According to some of George Zimmerman’s friends, Zimmerman is in fear of his safety after receiving death threats:
George Zimmerman, who has claimed he shot Trayvon Martin on February 26 in self-defense, is staying at an undisclosed location after widely circulated death threats and word of a $10,000 bounty to find him, said legal adviser Craig Sonner, who said he would represent Zimmerman if charges are filed.
That is not good. While I, like many people, think that Zimmerman should be arrested and charged given the available evidence, no one should threaten his life, let alone take a bounty out on him (although the bounty is only to bring him in to the police, not to harm him). That is not the way justice should work. That would be doing things the way Zimmerman did.
His friends went on to state:
Friends of Zimmerman, who has not spoken to the media, said he was extremely upset about the shooting.
“I mean, he took a man’s life and he has no idea what to do about it. He’s extremely remorseful about it,” said his friend Joe Oliver.
For a “extremely remorseful” man he is rather quiet. He has not released any public statement expressing remorse. He likely has not contacted Trayvon’s parents. If he wanted to show remorse, he could easily turn himself in or at least hand over the gun used to kill Trayvon to the police. That would at least make it look like he is trying to set things right.
“What makes all these people who are threatening George any better than the person they think he is?” he added. “You’ve got all these people wanting to lynch the man, and they don’t know the whole story.
“There are huge gaps that are being filled in and interpreted without evidence,” he said.
There is a slight difference. We know Trayvon was unarmed. We know, by Zimmerman’s own statements, that Zimmerman followed Trayvon after being told not to. We also have a report from a witness who said she saw Zimmerman “straddling the body, basically a foot on both sides of Trayvon’s body, and his hands pressed on his back” and that “Zimmerman never turned him over or tried to help him or CPR or anything.”
Again, I do not condone vigilante violence against anyone. However, what makes those people better than Zimmerman is that they did not chase down a 17-year-old boy walking home in the rain armed with a bag of Skittles and iced tea.
As for the whole story, Zimmerman admitted on the 911 call to following Trayvon just because he looked “suspicious.” Trayvon had no record, was not accused of committing any crimes, and, by Zimmerman’s own admission, was just looking around. The moment Zimmerman went after Trayvon for no legitimate reason after being told not to follow the boy, Trayvon was ironically allowed to defend himself against Zimmerman under the Stand Your Ground law. So if he bashed the man on the back of the head or broke his nose, he had a legal right to. The only way Zimmerman would be the victim is if Trayvon approached Zimmerman before Zimmerman started following him. But again, we know that did not happen based on Zimmerman’s own 911 call.
When you shoot an unarmed boy minding his own business, you do not get to play the victim. If he broke your nose after you followed him, good. If he kicked your ass, good. If he put up such a fight that your only option was to shoot him, I would say you got the least you deserved. I do not have any sympathy for someone who got injured while chasing down and killing a child because the child was the wrong color.
That said, it is true that we do not know all the facts. There are gaps in what happened. However, the information we do have and the information continuing to come out suggests that Zimmerman deliberately went after Trayvon and Trayvon may have stood his ground when Zimmerman approached him. I do not know what the investigators will find, but I suspect that they will not see that Zimmerman was defending himself from an unwarranted attack by Trayvon.