DROP THE CHARGES. ZIMMERMAN COMMITTED NO CRIME

Now that much of the dust has settled and the hard evidence of the Trayvon Martin shooting story has come to light, it would appear that the news media and the race baiters had it all wrong from the get-go. Shame on Fox, MSNBC, ABC, CBS and all the print media who were chomping at the bit to cover another race riot. Shame on Al Sharpton and all his followers that blindly follow anyone who screams “Racist!”

Has anyone heard any acknowledgments by these so-called professional, neutral reporters? Any apologies for screwing it up? Any admissions of guilt?

No. They haven’t courage to admit making a mistake.

What has emerged is the irony that the alleged good guy was actually the bad guy, and the alleged bad guy was actually the good guy. Here’s what we have learned since much of the evidence has been released.

1) There was a rush to judgement by race baiters, who were dead wrong claiming that this was a case of racism and murder.

2) Media sensationalism reported conjecture and false information to stir up the fires of disorder.

3) The real “bad guy” here was Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old kid on suspension from school, who walked, talked and acted suspicious, and who was found to have drugs in his system and stolen jewelry and a screw driver in his book bag.

4) The real “good guy” here was George Zimmerman who had been acting as the neighborhood watchman for years, assigned by his community to report suspicious behavior to police in order to protect his residential community from criminal activity.

5) Zimmerman has a history of non-racist behavior, helping African-American kids as a mentor, and enjoying friends and family of all races.

6) Physical evidence and witnesses corroborate the statements of George Zimmerman that he was attacked by Trayvon Martin — not the other way around – and then pummeled on the ground with punches to the face and head by a strong young man much bigger and stronger than he.

Somewhere in that encounter, Zimmerman pulled the gun from his holster/belt and fired. One bullet killed Martin.

If some big kid was on top of me whomping my face with his fists while I had a gun, I would also have fired to protect myself from any more harm. Then, I’d answer questions later — as a living person. No jury will ever convict George Zimmerman.

7) Following someone you think is suspicious is not a crime. That’s all that Zimmerman did.

8) State Attorney, Angela Corey, wrongfully charged Zimmerman with 2nd Degree Murder in order to pacify the black community and the rabid media. She certainly didn’t follow the evidence or the law. This is the conclusion reached also reached by Alan Dershowitz, famed lawyer and Harvard professor. Ms. Corey certainly knew of the exculpatory evidence showing that Zimmerman was under attack at the time of the shooting, and that charges of 2nd Degree Murder were not only unrealistic, they were totally unprovable.

9) The New Black Panthers have issued dire threats to George Zimmerman and his family, which put them all — innocent people — in fear for their lives. No one from the U.S. Government, including the president, came out to condemn the New Black Panthers for this hideous and life threatening act, yet investigate them for committing hate crimes.

(Barack Obama was supported by the New Black Panthers prior to his election. He spoke at their rallies. He also allowed the charges of voter intimidation against the New Black Panthers in the 2008 election to be dropped, without explanation. That may answer some of those questions)

Prediction: Look for Zimmerman’s attorney to file a motion to dismiss charges, which will be granted by the judge for lack of evidence to support the charges. State Attorney Angela Corey’s career will be shortened.

Meanwhile, reporters from the news stations and print media will bury that story and put their tails between their legs, knowing they committed wrongful acts as well, jumping to conclusions before the facts were known.

Times have changed in the United States. The old cries of “racism” are growing stale and worn thin. Radical Islamists are taught to scream “racist” every time they are confronted by authorities…even if race played no part in the confrontation. It’s the “in” thing. Scream race.

Al Sharpton, a racist who has wrongfully accused others of racism throughout his past, has been hired as a commentator by MSNBC.

What does that tell you?

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35 Responses to DROP THE CHARGES. ZIMMERMAN COMMITTED NO CRIME

  1. Bill Solen May 23, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    Had the evidence gone to a Grand Jury I don’t believe that Zimmerman would have been charged with a crime. That’s why it never went to a Grand Jury.

  2. Neal Stannard May 23, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    Marshall. you surprise me here, especialy with your background in law enforcement. You correctly point out that this entire case has been a combination of a rush to judgment (by those whose sympathies lie with either man) and a golden opportunity for race-baiting. But now you add your voice to those who proclaim to have arrived at the truth, based on evidence reported in the media. When can we stop trying this case in the media and try it in the courtroom?

    And based on the incomplete evidence, I’m still inclined to think that BOTH men (and yeah, Martin qualified as a man, not a child) were acting in what they perceived to be self-defense: Martin defending himself against a stalker, Zimmermann defending himself against physical assault. Again, this is based on media bites, and my forty years in media tell me that those are NOT to be relied on. But if those who portray Martin as an innocent victim are going way too far, then your declaration that Zimmermann is a “hero” is at worst nonsense, at best premature. Provoking a confrontation with an unarmed man, then shooting him to death, isn’t herosim–if indeed that’s what happened.

    Only two things we can be sure of: If Zimmermann is totally exonerated (rightly or wrongly) there WILL be riots…and Zimmermann’s life is largely ruined, no matter what happens.

    • Ed Hensley May 23, 2012 at 6:20 am #

      Oh great! I am to believe 40 years media experience qualifies you
      to call Marshall’s declaration nonsense? Is the broken nose, black
      eyes & lacerations to back of Zimmerman’s head nonsense or not
      real evidense in you media play book? Given the size & strength of
      Martin, the real probability is that Zimmerman would be dead now,
      had he not been armed & able to shoot Martin, as Martin was on
      top of him slamning his head into the concrete. SELF-DEFENSE.

      Any riots that may follow the likely dismissal of all charges against
      Zimmerman shall be blood on the hands of the media & race baiters.

      State Attorney Angela Corey’s career should come to an abrupt end.

    • Dr. Marlowe May 23, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      TO: Mr. Neal Standard

      You said, “Only two things we can be sure of: if Zimmerman is totally exonerated (rightly or wrongly) there WILL be riots…and Zimmerman’s life is largely ruined, no matter what happens.”

      ANSWER TO THAT STATEMENT: W R O N G!!! The two things we are “sure” of is this:
      1. Martin is DEAD!
      2. Zimmermen is alive.

      Moral to the story…I too would have shot the thug first & then told the story as a living person!

      On a more civil and serious tone…(and Mr. Standard, I seriously don’t mean to attack you on a personal basis here)…While not a “Journalist” or “Media Expert,” I would think that those 40 years of experience you touted, while not rendering you IMMUNITY to being wrong occasionally, would have at least taught you to NOT…….I repeat…..NOT…..be the Dan Rather of bloggers. Forty years is a long time to “still” not be able to get it right. I’ll end by wishing you a good day Sir.

  3. Tom O'Connell May 23, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    I couldn’t agree with you more Marshall. Once again, as usual, you did your homework and investigative work to find the truth! Clearly your last “opinionator” who believes we should leave it all for a court to decide and blames you for getting your info from the same media that plays games, doesn’t know you well. I suggest Mr. Stannard do his own research, check out all your supporting documentation, remind himself of the reputations of the likes of people like Al Sharpon (Tawana Brawley 1987 HOAX perpetrated by Sharpton himself against white officers in New York) along with eye witnesses and the liberal media’s deliberate omissions and sensationalism before passing judgement on you. Good job my friend. I enjoy, although don’t always agree with all your personal opinions, your articles and determination as one of Miami-Dade’s most revered retired homicide investigators is well respected the vast majority of us. Even some of my liberal friends have subscribed to your articles and “come around’ as you consistently give the reader proof and leave them to decide for themselves.

  4. Ralph E. May 23, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    Snake Hunter Sez,

    This would have been a case for the Grand Jury, had it not been hyped first by Media,
    then by the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson stirring the pot, and turning up the heat. Saturation TV has the potential get the new black panthers involved, thus
    building more emotions. The ingredients are all here for major rioting to develop. If it does, then we will see Sharpton & Jackson back off, and then just fade away into the night, praying for peace.

    reb
    ___ ___

  5. Richard Plager May 23, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Well said Marshall; as a “old” Homicide Detective (only 4 years in Homicide squad); you did most of your career there; I agree with your analysis;

    I beleive the case should be dismissed on motion.

    rhp

  6. Bob singer May 23, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    From the day this story broke I was in pain for this poor Zimmerman. And of coarse my heart hurt for travons parents. I got sucked in too. Zimmerman vs travon. What a disgrace for the press. Yet again they try to set the agenda instead of being neutral and just reporting the facts. If people loose all faith in a free press then we’re really in trouble as a free nation. People are under the allusion that we need to arrest someone so all the facts can come out. How far from the truth. If there is no probable cause then there is no arrest. The prosocuter charged because they new a grand jury never wood. What injustice. For the satyr Atterney to look the public in the face and exclaim there was enough evidence to charge mr Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder is a travesty of justice. Where is the arrest of the black panthers who called for mr zimmerman to be hunted down and killed for a reward? The court system is supposed to protect the accused right ? Isn’t that what has been drummed into our heads since the police Acadamy? Something is dreadfully wrong with our system. We must not allow a mob any mob to destroy our justice system. As a 31 year veteran detective I and my brothers and sisters should call for the immediate dismissal of the county Atterney who arrested this man with no probable cause. Color , race has absolutely nothing to do with this case.

  7. Peter Aydelotte May 23, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    To the people that counter Zimmerman was stalking Martin, Florida law states an action must be repeatedly done to be considered stalking. Merely observing by following does not give anyone the right to attack an observer.

    The reality of the situation is that it is not a stand your ground case as stand your ground is deals with a perceived threat not an attack. This is a pure self defense case.

    When the justice system bends to the political will brought on by media hype and sensationalism, justice is no longer blind.

  8. Donald May 23, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    While I agree with much of what Marshall said, I’m still left with the nagging feeling that none of this would have happened if Zimmerman had stayed in his car like he was asked to do by the 911 operator. The sad sequence of events began the moment Zimmerman decided to get out of his car and confront Martin. It may be that no crime was committed, but a young man died as a direct result of that decision. Of Zimmerman had sat in his car and waited of the police to arrive, we would not be having this discussion.

  9. Fran of 57 May 23, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    They’re saying on the news this morning now that 4 of the witnesses have “changed” their stories!

    So, they must have gotten scared. That is the problem w/making their names/info public record. It subjects them to retribution!

    • Ed Hensley May 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      I saw that top front & center, on the Yahoo News feed Fran.
      Looks like the Associated Press has taken the lead for All
      of Mass Media to DOUBLE DOWN, on their effort to frame
      Zimmerman. What this pathetic story does not say:

      What a witness says immediately after a traumatic event IS
      the most reliable testimony. Meanwhile, check out the photo
      Yahoo/AP choose to headline this attempt to save Media’s
      lying face. Also not the AP implication there will be a trial,
      rather than a justified dimissal of all charges, on motion.

      http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/trayvon-martin-shooting-witnesses-change-stories-ahead-zimmerman-133743219.html

  10. Jay May 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Rushing to judgement by media influence is detromental to any case. Remember Richard Jewel? He was the alleged Olyimpic Park bomber in 1996. He was innocent of all charges. However the media portrayed him to be the “wanna-be cop” . . . . also . . . . there were other cruel names hurled at him through the media.

    If the justice system did their job without the influence of the media, we would not have these problems.

    Again, it is true. There is profiling in this country. But one thing I learned . . . . is that racism is hard to prove. You have to have your “ducks” in a row and proof that there are racist motives. Just because a policeman asks you a question . . . does not mean he/she is singleling you out.

    Heck . . . . . if a cop speaks with me . . . I just carry on a conversation . . . . I have nothing to hide. If they were profiling me, I would not know it. I would think they are doing their jobs if anything . . . and move about my day.

    Bottom line . . . . jumping to conclusions puts us all in in an uncomfortable situation . . . and in the end increases the problem . . . . which shouldn’t have been a problem in the 1st case!!!!

  11. Ron Kenerly May 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    From the beginning this was a Grand Jury case and I personally feel that if it turns out as most of now predict, Ms. Corey should be looking at Malfeasance and possibly a civil action by Zimmerman. It is so obvious that she took the action to ward off the civil unrest but at the same time she persecuted Mr. Zmmmerman. The next major fault every news agency committed in their attempts to hang Mr. Zimmerman was showing the photo of Mr. Zimmerman’s attacker as a smiling 12 year old kid when they should have shown the latest photos of this person as he was on the day of the incident…another serious tainting of the facts by the media…all of the media.
    Now who is going to reimburse Mr. Zimmerman for his expenses and the loss of his reputation…I think it should be Sharpton, Jackson and Ms. Corey that tops this list…along with the news media…… Like most people who die under these circumstances, they needed killing.

  12. JKR May 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I think that I would eliminate Jeffrey McBreairty’s present and future comments from your blogs.

    That being said, your narrative was right on.

  13. Terry May 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Reporters write stories for money and future advancement in their organization. This always slants the information. Big story, big money. Small story small money. They do not get to concerned about the truth.

  14. jack leary May 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    This case may be determined by the jury make up. Remember the O J jury???

  15. Christopher Jones May 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    The very first site to declare that this whole thing was a stupid rush to judgement was this blog. Marshall stood up, and was counted, and went against all the news media who I believe committed libel…and should be held accountable for their actions, when the smoke all clears. I would love nothing more than to see a wimp like Shepard Smith get sued for everything he is worth. Shame on them all…including the ones at PMSNBC who still are trying to spin facts and evidence to “prove” Zimmerman is guilty of murder.

    One writer above feels that it would not have happened if Zimmerman had retreated to his car. The fact is, Zimmerman WAS RETREATING, when he was accosted by Martin. What I am saying here is that Zimmerman was doing what he was told to do, when for whatever reason, Martin went after him. Zimmerman had indeed been following Martin, which is what he volunteered to do with the neighborhood watch thing, AND he reported what he saw to the police, which was his duty. He also followed the advice of 911 operators (not the cops), and backed off. Martin would indeed be alive today, had he not gone after Zimmerman.

    I still say I hope Zimmerman hires one sharp law suit minded lawyer, and goes after the race baiting Sharpton, his cronies, and all the media. Too bad he can’t sue Obummer, who like the rest of them shot his mouth off. It is time to stop this kind of yellow journalism, and lunatic rush to judgement. The media MUST be held accountable for their insane actions. The media was acting like the instigators of a lynch mob, in an attempt to foment violence against Zimmerman. It could have happened. It still might happen.

    There is no difference in yelling fire in a crowded theater, or printing it on paper and distributing it to the theater goers.

  16. Yoda May 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Good Captain:

    “The facts – just the facts”. Well done captain!

    Obama hanger-on Haldeman is pushing for a fed hate-crime prosecution of Zimmerman.

    The pillar of tapioca president Barrack Hussein Obama is instigating a race war disafecting his black brothers.

    Right on good captain – WRITE ON!

    Respectfully, Yoda / Arcane street dog.

    P.S. For the edification of the captains youngster viewers. “Just the facts” was the bywords of a 1950’s police drama – Dragnet.

  17. Ron Kenerly May 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I would think he is telling you the truth you do not want ot hear.

  18. Christopher Jones May 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    OMG, the reply above about being a racist was SUPPOSED to be directed at a blogger who made horrible remarks about black people…claiming he was not a racist. It WAS not directed at Yoda, who I always agree with and love what he writes. Apparently, Marshall removed the awful rantings of the individual, whose name I do not remember, and my reply to him got kicked down to another spot on the blog.

    MARSHALL…could you delete my one line comment above, as it no longer applies to a response? If so, Ron’s remarks would not apply, and neither would this one.
    Thanks,
    Chris

  19. Christopher Jones May 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Jeffrey McBreairty

    (That message was removed, and that was the message I was replying to in my one line reply. Thank you)

  20. Jerry May 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    I see threads of agreement and truths in all of the responses here. I think, as has been previously discussed in this bog, that those with a criminal justice background see similarities in this case and the McDuffy case and subsequent riots a number of years ago in Miami. We were of the general concern and believe that the way this event was handled by all concerned, especially the media and those that use race to enhance their own agenda’s regardless of the end result, it would ultimately lead to some level of rioting in our respective communities. This fact has already proven true in several communities around the country but will be more prominent at the conclusion of this case.
    And now I’d like to throw something out there as additional food for thought….. The special prosecutor selected to investigate this case and who subsequently filed the second degree murder charge, I’m sure we would all agree, is an intelligent, well schooled and professional in her field and knows well what level of evidence is needed to gain a conviction. With this in mind, is it at all possible that she filed these charges knowing that the evidence did not meet or support the standards for a second degree murder change and that they would ultimately be dismissed??? And this was her personal motivation and at the same time she would satisfy those calling for charges? hemmmmm!

  21. Dick Calvert May 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Goob article Marshall. Also some good remarks from others, some of who I know and some I don’t. My question is; Why would anyone in this day and time think the media would all of a sudden start reporting the facts? All of us from law enforcement know full well that the truth or factual information doesn’t come from the media because the truth is often boring and won’t sell. So they spruce it up.

  22. Charlie M. May 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I believe it was Mark Twain that said “If you don’t read the newspaper you are UNinformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are MISinformed”. The same can be said for the broadcast media.The media, both print and broadcast are in the business to sensationalize whatever they can. I blame the Martin family attorney, Crumb, for causing this mass hysteria that followed the shooting, along with the Rev’s Sharpton and Jackson. Unfortunately, I don’t foresee any type of “happy” ending to this saga. If this does go to a jury, racial and gender makeup will play a big roll in the outcome.

  23. Lee Boyland May 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    Good article and many good comments.

    Zimmerman was doing his job as a neighborhood watchman. As pointed out, he reported his observations to the 911 operator. The operator asked if the man was white, black or Hispanic. NBC cut the question out of their broadcast and led listeners to think Zimmerman reported the man as black rather than answering a question.

    The operator told Zimmerman to quit following the man because police were on the way. Zimmerman replied “Okay” and started back towards his truck.

    Martin followed Zimmerman and accosted him.

    There were powder burns on Martin’s hoodie, and the bullet passed through him in a horizontal plane. This could happen in two ways. Both men were standing and Zimmerman placed the pistol muzzle against Martin’s chest. Or Zimmerman was on his back on the ground and Martin was on top of him. Zimmerman managed to draw his pistol and press it against the chest of the man on top of him.

    Witness are reported to be changing their stories. No surprise there. The New Black Panthers placed a “dead or alive” reward on Zimmerman, so it is reasonable to assume a similar reward has been placed on any witness that testifies against Martin.

    Note that the FBI, which reports to the Attorney General, is not investigating the reward. The reason is simple. The New Black Panthers are my [Holder’s] people. He said so.

    If Zimmerman is acquitted there will probably be race riots. Our president and AG are encouraging racial conflict. The question is, what will the Sanford police, the Florida State Police, and the governor do if they occur?

  24. Donald May 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    So many of the folks posting here who are criticizing the news media for rushing to judgement have themselves rushed to judgement. There are few known facts. What we have are news reports and a 911 recording. I wonder where anyone heard that Martin is the one who instigated the fight. I’ve not read that or heard that anywhere. I still think none of this would have happened if Zimmerman had stayed in his car and waited for the police. As the neighborhood watch captain, once he notified the police his job was done. Neighborhood watch people are not supposed to confront suspicious people. They have no authority to confront people; that is a job for the police. I don’t think the stand your ground defense will work here. I don’t even think we know all the facts yet. Let’s be patient folks and let the justice system work!

    • Jerry May 23, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

      Let me start Donald by first saying that for the most part we are in agreement. There is a distinct difference between you or I or our other friends here expressing our personal opinions based on the information available. We are not bound by ethics as espoused by those in the journalism profession. Those ethics as I know them indicate that they must report the news in an objective fashion and present all sides of the story… Have they done that?
      As for the behavior of neighborhood watch persons, we do agree. As one that has trained hundreds upon hundreds over the years (before retirement) they are always told that they are the “eyes and ears” of the police and are to never place themselves in harms way. However, they are not bound by any legal authority that I’m aware of to obey those instructions. About the worse thing his neighbor watch organization could do is to invite him or anyone else that violate their policies is to leave. Is the stand your ground a valid defense? We’ll only know once the court rules…

      • Ed Hensley May 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

        Well Jerry, the available evidence strongly suggest to me
        that “Stand your Ground Law,” is a moot point in Zimmeran’s
        self defense claim. Once your flat on the ground, with a
        younger, stronger & more fit assailant bashing your head
        into the concrete, there remains damn little ground to stand.
        This will remain a landmark case for decades to come, to
        support the old adage, ……………..:

        “Better to be tried by 12, than carried by 6.”

  25. Dave Creelman May 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Marshall, I agree with most of what you wrote, as usual. I really didn’t think the “Stand your Ground”. law had anything to do with this based upon what has been released along with the physical injuries sustained by Zimmerman. It looked like self defense all the the way.

    Profile?. This is a lame attempt by the left to intimidate anyone who dares to equate a B/M or even a W/M with a “hoodie’ as a potential threat. How many surveillance tapes do you see on the internet and TV channels with the subject’s wearing “hoodies” with the “hoods” over their face to conceal identity as they commit crimes?. “If it walks like and duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck”, it just may be a duck. Maybe not in every case, but any reasonable person using common sense would become alarmed.

    I couldn’t believe that State Attorney Corey filed Second Degree Murder charges against Zimmerman. Then I thought that she did it in order to get a plea to manslaughter or a lesser charge. Then I read that this would be an ethics violation by her.

    I have my own opinion as to why she didn’t present it to a grand jury. Even with the prosecution as the only side in a grand jury, I believe they would have returned a “no true” bill based on the available evidence. I believe Zimmerman will walk anyway after the trial and should not even consider a plea to a lesser charge.

    Unless there is some evidence that comes forward to support that charge, I think an inquiry by the Governor should be made into the process which arrived at a second degree murder charge. Attempting to stop criminals from rioting, if that is the point, is not a vaild reason in my opinion.

  26. Raul Diaz May 24, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Marshall,

    Good points all. From the first time I heard about this case, I knew that it was going to be a huge problem from all points of view. Personally, I think Zimmerman could have prevented this from happening, but I know he didn’t commit 2nd Degree Murder. The investigation, from the first responding unit to the time Zimmerman was taken into “custody”, was a royal cluster flick. Now, as evidence is coming out, I don’t see how Zimmerman could ever be convicted of anything. Those of us who have dealt with witnessess, know that the worse case scenario for a prosecutor is having wit’s change their testimony; the defense attorneys will have a field day with them and will create more than just a “reasonable doubt” in the minds of any jury.
    I don’t believe there will be any riots if Zimmerman isn’t convicted. I believe the African-American community has learned to express its feelings in other, more effective ways, although “some” people would love to be able to show footage and photos of burning buildings, overturned cars and people being shot in the streets. Thanks for keeping up with this case.

    • Jerry May 24, 2012 at 2:18 am #

      Well written Raul, as usual….however, if what I’ve heard from the media is true, some groups and or individuals have already used this case as an excuse to instigate small scale “riots’ in their community already…Whether we will see full scale “riots’ as we’ve seen in the past remains to be seen..but there will be ‘skirmishes’ using this case as their excuse.. Thanks Marshall for broaching this topic as it has given us all a forum to express our feeling and opinions, many of which are from law enforcement professionals that I’ve had the extreme pleasure and honor of working with over the years. (Guan Tana Mera)

  27. Raul Diaz May 24, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    To my brother Jerry (Jerrito),
    Let’s hope that the cool-heads prevail over the hot-heads. In this case, so many “High Profile” black leaders have shown their faces that I don’t think they can represent the price the African-American community would have to pay for riots in the 21st Century, WHEN Zimmerman gets acquited. They may try to collect in “Goodwill” for not allowing these riots to take place and they will seem to intervene, but the reality is that their communities will not be willing to lose long established standing and credibility in the long run, and they know it. It will be up to the established African-American organizations to make sure that any demonstrations are conducted within the limits of the law; otherwise they know that they may lose the FIRST African-American President if things get out of hand.
    And for those that don’t know you, I KNOW that there’s no one who knows more about Citizens’ Watch groups than you. But you know, better than anyone, that some of these folks will sometimes cross the lines.
    Again, I don’t think Zimmerman will be convicted of anything. If his case had gone to a GJ he would’ve never been charged.
    Un abrazo.

    • Jerry May 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      My prayers and hopes are that you are correct in your observations and that the cooler heads and new leaders and spokes persons of our respective communities prevail coming forward in a positive and reconciliatory manner as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have wanted us to… As for the merits or lack of same of this case, as we’ve all done in our professional lives, we leave it in the able hands of our Judicial System. G-d bless you brother and all of our colleagues both retired and active…jr

  28. Concerned May 26, 2012 at 4:44 am #

    Just last week, several black students beat a white student nearly to death to “honor trayvon”. Where was the media coverage?