CHICAGO, March 31, 2012—Al Shaprton is enjoying his vacation in sunny Florida. His mug and voice are all over the media as he spews inflammatory rhetoric and righteous indignation.
Sharpton is in Florida enjoying the sun and fun while seeking “justice” for Trayvon Martin, the young man who was killed by George Zimmerman.
Al Sharpton is calling for an escalation in civil disobedience if George Zimmerman is not arrested immediately. Sharpton is very good at whipping up frenzied gullible mobs through incendiary charges of racism.
Why is there this desperate and visceral desire to arrest George Zimmerman? Can any reasonable, knowledgeable, and responsible person answer that question? Aside from the pure symbolism to satisfy social and moral justice lynch mobs, why is there such rush?
In order to arrest someone, you need probable cause that the person committed a crime. In the Trayvon Martin case, that probable cause must meet the requirements of the Florida legal system, not the non-existent social or moral legal systems. Not the legal system from whatever other state does things differently.
Probable cause is more than mere dry facts. There has to be some evidence leading authorities to reasonably believe the individual committed a crime. That the individual broke the law. Sorry folks, the mere killing of someone is not necessarily a crime.
The legal system allows for extenuating or mitigating circumstances. There is also no mandate to immediately arrest anyone, even if there is probable cause.
Making arrests is discretionary.
You cannot arrest someone just because, on general principles, or for symbolic reasons. You need to charge them with a crime based on a statute. Just because, general principles, and symbolic gestures are not statutes, charges, or crimes.
What actual crime did George Zimmerman commit? He did not murder, execute, or assassinate Trayvon Martin. He did not commit the crime of stalking. There is no hard evidence of a hate crime.
No evidence has been presented yet that an actual crime has been committed, except in the small minds of people with more social conscience than intelligence and common sense.
There is only proven probable cause for one thing in this tragedy. There is probable cause beyond a reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman was stupid. Stupidity is not a crime.
The states attorney did not think there was probable cause a crime had been committed ON THE DAY OF THE INCIDENT.
The case was passed on to the prosecutor’s office for further review and investigation. In the mean time Zimmerman was set free. So what? He could always be arrested in the future.
What Al Sharpton and the look-at-me hoodie lynch mobs want is a rush to symbolic social and moral justice. Fortunately for the ordinary citizens of this nation, there is only legal justice. There is only the legal system. The legal system does not take into account symbolism.
It is dry facts, details, and technicalities.
George Zimmerman has rights, the same civil rights that are oh-so-precious to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and all the rest of the phonies and frauds sticking their noses into this tragedy.
George Zimmerman may or may not have committed a crime, or multiple crimes, when he killed Trayvon Martin. The mounting misinformation and disinformation surrounding this case has led to powerful perceptions fueling all kinds of wild speculation.
When, and if, the investigation leads to a charge, Zimmerman can and will be arrested. Until then, who cares? That’s right, who really gives a rat’s rear end whether or not he is arrested RIGHT NOW? The arrest would be irrelevant and immaterial.
It would be utterly meaningless, like most symbolic gestures are.
The media has blown this case way out of proportion too. They should be ashamed of themselves. They took disparate facts, shreds of partial information, rumor, gossip, and innuendo and tried to make it appear that the crime of the century was perpetrated.
They relied on legal experts and faux law enforcement experts who have little or no expertise. They painted George Zimmerman as guilty of something. They can’t figure out what he is guilty of.
The media failed in their prime responsibility to report the best version of the truth based on accurate facts. They failed to be objective. They were irresponsible.
Either they are reporting rumor, innuendo, and sensationalized half-truths to push a narrative, or worse, they are just plain gullible. The media did what they accuse tabloids like the National Enquirer of doing. They over sensationalized a story.
The best thing the media can do now is step away. They have enough to get ratings jumps and Pulitzer Prize nominations. When the investigation is complete they can cover that controversy, however it pans out.
Hopefully they will do it in a more restrained, professional, accurately factual, and responsible manner.
Here is something else to consider.
If George Zimmerman is arrested and charged, he can rightfully claim his arrest and prosecution are politically motivated. The numerous discriminatory statements by various prominent people, politicians, including irresponsible congressmen, to prove it are all a matter of public record.
Think about that.
Peter V. Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance writer and photographer, cook, and raconteur. He likes to be the irreverent sharp stick that pokes, prods, and annoys. His opinions are his and his alone.
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