To The Daily Sun,
To Robert Moran and Jack Stephenson:
Your recent letters to the Laconia Daily Sun literally brought tears to my eyes. It is assumptions such as yours that assuage your collective consciences and then in turn are able to formulate your theories. The events which lead to the death of a young man, staying at his father's home in a gated community, returning home from the store at night was purposely stalked by George Zimmerman. These facts are documented.
It is unconscionable, unwarranted, unjust and unreasonable as well as illogical for the two of you to extrapolate out and thus form your theories about who did what when. You weren't there. One of the human beings who WAS involved in this tragedy is dead. We cannot hear his narrative of the series of events that ultimately lead up to his death, other than the screams for help. Trayvon Martin was able to utter (as recorded on the cell phone) "get off of me".
Fact: It took Florida prosecutors an inordinate amount of time, with public pressure, to file charges against George Zimmerman. Fact: Mr. Zimmerman's attorney's spun such a tale of deceit, innuendo and doubt, that the jury had very little choice in the matter. The options that the jury had of conviction or acquittal were narrow, shortsighted and much too restrictive.
Other known facts about this particular horror and subsequent outcome: 1) Trayvon Martin is dead. 2) George Zimmerman was a free man after he admitted murdering Trayvon Martin. 3) As a result of his "injuries", Mr. Zimmerman was NOT hospitalized. 4) The police dispatcher tape recordings let us hear what George Zimmerman was doing and saying at the point of his "sighting" Trayvon Martin. 5) George Zimmerman was instructed by the police dispatcher to stay in his vehicle until police arrived on the scene. 6) Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law is one of the very worst statues ever formulated and placed into our body of laws. This "law" allows any of us to use brute force if we perceive being threatened. To my mind this sounds like lawlessness. Why have authorities to turn to when we can "take care of the perceived problem on our own?" 7) George Zimmerman was stalking Trayvon Martin as a result of preconceived assumptions. 8) This case was developed on the part of both sides from a theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simple elements. 9) Documented evidence shows that Zimmerman made numerous calls, over a period of time, to police in which he reported "suspicious black people" in and around his gated community. 10) Reasonable doubt: where, when, how? 11) And last, but certainly not least, if Mr. Zimmerman is innocent, why didn't his attorneys put him on the stand to tell us his side of what happened on that fateful disastrous night.
I will now take my turn to speculate: Could putting Mr. Zimmerman on the stand then allow the prosecutors a chance to refute, piece by piece any and all claims of the spun scenario?
Mr. Zimmerman was stoic during the trial, no affect, no change of expression. Do you think he was instructed by his legal team not to move a muscle, express emotion or show any signs of remorse for what he did? Mr. Zimmerman will now have the rest of his life to wonder if what he did was right and just.
Trayvon's Martin's death has sparked a national discussion and that is a good thing. Maybe, just maybe, it will lead to a better understanding of those individuals who we perceive different from "us".