Posted on March 23, 2012 with 69 notes.


Upfront and Honest

Treyvon Martin should have been “upfront and honest” with Zimmerman.

As the spotlight shines brighter on the Trayvon Martin killing, more and more questions have been asked about George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchmen who admitted to shooting and killing the teen. Amidst the controversy, Frank Taaffe, a fellow neighborhood watch captain and friend of Zimmerman came to his defense.

During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on AC360, Taaffe said that a problem could have been avoided if Martin had been “up front and truthful” with Zimmerman.

Taaffe told NBC Miami that there had been eight burglaries within 15 months, which he said set the stage for Zimmerman’s heightened suspicion. He said safety, not race, was Zimmerman’s main concern.

“George is a congenial, admirable person,” he told the news outlet. “He had a passion and care for this neighborhood, to ensure the safety of everybody here.”

Martin, who was black, was walking back to his father’s house after a trip to the convenience store in Sanford, Fla. on February 26. George Zimmerman, who was identified by his father as Hispanic, called 911 and told the dispatchers that the teen “looked suspicious.”

Despite being told by the dispatchers not to engage the teen, Zimmerman left his car and approached Martin. Neighbors called into 911 to report a scuffle, some cries for help, and gunshots. When police arrived, Zimmerman admitted to shooting Martin, who was unarmed, but claimed that he acted in self-defense. Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged, and the incident has attracted national attention.

Sanford police declined to charge Zimmerman, saying they lack evidence refuting his claim of self-defense. Under the 2005 Stand Your Ground law, Florida residents can use lethal force against an attacker if they believe their life is threatened. However, Republican state lawmakers responsible for the controversial legislation recently said it shouldn’t apply to Zimmerman.

Nationwide, civil rights leaders and protesters have criticized Bill Lee Jr., the Sanford police chief whotemporarily stepped down saying that his involvement in the case “has become a distraction.” The investigation has been taken over by the state attorney’s office to decide whether or not Zimmerman should be charged.

But Taaffe told NBC Miami that he is troubled by the way his friend is being portrayed in the media.

“It’s really sad that he has already been convicted in the public media and has already been sentenced to the gas chamber,” he said. “Let’s let justice do it’s job.”

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This is BULLSHIT! So he’d be alive if he would have “acted accordingly”? 

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  1. stardustcrusade reblogged this from gailsimone and added:
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  4. oftheforest reblogged this from gailsimone and added:
    Sick. What the hell is acting accordingly? This is a kid being pursued aggressively by a big bastard in a big vehicle....
  5. indestructible-theory reblogged this from gailsimone and added:
    I’d say he’s lower than bacteria. At least some kinds of bacteria are good for you.
  6. intosnarkness reblogged this from gailsimone
  7. pazmary reblogged this from shitberries and added:
    While we’re at it, lets just blame slaves for getting themselves into slavery, Japanese for getting themselves interned...
  8. ealperin reblogged this from closetextrovert and added:
    ^I totally agree with you, here.^ That sort of mindset really needs to be changed, when there’s overwhelming evidence to...
  9. lavampiremerveilleuse reblogged this from the-ren and added:
    ugghh victim blaming at it’s worst!
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  12. boygeorgemichaelbluth reblogged this from pearlfectchassi and added:
    why do so many douches live in one neighborhood?
  13. closetextrovert reblogged this from ealperin and added:
    I was discussing this issue with my mom the other day, and at the end all she could really say was “well, innocent until...
  14. dannyintheunderworld reblogged this from glitterlion and added:
    "LET JUSTICE DO ITS JOB"??? What the fuck, yo! Our justice system doesn’t care about Trayvon Martin. DUH
  15. peppers-pray reblogged this from gailsimone
  16. glitterlion reblogged this from queerandpresentdanger
  17. queerandpresentdanger reblogged this from shitberries and added:
    Yeah fuck this. Zimmerman has well-documented history of anti-Blackness refutes all of these claims about it not being...
  18. bradtothebone reblogged this from gailsimone and added:
    I call Frank Taafe’s vocal inflection at the end the “Defending-my-racism voice-raise.” It is a common tactic.
  19. rowley1080 reblogged this from gailsimone and added:
    Frank Taaffe’s idea of how Trayvon should have acted "oh i’m sorry massa, I was just passing by to my pa’s house. He...
  20. the-ren reblogged this from fyeahlilbit3point0
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  26. dumoktheartist reblogged this from gailsimone and added:
    Trigger Warning: Racism, Douchebaggery, And Typical Fox News Racism White-Washing.
  27. arcadysabo reblogged this from gailsimone and added:
    Yes, because all sane people stop everything they’re doing to answer Joe Stranger’s questions about their business. ”Why...
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  31. fyeahlilbit3point0 reblogged this from gailsimone and added:
    What a disgusting piece of shit. He’s essentially saying “Why did he look so black!?” What was there for him to explain?...
  32. gailsimone reblogged this from invisiblelad and added:
    This man is scum. Blaming Trayvon for his own murder makes this man lower than vermin.