TOPICS: Trayvon Martin Shooting
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I'm not for or against arresting Mr. Zimmerman with regard to Trayvon's murder. I wasn't there I have no idea what actually happened. That's what we have detectives and a justice system for. If my opinion mattered O.J. Simpson would of been on death row for murdering Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman.
Arrest him, charge him, try him in a court of law. Put an end to this particular injustice. Several people are killed by African-Americans every day in my part of the country (the Midwest), and the African-Americans generally get arrested and tried. What's good for the alleged perpetrator with darker skin is good for the alleged perpetrator with lighter skin. Then everyone can stop trying to make this out to be whites hunting African-Americans in hoodies on a daily basis.
Instead of putting this in the political section, how about putting this in the "U.S. News" section where it belongs? You wouldn't be trying to politicize a tragedy, would you?
Nobody knows all of the facts in this matter yet. Maybe CNN should just act responsibly and not conduct these stupid polls? Our justice system must not be driven by polls.
But given all this publicity and Obama sticking his nose into this mess, one has to wonder if this guy could ever get a fair trial. I mean you have groups out there trying to hunt him down. I hope he still has his gun.
BTW, have you noticed that in all the news coverage the fact that the shooter was hispanic is RARELY mentioned? I guess that would take the whole racial edge of this and lessen the newsworthiness right? One has to wonder if his last name was Rodirguez instead of Zimmerman whether it would be getting this kind of attention.
Hispanic is ethnicity, not race. There are many Caucasian Hispanics.
Grasping at straws truth?
Wire Palladin, S. F. - We need to re elect President Obama and rid congress of republican slime. Rock the House, 2012
No thanks. 4 years of miserable failure is quite enough. The job started in the 2010 elections will be completed in 2012. Flush the Democrats, 2012
betterdays - Arrest him, charge him, try him in a court of law. Put an end to this particular injustice.
Don't you think if the prosecutors thought they had a winnable case they would have already done this? Or do you think all of the police and prosecutors invloved are racists?
Tony in Maine
Hispanic is ethnicity, not race. There are many Caucasian Hispanics.
I agree, Tony. So why are Hispanics in a protected group while other ethnicities are not?
they said don't follow him. He did. He shot him. Arrest him and let the facts come out
This demonstratres nothing more than what we already know...white men, Tea Party affiliates, etc. will toldrate this crime against a person of color. I'm happy to see members of the Black Panther Party indicate that they would pursue justice against Zimmermen if the police did not. We are sick of being stereotyped as the predator and all the time still acted upon as prey-literally. White America please wake up to your bigotry, and Hispanics you're not too far behind with what I have seen over time here in Chicago. We value our own lives enough to begin taking our security into our own hands.
You people won't understand until this happens to a white child.
Actually I'm sick to death of hearing about it already! Good Lord can't people let the laws of Florida rule this tragedy and not the people who have an anger issue? I sympathize and send my deepest condolences to the Martin family, however if in Floriday say they can't prosecute based on the evidence at hand. Then drop it! This stuff happens like this day in and day out, it's just not shown on TV 24-7. Too many trigger happy people.... It's what making this situation more resentful towards everyone. How are Trayvon's parents ever supposed to grieve, so they can get on with their lives already?
Arrest him for investigation of first degree murder! Set a trial date, and face a jury of his peers! I thought that was the proper way of handleing the killing of a youngster,or anybody else!!! Make the arrest!!!! Americans blame the Governor of Florida,just as much! Do something, Governor "Smurk"??????
Truth – What miserable 4 years are you talking about? Unless you live with al Qaeda, are a member of the Taliban, or a Somali pirate, things have gotten better. Market up, unemployment down; bin Laden dead, Gm and Chrysler alive. More people are insured, and women still have reproductive rights. Energy production in America is up, energy demand is down. Life is good and will get better if we re elect the president.
Janette – Even former Governor Jeb says that Zimmerman should have been detained until an investigation was complete. The problem is that the authorities chose not to.
Trayvon, we are with you little buddy – you are my son; OUR SON .
@Fair is Fair,
This incident is a direct result of the Stand Your Ground law, written by Florida's GOP legislature. That's why this is on the Ticker.
In any case, it hardly matters: Mr. Zimmerman is a dead man walking, either on the street or in the pen.
Rod M. Chicago - This demonstratres nothing more than what we already know...white men, Tea Party affiliates, etc. will toldrate this crime against a person of color.
So just how does the Tea Party apply to this? Are you crazy?
I'm happy to see members of the Black Panther Party indicate that they would pursue justice against Zimmermen if the police did not
So you're advocating vigilantism, the exact same thing you are damning Zimmerman for. Totally contradictory and hypocritic. If they do go after him after these threats and something happens then THEY will be charged and rightly so. What you are supporting is mob lynching.
@ Rod M. Chicago –
The loss of an innocent life is always a tragedy. Surely you must agree with that, right? So where is the outrage with all of the loss of life when it's black-on-black? Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the outrage is there. It's just that the media , in the ever-increasing love of the almighty dollar, doesn't throw it out to the masses. How sad.
This is a news media event that has taken once again taken an incident and reported, mostly on hearsay, certainly without knowing all of the facts and whipped people into a lynch mob complete with a bounty on possibly innocent man.
This is not the first time the media has been judge and jury in a case only to be completely wrong. The Duke lacross team, the girl in NY that cried rape, the bomber in Atlanta, just to nama a few.
Although the media has declared it's self as the unquestionable authority in all matters, the truth is that they have got to the point that facts do not matter, just their opinion is the all of facts needed.
Sorry my mistake, I thought I heard there was a Florida law that stated you can defend yourself on the streets if you feel your life was threatened. That's why I was stating it's a law in Florida so there's nothing you can do. Now don't get me wrong I'm not justifying or saying Zimmerman was right, because I'm not. However if the law states he can shoot if he feels his life was being threatened. This is why I said earlier I wasn't there I didn't witness what happened so I can't say one way or another.
In my state Zimmerman would of been arrested immediately because you can only defend yourself with a gun inside your own home or inside your own car. Anywhere else you have to be arrested and found innocent by a jury, regardless if you felt your life was in danger or not, unlike Florida's law. If it's true this type of law exists in Florida, what Floridians should be doing instead of demonstrating, start a petition to change that stupid law. For sure this type of scenario wouldn't ever happen again without an immediate arrest.
Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote on page 1:
Nobody knows all of the facts in this matter yet. ....
True, but that doesn't explain why the man has not been arrested or charged at this point in time. Gov. Scott said just this morning that not all of the facts are known. I would wished someone had asked him what facts are not known. The metric for people getting arrested is "probable cause," not whether or not they are guilty or innocent.
The man is on tape being directed not to pursue, and he verbally consents. He pursues a running teen, and the teen winds up dead. Can someone define what amount of "probable cause" would be sufficient to arrest the Zimmerman?
@ Rod M. Chicago
"This demonstratres nothing more than what we already know...white men, Tea Party affiliates, etc. will toldrate this crime against a person of color."
How many white men do you know tolerate this crime? Have you even bothered asking any of them what they think?
@Janette – The sponsors of the "Stand Your Ground" law said that it does not apply in this situation. So, I agree with you. Let the laws of the state of Florida be applied, which means Zimmerman should be immediately arrested.
If a police officer shoots someone, his weapon is taken away, and he may be assigned desk duty. At the very least, Zimmerman's gun should have been confiscated and tested. The police collected little or no forensic evidence at the scene. The only questions that need to be answered before ciminal charges or indictments are made are whether or not the police officers obstructed justice.
Janette: if it was your son who was shot dead for the crime of being, young, male, black and wearing a hoodie, you would not want to "just drop it already." Learn to have some empathy for those in our society who have to be subjected, on a daily basis, to racial prejudices and profiling. I am proud of how civil people have been in their protests of this miscarriage of justice. This is America where liberty and justice for all can not just be swept under the rug because you're "sick to death of hearing about it."