The verdict is in. And for me, certain things became clearer once the trial progressed.
It’s important to point out, that although the verdict is not guilty, that does not mean George Zimmerman is innocent.
Without cross-examination, only Zimmerman’s account of what happened seems to be the accepted version. And sadly, throughout American history, the murder of an African American male holds less weight than letting a killer “get back to his life.”
For more history on how black males have been stereotyped in American society, see this post:
At the end of his closing statement, Mark O’Mara implored the jury, ” . . . let George Zimmerman get back to his life.”
Now, which “life” would that be?
Chalk this one up to George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys. Because in order to paint Trayvon Martin as the aggressive big, scary black guy, they decide Zimmerman’s 18 months of MMA style training should be ignored, using witnesses and card board cut outs to infer that Zimmerman was somehow too pudgy, too short, too traumatized and couldn’t punch (yet lying down he could still shoot straight into the teen’s chest, striking Martin in the heart).
At the time of the murder, George Zimmerman was 5′ 7 inches and 204 pounds. In the initial police report, Zimmerman was described as weighing 170 pounds.
Screen shot above is from Page 7 of Police report PDF
Trayvon Martin’s autopsy information shows he was 5′ 11 inches tall and weighed 158 pounds, contrary to the misinformation being spread on the internet, that Martin was 6′ 3 inches tall and heavier.
This was a very difficult case, especially considering Florida Law. And I don’t think it was a surprise that Zimmerman walked, especially in light of the Casey Anthony case.
To review, George Zimmerman took his duties of watching over his gated community as a calling of sorts:
“But even more than cars, he [Zimmerman] was concerned about black men on foot in the neighborhood. In August 2011, he called to report a black male in a tank top and shorts acting suspicious near the development’s back entrance. “[Complainant] believes [subject] is involved in recent S-21s”—break-ins—”in the neighborhood,” the call log states. The suspect, Zimmerman told the dispatcher, fit a recent description given out by law enforcement officers.
Three days later, he called to report two black teens in the same area, for the same reason. “[Juveniles] are the subjs who have been [burglarizing] in this area,” he told the dispatcher.”
Until one night in 2012, he happened to see Trayvon Martin, and referred to a youth he did not know like this:
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining, and he’s just walking around, looking about.
911 DISPATCHER: OK. And this guy, is he white, black or Hispanic?
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
911 DISPATCHER: Did you see what he was wearing?
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: Yeah, a dark hoodie, like a grey hoodie, and either jeans or sweatpants and white tennis shoes.
911 DISPATCHER: Are you following him?
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: Yeah.
911 DISPATCHER: OK, we don’t need you to do that.”
For the PDF Transcript of the call, click full-transcript-zimmerman (Please note, the controversial “F***ng Coons” is redacted in this version, as are other words which are debated as being inaudible.
And defense attorney Mark O’Mara dared to ask Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother a question I found highly offensive, and he did it four different ways when he didn’t get the answer he sought: “And now dealing with the reality that he’s no longer here, certainly your hope as a mom, hold out hope as long as you can, that Trayvon Martin was in no way responsible for his own death, correct?”
See more on O’Mara’s WTF line of questioning here
George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin were complete strangers. They did not know each other. And it possibly could have stayed that way. Except George Zimmerman took a look at Trayvon Martin, and decided Martin looked suspicious.
What’s ironic, is that Zimmerman is the one with a public arrest record for assaulting a police officer and a domestic violence charge. During the trial Zimmerman’s martial arts instructor testified that George couldn’t punch and was out of shape, yet the gym is now touting Zimmerman’s fighting prowess in this marketing ploy:
Zimmerman Training Information, for those who want to learn MMA style fighting, but not really:
HLN has unfortunately given Zimmerman’s self proclaimed “best friend” Frank Taafee more than his 15 minutes of fame. Taafee’s quips include calling Rachel Jeantel “Precious” and claiming Trayvon Martin was a thug, and that Martin lay in wait to accost Zimmerman but dropped a bag of weed in the process. Taaffee told another talking head arguing on the Nancy Grace show that he’d “Stand Your Ground” on him. But what Taafee also revealed, is that not only did George Zimmerman patrol the neighborhood with a 9mm gun, but with his Rottweiler.
I’ll just say that Zimmerman certainly took his duties as a neighborhood watch captain seriously. And some would say, to the extreme.
PDF on Zimmerman call history:
911 Call history of George Zimmerman:
Here’s just one example of George Zimmerman “mis-remembering”:
“I’m very sorry for the loss of their son, I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not.”
Yet here’s what Zimmerman states on the recording:
Dispatcher: “How old would you say he looks?”
Zimmerman: “He’s got a button on his shirt. Late teens.”
Dispatcher: “What’s your apartment number?”
Zimmerman: “It’s a home it’s 1950. Oh crap, I don’t want to give it all out. I don’t know where this kid is.”
From Zimmerman’s ill advised TV interview with Shawn Hannity:
Hannity: “Is there anything you regret? Do you regret getting out of the car to follow Trayvon, that night?
Zimmerman: “No sir”
Hannity: “Do you regret that you had a gun that night?”
Zimmerman: “No sir.”
Hannity: Do you feel you wouldn’t be here for this interview if you didn’t have a gun?”
Zimmerman: “No sir.”
Hannity: “Do you feel that you would not be here”
Zimmerman: “I feel that it was all God’s plan. And for me to second guess it, or judge it . . .uh (shakes head no)
Hannity: “Is there anything you might do differently, in retrospect, now that time has passed a little bit?
Zimmerman: “No sir.”
Hannity: You know Detective Singleton quoted you as saying, ‘the bad guys always get away’. You also said that on the 911 tape. Did you have a feeling that there were a lot of people get away with crimes? In other words were you sort of pre-disposed in your mind, in some way to think that criminals get away too often ?”
Zimmerman: “Not in general. . . ”
My hope is that Sabrina Fulton relies on her deep faith to see her through this, and that Tracy Martin and Trayvon’s brother are granted the strength to find peace. Because in truth, no matter what the verdict, Trayvon Martin is still deceased. As someone who’s lost a child, it’s difficult to explain to others the devastation of knowing a loved one will not return, and that when a child dies, it feels like the most un-natural thing in the world. So while George Zimmerman, Frank Taafee and Zimmerman’s lawyers can park themselves on Fox News for the next few months, I beg to differ with Attorney Don West. The “travesty” isn’t that George Zimmerman was ever tried for killing Trayvon Martin.
It’s that he became so enthralled with catching criminals, that on a rainy night in 2012, he wrongly profiled Trayvon Martin, and the rest is history or HIS-story.
This post is in development . . .