To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Nancy Parson's letter in the August 29 Sun:
Nancy, I must disagree with your take on the Zimmerman case, particularly your claim that the Sanford, Florida police did a "shabby job gathering evidence, notifying the parents, interviewing witnesses, etc." Nothing could be further from the truth.
When forensic evidence and witness statements did not indicate a cold, callous shooting of an innocent teen on his way home from buying Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice by a racist "white" Hispanic vigilante, but rather a case of self-defense when Zimmerman was attacked and beaten by a paranoid drug-using gangster wannabe with a history of criminal activity, the county prosecutor declined to bring a case forward. (The Skittles and fruit juice were not purchased to provide a snack and drink for an innocent teen, but were two of the three ingredients used to make a drug concoction known as "Lean", a street drug known for enhancing paranoia and aggression with regular use. As it came out later, "Lean" was Trayvon Martin's drug of choice.) That the initial evidence showed a case of self-defense and further investigation appeared to back up that claim is why George Zimmerman was "free to walk around."
It wasn't until the outrage from the black community, fomented by the media and the unthinking statement by President Obama, that a "gunslinger" special prosecutor came forward and decided to bring the case to court. It was only then that Zimmerman was arrested and charged. Further investigation by law enforcement officials (but not the Sanford PD as they were out of the loop at that time) brought forth more evidence that did not help the prosecution's case but further indicated the George Zimmerman indeed acted in self-defense.
In court, the defense shredded the prosecution's case, discrediting a number of prosecution witnesses and using the prosecution's own evidence to prove that Zimmerman was not guilty of anything but defending himself. The jury agreed and found him not guilty. (Yes, one juror thought he was guilty of "something" because he had killed Martin, but she put aside that feeling and followed the law and voted "Not Guilty".)
Nancy, you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.
Dale C. Eddy