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If Zimmerman had obeyed police, Trayvon would be alive today

To The Daily Sun,

The Daily Sun is, in my view, an excellent newspaper. It keeps us informed about the most important stories on the international, national, and local level, lets us know what events are taking place in the area, publishes op-ed pieces that express a variety of views and publishes letters from the local citizenry. These letters can be astonishing, informative and thought-provoking. In the former category I would place the letter by Jack Stephenson in which he claims Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman because he knew he was much stronger and that, had he not done so, he would be alive today. I very much doubt that Mr. Stephenson knows any more than I do what a 17-year-old black boy would be thinking while being stalked by an adult white male. He is correct, however, that Martin, by attacking Zimmerman, gave him a reason to commit murder and use Florida's "stand your ground law" to get away with it. It doesn't take a Talmudic scholar however to realize that, had Zimmerman obeyed the request of the Police Department and gone home, there is an excellent chance that Trayvon Martin would be alive today.By the way, I do hope everyone caught the press conference in which George Zimmerman's brother lamented that although the jury had found him not guilty, George would have to spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder for fear of armed vigilantes. In the words of the great Robert Burns, "Oh wad some power the giftie gie us, To see oursels as others see us"!

Brenda Sens


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