Posted by bad_luck on 7/16/2013 12:45:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 7/16/2013 12:35:00 PM (view original):The law is horrible.
The Sanford police didn't arrest Zimmerman because of the evidence on the scene. After some outcry of a racial killing, with pictures of a 12 y/o Marting plastered all over the place, they were forced to arrest him.
FWIW, Zimmerman is likely a POS who was looking for a reason to be a "hero" in his mind. Martin gave it to him. No idea if skin color played into it all. Or if Zimmerman had any intention of firing his weapon at any point in time. But, when he was unexpectedly getting his *** kicked, he had the laws of self-defense on his side.
You pick a fight with an unarmed kid and if you get scared, murder him.
You know what, if you pick a fight with an unarmed kid, get scared and murder him, then it would be murder. Fortunately, that's not what happened here - at least according to the evidence.
If it was a murder, then it would have to be proven so. It was not, so implying that Martin was murdered is intellectually dishonest. Saying it outright is simply not factual.
There are multiple problems with your assumptions.
First, you have zero evidence to suggest that Zimmerman knows for a fact that the person he sees is a minor.
Second, you have no evidence to suggest that Zimmerman pursued him because of his race.
Third, you have no evidence to suggest that Zimmerman started the confrontation (picked a fight) or wanted a fight in the first place.
Back to the "racism". For those that believe the verdict did not deliver justice because of race, you are essentially insulting each of the jurors by implying they were racist in their verdict.
As to the law:
You can carry in Florida.
You can stand your ground in Florida.
You can walk where you want to (within reason)
Which law did Zimmerman break? Which law would you repeal and why?
Is it not okay to stand your ground?
Is it not okay to use lethal force when your life is threatened or perceived to be threatened? What would you do if you had the means to stop a beating that could potentially kill you?
The circumstances of this case are uncomfortable. They are tragic. Racism sucks. But none of know if it was a factor.
Your opinions may be totally correct about what happened. But they are based entirely in speculation and feeling, not on the provable facts.
7/16/2013 12:58 PM (edited)