Trayvon Martin Smoked Pot and Spray Painted Walls: Still Didn’t Deserve to Die.
One month and a day after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, information continues to leak from both the Sanford police, and the high school that Trayvon attended. Stories are coming out that portray Trayvon as a pot smoking, graffiti spraying thug. The police are saying that George Zimmerman’s injuries that night are consistent with his claims that Trayvon Martin attacked him. Zimmerman told the police that Trayvon punched him in the nose, knocked him to the ground, and beat the back of his head against the sidewalk. The police report documents that Zimmerman had a bloodied nose, swollen lip, and contusion on the back of his head.
Some questions arise; what if this is all true? What if Trayvon confronted and attacked Zimmerman? Is it pertinent to the case that Trayvon was suspended from school for possession of a baggie with Marijuana residue. Does an earlier suspension for graffiti make him a thug deserving to be followed and shot?
The answer is no. Zimmerman had no idea who Trayvon was the night he decided to follow him, packing a 9MM pistol. He didn’t know about the weed, or the graffiti. All he saw was a black man wearing a hoodie, walking around at night. Trayvon was tried and convicted by George Zimmerman based on appearance, and appearance only.
Was Zimmerman attacked? Possibly, however, it’s quite possible that Zimmerman’s following of Trayvon scared the shit out of the teenager, and as a result Trayvon reacted out of self defense of his own safety. As a young black man out alone, what would you think if you were closely followed by someone in a vehicle? You either fight or run like hell, I’m guessing Trayvon decided to fight.
What’s important to remember is this: Zimmerman was told not to follow, to let the police do their job. He followed any way. He knowingly entered into a situation that could have, and did escalate into deadly violence. Why? Because it was a black man wearing a hoodie; a sure threat to Zimmerman, and the neighborhood that he was “protecting.”
This case reminds me to some extent of a jury trial that I sat on some years ago. A retired brick layer who was prosecuted for damn near gutting and killing another man was claiming self defense. The brick layer was sitting in a bar knocking back a few when the other man was thrown out for starting a fight in the bar. On his way out, the younger man, who was drunk off his ass, invited anyone in the bar to come outside to “get some if they wanted some.” Moments later, the bricklayer followed the drunk man outside, a rather large locking blade knife in his hand, a knife that he showed to be quite proficient with during the course of the trial. Of course, the younger, drunk and angry man confronted the brick layer, and as a result, the younger man was slit from his belly to his chest.
After a day of deliberation, the jury I was a part of decided from the testimony of the witnesses, that the brick layer knowingly entered that situation looking for a fight. He was convicted of assault, with intent to kill.
It’s obvious that Zimmerman entered into this situation under the same pretense as the brick layer. It was an opportunity to teach Trayvon a lesson for whatever crime Zimmerman perceived that he was about to commit. He was after all, a young black man wearing a hoodie, out after dark armed to the teeth with iced tea and Skittles.
At the most, Zimmerman should be prosecuted for committing a hate crime, at the least, he should be prosecuted for aggravated murder. Trayvon’s family deserves at the least that much justice.
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