Local police veterans had the Zimmerman self-defense issue correct from the start. Things should have ended there. As National Review correctly advises readers:
The jury has spoken in Florida, acquitting George Zimmerman of all state murder and manslaughter charges arising out of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. It was a prosecution that should never have been brought: That was the judgment of the veteran police officers who first investigated it and concluded that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense. But because it was brought, we have seen the severe weaknesses of the case against Zimmerman: the absence of intent to commit murder, and the utter dearth of evidence that Zimmerman is a racist or that racism played any part in the tragic death of Martin, a 17-year-old African American.
The lack of racist indicia was why, in a reprehensible touch, the New York Times felt compelled to invent a new category for Zimmerman — “white Hispanic.” For the Left, racism is America’s unredeemable sin, the driver of the American narrative. And when the narrative collides with contradictory facts, it is the facts that must give way. Contorting the facts beyond recognition was essential to creating the climate that resulted in murder charges.