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What Bothered Me Most About the Zimmerman Trial - "If you don't have a badge, don't act like you do."

Thanks to davyC for pointing out this short post on LewRockwell.com:

I did not watch the entirety of this trial, but I did watch most of the closing arguments. There was a tone to the prosecution’s summation to the jury that left me with the impression that the core of George Zimmerman’s offense was that he was not a police officer. While giving lip-service to the propriety – even the desirability - of “neighborhood watch” practices, the state’s prosecutors saw a conflict between ordinary people and “official” police officers doing what Zimmerman did. Toward the end of the state’s summation, it was said that if a person wanted to do what George Zimmerman did “you’d better have one of these” (whereupon a photo of a policeman’s badge was projected onto the screen).

What the state was implicitly acknowledging – whether such was its intent or not – was the real-world dual standard that operates on the streets of virtually every city in every state: a police officer will almost never be held to account, criminally, for wrongs committed against innocent victims. Take the identical facts in the Zimmerman case and change just one: have George Zimmerman be a city-appointed police officer. Is there anyone so naïve as to believe that his actions would have turned him into a criminal defendant? Would the event have even made it into the media – apart, perhaps, from a blurb news report on page 23 of the local newspaper? Because the state is defined as a system enjoying a monopoly on the use of violence, its practitioners must be shielded from the consequences of their violent acts.

I shall not hold my breath awaiting the media babblers addressing this issue. The institutionalized keepers-of-the-questions-to-be-asked would never be so foolish or careless as to allow such a thought to surface.

Here are the slides in question:

Here is the relevant video from the closing arguments of the prosecution:


Start around 1:00:48

The blog post above from LRC so clearly detailed something that's also been bothering me, which I tried to graphically express:

links to Facebook meme


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I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!


Exercise Liberty.

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

+1 to the OP

Part of the indoctrination needed for a police state to flourish is the idea you must have the state's permission to protect life and property with force.

I live by the principle that you cannot delegate to government any power that we as individuals do not have.

“I’m fully diversified. I’ve got some under the mattress, some under the floor boards, some in the backyard.”

I'm not interested in Zimmerman/Martin case whatsoever

This is the first thread I've seen with anything newsworthy coming out of the trial. Thanks for sharing it.

So this is it in a nutshell. The government believes that it and its agents' rights supersede the rights of the individual.

This explains how they treat the Constitution, as an outdated and awkward document which they try to end-run around at every opportunity.

I wonder if the USG actually sets up 'perfect scenario' court cases to further erode our freedoms. (Something large corporations started doing in the 80s)