VIENNA, Va., March 30, 2012 — Amid all the charges, counter-charges, late release of tapes, interviews, etc. regarding the tragic February night and the meeting of Trayvon Martin and the over-zealous community watchman, George Zimmerman, it seems that more and more reality is finally emerging.
For reasons unknown, the “truth” of what happened that night has been carefully kept under wraps on all sides, leading to cover-to-cover stories in all media.
Here are some questions that need answers:
* Why didn’t the Sanford Police acknowledge that Zimmerman HAD been arrested, been placed in the back of a squad car, and taken in for questioning?
* If photographs were made of his alleged injuries – a broken nose, abrasions on the back of his head, etc. – why have we not seen them? [I broke my nose once, in a kitchen fall, and I can tell you there was a lot of blood, everywhere.]
* Why have there been no photographs or information released as to any injury sustained by Martin in the alleged physical altercation?
* Why could the mortuary, which handled Trayvon’s remains for burial, say that there were no abrasions, cuts or bruises on his body, or on his hands, save for the one 9-mm.-gunshot wound in his chest?
* Why did it take over two days for his parents to be advised of their teenager’s death? Assuming he had some form of identification in his pockets, most kids do, as well as a cell phone, which could have been examined, for information.
*If Zimmerman was chasing Martin and caught up to him and/or Martin attacked Zimmerman and knocked him to the ground, as one witness has said, and was seen on top of him, punching him, how in the world did Martin end up about 180 degrees from where Zimmerman states the fight happened, lying on his back?
*Why would Zimmerman now say he was the one hollering for help? Even if he were on the ground, it was he who had a hefty automatic handgun, with which he could have knocked Martin on the head rather than shooting him. Admittedly hindsight is 20-20, but the question remains.
* Why does the police department’s video of Zimmerman’s arrival not show a “battered” Zimmerman much less blood on his face and clothes?
If we ever get those questions and others answered, the events of that evening may be answered.
The examination of the gated community crime scene indicates that the yards of the neighborhood are basically connected, with nowhere to hide, although Zimmerman said he “lost sight of Martin” who was going in a straight line, about two houses from his father’s.
To begin with, it seems that Zimmerman was in violation of some of the primary principles of Neighborhood Watch Manuals, which state that members should realize “that they do not possess police powers, and they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles,” much as the Sanford police told Zimmerman that night on the phone.
We now learn that young Martin had been suspended from school three times for various infractions, including applying graffiti to school grounds and property. On some previous occasion, his book bag was searched and found to contain an empty plastic baggie with traces of marijuana (THC) in it as well as a large amount of jewelry including several wedding rings, brooches, watches, etc. and some sort of implement that was quickly identified by police as a burglary tool though no charges were brought. So perhaps our choir boy-appearing Trayvon had some skeletons in his teenage closet. I doubt he was alone as many teenagers do.
The story just sits there and simmers, like a pot on a stove. At least we now have a current picture of Trayvon. No, he no longer appears as the photo of the chubby-cheeked kid we first saw, probably taken around age 12 or so. Instead he looks like the 17, almost 18-year-old youth he was, complete with jaunty baseball cap and a gold “grid” on one of his front teeth. He’s also described as over 6’ tall and about 170 lbs., still shorter and lighter than his shooter.
However, that provides no reason, no excuse, no explanation why the community watch/wannabe “police” figure considered him suspicious in appearance, other than for the infamous dark hoodie sweatshirt worn on a misty, rainy night in Florida. Hardly ample reasons for an armed confrontation when the kid asked him, “Why are you following me?” as an acquaintance claimed.
Other assumed conversations have not been verified, and the best witness to what Trayvon said or did will never be able to be heard, thanks to Zimmerman.
We hope that in the coming days and weeks more evidence is revealed, more questions are answered, and what really happened that rainy night will come to light. Trayvon Martin’s family deserves that much, and George Zimmerman needs to be either totally exonerated of any crime or dealt with in the untimely and unnecessary death of Trayvon Martin.
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