Well let's see what evidence they have.
IF Zimmerman was biased and shot Travon with little provocation then the 2nd degree murder will stick and justice will be served. In that case, Sharpton was right and should be commended. IF Travon attacked Zimmerman (not realizing he was armed) then maybe Zimmerman was justified. I question Zimmerman had to kill Travon to resolve the situation unless it can be proven Travon went bezerk! You can't threaten the kid, hold him at gunpoint until police arrive, or wound him ? Killing seems extreme unless there was an uncontrolled altercation. BUT we're all guessing, without ALL the FACTS.
Apparently the DA had good cause to go for 2nd degree murder. On Chris Matthews show at 5 PM EST, a DA from another Co. went down the list of possible charges (while they were waiting for the Press conf) and there were about 5-6 potential charges they could make- 2nd degree murder was the worst. SO to arrest and make that serious charge, they must have some strong evidence. They could have gone for voluntary manslaughter, assault & battery, assault.. and 1 or 2 more lesser charges.
I will say I do NOT like the "stand your ground" law as it is currently written. How can you pursue someone (stalk, continue when advised NOT to, then confront them, and then claim stand your ground? Your "ground" was moving and YOU were the pursuer ! It might be different if you were the pursued.
Learned this: Everyone has the right of "self defense
" which is essentially "stand your ground" on your own property. The "stand your ground
" Law allows you to apply that principle anywhere you can legally be (in public). Sounds good, except when you allow someone to stalk someone else and then decide they're bad with no evidence
and then take their life. I don't want self righteous vigilantes
running around with guns making those decisions - THAT"S what the Police
and the courts are for !!
Hell you could have some jerk picking fights, shooting someone, and then claim "stand your ground" !?? HTF do you separate the good & justified from the abused situations ??