And yes, the law needs to represent the goal of Obama and public opinion. The law needs to make it clear that anyone may beat to death any Latino that annoys them or calls the police on them. It should be clear that African-American Martin had an absolute right to kill Zimmerman for calling the police on him.
It is being made clear the goal is to prove that Martin is the right race, and Spanish speaking Latino Zimmerman is the wrong race. Even the African-American members of his family are wrong for marrying into and associating with wrong-race people.
But the Sanford police department has had a history of trying to sweep white on black violence under the carpet, and therefore disagree with you that IF Zimmerman was guilty that he would necessarily have been arrested and charged by now. I don't know that the police involved with this case were not absolutely fair and unbiased, but I know for a fact that they definitely weren't thorough. Where is Zimmerman's alcohol test, his toxicology screen, a check of the phone that the deceased was carrying, an attempt to extensively interrogate the shooter?
Is the Sanford police department biased in its investigations? I guarantee you that I don't have any idea. But it is a question that needs to be looked at. And in the long run, I think that answer is much more important to us all than the guilt or innocence of Zimmerman.
Before unarmed black teen was shot, Fla. cityís blacks complained of bias in police department
Focus on the case, not their raceSanfordís police department is no stranger to racial tension, which is one reason why people are assuming Martinís killing was racially motivated. In 2005, two white security guards ó one of which was the son of a Sanford police veteran, the other the son of a volunteer with the department ó fatally shot a black teen in a parking lot; they claimed self defense. In 2011, a white lieutenantís son beat up a black homeless man for seemingly no reason. The department didnít prosecute the man until footage from the scene was uploaded to YouTube. The perpetrator was arrested and the police chief was forced out of office.
Correct. The uproar is about an inept police dept. Some here have already twisted this around to make Martin look like he hauled Zimmerman out of his car while he was sitting in his driveway.
Yes, this should be settled in a trial but the feds will have to come in and take charge over the Barney Fifes.
If you carry a firearm and decide to use it, you are in a deadly force situation where you need to shoot to *STOP*, NOT kill and not wound.
The entire purpose of your using deadly force is to halt the perpetrator from completing whatever action it is he or she is doing that was putting you in fear for your life.....IN FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE. Period.
Zimmerman's goal was not to kill him. Thats a big difference...
Shooting to kill even if, the person has stopped whatever it was he was doing you had already decided this person must die and you weren't going to stop for anything less or if you were only shooting to wound then obviously you weren't really in fear for your life at the time you shot and therefore you must have used excessive force and you now become the primary aggressor.
Shooting to wound and shooting to kill are not acceptable practices in the civilian or even LEO area. Both will likely get you arrested, sent to prison, and sued
You shoot to stop the threat--if it wounds him, good. If it kills him, that's the price he pays for his actions. Either way the threat is stopped, and that's the bottom line.
Zimmerman did no wrong in that particular situation
Apparently the police have a witness to the entire altercation and that will be included in the evidence presented to the grand jury in 2 weeks.