Trayvon Martin’s death is a tragedy. There is no question of that, but it is becoming a circus between the Rev. Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers. It is also becoming a dangerous situation.
The facts of the case are not clear and yet the media has tried and convicted George Zimmerman. There is another side to this story and to Trayvon Martin.
Trayvon Martin had several school suspensions which is not much in of itself. His mother said that they don’t matter and, in a court of law, they don’t. It certainly doesn’t matter if he was indeed murdered as his parents believe. What does matter is that Trayvon’s image might not match who he really is and the demonization of George Zimmerman might have resulted from a rush to judgment.
At least one eyewitness account and evidence at the scene indicate that George Zimmerman might have been telling the truth when he said Trayvon came after him while he walked back to his car and that Trayvon was beating him at the time of the shooting. It is also possible that Tryavon’s shooting was manslaughter or murder. The point is that we don’t know, despite the media attacks on George Zimmerman and the insane rants of the New Black Panthers.
Trayvon’s tweets show a different side than the one depicted in the media. You can check them and his Facebook communications on Wagist. Keep in mind that kids tweet and Facebook ridiculous comments that often mean nothing and these probably mean nothing – it’s what kids do. The only reason I mention it is because only one side of the story is being told and people are trying to start a race war over it, which is absurd considering the fact that Zimmerman defines himself as Hispanic.
It is alleged that Zimmerman was not an official watchman. Allegedly, according to some accounts, Trayvon got away from Zimmerman who then went after him a second time. This really is a complicated case and the courts must be the ultimate decision makers.
My goal is not to demean Trayvon Martin but to paint a more complete picture because we don’t really know who the victim was here. Don’t forget that Zimmerman thought he was performing a job and claims he was walking back to his car when he was jumped and beaten. The case needs to be throughly investigated for the sake of everyone involved.
That takes me to Rev. Al Sharpton who has jumped into the fray. I could pick on any number of the people who have done so but Rev. Al holds a particular place in my heart. He has a history of destroying people with little or no evidence and even faked evidence.
On November 28, 1987, Tawana Brawley, who had been missing from her home in Wappinger Falls for four days, was found covered in feces in a garbage bag with the words “KKK” “Nigger” and “Bitch” written on her body. She appeared to be semi-conscious. She said she was raped and later said it was not rape but other types of sexual assault. She named no one but said it was three white men and one was a police officer. At one point, it was allegedly six white men.
There was no evidence of any sexual assault nor was there any evidence that she was exposed to the elements even though she claimed she was held in the woods for four days with evening temperatures below zero.
Rev. Al Sharpton, with attorneys Alton H. Maddox and C. Vernon Mason jumped into the case and it exploded. The three named names – a part-time police officer, named Harry Crist Jr., who committed suicide within a couple weeks of the incident, and an Assistant AG, Steve Pagones. Harry Crist Jr. was despondent over his failure to pass the police department test before he aged out. His girlfriend had very recently broken up with him. He couldn’t handle it and ended his life. He was described by friends and family as hard-working and kind.
So how did his name get pulled into the case?
…A postal worker told investigators that sometime around the period during which Ms. Brawley said she was abducted, he spotted a car that resembled Mr. Crist’s near the place where Ms. Brawley was found.
And in a telephone conversation that Ms. Brawley had with a friend, and that law enforcement officials recorded, she alluded to Mr. Crist’s death in connection with what she said had happened to her.
His name leaked out in news reports and Ms. Brawley’s advisers seized on it, brandishing it in public forums… Read more: NY Times
It was from there that Steve Pagones’ name was dragged into the case because he provided an alibi for Crist. Pagones testified that he was out shopping with Harry Crist when the alleged assault occurred. Sharpton then named Pagones as one of the perpetrators.
As someone who lived through this hoax, it was clear to even the media by this time that the allegations were getting more and more ludicrous.
WIKI: …On October 6, 1988, the Abrams Grand Jury released its 170-page report concluding Brawley had not been abducted, assaulted, raped and sodomized, as had been claimed by Brawley and her advisers. The report further concluded that the “unsworn public allegations against Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney Steven Pagones” were false and had no basis in fact. To issue the report, the Grand Jury heard from 180 witnesses, saw 250 exhibits and recorded more than 6,000 pages of testimony.
In the decision, the grand jury noted many problems with Brawley’s story. Among these were that the rape kit results did not indicate sexual assault. Also, despite her claim of having been held captive for days, Brawley was not suffering from exposure, was well-nourished, and appeared to have brushed her teeth recently. Despite her clothing being charred, there were no burns on her body. Although a shoe she was wearing was cut through, Brawley had no injuries to her foot. The racial epithets written on her were upside down, which led to suspicion that Brawley had written the words. Testimony from her schoolmates indicated she had attended a local party during the time of her supposed abduction. One witness claimed to have observed Brawley’s climbing into the garbage bag. Brawley never testified…
Tawana might have lied because she was facing the possibility of violent punishment by her mother and stepfather. Once she was so far along with this story, there was no turning back and, to this day, she has not explained what really happened.
Steve Pagones, father of three, said that the stress from this event broke up his marriage. He sued and in 1998, a jury found that the three advisers, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, had defamed Mr. Pagones and awarded him $345,000 in damages from them. Ms. Brawley, whom Mr. Pagones had also sued, defaulted by not appearing at the trial, and the judge ordered her to pay him damages of $185,000 which she never paid. Sharpton never paid but the Black community paid Sharpton’s share of the damages. Read more: NY Times
It appeared that Sharpton might very well have helped fabricate the lie that implicated Crist and Pagones.
We had a case on Long Island a couple years ago that was tragic and there was no even-handed justice. A young white man was told by a girl he knew that his black friend threatened to rape her, which later turned out to be a lie. The young man, while drunk, went to his black friend’s house with a gang of friends and screamed threats and racial epithets at the father of the friend.
Now, this is where it gets dicey. The father, instead of going into his home and waiting for police, told his son to get his gun, which the son did. The father then shot the young white man in the face.
Rev. Al held a march on Long Island on behalf of the shooter and continued to advocate strongly for him during and after the trial. The shooter was given a two-year sentence but served only 8 months for the vigilante justice he meted out.
Rev. Al seems to bring injustice wherever he goes. He also brings firestorms of controversy and violence without ever being called out for it.
Originally the Martin case blew up because of the possibility of racial bias.
Zimmerman is Hispanic-American and a registered Democrat which might change how we look at the case. In the end though, he did shoot and kill Trayvon Martin.