By Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo
As every day passes and more information is released, the nation is more and more engaged in the story of the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin walking to a relative’s house with a can of Iced Tea and some Skittles.
There are many angles to this story and I’m firm in my very simple belief that the shooter George Zimmerman should have been charged in the death. Trying to find out the facts is not an easy task and I won’t pretend to know everything that happened that night, as I wasn’t there and neither were you.
Trayvon Martin was visiting his father in Sanford, Florida. He was watching a basketball game at his father’s fiancée’s home.
Martin left the house at halftime in the gated community to go to the 7-Eleven for a snack. Martin was walking back to the home with Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea wearing a “hoodie” on that rainy night.
Zimmerman, who’s mother is from Peru is described as the “Neighborhood Watch Captain”. He called the police non-emergency number to report seeing Martin describing him as “suspicious”.
When Zimmerman tells the dispatcher he is, in fact, following Martin — the dispatcher tells him “we don’t need you to do that.” A cruiser had been dispatched, but before police arrive, Trayvon Martin would be dead of a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooter was George Zimmerman.
At some point there was a physical confrontation. Reports vary. Some say Martin approached Zimmerman and hit him, got him to the ground and was beating him in the head. Others say Zimmerman was over Martin and shot him dead. Those who want to exonerate Zimmerman describe Martin as a 6’2” “football player” who was handing Zimmerman a merciless beating and Zimmerman was just defending himself. I say that’s “bacon sandwich!
Why is Martin dead? Because George Zimmerman identified him as not belonging in his neighborhood — when clearly he did belong and was expected back home. The instigator of this entire episode was, in fact, Zimmerman. Had he backed off and allowed the police to arrive and investigate, Martin would be alive right now.
Who actually assaulted whom first? You don’t know and I don’t know. Would this have happened had Zimmerman not incorrectly identified Martin as being a threat to him and his neighborhood – absolutely not?
From day one, because his name is George Zimmerman, the big media has reported this as a case of white on black racial profiling and violence. They have tried to ignore the fact that Zimmerman is, in fact, Latino and now that people like me have called them out, they’re referring to him as “White-Hispanic.” You’re either an Anglo (white) or you’re Latino. You’re not both.
I’ve heard from many who have said, “40 murders in Chicago in one weekend and there are no protests there. The youngest victim there was 6 years old!” In those cases, arrests were either made or the shooter(s) are unknown. The outrage over this case is very simple and righteous: an innocent 17-year old is dead, police know who did it, police know what lead up to it, and police made the conscious decision to NOT charge the shooter. With Zimmerman being the aggressor and instigator, I don’t see how Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law would apply.
Police didn’t do a simple background check on Zimmerman before cutting him loose from questioning. It turns out, the shooter had previously been charged with domestic violence in one case and resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer in another case. Have I mentioned he started the events of the fateful night?
I have no problem with George Zimmerman or any other law-abiding American citizen exercising their 2nd amendment rights. I am NOT against neighborhood watch programs. It is called neighborhood “watch” for a reason. Zimmerman did a lot more than watch that night. In what rulebook does it say that if you’re followed and pursued, and a confrontation ensues you can’t get the best of the pursuer?
The members of the New Black Panther Party who put a bounty out on Zimmerman should be arrested for making illegal threats, period. Al Sharpton is a media spotlight hoarder and should have been out of the national picture years ago (look up Tawana Brawley).
President Obama was asked about this by a reporter and at first, made an appropriate comment and then said something that says an awful lot about who he is. He said he wanted to talk to the parents of Martin and said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” and his heart goes out to them. What does that mean? If he weren’t a Black teen, Obama’s heart wouldn’t go out? He couldn’t understand? When he’s off of teleprompter, his true feelings always come out.
I am NOT convicting George Zimmerman here or on my radio shows. I am calling for him to be charged. There is a dead 17-year-old innocent kid. George Zimmerman killed him. He is still innocent until proven guilty so, let the courts decide. If he’s innocent, the jury will find as much.
Joe Pagliarulo “Pags” is a radio talkshow host on the 950-AM, from 6 to 10 am Monday through Friday. You can call him during his show at 713- 212-5950. His website is www.joepags.com