Examine facts on Trayvon

Speculation, manipulation, falsification and utter nonsense has been used to describe the situation that led to the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hand of 28-year-old George Zimmerman. None of us saw it and we don’t know exactly what happen. However, with the known facts, certain things can be concluded.

Fact one: Trayvon committed no crime, though he was no angel, getting kicked from school for drug possession. Fact two: Trayvon was out loafing around when he should have been home – on punishment. Conclusion: Neither of these facts warrant a death penalty, but my parents would have given me the devil.

Fact three: Zimmerman is not a police officer, and had no authority to patrol with a loaded gun. Fact four: Zimmerman is not certified to profile, stereotype or stalk passersby. Fact five: Zimmerman pursued Trayvon even after police told him not to. Conclusion: Zimmerman clearly was the aggressor, and rightfully is charged with second-degree murder.

Fact six: Police did not test Zimmerman for drugs or alcohol. Fact seven: Police gave Zimmerman the benefit of the doubt, allowing him to go even after he admitted to shooting the teenager. Conclusion: Sanford police should have done a better job in this case.

Fact eight: The neighborhood housing association that once embraced Zimmerman is now indicating that he was self-appointed – in case a lawsuit follows. Fact nine: Trayvon’s girlfriend heard something and failed to call anyone. Conclusion: The housing association should be implicated, and the girlfriend needs to hush.

A thorough investigation is under way and everyone else should back off. The feds should scrutinize Sanford police and Florida’s “stand your ground” law. It may be quicksand.

Tunk Martin

Edgefield, S.C.

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