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It's a tragedy: a young kid is dead. However, this case has become something more.

First of all, I think one of the obvious problems is the low quality of policing in that neighborhood. If the police were doing a good job with the prior incidents, Zimmerman would probably not be out on the streets at night trying to pick up the slack in his private, gated community. He'd be sitting at home watching TV. This is not really being talked about by the media. I think that THIS should be the central issue of this story. The media just focuses on the fact that police refused to investigate.

Second, I am baffled at the fatality of the shooting. Why not shoot your attacker in the leg, or the arm? So long as they are unarmed, that should get the job done at repelling them. At point blank range, this is not hard to do. I would argue that the law should include a provision on this.

Third, there is simply not enough information out on this case to form a conclusive opinion about it. All these hordes demanding justice creep me out, since they pretty much presume that Zimmerman is guilty.

By the way, who benefits most from this whole incident? That's right - the media, as they continue to blow a single death completely out of proportion, and keep piling up emotionally charged reports almost completely devoid of facts. Vultures who prey on emotions and fear, while the ad revenue flows in.

Who else? Well, anyone who wants to extract political benefit out of this issue - rather than actually deal with the problem. Isn't that the proverbial difficulty of elected officials... This is getting politicized - FAST! In an election year, do you want to wager which candidate could receive more support due to the fallout from this?

Additionally, I see no reason at all to bring race into this case. What evidence do the (overwhelmingly black, from what I've seen) crowds have to believe that Zimmerman was racially motivated in any way? This actually makes me wonder if many blacks are supporting Trayvon simply because he's black. I would be very willing to take a stand in support of Treyvon if Zimmerman's guilt was obvious.

Additionally, it appears that Trayvon was under a 5 day suspension from school at the time. What did he do to deserve it? Unknown for now, but maybe he wasn't such an innocent kid after all. I am, in no way, suggesting that this could justify him being killed. However, it might be more likely that he'd be willing to start a physical altercation.

Let's consider the law which supposedly allowed Zimmerman to exercise deadly force:

"a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:
(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or"

According to this - www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic…


The witness, known only as John, told Sanford police that he saw Martin on top of George Zimmerman shortly before the fatal shot that has led to a national outcry, including a huge 'hoodie' march in Philadelphia last night. He recounted the details to Fox 35 News in Florida.



If a 6'3" teen is beating your fat ass with bare hands in the night - does that constitute a risk of "great bodily harm"? That's usually something like broken bones, or an extended hospital stay. Perhaps - the police clearly thought so. Could it have seemed to Zimmerman that Trayvon was trying to pull a gun on him? Doesn't seem that unlikely. A sketchy individual is beating your ass - that ought to make you suspicious.

What do you think? For now, I'm comfortable in admitting that I simply do not know where I stand on this issue. As more facts get out, I'll be making my decision.

One thing's for sure. When the mainstream media hypes stuff like this up - I'm very skeptical by default. Did any one of these "reporters" point out how many thousands of Treyvon Martins have been sent to die in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade? Death by government policy is, apparently, OK. Political benefits, let's see who'll be milking them.
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SvenjaLiv Apr 1, 2012   General Artist
He was suspended for having an empty bag of marijuana on him, by the way. Nothing to do with being violent. ;)

And the reason why race is brought into it is that Zimmerman reported Trayvon because he was black and wore a hoodie. Not really reasons to suspect someone of being a criminal, especially when they're only carrying iced tea and a bag of Skittles, unless you're racially profiling them. He also followed Trayvon down the road, despite being told by 911 not to, so the argument is that if he'd just done what a regular person should, hung back and let the police handle it if there WAS something going on, nothing would've happened.

And finally, people are upset because Zimmerman got off under the "Stand Your Ground" law, which they say shouldn't apply when he was actively following the kid around.
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IvanAndreevich Apr 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
| He was suspended for having an empty bag of marijuana on him, by the way. Nothing to do with being violent.

Did I say that it had anything to do it?

| And the reason why race is brought into it is that Zimmerman reported Trayvon because he was black and wore a hoodie

No. He was on private property walking around at night.

| He also followed Trayvon down the road, despite being told by 911 not to

That's not what the police said. He went back to his car and Trayvon attacked him.
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SvenjaLiv Apr 1, 2012   General Artist
Did I say that you said it had anything to do with it? :shrug:

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Look, the only reason why I commented was to add a few facts and arguments that were missing from your blog post. What you do with them is up to you. You're welcome to disregard them. ;)
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IvanAndreevich Apr 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
I'll make a new post on this, since I have to see this shit on the news every day now. I think this whole issue is of no importance.
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SvenjaLiv Apr 1, 2012   General Artist
Then why feed into it by making another post about it? :D Just sayin'. :P
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IvanAndreevich Apr 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
Just for shits and giggles, like everything else in life.
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SvenjaLiv Apr 1, 2012   General Artist
Ah yes. I write and talk about things that are of no importance to me all the time, too. :nod:
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IvanAndreevich Apr 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
It's of importance to me that issues of importance take center stage. Not racial bullshit mumbo jumbo over a single death in a country of 300 000 000.
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TheBlackFawn Mar 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
its too soon to say anything but if it were me.. a suspicious person in the street with an aggression for who knows what with a hoodie (possibly) covering his face hmm... i would have pulled a gun to.. not saying i'd fire.. but still.. the world is scary.. and pushes us to those extremes. i think the most irritating event was the fact our president commented on it. im already not a fan of obama but for him to say something like "if i had a son it would have looked like him" isn't that singly a racial prejudice? yay America...hah..
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Deadmenkil Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
was he killed?? i heard he was still alive and ok.
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