by The Daily Republic
July 17, 2013 at 3:35 am in The Daily Republic
We felt the jury could have gone either way with its decision.
Tags: courts, Crime, Editorials, Opinion, updates 3 Comments »
I tell you, he really scared me! I looked out the window and there he was walking slowly down the sidewalk on a Tuesday afternoon. He kept on looking around like he was trying to make sure nobody was watching him. He was carrying something in his hand that looked like some kind of storage bag or case. Right away I thought he could have burglar tools in there. Plus it looked like he was dressed way different then anyone else in our neighborhood! I knew right away he was up to no good. I watched him walk down the block. Even though he was a block away I could see him walk up to the houses…looked like he was checking to see if anybody was home! Since we have had break-ins in our neighborhood, I decided to grab my firearm and follow him. I slowly approached him and he didn’t know that I was just a few feet behind him. I was so nervous. Those kinds of people know how to fight! I grabbed him by the shoulder and turned him around and said in my toughest voice “what are you doing in my neighborhood”? He saw that I had my hand on my weapon that I had holstered at my side. His eyes got big and wide and I knew that he was either going to fight or flight because that’s what those people always do! I was prepared for either one…but I wasn’t prepared for what he did. He started crying! When he finally had the courage to speak I found out that he was one of those Mormon missionaries out doing that knock on your door trying to convert you type of thing! He apologized saying he didn’t know that he was in a Catholic neighborhood! I explained to him the importance of not walking slow and not wearing clothes different from others in our neighborhood! I told him he needs to walk in a straight line and not be looking at other people’s houses or the next guy that confronts him might not be as nice as I was to him! He thanked me and left at a quick pace. I walked back home realizing that I have kept my neighborhood safe again! You never know about these kids nowadays….even Mormons!
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I did not know whether to agree or disagree with TeaPublican’s story. But I ‘think’ I understand what he was trying to say; which in my mind was the reaction of all of us to people who are different and to be careful on our assumptions. This tragedy of Martin and Zimmerman’s murder of him is that, a tragedy. I don’t think I could convict him of murder, but he should have received ‘some’ punishment by society stating that his behavior was unacceptable. The state IMO over charged Zimmerman. I don’t think he deserved 20 or even 10 years in prison, but he did deserve something. Protecting his neighborhood or not, he should not have put himself in that situation and followed the advice given to him. Follow at a distance at the very very least. In our society a 17 year old is a child by law for a reason. Maturity is not a strong suit and that is what we are told why. Martin could have been just as scared and lashed out because of that immaturity. Death should not have been his reward.
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Perhaps you folks missed it, but there haven’t been any race riots following the Zimmerman verdict. Being in SD is no excuse. The editors of the paper need to withdraw this “view” online and issue an apology to their readers.
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