Zimmerman a coward
July 16, 2013 12:26 AM | 1459 views | 9 9 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Well only Zimmerman knows what happened! Who screamed, who started the fight, etc.? It seems either one of them could have stopped the fight and waited for police. Given that Zimmerman was told not to pursue Martin, why was he not charged with obstruction of justice or interference with a police officer?

The sad part about so many trials is that it is not about finding the truth but about concocting a defense story based on lies that generate reasonable doubt. But reasonable doubt about what? Reasonable doubt has been turned on its head. It is no longer about the facts but about a string of lies that cannot be disproved because dead men cannot talk.

The Florida Stand Your Ground Law is screwed up. Stand your ground is for the victim of criminal aggression — not the aggressor. Martin stood his ground and when he got the upper hand was shot through the heart. This is not following the age-old rule of using only equal and necessary force. Zimmerman was a coward to shoot Martin through the heart.

Thomas Schreiber

Marietta

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Bob Johnson
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July 17, 2013
Bob S.

That is exactly what Iam saying. GZ did exactly what anyone would do if their community have been broken into as many times as theirs. He was supposed to find out who this person was.
Trasher!
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July 17, 2013
TS-are you dumb or just stupid?
Yeah Right
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July 17, 2013
There was no evidence showing that Zimmerman was the agressor. The evidence showed just the opposite. Justice is supposed to be blind, not ignorant.
Steve Robinson
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July 17, 2013
The problem has been the focus on irrelevant arguments – some of which are actually unsupported by the evidence.

1. ‘GZ racially profiled TM’ There is no evidence of this.

2. ‘GZ disobeyed an order by the police’ * The civilian dispatcher, Sean Noffke, testified that he did not give GZ an order and, in fact, he, like his fellow dispatchers, are trained not make comments that sound like commands. * Noffke also testified under cross that, as a result of his asking GZ which way TM was going, GZ could have reasonably interpreted this as being asked to follow Martin. * It is also not a crime in Florida to disregard a comment made by a civilian dispatcher.

3. ‘GZ got out of his car’ Not a crime on public property and not negligent either.

4. ‘GZ followed TM’ Again, anyone can follow anyone on a public street unless the followee has obtained a restraining order against the follower and even there, the RS only places time, place, and manner restrictions on the person enjoined.

5. ‘GZ wasn’t really injured’ * Under Florida’s self-defence laws, one doesn’t have to be injured AT ALL to use deadly force * No one is required to refrain from defending himself while another is engaged in or attempting to commit a felony.



6. ‘TM is dead through no fault of his own’ * If you believe that TM assaulted GZ, then he IS dead as a result of his own actions.

7. ‘GZ could have left’ * Under Florida law, there is not a duty to withdraw rather than use deadly force * TM was straddling GZ so how the latter was supposed to leave the scene is unanswered.

8. ‘GZ was armed and TM wasn’t’ * One’s fists can be considered weapons and can result in severe bodily harm or death.

* GZ was legally carrying a weapon * There is no requirement under the law that the same weapon be used by the assailant * A homeowner can kill an intruder whether or not he has been threatened * Those that attack cannot feign surprise if they are met with superior firepower.

9. ‘Stand Your Ground!’ * SYG is NOT at issue in this trial. * The defence is a classic self-defence case.

10. ‘Black men NEVER get to use SYG!’ * Wrong http://tinyurl.com/nboht35

11. ‘GZ is a man and TM was a boy!’ * As if ‘boys’ don’t commit murder, rape, and assault everyday in this country.
Bob S
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July 16, 2013
Mr. Schreiber:

How do you know that Zimmerman was the aggressor? What assumptions do you have to make to decide for yourself that Zimmerman is lying?

Martin was a punk who was on school suspension, and had been involved in several illegal activities in the past year. Do we know that he was an innocent victim here?
Too funny
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July 16, 2013
"How do you know that Zimmerman was the aggressor?"

Because Zimmerman hunted Trayvon.
Bob Johnson
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July 16, 2013
Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch member of course he was the hunter. Get your facts straight.
Devlin Adams
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July 16, 2013
@ Too funny.

'Because Zimmerman hunted Trayvon.'

You are making an assumption not supported by any evidence or testimony.
Bob S
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July 17, 2013
@ Bob Johnson:

I guess I'm a hunter because I am the Neighborhood Watch committee chair in our community. I got my facts right: the jury determined that he did not act with intent or aggressiveness.

To follow (not stalk) and ask a suspicious person their intent, in a neighborhood where 18 break-ins had occurred over the past few months is not acting with intent to kill. It is acting to protect property.

Trayvon was NOT known in the neighborhood, and when asked, he jumped on Zimmerman instead of explaining what he was doing.
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