Immediately following the verdict in the 1992 case of the brutal beating of Rodney King, a Los Angeles man said: “It’s going to get pretty worser.” He was right.
After the smoke cleared, 43 people were dead, thousands were injured and the city suffered an estimated $1 billion worth of damage.
I predict it’s going to get pretty “worser” in this Nation as the trial of George Zimmerman approaches.
Last week, an all-white jury acquitted Andrew Bloomberg, a former Houston police officer who allegedly used excessive force when apprehending 15-year-old burglar Chad Holley. After the trial, protesters took to the street outside the courthouse.
Portions of the Houston uprising call to mind the emotions that swirled following the initial acquittal of the four white officers who stood trial for King’s beating.
Ironically, the protesters in Houston seemed more concerned with Trayvon Martin than Holley. With the chant “We fired up, won’t take it no more” and a call to go to the polls “I can speak for Trayvon Martin, people, please get out and vote,” protesters rallied angrily around the Houston courthouse.
As more evidence surfaces, the media are finally beginning to acknowledge that Zimmerman’s claim of self-defensive seems credible. Police and medical reports confirm injuries to Zimmerman’s head and face. Police reports also contain statements from two different witnesses who say that Zimmerman was on the ground, being straddled and punched by someone in a hoodie. Even the lead investigator on the case, Officer Christopher Serino, concluded that Zimmerman was “yelling for help as he was being battered by Trayvon Martin.”
Another document states that Zimmerman can be heard yelling for help 14 times during a 911 call. A police report also reveals that Martin’s father said that a voice yelling for help on a 911 call was not the voice of his son.
Autopsy results have revealed that Martin, who had been suspended from school for marijuana possession, suffered injuries to his knuckles and had THC, the drug found in marijuana, in his blood.
As the evidence mounts, Martin’s squeaky clean media-created reputation is quickly being tarnished.
Although all the facts are not known, the trial is beginning to seem like a lose-lose proposition. Either a half-white mentor of black kids will spend time behind bars, or the city of Sanford, Fla., will become the next Los Angeles.