Its going on both sides. Joan Peterson has a post up claiming people are “Demonizing” Trayvon Martin by bringing up the facts about his checkered school record. What could possibly be the relevance that Martin may have had a habit of stealing high-value items, and doing drugs. Obviously Zimmerman was calling the cops because a Black person was wearing a hooded sweatshirt in his neighborhood. That whole recorded 911 discussion about being concerned about break-ins in the neighborhood and Martin appearing to be on drugs and behaving strangely are just some racist ruse.
Meanwhile Joan links this gem of a “News” Story.
In 2005, Zimmerman, then 20, was arrested and charged with “resisting officer with violence” and “battery of law enforcement officer,” both which are third-degree felonies. The charge was reduced to “resisting officer without violence” and then waived when he entered an alcohol education program. Contemporaneous accounts indicate he shoved an officer who was questioning a friend for alleged underage drinking at an Orange County bar.
In August 2005, Zimmerman’s ex-fiancee, Veronica Zuazo, filed a civil motion for a restraining order alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman counterfiled for a restraining order against Zuazo. The competing claims were resolved with both restraining orders being granted.
In December 2006, Zimmerman was charged with speeding. The case was dismissed when the officer failed to show up in court.
OK so Even the speeding ticket didn’t stick? There are two kinds of drivers in this world, those who exceed the posted speed limit, and those who lie about it. Zimmerman is THAT squeaky clean!
I have no idea about the “Resisting arrest” story, but given that all charges were dropped it sounds like Zimmerman (who was about 21 at the time depending on the exact date) probably had a little more balls than brains back then, and it sounds like he was likely drinking (who didn’t at that age?) and the cop probably piled the charges a little too thick for the courts to make any semblance of a case.
The restraining order sounds like a typical nasty breakup in these days. Depending on the state laws a restraining order can be issued sight unseen. Overall this is good for people who are REALLY in danger from a stalker or an estranged lover. But it is wrought with abuse as anybody can simply make up a story and the courts are required to act on it. I personally know victims of both.
So who’s demonizing who? The people bringing up documented cases of drugs and theft, as well as supporting circumstantial evidence of gang behavior and violent from Martin’s own twitter account, for a case that claims Martin was violent, on drugs, and possibly out to rob homes, or bringing up a speeding ticket for a man who was severely beaten and forced to shoot his attacker after first calling for help?