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In Defense of George Zimmerman?

Ever since the media latched on to the Trayvon Martin killing (view our collection of Trayvon Martin cartoons here), they seem to be certain of one thing – George Zimmerman, the neighbor watch man who shot the Florida teenager, is guilty of murder.

Most cartoonists have focused on the tragedy of Trayvon’s death, but Michael McParlane went a different direction and focused on the media’s newfound role and judge, jury and exuctioner:

I asked Michael his thoughts, and here’s what he emailed me:

Debates are rampant over whether or not the same backlash would be exhibited if this were a black on black murder. Large groups of people can effect dramatic change, but where are the current protestors, and carpetbaggers, when the crime is not deemed “racist”?

Does he have a point?

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31 replies on “In Defense of George Zimmerman?”

I disgree with the cartoon's premise. Only people charged with an offence are "innocent till proven guilty". The point of the outrage is that Zimmerman escaped being charged with anything at all.
Zimmerman shot to death an unarmed young teenager who had been minding his own business, walking a public street, before being confronted by an armed Zimmerman, who claimed self-defence.
The anecdotal evidence that has dripped out since has only fuelled the public disquiet (claims by Zimmerman that Trayvon Martin bashed ZImmerman's head to the pavement – unwitnessed by anyone – stretch credulity given the complete lack of injury shown on the police video).
Did Zimmerman murder Trayvon Martin? I don't know. But justice demands that he be made to fully account for the circumstances in which he took a young man's life.

Another thing to consider is that Zimmerman's claims of self defense are totally unwarranted. He was told by the police dispatcher to NOT pursue Martin. Had he complied, we wouldn't have to deal with this ugly case.

There are going to be a lot of people in the media & general public with egg on their face if it turns out that Zimmerman was the one screaming for help. There is now a close up picture of the back of his head that shows a long vertical gash on the back of his head. Zimmerman should have just minded his own business, though… Just sayin'…

Give me a break. Zimmerman has not escaped being charged. The investigation is ongoing. If they had arrested him that night, he would have required an arraignment the next day and there simply wasn't enough evidence to charge him yet. Any judge would have released him and admonished the police for arresting him. Yes, a black 17 year old is dead. Yes, he probably never would have been even approached had he not been black. But approaching someone is not a hate crime. Nor is it murder. You're implying that because Zimmerman disregarded professional advice that he is responsible for any consequences that follow. That's just not true. If the facts show that Martin actually did throw him to the ground and begin beating him as WITNESSES CORROBORATE, then we'll see if charges are warranted.

The Bill of Rights require "due process." This Wild West statute, "stand your ground," supports vigilantism and lawlessness. All of the evidence to prove Zimmerman guilty or not guilty was wiped away. The blood on him could have been blowback from close range shooting. Whose blood was it splattered all over him? It is a constitutional issue of due process and diligence and evidence. The potential for murder can't be legalized. Crime scene integrity and investigation must still be part of any law dealing with lethal force. That is the reason for the outrage. Police procedure to charge this man with manslaughter was interfered with. No man is above the law. We are (or used to be) a nation of laws, not men

Michael McParlane, most are outraged at Zimmerman's role as wanna-be police, judge, jury and executioner. How can you pick a fight, get your ass beat and call it self defense? It's time for Daddy Zimmerman to stop making excuses for the huge disappointments of his son. That's what is really going on in this case. It's like a tragic western movie where the father cannot accept the failings of his son until it is too late. Maybe George thought he did something heroic to please his father, which he hasn't done in all of his years of living.

Yes, "claims by Zimmerman that Trayvon Martin bashed ZImmerman's head to the pavement – unwitnessed by anyone" may stretch the credibility of some, though a smaller man (or woman) beating up someone larger is not unheard of, but the claim that Marin was a " young teenager who had been minding his own business," at the time of the confrontation, had also been unwitnessed by anyone.
Until enough real evidence to convict turns up, Zimmerman remains innocent in the eyes fo the law…

Honestly?? if it were a man of color and white kid dead? NOTHING! White peopl dont cry out they way minorities do. My friends son was murdered (by a black man) shot in the back 6 times. He died in his friends arm on the way to the hospital that night. Did we put a bounty on the killers head? NO! Did his address get tweeted? NO! Did we throw marches NO. The only thing we do in his honor is a basketball tournament each year. You need to remember, white people are not allowed to get angry when someone of another race harms us…its racist.

" It's time for Daddy Zimmerman to stop making excuses for the huge disappointments of his son."

And i would suppose that is would also be time for Daddy Martin to quit telling everyone that the past confrontations with authorities of his son could have no bearing on what may have lead to his son's death…

I wonder if the teenager had been white would Obama have said that the boy would have been his son. I also wonder if Spike Lee doesn't care about white people, just like Kanye West accused George Bush of not caring about white people. For Lee to have tweeted a family's address is like the white KKK posting the address of a black family. Now we have the black KKK – "The New Black Panther Party" – posting a bounty on Zimmerman. I remember "The New Black Panther Party" members during the Duke University rape issue saying, as the white defendants walked into court, "Dead man walking." Guess what folks, despite what "Sister Souljah" claimed, that only white people are racists I would remind you of Jesse Jackson's comment about walking home one night and hearing a group of young men behind him. He feared they were black. When he saw that they were white he was relieved that he would not be assaulted. Black people are as racist as whites, Hispanicks are as racist as whites and blacks.

Exactly. Even the soda pop detective series on TV show that unless there's a fear of someone leaving the state, country, etc. They always get "evidence" to support whatever charges are being made on a person.
Once they have enough "evidence" to press charges and know what charges they will press will they actually bring him in front of a judge.
All the hating, second guessing, fault finding, etc. isn't accomplishing anything useful or worthwhile.
Let the justice system do what it does best and you'll all see shortly that justice will be served whether it is Zimmerman or not.
Of course there can also be a miscarriage of justice say like the OJ trial but lets not bring that torch to this rally at this point.

Correction on my above post: "…just like Kanye West accused George Bush of not caring about black people."

The difference between your situation and this case comes down to why the altercations occurred in the first place. Was the death of your friend's son related in any way to his being white? Was he sought out due to his race? In the Martin case, Zimmerman's actions were directly related to the fact that he found the presence of a black teenager to be threatening. If he had seen a white teenager wandering by under the same circumstances, it is highly unlikely that we would have seen the same outcome. That is what makes it racist.

Where are the current pictures of Zimmerman and Martin? I've seen nice pictures of Zimmerman, but not in the liberal media. Where are the modern photos of Martin with his gold teeth and gang banger tattoos, not the early pictures of him as a young teen. At the same time two blacks tried to burn a white kid to death and nothing is said and a baby was shot in a drive by that could have been black on black but no great media outcry. Even Martin Luther king's niece, a pastor, asked Sharpston aand Jackson to quit raxce baiting.

I'm sorry for your loss and for the fact that a large portion of the world puts a relatively different value on a person's life. All life is precious and we should all be looking for ways to eliminate all loss of life rather than spending countless hours and calories over varying opinions over what lives are more or less painful for the living. Until we as a civilization recognize this truth we will never be able to call ourselves civilized or even human for that matter.
People in general seem to find so little of value in their own life that they are drawn to social diversions such as this forum where they can vent and rant over their own unhappiness.
Let;s imagine an open conference of mixed attendance and how many people venting hate and opinions would do so with out the anonymous internet hole they're hiding in now.
Everyone chill out and reflect internally over what matters "to you" and wonder if your thoughts really matter to anyone else or if sharing them will really make any difference.

Most people are questioning the incompetence of the police investigation, the ineptness of the evidence gathering attempts, the failure to seek out witnesses before releasing Zimmerman. He disobeyed an order not to follow. He was a neighborhood watch, with emphasis on watch, not an armed and dangerous policeman wannabe.. Where are the bandages on his broken nose, the bloody clothes from this altercation in which he feared for his life. Why wouldn't the police document his physical condition to justify the lack of charges? If the truth be known, the arms pointing at Zimmerman should be white, black, and every color, all with the question, Why?

can you possibly be that stupid? Get a grip dimwit…The "liberal media"..GE, Disney, Viacom, Time/Warner and Murdock are "liberal" front groups..pitiful..put your headphones on and listen to Clear Channel…you need meds for your delusions.

Here's the bottom line. Martin was unarmed, Zimmerman had a gun. Since when is it "self-defense" to shoot someone armed only with a pack of skittles? Hit him in the head with the damn gun if punches are being thrown. I'd still like to know why Zimmerman got out of the car after being told by 911 to back off.

"The point of the outrage is that Zimmerman escaped being charged with anything at all.
Zimmerman shot to death an unarmed young teenager who had been minding his own business, walking a public street, before being confronted by an armed Zimmerman, who claimed self-defence.
The anecdotal evidence that has dripped out since has only fuelled the public disquiet (claims by Zimmerman that Trayvon Martin bashed ZImmerman's head to the pavement – unwitnessed by anyone – stretch credulity given the complete lack of injury shown on the police video)."

Brian,
You're wrong, on several counts.
First off, a witness on NBC news (a young black man) said that he saw a man on top of another man, punching him.
The interviewer prompted him for the color of the shirt of the man on the bottom. "White shirt? Red shirt?"
The young man replied "red" right away, placing Zimmerman on the ground, being attacked.

Secondly, the 'lack of injury' on a grainy police video misses two things:
a) the police wrote up his injuries in their report, including his bloody nose/face and the back of his head
b) he was taken in for medical evaluation before questioning. Any blood would have been wiped off there, and his injuries attended to.

You wrote that you "didn't know" if Zimmerman killed Martin, but your arguments look past the evidence.
Justice demands that if he WAS being attacked by Martin, and if that WAS his voice on the 9/11 tape yelling for help, that he be allowed to defend himself.
Particularly since no one was coming to his defense at the time.

"Another thing to consider is that Zimmerman's claims of self defense are totally unwarranted."

And you know this…. how??
A witness puts Martin on top of Zimmerman hitting him. How does that not equal self-defense?

Pay attention; you're being led by the narrative of the parents, rather then the evidence coming to light.
On NBC, they had a young man who was walking his dog at the time. He said that one man was on top of the other, on the ground. The guy on the bottom, he said, was getting beat by the man on the top.
When asked about the color of the shirt of the man on the bottom, the witness was prompted: "white? red?"
The witness said "red."
That put Martin on top of Zimmerman.
It doesn't exactly make it sound like Zimmerman was the one attacking Martin.

Actually, the "stand your ground" supports you being able to save your life.
If its true that Martin was bashing Zimmerman's head, and it appears so, Zimmerman was about to go unconscious if he hadn't pulled his weapon and shot.

The parents spent a lot of time building up this narrative of the kid as someone who was just walking around with candy and iced tea, and then was shot.

They even released a picture of the kid making him look like the world's most innocent dude… rather then the guy who used the Twitter nickname “NO_LIMIT_NIGGA.” And no, that's not me being racist. That was his actual Twitter name.
He liked playing up to the thug lifestyle.

Zimmerman shot Martin – no one, including Zimmerman is constesting that fact.
Martin was unarmed. Again, no one, including Zimmerman is constesting that fact.
Martin is dead. Again, no one, including Zimmerman is constesting that fact.

Zimmerman shot an unarmed man. This is fact clear and simple. This alone is grounds to be charged for Manslaughter (2nd degree murder).

Zimmerman's defense is "I stood my ground under law"

Back to the facts…
Zimmerman was on the neighborhood watch – no one, including Zimmerman is constesting that fact.
Zimmerman was armed with a pistol – no one, including Zimmerman is constesting that fact.
Zimmerman Called 911 – no one, including Zimmerman is constesting that fact.
911 told him *not* to persue or approach the suspicious person – no one, including Zimmerman is constesting that fact.

Zimmerman ignored offical response from law enforcement and proceeded to confront "suspicious person" – no one, including Zimmerman is constesting that fact.

At this point Zimmerman is a vigilante. Not only that, he is CONFRONTING a person who has not been charged by anyone authroized to do so as having actually broken any law.

He did not "stand his ground"
He most likely picked a fight and got hit back, then drew a gun.

We don't know for sure if such a fight broke out, because one of the key people who could have testified about it was killed.

Martin was not armed. Martin did not interact with Zimmerman in anyway before being persued then confronted.

He should have been charged with manslaughter that night.

Zimmerman and Martin were the same race, and so are Zimmerman, Martin and I all the same race. There is only one human race, Homo sapiens, and we are all members of it. The blackest bushman and me with my ivory skin are all the same race. We will not end racism until we end the fiction that people belong to "different races" based on the color of their skin.

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