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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Apparently It Will Be Mob Justice for George Zimmerman (Updated)

They want mob justice for an someone they accuse of being a vigilante. From Fox News:
"We cannot allow a precedent when a man can just kill one of us ... and then walk out with the murder weapon," said civil rights leader Al Sharpton, flanked by Martin's parents and a stage full of supporters at a rally in Sanford on Thursday night. "We don't want good enough. We want George Zimmerman in court with handcuffs behind his back."
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Martin's parents said the police chief's action wasn't enough, and that Zimmerman should be taken into custody.

"We want an arrest, we want a conviction and we want him sentenced for the murder of my son," Martin's father, Tracy, said to the fiery crowd of protesters at Fort Mellon Park.
Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, contends that he shot Martin in self-defense.

I suspect that Zimmerman will eventually be charged simply because State and Federal authorities don't want a repeat of the 1980 Miami Race Riots.

Update: Protests spread to other communities even as new evidence comes out suggesting that Zimmerman may have been acting in self-defense as he claims. (Story here).  Meanwhile, Obama is once again sticking his nose into what is a local matter. (Story here). This is because the media is turning this into an opportunity to create racial division. There has been some push back on the media double standard of not reporting on black-on-white violence. (See here). And I'm seeing a lot of comments about the media not bothering to cover the story of a white teen in Kansas that was set on fire by two black teens. (Story here and here).

Update 3/31/12: Thousands march on Stanford, FL, police station demanding the arrest of Zimmerman.
Protesters have begun marching in the Florida town where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer.

About a thousand people carrying signs and wearing T-shirts with the teen's image marched to the Sanford Police Department Saturday morning.

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton helped lead the charge, demanding the arrest of George Zimmerman, 28, who shot the unarmed teenager dead.
Protesters carried signs, chanted 'Justice for Trayvon' and 'We want an arrest. Shot in the chest,' , and clutched the hands of their children while they walked from Crooms Academy of Information Technology - the county's first high school for black students - to the Sanford Police Department.

The march was organized by the NAACP was one of several taking place over the weekend.

'We live in the middle of an American paradox,' Rev. Al Sharpton told the crowd. 'We can put a black man in the White House but we cannot walk a black child through a gated neighborhood. We are not selling out, bowing out or backing down until there is justice for Trayvon.'
Hispanic voters should take note of the lynch-mob mentality that has taken hold here at the instigation of top Democrats, including Obama.

2 comments:

  1. When all the facts come out, the truth will prevail in this case. The conflicting accounts of whether Zimmerman was injured to the extent that he said he was, will be key here. If his nose was not broken, as some report it was, this will prove disadvantageous for the defense, because it will show an effort to make Martin seem like the aggressor and not Zimmerman. Also, the fact that Zimmerman acted against the police directive not to pursue Martin, will work against him in court.

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    1. The problem is that this has been politicized to such an extent that prosecutors may feel pressured to pursue a criminal suit even if they would have otherwise determined that there was no wrongdoing or a lack of evidence. Also, there is no guarantee that Zimmerman would fight the matter in court--he may elect to plead to a lesser offense (or punishment) to avoid the expense and risk of trial, even if he believes he is innocent.

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