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There But for the Grace of God…

I was reminded of a chapter from my past when the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin controversy exploded into national awareness.

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Jack Dunphy

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July 16, 2013 - 1:57 am
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Some might have considered my pursuit of the purse snatcher a foolhardy act.  The cautious yet responsible thing to do, they would argue, would have been to go and help the fallen woman and add my account and description to the police report that would be made, a report which, I am certain, would have come to nothing more than a piece of paper being moved from one police station in-box to another for a few days before being completely forgotten.

I was reminded of this chapter from my past when the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin controversy exploded into national awareness.  My pursuit of the purse snatcher ended as well as these things can: the woman got her purse back, she wasn’t seriously injured, and the guilty party was punished, however slightly.  But it could have turned out otherwise.  The purse snatcher might have had a gun and shot me.  He might have wrested the flashlight from my control and hit me with it.  Or he might have resisted to the point that I had to hit him in the head with the flashlight, seriously injuring or even killing him.  And if that happened, would I have been arrested and put on trial?

I should add at this point that the purse snatcher was black, a fact I didn’t consider relevant at the time but, given George Zimmerman’s ordeal, do now.  It’s true that the incident I describe and the Martin-Zimmerman encounter are not directly analogous.  I had witnessed a crime occur (or its immediate aftermath) while Zimmerman merely entertained a suspicion that one was about to occur.  I was not armed with a gun while Zimmerman was.  And though there was a very brief struggle between me and the purse snatcher, neither of us was hurt, much less killed.

Trayvon Martin was not so lucky.  And, though he survived, George Zimmerman was only somewhat more so.  But now he’s had his trial and, after all the evidence was aired, won his acquittal.  He is free to resume his life as circumstances now allow.  And yet he’s as demonized today as if the trial hadn’t happened.  The trial, the evidence, and the jurors be damned, no force on earth will disabuse some people of their cherished beliefs.

I believe the verdict (which I predicted here and here) was the proper one, indeed the only one that could have been rendered given an impartial examination of the evidence.  And yet as I write this, I await directions to report to this or that area of Los Angeles where anti-Zimmerman demonstrations are getting out of hand.  It’s possible that LAPD officers will soon come into violent contact with the demonstrators, an incident that will no doubt be recorded on countless smart phones and tweeted and YouTubed and googled and what have you-ed until the next controversy eclipses that of Trayvon Martin.  I hope no one gets hurt.  But if someone is, I hope it’s not me who hurts him.

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Jack Dunphy is the pseudonym of a police officer in Southern California.

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"Also, few have asked why Trevon was not allowed to stand his ground?"
First of all, "stand your ground" laws have absolutely nothing to do with this case. Zero, nada. The SYG law is as relevant as the tax code to how this all happened.

But to answer your question anyway Martin indeed had every right to stand his ground. He could have stood there, told Zimmerman to go eff himself and when the cops showed up they would have sorted it out. But Martin didn't "stand his ground", he initiated a criminal assault. SYG laws apply to defending one's self against a crime, not COMMITTING one.

"Finally, since no one was mugged and he was merely being suspicious, why did Zimmerman exit the vehicle?"

Here's the best possible answer for that question: it doesn't matter. We could argue back and forth about whether or not Zimmerman exercised good judgement in getting out of his car but at the bottom line it just does not matter. Why doesn't it matter? Because what Zimmerman did wasn't illegal. Even if he followed Martin that's not illegal, and it doesn't justify (legally OR morally) Martin attacking him.

That's the real bottom line here: by all the evidence we have it was Martin who broke the law, it was Martin who initiated a violent conflict, it was Martin who put Zimmerman in reasonable fear for his life. That justified Zimmerman firing his gun.

Now that I've answered your questions I have some to ask you:
1) Why was Martin skulking around in the rain?
2) Why didn't Martin just go home? He had plenty of time and opportunity to.
3) Why did Martin assault and arguably attempt to murder Zimmerman?

See, if it's poor judgement you want to talk about there's plenty of it on Martin's side too. The difference being that Martin's poor judgement was criminal in nature, Zimmerman's wasn't.
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" I hope no one gets hurt. But if someone is, I hope it’s not me who hurts him."

No good deed goes unpunished. Certainly not with praise the thugs, condemn those who must deal with them, Obama, Holder and Sharpton around. Obama, Holder and Sharpron should spend the rest of their lifes living on an Island with the Trayvon Martins and their supporters of this world called Lord of the Flies.
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Homicide type ..... 1980s ... 1990s ... 2000s

White on white..... 46.3% .. 42.1% ... 43.8%

Black on black..... 41.3 ... 42.9 .... 39.2

White on black ...... 3.4 .... 3.8 ..... 4.2

Black on white ...... 6.2 .... 7.6 ..... 8.1

All other ........... 2.8 .... 3.6 ..... 4.7

According to the DOJ, in 2009, whites murdered 209 blacks, blacks murdered 454 whites.

http://sadhillnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/fbi-racial-murder-black-white-crime-in-the-US-race-of-victim-sad-hill-news.jpg

For the last 30 years, blacks have consistently murdered twice as many whites as vice versa. The Left's narrative about the Martin/Zimmerman affair is a delusion based on a completely opposite trend that in fact does not exist. In short, they are racist liars.
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First we saw Holder, The Magnificent call White Americans "cowards" for not wanting to engage in Race Talk.
[In a form he, and a couple-million homies are salivating to endorse]
He doesn't get what he was seeking, and bided his time until a situation he could grab and run-with showed up. Being 'CLEO of America', he knew 'that' wouldn't take long.
Now, we've got him searching for precisely what White America is intelligently trying to avoid : His form of Discourse, moderated by Him, for 'His People' and with an assured outcome that essentially makes at least 6 of Ten Americans bow/get on their knees, in fealty toward His Excellency.
While The NSA crap goes on, he's just waiting for us-all to spam his Zimmerman[dot]DoJ snitching site to make some examples, and accuse cherry-picked Citizens of Lying to the Gov't.
The F B I is gonna' start cancelling Vay-Cays by the hundreds if this site keeps it up. Will 'contractors' fill in the void ? Will we get to see the submittals?
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Why is "wannabe cop" bad while "wannabe gangsta" is a martyr?
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I think going forward, the response of a lot of people will be as much about "what's in it for me" as it will be about any sense of justice one way or the other. The parental units who bred and raised the budding monster named Treyvon had hoped for a guilty verdict to cement their wrongful death lawsuit. I think they must assume now that any such lawsuit will *not* have the same outcome as the Goldman's lawsuit against OJ.

And the marauding mobs in LA, Florida and New York are looking for WalMarts to break into and jewelry cases to loot. They are using the media hype and goading for a response to hide behind, because the one and only thing they are interested in is what they can thieve for today, and whether or not they will get a pass if they try to thieve again tomorrow.
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"It’s true that the incident I describe and the Martin-Zimmerman encounter are not directly analogous." Dunphy should have understood his own words. The incident he describes had no bearing on Trayvon and Zimmerman. Trayvon was on his way home from the store and was racially profiled by Zimmerman for no other reasons than wearing a hoodie and being Black. Dunphy then compounds his erroneous analogy by "implying" Trayvon was up to no good and Zimmerman had a right to stalk and accost him. Shame on you, Sir!
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Zimmerman didn't know he was black. In fact, Zimmerman is part black himself.

There goes you narrative........Shame on YOU, sir!
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There's no evidence that Zimmerman racially profiled Martin. The only evidence we have, Zimmerman's description of the event, says that Martin was singled out because of his behavior. Now Zimmerman has an incentive to lie, but yours is no weaker. So forgive me if I demand more than your bald assertion that Zimmerman was racially profiling.

Of course Zimmerman had a right to "stalk and accost" or, as a rational person would put it, "follow and question." It is a free country and neither was on private property. If Martin were really that concerned he would have called the police instead of his girlfriend. I find it rather odd that so many people can entertain the theory that the only person in this entire scenario who would call the police is the perpetrator.

No, if anyone here should be ashamed it is you. You have decided, in the complete absence of evidence, on a narrative for this tragedy and you refuse to consider that you may be in error. If there were any justice in this world you would be tarred and feathered for your un-American mindset.
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Go make a citizens's arrest.
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Stick time in LA, baby. No more Reginald Dennys.
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I am truly hearted by the number of posts that understand that this wasn't a stand your ground case, but a self defense and that people are not supposed to be prisoners to and wait for police to possibly show up.
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Jack, you didn't have a gun in that confrontation with the purse-snatcher, but you were armed with what some would call a "deadly weapon", and it looks like the snatcher perceived that you just might use it if provoked, and that it would hurt like Hell.
Well Done.
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It is like the Dreyfuss trial the accused really not the issue here, they were negative pawns in the hand of political forces.
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FWIW, back in the early 90's, I lived in Portsmouth, VA, working at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. At the time of which I write, I was working in the Logistics area - it was the end of the fiscal year, and we were on mandatory O/T. I had just gotten paid for an 80-hour week, and had purchased money orders for bills {not yet filled out} - this was before everybody and their brother had at least one cell phone, so I was on a pay phone, checking on a friend who had had a procedure that day. I felt a soft push on my shoulder and thinking it was another acquaintance seeking my attention, I turned around to see my purse running away from me - I dropped the phone and took off after the guy. When he crossed one of the busiest thoroughfares in Portsmouth, I ran back to the pay phone and called 911. I described the guy to the dispatcher, white tee shirt, patterned blue shorts - God love her, she kept calm and asked me his race - had to pause a moment {adrenaline, doncha know ;-) } to consider her question - he was black.
A few days later, at work, I asked some of my black co-workers if I was wrong to pursue charges against the guy {cops had caught him 2 blocks away, taken both of us to the station, where he turned out to have a 'sheet' as long as my arm}, since he was black & apparently disadvantaged. To a woman, they said NO, that IF he tried, he could get a job.
Six months later, we're in court, and the DA takes me aside - he says they'll go with the prosecution if I want, but the consensus was that the guy would get off with time served, no matter what. I asked if I would have to worry about his coming after me - the DA kinda smiled and said I don't think so - he had read the report, about my chasing the guy - didn't think the guy was too eager to try me again {at the time, I was 120 pounds soaking wet}.
Semper Fi'
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without a smear comment
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