This is big news in this part of Florida. I actually take exception to this Zimmerman character being called white. He looks more Hispanic to me, personally.
That aside, the hysterics are more around Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law than the actual act, which is a tragedy. Neighborhood watch used to mean some concerned citizens patrolling their neighborhoods with radios and phones. See something, call the cops. It’s not see something, engaged suspicious target.
This guy sounded like he had a bloodlust and just picked some random black youth to blame.
Take the anti-gun messaging out of this story, and it’s possibly a hate crime; however, Mr. Zimmerman is still a citizen and still afforded the presumption of innocence.
If charged, he has the right to be presumed innocent in a court of law. He does not have the right to be presumed innocent by Scarborough or anyone else not in the jury.
Something that I haven’t seen discussed is that what apparently made the kid look “suspicious” is that he was on foot, aside of course from being black.
I walk when I can rather than drive simply because I think we drive too much. Exercise, energy usage, etc. In an amazingly large percentage of the country it is almost impossible to walk safely, simply because of the way the roads are built.
Now we’re going to start shooting pedestrians for being “suspicious” characters?
It appears to be a little more complicated than that. Trayvon Martin's 911 Calls: New Tapes Trace Teen's Final Moments