I never thought we’d see the day. Nick R. Martin of TPM:
A special prosecutor in Florida on Wednesday charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that has stoked racial tensions and drawn calls for justice from seemingly every corner of the nation.
At a news conference in Florida, prosecutor Angela Corey said Zimmerman was in custody, though she declined to say where. She said the decisions to charge Zimmerman and which specific charge to bring were not easy.
“It is the search for justice for Trayvon that brought us here to this moment,” Corey said. “I can tell you that we did not come to this decision lightly.”
Well, that’s a relief. I wouldn’t want them to make the decision to charge someone with murder lightly, when all Zimmerman did was blow away an unarmed teenager against explicit instructions from the police. I mean, anyone would feel threatened by somebody wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles. Wouldn’t you? [/bitter snark]
The laws in this country are verging on insane. Some of the police are, too. But in this case, the police started out doing the right thing, instructing Zimmerman to back off and wait for them. At that point, neither the law nor law enforcement personnel were insane; that came later. Zimmerman, however, decided to take the law into his own hands, and it’s been all downhill since then.
Will we see justice? Even after we have a verdict, there will be disagreement on that question. Zimmerman at least will be tried. Trayvon Martin never had the chance.