“I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit older than I was,” Zimmerman said addressing Martin’s family directly. – ABC News
When George Zimmerman chose to pursue Trayvon Martin, a series of events were set into motion that included a scuffle between the two men that ended in the teen’s death and Zimmerman being hit hard enough that his head became bloodied. The result is why the 911 dispatch operator specifically told George Zimmerman not to track Trayvon Martin in the first place.
In a hearing today, the judge ruled that George Zimmerman could be freed on $150,000 bond, but would be required to wear an electronic tracking device. However, Zimmerman will not be freed today, with meetings set on parameters of his bail release, including whether he can leave the state.
“Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts admitted that ABC can’t conclusively prove this photo is legitimate, but the network is sure enough to blast the photo out to their audience and stand by it.
Dan Abrams, who founded Mediaite, gave a thorough legal analysis on ABC, where he now works. Partial transcript via Mediaite:
“Even if George Zimmerman was injured in his fight,” said Abrams, “it doesn’t change the fact that the prosecutors clearly believe that Zimmerman was the aggressor. And if Zimmerman was the aggressor and they got into a fight, that doesn’t allow him to use deadly force. It simply — you can’t be losing a fight and then decide to use your gun to protect yourself.”
If Zimmerman doesn’t pursue, regardless that he was carrying a legally concealed carry weapon in a state where Stand Your Ground is the law, there is no altercation and Trayvon Martin isn’t killed.
Bill Cosby made a statement this week that this isn’t about race it’s about guns. It sounds to me like a statement from someone who doesn’t own a firearm. I say this because we do and I’ve had this debate with people who don’t.
Cosby’s statement begs the question, if Trayvon Martin was white, would George Zimmerman have followed him, suspecting something suspicious? Or are people going to once again contend it’s all about the hoodie?
This post has been updated.