But upon returning home, I was gobsmacked with a piece of information that really set my BS meter off: the New Black Panthers had put a bounty on Zimmerman's head and were in the beginning stages of a rout, that is, the prelude to a riot, over the fact that the police had determined that Zimmerman's story matched the evidence and did not arrest him.
Now, I have a specific litmus for any cases involving the Black Panthers, and sure enough, the evidence that came out proved me right.
It seems that Zimmerman was on his way back to his vehicle when he was assaulted (assault is a crime, by the way,) by Martin. Zimmerman sustained some injuries in the assault but was legally armed and defended himself from more serious injuries.
Martin is consistently portrayed as a victim in this incident even though HE initiated the attack. When you decide to assault someone, you have accepted all risks, including the fact that you might end picking a fight with someone who might be armed and just shoot you. It fills me with deep gall that outside the Internet, no one will tell the truth about what actually happened the night Zimmerman performed an act of self-defense.
People magazine has a picture of Trayvon Martin on their cover. This cover is a lie because that picture is about five years old. More recent pictures of Martin show him making gang signs to the camera. This a narrative the media has spun can simply not allow people to know that they have flat-out lied about the case. NBC doctored a tape of a 911 call relevant to the night Martin was killed. ABC tried to conceal evidence that Zimmerman was injured that night, only to be caught red-handed by Breitbart.com and The Daily Caller. The New York Times accidentally let it slip that Zimmerman actually weighed 170 lbs, instead of the 200+ that had been the media's fib for so long. I say accidentally because they have damaged their myth that Zimmerman had the odds tilted in his favor in a fight and shooting poor wittle Trayvon was something he did because he was a racist meany.
Never mind the fact that Zimmerman mentored black kids or that he called out a cop's son for beating up a homeless black man. The mainstream media wants you to understand that Zimmerman is an evil racist jerk who hunted Martin down and shot him (despite the fact that the evidence we have contradicts that story.)
American Thinker put together a through article on this manufactured mess. I have some excerpts but you should make it a point to read the whole article:
"John" [a witness who observed the attack] told police that he saw two men on the ground, fighting. The one on top, beating the one underneath, was Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, in a red sweater, was yelling "Help, help!" You can hear his screams on other 911 tapes. A tape was played for Martin's father, and he confirmed that the voice crying for help was not his son's...
... According to Zimmerman's later testimony, he had returned to his truck and was waiting for the police when he was surprised by Martin. The teen asked him if he had a problem. When Zimmerman said "no" and reached for his cell phone, Martin punched him in the face. Zimmerman fell to the ground; Martin jumped on top of him and began slamming his head against the sidewalk.
Zimmerman was not arrested for the simple reason that the physical evidence corroborated his testimony and "John's." According to the police, he had a bloody nose, a swollen lip, lacerations on the back of his head, and scuff-marks or grass stains on the back of his jersey. The police had no reason to believe that these were self-inflicted. If Zimmerman's statement is accurate, Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, the subject of so much vitriol, may not have been relevant; it applies to individuals who are standing, not lying on their back being beaten. In no state do you not have a right to defend yourself with lethal force if your head is being slammed into concrete.