“Zimmerman provided a statement claiming he acted in self defense, which at the time was supported by physical evidence and testimony,” the letter, signed by Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr., says. “By Florida Statute, law enforcement was PROHIBITED from making an arrest based on the facts and circumstances they had at the time.” (Caps are theirs.)But the police report says:
Zimmerman complied with all of my verbal commands and was secured in handcuffs. ... Zimmerman was placed in the rear of my police vehicle and was given first aid by the SFD. ... he ware transported to the Sanford Police Department. ... Zimmerman was placed in an interview room at SFD, ...So Zimmerman was unambiguously arrested. He was handcuffed and forcibly taken to the police station. That is what an arrest is.
Zimmerman has not been indicted or charged, but that will be up to the grand jury. It will also be up to the Obama administration, as Obama has ordered a federal investigation because, as Obama said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
Obama and other liberals seem determined to use this case as a way of inflaming racial tensions between blacks and mestizos. My view is that the parties are innocent until proven guilty, and I am waiting for the evidence.
Update: The Miami Herald reports:
State attorney Angela Corey indicated her office, not a grand jury, will decide whether to bring charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.The fix is in. Corey was appointed to replace the prosecutor who was going to follow procedure and take the case to the grand jury. Zimmerman will be charged with manslaughter in an attempt to please Pres. Obama and avoid race riots. Corey is worried that the grand jury might not indict.
Update: ABC TV News says "Zimmerman was not arrested" underneath a video showing him being taken into the police station in handcuffs. The reporter also says that thousands of protesters are demanding the arrest of Zimmerman. Weird. I don't know why anyone would say that he was not arrested when the video clearly shows him being arrested. All I can figure is that a lot of people don't understand what "arrested" means. The police arrest, the grand jury indicts, the district attorney prosecutes, the jury convicts, the judge sentences, the appellate court denies the appeal, the warden watches the prison, and the parole officer supervises the release. That is how the criminal justice system works.
Another fact from ABC: Zimmerman is 5'9" and Martin was 6'2". It was widely reported that Zimmerman was heavier than Martin, but Martin was 5 inches taller. There is more info in the Wikipedia article on Shooting of Trayvon Martin.