What I Got Out of the Zimmerman Case
Many Americans are tired of the media frenzy about the acquittal of George Zimmerman, so I, CowboyLawyer, am here to provide a short commentary.
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer interested in a career in law enforcement, should not have gotten out of his car. It was enough to advise the police dispatcher about spotting someone who might be suspicious.
Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old who had every right to be in that particular neighborhood, nevertheless should not have attacked Mr. Zimmerman.
After those two mistakes in judgment occurred, George Zimmerman’s head was being slammed against the concrete sidewalk and he was punched with sufficient force to break his nose.
While in this situation, he shot his attacker, who was on top of him like an MMA fighter, according to a witness.
The jury, who heard the evidence, concluded that Mr. Zimmerman was entitled to the legal defense called self-defense. That is appropriate when the evidence indicates that a person who uses deadly force to protect himself reasonably believed that he was in danger of serious injury or death.
Whether you are black or white or hispanic, this defense is available to you. It is available whether you are being attacked by someone who is your same race or a different race.
Race was probably a factor in young Trayvon deciding to attack George Zimmerman, whom Trayvon perceived to be a “crazy ass cracker” according to his friend who testified. It is not as clear whether race was a factor in George Zimmerman pulling the trigger.
I happen to be white. I am not a racist. I would shoot you whether you are white, black, hispanic, native american or asian IF YOU ARE SLAMMING MY HEAD INTO CONCRETE.
It is sad that Trayvon Martin is dead.
It is a right in our nation for George Zimmerman to have a jury trial.
Let us trust the jury and our legal system, like we did when O.J. was acquitted.