The Trayvon Martin murder trial shows what happens when guns are present, and when a citizen becomes overzealous in his role as neighborhood watch person. It is about America’s culture of violence and that is the political angle.
Having listened to and watched much of the Trayvon Martin murder trial, one might conclude that lawyers consumed a whole lot of words to present a few facts that could have equipped the jury with enough information to make a judgment more swiftly. The process raises the issue about the American justice system, laws and how they work.
In this case, the notion of justified use of force is at hand. What is justified in Florida is defined as being different from what is justified in some other state. Such lack of uniformity is another instance in the lack of equality among the states.
A person carrying a holstered weapon around the neighborhood, would that make citizens feel more secure? It is legal.
A person following another person around, stalking and pursuing them is legal. Does that act make you more or less secure, especially if it is you who is going about your normal business with someone in a car following behind?
Circumstances create the context for understanding what happened in a Florida neighborhood. Having lived there, I can testify to the presence of racism and ill-will. It happens at the intersection of have and have not. It happens at the intersection of racial difference. It happens at the intersection of extremes and intolerance that evolves into willful and sometimes wrongful suspicion. It also happens at the intersection of drugs and crime versus law abiding citizens and peaceful existence. It happens at the intersection of young and old.
Trayvon Martin died at the hands of George Zimmerman because Zimmerman mistook Martin for being a bad person at the wrong place in his opinion. From that point forward, Zimmerman’s pursuit became molestation first at a distance, and proceeded until there was contact, and finally an intentional shot fired by Zimmerman into Trayvon Martin, a teen who was headed home from the convenience store.
Trayvon Martin sought to confront the man who invaded his peace. Sure, there was a fight. The fight would never had happened if George Zimmerman had stayed in his car as the police told him. Wait for the police.
“George Zimmerman Defense: Trayvon Wasn’t Injured, ‘Except for the Gunshot’
Jul 12, 2013 11:23 AM EDT
A dramatic video re-enactment, four minutes of silence, and a tribute to Thomas Jefferson. Jacqui Goddard on the George Zimmerman team’s final pitch before the trial went to the jury.
Jurors were shown a video re-enactment of the fight that ended in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Friday as George Zimmerman’s lawyer blamed the teenage victim for having started the violent confrontation that led to his own death.”
“Zimmerman came away with a bloody nose and wounds to his head that O’Mara said were consistent with his claim that Martin was the aggressor. “The only one who was injured at all—except for the gunshot—was George Zimmerman,” he said.”
“Trayvon Martin may not have the defendant’s blood on his hands but George Zimmerman will forever have Trayvon Martin’s on his. To the living, we owe respect. But to the dead we owe the truth. On behalf of the state of Florida, I submit to you that Trayvon Benjamin Martin is entitled to the truth—and it didn’t come from the defendant’s mouth…He told so many lies.”
Martin, he said, was the one in fear for his safety that night.
“Trayvon Martin, a child, had every right to be where he was. That child had every right to be doing what he was doing, walking home. That child had every right to be afraid of a strange man following him…and did that child not have the right to defend himself from that man?”