In order to believe George Zimmerman’s account of what happened the night he killed Trayvon Martin, Martin had to be framed by the defense and supporters of Zimmerman as a “thug” or “hoodlum”. After all, only a thug or hoodlum would launch such a “sudden”, “vicious” “unprovoked” attack and beat Zimmerman so severely that he would have had a reasonable belief of imminent death or great bodily injury! Ergo, Trayvon must be a thug and/or hoodlum.
Of course, Zimmerman was not viciously beaten in the first place! His entire rationale for killing Trayvon Martin in self-defense was a blatant lie, as I explained in my post George Zimmerman Did Not Kill Trayvon Martin In Self-Defense and Lisa Bloom’s book and her interview with Salon Zimmerman, Dunn and what went horribly wrong: Author Lisa Bloom talks to Salon, Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 and interview with the “Young Turks” (video posted below)
Martin, had no arrest record, so there was nothing for the defense to introduce to “thugarize” him. Of course, even if he had had an arrest record, the only way it might have been admissible was if he had engaged in past “bad acts” similar to the acts he was alleged to have committed, i.e. viciously and provokingly attacking Zimmerman. Well, there was no relevant or admissible evidence that Trayvon Martin had ever committed a violent act. On the night in question, it is clear that Trayvon was not engaged in criminal activity and was simply returning to his father’s fiance’s home.
Now, the defense won an acquittal, that does not mean that George Zimmerman is innocent. The prosecution did a poor job of exploiting the obvious holes in Zimmerman’s story. In voir doir, they picked a jury which was led by a forewoman who arguably was pre-disposed to believe Zimmerman’s tale, ignore its blatant inconsistencies and allegedly coerce at least one other juror to see things her way. So Zimmerman Was Found Not Guilty, Juries Can Be “Wrong!”, Zimmerman, Dunn and what went horribly wrong: Author Lisa Bloom talks to Salon
Though there is absolutely no evidence except the word of George Zimmerman, a demonstrated liar, the campaign, post-verdict, to paint Trayvon as a thug and hoodlum continues unabated. Zimmerman supporters comb through “incidents”, “images” and “texts” on his cell phone in an attempt to show a “pattern” of “behavior” such that Martin can be labeled a “thug” or “hoodlum.”
Ironically, they trumpet Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict every chance they get though they want to claim Martin is a thug or hoodlum based on inadmissible “evidence” listed below. Hypocritical much?
a. Images on his cell phone of him smoking weed and flipping the bird.
So this is a 17 year old juvenile, who is extremely impressionable, heavily influenced by peer pressure while at the same time attempting to establish his own identity. The absurdity, the utter disregard for reality that takes place when anyone attempts to say that because Trayvon posted images of himself smoking weed and flipping the bird makes him violent absolutely sucks the air out of the lungs of any reasonable person. In fact, two young celebrities did the very same thing Martin did!
Is anyone declaring that Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are violent thugs or hoodlums, liable to assault some stranger following them on a rainy dark night?
b. Allegations of Theft.
There are allegations that Martin was found with jewelry and a flat head screwdriver in his backpack which he claimed to be “holding” for someone else. The school authorities decided the screwdriver was a burglary tool. He was not arrested or “prosecuted” which means he was not given due process. He was suspended. He may well have been holding it for someone else. Perhaps someone challenged him to do it and he felt obligated to do so to save face. Since he was not prosecuted there is no way to know. The police department indicated that there were no matches to stolen jewelry. Trayvon Martin: Miami-Dade Police Investigated Slain Teen Over Jewelry Found In Backpack At School by KYLE HIGHTOWER 03/27/12 06:51 PM ET There is no conclusive evidence Martin stole the jewelry or even that it was stolen!
c. Weed, Fights and Guns.
Text messages referencing weed, fights and guns were found on Trayvon Martin’s text messages. Weed, fights and guns: Trayvon Martin’s text messages released The Miami Herald, posted on Thursday, 05.23.13 Trayvon Martin’s Drugs, Guns Cell Phone Records Make A Thug?, The Inquisitor, July 16, 2013
So Trayvon texted about fighting, wanting to get a gun and smoking weed! Now these are texts, out of context, many of them are redacted and in many cases, you cannot even tell who the texts are sent to. The judge excluded it as irrelevant inadmissible hearsay.
There is no way to tell if they are actually true or whether it was a case of false bravado directed to a peer or girlfriend. Teenagers who savor peer acceptance frequently lie about their activities and accomplishments. Yes, he smoked weed, many teenagers do, in fact, many adults too. Two states have already legalized it.
Did he actually own a real gun, or just texted about trying to get one? There is no evidence that he had a gun. No evidence that the gun in the image on his cell phone belonged to him. Was he actually in a fight, instead of just texting about fighting? No way to know. Again, he could have simply been trying to talk “big”, impress whoever he was texting with. Anyway, how many young teenagers have had a fight in high school? I would say many!
Teenagers are in a rapid, tumultuous race to be liked! They are under tremendous pressure to satisfy and qualify for peer group acceptance while also attempting to establish their own identity. It is an extremely confusing time especially considering the presence of social media which publicizes everything they do! It can be unflattering and easily misconstrued. FRONTLINE, Generation Like, Aired: 02/18/2014
Saying that Trayvon Martin is violent because of texts is tantamount to being thought police. Thoughts are not actions anymore than texts! To think there are people, if they are actually people vs. some robotic program or script, who tweet this bunk with a straight face, is beyond human comprehension when you consider this is a dead teenager!
In fact, in some instances George Zimmerman followers just literally make things up!
Or post images that are well beyond the reach of such words as derogatory:
The real irony is that none of these persons actually look at the adult’s violent background. George Zimmerman, the adult who murdered Martin and had an actual arrest record! They don’t talk about George Zimmerman’s My Space page. George Zimmerman’s MySpace Disparages Mexicans, Mentions 2005 Criminal Charges, The Huffington Post | By Gene Demby Posted: 05/02/2012 3:24 pm
Yes, George Zimmerman actually had a restraining order taken out against him and actually attended MMA classes, so I guess he had some unseemly interest in fighting and was violent… a thug or hoodlum even! That information was not deemed admissible at trial, just like the information on Martin, but the same persons who decree that Martin was violent give no weight to more telling information on Zimmerman.
Who was the real thug — Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman?, Dallas News, Leonard Pitts, 24 November 2013
Woman Says George Zimmerman Molested Her For More Than A Decade, Huntington Post, Trymaine Lee, 07/16/2012
George Zimmerman Neighbors Complained About Aggressive Tactics Before Trayvon Martin Killing, Huntington Post, Trymaine Lee, 03/13/2012