George Zimmerman was inevitably charged with second degree murder by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey. This came more than a month after the event which led to the arrest.
For some, it was long overdue. For others, like me, it is considered a travesty of justice. Not so much because Zimmerman would stand trial, rather because of what drove the process: mob rule. Constant political pressure from activists making this a racial issue with no evidence other than a difference of skin color between the shooter and the deceased. Threats of mass violence and retribution fueled this arrest, and frankly, this is nothing more than a modern day lynching.
A mob of people decided Zimmerman’s guilt after being fueled by characters such as Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Rep. Bobby Rush. The story was shown to be skewed in a way to imply Zimmerman was a murderer who hunted Trayvon Martin for racist sport. As new facts arose shedding doubt on the mass narrative they were buried or ignored.
Those pouring gasoline on the fire of emotion were determined to convict Zimmerman whether he was guilty of an actual crime or not. The mobs decrying the lack of arrest of Zimmerman as a miscarriage of justice have committed an even greater one. To convict a man of a crime before standing trial.
Make no mistake, this was ochlocracy — not justice. Trial by mob is not justice.
What options did the special prosecutor have? If Zimmerman was not indicted, there were promises (not threats) of riots and violent retaliation. In fact, revenge assaults have already taken place (Gainesville, East Toledo, for example). So either Corey charges Zimmerman or risk (certain) violence at levels not seen since the 1960s and 1970s. Everything about this indictment screams of political placation.
Whether Zimmerman is guilty or not really is no longer the issue. I for one have no stake in his guilt or innocence. We are witnessing a disgusting display of torch and pitchfork justice which sets a shuddering precedent. That criminal prosecution can be driven by the demands of those willing to subject an innocent community with assault and murder. The presumption of innocence is perhaps one of the most important rights we have. Zimmerman had no chance, and why not? Because he was the wrong color. What a shame.
Refer to the post Some facts about the Trayvon Martin case for examples of how Zimmerman’s guilt was predetermined and evolution of activist influence on public opinion.