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May 21, 2012

Gawker's Fanciful New Claim: Zimmerman "Beat" Trayvon Martin, Apparently Pounding Trayvon's Knuckles With His Eyesockets

The Narrative cannot be defeated.

This is a link to Breitbart, quoting Gawker, so don't feel shameful about clicking.


Martin, an African American teen, was chased, beaten and shot by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman named George Zimmerman.

This leaves Lee Stranahan sputtering:

Trayvon was beaten by Zimmerman? This is a bizarre fable to start spinning given the new evidence that Zimmerman suffered a broken nose and black eyes while Trayvon suffered a laceration on his knuckle and the new description by a witness that Martin attacked Zimmerman "MMA style." Is Gawker suggesting that Zimmerman is an expert in some bizarre martial arts discipline that involves laying on the ground while your opponent straddles you and then repeatedly beating them in the fists with your eyes?

Whenever force is employed, the use must be reasonable, and used only sparingly.

While people talk about the duty to retreat, they ignore the fact that Zimmerman couldn't retreat, being pinned on the ground by an opponent who was straddling him and ground-and-pounding him.

But they also overlook the fact that by doing so, Trayvon Martin was also breaching his own duty to retreat. Even if you grant that Martin might have felt provoked by Zimmerman, and threatened by him, that only gives him the right to use force such as to effect his own safe escape.

Straddling a man and going to town on his head (and any blow to the head could, in fact, result in death or serious permanent injury) is not necessary to ensure safe departure from the confrontation.

While the media wonders if Zimmerman exceeded the law's guidance on the use of force in self defense, does anyone ask if Trayvon Martin remained studiously within the safe harbor the law provides for lawful, limited self-defense?

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