Think Progress puts together a primer on the Trayvon Martin shooting. Thay manage to stay accurate all the way through the first sentence, but derail on the second:
What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)
By Judd Legum on Mar 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm
On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man.
No, Mr. Zimmerman was biracial and frankly, from the mug shot the NY Times is posting, looks like the Hispanic answer to Willie Horton. In a slightly different scenario, for example if Mr. Zimmerman had been shot by a white Tea Partier of northern Europen extraction, all we would be hearing from Think Progress is that anti-immigrant insanity had made the streets unsafe for Hispanics. But since Mr. Zimmerman was the shooter, he's white.
Also missing from the "What you should know" - Mr. Zimmerman had grass stains on his back, a cut on the back of his head, and a bloody nose. Witnesses saw a scuffle with Trayvon Martin on top of the much larger Zimmerman, which is certainly relevant to his self-defense claim.
This case is a mess, and my position is that Mr. Zimmerman is at fault for creating the situation by disregarding the police dispatcher and following after the 17 year old Trayvon Martin. A self-important self-appointed neighborhood watch captain is trouble. But let's hear from the chief of police:
“Mr. Zimmerman’s claim is that the confrontation was initiated by Trayvon,” Police Chief Bill Lee said in an interview. “I am not going into specifics of what led to the violent physical encounter witnessed by residents. All the physical evidence and testimony we have independent of what Mr. Zimmerman provides corroborates this claim to self-defense.”
To claim self-defense, someone has to show there was danger of great bodily harm or death, Lee said. “Zimmerman had injuries consistent with his story,” Lee said.
Zimmerman had a damp shirt, grass stains, a bloody nose and was bleeding from a wound in back of his head, according to police reports.
“If someone asks you, ‘Hey do you live here?’ is it OK for you to jump on them and beat the crap out of somebody?” Lee said. “It’s not.”
Well, that was Zimmerman's story and the police can't, or won't, shake it.
A big part of the problem is Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. Part of it clarifies that a homeowner can use deadly force during a break-in, which is OK. But Section 3 extends the "A man's home is his castle" doctrine such that a man's castle is wherever he happens to be standing: