RBInMaine (9,594 posts)
The dangerous mind of the consummate "Cop Wannabe".
Check out "A Cop's Take On The Verdict" in the July 14th Daily Kos. It's a spot on "profile" of Zimmerman as a consummate cop wannabe.
I have long past experience working in the criminal justice system, and I know this personality type well. They can be dangerous people because they are constantly right there on the cusp of taking the law into their own hands. They use police jargon. They dream of being cops. They carrry guns. They carry scanners in their cars and have them in their homes. They have the police station on speed dial. They call the cops a lot. They try to sign up for ride alongs. They try to get hired as cops and fail. They may get jobs as bouncers or security guards. They sometimes hang around police stations and try to make friends with cops. Sometimes they even carry badges. I know of one who actually stopped a car with an old portable "Kojack light" and presented himself as a cop. (He was charged for doing that.)
The confrontation and shooting of Trayvon was absolutely
precipitated by Zimmerman and absolutely
happened because Zimmerman profiled and pursued Trayvon with the intention of stopping and detaining him to appear as a hero who stopped a crime, simple as that. In his mind, given his lllllllong history of calling the cops, carrying a gun, patrolling the neighborhood, being "captain" of the watch program, having tried to get hired as a cop, taking MMA classes, taking criminal justice classes... it is just so clear
. The guy is a consummate controlling cop wannabe who fantasizes about being a cop.
What happened, I THINK
, was Trayvon was SCARED of Zimmerman as Z was following him in his car. He sees Z again after Z drives ahead of him and calls the cops. He takes off. Z goes after him. Trayvon is now in fight or flight mode. He turns from flight to fight. Zimmerman confronts him, and T in turn confronts Z. Z never ID's himself. He never de-escalates. He has determined T is a criminal and is determined to capture him and detain him. It goes from a verbal confrontation to a physical confrontation because T feels he is defending himself from Z. The fight does not go well for Z as he is really a wimp and a coward under the bravado of a cop wannabe. He shoots Trayvon. He then goes into a panic because he seriously questions whether he ever had justification to use deadly force and the LAST thing he wants to appear to be is the one who was the aggressor, the pursuer, and the one who obviously started the whole thing. So he then goes into a long string of lies and embellishments and exaggerations
to justify what he did, including using police jargon and attempts to identify and associate with the cops. The lies and exaggerations were just soooo BLATANT and provable. (Biggest lies include T circling his car, that T was "skipping" away, that he didn't know the name of the street so had to go find a street sign and address and was not pursuing, that he did not approach T, that T immediately punched him, that T threatened to kill him, that T saw his gun and was reaching for it, that T had his hands over his mouth and nose, that T said "you got me", that he wasn't sure if he had shot him, and that he put T's hands out to his sides. And there are others.)
In the end, I think
jurors were just too hung up on just how the fight started and progressed and in the end felt they just didn't have enough under the instructions to convict. Ya, some obviously were more sympathetic to Z from the start maybe for racial reasons. In fairness, a bit hard to say for sure, certainly for all of them.
A tough case given the wishy washy local police investigation/failure to charge sooner, having to take over the case from them, etc.
(Some local cops wanted him charged, admin. didn't, etc. Could have been a better investigation.)
I have said before, as have others, that the better strategy would have been to go for manslaughter from the start, push THAT narrative, and much more forcefully the narrative that Trayvon was AFRAID OF ZIMMERMAN, felt HIM to be a THREAT, that HE was defending HIMself, and that Z was clearly the aggressor. The prosecution did not at all do a "bad" job in this case. They actually did very well in many ways. Remember, half wanted to convict on the first vote. And they made many good points including all Z's lies. But I think their main errors were not pushing just manslaughter from the start, and not showing a clear enough counter story with Z as the clear aggressor and T as the scared victim who was defending himself from Z.
A sad, sad case. But one thing is for sure. Zimmerman is dangerous cop wannabe
who will NEVER be a cop and will NEVER work in the criminal justice system. And he and his type are the very last people who should own a gun.