DENVER (AP) — A Denver artist has created a portrait of Florida shooting suspect George Zimmerman using more than 12,000 Skittles — the candy that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was carrying when Zimmerman fatally shot him.
The 3-by-4-foot portrait was done by 31-year-old Andy Bell, an art student about to graduate from Metropolitan State College in Denver.
Bell titled it “Fear Itself.” He tells The Denver Post he’s not judging Zimmerman but commenting on the divided opinions about the case.
He says, “It’s a symbol of what happens when you let fear rule your life.”
The candies are glued to plywood and varnished. The portrait is hanging at RedLine Gallery in Denver.
Zimmerman has said he shot in self-defense. He’s charged with second-degree murder.
The brilliant legislative minds who sponsored the Florida law are now backtracking by trying to claim that it does not in fact immunize George Zimmerman and that he should be prosecuted. To which I would very pointedly reply: bullshit. If Zimmerman is successfully prosecuted in this case, it will only be because there was enough evidence subsequently collected to demonstrate that he initiated the confrontation which ended in Trayvon Martin’s death. But the fact remains that the local police who responded to the shooting were so confident that Zimmerman was within his rights under the law that they did not even arrest him or initially make any attempt to verify his version of what happened. Had Zimmerman not had the “bad luck” to shoot a “good kid” instead of a gangbanger under the exact same circumstances, a kid whose family is now rightfully demanding that justice be served, this marauding thug would have literally gotten away with murder. Moreover, had the police not felt they were handcuffed by the law, instead arresting Zimmerman and conducting a thorough investigation, this likely would have remained a local (if still regrettable) story.
Trayvon Case Not Exactly Top Priority for Florida’s GOP Governor
From our Florida bureau:
Last Monday, Rick Scott—Florida’s beleaguered freshman tea party governor—made a powerful executive decision: He signed legislation to require drug tests of state employees. On Friday, he acted decisively and signed a controversial pro-school-prayer bill into law. His top cop, Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, spent the week on one of her top priorities: promoting the state’s Supreme Court case against President Obama’s health care reforms. The state’s Republican Party this week also began airing a new pro-Scott ad, two years ahead of his next election, and Scott’s also taken to bragging about his recent legislative accomplishments.
Somewhere in there, the governor addressed Trayvon Martin’s killing…
Read the rest of the story on the Republican’s complicated relationship with minorities in Florida.
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The world had not yet comprehended the death of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of Amserica, when his alleged assassin - 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald - was gunned down under the very noses of the law enforcement officers assigned to protect him on 24 November 1963. Incredibly, Oswald’s assassinatio took place in front of a crowd of photographers, journalists and other media workers - shown live on television as the chief suspect of the murder of the most powerful man on the planet was paraded through Dallas Police Station after a press conference.