This story is interesting. A 17 year old black boy, Trayvon Martin, was killed by the white leader of the neighborhood watch, George Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin lived in a “gated community” (I.e. relatively wealthy residents). He went to the store to buy groceries, and was murdered on the way back home.
So far, George Zimmerman was neither arrested nor indicted. George Zimmerman probably will get away with murder. George Zimmerman probably assumed that Trayvon Martin was a criminal, based solely on his skin color.
Even if Trayvon Martin ran away or was hostile towards George Zimmerman, that isn’t a capital offense. That’s a reasonable reaction, when a jerk confronts you.
Trayvon Martin was unarmed. George Zimmerman is an amateur State-sanctioned murderer. You always carry a spare gun to plant on the corpse!
According to the comments in the above Huffington Post article, George Zimmerman was 28 years old. He was going to school to become a policeman. His parents probably are well-connected. That explains the leniency. There are two justice systems, one for insiders and one for everyone else.
The rules for a “neighborhood watch” are “Never confront a criminal. Call the police.” I disagree with that rule. You should be prepared to protect your property. However, that rule would have spared Trayvon Martin’s life, if George Zimmerman followed it. George Zimmerman disobeyed a rule that every “neighborhood watch” member is suppose to know; that should make for an easy indictment. George Zimmerman was studying to be a policeman. That made him trigger-happy. He thought he was being a hero, murdering a criminal.
Also, if you’re a member of the “neighborhood watch” in a gated community, you should know the residents.
I disagree with “mens rea”. It makes no difference if you kill someone because you did it on purpose, or you’re so incompetent that you don’t know any better. The result is the same. It makes no difference if George Zimmerman was sincerely trying to stop a crime, or he’s an evil murdering racist.
Suppose a black neighborhood watch guard killed a white teenager? What if the victim was the son of a policeman or politician? In those cases, there definitely would have been an arrest and indictment by now, and probably no bail.
Trayvon Martin’s parents are acting like obedient slaves, begging for an indictment. A free man would say “You murdered my son! I’m going to hunt you down and kill you myself!” (And if you ever do decide that it’s necessary to do such a thing, don’t tell anyone, just do it. I’m for nonviolent resistance, but murdering one of my children crosses the line.) If the justice system were fair, that should be an acceptable reaction.
If there was violent retaliation every time a State thug abused his power, they would think twice before committing a crime. Only in a society of slaves would parents passively beg for an indictment, after their son was murdered. George Zimmerman knew that the State had his back, encouraging him to shoot first and ask questions later.
I like the wergeld system. That’s a compensation-based justice system. Under such a system, Trayvon Martin’s relatives would have two choices. They could accept a huge fine as compensation for murder, or kill George Zimmerman. A pro-State troll says, “In a compensation-based justice system, a wealthy person could murder and just pay the fine.” That would not happen, because the victims’ relatives could say “We waive the fine. Instead, we’ll kill you and call it even.”
Trayvon Martin’s relatives still have options. There could be a Federal indictment based on Federal Civil Rights law, because the murder was race-based. I’m surprised that the President doesn’t push for that. I always thought that was wrong, that the same action is both a Federal and state crime. In this case, it’d be appropriate, if Florida’s “justice” system doesn’t lead to a murder conviction.
Another option is a “wrongful death” lawsuit against George Zimmerman. It depends on what assets he has. Another option is a civil lawsuit against the homeowners’ association and neighborhood watch. I don’t like that, because it takes from people other than the murderer.
Another option is “Trayvon Martin’s relatives can go to the grand jury, and make a presentment directly themselves.” This is a common misconception, “Only the State prosecutor can present evidence to a grand jury.” That is false. Anyone can present evidence to a grand jury. However, if you made a direct presentment and got an indictment, you still may be SOL if the State prosecutor doesn’t follow up on it.
Another question is “Why are Trayvon Martin’s parents still paying taxes?” They shouldn’t do it the stupid Cindy Sheehan way, refusing to pay taxes on income the IRS already knows about. If you’re paid on a 1099 or W-2 or use the State banking system, you should declare the income and pay the tax. If you’re serious about freedom, you have to do it agorist style. Work 100% off-the-books. Deal in cash/gold/silver. Don’t use the State banking system at all. As the State economy collapses, working off-the-books will be more and more attractive.
There probably will be a sham investigation. There may not even be a conviction on a “lesser offense” of manslaughter. George Zimmerman may still be eligible to work as a policeman.
When Rule Of Law breaks down, the only way to get justice is to get it yourself. In this case, the State is protecting George Zimmerman from retribution. If Trayvon Martin’s relatives hunted down George Zimmerman and got proper justice, then they would be falsely charged with murder. (In fact, a hardcore pro-State troll might say it’s illegal for me to even suggest such a thing, that you should get justice for yourself when Rule Of Law breaks down.)
A pro-State troll says “Without government, a group of thugs would go around extorting and murdering, and get away with it.” That is exactly how the State criminal conspiracy operates now. George Zimmerman must have excellent political connections, to escape prosecution.
The State is protecting George Zimmerman from justice. They are having a sham investigation and no indictment. Trayvon Martin’s relatives are supposed to accept whatever decision the State prosecutor makes. It would be illegal for Trayvon Martin’s relatives to get justice for themselves. Only a slave would politely beg for an indictment after his son is murdered.