Millions around the world now know about the tragedy that happened to Trayvon Martin (for the full story click here). Now the world anxiously takes a closer look at the man who seemingly, stalked and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. There are always two sides to a story and according to Zimmerman’s friends, and even some law officials, they say the 28-year-old aided in solving numerous crimes.
His neighbors felt protected because he always kept a watchful eye over the community. However, others say he was an overzealous, paranoid racist that so desperately wanted to be in law enforcement he tends to take matters into his own hands. Mr. Zimmerman was born in Virginia and always desired to be in law enforcement. According to information released by The Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman had several run-ins with the law ranging from domestic abuse to exchanging blows with local law enforcement.
However, each time he barely got a slap on the wrist. He appointed himself as the local neighborhood watch Captain, and so far it looks like he was also the only member. In the past year he made 50 phone calls to 911 reporting suspicious activity, which usually turned out to be mundane. A young African American student, 17, who also resides at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, said there are not a lot of African Americans in his community. Usually he and his friend would wait and sit up the street until Zimmerman finished doing his “rounds” because they felt uncomfortable.
When they greeted Mr. Zimmerman there greets always went unanswered, according to the teen boys. The self-appointed neighborhood watch captain even confronted one of the boys stating they stole a bike, later they found out the bike was never stolen and an apology was never given. George Zimmerman is notorious for following people, in 2003 he followed a 24-year-old Lake Mary resident who he claimed he seen shoplift a TV. He followed the man in his vehicle until police officials arrived.
A short year later he followed a man who he claimed spat at him, when officials arrived at the scene the man denied spitting at Mr. Zimmerman; however the incident was still reported.
From reports and testimony from several people it’s easy to see George Zimmerman was a bit overzealous and a wannabe cop. It’s uncertain whether or not he was a racist but you can’t deny he put his community first. However, his overzealous nature does not belong in the state of Florida with their Wild-Wild-West gun laws and vague “Stand Your Ground Law” it served at the perfect chain of events for this beyond unfortunate incident.
From the evidence, tapes and testimony released Mr. Zimmerman did not break any laws, according to Florida’s law. He was told not to follow Trayvon by police dispatch, whose advice he is not legally obligated to follow. It’s also uncertain to tell on the 911 tape which of the two was screaming for help. We are unable to determine if the two men actually got into a scuffle once Zimmerman left his car.
Florida law allowed a fanatic to carry a loaded weapon, stalk a child and shoot him unarmed. Any other place he would have been in jail for a very long time. Whether or not he’s a racist is not the issue, it’s the law.