More On Helter Skelter
-Regarding the Trayvon Martin story, frequent The Other McCain commentator Adjoran has summarized and analyzed the situation very well in a series of comments over there.
I gather them hear now for you, unedited so there may be some repetition…
I don’t see why the cops are being criticized for not arresting Zimmerman. All the evidence at the scene and the witness accounts point to self-defense. In some states, the practice is to file charges in such situations, and then have them dismissed with prejudice to forestall any civil liability on the citizen, but that’s got nothing to do with arresting the man at the scene.
IF this neighborhood were on some direct line between the convenience store and Martin’s father’s home, you can bet we’d have seen the maps to bolster the argument his presence was innocent. I’m betting it isn’t on the way home.
The reports were that Martin was walking close to the houses and buildings – not on the sidewalk – and pulled up his hoodie only when he noticed he was being watched, at which time he took evasive action. Nothing suspicious about that, right? So he ducks around the community center building where a car can’t go, and Zimmerman follows on foot until the dispatcher tells him "we don’t need you to do that." He’s lost Martin anyway, and is walking back to his truck.
Next thing we know he is on the ground, screaming for help, with Martin on top of him, beating him. This is no doe-eyed 12 year-old as the photo the media circulated, but a 6′ 2" football player. Two witnesses saw this much.
There is nothing in the record to indicate anything other than straightforward self-defense. This is racist persecution by people who want money. The "loving family" who didn’t even bother notifying anyone their son hadn’t been seen for three days in a city 200 miles from his home is all teary-eyed once their lawyer hints at a possible payday.
The "loving girlfriend" supposedly on the phone with Martin at the time didn’t come forward, didn’t call anyone to alert them of a problem, either. Hmmm. But once that lawyer and Sharpton come on the scene, the whole story is different.
I see no reason this poor man is being harassed, and will have to miss work, maybe lose his job, and have to pay a lawyer just to feed a bunch of race pimps.
Also, the guy’s Facebook page is filled with teary tributes – but until the controversy (nearly a month after the shooting), NONE of them express any anger or sense of outrage or hint of wrongful death, just sorrow at the loss of their friend. I suspect this is because his friends and family assumed he was up to no good and had the bad luck to get caught.
Your fantasies are not evidence.
The evidence shows Zimmerman retreating to his vehicle after losing Martin’s trail, being attacked and assaulted by Martin, and shooting him in self defense. There are several corroborating witnesses to this account, and none which contradict it.
Zimmerman was NEVER arrested. He went to the police station voluntarily and gave his statement without counsel. Florida law requires probable cause for an arrest, and none existed in this case.
A dead body is NOT evidence of a crime.
To even discuss the case, you should first listen to all the 911 calls AND read the FAQ at http://www.sanfordfl.gov/index…
Zimmerman started to follow him after Martin noticed him watching him from his truck, pulled up his hood, and took evasive action by running away between the houses and the community center.
After the dispatcher told him "we don’t need you to do that," Zimmerman broke off the chase – he had lost the guy anyway, so the fact the dispatcher didn’t give a lawful order isn’t even relevant – and was going back to his truck when the confrontation occurred.
We KNOW this resulted in a broken nose and bloodied back of the head for Zimmerman, who was on his back on the ground with Martin atop him, beating him as he cried for help frantically. You can hear this on the 911 calls.
There is no evidence of a crime on the record, much less any sign of "malicious" behavior on the part of anyone besides Martin.
Dead solid perfect and good work summarizing what we know so far and what Right Reason tells us, Adj.
-All of Adjoran’s comments came within several posts that Stacy McCain and Smitty published over at TOM on this story. They themselves are well-worth a read:
-Over at The American Spectator, Patrick Howley has some top-notch analysis. From his intro:
President Obama declared in a press conference Friday that Trayvon Martin, the 17-year old African-American student fatally shot by Florida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February, looks like his own hypothetical son. "If I had a son," Obama declared, "he would look like Trayvon." The racial implication of the president’s statement was clear. The man who gained national prominence with a 2004 Democratic Convention speech calling for cultural unity stood in the Rose Garden of the White House and furthered the racial tension surrounding Martin’s shooting. In a politicized national debate in which the Washington Post accused Zimmerman of "murder" and mainstream media writers call for the man’s arrest, President Obama opined on an issue on which he ― like everyone else ― is not fully informed.
"Every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and everybody pulls together, federal state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened" Obama said. According to the Los Angeles Times, Obama spoke to the Rev. Al Sharpton on the phone Thursday, and aides believed that they discussed the shooting.
Not to be outdone, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went a step further. "What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy," Romney said. "There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity." According to our potential future president, "reassuring the public" must factor into a criminal investigation.
Unfortunately for all parties involved, the public has heard nothing but the media’s politicized commentary, wrapped into a narrative written before the facts of the case were fully disclosed. It’s a narrative that exploits Martin’s death from all angles….
“Well, you know, obviously, I’m not privy to what’s going on in someone’s mind,” Santorum said. “Obviously, in my opinion, someone … has a very sick mind who would pursue someone like this. This is clearly a heinous act. You know, there are a lot of people who have a lot of distorted views of reality. It’s a tragic, tragic case. And my heart goes out to the parents, too. I can’t imagine what they’re suffering, losing their son in such a horrific way. All I would say is that, whatever the motive is, it was a malicious one, and a very, very tragic one.”
Get your facts straight Mr. Santorum.
And listen to Joel Pollack:
Santorum was attempting to deflect a standard mainstream media "gotcha" question about whether he believed the shooting had been motivated by race. Santorum ducked the trap–but, in an attempt to express outrage at Martin’s death, walked into another.
It ought to be possible to express sympathy with Martin and his family, and a desire to see justice done, without prejudging the outcome of ongoing investigations, and without playing into the racial and political hysteria whipped up by the president and the left in yet another attempt to divide Americans.
Mea cupla, Ricardus, mea maxima culpa.
-Do take the time to click here and read William Jacobson’s clear-headed analysis on what we know so far.