Trayvon Martin issue won't go away

Trayvon Martin issue won't go away

There are 35 comments on the Journal story from Mar 26, 2012, titled Trayvon Martin issue won't go away. In it, Journal reports that:

It has been a month since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was followed and shot to death in Sanford, Fla., by a "neighborhood watch" patroller who thought he looked suspicious.

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Casper

Yorba Linda, CA

#22 Jul 11, 2013
As a side note, anybody knows that you don't brandish a pistol when you are in close physical contact unless you plan on using it. They just may take it away from you and use it on you. Imagine how fearful you would be knowing you're getting your ass kicked and that you have a firearm at your side. I would be screaming for help too, but at some point you have to make a decision. To be fare, one can also imagine a situation where GZ pulled or flashed the gun before Trayvon Martin hit him and that would be very different story. But again there is no evidence to support that sequence of events. Either way, It's a snap judgement call no matter how the altercation went down and calling Zimmerman a murderer is way off base. I'm sure he never intended on killing anybody. This case should have never went to trial. Unfortunately, after the media got involved everybody has been passing the buck because they don't want to take the heat. Crazy world we live in.
moes

Bakersfield, CA

#23 Jul 12, 2013
Everytime something happens to a Black person its always race. This gets old. Since whites are becoming the minority maybe we should jump on the standard of blacks and say bla bla bla because I'm white. Of course we would have to learn to speak at a much higher even more annoying level, more like the black yell. as far as case goes, heres a good example when we could of used the white race thing. why was it ok to show Zimmerman outside the case but not show what Trayvon was like in current time, not the sweet younger age pics they keep showing. I think it makes a big difference being able to show jury rhis was not a first time trouble for him. stolen jewelry, poss burglary, gun pics on phone and all the rest. Sorry to say but in my neighborhood hoodies are 99% trouble. not a normal sweatshirt, but gang style. Either you are or your wanting to be. Don't want to be thought of that way then don't dress that way. whats even worse is whites copying them.
Frank Discussion

Grand Rapids, MI

#24 Jul 13, 2013
peekaboo wrote:
Wow not sure what there is to consider. Zimmerman stalked him and sought him out. He was told by 911 NOT to follow him and he didn't follow the instructions. I always thought a neighborhood watch was just a watch and that nobody other than the law has the right to take the law into their own hands. Whatever Trayvon was that night he was just a kid walking from the store and didn't bother or do anything. Zimmerman is the creep and a murderer! He needs to go to prison for killing a young man!
Pointless to read past your first sentence.
There is a trial underway..how bout you watch it?
Concerned Citizen

Spring Valley, NY

#25 Jul 13, 2013
Ignorant peeps wrote:
Thanks to the media, AL (i need publicity) Sharpton and blk panthers....noone knows all the facts....but not they are coming out....martin was not all about SKITTLES and not a tiny innocent teen....why are african americans still stuck on race.....seems like they more racist than anyone.....this was not about race people....and blk panthers need to stand down.....along with sharpton.....bounty? And signatures grounds for an arrest? Sure ok, reall smart
So your saying that it is aright to take a life, regardless of race? Murder? An unquestionable homicide? WoW! The unfortunate untold story is the opening of more justifiable murders that will occur because of this! Im not saying he intended to kill that young man, but he still did! it's like a person who is drunk driving and kills somebody because of a crash! they didn't mean to do it, but it still happened and has to face punishment to what they did! Zimmerman has to live with this for the rest of his life, but im glad that I KNOW NOW THAT IF IM GETTING BEAT UP ITS ALRIGHT TO JUST SHOOT THE PERSON! IM GOING TO TEACH MY SON THAT, IF SOMEBODY IS BEATING YOU UP, ITS ALRIGHT TO SHOOT BECAUSE YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER, NO IT DOESNT MATTER SON IF YOUR FOLLOWING HIM, IF HE JUMPS ON YOU, JUST SHOOT HIM! IM GOING TO TEACH THIS TO MY WHOLE CLASS! WHO ARE ALL 18 AND LEGALLY CAN CARRY ARMS, HEY IF SOMEBODY LOOKS SUSPECT FOLLOW THEM, AND THE MINTUE THEY SHOW AGGRESSION, YOUR LIFES IN DANGER SO JUST SHOOT! EVEN IF THE ADULT IS OVER 250 POUNDS, AND THE YOUNG MAN IS 150 SOAKING WET WITH ROCKS IN HIS POCKET..... THERE IS NO WAY THAT YOUNG MAN COULD OF PHYSICALLY OVERCAME ZIMMERMAN, BECAUSE OF THIS VERDICT, FLORIDA HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE OVER THE COUNTRY! IM DISGUSTED IN BEING AN AMERICAN RIGHT NOW, THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST MOMENTS IN OUR COUNTRY, NOTHING GOOD WILL COME FROM THIS, THE FEDS NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, MY HEART TELLS ME TO FEAR FOR MY AND MY CHILDREN LIFE, BECAUSE LIFE HAS NO VALUE IN AMERICA!!!!!!!!!
Casper

Yorba Linda, CA

#26 Jul 13, 2013
Concerned Citizen wrote:
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So your saying that it is aright to take a life, regardless of race? Murder? An unquestionable homicide? WoW! The unfortunate untold story is the opening of more justifiable murders that will occur because of this! Im not saying he intended to kill that young man, but he still did! it's like a person who is drunk driving and kills somebody because of a crash! they didn't mean to do it, but it still happened and has to face punishment to what they did! Zimmerman has to live with this for the rest of his life, but im glad that I KNOW NOW THAT IF IM GETTING BEAT UP ITS ALRIGHT TO JUST SHOOT THE PERSON! IM GOING TO TEACH MY SON THAT, IF SOMEBODY IS BEATING YOU UP, ITS ALRIGHT TO SHOOT BECAUSE YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER, NO IT DOESNT MATTER SON IF YOUR FOLLOWING HIM, IF HE JUMPS ON YOU, JUST SHOOT HIM! IM GOING TO TEACH THIS TO MY WHOLE CLASS! WHO ARE ALL 18 AND LEGALLY CAN CARRY ARMS, HEY IF SOMEBODY LOOKS SUSPECT FOLLOW THEM, AND THE MINTUE THEY SHOW AGGRESSION, YOUR LIFES IN DANGER SO JUST SHOOT! EVEN IF THE ADULT IS OVER 250 POUNDS, AND THE YOUNG MAN IS 150 SOAKING WET WITH ROCKS IN HIS POCKET..... THERE IS NO WAY THAT YOUNG MAN COULD OF PHYSICALLY OVERCAME ZIMMERMAN, BECAUSE OF THIS VERDICT, FLORIDA HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE OVER THE COUNTRY! IM DISGUSTED IN BEING AN AMERICAN RIGHT NOW, THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST MOMENTS IN OUR COUNTRY, NOTHING GOOD WILL COME FROM THIS, THE FEDS NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, MY HEART TELLS ME TO FEAR FOR MY AND MY CHILDREN LIFE, BECAUSE LIFE HAS NO VALUE IN AMERICA!!!!!!!!!
Funny thing, GZ defense won by the same logic. Shall you teach your son it's okay to just sock the shit out of somebody because they are following you? No of course not.
LFT

Lancaster, NY

#27 Jul 14, 2013
If we had more George Zimmerman's, all of our neighborhoods would be safer.
Sheik Yerbouti

Doylestown, PA

#28 Jul 14, 2013
Any riots or destruction use live ammunition and shoot to kill! If these people don't like it her let them go somewhere else!
Anonymous

Brantford, Canada

#29 Jul 14, 2013
Ignorant peeps wrote:
Thanks to the media, AL (i need publicity) Sharpton and blk panthers....noone knows all the facts....but not they are coming out....martin was not all about SKITTLES and not a tiny innocent teen....why are african americans still stuck on race.....seems like they more racist than anyone.....this was not about race people....and blk panthers need to stand down.....along with sharpton.....bounty? And signatures grounds for an arrest? Sure ok, reall smart
Why Zimmerman did not want to testify in the court for his voice to be heard and compared? Why has not been presented in the court voice recording of Treyvon? Why ZImmerman did not ever call for ambulance after the shot until the police arrived? And the sudden silence of the help screaming after the shot could go in either direction. It could be Zimmerman liberating from an attacker but it could be also Treyvon imploring for his life and ending in death. In any case the physical attributes probably contradict what the jurors concluded.
Dvls Advct

Conway, SC

#30 Jul 14, 2013
Casper wrote:
As a side note, anybody knows that you don't brandish a pistol when you are in close physical contact unless you plan on using it. They just may take it away from you and use it on you. Imagine how fearful you would be knowing you're getting your ass kicked and that you have a firearm at your side. I would be screaming for help too, but at some point you have to make a decision. To be fare, one can also imagine a situation where GZ pulled or flashed the gun before Trayvon Martin hit him and that would be very different story. But again there is no evidence to support that sequence of events. Either way, It's a snap judgement call no matter how the altercation went down and calling Zimmerman a murderer is way off base. I'm sure he never intended on killing anybody. This case should have never went to trial. Unfortunately, after the media got involved everybody has been passing the buck because they don't want to take the heat. Crazy world we live in.
Unless Martin saw the gun ans feared for HIS life!
Casper

Yorba Linda, CA

#31 Jul 14, 2013
Yes, but at what point? If TM saw the gun before he assaulted GZ then TM had the right to defend himself, but there's no evidence to support that and we can't just make stuff up. If, on the other hand, TM didn't see the gun until after he assaulted GZ then GZ is still within his rights to defend his life. The only way that changes is if TM attempted to retreat at some point and made that known to GZ, and the evidence for that is sketchy at best. This case is all about "what if" and "maybe" and you can't convict on that when there is plenty of reasonable doubt.
Yes Yes Yes

Pittsburgh, PA

#32 Jul 15, 2013
Free at last!!! I told " you people " that Mr. Zimmerman would go free.
Tell traygone's parents to get over and work on one of their other, who knows how many, kids.
Only good thug is a dead thug. Traygone is a good thug.
alan

Livonia, LA

#33 Jul 23, 2013
Concerned Citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
So your saying that it is aright to take a life, regardless of race? Murder? An unquestionable homicide? WoW! The unfortunate untold story is the opening of more justifiable murders that will occur because of this! Im not saying he intended to kill that young man, but he still did! it's like a person who is drunk driving and kills somebody because of a crash! they didn't mean to do it, but it still happened and has to face punishment to what they did! Zimmerman has to live with this for the rest of his life, but im glad that I KNOW NOW THAT IF IM GETTING BEAT UP ITS ALRIGHT TO JUST SHOOT THE PERSON! IM GOING TO TEACH MY SON THAT, IF SOMEBODY IS BEATING YOU UP, ITS ALRIGHT TO SHOOT BECAUSE YOUR LIFE IS IN DANGER, NO IT DOESNT MATTER SON IF YOUR FOLLOWING HIM, IF HE JUMPS ON YOU, JUST SHOOT HIM! IM GOING TO TEACH THIS TO MY WHOLE CLASS! WHO ARE ALL 18 AND LEGALLY CAN CARRY ARMS, HEY IF SOMEBODY LOOKS SUSPECT FOLLOW THEM, AND THE MINTUE THEY SHOW AGGRESSION, YOUR LIFES IN DANGER SO JUST SHOOT! EVEN IF THE ADULT IS OVER 250 POUNDS, AND THE YOUNG MAN IS 150 SOAKING WET WITH ROCKS IN HIS POCKET..... THERE IS NO WAY THAT YOUNG MAN COULD OF PHYSICALLY OVERCAME ZIMMERMAN, BECAUSE OF THIS VERDICT, FLORIDA HAS OPENED THE DOOR TO JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE OVER THE COUNTRY! IM DISGUSTED IN BEING AN AMERICAN RIGHT NOW, THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST MOMENTS IN OUR COUNTRY, NOTHING GOOD WILL COME FROM THIS, THE FEDS NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, MY HEART TELLS ME TO FEAR FOR MY AND MY CHILDREN LIFE, BECAUSE LIFE HAS NO VALUE IN AMERICA!!!!!!!!!
you need to stay in ny where no one but thugs can have guns!tell your kids its okay to beat hell out of someone and be a thug and there will be no retaliation for it?the thug young man was over 6 foot tall wearing a hoodie!zimmerman weighed 170 at time of shooting and travon weighed 160!look this up you uninformed woman!the media lied about his weight?

Since: Jul 13

Newark, NJ

#34 Jul 28, 2013
People seriously need to let this go already. GZ was found innocent the end? No not the end because a "black" kid was killed. If it were a white kid it wouldn't have even made the news. This is turning into a racial war and it's total BS! Now it's all the whining about blacks this and that and slavery. STFU with that already. Slavery died long ago and if you want to get technical blacks were NOT the first slaves and the ones who ORIGINALLY sold blacks into slavery were other blacks. On top of everything else our so called president chose to take sides instead of staying neutral. WTF kind if leadership is that?! He screwed up America enough, so instead of destroying this country with a racial war, preserve what we have left!
ham

Sevierville, TN

#35 Sep 15, 2013
Think about it ,how many people had ancestors that owned slaves, very few.It's time to get over it and move on. We don't owe them anything,because our ancestors didn't do it.
TrumpAmerica

Jennings, LA

#36 Jan 29, 2017
Blacks are pissed because George Zimmerman did not let this little punk kill him. This is what America has come down to. If blacks do not get their way, they riot. You do not go home and stew on a maybe so that the neighborhood watch guy was gay and was perhaps wanting a little fun with you. Then you decide you are going to go out there and kill him which is exactly the facts of what happened here. He threw the first punch, and he was trying to take Zimmerman's gun. He got it all right.

Trayvon's mother can go to hell. She is a hater.

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