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A Perfect Neighbor? Considering George Zimmerman, Post-Circus

How many of you have numerous acts of decency and bravery in your past?

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Bob Owens

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July 31, 2013 - 12:05 am
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Helping others is a provably recurring theme of George Zimmerman’s life. Bilingual, he was a translator between parents and faculty at his elementary school by the age of 10. He is said to have tutored children in his neighborhood, helping them with homework. But perhaps the most striking example of Zimmerman’s civic activism was his protesting of how Sanford police handled the beating of Sherman Ware.

Ware was a black homeless man beaten by Justin Collison — the son of Sanford Police Department Lt. Chris Collison. Even though the incident was captured on video and Ware suffered a concussion, the younger Collison wasn’t charged until much later, after the video was made public. Zimmerman excoriated the police department for what he viewed as a coverup. He later blasted the Sanford PD after a police ride-along, during which the officer he rode with allegedly told Zimmerman his favorite place to park his squad car to take naps.

It wasn’t until a young mother in his neighborhood, Olivia Bertalan, experienced the terror of a home invasion, and Zimmerman took the initiative to help form a neighborhood watch, that he repaired his relationship with the Sanford Police Department through their civilian-watch liaison.

Much has been said about George Zimmerman since he fired one shot into the chest of Trayon Martin, but most of that has been vitriol directed at him after he became more of a symbol than a man to most. Those who knew him the longest, who lived near him, and who considered Zimmerman a friend do think George Zimmerman a very good man. George Zimmerman stepped up when no one else would after Sherman Ware was beaten down by a cop’s son, and again when Olivia Bertalan was traumatized by two home invaders.

In this jaded, isolated age when people simply don’t care about their communities and refuse to get involved, George Zimmerman chose to try to be the perfect neighbor. He cared, and dared to stand up against the injustices he perceived, even when it seemed few else did.

How many of us can claim the same?

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Funny to find this post here after what just happened at the water cooler here in the office.

One of the more outspoken liberals in the office was talking about the three women held captive by Castro in Cleveland. He was in full moral superiority mode, wondering how that could go on for over a decade with none of the neighbors seeing anything. Then I asked him to square that idea with his oft-repeated opinion that Zimmerman should have "minded his own damn business" and not gotten involved. Predictably his answer was to advise that I stop getting my talking points from Sean Hannity before he just walked away.
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"I don't want some nervous civilian deciding I'm suspicious and shooting me when I reach for my cell phone."

That would be a good point if that were the case, but it is not. You left out the part where the attack took place. Are you saying that when someone jumps you, punches you in the face, punches your head repeatedly onto a concrete sidewalk, that you should just take it or try unsuccessfully to retreat when someone is atop your body, straddling it? #think
37 weeks ago
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He cared, and dared to stand up against the injustices he perceived, even when it seemed few else did.

How many of us can claim the same?


How many of us would DARE to do the same, now that we've seen how GZ was treated?

Nice going, media folks.

Here's a question: had the overturned burning vehicle been an ABC news truck, would GZ have gone to help? I suspect he would have... in spite of the way they tried to crucify him.
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It rather sounds like Martin profiled, stalked, and attacked Zimmerman.

Maybe we should rethink allowing exceptions to Grand Juries?
36 weeks ago
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How persuasive Satan the Devil can be to get you on his side and this happens easy if he know how to appeal to your ideology you rather pull your front teeth out then give up your stuborn ideology . This is why the North had to go to war in the South and sherman great march to stop stuborn ideology serving the Great Satan.
this Henderson 40 million dollar football player is now saying he is innocent he denied bail for shooting black man, his well paid lawyers strategy may believe if a gun carrying man can get away with gunning down a 17 year old boy get the right jury and henderson can also claim self defense
On this castro fella if he had 40 million dollars for the lawyers how the trial would have ended ? predators are good at playing victims just make sure you shoot the victim dead so he can not tell his side of the story.
37 weeks ago
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Well over a year ago, just as things were really getting hot, a reporter decided to find out who exactly is George Zimmerman. It's long, but very much worth the read.

George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/25/us-usa-florida-shooting-zimmerman-idUSBRE83O18H20120425

"During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old.

But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman's past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

Based on extensive interviews with relatives, friends, neighbors, schoolmates and co-workers of Zimmerman in two states, law enforcement officials, and reviews of court documents and police reports, the story sheds new light on the man at the center of one of the most controversial homicide cases in America."

Mr. Zimmerman, we would be pleased and proud to have you for a neighbor here in East Tennessee.
37 weeks ago
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This Texan is glad to have George Zimmerman in my state. I hope he stays here.
37 weeks ago
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My comments got scrubbed....so what!
37 weeks ago
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Your average Progressive waits around to learn what to think from the MSM and perhaps his favorite online source. He has outsourced his/her thought process to others as a matter of convenience. If you were to ask your typical Progressive to explain Stand Your Ground, why it didn't apply in the Zimmerman case and why he opposed it he couldn't give you a coherent answer.

Here is the answer they should know. Absent a specific statute Stand Your Ground has it's roots in common law. It is based on the fact the honest citizen has the right of way over the criminal. Stand Your Ground is the existing standard for self defense under Jurisdiction for this very reason. The reason Progressives oppose SYG is because under their preferred social order the looter, whether he be a street thug or a member of the official kleptocracy, has precedence over the honest citizen. The Progressive opposes not only the right to bear arms for self defense but the very concept of self defense itself. Historically, all Progressive movements used criminals as the enforcer of the social order. Our Progressives are not any different. In fact, they have learned an important lesson from both the Nazis and the Communists. You don't build concentration camps, you use crime to enforce the social order. This is why there is very close relationship between street gang leaders and the Democratic Machines that run many US cities.

As for George Zimmerman, he is a real life Ben Richards, the notorious Butcher of Bakersfield from the movie "The Running Man."
37 weeks ago
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What grieving mother trademarks her dead child's image for commercial use only a couple weeks after his death? This has always been about money, which was clear the moment the race pimps Crump and Sharpton slithered upon the scene.

The HOA's insurance company settled the civil suit for the limit of their liability coverage. This was evidently because they realized defending the suit would cost at least that $1 million anyway, so they wrote the check for the least possible amount and walked away. As I found out with a frivolous suit against a non-profit organization to which I belonged, if you continue to fight, the insurance company no longer pays for your defense, and you are on the hook for any larger judgement than their settlement.

Who would you rather have in your neighborhood, walking the streets after dark: George Zimmerman, or Trayvon Martin?
37 weeks ago
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Trayvon Martin ,..............and fyi it was 2.5 million
37 weeks ago
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I'm curious, based on what would you rather have Martin walking about your neighborhood than Zimmerman?
37 weeks ago
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Based on the discovery evidense i've read , statements George gave of where he was when he said he was punched out at the T and mounted how odd Trayvon's body was found 40 feet away in John's back yard with the string of his hoodie pulled almost all the way out of the right side like someone grabbed a hold of his hoodie ,...........i don't believe his story at all.
37 weeks ago
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Nothing you just mentioned does anything to contradict Zimmerman's story, even if you do have access to some magical font of evidence denied to the rest of us. You're ignoring a mountain of physical evidence and eyewitness testimony, as well as everything we know about Martin and Zimmerman, in order to draw the conclusion you find emotionally satisfying. In that you're no different than the average conspiracy theorist.
37 weeks ago
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"Zimmerman emerged from hiding four days after his acquittal to help a family of four escape an overturned burning vehicle. He even used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out before authorities arrived."

So, is he a cop-wannabee, or a fireman-wannabee?
37 weeks ago
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And if you help a little old lady across the street, are you a Crossing Guard Wannabe?

and if you mow your lawn, are you a Landscaper wannabe?

How dare anyone defy the limitations of their implanted Job Chip!
37 weeks ago
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and the most disgusting aspect of this case was the blacks/libs discussing the case after the verdict and saying that Martin was doing nothing wrong and gunned down.

Seems to libs/blacks that a black punk, beating another man to a bloody pulp is not considered doing anything wrong.

And until blacks/libs start to realize that beating another person to a bloody pulpl is wrong, there is no way to have a rational discussion of race problems.

Wonder also if Martin was one of those people that disparaged other blacks who wanted to learn and improve themselves.
37 weeks ago
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"And until blacks/libs start to realize that beating another person to a bloody pulpl is wrong, there is no way to have a rational discussion of race problems."

Yep. We don't really have a race problem. We have a MORAL problem.
37 weeks ago
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can we now get to the law suit by Zimmerman against the media's journalistic malpractice and make them pay for their disgusting misrepresentation of the facts of this case.
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