That headline is a little sensational, yet so seems the N.P.R./Awk Poink/ N.A.A.C.P./Congressional/F.B.I. interest in the shooting of Trayvon Martin by a Neighborhood Watch Captain named George Zimmerman.
Taking a human life by a private security guard in the United States is preponderantly wrong. Regular police are trained far better on judgments about when to pull the trigger than private Â cops. Private cops ought to just observe, perhaps follow and report to regular police any criminal or suspected criminal activities rather than try to arrest them. I saw a vicious tackle on asphalt outside a Wal-Mart store in Anchorage last summer by a Wal-Mart security guy in plain clothes of a suspected shoplifter trying to run away. It is easy to imagine numerous circumstances where a private cop perhaps daydreaming of cops and robbers might pull the trigger on real or imagined threats.
C.N.N. reported on a 'million hoodie march' in New York in support of the deceased. They also reported of an 800,000 signature petition at change.org. If Zimmerman was a white man the political advantage would be greater than it is for the Hispanic with 'several black family members'. It is unlikely that the outrage alliance is protesting the politics of Florida since Ponce De Leon visited or St. Augustine was founded. One hopes they are simply protesting violence by young Hispanics or blacks or even of Chinese, whites and Brits in the sunshine state.
Rene Lynch writing for the L.A. Times in the following link included a photo of Mr. Zimmerman from his Orange County (Florida) arrest mug shot a few years ago. So far I haven't read of comparative height-weight stats of the two individuals involved in the shooting.
The National Sheriff's Association who run the Neighborhood Watch Program say that Zimmerman wasn't registered with that program. Local police say though that he helped get a thief arrested and had called 9-11 about 50 times. If he was a Neighborhood Watch volunteer vigilante that underscores the dangers of non-police trained personnel in carrying a gun for security ops even on private property such as in a gated community.
That being said, the lynch mob mentality in the media is a danger to individual civil liberties of all Americans. Because N.P.R. and Â Awk Poink as well as numerous other media outlets have heavily publicized the incident George Zimmerman's life is effectively ruined even if he was entirely innocent. If not arrested because of public demand and perhaps murdered in jail by a gang member, Zimmerman will at least have the permanent wrath of perhaps tens of millions pf people who know nothing of him or the case personally.
Zimmerman is not white; he is Hispanic and probably part negro of the Puerto Rican variety. The case does not perhaps comprise a hate crime criterion, for Zimmerman would need to be more of a raw fish eating blond Norwegian with a red haired General Hood or General Gordon of the Confederacy for forefathers and less Carribbean in aqppearance to get the Obama Administration justice department righteously involved on a sustainable basis.
George Zimmerman's father wrote in a letter to the Orlando Sentinel that "
â€œGeorge is a Spanish speaking minority with many black family members and friends. He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever.... The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth...
â€œAt no time did George follow or confront Mr. Martin. When the true details of the event become public, and I hope that will be soon, everyone should be outraged by the treatment of George Zimmerman in the media.â€
In a month the Seminole County Grand jury will decide if the Zimmerman ought to be charged with a crime. The Sanford Police Department has already said they found insufficient grounds for charges. So where does that usual turn of events leave the lynch mob crying out for racial justice now (the Syrian thing isn't going so well presently)?
One can assume that the invocation of the hate crimes trump card means that the Sanford Police Department, Seminole County Grand jury, Florida State Police and the Florida legal justice system are presumed incompetent and biased by the aforementioned 'lynch' mob.
The poor from Get 0s experienced a variety of socialization challenges. In America today's badly educated youth follow behind badly performing politicians that couldn't pay down the federal debt given a hundred years. What is needed is good leadership of a bi-partisan nature in Congress. Taxes must be raised on the rich and middle class and 25% of the Defense Department budget eliminated right away. Means tests for social security must screen out those earning more than the average American wage, and practically that means that America is out of luck with the corrupt Democratic middle class party mentioning the word poor only when necessary to have some excuse to hide behind to get something elese they want for the middle class; the poor have no representation in Congress so they are the ones that lose out getting zero in their life experience.
Too large of houses that working people are at high risk of losing their investment in because they don't have 30 year job security like the people of the 60's. Opportunity, risk and defense strategies are elements of chess and economic planning. The political leaders and spoiled middle class with too large houses, too large of loans and foreign mortgage owners leave these Trayvon Martins of Florida to wander without good and safe mass transport systems through spoiled gated communities fueled by the world of idiot internal combustion engine driving CO2 emitters as deleterious as herds of cattle globally contributing quantifiable flatulence. America is just waiting for that cheap Exxon-Mobile gas-field from Iraq to kick in and help drive up Greenhouse gassing and beat down the 4 bucks a gallon fuel price to 2 dollah. The Exxon Valdez/Oriental Nicety has finally been scrapped selling for a junkyard in India for 16 million bucks after 23 years of life. The on-foot youth of Florida haven't even got safe jogging trails or bike paths to ride on preponderantly and must risk their lives to reach the haven of the convenience store.
How lucky the nation is that a veritable most Klan like public outcry for justice since the Klan did lynchings in the south has arisen to get on Florida's legal and political authorities that may have segregated minorities right out of jobs as police persons, attorneys and politicians; or maybe not.
Florida passed a 'Stand Your Ground' law that changed the criterion wherein one may use deadly force in self-defense. The article link following is from a New York newspaper. When I worked in Florida many years ago I did get a little New York accent-there are so many New Yorkers in that state its tough to avoid it unless maybe one works with the Guatamalans in shovel-ready labor.
Private citizens may get concealed carry weapons permits for self-defense basically, yet as part of private security it is wrong for that occupation to use guns as part of the job unless guarding money of the top 1%. The cry of the Klan for justice should result in a new policy of unarmed security guards being the rule. When I was a security officer for a few months in Texas I did not have a weapon. I did use a typewriter occasionally and would have like having a Uzi with white rhino ammunition and a suspended shoulder strap to enforce better discipline at checking I.D. for people going in and out of the building yet that, I think, would have been overkill.