July 16, 2013
Commentary Assignment-“Not Guilty for Being Guilty”
After weeks of testimony, George Zimmerman has been found not guilty for the death of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. In February, when the shooting incident occurred, it was considered an act of self-defense on behalf of Zimmerman.
Zimmerman, a twenty-eight-year old neighborhood watch coordinator, followed Trayvon Martin after seeing him in his prestigious gated community. Zimmerman stated in so many words that Trayvon’s hooded head and slouchy posture made him suspicious. When the story was released to the public, the situation turned into a racial hate crime—Zimmerman, of Hispanic decent and Trayvon, an African American teen.
The defense used Trayvon’s Twitter page to paint him in a negative light. They found profane language and photos of Trayvon smiling with gold teeth. Hack into any seventeen-year-old boy’s Twitter and profanity will be found. However, this defense was apparently good enough to get a man acquitted of second-degree murder.
Zimmerman is the second murder out of Florida acquitted of murder charges. Casey Anthony was found not guilty for allegedly killing her baby just years before. This brings to question, what horrible act needs to occur for someone to be charged in Florida?