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In the Trayvon Martin case, Over time, we are getting answers to some of the questions. Some of these answers raise more questions.

The manslaughter — if not the murder — of Trayvon Martin may be street legal. Florida’s legislature, and former Gov. Jeb Bush, have created a legal hole through which the proverbial truck can be driven. Florida’s leaders have created a world in which anyone can set their own personal standard for taking human life, provided they tell themselves they “reasonably” believe that in doing, so they are responding to a potentially lethal threat. Half of USA states now have similar laws. We used to have a legal structure: “Better that 10 guilty men escape punishment than that an innocent suffer.” Now it is: “Better that an occasional innocent teenager be killed, than tolerate occasional burglaries.”

This also legalizes the assassination of police officers. If you get stopped by the police, you could feel threatened, because of past stories of alleged police abuse, so it would be entirely appropriate, under the Florida law, to kill the police officer who you fear is placing you in harm's way. Under Florida law, your fear does not need to make sense, be valid, you can merely have an uninformed untrained suspicion that the police behavior is improper. If there is no video evidence of the encounter, you may make up any story you wish. That is the reality of 1/2 the USA with laws like Florida's.

Based on the evidence Sanford police gathered that night, police believed they did not have enough evidence to arrest Zimmerman on a manslaughter charge because of his account of what happened and claim of self-defense. Witness stories indicate the police did a rather incomplete job of evidence collection.

Who was tested for drugs? Trayvon body was tested, during the autopsy. Zimmerman was not, because he was not arrested at the time of the incident.

Who initiated the altercation? The evidence is clear that Zimmerman pursued Martin then killed him. The evidence is in the form of ear witnesses, including Martin girl friend. However, in addition to many witnesses claiming Martin was the one being attacked, one witness allegedly backs Zimmerman tale.

Who cried for help? All the ear witnesses say it was Martin. Only Zimmerman and the police disagree.

How many shots were fired? Although there are conflicting stories, the official story is only one shot fired by Zimmerman gun.

Where is Zimmerman gun now? The police are holding it for evidence. Zimmerman, though, still has a valid concealed-weapons permit.

Sanford cops usually call a prosecutor to the scene of a homicide but did not that night. They spoke to one on the phone.
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This doesn't make sense; Zimmerman was attacked, but it was Zimmerman how approach this kid in the first place.
 
As tragic as the death of Trayvon Martin was, the more tragic part of the story is how far we HAVEN'T come from where we were 100 years ago. Zimmerman is guilty of manslaughter; of killing an unarmed 17 year old while illegally carrying a gun on neighborhood patrol. The Sanford police department is guilty of misapplying the "Stand Your Ground" law. But the most tragic thing is that the white community is guilty of continuing this undercover, form of racism. It happens everytime I get on an elevator in the city; no matter how nicely tailored my suit maybe, no matter how meticulously manicured my nail maybe, no matter how nice my shoes maybe, and no matter how clean the 7 series BMW I drove up in maybe, when I get on that elevator, the white woman holds her purse a little closer to her body.
For years, blacks have lived under an illusion that maybe we ARE being to sensitive. Maybe the mindset that existed when our parents where children, the mindset that told them that they had to sit in the back of the bus, drink from a different water fountain, and as a grown man, answer to "Boy" had long since passed. Obviously, it has not. Not when a young man, wearing a hood can be gunned down for defending himself from an over zealously man of hispanic descent. Not when the Sanford police department, instead of investigating the incident, instead sought to just allow this to die, as just another dead nigger. Not when the blogsphere has allowed so many whites to hide behind the anonymity of the Internet and tell us how they really feel.
Guilty until proven innocent has been found guilty.
Guilty of not being applicable to young black men.
Guilty of ONLY being applicable to those whose skin can either pass for, or can be considered white.
Guilty of allowing police to take a law that was intended for good, and misapply it to kill one more nigger.
Free at last, free at last, now they are free to kill niggers again, free at last.
 
+Lee Walton I'm unaware of any evidence, beyond Mr. Zimmerman's claims, that he was attacked. Personally, since Mr. Zimmerman chased Mr. Martin, I would push for Murder 2, since I doubt the jury would accept premeditated Murder 1.
 
+Lee Walton As I pointed out in a separate conversation racism in the USA is functionally identical to tribalism, at least that is how I describe what I observed in Somalia and Kenya in the 1980's. I argue the "insider/outsider; us/them" paradigm is a fundamental aspect of human culture. Which does not excuse us from working to overcome it but illustrates the challenge humanity faces in dealing with the issue.
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