“They killed my son, now they’re trying to kill his reputation.” – Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sabina Fuller
Somebody is trying awfully hard to make 17 year-old Trayvon Martin look like a bad kid.
Yesterday, information was released about Martin and marijuana, which led to a school suspension, the reason he was visiting his father, but also looks like it was leaked to damage the victim.
Trayvon was visiting his father’s fiancée, who lived there. He had been suspended from school in Miami after being found with an empty marijuana baggie. Miami schools have a zero-tolerance policy for drug possession. – Orlando Sentinel
Think Progress has a compilation of reports, including a very odd account of Michelle Malkin’s new social media site Twitchy. The photos you see at top are from Malkin’s site. After posting both pictures, with clear intent to make Zimmerman a good guy, while picking a photo allegedly of Trayvon Martin wearing prison orange pants low on his hip, she had to retract the photo, because it wasn’t Trayvon Martin.
Malkin’s intent is clear and a tactic used often, which I talk about it my book The Hillary Effect. You post a flattering picture of the person you’re supporting and an unflattering one of the one you’re not to get a predictable response.
But did Trayvon Martin react to George Zimmerman following him and throw the first punch?
Benjamin Crump, a lawyer representing the Martin family, said it was clear from the conversation between Trayvon and his girlfriend just before the shooting that Trayvon was being pursued by a man he did not know, and that he was worried and wanted to get away from him. – New York Times
From the Orlando Sentinel:
There is about a one-minute gap during which police say they’re not sure what happened.
Zimmerman told them he lost sight of Trayvon and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from the left rear, and they exchanged words.
Trayvon asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cell phone, he told police. Trayvon then said, “Well, you do now” or something similar and punched Zimmerman in the nose, according to the account he gave police.
Zimmerman fell to the ground and Trayvon got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk, he told police.
Zimmerman began yelling for help.
Several witnesses heard those cries, and there has been a dispute about whether they came from Zimmerman or Trayvon.
Lawyers for Trayvon’s family say it was Trayvon, but police say their evidence indicates it was Zimmerman.
Zimmerman kept following Martin after he was told not to on the 911 call. That is not in dispute.
Who had the weapon?
It is also not in dispute that it was George Zimmerman who had the loaded weapon and that he shot Trayvon Martin dead.
Some may find this hard to believe, but having a concealed carry permit doesn’t mean you get to shoot to kill an unarmed person. A punch is not a lethal blow, assuming it happened, though there is not conclusive proof that’s what happened and there is confusion about whether it was Martin or Zimmerman who was crying out.
What we know is the Sanford police are under scrutiny and have taken a hit to their reputation for allowing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to protect Zimmerman from arrest. George Zimmerman has been free since he shot and killed an unarmed black teen on the street.
When I hear about authorities leaking information about a marijuana suspension and any 17 year-old, but especially a black teen who was shot at close range after an altercation with someone following him who’d been told to stand down, all I can say is that it sounds suspiciously like character assassination to me.
Zero tolerance on drugs is one thing, but thinking marijuana makes any 17 year-old a violent criminal, which is clearly the assertion, as absurd.
But just look at our prison system and you’ll see that this is clearly what law enforcement believes is a problem in our society.
People also need to ask who started this entire tragic tale going down the path that cost Trayvon Martin his life? It wasn’t Trayvon Martin.
How this is going to get sorted out fairly at this point is uncertain. If it doesn’t things are going to go from bad to worse eventually.