Sunday, July 14, 2013

Zimmerman Not Guilty

From the Miami Herald:

George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin after a wrenching five-week trial that provoked a national discussion around the thorny issues of race, profiling, self-defense laws and gun control.

The neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot Trayvon in the heart during a violent struggle 17 months ago, smiled slightly after a court clerk read the verdict aloud in Seminole County courtroom 5D with Zimmerman’s family present. Trayvon Martin’s parents were not in the courtroom.

I’ve avoided writing about the trial because it was a media circus with all the sideshows included and I couldn’t possibly think of anything to say that would help.

As for the case itself and the issues of self-defense, racial profiling, and the symbolism that goes along with it, it’s a lot like theatre: an action that represents more than the characters and plot but tells us a lot about ourselves and our society.  And each one of us takes something different away when the play is over.

Feel free to do so in the comments.

3 barks and woofs on “Zimmerman Not Guilty

  1. As a mother my heart goes out to the parents of this young man. He only had snacks in his hand and Zimmerman had a gun. He had no chance. Zimmerman was a want to be cop who killed an innocent person. No justice.

  2. This is sad. My oldest daughter had a sawed-off shotgun put to her head when she worked at a pizza joint. She was all right other than the mental trauma. That guy with the shotgun got away. To me Zimmerman got away with murder. After, “We don’t need you to do that” the law should not apply. A young boy is dead, and the white guy goes free. This is not right.

  3. There’s a parallel story from FL: A woman was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at her (abusive) husband.

    See here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/11/justice/florida-stand-ground-sentencing.

    So, if you’re in FL and you’re going to shoot at someone, best to be a good shot and make sure s/he’s dead from the bullet(s) when you’re done.

    Something tells me that, while the assault rate will drop, the homicide rate will increase by an at least equal amount.

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