The George Zimmerman murder trial started Monday with fireworks coming from the prosecution. The jury heard prosecutor John Guy repeat the words and thoughts of George Zimmerman before he shot Trayvon Martin, who said, “f*cking punks, these a**holes always get away.” He said “the truth of what happened to Trayvon Martin will come from Zimmerman’s own mouth.” He also said Martin had no blood on his hands or under his fingernails, which clearly contradicts George Zimmerman’s claims that the teen put his hand over his mouth and nose.
There’s more from John Guy’s opening statements. He told jurors George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin “as someone about to commit a crime in his neighborhood.” “And he acted on it. That’s why we’re here.” Guy said Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin through his neighborhood, confronted him and then fatally shot him during a fight. “George Zimmerman didn’t shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to. He shot him for the worst of all reasons — because he wanted to,” Guy said. He added that “Trayvon’s screaming stops as soon as the gunshot rings out.” Guy said George Zimmerman’s own “hate-filled words” proved that he had “profiled, followed and murdered” the teenager. He also described George Zimmerman as someone who wanted to be a police officer. He essentially dismantled Zimmerman’s story about his version of events on what happened that night between he and Trayvon Martin.
The defense, on the other hand, started with a knock-knock joke. Um, in all my years of watching trials, I have never seen such theatrics. It’s bound to back fire if this is the best they can do. At first I thought the fact that it was an all-women jury would not bode well for the prosecution, but most of those jurors are mothers. Trayvon Martin was racially profiled by an over-zealous neighborhood watch captain.
On a personal note, my son and two of his friends were harassed by an overzealous HOA board member in my subdivision. He saw them sitting at the playground and talking. He accosted them and threatened to call the police. Naturally, my son and his friends asked him what did they do? He couldn’t answer but continued to threaten to call the police. Well, he never did and I confronted him about the situation. He told me that kids were doing drugs at the playground. I asked him if he ever saw my son and his friends engaging in such a behavior? He couldn’t answer. He then said kids were scaling the fence to use the swimming pool. Again, I asked him if he had ever seen my son and his friends engaging in such behavior? He couldn’t respond. I filed a complaint with the police department and I also made them aware that this was the same kind of mentality that led to Trayvon Martin’s death — an overzealous, wannabe cop, taking matters into his own hands and racially profiling black kids. My son is a star athlete and a good student, but the assumption that was made by board member H. J. Ewing was that he and his friends were up to no good because they are black. I should also add, this isn’t the first run-in this man has had with people living in my subdivision. The community outreach police officer has taken this matter seriously. I will update you on how this turns out.
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