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The Verdict and George Zimmerman

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Updated: July 15, 2013

By RU Rob

I have followed the Zimmerman trial closely since the event happened way back on February 26, 2012. I watched and have written about each of the individuals as well as the media. But now, after it is all said and done—and after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter—I want to revisit my original post on this subject and titled “Who’s the Douche?” Now that the trial is over I would like to express my original thoughts on the matter.

Before we dive into some of the things that really pissed me off, you need to know a little about me. I know a LOT about Florida criminal law and I also am also quite familiar with court proceedings. Those of you who have read my writings before know exactly what I am talking about, but for those who don’t here is my bio.  I also need to add that this is my OPINION and not that of Ranger Up or any of its affiliates. So please, if you have hate mail, send it to me and not the main email. You can find my email address where you would usually find it on a website. Continuing on…

The initial investigation conducted by the Sanford Police Department was spot on.  At the time of the investigation there was not enough evidence to support any criminal charges against George Zimmerman. The Prosecutor agreed with the police and also declined to charge Zimmerman with a criminal act because there was no evidence to state otherwise. But under the mounting pressure from civil rights groups, he agreed to present it to a Grand Jury to see if they saw something the prosecutor didn’t. It never made it to the Grand Jury because the state stepped in and snatched it up and decided they were going to prosecute Zimmerman regardless. You can’t make up, twist, or present evidence that does not exist and realistically expect to obtain a conviction.
lil' Trayvon ain't so little.

The entire prosecution of George Zimmerman was politically motivated. There, I said it. From the state appointed special prosecutor to the civil rights pundits jabbering on and on. The media editing audio, interviewing funeral home directors, and attempting to paint a portrait of sweet innocent Trayvon with his 14 year old picture.  Most of what you heard was concocted to get you riled up about the entire situation.

Shortly after charges were brought by the special prosecutor, the Police Chief, Bill Lee, was fired for loss of trust by the Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte. Bonaparte said in a new release, “We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support. I have come to this decision in the light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city.” Hmmm, you fire a guy for doing his job and doing his job correctly? I really hope to see Chief Lee back in the news this week filing a wrongful termination and defamation suit against the city of Sanford, FL.

I place about 99.6% of the blame on the media for this circus. Where has the journalistic integrity gone? Why can’t we go back to the days of reporting the facts and not the twisting a sliver of information into a club which they beat us senseless with incorrect information just to sensationalize the entire situation? I saw a tweet from a Congresswoman from Ohio that said something along the lines that Zimmerman “wasn’t found innocent just not-guilty.” Hello?!?! Anyone home? By receiving a not-guilty verdict from the jury, George Zimmerman maintains his “presumed innocent” status. The American public has been totally bamboozled by the media on this issue and it saddens me that people instantly take the words of television reporters as the truth. As my mother once told me, “son, not everything on TV is real.” Hence the reasons I no longer watch TV.

The sad truth to this matter is that it was a tragedy. I am genuinely sorry that Trayvon Martin lost his life, just as I am sorry for anyone who loses their life. I also feel sorry for George Zimmerman, who has had his name drug through the mud a thousand times over, been referred to as a “wanna-be cop” at least a thousand times over the last week, and now has to live the remainder of his life in fear of reprisal from easily swayed nut jobs. What really drives me crazy though is that there never was any evidence of George Zimmerman committing a crime and all of this should have never happened in the first place.

As to my original question as to “Who’s the Douche?” Well, we all are for letting this consume our lives.

 

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32 Comments

  1. Scott

    July 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I’m glad you put this down. What a shame that people don’t want to pay attention to the facts. Pathetic.

    • chris

      November 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      So who do you think killed trevon martin in your opinion if you do not believe it was Zimmerman.

  2. Sahal

    July 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Great article, I completely agree with you. What ever the fuck happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? The media’s painting this as some sort of racist hate crime, and on another level probably as another reason we should have gun control.

    “But under the mounting pressure from civil rights groups,”
    Can you tell which civil rights groups, meaning what/whose rights were they for?

    On a side note; Are you from Florida?

    • Oliver

      September 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      That’s why there is no journalism – just media. People and companies hoping to gain notoriety and longevity by inserting their own opinions and calling it News.

  3. ET1(SS) Princess

    July 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Excellent post Rob. Great points and facts.

    My family and I also do not watch TV.

  4. Whitey

    July 16, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Trayvon Martin’s death was indeed a preventable tragedy. He wasn’t born a shitbag bully who liked to throw his weight around. He has his “parents” to thank for that. His father cries crocodile tears post-mortem, but didn’t care enough about him when he was alive to teach him that his actions would have consequences. Then the kid impaired his already questionable judgement with marijuana and picked the wrong fight. Whose fault is that, huh?

  5. leftoftheboom

    July 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I liked the brother’s interview on piers-o-crap morgan. He stated the truth. If GZ is not guilty, then the party responsible for the death of TM is….TM for attacking someone.

    • chris

      November 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      So since there was no evedense why so much hate toward the victim.

  6. Uncle Buster

    July 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    This was said today by AG Holder:

    “But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely,” Holder said. “By allowing — and perhaps encouraging — violent situations to escalate in public, such laws undermine public safety.”

    In other words, let the Thugs and Criminals get their way, take your stuff, land the first blow. Don’t escalate the situation by dropping them…aka, “defending yourself.”

    Pathetic. Disgraceful. Libtardation at the pinnacle. Every day now, it seems like I want to puke and I seem to have a perpetual “WTF?” expression on my face.

    Can we take the country back? I’m really starting to doubt it.

    • JoeC

      July 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      UB, if that is how the AG feels then he should be first in line to wonder why TM didn’t have a duty to retreat. If TM felt threatened enough that he needed to defend himself by assualting someone else then he also had the duty to retreat. I’m guessing we won’t be hearing about that POV on the news. The only thing the news wants is blood to show us and they want it to be Zimmerman’s. Actually, they don’t care who it belongs to as long as they can spin it into some BS racial tragedy.

      • Uncle Buster

        July 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm

        Amen.

        Now, Comrade Holder’s DoJ…I mean NKVD..has established phone and e-mail tip lines for reports of Zimmerman’s racism.

        What fuck-tards these people are.

    • rob

      July 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Yes we can.

  7. johnM

    July 17, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    i just have a few questions for the OP. Did the original prosecutor have all these eyewitness accounts and ear-witness (?) accounts at the original hearing? was the Castle Doctrine apart of this or was it just hearsay? and lastly, do you think that the media had a hand in trying to convict Mr. Zimmerman by covering this story for so long? and for my own opinion, there was no video evidence, therefor hardcore-concrete way of convicting this guy. i just think that if it were A black-on-black shooting, there wouldn’t be ANY coverage on it. And due to the massive coverage, there’s gonna be some nut job who’s gonna end up shooting Zimmerman anyways. So the news needs to stay out of court proceedings and trials.

  8. Joe

    July 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Great points this is almost exactly what i have been thinking the whole time. This whole situation is just another reason for me to hate the Jackals that are the mainstream media

  9. Chris

    July 17, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Amen, Great post… as for the hate mail Screw them..

  10. Storm Reyes

    July 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    My unasked 2cents. I agree in most part with your thoughts. I believe the jury got it right. This could have been avoided if both parties had acted more mature and used some common sense. With that said, I have issues with two aspects of this: 1) Martin was not engaged in any criminal activity – he was walking along, minding his own business. Digging up dirt on him doesn’t change the fact that he was an innocent party in this until he threw a punch. There’s a case to be made that he acted in self-defense as well. 2) Both are victims of their own bad judgement and one of them is dead.

    I can’t read Zimmerman’s mind so I will never know if he considered Martin to be suspicious because he was a young black man or simply because he was a young man and Zimmerman was ‘tired of fucking punks’ in his neighborhood. But as a person of color, I do know that it IS a question that people need to ask themselves – what is your assumption/gut reaction when you see a stranger in your neighbor who happens to be a young black male?

    Yes, the media blew things up, but there is a cultural context to this that most of white America doesn’t want to acknowledge or talk about because it is uncomfortable. And there is frustration on all sides because of the impression that the other side just doesn’t ‘get it’. Martin’s death has become a symbol for both sides, and that’s as great a tragedy as his death – no lessons learned.

    • Mike

      July 17, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Well said. Honestly, we should all think about that and rethink if we judge and profile. I also believe the verdict was correct, but appreciated Storm’s thoughts.

    • Xavier

      July 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      It can also be argued that Zimmerman was doing the right thing in following a “suspicious” person. Even if he did profile him for being a young black male. There is nothing against the law for doing that. He kept his distance and didn’t confront Treyvon. I say Zimmerman did absolutely nothing wrong and used good judgement. We’ve always been asked to point out things that don’t belong or are wrong. Now a days people let things go too often rather than reporting it. I say “Bravo Mr. Zimmerman!” He did what he was supposed to do. It sucks that the kid decided to try and be a badass and is dead because of it. Zimmerman had every right to defend himself and its Treyvon’s fault and Treyvons fault alone that he’s dead.

    • DEWSz

      July 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      What Storm Reyes said: ditto for me.

    • Rob

      July 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      1. Zimmerman is Hispanic

      2. Most of the retaliation shootings since the trial has been over have been against Non-Hispanic whites.

      3. The last few breakins in Zimmerman’s neighborhood were young black males.

      4. Zimmerman was mentoring young black males.

      The only racism I see here is black people racists against non-black people.

    • JoeC

      July 18, 2013 at 9:17 am

      I hear and appreciate what you are saying, but to say it was wrong for GZ to make the decision he made based on the TM’s skin color is absurd. You don’t know what GZ was thinking and neither do I. For all we know he saw something out of the ordinary and acted on it. Giving a description of the person as being black does not mean he followed him because he was black, it simply means that is the description of the person he is following. We are supposed to be on constant watch for things that are out of the ordinary regardless of what color the person doing those things is. That said, my neighborhood is over 90% white, so it is very unusual to see a black man walking around it at night. The city as a whole is something like 85% white, yet over 75% of those in jail are black. Statistically that makes the black people in my area about 18 times more likely to be involved in a crime. If you don’t want there to be a criminal stigma attached to being black you need to get them to stop being criminals. This is not me being a racist or making a racist comment, this is me stating a fact. Additionally, if you dress like a thug, talk like a thug and act like a thug you should expect to be treated like a thug regardless of your skin color.

    • Mr. Twisted

      July 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Storm Reyes said: “Yes, the media blew things up, but there is a cultural context to this that most of white America doesn’t want to acknowledge or talk about because it is uncomfortable.”

      To which “white America” are you referring? And what, exactly, is “uncomfortable”? Do you mean the mostly-white media that has fallen all over themselves trying to paint Zimmerman as a criminal? Or the mostly-white media that has, for years now, tried to make race an issue where it most certainly is not?

      Who, exactly, finds this uncomfortable? Would that be the people who see most of this for the race-bating it truly is, or is there some as-yet-unnamed demographic which you are labeling?

      Throwing out generalities like “most of white America” and “the other side” may work in a college sociology class without being called; that doesn’t mean it will here.

  11. charles

    July 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I was wondering when someone was going to chime in.. Honestly, the back pedaling by the media and reaction from race baiters was rather entertaining, but it also left me with some deep concerns as a gun owner if i ever had to use deadly force.

  12. Erin

    July 17, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I’m in agreement as well, glad that you posted this even though it isn’t the popular VOCAL opinion.

  13. AprilRay

    July 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I feel saddened that racism still has a hold of Americans today. Why can’t we step back, take the color of our skin, our gender, or our financial status, off the table for a minute and look at the evidence and review the life these people lived and the choices they made. We will never know the position that Zimmerman or Treyvon were in that led to the death of a “person.”

  14. Bert

    July 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    What was George doing with a loaded firearm in his car? Had he not had the thing, maybe the false courage associated with ‘packin’ would not have inspired him to go about as he did, finally ending with a fatality and blood on his hands, basically. Neighborhood Watch, not neighborhood shoot. Cellphone? Ok. Flashlight? Ok. Blasting away at people like you’re Judge Dredd? Um…no.

    • 19D Ninja

      July 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      “What was George doing with a loaded firearm in his car?”

      Um, how about exercising his Constitutionally protected Second Amendment rights.

      Really? Just…yeah. I mean really? Wow looks like we have another shocking ignorant douchebag who either slept through or didn’t pay any attention in their American history or government classes in school. Again please don’t post here if you are so stupid you can’t grasp basic American principles like the right to bear arms. In fact please just leave my country. Or better yet kill yourself and put you out of my misery. Maybe clean out the gene pool a bit as someone obviously pissed in yours.

  15. Trooper1234

    July 21, 2013 at 3:09 am

    I’ve 99 problems but Trayvon Martin’s not one…

  16. L.A. Davis (USCCA # 308820)

    July 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

    “A shitbag bully”? Exactly who was Trayvon Martin bullying when accosted, yes “accosted” by Mr. Zimmerman? (accosted: To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.)

    Take a deep breathe and for one single, solitary moment of two, or three and imagine that your 17 and maybe even high, and you’re walking home after making a run to calm the munchies. It’s lightly raining and the sun is setting. Suddenly you realize that you’re being followed. Your “spidey senses” are in fully dander, you look behind you and you see an SUV following you. You know it’s not the police since of course they haven’t either identified themselves or addressed you over the loudspeaker. You begin to walk faster, the SUV speeds up. You’re now fully aware that you are being followed and now you are absolutely certain it’s not the police. You begin to run. The SUV stops, the driver exits and he runs after you. There is no “Stop, Police!” You’re winded, you’re scared, and now a stranger is in your personal space. Now you’re being “accosted” by someone clearly not in any official capacity of authority. You’re scared! Let’s stop here and consider Florida statute 784.03 and Florida statute 784.011. I won’t define them if you’re really interested “Google” them yourself. Can I rationally believe and consider myself in imminent danger? And who is really in imminent danger? The armed, MMA trained vigilante or the person being so accosted? Once Zimmerman initiated the contact and became the “initial aggressor” did he lose his “innocence of assault”? And what about the principle in Florida’s self-defense law that prohibits “initial aggressors” from using force if their own conduct has provoked that force. So if a defendant “initially provokes the use of force” against himself, he cannot claim to have acted in self-defense, unless he withdraws or retreats? Notwithstanding that Rachel Jeantel said that she thinks Trayvon threw the first punch, which of course was never established in court wasn’t the entire encounter initiated by Mr. Zimmerman? And finally, if Zimmerman can establish his right to “stand your ground” and the legal basis of being engaged in lawful behaviour, then what unlawful behaviour was Trayvon Martin engaged in that gave Mr. Zimmerman to right to accost him and thereby initiate a series of circumstances during which he lost the upper hand (got his ass handed to him) and to extricate himself resorted to his lawfully carried and concealed handgun? The fact is that Mr. Zimmerman was incensed that Trayvon had the temerity and consternation to not have adequate deference to him due to the perceived authority of Zimmerman’s Whiteness. And Zimmerman now in having had his ass handed to him by a Black boy resorted to the historical means of dealing with uppity “negroes” and decided “it’s time to kill me a nigger”! (Apologies for the last two sentences but despite my best efforts of dispassion, this is emotional for me.) And yes I get just as passionate about Black-on-Black crime!

    • 19D Ninja

      July 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Ha! Wow. Just wow. I really have to hand it to you libtards. Your mastery of twisting language to suit your needs is just incredible. His “Whiteness”, with a capital W, really? Did you coin that one yourself dumbass?

      First off it is debatable whether or not Zimmerman had any business leaving his truck to confront Martin. I’m not even really sure myself I can see different points of view on that one. What is agreed on by most is that by throwing the first punch, Martin no longer was minding his own business. He initiated a confrontation, so NOW Zimmerman was definitely within his rights to defend himself. Even if Martin had just punched him once, knocking him down and just walked away I could buy “oh well the man got his ass whupped for not minding his own business and getting in another guys space”. I can also understand him wanting to fight back after being hit, although that would probably be unwise since he was a fatass who was clearly no match physically and had no business confronting anyone for that reason alone. Shooting though? Nope, not at that point. Definitely excessive force for the situation. However now Martin wants to mount him and start ground and pounding, slamming his head into the pavement and all that. NOW all that goes right out the window. Martin at THAT point becomes the aggressor threatening a mans life, and it becomes a justified shooting to defend himself. Not a “historical means of dealing with uppity negroes” (your words, not mine). Yeah, you stay classy there bud. As far as I can tell no one in this debate, myself included and perhaps most importantly Zimmerman, resorted to the use of such ugly racist language. Oh that’s right I forgot…except you! So who’s the racist now? In case you’re too dumb to figure out this one, again just you. And this is the sad part. I’ll bet you are probably black, yet you resort to this self-deprecating language. Again really doesn’t matter. Regardless yoy obviously have some underlying issues with race. But please don’t project them on everyone else. This right here is the whole problem with this case and this whole country. Now when you are ready to RTFU and actually have something intelligent to contribute to the debate please feel free. But until then leave it to the adults who can debate with an actual big kid argument, not the ranting of an ignorant imbecile who feels the need to call everyone else a racist while having their own issues with race. Welcome to the herd…the sheeple await. Or better yet try thinking for yourself and having an original thought. And next time you want to argue something you would probably be better off critically analyzing actual facts and not just how you feel about things, which you clearly need to examine. Or just don’t believe everything you hear in the news or from pundits. Just the facts, dumbass, just the facts.

  17. Jay Fanning

    August 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    This article put the truth about what trying someone in the media does. Shouldn’t the media be held accountable for their actions?

  18. chris

    November 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    SO can Anyone tell me when justice will be found for the death of Treyvon Martin. And while you think about that. Would you stop untill you found out who killed your son.

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