When Trayvon Martin was killed during a physical struggle with George Zimmerman, the mainstream media discovered, from the Martin family, that six weeks after death, George the survivor had not been arrested and charged. So our print and broadcast reporters took sides by supporting what I can only call a racist reaction from the black community and its so-called leaders, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Calypso Louie Farrakhan, and of course, our president, Barry "You Can Call Me Barack" Soetoro. Rallies were organized across the country, stories made up, and the New Black Panthers put a million dollar bounty on George Zimmerman's head.
Thanks to some very fine research and analysis performed by two exceptional bloggers, Tom Maguire at his JustOneMinute blog and Jeralyn Merritt, who blogs at TalkLeft, the truth about the tragic incident has begun to trickle out. It now appears that Tom and Jeralyn, with the help of other bloggers, exposed the emotionalism of the leftist black community and has encouraged some media reporters to look into the events that ultimately ended in the unfortunate death of Trayvon Martin.
Chris Francescani of Reuters did some original interviewing with friends, relatives, acquaintances and neighbors of George Zimmerman. His recent articles need to read for a complete background picture of George's family and the events that ended Trayvon's life. When you get through it all, the impression left is that George Zimmerman has compiled a record of helping people. I do not need to summarize Chris' writings because Tom Maguire already has done so:
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey has bit off more than she can chew with the 2nd Degree Murder charge against Zimmerman. She didn't even get out of a bail hearing unscathed. Now she needs to find an easy way to drop the unsustainable charges against a defendant who should never have been charged in the first place. Commenting on the prosecutor's arrest affidavit, Jeralyn wrote:Jiminy - Reuters has a long profile of George Zimmerman and we learn in the lead that he got his gun permit and gun because a neighbor wouldn't control his large, menacing pit bull:(Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show."Don't use pepper spray," he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. "It'll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you," he said."Get a gun."That November, the Zimmermans completed firearms training at a local lodge and received concealed-weapons gun permits. In early December, another source close to them told Reuters, the couple bought a pair of guns. George picked a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, a popular, lightweight weapon.Oh, man - if only the First Dog Diner had been around in September 2009. We can hear him now - "If I had a dog it would look like Big Boi and Big Boi would look like dinner."The real juice in the story is a bit later, where Reuters describes the crime wave that had vexed the Retreat at Twin Lakes. Two snippets:Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account."Let's talk about the elephant in the room. I'm black, OK?" the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. "There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood," she said. "That's why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin."And one of the burglaries was unusually upsetting:At least eight burglaries were reported within Twin Lakes in the 14 months prior to the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to the Sanford Police Department. Yet in a series of interviews, Twin Lakes residents said dozens of reports of attempted break-ins and would-be burglars casing homes had created an atmosphere of growing fear in the neighborhood....But it was the August incursion into the home of Olivia Bertalan that really troubled the neighborhood, particularly Zimmerman. Shellie was home most days, taking online courses towards certification as a registered nurse.On August 3, Bertalan was at home with her infant son while her husband, Michael, was at work. She watched from a downstairs window, she said, as two black men repeatedly rang her doorbell and then entered through a sliding door at the back of the house. She ran upstairs, locked herself inside the boy's bedroom, and called a police dispatcher, whispering frantically."I said, 'What am I supposed to do? I hear them coming up the stairs!'" she told Reuters. Bertalan tried to coo her crying child into silence and armed herself with a pair of rusty scissors.Police arrived just as the burglars - who had been trying to disconnect the couple's television - fled out a back door. Shellie Zimmerman saw a black male teen running through her backyard and reported it to police.After police left Bertalan, George Zimmerman arrived at the front door in a shirt and tie, she said. He gave her his contact numbers on an index card and invited her to visit his wife if she ever felt unsafe. He returned later and gave her a stronger lock to bolster the sliding door that had been forced open."He was so mellow and calm, very helpful and very, very sweet," she said last week. "We didn't really know George at first, but after the break-in we talked to him on a daily basis. People were freaked out. It wasn't just George calling police ... we were calling police at least once a week."I guess he didn't come off as an annoying contol [sic] freak at that moment.This is the second recent 'new perspective' story from Reuters. Obviously, this might have been more helpful in easing our national blood pressure had it been run last March, but hey.I will add that I read about the home invasion back when the City of Sanford had more of their police reports online. The prosecutor asked to have them taken down; they live online, but where? In the Google Cache, of course, and now also here: TwinLakesBurglaryReports; the home invasion is p. 13.The Tampa Bay Times wrote about a neighborhood in transition battered by falling home prices and crime back on March 25. I do not think the Tampa Bay Times crime stat jibes with the Reuters numbers, but here we go:For the first two months of this year, at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, the Sanford police logged 51 calls for service. Half were just people requesting information. The others included eight burglaries, two bike thefts and three simple assaults.
Every affidavit tells a story, and this one was about projecting motive onto Zimmerman. It's all his feelings, perceptions and assumptions, portraying him as someone who profiled people he unjustly "felt" and "assumed' were criminals. Whatever happened to objectively stating the facts? Apparently they don't count for much in the state prosecutor's office.