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July 30, 2013: Our reader's write

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Harry M. Braxton Jr.

Time to get real

Americamight never have heard of Trayvon Martin if either I or another black had killed him. Over 90 percent of American black homicides are black on black. Efforts were made to present George Zimmerman as a racist white man; despite the fact that his mother is Peruvian Hispanic and his father is white, just to reopen angry wounds of the 1960s Civil Rights Era black experience in pursuit of a liberal agenda. Once again, black Americans got “played.”

While eyewitnesses testified that Zimmerman was on the receiving end of a Mixed Martial Arts style “ground and pound” beating from Martin, no eyewitness or evidence testimony indicated Zimmerman initiated hostile physical contact. Maybe that’s why the prosecutor didn’t take this case to a grand jury. At the moment Zimmerman chose to shoot Martin, indications are that Zimmerman was in danger of either death or serious injury to either his cranium or spine. Martin’s body became a deadly implement during his mixed martial arts-style attack.

Gunshot expert testimony convinced me of Zimmerman’s innocence. The direction and angle path of Zimmerman’s bullet through Martin’s body and the gunshot residue on Martin’s shirt clearly indicated where he was positioned over Zimmerman’s body during the shooting.

If Zimmerman left his vehicle in order to maintain observation of Martin pursuant to helping police locate Martin upon their arrival, his actions were appropriate. Had Zimmerman stayed in the car and Martin had been armed with a gun, Zimmerman still would have been in danger. Most contemporary pistol/revolver rounds easily penetrate vehicle passenger compartments and windshields. That dispatcher didn’t know whether or not Martin was armed.

How could President Obama have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago? From 1971 through 1979, President Obama attended Punahou School; a private school in Honolulu, Hawaii, from which he received his high school diploma. Trayvon Martin didn’t have a well-to-do white grandfather to put him through a private school in such an expensive American state. Get real, Mr. President.

Harry M. Braxton Jr.

Elizabethtown