In a case which made national headlines for the sole reason that the shooter and victim were two different colors, justice has been done. The jury of all women rendered a verdict of not guilty on all charges against defendant George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
From the beginning the national media has made every effort to convict Zimmerman using a false narrative that the unarmed teen was hunted down by a wanna be police officer in the middle of the night for no other reason than he was black.
The real travesty of it all is the way the media has handled the reporting on this case. From the moment the incident made news, reputable agencies skewed the facts to create a monster. In fact, NBC news was forced to admit they edited the 911 call made by Zimmerman to make it sound as if he thought Martin was suspicious because he was black, while others misreported and misrepresented known facts.
Key facts which were only reported locally went unreported to national audiences; buried in deep within the papers; or given little air time. This led many people to believe a fictional account of what happened the night the Florida teen lost his life.
In fact, every one of the State’s witnesses and all the physical evidence corroborated Zimmerman’s account of the evening which basically went like this:
George Zimmerman noticed someone wearing a baggy hooded sweatshirt with the hood up walking through the neighborhood late in the evening. This seemed suspicious because of a multitude of break-ins in the homes in the area. Zimmerman called the police to report the incident. He only exited his vehicle when asked by the dispacher his location. Zimmerman sees Martin and begins to follow him because he didn’t want him to get away before the police arrived. When the dispacher asked if Zimmerman was following the person, he answered “yes”. The dispacher said “we don’t need you to do that” to which Zimmerman answered, “OK” and began to return to his vehicle. On his way back to his vehicle, Martin confronted him and asked why he was being followed. A struggle ensued which escalated into a fight between the two. Eventually Martin gained the upper hand and was straddled on top of Zimmerman reigning blows onto his face and body. At some point Zimmerman’s jack rode up his body exposing his holstered firearm. Martin said to Zimmerman “you’re going to die tonight”. It was at this point Zimmerman believed Martin was reaching for, or was about to reach for his firearm. Zimmerman drew his weapon and fired once into Martin’s body.
What hasn’t been widely reported is that no witness testimony, nor any physical evidence contradicts any of Zimmerman’s account. But more than that, the physical evidence and witnesses who saw the altercation support his account. For some, the only relevant detail of the case is that someone who isn’t black shot someone who is.
Whether you support Zimmerman or believe he acted criminally, if you followed the trial, listened to the witnesses, and checked on the widely unreported facts of the case, you could not reasonably find this man guilty of any crime. Poor judgement is not illegal and neither is defending yourself.