Justice is supposed to be the American way. But the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin has revealed two starkly different visions of what Americans think justice should be.
What is justice for Martin — the 17-year-old black youth, mourned by many as a victim who was minding his own business when he fell under misplaced suspicion? What is justice for Zimmerman, seen by many others as a good neighbor who made a fatal mistake?
Just for the sake of clarity let’s look at the definition of justice. Justice is fairness or reasonableness, especially the way people are treated or decisions are made; system and application of law means the legal system, or the act of applying or upholding the law.
Validity is also in the definition of justice which basically means, is the act measuring what it intends to measure and does there exist validity in the law. Also good reason; have all aspects of sound or good reason been looked at? And lastly, a judge especially a judge of a higher court.
The national conversation over the verdict shows two sides talking about two different things: either the two minutes when Zimmerman and Martin fought face to face, or the centuries of racial context that many believe caused a senseless death. We do openly and admittedly have difficulty for the second aspect or reason as to why this event came to be. Or it seems strange but if this were not about centuries of racial context, say a white person fighting another white guy and the only means of escape is using [as in this case] a gun. Would anyone care?
We think not – our validity is that this happens every day and not a word is said.
We believe that this particular matter between Zimmerman and Martin has its unique place in the press – media is problematic. Furthermore, we have very strong evidence that this matter was brought into politics – for what other reason than for individual advancement. There is also evidence that the Department of Justice was involved in exacerbating or making things worse by assisting with the financing and get this: the planning, organizing, and time management of protests.
Most people either choose to be or just are not enough into this case to know that the F.B.I. has done an extensive investigation into all aspects of this case and found that Zimmerman should not have been brought to trial. The FBI is a division of the Department of Justice.
We further believe that the Attorney General of the U.S. Eric Holder, is abetting in the post-prosecution of George Zimmerman. His speech today at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was misguided in part and it was when he finally addressed the “Stand your Ground” law in Florida did he begin to make any sense whatsoever.
In the United States, stand-your-ground law states that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first. The concept sometimes exists in statutory law and sometimes through common law precedents. One key distinction is whether the concept only applies to defending a home or vehicle, or whether it applies to all lawfully occupied locations.
Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the “stand your ground” law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit. The difference between immunity and a defense is that immunity bars suit, charges, detention, and arrest. A defense, such as an affirmative defense, permits a plaintiff or the state to seek civil damages or a criminal conviction but may offer mitigating circumstances that justify the accuser’s conduct.
This is what Florida Statutes offer for stand your ground laws. If one is open and honest with themselves as well as others, and most importantly to the rule of law in the United States then it is time to accept this statute. If not, our proposal is that your behavior’s should either be directed against the state of Florida or through your Congressional officials you elected or who didn’t get elected.
This law is just that – a law. We have all been privy to the making of various laws and the undoing of other laws. We believe that if one does not like the law then go to the proper place for your protests. We would also like to mention that protesting does not include the destruction of another’s property, city or county or community property.
If Dr. King were alive today, what would he be saying about the proceedings going on in 100 cities? Furthermore, the city and county of Sanford, Florida including the Florida States Attorney General had problems when it came to charging Zimmerman; why? There was not enough hard (or real) evidence to even try the man. Moreover, why did the Sanford, Florida Police Chief resign his office when the Justice Department demanded that the State’s Attorney get involved and bring charges?