Recently, I took a break from my cleaning to catch up on current events. Specifically the Trayvon Martin shooting. Looking at the facts in the case, it seems pretty clear-cut. A 17-year-old boy went out for some candy and tea. While he was walking home, he was followed by a much older, larger man in a vehicle. The man got out of the car, chased the boy, and confronted him. There was a scuffle, and the man pulled a gun and shot the boy. However, the police accepted the shooter's claim of self-defense because the dead boy "looked suspicious." What looked suspicious about young Trayvon? His hoodie? Having lived in Florida for several years, it seems like the right thing to wear for a stroll to the grocery store in March. His skin color? Has it become illegal to go for a walk if you are black? The fact that he reached in his waistband? If I saw an armed man following and confronting me, I'd try to fake him out, too!
The shooter, George Zimmerman, invoked the "stand your ground" law. But really, if the facts are correct, then Zimmerman was the aggressor. It is completely illegal to pull a gun on someone who is just walking down the street. Technically, Martin had every right to defend himself against Zimmerman. Now, of course anyone with self-defense training would not try to physically defend themselves against an armed man (good chance you'll end up dead), but perhaps Trayvon Martin did not have the benefit of this wisdom. So, if the facts are correct, I would say that there is enough evidence that Zimmerman should at least be arrested and indicted.