Well, the verdict is in…. NOT GUILTY. I honestly did not have enough faith in our criminal justice system to feel confident this is how it would end since it was started so improperly.
While legally speaking, not guilty is not the same as innocent (at least in Florida), I think for those who believe justice was served, they feel a certain level of innocence was established. At the end of the day, George Zimmerman did not commit a crime. It is for that reason that he was not arrested at the scene. It was only when the District Attorney’s Office caved under the political pressure of racially motivated protesters and professional social manipulators was he charged and arrested. It is very telling that overwhelmingly the police officers and experts that testified, even many for the state, provided testimony that was supportive of George Zimmerman.
Was Justice Served?
First, what is Justice? Justice is a subjective term. As such, we can never really say if justice is ever served except within our own determination. Justice ranks up there with fair, righteous, equality, and proper. They are wholly subjective terms that are only relevant to those seeking their accomplishment and as such, their quantitative definition lies within the one seeking it as well. Kind of how beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the same is true with justice.
We do know that the “justice system” worked… in so much as someone wrongfully placed in custody can be found not guilty of a crime he never should have been arrested for.
A man is by many accounts unjustly arrested, put through a year long ordeal where his life (literally) hangs in the balance, death threats against him and all members of his perceived race, unknown hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on a defense, a name that will now live in infamy, his personal information posted across all time and space, yet many are saying “but he is not being held accountable.” Seriously?
Never mind the fact that while Florida law provides him protection from most forms of civil litigation, that does nothing to help against those who are now calling for the Department of Justice to file federal civil rights violation charges against him.
His life will never be his again. He will forever be persecuted for defending himself while trying to look out for his community. He has been labeled a wannabe, racist, murder, liar, and all manner of social stigma has been tattooed to his forehead by the media…before the trial.
It seems to me that many people simply cannot grasp the fact that Trayvon Martin is responsible for his own death because he began an illegal physical confrontation with George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman did nothing illegal in his actions. While he made decisions that many would not have chosen, that does not mean his actions were illegal. Trayvon Martin made some very poor decisions that led to his death– a very unfortunate death. However, the evidence suggests that he ambushed George Zimmerman, not the other way around. As such, George Zimmerman did what any person in his shoes could and should have done, he survived.
The fact he “got out of his car”, “ignored 911″, followed a “child” are varying degrees of inaccurate, misleading, and in some cases flat out false. Let’s look at some of this in detail.
I filmed this the night before the verdict was released.
Brannon LeBouef is the owner and founder of NOLATAC Training and Consulting and The St Bernard indoor Shooting Center. Brannon is an 11-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, a 15 plus year veteran of law enforcement, a former private military security contractor, and professional firearms trainer. He can be reached at Brannon@nolatac.com or www.nolatacforum.com.