Justice served in Zimmerman case
Published: Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Say what you will about the George Zimmerman case, a trial was held and justice was served. That’s the way it works in our justice system as a jury of six women delivered a not guilty verdict on both second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin last Saturday.
The case was one with racial overtones from the beginning, thanks to a lot of hype from the media and the president. The Sanford, Fla., police chief didn’t think there was enough evidence to charge Zimmerman with anything. Neither did the county states attorney. Both ended up losing their jobs over their decision not to file charges.
Once again, the president of the United States weighed in on a local police case with a statement that “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” Obama took sides from the beginning. Four years ago, Obama injected himself into another local police case when he accused Cambridge, Mass., police of acting “stupidly” when they arrested a prominent black Harvard professor friend of his at the professor’s home. The professor exhibited “loud and tumultuous behavior” and accused police of racism.
Racism continued to be the underlying theme in the Zimmerman case. A special prosecutor was appointed over a month after the death of Martin and murder charges were filed against Zimmerman. It was recently reported that an arm of our own U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service, was sent to Sanford last year to provide assistance to anti-Zimmerman protests. One of these rallies was headed by black activist Al Sharpton. Our own DOJ was fueling the racist fires.
Police and state officials in Florida were pleading with the public to restrain themselves and protest responsibly before the verdict of not guilty was announced Saturday. Folks in Sanford and the rest of Florida seemed to comply, but it was a different story in Los Angeles and other cities where riots were held and property destroyed.
It’s unfortunate that pressure was brought to bear from the outside to file murder charges when local authorities believed there was not enough evidence to charge him with anything. Appointed prosecutors took over and Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder, in spite of the fact that no grand jury was convened to decide if there was enough evidence to charge him.
If Obama and DOJ authorities are so interested in righting all racial wrongs in the country, we suggest they look to the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago, the president’s old stomping grounds. Last year Chicago recorded 532 homicides with the majority of them being black-on-black crime. This was the highest figure since 2008 when 512 murders were recorded. Where is the cry to stop this senseless loss of life in the black community?
Instead, federal law enforcement officials spend time and money to see that one Hispanic man is charged with murder in the death of one black teenager, in spite of the lack of evidence. If such efforts were made to charge and prosecute murderers in Chicago, maybe, just maybe, the crime rate would drop significantly there.
It’s unfortunate the interaction between Zimmerman and Martin that fateful evening resulted in the death of the teenager. It’s also unfortunate that the media played up the incident as a racial one to the point where federal officials became involved. In the end, justice was done.
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