I wonder what the directors of the crockumentary promised the prosecuting attorneys? Did they shoot long interviews and give them the impression they would be portrayed as heroes of the racial revolution? If so, imagine their horror when they discovered what the BLM/SJW/BGI (Black Grievance Industry) does to whiteys when they’re no longer useful. Being thrown under the ‘let’s all go to the riot’ bus doesn’t begin to cover it.
Episode 5 of the crockumentary saw the prosecutors not only thrown under the bus, but run over–repeatedly. Any pretense of rationality was entirely abandoned, and the narrative was given the freedom to run in all its deranged glory.
The Episode’s Primary Theme: Evidence doesn’t matter, everyone is racist, and black people can’t get justice, with a side of “how dare the defense put on a competent defense–the racists!”
The episode opened with George Zimmerman’s mother listening to the 911 recording, and identifying the voice screaming as George, followed by a clip of Sybrina Fulton sagely observing:
she may have wanted it to be her son, but I know it was Trayvon.
This was followed by a brief clip of defense attorney Don West noting this was as example of how two different witnesses can believe different things, “but only one can be the truth.”
The directors expressed disgust that several witnesses were able to say good things about George, which they called “a failure of the prosecution,” and noted the defense outclassed the prosecution. They noted seven defense witnesses identified the screaming voice as George, but only 2 prosecution witnesses did.
This was presented as significant on its face, but the most significant issue is witness credibility. The prosecution’s witnesses were not credible, and defense witnesses were; it would not have mattered how many prosecution witnesses testified. But the directors gave it a good try, briefly mentioning the testimony of Det. Chris Serino who played the recording for Tracy Martin and his girlfriend Brandy Green a day or two after the shooting. Serino testified Tracy said the voice wasn’t Trayvon.
Tracy responded in a voiceover, accusing Serino of lying, claiming that he told Serino “I can’t tell.” This was followed by Tracy’s brief testimony, and his embarrassing attempts to dance all around his own admission without committing overt perjury. He was not at all credible, and Mark O’Mara treated him gently, as he and West did with every family member.
Joy Reid, who has been commenting throughout the crockumentary, added that the prosecution should have turned the trial into a stalking (?!) case, which is bizarre even for this six part racist narrative. Stalking cases are difficult because the actions involved are, by themselves, not at all criminal. It is only the repetition of what might otherwise be innocuous, even constitutionally protected behavior over time and in specific contexts that makes them illegal. Martin met Zimmerman once, and briefly at that. As incompetent as the prosecution was, they weren’t dumb enough to try to turn the trial into a stalking case, though they made a last ditch attempt at child abuse (not in this episode).
The next witness was Adam Pollock, the owner of a gym where George trained. Jasmine Reed, a “civil rights attorney,” who has also been commenting throughout the crockumentary, tried to suggest Pollock, in saying George wanted to lose weight and improve his fitness, was lying, because George was “a wannabe cop.”
The Directors then noted that George had gained 110 pounds, provided “then and now” photos, and claimed he did it on purpose so he wouldn’t look “militant and fit” as he did when he shot Martin. Pollock testified that on a 1-10 scale of martial skill, George was a .5, which caused Joy Reid to claim he was not in fear of his life, and to imply George’s head injuries were a lie because there was no blood on the sidewalk. What was not presented was the fact it had been raining heavily all day, and continued to rain throughout the night and well into the next day.
Dennis Root, the use of force expert was briefly shown, as was prosecutor John Guy mounting and manhandling a life sized, gray fabric dummy. This was immediately followed by defense attorney Jeralyn Merritt, who noted that when Guy mounted the dummy, he conceded the truth of George’s version of events. They didn’t mention that all of the other witnesses and evidence supported George, and not the narrative. Mark O’Mara was also shown mounting the dummy and forcefully, repeatedly and loudly beating its head into the floor. As I noted at the time of the trial, this was a brilliant move by O’Mara. He had no idea what Guy would do, but seized the moment and illustrated, as mere words could not, the danger faced by George Zimmerman.
This was followed by Sybrina Fulton who observed: “it’s always the practice to blame the victim.” In a textbook self-defense case, yes. She also noted “race permeated every aspect of this case.”
It should be noted the entire style of the crockumentary is to bombard the audience with very brief clips of a variety of often unrelated imagery, combined with voiceovers alleging things unsupported by any evidence. Little is in chronological order, and the most effective witnesses for the defense, and there were many, were not mentioned or shown at all.
I was somewhat confused by a long segment featuring a resident of George’s neighborhood, Olivia Bertalan. I wrote about her testimony in Update 33.2. She was a young mother who, home alone, was burglarized by two young black males. She locked herself into a room holding her only weapon–a pair of rusty scissors–as the criminals stole a variety of things and terrorized her by rattling the doorknob.
The directors claimed her testimony had nothing to do with the case, and “it was playing the race card without really playing it,” which seems to be something like getting drunk without drinking anything.
Her testimony was indeed relevant, as it illustrated why George was suspicious of someone casing a home that had been recently burglarized in a neighborhood terrorized by young black criminals. George had good reason to be suspicious, even though he couldn’t tell Martin was black until some time after he began to watch him.
Joy Reid interjected this was all bout race, and is the reason “blacks can’t get justice.” She asserted the defense was trying to show men protecting white women from black men, and claimed it hearkened back to the time of lynchings, which was immediately, and shamelessly followed by a brief segment on Emmett Till. This was a shameless comparison of Trayvon Martin to Till, an actual victim of a vicious, racially motivated crime.
Don West was briefly allowed to say that he found the suggestion he and O’Mara presented a race-tinged defense offensive, and with good reason. The defense did no such thing.
This was followed by a brief clip of Bertalan’s husband saying that Zimmerman spoke about black people only because it was black people that had been burglarizing the neighborhood. He explained the burglar was eventually caught, but because he was only 17, nothing was done to him.
This was followed by Reid again, who explained why the directors included this unusually long segment. Reei claimed that Zimmerman thought Martin was the same person that burglarized Bertalan’s home, causing him to act out of rage. There was, of course, no such evidence in this case, but that didn’t stop her from further noting George “shouldn’t be able to get away with murder because you lost a fight you started.” This too had no relation whatever to the evidence in the case.
In this episode, the directors were trotting out all manner of versions of the narrative, some never before heard, in an attempt to scream “race” loudly and long enough in the hope some of it might stick.
To introduce the closing arguments, Mychal Denzel Smith, an “author” who has also been commenting throughout, noted black people were relying on the state that abuses black people, and black people can’t trust the state. The prosecutors were white, it was a white drama, and black people weren’t allowed to use race to convict Zimmerman. No clearer recitation of the aims of social justice, compared to equal justice for all under the rule of law, could have been made. Martin was black, Zimmerman was white, or at least a “white-Hispanic” so he was guilty regardless of the evidence, which doesn’t matter because race.
Brief clips of Bernie di la Rionda saying “the truth does not lie,” and actually skipping across the courtroom lisping “la, la, la,” were shown as he was portrayed as incompetent. The directors also tried to minimize Mark O’Mara’s competence, while simultaneously having to portray him and West as defense masterminds that greatly outclassed the hapless prosecution.
It was noted that the defense couldn’t prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt–among the few accurate things said in the entire crockumentary–and Joy Reid delivered the death blow:
I think the prosecution utterly failed, and they failed every day until the end.
I covered the closing arguments in Update 34. The prosecution was as inept as the defense was professional. The prosecution argued the social justice narrative, and the defense expertly argued the facts, the evidence and the law–what little was shown of it.
The scene immediately shifted to Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton who spoke of how they left and drove away. Shift again to the reading of the verdict, Geroge Zimmerman making the slightest of smiles, various black people outraged, screaming, crying, Tracy Martin saying if he had been there he would have attacked Zimmerman, and Al Sharpton adding:
For black America it was the cold water in the face again. Here we are.
This was followed by Sybrina Fulton who said she didn’t want the verdict to define Trayvon, she wanted to do it. This was followed by speeding clips of marches, riots, protests, flag burnings and broken windows, and a confederate flag thrown in for good measure. This was followed by several flashing clips of claims that George Zimmerman was actually a violent brute, and ended with portions of what appeared to be social media texts–perhaps a quarter of each; no complete sentences–that might have been vaguely threatening. There was no indication they had anything to do with Zimmerman, but the implication was clear, and that was the end of the episode.
Any pretense the crockumentary was going to reveal anything factual was thrown out the window with this episode. The directors clearly never intended to deal with the evidence, and their editing methods of constant bombardment with inflammatory comments and images, all out of chronological sequence, supported their themes. To present the social justice narrative, they had to ignore the facts and the evidence, and rely on implication, innuendo, emotion and outright lies, and they did not for a moment shy away from it.
The truth is the prosecution was established specifically to ensure George Zimmerman was arrested and convicted. The prosecutors, appointed by the Governor and State Attorney General, had all the money, manpower, resources and time they needed. What they did not have was a case.
As I noted in the original articles, their probable cause warrant for Zimmerman’s arrest had no probable cause. I waited, thinking the prosecution must have some actual evidence to sustain their charge, and to convict Zimmerman, but none was ever produced.
The prosecutors were not particularly competent, and their lack of ability was made even more obvious by their complete lack of a case. They relied on emotion and outrage–the stuff of the social justice narrative–rather than evidence. The defense–two lawyers with limited resources, handicapped by the unethical behavior of the prosecution–argued the facts, the evidence and the law.
The prosecution did not try to turn it into a race trial, though they did their best to sneak in the concept of profiling, which simply did not occur. The defense did not raise the specter of race, and treated every witness, particularly the Martin family, with professionalism and kid gloves. One of the few accurate assertions of the crockumentary was that the defense did outclass the prosecution, but the fact the prosecution had no case at all surely helped.
The Trayvon Martin archive is available here. More next week.