The trial of George Zimmerman is week away from starting. Jury summons have been mailed, some witnesses have received their subpoena for the trial, tomorrow and possibly Thursday the last major pre-trail hearings are set to be conducted. The die has been cast, the press is ready, the police, the Church leaders who will have a front row seat of the proceedings are all ready to go.
The cable news stations have started their specials covering the case, after all it is Summer kids are out of school, we need entertainment. As the shows go on the lack of information regarding the case is evident, but who cares about facts, the show must go on.
One aspect of the case which has caused consternation, even amongst Zimmerman supporters is should he had stayed on the truck, I will get to that, in a minute. Before I do that I want to share 2 recent stories, there are many more but these 2 will suffice for what happened in both have a bearing on the case, in my opinion.
The first one comes from Calgary, Canada our neighbor to the north and it illustrates a problem that is affecting not just them but us as well, this is from the National Post;
A thirteen year-old Canadian, Briar MacLean, was reprimanded by school officials for potentially saving the life of one of his fellow classmates. After defending the victim from an armed student, the vice principal chastised MacLean, saying that he should have gotten a teacher involved instead of acting quickly.
MacLean told the National Post that he was in a morning class in his middle school in Calgary when he saw a bully antagonizing another student. “He put him in a headlock, and I saw that,” he said.
The fight escalated when MacLean “heard the flick, and I heard them say there was a knife.”
MacLean instinctively jumped and pushed the bully away from the other student and then continued about his day unfazed. However, later he was called into the office and not allowed to return to classes for the rest of the day.
The vice principal called MacLean’s mother, Leah O’Donnell, saying that her son was involved in an incident where “he decided to ‘play hero’ and jump in.” The vice principal added that the school did not “condone heroics,” and that the proper course of action would have been to get a school administrator to handle it.
O’Donnell said, “I asked: ‘In the time it would have taken him to go get a teacher, could that kid’s throat have been slit?’ She said yes, but that’s beside the point.”
“What are they teaching them?” O’Donnell said. ”That when you go out into the workforce and someone is not being very nice to you, you have to tattle to your boss? You’re not going to get promoted that way.”
“What are we going to do if there are no heroes in the world? There would be no police, no fire, no armed forces. If a guy gets mugged on the street, everyone is going to run away and be scared or cower in the corner. It’s not right,” she said.
From Detroit via the Daily Mail link
Apathy is a dangerous thing. Not only can it cheapen elections as we have shown before, it can potentially cost lives. One incident in particular occurred in Detroit on Tuesday night, when a 64-year-old man was brutally stabbed and robbed in a gas station while witnesses just stood there and watched. One of the witnesses, wearing yellow, walks up to the counter while the victim is struggling and says, “just give me my money.” Fortunately, the victim is recovering in the hospital. The second story comes from Detroit, it occurred about 2 weeks earlier. Read more;
In the first story we have a 13 year who possibly saved the life of another student from a bully, his reward is a reprimand. An argument could be made that this is for his protection, and that an adult was needed in that circumstance, but it misses the point by a wide margin. The kid reacted in a potentially dangerous situation, to save another student, there was no time to try to get assistance, in fact someone had already called for help. His quick reactions were key to resolving the situation, he did not continue to escalate the situation, he helped and moved on.
The second story, is what the school officials wanted the Briar McLean to do, become a spectators, waiting for someone else to do something. The man in yellow continues his transaction, as if nothing is happening, in he is annoyed at he delay. I am surprised no one pulled their phone to tape the incident. Then they would be able to brag about how close they were to danger to their family and friends.
The people who object to Zimmerman exiting his vehicle are essentially acting as the school officials in Calgary. To them the circumstances and the result was immaterial, he should have gotten an adult, period.
To many in our society GZ called the cops, his job is done , go home. But as a friend and fellow commentator Jordan said:
At the end of the day, who wants a NW captain who is too damn lazy to get out of his truck and investigate someone who he does not recognize?
To Zimmerman detractors, this indicates that Zimmerman had nefarious intentions, that he was play-acting his cop wannabe fantasies. To make this point the Prosecution intents to produce evidence that Zimmerman applied to be a police officer in Virginia, and was part of local Sanford PD program where citizens went on a ride along with police officers. Wow, let’s get the rope and find a tree!!! He wanted to be a cop, so he is guilty. Only in today’s society is wanting to be a public servant, a first responder is used as evidence of wrong doing, despite no evidence to that.
This is an easy case, I will repeat an easy case with tragic consequences. A NW watch block captain will not on duty observes a stranger, that because of the weather, his demeanor, and the burglaries that had occurred in the community looked suspicious. That answers the question of why Zimmerman found Mr. Martin suspicious.
Zimmerman proceeded to call the non-emergency police number, and requested police to assist. He tried to maintain visual contact in order to assist the police, that answers the question of why he got out of the truck.
The Prosecutions own witnesses say that Mr. Martin confronted Mr. Zimmerman, that answers the question of why Zimmerman confronted Mr. Martin, he did not.
Mr. Martin had a history of fighting and violence, his own texts are indicative of that. He also was one that did not take perceived offenses lightly. One of his fights was because someone had snitched on him, he also indicated that he was not done with that person, as he did not bleed enough. He had been kicked out of his mother’s house for the 3rd time in the last year because of his violent tendencies and drug use. The last time was why he ended in Sanford to stay with his father. Zimmerman had been watching Mr. Martin, and called the cops on him, that answers why would Mr. Martin strike Zimmerman.
After being assaulted and pinned on the ground and after screaming for help for up to a minute to prevent Mr. Martin from grabbing his gun, Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin once to stop the assault. This answers why did Zimmerman shoot Mr. Martin.
Zimmerman was cuffed and arrested after the removal of his clothing, gun, several hours of interrogation, and talking with witnesses on the ground the determination was made his story checked out, no probable could be found Zimmerman was released. This answer why he was not charged that day or the ensuing days.
The Martin supporters, through family connections, civil rights groups, pandering politicians, removal of the Chief of Police, local States Attorney and an assist from the media answers why charges were eventually filed.
Here we are now one week from jury selection, when we consider Zimmerman’s actions let’s put aside the complex answers trying to be used to explain what happened in order to convict him. This is a simple case the answers are simple if we look for them. As the 2 stories earlier illustrated do we want Zimmerman’/Briar McLean’s as our neighbors. Or do we want everyone to act as the Calgary School System and the men in Detroit and have them as neighbors? Then think what that says about you?
As an aside the new Black Chief of Police of Sanford want people to volunteer for Neighborhood Watch programs, due to the increase in crime recently. Would you volunteer? If you are able please donate to the GZ Defense Fund, let’s help GZ end this. GZ Defense Fund