I DON’T know what really happened in Sanford, Florida on the night of February 26th, 2012, and neither do you. We do know that George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood-watch volunteer, shot and killed Trayvon Martin. We know that Mr Zimmerman said Mr Martin knocked him down, punched him, slammed his head into the sidewalk, and that he shot Mr Martin in self-defence. (Mr Martin could not relate his side of the story, of course, and there were no other witnesses.) We also know that America is a country still divided by race and fond of guns, and that Mr Zimmerman cursed “punks” who “always get away”. But we also know that that’s not enough to put a man away for murder. On July 13th a jury acquitted Mr Zimmerman of second-degree murder after 15 hours of deliberation.    [read more]

DAVID RUDDER –  HOOSAY