"Zimmerman claims Martin attacked him from behind, and he fired in self-defense. But while he was on the line with 911, Zimmerman was the one chasing Martin....
"Zimmerman brought about an utterly unnecessary confrontation and then in the most favorable interpretation of the facts for him shot Martin when he began to lose a fistfight to him. "
The most 'favorable interpretation' Lowry? Really?
What I've read, Zimmerman lost Martin and it was Martin who doubled back to jump Zimmerman. Following a person versus one being the violent aggressor is a huge distinction.
Rich Lowry is an idiot of the first order. This proves it.
Sure glad there’s the internet, where mere bloggers consistently display orders of magnitude more journalist talent than our MSM ‘tards.
Hey Rich Lowry, try for something you can do....like...ditch digging.
Trayvon Martin shooting: George Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him, then began hammering his head
A prominent voice for the Republican establishment.
I'm a bit baffled as to why they feel compelled to speak to this.
My guess is that the need they feel to be loved and accepted by the Democrat Media is overwhelming.
Lowry and Sharpton are both ignint.
Try this one...the other one might have been a dupe...all I know is it disappeared from heading up breaking:
Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head
Zimmerman wasn't "self appointed". He volunteered when ASKED by his local community.
He didn't call 911, he called the non-emergency number.
He DID comply with the Dispatchers request he not follow Martin, that was when he got jumped.
Zimmerman didn't shoot him dead until after the kid was on his chest trying to bash in his skull...
Conclusion, Lowry is a moron and the entire MSM has it's collective head up it's ass...
Where’s the outrage over the 13 year old WHITE boy who had gas poured on him and LIT by 2 BLACK kids???? The selective outrage of these racists who are trying to bury Zimmerman is sickening. Now we know 6’2” Martin was suspended for 10 days for assaulting a bus driver and he had Zimmerman on the ground slamming his head against the concrete.
Obama is planning on calling the burned boy’s mother any time now......
Mr. Zimmerman didn't assault anyone.
Mr. Zimmerman was the one being attacked by Martin says eye witness.
...facts don't matter, the srcipt was already written.
Lowry is WRONG
To quote bill maher, that great left wing political pundit, “ rich lowry is a c&nt and a tw!t”.
Zimmerman was walking away when Martin attacked him from behind. Martin - 6’2”, not the cute little 12- or 13-year-old in the carefully released photos - was on top of Zimmerman, banging his head against the sidewalk. Zimmerman had a broken nose and wounds on the back of his head - confirming with EVIDENCE the fact that he was attacked. There’s a witness who backs up this sequence of events. Martin’s own father initially stated that the person calling for help on the 911 tape was NOT his son - so it must have been Zimmerman.
Now, to be fair, perhaps Zimmerman was a bit too aggressive in following Martin. However, the initial confrontation ENDED, and Zimmerman was walking away. Had Martin done the same, he’d be very much alive at this moment. Instead, Martin chose to attack Zimmerman and put him in fear of his life, so he’s dead. THIS IS WHY THE COPS HAVEN’T CHARGED ZIMMERMAN - BECAUSE HE PROPERLY DEFENDED HIS LIFE.
Lowry is a moron, for the simple reason that he’s not looking at the facts.
Lowry = Vichy Republican
Does Lowry work for MSNBC too?
Wow Lowry is off on so many items in this article is astonishing.
No one was ‘forced’ off the police force, for one. Or ‘forced’ to step down.
Corrupt media. They make me sick.
At the same time, Martin talked on his cellphone to his girlfriend, complaining of a man watching him. She told him to run away, which he apparently did during the interval Zimmerman was on with 911. The girlfriend claims she heard Martin say, "What are you following me for?" before the call went dead.
There is no recording of this call. This girlfriend, a minor, has not spoken publicly. This call has only been described by the Martin family lawyer. So how does Lowry know what was said on this call? He doesn't.
Lowry has spent too much time with liberals. And Sharpton is never right. Even if Zimmerman is a criminal, Sharpton is not right. He is a race-baiter and race rioter. He wants to make self defense illegal (we all know why) and he wants to make Americans think that all whites are racist and must pay.\
I don’t think we can say what actually happened at this time. There have been a lot of different descriptions of the event, and they are contradictory.
I’ve been swayed back and forth as different evidence comes forth. I also know my interpretation is clouded by my opinion about getting out and initiating a confrontation once you have involved police — but that is what I would do, and that has no bearing on legality.
I don’t think that walking after a person to ask them what they are doing is a crime (on the other hand, I didn’t think asking teens if they wanted a ride in a snowstorm was a crime either, but someone got a ticket for it and was threatened with incarceration so what do I know).
Certainly having a gun isn’t a crime. And using a gun if you are being beat up isn’t a crime, at least not in Florida. I wouldn’t shoot a person to stop getting beat up, but we don’t even know if there was a struggle for the gun or not. For all we know, Martin saw the gun, grabbed for it, and while they were fighting over the weapon, it went off and killed him.
What do we really know? We know that Martin is dead. We know that Zimmerman’s gun shot him. We know that Zimmerman was in a car, and got out of the car. We know (because we have an eyewitness) that at one point, Zimmerman was underneath Martin. We know that Zimmerman has a broken nose (his lawyer told us this), and I think we know zimmerman has grass stains on his clothes (again indicating he was underneath).
What we have SOME evidence for? We know someone was shouting help. We know Zimmerman said it was him, and a friend said it was his voice. The family insists it was Martin; We’ve heard the tapes, and I think it sounds more like an adult than a kid, but on the other hand Martin isn’t the 14-year-old they show pictures of.
We have evidence that Zimmerman has friends who are black, who will vouch that he isn’t a racist looking to kill black people (note that we DO have evidence that black people are looking to have Zimmerman killed). We have also been told that there was no bullet in the chamber of the gun, and no bullets missing from the clip.
What don’t we know that the police surely know? Well, other than the report of a broken nose, we don’t know what evidence the police have regarding the struggle. Does Martin have any bruises or other signs of being hit? Does Zimmerman have other signs of a struggle? Where are the powder burns, etc, to suggest how the gun was oriented when it went off? One expert suggests that the lack of chambered round means the gun was being held when it was shot, but the police would know that. We don’t know how big Martin was, or whether he had any self-defense training, to decide whether it is credible that he would be a threat (only unsourced reports that he was 6 foot 3 inches, and another that he was 140 pounds, which seems unlikely to both be correct).
I could paint a picture “most favorable” to BOTH men, and it wouldn’t mean a crime was committed. Martin is walking and sees a big hispanic guy following him. It makes him scared. He starts walking fast because of his girlfriend’s suggestion, but then he hears the guy coming up on him. Maybe he even sees the gun, and thinks he is about to get robbed or assaulted by a gang member or something. So he ducks behind something, and as Martin comes up, he jumps him to try to get the gun away from him just so Zimmerman doesn’t shoot him.
Zimmerman isn’t trying to confront the guy, just wants to keep an eye on him so when the police get there he can say where he is. Then the guy jumps him. He gets knocked down, and starts yelling for help. Then the guy is reaching for his weapon, and Zimmerman is sure Martin is going to take the gun and shoot him. Zimmerman fights over the gun with Martin, and it goes off, killing Martin. Then the police show up, and Zimmerman describes what happend.
If this ended up with Martin alive and Zimmerman dead, I could argue that it was just an unfortunate accident, that Martin had a reason to be afraid (I know, that would be racist — he probably wouldn’t have been afraid of some middle-age white guy, but a mean-looking Hispanic?) Martin, fearing for his life, would have some right to take pre-emptive action, including jumping the guy to grab the weapon. Stupid, but probably not illegal in the end.
But apparently, nobody thinks that an unarmed man can be killed, and it not be a crime. Sometimes everything just goes bad, and you get unlucky, and nobody was trying to do anything criminal, and still someone is dead.
I could also describe this in a way that Martin was guilty of assault, or that Zimmerman was guilty of 2nd degree murder. We just don’t have enough evidence available to us as non-involved observers.