It's sad that in 2012 we still have incidences of racism, racial profiling and an appearance of a lack of value for the life of a black teenager, both by Zimmerman and the Sanford Police department. What jumps out at me is a question: if Zimmerman had been black and Martin white, with all of the facts being the same, would Martin be in jail? I think he would.
Some people have a problem with the so-called race card being played. In my opinion, this is because the issue of race is very difficult for people, the media, politicians and academia to discuss adequately. This country still has a problem with racial issues and the race card should be played if it is a factor in issues pertaining to our life. We can't be afraid to tackle sensitive subject matters such as these because it has the potential to destroy our society.
Zimmerman reminds me of some security guards who can't qualify as sworn police officers, either due to lack of experience, education or prior law enforcement contacts. Zimmerman was arrested in 2005 on suspicion of battery against a law enforcement officer. Although the charge was eventually dropped, it probably killed his chance of becoming an official police officer. Law enforcement officers would call these people wannabes, who look for any way to show they are or can be just as proficient in law enforcement as an actual police officer.
Zimmerman's actions, in my opinion, are those of an individual with an ax to grind; he was going to prove he was as good at police work as any police officer. It didn't matter that the dispatcher told him to not follow Martin and he said, "Okay." He obviously left his vehicle and confronted Martin. He wouldn't have felt that he feared for his life if he had just listened to the dispatcher, stopped his surveillance and stayed in his SUV. His comment of "these guys always get away" shows a predisposed negative attitude towards Martin, bordering on racism. Was his attitude... ‘this guy is not going to get away from me’? As a neighborhood watch guard, Zimmerman is prohibited from carrying a gun. Their instructions are to watch and report to the police, not to be a policeman and make an arrest!