A judge recently ordered George Zimmerman to turn himself in to authorities after revoking his bail. It appears that this came as a result of the large sum of money that Zimmerman had raised via the internet for his defense. According to authorities they have a recording between Zimmerman and his wife discussing moving this sum of money from a PayPal account to a different account. Zimmerman is now at trial for 2nd degree murder, for the tragic incident that resulted in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. The circumstances surrounding this case caught the nation by storm, captivating audiences from coast to coast, especially the long gap between the incident and Zimmerman’s arrest.
Personally, I look at his bail being revoked as karma finally working its way back into the universe. His free pass of over a month, before even being arrested, seems more than enough. This whole case from start to finish has taken on the subtle overtones of a Ringling production, I keep waiting for the bearded lady to make her cameo, or shake hands with those who smell of cabbage. Zimmerman was in hiding for an undisclosed length of time prior to being arrested under the auspices of it being for his own safety. Strangely enough, he appears to have gone into hiding so well that his original lawyers lost contact with him. Regardless of whether it was for his own safety or not, I would imagine that Zimmerman’s innate ability to channel Houdini would be cause enough to make the judge feel sketchy regarding his flight risk. Combine his inner ninja with a very successful internet campaign to raise money for his defense, (the sum of which is uncertain to the best of my knowledge), and it would be a safe bet, he in fact does pose a flight risk.
Im going to go ahead and be honest about the fact it is extremely hard for me to stay unbiased on this case. Many of the issues which I see to be central to the case, such as racism, beaurocratic incompetence and injustice, in addition to combatting them are very central to my beliefs. Despite my first urge to demonize Zimmerman like a Jehova Witness going door to door during football season, without at least attempting to look at all the facts. Even when looking at everything as objectively as possible, from a different point of view, I cant help but reach the same conclusion.
Regardless of all the media hype, or intense rhetoric surrounding the case from both sides, my belief is that he should have been tried for a lesser crime. I feel that he 100% is responsible for what happened that night and needs to be held accountable. If he would have followed the directions of law enforcement, he never could have come into harms way, even if harms way is a 17 yr old skittle toting madman. His life and his property were not in jeapordy as the situation was described to police, he fulfilled his duty by notifying the proper authorities of “suspicious” activity. By his desire to be there when the police arrived and “busted” the bad guy (again, 17 yr old skittle toting mad-man), he exhibited something more than someone just trying to do their civic duty. George Zimmerman wanted to be a hero that night, but like many a man who set out to be a hero; things didn’t go his way (*allegedly).
George Zimmerman’s quest to be a hero, appears to have followed much the same path as his predecessor, Don Quixote, nothing but mishap. Whether the loss of life included any sense of malice or pre-meditation, is for a jury to decide, but I think that there is at bare minimum a solid case for a variety of manslaughter charges to successfully be prosecuted. Even if the death was purely accidental, he is still responsible for pulling out the gun and pulling the trigger. Unfortunately, after the Johannes Mehserle case in Oakland, I don’t have very much faith in the justice system working out in favor of its namesake; especially when young African-American males are concerned.
Also, I really can’t stand the current treatment given the young victim by the media in all this. After becoming a martyr through the early reports of the crime, things have come full circle. Currently, it is much more likely to hear young Martin’s character be dragged through the mud, than to hear him spoken of as an innocent victim. I remember hearing recently that Trayvon Martin’s toxicology screening was made public…Not only do I see this as being pointless, I feel like it has become character assassination upon someone who has absolutely no opportunity to defend themselves. For all I’m concerned (for all anyone should be for that matter) this kid could have smoked like he was on tour with Ice T. or Cypress Hill. What he does on his free time holds absolutely zero relevance on the events that followed. He could have lit up directly in front of the neighborhood watch and it wouldn’t matter. Zimmerman was not designated, or trained to follow him, nor does he hold any official title which would require him to do so. He was somebody attempting to be a good Samaritan, and things went wrong, good intentions do NOT excuse what followed.
It just makes me really sad that there are people out there who for whatever reason will never be able to look at this young man as a victim, regardless of the evidence. Trayvon Martin’s right to stand HIS ground is rarely spoken of, the NRA isn’t spinning it as if he would have lived if he had been packing. No its Zimmerman and HIS right to stand his ground….even if the ground hes standing is moving apparently… Are we really scared of black youth to such a degree these days? To where peoples first reaction is to shoot first and ask questions later? (even the police) Each and every negative aspect about his character will be more than enough for bigotry to hammer another nail into the coffin. This whole spin that perhaps Martin was a drug dealer is so ludicrous I mean seriously people; how many scary pot dealers or smokers do you know? Allowing the report that the 17 year old kid had marijuana in his system to dominate or taint the conversation, provides only a temporary distraction to the real issues;
Having been 17 once, I can assure you, the people who did not have THC in their system at one point or another at my school were the exception and not the rule. Does that mean that any one of my classmates deserved to be shot and killed as they walked home from a 7-11 by a self-appointed neighborhood vigilante? I should hope not. I’m not making any judgements about Zimmerman’s character or intentions, he just exercised poor judgement, resulting in the death of an innocent kid and he’s gonna have to pay the piper sooner or later. It appears the judge agrees with me about the sooner part…
Heres some more of my commentary on this sad soap opera;
- FLORIDA – Defense: George Zimmerman in police custody (claimyourinnocence.wordpress.com)
- George Zimmerman Back in Jail after Having Bond Revoked (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Zimmerman credibility may be hurt by bond dispute – CBS News (cbsnews.com)