If these reports are true, this will be a big day in the Trayvon Martin case, and hopefully it will be the first step toward a trial which will determine George Zimmerman’s role in the incident that left Trayvon dead over a month ago.
It couldn’t have come at a better time. In recent days, things have been heating up in the public response to the shooting, with a gunfire attack on a Sanford police vehicle, and neo-Nazis “taking a stance for the white community” in the town where Trayvon was killed, and a $10,000 bounty being placed on Zimmerman by the New Black Panther Party.
On top of all the drama among outside members of the community, the parties who are directly involved with the case have been adding to the atmosphere as well. George Zimmerman himself launched a website, asking for donations toward his legal defense. And his legal team, in a surreal press conference held yesterday, announced that they were no longer representing Zimmerman, after he cut off communication with them days ago.
The fact that Zimmerman has been a free man ever since the very night of the shooting is an affront to logic and fairness in the first place. But the time that has passed since then has just allowed for the situation to get more and more out of control, and more and more dangerous. Every day that passes is another day where people respond, tempers flare, and new problems develop. There can be no good that comes from delaying action any longer, and hopefully the authorities in this case have realized that at long last.
I am looking forward to finding out if the reports are true, and I am hoping to hear charges being announced against George Zimmerman later today. The media have all had their say about this case. Commentators and members of the public have spoken out about their thoughts and feelings. The families and friends of both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman have been making the rounds to plead their cases to the nation. But now, all of that is unimportant. The one person who we have not heard or seen in any real way so far has been the man who killed Trayvon Martin in February. He has had the luxury of sending out surrogates to speak on his behalf, and pleading for money, sympathy and support from strangers, all while hidden safely away from the chaos that has erupted in the wake of his actions. I hope George Zimmerman has enjoyed the last 44 days, because that undeserved respite he has been experiencing is about to end, and he will finally have to face the world and the legal process that should have begun over a month ago. He himself, on his website, stated that “the facts will come to light”. And you know what? He was right, and it all begins today.