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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:23 PM

Watching CNN's documentary about Rodney King.

Wow, this brings back so many memories! I was so horrified by both the verdict and it's resulting violence.

But I am also concerned that a similar situation will erupt if Zim gets off scott free.

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Response to MoonRiver (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:26 PM

1. "a similar situation will erupt if Zim gets off scott free." I think one can count on it. n/t

 

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Response to teddy51 (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 10:46 PM

6. jeez lets hope not = 53 people died and thousands injured



not to be promoted or hoped for IMO

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Response to lunasun (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 11:05 PM

7. You know it though! It seriously looks to me like they are setting up to let this guy off.

 

If that happens, we are in for one shit storm big time and maybe rightly so. There is absolutely no reason that Zimmerman can claim SYG IMHO. He was carrying a gun, and stalking Trayvon and then things went bad. Trayvon was murdered in cold blood and there is no question in my mind.

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Response to teddy51 (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 01:16 AM

8. Oh yeah- He is not doing any time

Then the police dept in Sanford did not aid or ignore a cirme

Daddy's friends are OK too

Thats how it will have to go down in their book

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Response to MoonRiver (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:34 PM

2. I really don't think anything like 1992 could happen because of Zimmerman

 

That's not saying major riots couldn't happen for another reason, but I don't see it here.

1992 was very much about a set of grievances against the police in Los Angeles. These tensions had been brewing for years.

A Zimmerman acquittal would cause mostly peaceful marches and maybe some boycotts. There would be some scattered violence and looting, but I don't think a whole lot. And most of that would be caused by opportunistic hooligans. People wouldn't be happy about the verdict, but I think the reaction would mostly be peaceful.

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Response to RZM (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:47 PM

5. I hope you are right.

One reason to be hopeful is that the news media is now doing a better job reporting on the case. Early on the reporting was absolutely terrible, in a way that fed the anger. The extent to which violence may result from a not guilty verdict might depend on how much evidence there is against Zimmerman. The stronger the prosecution's case, the more likely an innocent verdict will piss people off.

edit to correct typo

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Response to MoonRiver (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:36 PM

3. Yeah. That footage of Rodney King pleading for calm is tough to watch. Had my back purposely turned

when they showed the beating and the resulting violence.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 08:44 PM

4. So sad.

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