Report By: Nina Rai
Florida, 25 March, 2012
As per latest news emerging on the Trayvon Martin shooting incident, the alleged culprit 28-year-old George Zimmerman (Florida community watch captain) just "couldn't stop crying,'' discloses a family friend who spoke to him on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
Joe Oliver revealed to "Good Morning America" (GMA) today: "After this started – the reports I got – [Zimmerman] "couldn't stop crying.'' Oliver who happens to be a close friend of the Zimmerman family said that George Zimmerman is now in hiding fearing for his life. "Just now becoming aware of how big this has gotten," opines Oliver.
Further, according to Oliver, he has been in regular touch with Zimmerman's family members, who too must be going through the trauma of the fatal shooting of a 17-year old by one of their family members. The family is understood to have briefed Oliver on Zimmerman's everyday reaction against the backdrop of the issue blowing into a full-fledged national debate on race, gun laws and criminal justice.
An attorney advising Zimmerman, Craig Sonner who also appeared on "GMA" with Oliver, corroborated Oliver's close ties to the family. Meanwhile, in a case of extreme over-reaction, yesterday, the militant New Black Panther Party has gone so far as to offer a $10,000 reward for Zimmerman's "capture" equivalent to some mass murderer.
Also in an apparent show of solidarity to Trayvon Martin’s family, Miami Heat basketball team members posted Twitter pictures depicting team members wearing "Hoodies," similar to the popular hooded jacket that Martin was wearing when he was shot. Not to be left behind in empathizing with the Trayvon Martin controversial case, American President Obama last week went so far as to state that if he had a son he would "look like" Trayvon Martin.
According to family friend Oliver in recent days Zimmerman has called up several of his pals urging them to speak publicly in his defense. However, none of them were forthcoming, obviously fearing for their personal safety. The case seems to have taken its toll on Oliver too, who considers Zimmerman almost like his own “son."
Oliver was seen wiping away tears, deeply anguished at the fact that he cannot do much to shield the 28-year-old from such wide-spread blazing public condemnation. Meanwhile Zimmerman has not yet been charged with any crime. The case is being investigated by the Justice Department and the FBI for possible civil rights violations by Zimmerman. Evidence in the case will be heard by a Seminole County grand jury on April 10.
If one were to look at this touchy case (which has gripped America) objectively one will realize that no case is pure black or white, there are shades of grey as well. Let us step back a little from the huge cacophony of noises: White guy shoots a innocent teen, racist killer, trigger happy white shoots ‘baby faced’ black teen, gun nut murders ‘baby faced’ black teen, black victim, white perp, no arrest by police, no justice, so on.
After reading the story about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, like others one too was incensed beyond measure. Some trigger happy moral policeman killing an innocent kid with no motive. One self appointed neighborhood watch who overreacted to a black kid running around his neighborhood and next a dead kid, just like that.
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For all those making ‘race’ noises. George Zimmerman is half Latino and half white, so technically he is not a white. Besides why should race be made a factor here, as if the case would have been less distressing, less galling if Zimmerman was a black? Would Trayvon still be alive if Zimmerman was black? When incidents like this occur it does not always have to have racial overtones.
So many people are now braying for Zimmerman’s blood, demanding justice, etc. However, on the grounds of humanity like every other person George Zimmerman too has a right to trial by jury; let the jury check the evidence (if any) available and then decide. Why should there be a trial by media and the public. What if he is not really guilty of what all are assuming. Mob justice is really no justice.
Now coming to the dead teen Trayvon Martin, the general impression going all around (checksome newspaper reports) is he is baby-faced little boy. Yes he was only 17-years-old when he was shot but he was no puny guy. He was six feet tall and played soccer. So surely something must have unexpectedly happened between the two strapping strong guys, which lead to the tragic outcome.
According to the police report Zimmerman's back was soaked in water with stains of grass all over. Blood was oozing from his nose and from a wound in his head. Besides one witness claims he saw Trayvon mounted on Zimmerman, punching him over his face.
Earlier when Zimmerman saw someone loitering suspiciously in his locality, he had dialed 911 to report a suspicious person, but was told not to pursue or follow. This is (at least) proof that Zimmerman did not personally know Trayvon to have any kind of vendetta against him.
Now with regard to Trayvon, he is said to have phoned a friend and confided that there was someone following him. The friend on the phone even heard Trayvon confront the follower demanding why he was following him.
The last fact is that Zimmerman has a criminal record and it includes violence. Agreed this is one thing which could be a blot against him. But even this needs to be looked into in detail to be held against him completely, in this particular case.
So what could have really happened if one were to piece together all evidences?
Trayvon Martin was strolling past Zimmerman’s neighborhood. Martin’s movements made George Zimmerman suspicious, who immediately dialed 911. He was told by 911 not to confront or pursue Trayvon. On the other side, Trayvon sensed he was being followed and so he verbally confronted his follower who happened to be Zimmerman.
Now comes some tough questions. Obviously first there seems to have been a verbal clash which culminated in a physical altercation. The police needs to find out who started it. Did Zimmerman first try to detain ‘Trayvon’ for being ‘suspicious person’? Was it over-reaction on part of Zimmerman on being confronted?
Did Trayvon react adversely at being followed by a stranger and he felt he was defending himself? Did he lose his temper for being followed? But one thing is clear (due to the police report) Zimmerman took a pretty good hammering.
Finally in conclusion, separating the chaff from the grain, if one were to look at the case dispassionately, it looks to be purely a case of physical altercation spiraling out of control and becoming fatal. However, it must be said Zimmerman had no business behaving like a law-enforcing officer approaching Trayvon. He was a neighborhood watch and should have done just that instead of behaving like a neighborhood arrester.
Having said this let the world not hang the guy before the law enforcement authorities have reached a decision on him. Let us not forget he is human too, without for a moment ever forgetting the agony and pain of the victim’s family. It’s a loss no one can ever undo for them ever. Let us all exercise empathy and compassion for both sides till the courts give their final verdict. For which it is imperative that they take Zimmerman into custody and begin investigation into the matter without delay.
Source: ABC News/ Sodahead
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