I haven't addressed the Trayvon Martin shooting until now because I don't know all the facts. Given what I do know, George Zimmerman's claim of self-defense seems fairly unlikely. But I'm not sure of what went down because I wasn't there.
Unfortunately, many others who weren't there – like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton -- insist they know Zimmerman is guilty of murder, and are demanding justice. Which to them is nothing less than immediate arrest and a guaranteed conviction.
But that isn't how it works.
I hope the reason there's been no arrest yet is because the police are still building a case that'll stand up in court. Because -- barring some blockbuster revelation -- this incident certainly demands a full examination of the evidence by a jury.
But regardless of my instincts, it's possible there may not be enough hard evidence to win a guilty verdict. And that's all that should count.
Unquestionably, too many in the past have paid for crimes they didn't commit while many guilty parties have gone unpunished. And African-Americans have been disproportionately harmed by those errors.
But simply aiming the "lynch mob" mentality in a new direction isn't the answer. Our justice system is far from perfect, but it is still the best in the world. And we must allow it to do its work.
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.