Zimmerman Verdict A Travesty In Justice


I understand the Stand Your Ground law as well as anyone.  I also understand when justice has not been served and in this case, it has not.  A 17-year-old young man, Trayvon Martin is dead because a police officer wanna-be decided to take matters in to his own hands instead of waiting for police.  Laws written, even with the best intentions are often flawed.  Stand your ground is the perfect example. For the record, stand your ground in Florida states that  ” a person has no duty to retreat if attacked and may meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.”  In this case, the jury believed that George Zimmerman was attacked by Martin and that Zimmerman feared his life was in danger.  While no one can know what is going on in a person’s mind, one can look at the facts.  And the first, most important fact is that Zimmerman’s injuries were superficial.  They do not point to a life and death struggle.  What gives me the right to say that, nineteen years of fighting experience.  I’ve had worse injuries preparing for Judo tournaments, including broken bones.  As important, is the fact that police told him to stand down.  So while he might not have been obligated to by law, the fact that he was ordered not to engage Martin, should have been an important factor in the jury’s decision.  This verdict sets a terrible precedent and points to a real flaw in the meaning and intention of stand your ground.  What this now means and is no exaggeration, is anyone with a sidearm can engage anyone they want, into a confrontation and shoot them, claiming the fear of bodily harm.  It’s actually insane that an armed person who shoots an unarmed man can get away with murder.  Even in the old “lawless” west, this would have been bad form.  Zimmerman is a free man but will never truly be free as he will always be known as the man who killed an unarmed teenager.  His life will be negatively impacted forever and will serve as a clear example of the statement “sometimes even when you win, you lose.”

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