Was George Zimmerman’s Fear Reasonable

One of the key elements of the George Zimmerman / Trayvon Martin Case is did Zimmerman have a reasonable belief that he was about to be killed or sustain great bodily injury. That claim is going to come from Martin banging Zimmerman’s head into the concrete. So how bad can that really be? A quick Google search turned up these:

Read here about the case of James Paroline of Seattle, Washington, who was killed after a punch sent him to the concrete:

“A 60-year-old Rainier Beach man seriously injured in a dispute over a neighborhood traffic circle died Thursday night at Harborview Medical Center. James Paroline had been in a coma since being punched and hitting his head on the concrete during the altercation Wednesday,…”

Read here about the case of Angelo Fuentes, who died in Missoula, Montana, also after a single punch sent him to the sidewalk:

“…Hylton – described by one witness as about 6-foot-4, weighing 300 pounds – punched the 5-foot-6, 165-pound Fuentes. But the accounts differ as to whether there was just a single sucker punch – “a snaky move,” a witness who didn’t know either man described it – that sent Fuentes down, his head cracking against the sidewalk, or more than one blow. Fuentes was taken off life support later that day. A coroner’s report listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.”

Read here about James Jones of Newark, New Jersey, who also died, after yes, a single punch sent him to the concrete:

“When one of the men punched Jones, he fell, striking his head on the concrete walkway, Jones’ girlfriend later told police. Jones, who lived in the apartment complex, was taken to University Hospital, where he died Monday, at 4:30 p.m. The Essex County medical examiner has ruled his death a homicide from blunt force trauma to the head.”

I’m sure I could find many more. Lots more. According the Centers for Disease Control, the estimated annual average number of traumatic brain injuries in the United States for the years 2002 to 2005 that were due to assault was approximately 170,000. Of those, approximately 5800 resulted in death. See the report here.

So could George Zimmerman have had a reasonable fear that Trayvon Martin smashing his head into the concrete would result in death or great bodily injury? Hell yes.

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