Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday's syndicate cartoon

Got this one in right before the deadline for the weekend. Whew. I do believe there were racist overtones in this attack, but I also think there was a bit of the "Barney Fife Syndrome" sprinkled in there as well. I've seen some of these neighborhood watch types. They take their "jobs" very seriously. The last thing you want to do is put a gun in the hands of one of these kooks.


Pat G. said...

I watch/track a TON of power-abuse stories to their final outcome and have for years, you have to be careful and wait for the real story. Here is a bit that just came out (link at bottom):

... the Orlando Sentinel reported that Zimmerman told police he lost Martin in the neighborhood he regularly patrolled and was walking back to his vehicle when the youth approached him from behind. The two exchanged words, Zimmerman said, and Martin then punched him in the nose, jumped on top of him and began banging his head on a sidewalk. Zimmerman said he began crying for help; Martin's family thinks it was their son who was crying out. Witness accounts differ and 911 tapes in which the voices are heard are not clear.
The Sanford police statement said the newspaper story was "consistent" with evidence turned over to prosecutors.

Ed Hall said...

Either way, when the 911 operator told him NOT to pursue the kid, Zimmerman told them he was going to anyway. That in my mind constitues a bit of grandstanding, or a cowboy mentality. That part is clear on tne tape. You're right though, I think there is a lot more to come out in this before we can draw any firm conclusions.