Once again, we see a progressive deny the facts and spin the story to make George Zimmerman into a law-breaking racist …
The facts as they are known:
- Profiling – considering stereotypes as predictors of present and future behavior is not a crime, unless it involves a law enforcement officer.
- Weapon – George Zimmerman had a permit to lawfully carry a concealed weapon.
- Suspicious Behavior – Trayvon Martin was not on public property, he was walking slowly between private homes on a dark and rainy night.
- Zimmerman correctly reported his suspicions to the police.
- Zimmerman was asked “where he was” and Zimmerman attempted to find out.
- Zimmerman was advised, not ordered, to disengage; Zimmerman headed towards his vehicle.
- Crime – instead of continuing home, estimated at 80-yards, Trayvon Martin in four minutes, turned toward Zimmerman, initiated a physical confrontation, and broke his nose.
- Self-defense – Zimmerman, pinned under Trayvon Martin who was pummeling him, feared for his life, pulled a weapon, and fired a single-shot into Trayvon Martin.
We know that Zimmerman was community-oriented with no animus or hostility towards blacks. We know that Trayvon Martin publicly portrayed himself as a gangsta’ thug wannabe, and most likely involved in either a previous home burglary or in possession of stolen jewelry from a home burglary.
So what the hell is this progressive trying to say ?
Sean Hannity interviews the NAACP’s Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy Hilary Shelton about the NAACP’S continuing involvement in pressuring the Department of Justice to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
Shelton believes there is a faulty self-defense policy in Florida. The truth is that self-defense is self-defense; you have God-given rights to defend yourself from harm under any and all circumstances. However, as you are taught in a concealed carry weapons permit class, if you are carrying a weapon, you must have reasonable and provable grounds for using your weapon. In this particular case, Zimmerman had injuries (broken nose, lacerations to the back of the head) consistent with being the underdog in a fight that he did not start. Trayvon, being physically superior and apparently hyper-aggressive, had no such injuries.
Shelton believed that Trayvon was being “stalked” by Zimmerman. According to the 2012 Florida Statutes, Title XLVI, Chapter 784, Section 784.048, Paragraph 2, “A person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking, a misdemeanor of the first degree.” As determined in testimony, George Zimmerman, did not willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follow Trayvon Martin. He was performing his civic duty and providing the police with the whereabouts of a person he believed to be acting suspiciously. Getting out of your vehicle to watch another person, in this case, a person of interest to law enforcement, is not a crime, nor is it wrong.
Shelton colors the scene by claiming there is a problem with someone being armed and shooting someone to death. Shelton does not appear to be taking into account the totality of the circumstances which were precipitated by Trayvon Martin who could have just as easily gone home and avoided the conflict.
Interestingly enough, Shelton cites long-standing policies of Neighborhood Watch organizations, be unarmed, report your suspicions and do not engage. All prudent policies. But, what Shelton does not recognize is that Zimmerman was not on patrol, he was going for groceries at the time of his observation, he did report to the police, he responded to the police dispatcher’s inquiries as to color and location, and he did not engage – from the Jeantell’s testimony, it was Trayvon Martin who confronted George Zimmerman and she later believed that it was likely that Trayvon threw the first punch, breaking Zimmerman’s nose.
Shelton claims “If we are only going to go on the guy that shot him to death’s testimony, then we have a real problem.” However, it appears that Zimmerman’s testimony was corroborated by the physical evidence and the testimony of others. With no major inconsistencies that would have persuaded the jury to render a different verdict.
Shelton’s contention that “… the jury decided on very narrow facts the outcome of this case should come out.” It was the duty of the prosecutor to present the all of the relevant facts, the duty of the judge and the defense to make sure that those facts were legal and admissible into evidence. So Shelton’s bafflegab about a narrow set of facts is crazy-talk. As if some weight should be allocated to the post facto opinions of community activists and others who will never see this case clearly as they view everything through the prism of race-based politics and self-advantage.
Listen to the big lie: “The jury was not told about the thing that he was being followed.” Say what? The jury was provided with a timeline of Zimmerman’s movements and those of Trayvon. … “He did not have a right to intervene with Trayvon Martin.” “He did not have the right to put his hands on him.” Again, Zimmerman committed no crime. It was Martin that confronted Zimmerman and provoked the physical confrontation. There was no testimony or proof that Zimmerman confronted Trayvon and initiated the altercation.
Redefining justice …
It is no longer about justice as rendered by the system, but justice by popular vote. Unfortunately, most of those shouting the loudest are ill-informed with short attention spans. Likely to spout the talking points of their leadership rather than review the facts and come to a rational conclusion.
The day the Constitution and rule of law gives way to popular opinion, our nation is lost.
Bottom line …
This is why progressive seem to win the argument. They are unafraid to lie, distort or spin the truth to their advantage in a media confrontation. Knowing that the polite opposition will never call them a liar or devote the time necessary to refute their points one-by-one. Should someone attempt to refute their erroneous assertions, they kept talking so that the bafflegab overwhelms the conversation and the listener is grateful for any silence. And, when you repeat a lie often enough, perception overcomes reality and a lie is accepted as the truth.