Letter: Zimmerman is no hero
I am a left-of-center independent who believes that George Zimmerman was overcharged and should have been found not guilty of second-degree murder. I believe the left-leaning media were guilty of hyping the case without enough facts. However, this does not make Zimmerman a hero in any sense of the word.
He was not serving his community but serving his own ego when he abandoned his role as a neighborhood watchman to play the role of a police officer. Not content with alerting the police and letting them do their job in a professional manner, this rank amateur stumbled into a situation with his gun ready to fire. Folks with Zimmerman’s mentality do not make the community safer. They make it far more dangerous for themselves and others. We have all learned since childhood that we do not have the right to take the law into our own hands when the police have been alerted and are on their way. Using deadly force requires judgement and training and should be left to professionals whenever possible. Failing to do so is immoral and criminally negligent.