The Tolouse killer. George Zimmerman. Killers caught between ordinary reality and an imagined universe that was only coherent in their own minds. its a fantasy world that migrates form an idealized reality back to a fantasy world and gets lost, very lost on the way. Simply put, they can’t seem to change and adjust the fantasm to fit the reality without the contradictions erupting in destruction. Rubbing against a nihilistic nerve. Its very complex and as near witnesses to these slayings there is a complicity with the dynamic that keeps playing out: a sympathy for the victims who are idealized while in part rejecting their actual struggles. As if too much empathy reinforces the differences and keeps the crimes perpetuating themselves; events spinning away from daily gravity entering a world of the ideologically unreal.
…There may be no box to check for George Zimmerman, no tidy way to categorize, define and sort the 28-year-old man whose pull of a trigger on a darkened Florida street is forcing America to once again confront its fraught relationship with race and identity. The victim, we know, was named Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in a hoodie. The rest becomes a matter for interpretation….
The drama in Florida takes on a kind of modern complexity. Its nuances show America for what it is steadily becoming, a realm in which identity is understood as something that cannot be summed up in a single word.Read More:http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/who-is-george-zimmerman/2012/03/22/gIQAkXdbUS_story.html
National Post:Phone records show the girl, who Crump would not identify because she is a minor, had been talking to Martin off-and-on all day on February 26, and can provide convincing evidence that he was behaving normally, Crump said.
“Her call connects the dots to completely destroy what Zimmerman said [to the police] about ‘this kid was up to no good,’” Crump said. “This kid was simply trying to walk home and get out of the rain while he talked to his little friend. And that’s all he was doing. He was completely innocent.”
Martin was walking home from a convenience store, where he went to buy snacks shortly before the NBA All-Star basketball game, when Zimmerman spotted him. Zimmerman called Sanford Police to report a suspicious person in the neighborhood and then, while armed with a handgun, followed Martin despite the police dispatcher telling him not to.
The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI said on Monday that they had opened an investigation into the shooting.
Police have declined to arrest the 28-year-old Zimmerman and turned the case over to prosecutors, citing Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, enacted in 2005 and now in effect in about 20 other states. The law provides a shooter with wide latitude to claim a killing was in self-defense.Read More:http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/21/arrest-george-zimmerman-community-rages-as-trayvon-martins-shooter-walks-free/