I haven’t talked about the George Zimmerman case in a while. I’ve been waiting to see how it plays out.
What this case has made me notice is how the media’s portrayal of a person or situation can change things. Like when the incident first came to light, the news insisted on showing two old photographs of Trayvon and Zimmerman, Trayvon small and looking like he wouldn’t harm a fly, and Zimmerman, larger in stature. However, when you see the most recent pictures of both individuals, Trayvon is tall and mature looking and Zimmerman isn’t as big. That alone can make you look at the situation a little different, I went from thinking Trayvon couldn’t have been straddling Zimmerman, but then when I saw the recent pictures, that changed. With that being said, it doesn’t change the way I think that Zimmerman should be punished.
WIth the release of all the evidence, the gun, Trayvon on the camera at the gas station, pictures of Zimmerman on the night he murdered Trayvon, his bloody head, the calls from neighbors, witness accounts, it hasn’t changed my mind.
I still think that Zimmerman is at fault and should face some jail time. What it comes down to in my opinion is that had he not pursued Trayvon and tried to play the hero, none of this would have happened. I think he saw this kid, this opportunity to finally catch one a black person (because they always get away), and get some sort of praise. But when he approached Trayvon on that night, he got more than he bargained for. I won’t say that he set out to murder him, but when the two met, Trayvon wasn’t what he expected. I think he was overpowered by Trayvon (which goes along with the witnesses accounts of Trayvon straddling Zimmerman) who was defending himself and his only choice in his mind was to “defend” himself by shooting Trayvon.
And that brings me to this, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, had Zimmerman not followed Trayvon, there would NOT have been a need for self defense. He should have stayed at his post, in his car, whatever, and followed the dispatcher’s orders on not to pursue him.
I just hope when this case is eventually over, it’s not a huge disappointment. Whatever the outcome is, we know it won’t bring Trayvon back, but hopefully Zimmerman will pay for what he did.
And if you haven’t seen the pictures from the night of the shooting, here they are.