Zimmerman Should Sue–the Media, State of Florida, DOJ…

ramirez_20130713Al Sharpton along with the NAACP are calling for an investigation into the Zimmerman trial by the Department of Justice to determine if there have been any civil rights violations against Trayvon Martin. Despite the fact that the FBI determined a year ago that there was “no evidence…[that] George Zimmerman was motivated by racial bias or hatred,” Sharpton and the other race-baiters are sure that if the DOJ gets involved, they will find some way to try George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. After all, it worked against the police officers who were acquitted of the beating of Rodney King, right?

I am no lawyer, and I am not well-versed in the intricacies of the law, but I do believe there are (or should be!) grounds for several lawsuits as a result of this year-long spectacle. I just don’t think George Zimmerman should be the target. I think this trial has produced a target-rich environment for lawsuits to benefit the recently acquitted defendant. After all, his life will never be the same and he will always have to watch his back.

If I were in George Zimmerman’s shoes, the first lawsuit I would file would be against various members of the mainstream media. He has already sued NBC for the doctored 911 tape, used by the media to attempt to demonstrate his racial bias in observing and reporting of Martin’s suspicious behavior in the neighborhood that had been plagued with repeated break-ins.  Hopefully, the not-guilty verdict will increase the chances of a win in that case. But other members of the media are just as guilty as NBC of creating a false narrative of the story by painting Trayvon Martin as an innocent, young kid attacked by an overzealous, racist neighborhood watch captain. How long did they show pictures of a 12-year-old cherub (Trayvon) and an old mug shot of Zimmerman before alternative media called them on it? How many times did this tragedy get portrayed as a white on black crime before the media admitted that Zimmerman is Hispanic, white and even part black himself? They finally settled on the label, “white Hispanic,” a label newly created just for this situation.

The media also had no hesitation in repeating false statements that made Zimmerman look like the aggressor. As NewsBusters points out, “Biased outlets almost always ignored the evidence which clearly suggested it was Martin who initiated their conversation and Zimmerman’s testimony that Martin initiated the violence.” They also avoided reporting that made Martin look like anything but an innocent young kid, things like his propensity for street fighting, his school suspensions, his previous encounters with law enforcement, and what Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail and Skittles are commonly used for by teenagers in the hip-hop culture. The mainstream media has been completely disingenuous in their presentation of the “facts” of this case, and in doing so, have destroyed the reputation and the possibility for a normal life for George Zimmerman, who did what he had to do to save his own life. The problem with suing over this is, where do you start?

Another obvious target for a lawsuit would be the State of Florida, for not having the cajones to stand by the judgment of the local Sanford officials. They determined that there was no evidence of a crime committed by George Zimmerman and that the tragic incident was a clear case of self-defense. Now, over a year and a million dollars later, the jury agrees. Had the State of Florida stood firm and trusted local law enforcement instead of bowing to the race agitators, we would have saved that money, we would have been spared the racial animus this trial has perpetuated, and George Zimmerman would have his life back. I think that is worth a few million right there.

Then there is Angela Corey, who, in her statement on Sunday night, did not seem to understand that she had lost the case. During the question and answer part of the interview, she continued to argue for Zimmerman’s guilt, in spite of the fact that the jury had ruled. She still holds the position that the screams were Trayvon Martin’s because they stopped as soon as he was shot. Huh? Zimmerman’s injuries did not rise to the level of great bodily harm. Huh? We did not believe that he could have been straddled and still able to get to his gun to fire it. Huh? The case is over, stop trying to rile up the masses and ruin this man’s life, Ms. Corey! Don’t forget, too, that she withheld evidence from the defense that could have benefited the defendant. Oh, and she just fired the whistleblower. That just reeks of corruption at the expense of an innocent man, who should be compensated.

On the federal level, I think there are grounds for a lawsuit against the Department of Justice for spending thousands of taxpayer dollars to send members of their “peacekeeping division,” the Community Relations Service, to Sanford to facilitate anti-Zimmerman protests, which eventually resulted in the firing of Police Chief Bill Lee, among other things. “Among the protests assisted by the Justice Department was one headlined by activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton.” (examiner.com) What business is it of Eric Holder’s DOJ to be spending our money stirring up racial tensions in Sanford? If our local officials saw a clear case of self-defense, now confirmed by the jury, what business is it of theirs to second guess that conclusion? Oh, right, the victim was one of “Holder’s people,” and the assailant was white, oops, a white Hispanic.

And speaking of race pimps, the last target I can think of for now are all of those folks like Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan, and Crump, who saw this tragedy as an opportunity to stir up the mob and make some bucks. After all, attorney Benjamin Crump managed to squeeze a million dollar plus settlement out George Zimmerman’s homeowners’ association. Surely there is more to be made out of this obviously racist situation. These people are truly despicable. Where is their outrage, their protesting when 41 people are shot in Chicago over the course of one weekend? Who threatens to riot when four young, black gang members beat up and throw a white man into traffic to his death in Atlanta? I guess there is no money to be made there. Yes, there needs to be a conversation about race in America, but it isn’t about random white people looking for black teenagers to kill. Black kids are being killed by other black kids, and some black teens think playing the Knockout game with the chance white person is great fun. Unfortunately for him, Trayvon Martin encountered a white person (oops, a white Hispanic who is part black) who was able to defend himself. And the race pimps hope to make money off of his martyrdom.

George Zimmerman was able to defend himself from Trayvon Martin’s attack, but it remains to be seen if he will survive the assault he has experienced at the hands of the media and our justice system according to Angela Corey. What is he supposed to do with the rest of his life now with people tweeting death threats and wearing shirts with his face in crosshairs silkscreened on them? It will take a lot of money for him to live in hiding for the next ten years or so – perhaps even for the rest of his life. I hope he gets millions.

Katie Abercrombie

Florida PolitiChick Katie Abercrombie, native of North Carolina and a long-time resident in Florida, is a 20-year homeschooling veteran. Now that her four children are grown, she continues to indulge her love for teaching and learning by tutoring, substitute teaching, and teaching writing classes for homeschoolers. She earned her BS degree from Florida Southern College and her MA from Rollins College. BC, or Before Children, she served as the Director of Youth and Family Ministry at her church and has continued to be active in ministry and leadership in her current church. Homeschooling afforded her many opportunities to be politically active and she recently retired from a term on the Orange County Republican Executive Committee. Like Katie's Political Page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @aberaussie.

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