After posting $150,000 bail, George Zimmerman left jail early this morning and now awaits trial for second degree murder of Trayvon Martin, Location unknown, he must maintain a curfew, can’t have access to a firearm and must wear a tracking device that monitors exactly where he is.
Despite these restrictions and the fact that he has not been convicted of murder, he is being hunted; death threats have been made against Mr. Zimmerman and his family.
Having said, “If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action, and at every step, the facts and law will guide us forward,” many await a statement by Attorney General Eric Holder.
Isn’t making death threat against another US citizen a violation of criminal law and civil rights law? Isn’t the violence that the New Black Panthers sanctioned, a hate crime? What does Mr. Holder have to say those who would do harm to Mr. Zimmerman? All one needs to do is tune in a bit to Twitter and other social media to find out that airwaves and cyberspace is abuzz with death threats against Mr. Zimmerman and his family.
When Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “we shall overcome,” he did not mean by death threats. When he said, “That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing” he wasn’t endorsing vigilante justice. What has happened to Americans that they DO seek vigilante justice?
That begs another question. Do Americans have the right to take the law in their own hands and mete out justice they see fit? Isn’t that one of the reasons we have our American system of jurisprudence which says that a man is innocent until proven guilty?