The science in the George Zimmerman case

I have had a few people defriend me and one person threaten my family via facebook over my opinion that the science, and the jury were correct from my understanding in the George Zimmerman case.  In fact this last week when I really looked deeper into this I realized a few things.

1.  That Zimmerman had been a neighborhood watch captain for quite some time and had been very helpful in investigation in this neighborhood in the past.  Even in a recent burglary in that neighborhood where Zimmerman reported seeing a burglar, the burglar was found in possession of the items taken and Zimmerman correctly identified the burglar.

So this was not something new for Zimmerman.  He didn’t have it out for Trayvon Martin.

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/46971618

2. That Zimmerman never volunteered the race of the person he was reporting without being prompted by the 911 dispatcher.    George Zimmerman’s Police Call History – DocumentCloud

http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/327330-george-zimmerrman-911-call-history.html

3.  The physical evidence in this case shows that Zimmerman was beat badly.  Both via the pictures that were taken at the scene while Zimmerman was in the police car, and the surveillance video at the police station when Zimmerman was questioned, and the doctors examination show that Zimmerman had many injuries due to the beating that Trayvon Martin gave him that night before he was shot.

George_Zimmerman_back_of_head George_Zimmerman_front_of_head

However on the autopsy of Trayvon Martin the only injury found other than the gun shot wound, was lacerations on his knuckles and blood on his knuckles from beating George Zimmerman.

ABC News Exclusive: Zimmerman Medical Report Shows Broken Nose, Lacerations After Trayvon Martin Shooting, ABC News, May 15, 2012

Martin’s autopsy report

The Volusia County medical examiner found that Martin was killed by an injury resulting from a single gunshot to the chest, fired at “intermediate range”, between 1 and 18 inches according to a forensic expert.[34][Note 6] An FDLE analysis of Martin’s body and clothes described the distance as “a contact shot”.[133] The autopsy also found that Martin had one small abrasion on his left ring finger below the knuckle. No other injuries were found on Martin’s body at the time of his death.[34] Physicians who reviewed the official autopsy report for the Orlando Sentinel, stated in their opinion that Martin lived from 20 seconds to several minutes after he was shot, and that Martin likely remained conscious “for a time anyway”.[134]

4.   I have spoke many times about lie detection technology see this.   Zimmerman passed his lie detector test with flying colors.

On June 26, 2012, the prosecution released the results of a voice stress test performed on George Zimmerman the day after the shooting.[192][193] A voice stress test is a type of test used to measure deceptive or psychological stress in the human voice in response to questions.[194] Zimmerman was asked, “Did you confront the guy you shot?”, to which Zimmerman answered, “No.” Zimmerman was asked, “Were you in fear for your life, when you shot the guy?”, to which Zimmerman answered, “Yes.”[192] The examiner concluded that Zimmerman “told substantially the complete truth” in the examination, and Zimmerman was classified as “No Deception Indicated (NDI)” according to the report.[192]

George Zimmerman told truth about Trayvon Martin shooting, documents state”. ABC News (local). June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012.

Trayvon Martin Shooting: More George Zimmerman evidence released”. WTSB Tampa Bay. June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2012.

5.  The fact that Trayvon Martin was going in and out of people’s back yards led to suspicions voiced on the 911 calls by Zimmerman before he was jumped by Trayvon Martin and in fact Martin was trespassing in someone’s backyard (one of the 911 callers) when the incident of the beating and then the shooting occurred.

Listen to the 911 calls for more on this.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trayvon_Martin_Shooting_Call2.ogg
      • 7:16:41 reports screaming and gun shot
      • 7:17:15 distraught caller
      • 7:17:54 reports gun shot
      • 7:19:04 brother of caller was witness

 

And now after the jury decides.  Community “leaders” are calling for revenge, and their main target is our right to self defense (ie Stand your ground laws).    NAACP Seeks DOJ Intervention in Martin Case, Targets ‘Stand Your Ground‘ Laws | The Nation

http://www.thenation.com/blog/175262/naacp-petitions-doj-intevention-martin-case-targets-stand-your-ground-laws

This is what concerns me most about this case.  Why try to take away self defense laws in a society that is hostile and police are slow to respond?  Between calling for gun rights to be taken away and the “stand your ground” laws to be taken away, what is left when police take sometimes hours to respond or sometimes will not respond at all?

I was at a city council meeting in Spokane city when Tim Loe and Gina Cargile testified to the Council that police have told them if property damage is not more than $30,000, that police will not respond.  The city council president confirmed this policy.

What about in things like the Katrina hurricane in New Orleans?  People did not have access to police, they had to defend themselves against looters and killers.  Why take away our ability to defend ourselves just because you disagree with a verdict?

What I think is interesting, is places where gun rights are liberated and defended, the crime rates are lower.
One example is Switzerland where every house is required to have a gun in their home (an assault rifle none the less), and their crime rates are lowest in the world.   Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nf1OgV449g

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2013/02/17/the-nation-toughest-gun-control-law-made-massachusetts-less-safe/3845k7xHzkwTrBWy4KpkEM/story.html

http://people.duke.edu/~gnsmith/articles/myths.htm

More information on this;

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/14/george-zimmerman-acquitted-murder-in-trayvon-martin-shooting-death/

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