Originally Posted by celery
After all this, I'm almost certain Zimmerman is regretting his choice. Letting some punk kid walk around the neighborhood (maybe break-in to someone's home and steal a TV or other small material possession) seems like a far superior option to having your entire life ruined regardless of whether or not you acted in a justified manner.
He's lost more than he could have imagined, how many plasma TV's worth of wages, time, legal fees have been lost on some punk kid? I understand that Zimmerman wanted to keep his neighborhood safe, and he did the right thing to call the police, but he should have just gone home and locked the doors after that. He could be at the movies with his family eating $8 popcorn and watching Robert Downey Jr. shoot lasers at bad guys. Instead, he's gained a hundred pounds, looks miserable and has put his family and everyone he loves through hell.
Whether he's found innocent or not, he took his own life as well as Trayvon's that day.
No good deed goes unpunished. It is actually surprising to me that he did anything.
A couple years ago, I was moving into a new home, and I was robbed during the move. The neighbors actually saw the kid, a black kid about 15, and they didn't want to seem racist or bigoted or whatever, so they didn't do anything until he then proceeded to try breaking into my neighbor's home.
The cops didn't care because it was my own fault for not having locked all my doors plus the kid was under 18 so at best he'd get juvi. Ultimately they caught the kid, because he was wanted for like half a dozen other robberies. They couldn't do anything on my case because they didn't bother collecting evidence besides my neighbor picking him out of a lineup.
The point is that it is rare for neighbors to give a damn.