Not surprisingly I find no elaboration of what similarities exist. We can obviously assume that the fact that someone tragically died is a similarity but what else is similar?
Originally Posted by Zook
George Zimmerman, based upon the 911 call, assumed that Martin was a criminal on drugs basically he was a young black man walking in a neighborhood where he, Martin, belonged. Zimmerman, instead of simply reporting a person he was unfamiliar with being in the neighborhood, which is what a neighborhood watch is supposed to do, decided that Martin was a person with nefarious intentions solely because he was black (i.e. based upon racial profiling). Zimmerman, in defiance of normal neighborhood watch recommendations was armed and left his vehicle to actively pursue Martin and continued that pursuit even when the 911 operator said it was unnecessary, creating a very real and creditable threat to Martin based upon what Martin’s girlfriend has reported. Martin attempted to walk away from Zimmerman to remove the threat and Zimmerman followed. When Zimmerman approached to close creating an even greater threat then Martin turned to confront him. Zimmerman made no attempt to identify himself as a neighborhood watch person which would have defused the situation when Martin acted in self defense against a perceived threat which was his protected Right under the Florida “stand your ground” law. Instead of trying to stop the physical confrontation by telling Martin that he was a neighborhood watch captain Zimmerman instead pulled his concealed handgun and shot and killed Martin. The homicide detective for the Sanford Police Department recommended that Zimmerman be arrested for the death of Martin but Zimmerman was released instead.
In the Taco Bell case, while equally as tragic, has none of these conditions related to it. Daniel Adkins, a mentally handicapped man of 29, apparently without looking stepped into the drive-thru lane of a Taco Bell where an unidentified 22 yo man and his girlfriend was pulling forward at the directions of the Taco Bell employee. The car did not strike Mr Adkins but obviously scared him but it’s not like these drive-thru lanes are clearly marked. Perhaps because he was mentally handicapped he didn’t realize that he really needed to look when coming around a corner and stepping into a drive-thru lane and instead of simply “writing it off as no-harm, no-foul” he decided to verbally assault the driver of the car. A heated exchange then ensued and Mr Atkins eventually threw a punch at the drive through the open car window. At no time did the driver of the car leave the vehicle and, except for a verbal exchange, was not presenting any threat to Mr Atkins. When Mr Atkins started to physically assault the driver the driver shot and killed him. No one at the police department recommended that the driver be detained and charged.
So, excluding the fact that a tragic death was the result of both cases I’d like to know what the similarities are.
Last edited by Shiva_TD; Apr 11 2012 at 10:10 AM.
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