Verdict & veracity
Verdict & veracity
Dealing with the George Zimmerman case, the letter “‘Open season' on black men” (July 25 and TribLIVE.com) laments a caring father's belief that the country's promised principles of justice do not apply to black men. I can understand his conclusion that Zimmerman was unfairly found “not guilty.”
His letter echoes many lies concerning the facts of the case that have been fed to the public by the media and certain black agitators for the past two years. The Trib does its readers a disservice in allowing these misconceptions to stand and not calling those perpetrating the lies to task for inflaming the passions of blacks against whites.
Trial testimony documents that Zimmerman was not told to stay in his vehicle, that he started following Trayvon Martin because he was asked by the police operator, “Where is he (Martin) going?” When told he didn't need to follow the suspicious person, he said “OK” and was returning to his vehicle when accosted by Trayvon.
Trayvon's girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel, testified that she believed Trayvon struck the first punch. Photographic evidence shows Trayvon's punches broke Zimmerman's nose, and eyewitness testimony had the 5-foot-11, 158-pound Trayvon on top as he smashed Zimmerman's head into the sidewalk numerous times.
I venture that few have read the trial testimony and depositions, leading to how the jury correctly found Zimmerman “not guilty.” The media have done very little to publicize the facts. If you question that verdict, read more at dlas.org/questions-zimmerman-verdict/.
Stanley J. Penkala
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