George Zimmerman’s account of the attack by Trayvon Martin has remained consistent from his initial written statement to his videotaped reenactment of the incident to the present. Observing Martin to be acting suspiciously in a neighborhood that had been experiencing a rash of burglaries and thefts, Zimmerman was on the phone with the police when Martin ran off, disappearing between two long rows of townhomes. Told by the dispatcher to keep him informed of what Martin was doing, Zimmerman left his truck to try to keep him in sight, but soon realized he lost him and told the dispatcher as much. Zimmerman agreed to meet the responding officers back at his truck, and as he was walking toward it, Martin came out of the darkness and demanded: “What’s your problem?” Zimmerman replied that he did not have a problem, and as he began to reach for his cell phone, Martin sucker punched him, breaking his nose, stunning and disorienting him, and knocking him to the ground.
Martin jumped astride Zimmerman, straddling him and raining blows on him in mixed martial arts style. Zimmerman screamed for help, but none was forthcoming. Martin repeatedly slammed Zimmerman’s head into a concrete sidewalk, and Zimmerman feared he was about to lose consciousness.
At this point, his jacket rode up, exposing his holstered 9mm handgun on his right side. Martin saw it and told Zimmerman: “You’re gonna die tonight,” and reached for Zimmerman’s gun. Zimmerman was a little faster, and fired a single round into Martin’s chest as he leaned over Zimmerman. Martin sat up, and Zimmerman was able to get out from under him and pin him to the ground. He thought he missed Martin. Within seconds, residents of the neighborhood — and the police — arrived. Zimmerman cooperated fully with the police, never requesting a lawyer.
So far, the prosecution in this farcical show trial has done nothing but prove that this account is accurate.
God only knows how much more damage the defense will be able to do to the state’s case when its turn comes. The real question is why this was ever permitted to go to court in the first place. We all know the answer – the state of Florida, afraid of black rioting, and under pressure from the Obama administration to provide a cause celebre that would help to mobilize black voters in 2012 (and 2014), decided to wade knee-deep into an episode of trumped-up race-baiting they are laughably characterizing as a “judicial proceeding.”
I can’t imagine that Zimmerman does anything other than walk out of this trial a free man – and, hopefully, a man with lots of civil recourse for the horrible damage he has been subjected to. But even if the jury somehow finds him guilty of something, I cannot conceive that the conviction will stand on appeal.
Some observers have suggested that the Obama administration would love to see an outright acquittal, in hopes of using ginned-up “black rage” as a mobilizing whip for the 2014 elections. At this point, if this is the case, it certainly looks as if the state of Florida is doing everything possible to make sure that acquittal happens.