized neighborhood watch group?
- What is his legal history?
- Why was he patrolling the neighborhood on the day of the shooting?
- Why was Martin suspended from school & how did he deal with authority?
- What was Martin’s legal history?
- Did Martin ever effect a gangster posture?
- Was either one involved in undisclosed violent altercations in the past?
Feel free to add questions as comments on the post below. I’m sure there are lots more.
I don’t think this is going to have a good ending regardless of the outcome.