This is currently on CNN.com: Florida investigators say in an affidavit that George Zimmerman profiled, confronted, then fatally shot Trayvon Martin.
That is certainly a huge turn of events in the case that has managed to divide a town in Florida as well as a nation. We went from basically little information and eyewitnesses and really knowing what went down that day in February to the prosecutor’s assertion that Zimmerman profiled, confronted and then fatally shot Trayvon Martin.
So what exactly happened over the past several weeks to change the tone of this incident? Zimmerman was reportedly in hiding over the past several days as rumors of his arrest spread. His lawyers dropped him and there’s no real talk about bail for the guy.
While I believe Zimmerman will face a tough trial ahead it seems as though we’ve already arrested him, put him on trial and now are just waiting to plunk him in the chair or on the table waiting for the injection. (He obviously isn’t facing the death penalty). But in the court of public opinion, George Zimmerman is already a dead man walking.
Al Sharpton has jumped into the act as well as other prominent black leaders across the country. And some of the reasons I get and a lot of them I don’t. Believe me, Sharpton has never met a popular cause he didn’t fall in love with – especially if it gets him significant air time. But there surely are good reasons to push Florida investigators into taking a hard look at this case.
For example, Zimmerman was reportedly ordered by a police dispatcher to not, or to stop, following Martin. He didn’t. I question why the guy working as a neighborhood watch volunteer was carrying a loaded weapon. These issues will be hashed out at trial.
And in this country I believe that minorities have to push harder to get equal treatment in plenty of circles and circumstances. That’s no lie and not an imagined scenario.
But in this particular situation when it seemed all along that there was no way this guy would ever be arrested I question this: what changed so dramatically? How did we get from where we were to where we are now? What happened?
It would be a shame and really a disservice to minorities anywhere that this guys gets railroaded all in the name of keeping the peace or keeping certain groups or people happy. If George Zimmerman goes to jail it should be because the facts proved the case, not because of the crowd noise.
Let’s keep that in mind.
— Andy Hachadorian