Obama Calls for Calm; Sharpton Calls Zimmerman Verdict “Atrocity”
Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 14, 2013
A Florida jury of six women yesterday came to a “not guilty” verdict for George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. This verdict indicates that the prosecution failed to prove that Zimmerman did not act in self-defense. Given the facts presented in the media throughout the trial, this decision should not come as a surprise.
Initially, after an investigation by the local Sanford police department, they determined that Zimmerman acted in self-defense. He was charged weeks later only after extreme political pressure created by activists including the Rev. Al Sharpton, as well as politicians including Pres. Obama’s early comments about the matter. The subsequent trial and jury verdict proved that the initial determination by the Sanford police department was correct and that the trial was a waste of time and public resources.
The amount of media coverage this case received was way past anything reasonable and another byproduct of the politicization of the matter. Even if Zimmerman was guilty, Martin’s death was one of thousands of killings to occur in the United States annually. The coverage giving to the Zimmerman–Martin case implied that race played a role in Martin’s death, even though there is not one shred of evidence pointing in that direction.
Yesterday, the jury in Florida spoke. However, that has not stopped politicians and commentators from continuing to use Martin’s death for political or personal gain. Pres. Obama released a statement saying that the: “death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
This was clearly not a matter “of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis”. If it was it would not have gained the national publicity that it did. In addition, it is curious that the President suggest honoring Trayvon Martin. At the very least, we should wait to hear from the jury as to whether the evidence presented may Martin a victim or the aggressor.
Not to be outdone by the President, the Rev. Al Sharpton has once again inflicted himself on a tragedy that affected others. Sharpton has declined to accept the jury’s decision stating:
“I think that this is an atrocity, I think that it is, it is probably one of the worst situations that I have seen. What this jury has done is establish a precedent that when you are young and fit a certain profile, you could be committing no crime, just bringing some Skittles and iced tea home to your brother and be killed and someone can claim self-defense, having been exposed with all kinds of lies, all kinds of inconsistencies.”
Using Sharpton’s logic, unless a jury finds in a way that agrees with his opinion, it is a miscarriage of justice. It Sharpton suffers from a gross case of superiority complex. Much of his wealth can be attributed to taking advantage of the misery of others, as he has in this case. As a commentator for the Leftist network, MSNBC, he is paid to create conflict. That does not make it unique in America, either on the Left or the Right. However, Sharpton’s views often inflame passions and can lead to violent reactions. In fact, he is tweeted that: “We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman. I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps and I intend to head to Florida in the next few days.”
Equating the Martin-Zimmerman case with that of Rodney King, which, included videos of the police beating a helpless man is irresponsible. Hopefully the good people of Sanford Florida will last a good Reverend the span of their community.