I, like many others, have recently been swept up in the debate over who-hit-who and whether or not George Zimmerman was hurt when he shot Trayvon Martin. While Richard is right to say that we should not jump to any conclusions regarding the circumstances surrounding the actual act of Zimmerman shooting Martin, we have sufficient facts surrounding the preceding events to know that Zimmerman is certainly no hero and should not be compared to Richard Jewell. Continue reading
Trayvon Martin’s death has been one of the most highly covered events of 2012. While the Florida teenager’s death is certainly tragic, many individuals have already jumped to the conclusion that George Zimmerman was acting out of malice, not self defense. Even if he was, the public must allow the criminal justice system to investigate and decide if Zimmerman committed a crime for which he should be charged and tried. This process takes time, and investigators must be honest and impartial. Continue reading
This week, the news has been abuzz over the oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Regarding the individual insurance mandate at the core of the bill, there are a two major misconceptions to clear up, one for our conservative friends and one for our liberal friends. Continue reading
Abusive labor practices were uncovered at Foxconn, the massive electronics supplier that produces many Apple Computer products, after a recent Fair Labor Association investigation. So why were employees used to working 70 to 80 hours a week angry after Foxconn announced it would limit the work week to 49 hours?
I began organizing “Hoodie Day” just over 24 hours ago. I was frustrated by the apathy and the lack of action or discourse on this campus regarding not just the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, but a series of racially charged incidents in the media in the last few weeks. Continue reading
Last night we posted the police surveillance tape showing George Zimmerman four hours after he shot Trayvon Martin. We concurred with ABC in saying that Zimmerman appeared completely unharmed in the video, contradicting his claim of being physically assaulted and injured by Martin.
We, and ABC, should have taken a closer look at the video.
The Daily Caller took that closer look and found, in accordance with Zimmerman’s account, “what appears to be a vertical laceration or scar several inches long.”
So we invite you, again, to watch the surveillance video and see what you think. Look to the right side of the back of Zimmerman’s head at approximately the 1:05-1:08 mark:
Update: An eyewitness has come forward and said the following: “Within a couple of seconds after the shots, one of the men “was walking toward where I was watching, and I could see him a little bit clearer. Could see that it was a Hispanic man. He didn’t appear hurt or anything else.”
Update 2: The Trayvon Martin police report has been released. You can view it for yourself here. Two choice quotes from the responding officer Timothy Smith.
“While I was in such close contact with Zimmerman, I could observe that his back appeared wet and was covered in grass, as if he had been laying on his back on the ground. Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and the back of his head.”
“Zimmerman was placed in the rear of my police vehicle and was given first aid by the SFD.”
The policy testimony has been contradicted by witness statements.
In response to the death of Trayvon Martin, some Kenyon students are organizing Wear A Hoodie Day: “As one’s appearance should not determine one’s level of safety, wearing a hooded sweatshirt acknowledges that stereotypes do not represent us, nor the communities with which we identify.”
Will you be participating? Tell us!
Our latest print issue came out yesterday – we’ll have the articles up on this site soon. In the meantime, you can check out what the hard copy looks like here.
Reports of Trayvon Martin breaking George Zimmerman’s nose, bashing his head into the pavement and leaving a gash on the back of his head are called into question by a police surveillance video which shows Zimmerman completely unharmed after shooting Martin. It should also be noted that there is no blood on Zimmerman’s shirt, implying that Martin was not on top of him when he shot.