More on Trayvon shooting
Story here. The evidence seems to fit together, and is strong for a "good shoot." Zimmerman tells police that he wasn't the aggressor, that Trayvon knocked him down and was pounding his head against the sidewalk, and that he cried out for help. Police found Zimmerman bleeding from wounds to the back of his head, and eyewitnesses heard him calling for help before he fired.
"Zimmerman told them he lost sight of Trayvon and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from the left rear, and they exchanged words.
Trayvon asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cell phone, he told police.
Trayvon then said, "Well, you do now" or something similar and punched Zimmerman in the nose.
Zimmerman fell to the ground and Trayvon got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk, he told police.
Zimmerman began yelling for help.
Several witnesses heard those cries, and there's been a dispute about from whom they came: Zimmerman or Trayvon.
Lawyers for Trayvon's family say it was Trayvon, but police say their evidence indicates it was Zimmerman.
One witnesses, who has since talked to local television news reporters, told police he saw Zimmerman on the ground with Trayvon on top, pounding him and was unequivocal that it was Zimmerman who was crying for help.
Zimmerman then shot Trayvon once in the chest from very close range, according to authorities.
When police arrived less than two minutes later, Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose, had a swollen lip and had bloody lacerations to the back of his head."
Impeccable timing, since only yesterday Chuck Schuer called for Dept of Justice to investigate FlA's self defense laws, and Donna Bazile proclaimed “The problem with the law is that – ‘Stand Your Ground’ is that you often end up in the ground, in the case of an innocent person like Trayvon Martin," and Jesse Jackson predicted "that the protests will continue to multiply in number and that the ranks of protestors will swell until Zimmerman is arrested.
Maybe the reason our system is designed on the theory that it is better to let 10 guilty men free than to punish one innocent...
is that the 10 guilty men might not be so guilty after all.
Posted by: John at March 26, 2012 03:00 PM
The squeaky clean image of Martin doesn't appear to be holding up. Caught with a backpack full of women's jewelry and a burglar tool at school, suspended from school for graffitti...
Posted by: CM at March 26, 2012 06:11 PM
I live in Florida and am very familiar with our law. In the quote below the real reason the number of prosecutions has dropped is that good guys are no longer being prosecuted by anti gun prosecutors.
Schumer asked Holder's department to probe whether the laws "are creating more violence than they are preventing," and whether potential murders are "going unprosecuted" because of them.
He estimated that 23 states have some form of this law.
Schumer cited statistics in Florida showing that before the law was approved, the state averaged 12 justifiable homicides per year. The average subsequent to the law's enactment was 33.
Posted by: Chuck at March 26, 2012 06:46 PM
Most recent suspension was for being caught with drug residue in a baggy, his Facebook and Twitter accounts both show references to weed and possibly being a small-time dealer. His father didn't report him missing until the next day, and initially thought he might have been arrested... Also references on social media to possibly having taken a swing at a bus driver several days before he died and at least one of his friends posted that he was sure Trayvon had beat up Zimmerman, slight contrast to the friends claiming he wouldn't be involved in violence...
Posted by: James at March 26, 2012 09:57 PM