Letter: Zimmerman didn’t stop at ‘watching’
A recent letter to the editor lauded the efforts of George Zimmerman as a neighborhood watchman (“Zimmerman was working for the good of his community,” Monitor, July 22). I strongly disagree with the letter writer.
If Zimmerman had been a “watch” person and listened to the police dispatcher to not approach Treyvon Martin, there would have been a much different outcome.
Instead, he chose to confront the youngster, likely hoping to be seen as a hero. Had he waited for the police as instructed, Martin would likely still be enjoying his summer vacation. Zimmerman did not “watch and report”; he became a self-appointed vigilante who took the law into his own hands. Is that the kind of system we really want?
Another question: If Martin, in his threatened and fearful state, had wrestled the gun away from Zimmmerman and shot him instead, what do you suppose the outcome would have been?