Yep George Zimmerman’s Side of the Story.
(ThyBlackMan.com) At 7:00 this morning the below videos had me on 100. Finally the interrogation tapes in the Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman saga had been released. While George Zimmerman continues to defend himself in the video by saying he defended himself, the way he tells the story makes me almost inclined to believe him. As I’ve said before no one will really know what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed. George Zimmerman is emphatic he was in fear for his life. His fear is evident in the walk through of the shooting, not so much in the interrogation. But this release of evidence juxtaposed against Monday’s release of jail house phone calls paints two entirely different pictures of George Zimmerman. Or is it the same man play acting the role received?
Monday, the jailhouse calls between George Zimmerman and his wife Shellie are indicative of a calculating man; one who is completely not sorry for the life he’s taken and the blood on his hands. The joke about George Zimmerman leaving jail in a hoodie, after the man he killed was wearing a hoodie, was not only insensitive and distasteful but evidence he does not care at all for anyone else’s life except that of he and his wife. The part of the phone call where George and Shellie talk in code about how much money they have illustrates their deliberate collusion to lie about their finances to secure George Zimmerman’s freedom. Their conversation and subsequent complicit action illustrates George Zimmerman being free is much more important than trying to give the appearance of cooperation and justice to a grieving family.
Throughout this case we have seen two sides to George Zimmerman. The seemingly sympathetic defendant facing a second degree murder charge. And a man so consumed by racially profiled fear that he has no remorse for taking the life of a young man half his age. We’ve seen a man who admits to shooting and killing another without a wince, but yet near tears when learning of his own fate.
In the first 911 calls George Zimmerman made to the Sanford Police department describing Trayvon Martin as suspicious and possibly on drugs George Zimmerman is defiant. In these interrogation videos he’s emphatic of his truth, daring police officers to disbelieve him and discredit his story. In the jailhouse phone calls he is consumed by infamy at one point telling his wife to get in touch with his attorney, Mark O’Mara, and urge the supporters who’d given him more than 100-thousand dollars to make their voices heard. Yet when he’s in court or caught on camera in handcuffs he’s shielded face, gaunt frame and meek voice dripping in sorrow saying:
I don’t buy it.
George Zimmerman is not sorry. A man sorry for the loss of a family’s son does not joke about that person’s attire the day you killed them. A man sorry for the loss of a family’s son does not lie in court to secure freedom you don’t deserve when you’ve just been arrested nearly three months after the shooting. A man sorry for the loss of a family’s son does not urge supporters of reckless gun rights to advocate for laws, causes, and “victims” who have not been able to uphold their second amendment rights and take lives at will.
George Zimmerman may have had no duty to retreat under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, but he had no right to follow Trayvon Martin and incite this fatal tragedy in the first place.
The release of these interrogation tapes will give the defense more evidence of “Stand Your Ground” and the prosecutor more to look through to poke holes in what seems to be George Zimmerman’s pathetic yet consistent story. What bothers me is that this story is holding for “Stand Your Ground” when Marissa Alexander‘s did not.
Earlier this week I got into a discussion with blogger Rippa about the Alexander case. In short he suggested Alexander provoked the shooting that landed her in jail for 20 years. While I don’t debate those facts I still do not understand why her case leading to an arrest and imprisonment was a no brainer yet this case against George Zimmerman has tied the country in knots; racial implications aside.
George Zimmerman did not have to follow Trayvon Martin just as Marissa Alexander didn’t have to go after her abusive ex-husband Rico Gray. Yet where Alexander is serving her sentence George Zimmerman is still biding his time in jail hoping some sort of plea deal, lesser charge or an acquittal will come his way. This case highlights the racist application of an injust law and the unfair sentences handed down at a whim for similar crimes. What makes Marissa Alexander more criminal than George Zimmerman? Is it because her “victim” lived and George Zimmerman’s did not? In the discussion with Rippa I argued yes.
But dead or alive victims of gun violence are victims and those who fired at them in self defense, fear, or out of sheer fun are not.
If “Stand Your Ground” laws are able to stand as sometimes get out of jail free cards for particular suspects and not for others than criminal murder cases will turn into the side show legal circus that surrounds rape cases. An event where victim blaming is common, the presumed innocent are never guilty even if convicted, and justice remains a phantom’ a fickle bitch evading courtrooms, prison libraries, and death row like love evades a couple of fools rushing in.
But maybe our criminal Justice system is already a house of cards where justice never hides. Casey Anthony is innocent. O.J. is guilty but not of the crime most think he committed. And George Zimmerman’s side of the story can’t be refuted because his victim can’t speak from the grave.
Staff Writer; Nikesha Leeper
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