The failures of the prosecution in the George Zimmerman Case are well documented. There are some additional circumstances that the public ought to consider.
Establishing reasonable doubt as to who was yelling for helped turned out to be a large victory for the defense. Before we go over circumstances, let’s review the facts leading up to the confrontation:
- · Regardless of whether Trayvon Martin was profiled or not, George Zimmerman spotted him from a distance away and decided call 911 while following him.
- · He refused to heed the 911 operators instructions not to follow Trayvon Martin, and brought along his gun. There’s no issue in bringing the gun with him, he has a permit to carry. It’s only worth mentioning because this establishes the fact that George Zimmerman knew he was armed.
No one but George Zimmerman knows the exact words that were exchanged. The only result the general population knows is that there was a fight, and George Zimmerman won. George Zimmerman claims that Trayvon Martin attacked him after he inquired what Trayvon was doing in the neighborhood.
George Zimmerman claims Trayvon Martin was banging his head on the concrete. George claims it was him calling for help, while trying to defend himself from Trayvon.
This is where we have to consider circumstances. If the trial didn’t teach Americans this lesson already, let’s remember that you cannot convict someone with only circumstantial evidence as a basis.
The circumstances of the matter (according to George Zimmerman) are that Trayvon Martin became hostile when approached, and attacked George. George then proceeded to get the pummeling of his life. If his story is true, then it’s literally the pummeling of his life, considering how what transpired after the beating will affect his life forever.
What if we consider this: Why does George Zimmerman need to call for help? He has all the assistance he needs right there on his person. The cries for help are drawn out: a feat that’s pretty hard to pull off while fighting.
Any sort of fighting action, more specifically punches, kicks, wrestling, and the like, requires proper breathing. You may notice “hi-yaa!” and other screams when a martial artist makes an attacking motion. This is because it’s absolutely necessary to control breathing (which is done by screaming or loudly exclaiming during the exhale).
The increased amount of oxygen required to fight makes it necessary to remember to breathe while exerting energy, and exclaiming makes it easier for novice fighters to remember to do so.
This brings me to my (circumstantial) point: How can George Zimmerman make loud, drawn out calls for help while fighting off an assailant in a “losing” battle? It makes more sense (from a circumstantial standpoint) that after an exchange of words and perhaps a brief scuffle in which he probably lost, George Zimmerman drew his gun.
Scared for his life, Trayvon Martin starts screaming for help. He is unarmed after all. If Trayvon Martin was armed, he would have drawn his gun at the sight of a threatening person also drawing theirs.