If George Zimmerman is acquitted, will his family stay in Florida?

It's an important question, though the answer is sadder than some might like to hear. Photo: No photo submitted with story

FLORIDA, July 4, 2013 — Today is Independence Day; that special time during which America celebrates its founding heritage. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is what it’s all about.

Unfortunately, not everybody seems able to enjoy these things. 

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One of them is George Zimmerman. With each passing day, the case against him dissolves itself, barely holding enough substance to somewhat justify a low-grade manslaughter — let alone murder — charge. Let not a single person forget that no charges were filed against the fellow until a highly controversial special prosecutor stepped in amidst social strife.

Angela Corey didn’t even allow the case be presented to a grand jury. That says more than almost anything else possibly could. 

On a cold late February evening in 2012, unarmed seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, who claims he acted in self-defense. 

Since then, Martin’s history of truancy, firearms-related issues, and handling marijuana — among other things — has come to light.

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After a special prosecutor was commissioned, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and is currently standing trial.

Evidence indicates that Zimmerman suffered head injuries the night Martin died, allegedly because the former beat him severely. What can be certain, however, is that the shooting’s aftermath has been highly polarizing. It has also drawn considerable attention to the oft-overlooked central Florida port city of Sanford, where the shooting took place.

Many legal analysts and political pundits believe that Zimmerman’s trial has fared favorably for him so far. If he is indeed exonerated, will his family — originally from the Washington, DC suburbs of northern Virginia — remain in the Sunshine State?

“I don’t think that Florida will ever be a safe place for any Zimmerman,” Goerge’s brother and strong public supporter Robert explains. 

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He later says that Florida will be the state in which Martin’s shooting is most remembered for the longest period of time. Therefore, it would be very difficult for his loved ones to escape the legacy of the shooting should they stay put.

“So, you know, any potential employer or social situation or whatever….some part of it somehow always directs itself back to February 26, 2012, and why stay where this all began? I don’t think it makes sense,” Robert mentions.

Concern for family seems to be Robert’s prime motivator.

He relates that nowadays the Zimmermans “live in hiding, we live in seclusion; more recently, from time to time….I go out, usually disguised. A couple of times, I’ve worn a bulletproof vest. Mom and Dad have, until they’ve gone to court, been okay going out for the most part as long as they were not identified by other people.”

According to Robert, the “hardships” confronting his family are “innumerable and….it’s impossible to, you know, put into words how hard it is — not just hardships in the logistical sense, but having to vanish, in essence, from the face of the Earth.”

He goes on to specify that “you can’t have any kind of routine because people will identify you by your movements….you can’t identify yourself or you have to use aliases. You lose the pride that you have — you don’t lose the pride, but you lose the ability to be proud of your name….we were very proud of our name all our life growing up, and that meant a lot and people in our community; if you said the name “Zimmerman”, it would be a respected name.”

Robert says that, even today, his family name is sound in Manassas. In Florida, he believes, the situation couldn’t be more different.

Even if he is found not guilty, it appears all but certain that George Zimmerman and his family will run from Florida without looking back. Had the Martin shooting never taken place, there’s no telling how bright George’s future would have been. He did want to become a judge, after all. Not for partisan political gain, but to simply help others.

Now, that dream has been dashed by dollar-driven social activists, outright liars who fancy themselves as journalists, scheming politicians, and far too many others to mention.

For one man, the American Dream has become a banana republican nightmare. The word “sad” doesn’t even begin to describe how terrible this is.  

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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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