Suspended THREE times for drugs, truancy and graffiti and 'caught carrying a burglary tool'
This is why this country is f*cked up. All of this sh*t has nothing to do with a child being shot. So what if he was beating Zimmerman up? He was being stalked. How many in this forum have ever been in a fist fight? Now how many of you have been shot as a result?
Zimmerman initiated the confrontation by following him and then pulled a gun on Martin because he was getting his ass handed to him (if this is true). Get punched a few times, walk it off, live to fight another day, learn your lesson. Get shot, you die. This is why Zimmerman has no defense. He had no right to fire the weapon because his life wasn't in danger. If he considered it to be in danger, it was because he put himself in danger by pushing for an altercation.
If you walk into a crackhouse, knowing it's a crackhouse, and just open fire because crackheads start closing in on you, does that remove you from being accountable for your actions?
It doesn't matter if Martin was or was not looking to commit a crime, he hadn't yet committed one and was chased down and shot. Whatever his or Zimmerman's reputations were before this incident have little to do with what ultimately happened that night.
The more I read in this case, the more I realize how f*cked up this country is.
I was suspended from school multiple times growing up. I went through hard times. I did some things that would've categorized me as a punk when I was a teen... But guess what, most people do things at 17 that they regret when they're in their late 20s. I was never arrested or charged for anything, kind of like Martin. I went on to become a productive and viable member of society - married, 3 children, and a college graduate from a prestigious school (and now looking to attend law/graduate school).
Martin may not have been living a life that he or his family was proud of, but we'll never know if he could turn it around because someone took that opportunity away from him unneccessarily. That's what this is about. He didn't have to die and he was 17 years old. There was no need for violence had Zimmerman not followed him. Regardless, considering that Zimmerman did follow him, holding your own in a fist fight and being a pussy who pulls a gun to end someone's life are two entirely different things.
Zimmerman needs to answer for what he has done and I'm tired of other racists coming to his rescue by trying to smear the reputation of a 17 year old, who is just that, a 17 year old.