by Scott Spiegel | March 27, 2012
Apparently “the system worked” in exonerating Casey Anthony, but we don’t need the system in order to be certain Trayvon Martin’s shooter is a racist, cold-blooded murderer.
Several weeks ago, 28-year-old George Zimmerman spotted 17-year-old Martin ambling around the Retreat at Twins Lake gated community in Sanford, Florida and called 911 to report suspicious behavior on Martin’s part. Zimmerman followed Martin throughout the complex by vehicle and on foot, against the 911 operator’s recommendation. At some point, Martin and Zimmerman scuffled, and Zimmerman shot Martin.
Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee told reporters there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest the shooter: “In this case, Mr. Zimmerman has made the statement of self-defense. Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him.”
Never mind—the left wants him arrested, charged, and prosecuted anyway. They’ve jumped to the conclusion that the attack was unprovoked and racially motivated. Civil rights groups insist the Sanford Police Department and Seminole County State Attorney’s Office are racist.
Zimmerman had served as captain of the neighborhood watch patrol and had been instrumental in eradicating a recent rash of crime. The Retreat had endured dozens of burglaries and a shooting in the past year, with residents having called the police hundreds of times to report suspicious activity.
|Sanford, Florida, Criminal Justice Center.|
Police records support Zimmerman’s account of the shooting. The Orlando Sentinel cites report notes that officers “found Zimmerman bleeding from the nose and back of his head. The back of his shirt was wet and had grass clippings on it, as if he’d been on his back on the ground.” Zimmerman’s bloody nose and the testimony of one resident who witnessed the scuffle suggest that the 6-foot, 3-inch Trayvon Martin was punching Zimmerman.
|Million Hoodies Union Square protest against Trayvon Martin shooting death in Sanford, Florida.|
Two female witnesses, roommates Mary Cutcher and Selma Mora Lamilla, initially buttressed Zimmerman’s account, but Cutcher went to police days later and changed her story, claiming officers on the scene hadn’t been interested in everything she had to say.
|NYC Union Square protest against Trayvon Martin shooting.|
Sergeant Dave Morgenstern disputes Cutcher’s account of the investigation, according to the Orlando Sentinel, calling it “inconsistent with [Cutcher’s] sworn testimony to police.” Additional testimony from Cutcher revealed that Zimmerman’s behavior after the shooting was not that of a man who knew he’d committed an unprovoked murder against an innocent bystander, let alone a vicious hate crime. Cutcher implied that if Zimmerman had killed Martin unjustifiably, he would have run away. Instead, he stayed at the scene, tenderly holding Martin’s wound, taking his pulse, and remaining with him until police arrived.
The national rush to judgment, the left’s abandonment of presumption of innocence, and the death threats that have forced Zimmerman to leave his home, abandon his job, and flee to an undisclosed location are all belied by the flimsiness of the case against him as a hate crime felon.
Once again, as with their smears against the Tea Party as racist, their campaign against Sergeant James Crowley in the Henry Louis Gates phony racial profiling case, and their uncritical acceptance of a black stripper’s disproven claims she was raped by white Duke fraternity brothers, liberals’ interest is never in justice. Their interest is in using tragic cases like Trayvon Martin’s to perpetuate a society tormented by specious racial grievances and a permanently victimized minority underclass.
Scott Spiegel is a market researcher and freelance political writer who blogs at http://www.scottspiegel.com.
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