Don't discount self-defense in Trayvon Martin case

July 1, 2013 

I was recently accused by a letter writer of suggesting that Trayvon Martin deserved to die because of his appearance. I apologize for inferring that to be the case. I meant merely to suggest that letter writer Jim Walters had surprised me by writing a letter based on pure opinion with no unintelligent banter. Whether individuals agree with his opinion, that is another matter.

I also meant to suggest that the whole case with George Zimmerman has been a drastic rush to judgment by the media, which wants to put the individual right to self-defense in a bad light.

I noticed on the report that Zimmerman pleaded self-defense but there were no witnesses. Then we must determine how and when Zimmerman received the multiple lacerations on the back of his head and the broken nose.

It's easy to play armchair juror and convict him, but hindsight is truly 20/20, and how many of us would have felt some fear at seeing an individual in a residential neighborhood, walking around with something in his hand and wearing a hoodie? Sure, there is no link between wearing a hoodie and criminal activity, but try wearing a ski mask and a trench coat into your local bank and watch certain events unfold.

James J. Price


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