Some of the falsehoods, myths and obfuscations that formed the establishment-media narrative in one of the most racially charged trials in the country’s history made news again Tuesday.
Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, asserted George Zimmerman “got away with murder” in the 2012 killing of her son largely because of Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.
“The person that shot and killed my son is walking the streets today,” Fulton told lawmakers. “This law does not work. We need to seriously take a look at this law.”
Fulton asserted “stand your ground” doesn’t mean chase after someone who has turned his back, Fox News reported.
But as Jack Cashill points out in his new book “If I Had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman,” the defense in the Zimmerman case did not invoke the stand-your-ground law.
The Florida law – 21 other states have a similar statute – gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation. But the evidence showed Zimmerman was restrained by Martin when he shot him and had no option to retreat.
Zimmerman’s defense team argued, Cashill noted, that Zimmerman “did not have an ability to retreat because he was on the ground with Trayvon Martin mounting him, striking blows.”
Therefore, the “stand your ground benefit” given by the statute, the defense team said on its website, “simply does not apply to the facts of George’s case: It is traditional self-defense.”
The six-member, all-female jury acquitted Zimmerman, 29, in July of all charges in the February 2012 shooting death of the unarmed Martin, 17, in Sanford, Fla.
Contrary to the establishment media’s portrayal of him as a trigger-happy racist, Zimmerman, as WND reported, was an Obama supporter who championed the cause of a black homeless man who had been assaulted.
In his book, published Tuesday by WND Books, Cashill contends that for the first time in the history of American jurisprudence, a state government, the U.S. Department of Justice, the White House, the major media, the entertainment industry and the vestiges of the civil rights movement conspired to put an innocent man in prison for the rest of his life.
‘Inflaming racial tensions’
Fulton appeared Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to urge members to “seriously take a look” at the Florida law and others across the nation.
The chairman of the subcommittee, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called for the laws “to be carefully reviewed and reconsidered.”
“This is not about politicking, this is not about inflaming racial tensions, though some might try to use it to do that,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “This is about the right of everyone to protect themselves, to protect their family.”
In in his blog, former Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida expressed amazement that, with all that is happening in the country at the moment, the Democrat-controlled Senate would choose to focus on stand-your-ground laws.
“Reading our national headlines, there’s nothing relating to the issue of Stand Your Ground Laws and civil rights – matter of fact, this is a state issue not a federal one,” West wrote.
See Cashill’s comments on his investigation of the Martin case: