Photo of Oakland “demonstrations, it’s hard to see how this helps their cause
On Sunday, rallies will take place in LA, Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Saturday night protests by dozens to hundreds of people turned into riots with the “protesters” (as the AP calls them) breaking windows of the Oakland Tribune, starting small fires in the streets, spray painting anti-police graffiti, and vandalizing at least one police squad car.
The AP said it was largely “peaceful” and the group dispersed by 10 pm. I am certain this is the same overly-solicitous coverage the tea party would have gotten if they were as rowdy.
After the verdict, at about 10 pm, Angela Corey, the states attorney, under indictment herself, and her two prosecutors retried the case in the media with their post-verdict comments, insisting that George Zimmerman was guilty of 2nd degree murder.
On Sunday morning, the lawyer for the Martin family, appearing on Fox News Sunday, was asked about the NAACP’s plan to request an investigation by the DOJ of possible civil rights violations by George Zimmerman despite the fact that the only evidence of bigotry was exhibited by the 17-year old victim who referred to Zimmerman as a “crazy ass white cracker.”
The lawyer, Darryl Parks, gave an evasive answer, but praised this country for the right to go to different areas of government for justice and to have different venues to review decisions.
His words sent out the message that the family wants the investigation. Prior to this, the Martin family said they knew this was not a race-based case.
A civil rights action is not feasible in this case. The DOJ has already investigated the case and issued a statement that they found no evidence of racial bias though they now claim the case is still being investigated.
The Martin family is looking into suing Zimmerman. The maximum award for wrongful death would be $200,000 but they are not looking for money most likely. They could also sue for any award Zimmerman receives from his lawsuit against NBC.
Parks also said he doesn’t know how the jurors could return an acquittal when an adult, armed with a gun, shot and killed an unarmed child.
Mr. Parks has a disarmingly pleasant manner but his words tell a different story. He especially, as a lawyer, has to know there was so much more to this case and there was no evidence of anything but self-defense.
On Saturday evening, another lawyer for the Martin family, Mr. Crump, drew moral equivalence between the self-defense crime of George Zimmerman to the crimes committed against a civil rights activist and a viciously targeted 14-year old more than 50 years ago in cases in which blacks were legitimately targeted by vicious white racists.
Crump said that Trayvon Martin is a symbol of equal justice for all, next to Medgar Evers and Emmet Till.
Emmett Till, who actually was a black child when brutally murdered, was 14-years old when he was murdered by racists in 1955 for flirting with a white girl. Medger Evers, an activist who attempted to overturn segregation in the University of Mississippi, was murdered by white racists in 1963, fifty years ago.
It is not 1955 or 1963.
During an interview with Geraldo Rivera, Mr. Crump compared the Trayvon shooting to the Amadu Diallo shooting by New York City police. The relevance and connection to that case is non-existent but that didn’t stop Mr. Crump from making the comparison.
When one of the prosecutors, Bernie De la Rionda, gave his over-the-top closing argument he called Zimmerman a “wannabe cop.” He added at one point …and what do cops like to do? They like to shoot people. These are the types of inflammatory comments that are insulting to thinking people and they are words that appeal to the basest, most hate-filled people, the type of people who would riot.
They are words to stir the masses to violence whether that was the intent or not.
None of this should take away from the horror of the shooting of a 17-year old heading home from a mart, but to use him as a symbol of a racial divide when it is not based on fact is bad for our society. This is a tragedy and there are no villains.
It is hard to know if this will be the end of the story but it is not looking good since this trial became a political event to divide the races and to attack the Second Amendment, encouraged by Obama’s DOJ and Obama’s own words.
The prosecutors did not follow the rule of law. They acted politically. Fortunately, the jury ignored the politics and followed the facts.
Ask yourself this: Why does the Obama administration want to divide us along racial lines?
His statement in response to the verdict could give us a hint:
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
Obama wanted to use racial tension to demonize guns and the Second Amendment.
Read about the demonstrations at the AP.
Check out these photos of the “protests.” I recognized a number of the “protesters” in the photos as Occupiers, who do seem to enjoy trying to stir up the locals.