“Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said. “Get a gun.” – Reuters
When the homeowners association asked George Zimmerman to begin a neighborhood watch, according to a Reuters report, he took it very seriously. In violation of neighborhood watch rules, Zimmerman began carrying his Kel-Tec on his patrols. It was the uncorking.
More from Reuters:
A criminal justice student who aspired to become a judge, Zimmerman also concerned himself with the safety of his neighbors after a series of break-ins committed by young African-American men.
[...] “Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”
The fact remains that George Zimmerman pursued Trayvon Martin with a concealed carry and Stand Your Ground gun laws bolstering his sense of civic duty that didn’t come with the training required to do what amounted to the job of policemen and women.
Then came 2005, and a series of troubles. Zimmerman’s business failed, he was arrested, and he broke off an engagement with a woman who filed a restraining order against him.
That July, Zimmerman was charged with resisting arrest, violence, and battery of an officer after shoving an undercover alcohol-control agent who was arresting an under-age friend of Zimmerman’s at a bar. He avoided conviction by agreeing to participate in a pre-trial diversion program that included anger-management classes.
Trayvon Martin represents the lightning strike in the middle of a perfect storm that begins with George Zimmerman’s life and his inability to deal with his own anger.
Following Trayvon Martin was wrong and Zimmerman was told not to pursue, which bears repeated reminding.
Targeting a person while carrying a weapon, with no crime having been committed and no suspicious activity involved to alarm, is felonious intent to play judge and jury of a man, because of other events that have no relation and can only be decided by law enforcement.
Zimmerman’s multicultural background is interesting, which a jury will consider, if this gets beyond the Stand Your Ground hearing, with the case allowed to go forward.
The fact remains that with the neighborhood robberies allegedly committed by African Americans as background information, George Zimmerman’s overblown sense of vigilantism pushed him to follow the black man wearing a hoodie.
There was no action by Trayvon Martin to warrant George Zimmerman tailing him, let alone pulling the trigger and ending his life.