By now, many of you have heard of the developments in the upcoming trial against George Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin, who Zimmerman murdered without provocation, was a weed-smoking, gun-toting “gangsta”. While this does hurt the character statements given by friends and family (at least in the distorted court of public opinion), Zimmerman’s attorneys plan on using this information, as well as Florida’s “stand your ground” law to defend him. Or at least, that’s the implication.
Despite the Florida law giving leeway to people who attack if they feel threatened, the point here is that Martin was a kid and was unarmed. Zimmerman profiled Martin and shot him in cold blood. Hell, there’s even submitted evidence that Zimmerman pursued Martin just before ending the teenager’s life.
From a standpoint of what can only be called common sense, if this is the way Zimmerman’s attorneys plan on fighting the charges, then they have no businesses being lawyers. The fact that they’re not pushing Zimmerman to plea out is heinous.
Look at it this way. A white man killed a 17-year-old black kid who had no weapon in his possession. A white man apparently pursued a 17-year-old black kid with no weapon in his possession before killing him. Hell, even if you remove race from the statement, you still have a man who killed an unarmed youth who had no weapon in his possession, apparently after pursuing him.
That’s just outrageous no matter how you look at it.
It kind of lends credence to the “Martin was killed because of the jacket he wore” remarks from last year.