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VERDICT: Trayvon had right to stand his ground

Letter by Kerry J. Phibbs, South Hill on July 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm with No Comments »
July 24, 2013 12:30 pm

From most of what I’ve heard and read, we’ve got the Martin-Zimmerman conflict backwards.

George Zimmerman left a place of security and stalked someone who he thought was suspicious. Trayvon Martin was walking from the store, having done nothing, committed no crime and completely within his rights to freedom and liberty when he sees Zimmerman stalking him.

Zimmerman is not in danger, Martin is; he’s being stalked. He’s a black kid being stalked by a white man. As far as Martin (or anyone in his shoes) knows he is in danger of being attacked. He’s done nothing, committed no crime.

Martin, the stalked, has the right to stand his ground and defend himself against possible deadly harm. Zimmerman, the stalker, has given up his rights to anything; he’s the aggressor.

Martin is not obligated to run and can defend himself within the laws of Florida and humanity. Trayvon Martin was in the process of standing his ground and defending his safety and freedom. Zimmerman was in the position of having to back off and leave him alone.

By not doing so, Zimmerman is the person in the wrong, not Martin, and is guilty of stalking with the apparent purpose to do harm, perhaps kill, rape or who knows what (in the eyes of Martin), and then is guilty of, in fact, killing Martin with a gun.

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