That Could Have Been Me

George Zimmerman

My interest in the Zimmerman case is sorta personal. I could easily have been George Zimmerman.

I have never been a member of Neighborhood Watch and I never shot anybody, but I have done each of the following on multiple occasions:

1. Carried a gun legally.

2. Called the police to report suspicious activity.

3. Followed/observed suspicious people.

4. Confronted suspicious people in my neighborhood.

I am not even counting all the times I did those things while working security. We have a right to be suspicious and ask questions of strangers.

I am amazed at the number of people who think that George Zimmerman somehow broke the law or violated Trayvon Martin’s rights by being suspicious of him. If I had been Zimmerman I would have walked right up to Trayvon and asked him “Can I help you? You look lost. Do you live around here?”

Of course Trayvon would not have had to answer me and would be free to walk away. It’s not a crime to look suspicious.

My theory is simple – if they ain’t doing nothing wrong they got nothing to worry about, but criminals like privacy. If they know someone is watching them they’ll go somewhere else. Neighbors should look out for each other.

BTW – I did confront/chase a black teenaged male once. I observed him going from house to house trying my neighbors’ car doors early one morning. When he saw me watching he stopped suddenly and started to walk away. When I yelled “Hey!” he took off running so I chased him even though I was wearing nothing but sweatpants and a T-shirt and I was armed with a toothbrush.

He yelled something obscene at me and I yelled back “You run pretty fast for a tough guy!” As you might guess he got away but when I described him to the cops they knew who he was. He lived a couple blocks away. They said he was on juvenile probation for burglary.

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60 Responses to That Could Have Been Me

  1. myiq2xu says:
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  4. driguana says:

    So if this was not “justice” according to Sharpton and the NAACP…what would have been? An all-black, male jury that he could have influenced to have found Zimmerman guilty? A 3 black, 3 white jury? A 2 black, 2 Hispanic, 2 white jury? What does Not-so-Sharpton think “justice” should have been? Seems like this was done according to our judicial system and the only ones dusting up the race baiting are Not-so-Sharpton and his ilk….including Obama! This was as political as it gets but the politics was all on Martin’s side!

    • Mary says:

      Wait…..I remember hearing NAACP, Sharpton, and parents’ lawyers saying that all they ever really wanted was for someone to be arrested and a trial to occur.

      You mean to tell me, they weren’t being honest? (snort)

      • Lulu says:

        They at first did not say trial. They just wanted an arrest. The arrest triggers civil liability of Zimmerman and any others such as HOA, gun manufacturers, etc. The fired police chief said specifically that the mayor and city manager asked him repeatedly why didn’t he just arrest the guy. He told them “that is illegal without probable cause”. The city manager and mayor ignored him, the city manager suspended him and ultimately fired him. But you cannot arrest someone and not try them with real evidence without opening yourself to enormous lawsuits which is exactly what the city manager and mayor did to enable a plaintiff’s attorney to get an HOA settlement. I saw the mayor on TV this morning talking about bringing the city together. I don’t mean to be unkind but he is an idiot. When asked why he fired the police chief who said “no you can’t do that” he blamed the city manager who he said hired the police chief then bumbled on about bringing the city together. He acted like the city manager who is hired by the city council is his boss. He also acted scared.

        • Mary says:

          He should be scared. There are multiple lawsuits Zimmerman and his very astute attorneys can file against the city, and I hope they do.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      why is it that people forget that the prosecution had as much say in the jury selection as the defense.

  5. myiq2xu says:
    • elliesmom says:

      There will be crickets chirping on Michigan Avenue tonight.

      • leslie says:

        I hope so. Because recently, there have been gangs of black “children” jumping tourists, and residents. Also recently, a white woman in her 30’s and on crutches, was assaulted by a black man and pushed into the street for her cell phone. A woman ON CRUTCHES ffs. And although the perp was caught, it took a bit of doing to learn that he was black. because………….

  6. votermom says:

    • Internal Exile says:

      It does rather demonstrate how artificial the whole business of racial classification is.

  7. myiq2xu says:
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  9. DeniseVB says:

    We saw a kid stealing soda out of our car in broad daylight, I called police as my husband grabbed his swagger stick (a military baton, sort of a fashion accessory way back when) and chased after him. By the time the police caught up with them, the policeman stopped my husband and told him he couldn’t pursue the kid with a “deadly weapon”. Kid got away. With the soda.

  10. elliesmom says:

    Teaching in a large urban high school, I had to ask a lot of young males of all colors, “What do you think you’re doing?” I’m a gray-haired, little old lady. There was a reason we had an armed policeman on duty all of the time because a lot of the time the truthful answer would have been, “Something I’m not supposed to be.” JFTR, I asked a lot of girls the same thing. The only time a student tried to assault me it was one of the girls. But I duck well.

  11. votermom says:

    • Mary says:

      Well, no David.

      It IS deniable. Trayvon had no idea there even WAS a gun when he doubled back and attacked Zimmerman. So the gun really has nothing to do with Travon’s thug-like behavior.

      You know, if Trayvon had survived, he’d probably be charged with aggravated assault.

      Ask Tracy Martin why he didn’t teach his son to make better and wiser choices, ok, David?

      • Lulu says:

        They skip over the hitting part don’t they? It is like they memorize everything but have a mental lapse over the hitting, smashing, straddling, punching, and slamming part. It may be a new syndrome of memory loss associated with a job based upon ideological purity.

  12. Anthony says:

    It could have been any of us.

    Robert Zimmerman picks up where Mark O’Mara left off, and schools Piers Morgan.

    The most succinct and respectful smack down of a bloated gasbag that I’ve ever seen.

    • Mary says:

      I saw this last night (couldn’t sleep)

      It was a thing of beauty. Morgan literally shrank before our very eyes.

    • swanspirit says:

      That was beautiful , Georges brother is an articulate and sincere speaker ,and Morgan is a turd .

    • leslie says:

      I didn’t see it last night. Thank you for posting this. After 10 minutes, I had to Turn. It. Off. I own only one computer and I would havebeen found guilty of manslaughter on my computer if I hadn’t. Piers Morgan irritates the crap out of me and I can’t listen to another second of his wlite Beitish accent challenging GZ’s brother and the verdict of last night.
      PM —> bloviating gasbag.

  13. Constance says:

    I am glad to see that the justice system still worked. They presented a case to a jury and the jury considered it and found Zimmerman innocent. I hope Zimmerman sues NBC for slander that was willful and very dangerous and for the sake of corporate profit.

  14. votermom says:

    My respect for the jury continues to rise

    • leslie says:

      I heard on this morning’s news that they jury was asked to remain silent for 6 months in order to protect the jurors and the integrity of the verdict. (or something like that)

  15. Mary says:

    FYI: Ben Jealous said on Face the Nation that their next step is to seek from DOJ federal CRIMINAL charges under civil rights violations. Criminal, not civil.

    He’s out of his mind.

  16. We had very successful NW going full on, with safefy vests, regular patrols, quarterly meetings, 200 active members, other events and zero burglary rate for over a year.
    Post incident we went to 20 -memberd and canceled patrol. 32 burglaries last 6 mos. Racial politics killed NW.

  17. gxm17 says:

    I was attacked in a similar manner as GZ, but I didn’t have a gun. I’m just lucky that someone came to my aid and pulled the person who was slamming my head into a tile floor off of me long enough that I could make a break for it.

    As I’ve said elsewhere, if I had a bullet for every guy who stared at me or followed me or tried to “detain” me, there would be a lot of dead bodies. But I’d never carry a gun. I’m small and not physically strong, a ten year old could probably wrestle it away from me.

  18. DandyTiger says:

    Why are progressives so racist? Case in point:

    1) Calling a 17 year old young man “boy” is racist. I thought we got past the “boy” thing decades ago. Maybe not in western and northeastern progressiveland.

    2) Calling a high school football player, well practiced fighter (from videos) 9 inches taller and 50 or more pounds heavier than a small brown guy he fought, a child or an innocent child is patronizing and racist.

    3) Using code words like cop or cop want-a-be about the brown guy is an attempt to associate “white racist cop” with the brown guy. That’s racist.

    4) They clearly hate brown people, and mixed race people. Calling the brown guy a “white hispanic” is patronizing and code. It’s racist.

    So welcome all latinos to the club. You’re all evil racists just like (non vile prog) white people. I don’t think there are many people not under the bus left, so I think we’ll be OK.

  19. angienc says:

    The vile progs are actually arguing *for* jury nullification to find a defendant *guilty* (which, btw, isn’t what jury nullification means and shows why people shouldn’t use words they don’t understand). Seriously these people are beyond idiots — yeah, great idea, lets find people guilty when the state fails to prove it’s case, that’s “justice.” SMH. The stupid hurts so much I could cry.

  20. helenk3 says:

    in my lifetime I have had
    as a teenager when west phila was turning from white to black incidents with black girls while walking down the street. learned to keep walking do not run or show fear
    went to a see a friend who was moonlighting as a bartender. there was a domestic dispute in the apt upstairs from the bar. woman ran into bar screaming for our friend to call the cops. as he was on the phone my husband and our friends brother were holding the entrance door closed, yelling hit the floor he has a gun. he shot through the door and shot our friend in the throat just missing his jugular . have you ever tried hitting the floor pregnant? it ain’t easy. the couple was black
    the day of MLKs killing I was working in a building between two bell telephone buildings. they had not put their flags at half mast. a mob of blacks was coming to protest. my company let us go early to get away from it. same pregnancy facing angry mob where the only place i could walk was in the middle of traffic to get around them to get to the train station to get home.
    working in Penn Station NYC when a puerto rican politicial group put a bomb in the bag roon right above where I worked. evacuated the whole station, forgot to notify me as I was in a back room with the railroad money. Thank God for the NYC police bomb squad.

    should I blame all blacks and puerto ricans for the actions of some? wouldn’t that be a complete waste of time and energy?
    every race has the good, the bad and the ugly. the sooner all people realise that the safer and happier we will be

  21. helenk3 says:

    at weasele zippers there are many articles about the reaction to the verdict. the one made me angry

    nothing like the senate leader not believing in the justice system of this country.

  22. angienc says:

    What should actually worry people is that Bernie said something to effect in the press conference after the verdict that he had won 78 of his last 79 murder trials. After seeing the bullshit he went to trial with & argued with a straight face knowing he was being televised, it made me wonder how many times the state went to trial with bullshit in those other 78 cases but still got a conviction because the defense didn’t have the time/money/investment in the case that GZ’s attorneys did to *make* the prosecution prove it’s case.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Defense attorneys have a duty to represent guilty clients but prosecutors aren’t supposed to prosecute cases when they know there is insufficient evidence to convict.

      • angienc says:

        My point exactly — Bernie, Corey, et al just proved they have no problem going to trial with insufficient evidence to convict in a case where they *knew* the nation was watching. WTF do they pull in the everyday trials when no one is watching?

  23. helenk3 says:

    nothing like stirring up doubt

    everybody lied according to ben crump. those were not wounds on zimmerman’s face and head.

  24. Internal Exile says:

    Two young men made very bad decisions (Zimmermann is still young from my 50-year-old perspective).

    Zimmermann made a very bad decision when he chose to continue trailing Martin after the police dispatcher told him to back off and let the cops investigate the situation.

    Martin made a fatally bad decision when he chose to go back and confront Zimmermann instead of going home, even though for all Martin knew, the crazy dude stalking him might be carrying a gun.

    Martin did not deserve to die for making a stupid decision, but in the real world, people die every day because they do stupid things, and few of them, if any, deserve their premature deaths.

    As for Zimmermann, it seems he will be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his days, unless he has the financial means to move to some area of the USA–or the larger world–with no significant AA population.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Zimmermann made a very bad decision when he chose to continue trailing Martin after the police dispatcher told him to back off and let the cops investigate the situation.

      That is not what the dispatcher said. And why shouldn’t GZ have been free to walk around his own neighborhood? Why should he have to cower in fear?

      • Internal Exile says:

        I accept that I may be misinformed as to what the dispatcher said.

        As for the rhetorical questions–it seems to me that testosterone-driven “thinking” is why Martin stupidly went back and confronted Zimmermann, and why Zimmermann stupidly followed Martin in the first place.

        One human’s cowardice is another human’s prudence, and one human’s courage is another human’s recklessness.

        • The word “followed” in your description is not the correct phrase. The evidence shows Z walked across the top of the “T: walkway, from one street towards the other, in order to see “which way” M had gone. Once he reached the center of the “T” he could look down the leg, where the walkway went between 24 residences, and could not see M so stopped.

          While he was talking on the phone with dispatch, standing where he could see the mailbox area where his vehicle was parked and waiting for the police, M walked up to him from the direction of his residence.

          To fair minded people, seeing which way someone had gone is not the same as following. All of those activities, btw, are legal and normal for neighborhood watch purposes

    • lyn says:

      Martin chose to beat up Zimmerman. That was Martin’s fatal error.

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