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Published: Sunday, July 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

So what was Zimmerman doing outside of his car?

Anyone from the zimmers camp dare answer this question?

Durham, NC

Fred.... your just not remembering then. For weeks the news was filled with pieces about the OJ Simpson acquittal. You can still google or yahoo search many of them. And what you are also leaving out is the out rage that follow the Casey Anthony verdict as well. There again there was outrage at how this young woman got away with the death of here daughter, in these fame Florida courts.

We see things we want to see... and ignore things that don't match the story we want to believe.... it is just human nature. What is equally amazing is the lack of outrage when events like those around Brandon McClelland of Texas. It was a crime that didn't get endless headlines in the DN. Why no outrage?

We make of things what we want to.

Provo, UT

Obama needs a distraction from all the political scandals surrounding his administration right now: IRS targeting, NSA snooping, Benghazi, etc. Making the Zimmerman case about race is a great distraction.

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

"...could someone satisfactorily explain why the reaction to one [could] be so different from the other?"

Because one side always chooses to play the victim card.

Provo, ut

Why haven't we seen an honest opinion poll on the verdict? Probably because a great majority agrees with how the jury saw it. But that wouldn't make as big a splash as interviewing a few disgruntled agitators that want to use it to further their agenda.


@ Real Maverick. That's a fair question. First of all Zimmerman had been elected by the community to be it's watch captain. They had organized a watch program due to numerous burglaries and crimes of that nature. Young black men in hoodies had been observed perpetrating these crimes. That night Z observed a young male in a hoodie walking, not on the sidewalk, but along the houses. He called the non-emergency number of the police. They asked for information as to where the young man was going and what he looked like. Z exited his car (a pickup by the way) to follow and observe what Z believed to be a possible burglar. The dispatcher (not a trained police) asked questions and in addition asked Z if he was "STILL" following. He said he was but that he had lost sight of the suspect. TM had more than enough time to get where he was going. Instead TM circled back, confronted Z and attacked Z. Those actions got TM killed. I've run into young black men like TM who will fight you for no reason other than a perception of disrespect.

Ogden, UT

@Demo Dave 9:12 a.m. July 28, 2013

"...could someone satisfactorily explain why the reaction to one [could] be so different from the other?"

Because one side always chooses to play the victim card.


What a GREAT comment about the Zimmerman defenders' use of the victim card. Poor George!

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Uh, because an unarmed child on a harmless errand was shot and killed by an armed adult, without legal consequences of any kind for the adult?

Durham, NC

"Because one side always chooses to play the victim card."

Kind of like all those who are still crying that the only reason Romney lost was because he is Mormon.... funny how it works that way.

Silly when one side used it... so justified when ones self uses it. How many pieces has the DN done on the election some 8 months after the fact?

I know.... its different when someone else does it.

Steve Cottrell
Centerville, UT

It's puzzling how many are prepared to jump to judgment on either side of this case when so few have listened to or read every detail that was presented to the jury. Just because we like or don't like the outcome, does not mean that we are suddenly well informed about the evidence.

What is reported in the print media or in broadcast media is always a report of some observer's reaction. Unfortunately most of these observers also saw only a very small part of the trial.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Because O.J. Simpson was innocent and he is looking for the real killer(s).

At the golf course...

Mickey Kovars
Tampa, FL

The Simpson and Zimmerman cases are completely different from each other. It is stupid to try to generalize them together to make some common point. The only thing they have in common is that there was massive publicity that tended to distort what really happened in each case.

Murray, UT

So what was Zimmerman doing outside of his car?

Trying to answer the question the 911 operator asked him,.

Legally walking on the sidewalk of his neighborhood.

Being visible so if there were those around casing for possible crime victims, they would know that this neighborhood has neighbors who watch, walk, and own their neighborhood.

All legal things.

All you in Martin's camp, what evidence is there that Zimmerman did anything illegal?

Here let me answer for you. He was being whiter than Martin. But that is not illegal.
So the real answer is NONE! No evidence of illegal behavior from Zimmerman.

Bob K
porland, OR

I don't see any purpose in the question, other to infer that Black people, when wronged, riot and demonstrate.
Simpson got away with murder, for sure, no doubt, via lawyers' tricks.
Zimmerman got away with creating a stupid situation, resulting in a death, because there were no witnesses to prove what happened.
FYI White People -- Black working class teens will beat on you if you insult them, but not kill you. George had no business getting out of the car.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I think he was outside his car because he didn't want Martin to leave the area before police got there to talk to him. His neighborhood had a string of crimes and he wanted to find out if the hooded guy roming the neighborhood was involved.

I can't understand the exact reason for the different responses to the two verdicts. I hope somebody can.

Both were equitals, but there were major differences in the two cases. One went there with the intent to kill (he was dressed, gloved and equipped for murder, with the Chicago alibi already setup, and fled from police in his bronco when police tried to question him). The other didn't intend to kill anybody, he just wanted him to wait to talk to police... and things went south from there. But he stayed and cooperated with police instead of running.

I don't get why the bigger outrage is reserved for the guy who didn't intend to kill anybody but got in a bad situation... and we give the guy who went there intending to kill 2 people a pass.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

We may see what we want to see, but I don't remember Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson doing speeches intended to rally the masses after the OJ Simpson verdict or the Casey Anthony verdict. Sure the TV magazine shows continued to cover it (that's their job, to create and present interesting crime stories). But what we are talking about here is the race riots, the vandalism, the outrage, the protests, the mobs striking out at innocent prople in their communities (based on their race) that happened after the Zimmerman verdict.

I may only see what I want to see... but I don't think these riots happened after the other 2 verdicts. That's what we're trying to figure out. Why they only happened after the Zimmerman verdict, and not the other 2.

What we're trying to figure out is... Was the race of the offender and the victim the reason why the protests and riots happened in the one case and not ther others? If so... it's important to understand this dynamic and the reasons Al Sharption and Jessie Jackson call for the outrage in one situation, and called for celebration in the Simpson case.

Boulder Boy
Boulder City, NV

"Hispanic" isn't a race, it is an ethnicity. Big difference. So if you are going to refer to him as a "mixed race", then I'm still waiting to hear what the other race is.

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