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The Many Misperceptions of the Martin-Zimmerman Matter

To watch the news today, it’s as if there never was a trial clearing George Zimmerman.

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Jack Dunphy

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July 23, 2013 - 12:28 am
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The evidence has been presented and duly weighed by six jurors who were unpersuaded by the state of Florida’s case, and today George Zimmerman is a free man — or as free as one can be under his present circumstances.  But to watch the news today, it’s almost as if there was never a trial.

Zimmerman stands as demonized today as he was before the trial began, perhaps even more so.  He is barraged with death threats, not just against him but to his family as well.  There is nowhere in the country he can go where his name and face would not be recognized and where he would be free from fear of attack.

From the outset, even before Zimmerman was charged, I was skeptical that he would be convicted of any crime.  As I wrote here at PJ Media in March of last year, “I fail to see how prosecutors can win a conviction unless they can produce some damning evidence not yet revealed.”  None was.

With your permission, if you haven’t grown weary of the Martin-Zimmerman matter, I have some random thoughts on the case that I hope will clear up some of the many misconceptions that persist despite the thorough airing of the evidence the trial provided.  None of what I present below will be new or startling if you paid even passing attention to the trial.

The Sanford Police

Some still believe that Zimmerman was given a free pass on the night of the shooting, that the Sanford Police Department was somehow less than thorough in its initial response and investigation.  This is false.  When police officers respond to the scene of a shooting and find one person dead and another standing there with a gun, the default position is and ought to be to disarm and detain the one with the gun.  This was done, and Zimmerman remained handcuffed until being taken to the Sanford police station.

Zimmerman waived his Miranda rights and provided a statement to detectives on the night of the shooting, and he cooperated in a videotaped walk-through of the incident the next day.  The preponderance of witness accounts supported Zimmerman’s claim that he fired his gun in self-defense after Martin attacked him, knocked him to the ground, and pummeled him.  In other words, police had no compelling evidence contrary to Zimmerman’s account and therefore no probable cause to support his arrest.

Did Zimmerman Follow Martin?

One still hears the claim, “The dispatcher told him to stay in his car.”  The dispatcher’s advice and Zimmerman’s response to it are irrelevant to the murder charge he faced.  The evidence was that Zimmerman, after spotting Martin and telephoning police from his car, followed him for a time until being told by the police dispatcher, “We don’t need you to do that.”  Zimmerman then returned to his car but, after losing sight of Martin, exited and began walking through the complex until the fatal encounter.  Zimmerman’s disregard for the dispatcher’s advice may have been imprudent, but it was not even remotely illegal.  Yes, the shooting could have been avoided had Zimmerman remained in his car until police arrived, but a similar claim could be made of Martin’s behavior.  If Martin in fact was troubled by the “creepy-ass cracker” following him, why did he not go immediately home rather than linger in the area?  His father’s fiancé’s condo, where he was staying during a suspension from school, was about 300 feet from the site of the shooting.  He had more than enough time — about four minutes — to walk there if he had chosen to.

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" she spoke of the “search for justice for Trayvon,”"

She didn't really need to search very hard. It was right there in the housing complex when a street-fighting thug tried to murder an innocent man and got shot for his efforts. THAT was justice for Trayvon Martin.
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I am especially troubled by the anti-Zimmerman folks who keep pounding on the notion that "he never should have gotten out of his vehicle." The thinking (or lack of it) being that it never would have happened if he hadn't, therefore he is at fault.

But he had a right to be there, period. Isn't this just like saying that a rape is the victim's fault because the stupid b*tch should have stayed in her house instead of venturing out onto a public street? I wonder how that statement would fly?
1 year ago
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What is still the strangest part of this case is that part that shows how completely delusional and even paranoid black racialist activists are about the reality of race in America.

The black hate-mongers chose to hang their hats and go all in on the Traynon Martin case in an attempt to show how white privilege extends even to the casual murder of black youths. The astounding stupidity is they chose a case that involved no white people. That means the truth of what they see as an overwhelming trend is in fact so rare they had to settle for carp when trout fishing. No trout in the stream.

And to show how real Orwell's concept of doublethink is, large swaths of the white liberal community, and practically the entirety of the black community are STILL lighting up whites over this anomalous and meaningless lightning strike.
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"Can anyone claim such an endeavor would be beneath our attorney general?"

Believe me, NOTHING is beneath at rotten SOB Holder. That no-good racist is lower than whale $#!+.
49 weeks ago
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Amen Jack. I look forward to each article. I'm sure we ALL enjoyed standing in the hot sun, waiting for something to happen. Thanks
1 year ago
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Everyone should know by now that blacks are downtrodden. Therefore all their crimes should be forgiven and forgotten.
1 year ago
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“There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off.”
...Barack Obama
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The Assumption there is that has Never Happened to anyone of any other race.
This is Not True.
The follow on assumption is that the Race of the Unknown Individual is the only factor involved.
In the Zimmerman 911 call the only thing Zimmerman is using to assess Martin is his actions. The 911 operator asks about race, but Zimmerman answers in a manner that shows it was an afterthought to him, he later (about 1:09 in the call) confirms that his prior assessment was correct.
1 year ago
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They were primed to play the card and like a lot of drunks who have the right to remain silent, they did not have the ability. That card was coming out for anything, no matter how pathetic. Wasted. Totally wasted.
1 year ago
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It doesn't matter about what the facts say. The victim industrial machine has found a new victim. Blacks have been raised for generations to embrace the idea of a white devil actively trying to oppress them. The ignorance and paranoia runs so deep that even when confronted with facts the balk run and fight like a horse spooked by a rattlesnake. That combined with the liberal white guilt makes for an army of slaves willing to die to be enslaved
1 year ago
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"Blacks have been raised for generations to embrace the idea of a white devil actively trying to oppress them."

Nothing could be more true, and is the reason America will never see the day racism has disappeared. Expect generations of black children who will never know what it is like to succeed in this country because their parent(s) would rather fill their heads with racial hatred rather than a sense of responsibility. Playing the perpetual victim suits these people well.
1 year ago
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In reviewing the testimony, it has just struck me that what has been strangely unremarked upon in the Trayvon-Zimmerman case is that the very probable reason that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman was *not* because he was merely a "creepy-ass cracker" stalking him .... but that Trayvon perceived Zimmerman as a GAY guy stalking him. Now pray you, ... is that not also a "hate-crime"???? Gods, if Zimmerman gets railroaded into some trumped-up civil-rights double-jeopardy trial ..... I hope his defense team realizes that they can make lynch-mob liberal heads *explode* if they can argue that Zimmerman was attacked because he was perceived as being "creepy-ass" = Gay....
1 year ago
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"it has just struck me that what has been strangely unremarked upon in the Trayvon-Zimmerman case is that the very probable reason that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman was *not* because he was merely a "creepy-ass cracker" stalking him .... but that Trayvon perceived Zimmerman as a GAY guy stalking him. "

It's been unremarked on because it's obviously nonsense. That discussion probably never happened, and was suggested by whoever coached Jentel on her "testimony". There were looking for some plausible excuse for TM feeling "threatened", and therefore justifying his attack on GZ.

TM *and* Jentel knew perfectly well why GZ was observing him, but THAT fact didn't fit the Narrative, so a cover story was created.
1 year ago
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Does the whole thing remind anyone else of "Bonfire of the Vanities"?
1 year ago
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How many times have I heard "If Zimmerman had stayed in his car this never would have happened." I wonder, if his mother had grounded him for being suspended from school, this never would have happened. Maybe if his parents had taken action the first time he got suspended from school there might not have been two more school suspensions and this never would have happened. If the school had taken more action when Martin was caught with burglary tools and a sack of jewelry and a baggie with pot residue and a pipe this never would have happened. If Martin's parents had bothered to periodically check out his FaceBook postings to see what kind of illegal activity he was participating in, then taken some positive action, this never would have happened. It sure does appear that the Martin family is attempting to circumvent all the responsibility of what never should have happened away from themselves.
1 year ago
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On the subject of illegal aliens, " "It Ain't Over 'Til the Alien Wins" -- Michele Malkin's rule.

Similarly, when a black conflicts with a non-black, "It ain't over for lefties until the black wins."

There's no issue of justice, self-defense, or "stand your ground." It's just, "We refuse to let a non-black person win one." I.e., it's sheer bigotry.
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