Las Vegas Sun

October 18, 2017

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letter to the editor:

You weren’t there to see the shooting

I have read letters defending the George Zimmerman trial decision, most based on the “stand your ground” law in Florida. But, really, that works both ways.

Trayvon Martin was walking home, committing no offense, when tracked or confronted by Zimmerman.

We do not know when Martin became aware of the gun that Zimmerman had. It is possible that Martin was defending himself? Zimmerman may have pulled the gun early in a confrontation. Without definitive evidence, it is hard to know.

The jury decision could have gone either way. Yes, racial profiling may have been involved as many claim, but that, per se, is not manslaughter or murder. Defend the outcome if you wish, but please don’t conclude that you know what happened.

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