[quote]Why are people so quick to rush to judgment?
We're not. We're saying that the initial investigation was a joke and that justice was not done. Thankfully, the pressure has resulted in both the state and the federal government stepping in to investigate the case properly.
[quote]The police's hands are tied by the way the Florida law is written.
Garbage. Even the author of the law said that the law did not cover this scenario. Zimmerman was the aggressor. A pursuer, by definition, cannot invoke "stand your ground." He might or might not be able to invoke a self-defense plea but the "stand your ground" law simply does not apply.
[quote]If Zimmerman received a broken nose and stitches, as his lawyer said
He didn't get stitches and did not go to a doctor for treatment, so no medical evidence exists to corroborate those claims. There is no evidence to support a broken nose.
[quote]and if the autopsy shows that Treyvon was shot not in the back, but in the front, at very close range, this could indicate an altercation.
Yup, an altercation caused by Zimmerman's aggressive actions. He pursued Martin, as even his own testimony indicates. If those actions led to a fight, he is responsible and the Florida "stand your ground" law does not apply.
[quote]At that point, Florida law allows a person to use a gun if imminent threat of serious injury or death could occur.
Not in these circumstances.
[quote]Given the fact that numerous burglaries had occurred in that area, the neighborhood watch would not be unusual.
Except that, as far as we can tell, he was not an official member of any neighborhood watch. He had called 911 56 times over the past year or so, had a record of aggressive behavior, and even had a police record, none of which came up in the initial "investigation."
[quote]The State's Attorney is investigating; why can't people let him do his job?
Because the state didn't step in until people like us expressed our outrage at the miscarriage of justice. The local police closed their investigation over a week ago, which is when the outrage really began. It was only then that the state and the federal government, appropriately, stepped in.
Now what was that you were saying about "quick to rush to judgment?"