Opinion: Did Trayvon Martin die for ‘standing his ground?’ – CNN.com

 

What about Martin’s right to ‘stand his ground?

Opinion: Did Trayvon Martin die for ‘standing his ground?’ – CNN.com

Alas, someone can see one of the key elements of this case not considered. The applicability of the Stand You Ground law to Treyvan Martin means that Martin was allowed to confront the “Creepy Cracker” that was stalking him as he returned from the store carrying a can of Iced Tea and a package of skittles. His stalker, soon to be killer was George Zimmerman, a wannabe cop, that patrolled the gated community in an unmarked vehicle, in plain clothes, while carrying a concealed weapon.

My argument is Zimmerman after being spotted by Martin, created a concern for Martin’s safety. Zimmerman had been following Martin and Martin believed Zimmerman a “Creepy Cracker” not a person of Authority for the community. Martin confronted Zimmerman and a physical battle ensued. Martin was fighting a “Creepy Cracker” thus the SYG law would have to protect Martin. Martin died fighting the “Creepy Cracker” because Zimmerman failed to announce himself an Authority for the community.

Martin stood his ground as the law says he can, but he lost the fight. Does that mean we just  disregard the applicability of the SYG law? Zimmerman may have well had to use his firearm in self defense, but probably would not have had to even engage in the altercation at all, had he announced to Martin that he was an Authority for the community. Zimmerman’s actions although may have not been violations of law, created a “negligence” leading to Martin’s death. 

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