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Steve Benson

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  1. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “Utter bunk here. Google a CURRENT picture of poor lil Trayvon and tell me he doesn’t look like a thug.”

    It doesn’t matter if he looked like the scariest thug on Earth. It doesn’t change the fact that Zimmerman was expressly told to stay in his car. He disobeyed those orders, pursued an unarmed teen 1/2 his size, and then shot him.

  2. thegreatack

    thegreatack said, over 3 years ago

    Even if he’s found guilty, he’ll have grounds for an appeal because of his incompetent defense attorney. I mean, really, telling a bad joke in his opening statement…
    …then again, good planning – maybe he’s not so stupid, after all!

  3. moderateisntleft

    moderateisntleft said, over 3 years ago

    Sure, in your mind it’s OK to create a hostile situation and then shoot anyone you provoke. If Zimmereman is the epitome of the “stand your ground” law, everyone in Florida is at risk of being shot where ever they are.

  4. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    I would hope George Zimmerman will at least serve time for manslaughter. As incompetently as the trial seems to be run, the jury should at least be allowed to rule that it was his actions that led to Trayvon Martin’s death. He needs to be held accountable for that.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago


    So what you are saying is that IF one is having his head slammed into the edge of a concrete sidewalk over and over and is unable to dislodge his attacker, and IF that person has said “you’re going to die tonight” and to you the person is doing his level best to accomplish that goal, then you have no right to respond in any way to prevent that from happening. Correct?

  6. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    It’s quite possible that the jury will find that there’s insufficient evidence to find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder, and possible that they will acquit entirely. We shall see. But beyond this particular case, can we agree that Martin would be alive today and Zimmerman wouldn’t be on trial for murder if he hadn’t been carrying a gun?

  7. pdchapin

    pdchapin said, over 3 years ago

    Martin, who was doing nothing wrong, was being pursued by an armed man. He was Martin you could claim self-defense under the stand-your-ground law of Florida.

  8. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    God forbid I ever go ‘round your neighborhood on a day I don’t shave properly. You’d just shoot me because I LOOK like a thug? Really?
    Are you paying any attention to this at all?

  9. Ardvarck

    Ardvarck GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    So why was Zimmerman carrying a firearm in this neighborhood? Vigilante thinking? I’m glad our neighborhood watch folks only observe and call proper authorities when something is suspicious. This should have been a manslaughter case.

  10. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago


    Well, IF you’re job is to observe and report ONLY, and IF you disobey a direct order and confront a suspect without authorization or backup, you have made a decision to put YOUR OWN LIFE IN JEOPARDY. IF someone else dies as a direct result of YOU’RE decision, YOU should be held responsible for the consequences of that decision.
    Zimmerman was armed, and confronted an unarmed kid because he felt emboldened by his weapon, and the situation turned around on him. Martin was defending himself just as much as you say Zimmerman was, but Zimmerman created the situation.
    It would be different if Zimmerman were walking down the street, and Martin attacked him, in which case you may still get the media circus about the race issue vs. “stand your ground” laws, but that isn’t what happened. A 17 year old kid is dead because of a decision made by Zimmerman.

  11. neuturn

    neuturn said, over 3 years ago


    He wasn’t half his size, check the stats. And as you imply, yes he could have caused bodily harm to George Zimmerman. How did he know he was unarmed? Did you think about that? George only knew that there had been multiple break-ins recently and was wanting to stop another if that was what was going to happen. He did not knot this young man.

    Trayvon Martin

    Born February 5, 1995 (age 17)

    Ethnicity African American

    Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

    Weight 158 pounds (72 kg)

    George Zimmerman

    Born October 5, 1983 (age 29)

    Ethnicity Latino/Caucasian

    Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

    Weight 185 pounds (84 kg)

    Also, they were unable to let the jury know what had been occurring in this young man’s life in which it could prejudice the jury ie: suspension from school for fights and graffiti, the photos on his phone showing a gun, texts about wanting to learn to fight or possibly buying a gun.

    I don’t think it should go unpunished, but it was not done with malice nor do I think it was intentional.

  12. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    Not one note. He still followed Martin around, disobeyed an order, and confronted him. I still find it dubious that he was getting back in his car – but no witnesses so who can say. In any case, Zimmerman wasn’t taking an innocent stroll down the street; Martin was, and Zimmerman accosted him. So essentially, he was doing exactly what you claim Zimmerman was, so Martin had the right to defend himself with deadly force?
    As much as I don’t like the idea of the Big Brother style video surveillance like they have in London, that is the only thing that could actually prove or disprove Zimmerman’s claims.
    My main point is still this – Zimmerman made a decision that ultimately led to another person’s death at his hands.

  13. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    Zimmerman had no right to do anything other than call the police and report a suspicious person. Had he done that, Martin would have either allowed the police to question him, or bolted, vindicating Zimmerman’s suspicions. What makes you believe he got out of the car in a non-confrontational manner? I get followed by someone, I would have had the police on the phone the moment that door opened, but I’m not a black teen who may or may not have a sketchy past.
    Zimmerman is not a cop. He overstepped his bounds by confronting a suspect on the street, and it resulted in said person’s death. Why do Republicans and conservatives harp on personal responsibility, except in this case? Let Zimmerman be a man and accept responsibility for causing the death of a kid?

  14. bueller

    bueller said, over 3 years ago

    Zimmerman had a couple of prior brushes with law
    enforcement , even shoved an officer in one instance.
    His wife had a restraining order against him ( he countered
    by getting a restraining order against her – citizen of the year
    here, folks ).
    So would it be likely that this guy would have a chip on his
    shoulder and tragically misjudge Trayvon Martin as a
    “suspicious character "? Would someone with Zimmerman’s
    background be likely to ignore a 911 operator who told
    him something he obviously didn’t want to hear ?
    There was definitely a right of self defense that came into play here – Trayvon Martin’s . Zimmerman had the gun and
    the chip on his shoulder. Martin had a can of iced tea and a
    bag of candy.

  15. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago


    “He disobeyed those orders, pursued an unarmed teen 1/2 his size, and then shot him.”

    The problem for the prosecution then, Jase, is the prosecutor would have to prove that Zimmerman pursued Martin WITH THE INTENT to commit murder. A near impossible task with the evidence I’ve seen presented to the public (I’m not watching). The way it’s been going from all reports I’ve seen, the prosecutor will be lucky to get a guilty out the jury on the lesser but included charge of manslaughter.

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