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.