The correct outcome

 

It’s simply a fact: More aggressive action against the black kid than a cheerleader is more likely to prevent a crime. The real question here is whether statistics about race and crime justify George Zimmerman confronting Trayvon Martin in the first place. Of course they do. Zimmerman was just doing his job.

Should race have anything to do with what happened subsequently? Of course not. Zimmerman should not have been convicted for racial profiling, as many public comments seem to suggest. Racial profiling, in certain situations, is rational behavior, politically correct or not.

Should Zimmerman have been convicted because he may have thought that he was in mortal danger in part because Martin was black? I think the only relevant fact is whether he had a reasonable fear of mortal injury if someone, black or white, was smacking his head on the concrete. And, in legal terms, was it established beyond a reasonable doubt that he had no such fear? Apparently not.

E. Miller, South Beach

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