It’s always tragic when someone dies and I don’t have a clue how I would’ve handled it if I were Trayvon’s parents. But what upsets me about this situation is that the police are being demonized for following protocol. When they processed the scene they took Zimmerman’s story and then checked it out to see if it was viable. The police report listed the injuries to Zimmerman even though some of the news agencies reported they didn’t see any on video. They have now recanted their reports. Why would the police have lied about Zimmerman having injuries?
With Zimmerman’s explanation as to what happened and the supportive injuries it was decided they had better not arrest him until they investigated the death further. If they made an arrest the prosecutor would have had to decide which charge to file (i.e. first degree murder, second degree murder, manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, etc.). They didn’t have enough information to make this decision and if they filed the wrong one, Zimmerman could’ve gotten off the hook even if he was guilty.
I don’t know about you but I’ve not heard ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, mention what I did above. Of course a statement like this would go against their inflammatory nature.
There’s so much more to the case that I’m not covering but let me end with what bothers me most about this whole issue. The police are in a no-win situation because if the roles were reversed and they arrested Trayvon the first night, the black community (Al Sharpton) would claim discrimination due to the police rushing to judgment. They’d want exactly what Zimmerman is getting now which is a fair review to decide if particular charges were worth filing which is exactly what the police did. He could very well be guilty but as we all know in this country you're innocent until proven guilty.