Thoughts on the George Zimmerman acquittal

All of America knows the verdict by now.  George Zimmerman was found not guilty in connection with charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  Many people are up in arms over the verdict, saying they are ashamed to be American, comparing this to what happened with Emmett Till, etc.

Personally, I think the verdict was just.  I think what happened was an absolute tragedy and it is very sad that a young man lost his life in the process.  I wish Zimmerman and Martin would have simply had a civil, respectful conversation.  Martin could have explained that his father lived in the area and he was walking home.  Zimmerman could have explained that he was neighborhood watch and wanted to make sure everything was cool, since there had been break-ins recently in their neighborhood and he didn’t recognize Travyon.  It could have been a simple, easy resolution.  They didn’t trust each other, but if they had simply spoken like gentlemen, everyone would have gone home and a young man wouldn’t have lost his life.

The problem I am seeing where people are turning a blind eye is this – Trayvon did not have a gun, but he turned his fists and the concrete into weapons.  Was Trayvon innocently walking home from the store with his snacks?  Yes.  But when it turned into a physical altercation where Trayvon was pummeling George Zimmerman, innocence was thrown out.  To overlook the fact that Trayvon was beating up George Zimmerman is to be naive and ignorant.  That is a fact of the case.  The shooting did not happen until the altercation had turned physical.  “An innocent little boy” did not lose his life for buying Skittles & tea.  Travyon’s innocence was thrown out when he threw a punch.  I sincerely wish they’d just had a simple conversation and gone their separate ways.  I’m sure Zimmerman wishes that as well, along with Trayvon’s family.  Nobody would wish someone dead.  But let’s be realistic about the fact that a physical fight happened, and it takes two to tie up.

The prosecution had no evidence to show this was done maliciously or because Zimmerman was a “wanna be cop who just wanted to shoot someone”.  These two men tied up in a physical altercation and, tragically, one lost his life.  I would imagine Zimmerman will be haunted by this the rest of his life.

For anyone who looked at the actual evidence of the trial and looked at facts rather than getting wrapped up in emotion, the “not guilty” verdict makes complete sense.  The prosecution highlighted this with their attempts to throw in other possible charges toward the end of the trial – how about third degree murder due to child abuse?!  They were grasping at straws at that point.  Rationally minded people who looked at the facts can understand the “not guilty” verdict.

Those people making ridiculous comments such as “the jury should all kill themselves” are shameful.  Thank goodness a jury was selected who considered the facts of the case instead of declared Zimmerman guilty, just because of emotions.  We all know an overly emotional person.  Let that person come to mind.  Think about how personally they take everything.  Think about how easily their feelings get hurt and the grudges they hold.  Think about how they have their minds made up already that they’re mad about something and won’t allow anyone to explain what happened with whatever it is they’re upset about.  Is that the person you’d want on a jury judging you?  I sure wouldn’t.  Give me a rational, thoughtful person any day.

Again, is it sad?  Absolutely.  It’s tragic.  I feel for Trayvon Martin’s family (and George Zimmerman’s, for that matter) and I can’t imagine the heartbreak they’ve been experiencing all along since Travyon’s death.  Nobody wanted a young man to lose his life.  Nobody is going to look at this case and be happy.  It’s sad all around.  But the facts have shown self defense.

I pray no organization will try to stir up any more trouble.  Zimmerman has been tried in a court of law & found not guilty by a jury of his peers.  Now, please, just leave it alone.  Let the man try to get on with his life.  Let the Martin family try to heal without the constant media circus.

My hope is that the Martin family and the Zimmerman family can find healing and peace.  And my hope is also that America will calm down and stop trying to stir up controversy on issues that are irrelevant to the facts.

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