Commentary: The Zimmerman - Martin Shooting
So now we have begun the media circus over the Zimmerman shooting in Florida. I plan on writing a controversial piece so fasten the seatbelts.
This will of course divide everyone into two absolute camps. One, the ”never get involved in anything” crowd will point to this and say “You see…we are right”. The other, the Captain America Defender of the Innocent crowd will say Zimm was right and it was good he did what he did. Like everything, no absolute is right since the world is not made up of absolutes.
I and teach my students that they should seek “distance from disorder” in their lives, and unless something shocks the consciousness of humanity, to mind their own business. Now I will also tell you that there is a vast gulf of difference between a suspicious black kid walking around the neighborhood, and an active shooter killing people in a restaurant. One is none of your personal business and more of a job for the police, the other…if you happen to be there, is in fact your business and your action can save many lives.
The difference between the two extremes is also one of timing. In the former, nothing has happened. In the latter, the bad guy has already opened the game. In one you are not certain of what is really happening, but with the other it is as clear as a slap in the face.
At warriortalk there is some confusion about this. Specifically that Zimm was justified because he was getting his butt kicked. Well, yes, that is true. There were exigent circumstances at that point, but Zimm created them. A very old grizzled Surveillance Unit Sergeant once told me that a shooting was far easier to justify if the bad guy already shed blood or tried to kill somebody. If you shot him seeking to prevent a crime, your perception of what the bad guy was really going to do will be debated forever. He said with the one you saved the day since what had already happened was not open for discussion, but with the other there would be forever unanswered questions.
That is the pivotal difference between the IHOP shooting we discussed some time ago in a firestorm, and what we have here.
Several WT Members have said that Zimm will have his say in court and will obviously be vindicated. Well, there is an illusion in this country about the legal system being fair and impartial. It is not any different than anywhere else on earth. It is driven by politics and money. I have seen good people get a raw deal due to being on the wrong side of the politics and money. The L.A. cops in the Rodney King thing come immediately to mind.
Old Rodney was an Altadena Bloc Crip with all manner of criminal experience. He is also a big boy and not the prim and proper victim in a suit Johnnie Cochran depicted him as. Those cops followed their policies yet they were sacrificed to satisfy the mobs of L.A. Even after being found not guilty in the Simi Valley Trial. Does anyone think the same won't happen to Zimm? Whether he was justified or not is irrelevant since he created the exigent circumstances that led to the event.
Gents...Lesson Number One is this - Unless what you are seeing shocks the very consciousness of humanity, plainly and clearly, lives are being lost and blood has been drawn by the focus of your attention (active shooter, murder in progress, etc.) - MIND YOUR OWN FREAKING BUSINESS!!!!!!! Had Martin been in the process of disemboweling a family of four, and Zimm shot him before he got to family member number two, he would be a national hero. Now, not so much, and his judgement will be debated forever.
Lesson Number Two is this - The justice system is ruled by politics and money not by truth and fairness. If you think not, and that you will be treated fairly in a politically charged event like this one, you are a fool. Remember Stacy Coon and his men.
Lesson Number Three - If you see storm clouds and see lightning, you can bet its going to rain. Zimm is sitting at home right now, ignorant of lesson number two thinking he was right and that the law of the land will vindicate him, and all those “denial things” the guys destined to be squashed by the hammer of the state tell themselves.
As soon as he saw the media's intent and “flow of story”, before anything else is done to him, he should have been pulling a Russell Crow in "The Next Three Days". A nice apartment in Bolivia is far better than what I think will be his future.
My Prediction On Zimm - I hope I am wrong, but based on my knowledge on how things work....
Zimm will stick around and not go live in Bolivia.
The District Attorney, under severe political pressure, will file a hefty stack of miscellaneous civil rights/human rights crimes…all felonies.
He will fight it and spend his family's fortune defending himself. They will keep it going for two years after which nobody will care anymore about it politically.
Zimm will be offered a deal with a felony conviction and reduced time. He will take it. In two more years nobody will remember his name...not even the booger picking neighbors he gave everything up for.
There it is. Anyone still want to be Captain America Defender of the Innocent?
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