George Zimmerman is accused of unfairly profiling the late Trayvon Martin before he shot him, but it seems to us that prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda is engaged in some racial profiling of his own:

The money quote:

“Skittles that he didn’t even steal from 7-11!”

What’s Mr. De La Rionda trying to say, exactly?

Is he suggesting that Martin somehow defied a stereotype about African Americans in that he obtained his candy legally?

It sure sounds that way. Viewers were understandably appalled:


What’s next from this clown?

  • QUINTIX256

    Even if he did, how would that make him any less of a victim?

    • Ronald Green

      Make him any less of a victim of his own stupidity? That’s a good question.

    • $30423294

      I’m grasping to find how he is a victim in the first place.

      So you’re sort of on a whole different wavelength. Unless you consider being black de facto a sort of victim status?

      • CatHerder

        There’s something that hasn’t been said on this case. In the rush to assign aggressor status to one or the other there’s a question I haven’t heard asked at all: Why didn’t Martin just walk away? If I’d been in his place with some unknown person following me for God knows what reason I’d have gotten the hell out of Dodge! Was that not an option here?

        Seriously, is sauve qui peut no longer an option? Must we fight to the death on every occasion? Conceding ground is so verboten now it is worth a life? Two? Twenty? What is the limiting factor?

        • Ty in TX

          That’s the reason the defense wanted to the toxicology report added to the evidence. With THC in his system and now it’s been revealed Martin was involved in extended street fights, he was feeling young and invincible.

          And “He didn’t even steal the Skittles?” Damn De La Rionda, what’s your next verbal trick? Martin once sat down next a white woman and didn’t even rape her?

          And Zimmerman is supposed to be the racist one?

          • Guest

            I will always picture Trayvon as Baby Jesus.

            He was not a teenager. Or even a child. He was an infant. I will always remember Trayvon as an infant.

            Of course I am illiterate and so I am just going by images I see on television, but is that so wrong? My heart is in the right place, just like that she-Judge who is so sad for li’l baby Jesus Trayvon!

          • DNS Signs

            And in the closing Marco said return the same verdict you would if this case was the other way around and Martin shot Zimmerman! WHAT?! So if Martin had been on the ground getting azz kicked and defended himself they should find him guilty because he was black? Sorry. If it had been the other way around and Zim was beating his head into the sidewalk and Martin shot him I would be saying the same thing. NOT GUILTY.

        • Bathing Suit Area

          “Someone following him” kind of implies that he was in fact walking away. Duh.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            And “I don’t know where this guy is” kind of implies that not only are you *NOT* following him anymore, but you don’t even know where he is… so *WHY* would Martin go back?

          • CatHerder

            Duh back at you. Obviously Martin made the decision to stop walking away, or there would never have been a confrontation.

          • Zathras11 @B5

            Are you aware that he was on his THIRD suspension from school (because they caught him casing the place and discovered burglary tools in his book bag)? Walking away or casing homes in a neighborhood he did NOT live in?

          • Bathing Suit Area

            How many times had Trayvon been arrested for assaulting a cop?

        • mike_in_kosovo

          What is the limiting factor?

          Street “cred”

      • Bathing Suit Area

        I think the victim status here owes more to the hole in the chest…

        • William Kent Jenkins

          and you to the hole in your head

      • QUINTIX256

        What I am responding to is what the prosecution was trying (failing) to assert: that GZ started the fight and killed without cause

        In which case equality under the law applies, e.g. murdering a (unknown to the killer) thief or drug addict and killing someone who once saved his fathers life carries the same weight and consequence

        The prosecution just threw that very concept out the window

  • RblDiver

    The prosecution sure loves making the case for the defense.

  • BoscoBolt

    So, the creepy-ass cracker, racist prosecutor is surprised that a 17 year-old, stoned thug actually purchased something that he could have easily stolen – Gee, are we supposed to believe that this makes Martin a good person or something?

    • Guest

      The she-Judge in the Trayvon trial feels very sad for what you said. She is a judge. That means she knows stuff you and I don’t know!

      Something about the molecules of a womyn gives her absolute moral authority. Seriously!

      • Ty in TX

        The “Wise Latina” Argument, eh?

        I can see how in your life experience being held down and pummeled might make you think that your life is in immediate mortal jeopardy but as a woman and a Latina I can say in all honesty you have it coming for something you did Anglo bastard. (Of course Zimmerman is Hispanic, but it is a White Hispanic, you know.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      No, he just had oddly placed respect for the law. He wouldn’t dream of shoplifting a snack, but randomly beating a guy to death? Just fine! Makes perfect sense to me.

  • NeoKong

    I think BDLR made a big mistake behaving as if his mocking tone where he was supposedly showing us how GZ was thinking will backfire.

    GZ never called Martin a “criminal” over and over but BDLR kept shouting out “LIAR!!!” over the slightest of indescrepancies.
    The hyperbole was a little too much.

    • Anthony_1

      I thought it was his liquor kicking in…

      • mike_in_kosovo

        BDLR picked a bad day to stop sniffing glue…

        • IceColdTroll

          Hey, I know that guy!

      • Edward Keithly

        Perhaps it was the Purple Drank kicking in…

  • ceemack

    I wonder if BDLR didn’t want to prosecute this case, personally believes Zimmerman is innocent, and is (at least unconsciously) trying to lose.

    • CatHerder

      I’ve thought for a while now the prosecution was told to take a dive.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        I think the State tried to one-up the knock-knock joke the defense told and couldn’t find anything to counter with but their case.

  • Stephen L. Hall

    So . . . because he didn’t commit larceny . . . then . . . he didn’t commit assault and battery? Something seriously wrong in this guy’s head that he is trying to confuse the jury with such pointless nonsense.

    • Ty in TX

      Precisely. That’s like arguing car manufacturers need to be held responsible for DUI and vehicular manslaughter because, hey they built the car. Clunky analogy I know, but I’m having trouble getting to the level of WTF?! this guy is hitting.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        Funny you should say that…that’s *exactly* the reasoning the Libs use about gun companies.

        • Ty in TX

          Yeah I know, that’s why I said it was clumsy analogy. :)

          • IceColdTroll

            Only thing clumsier are BSA’s thought processes.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Because a guy who randomly decides to beat people to death for no reason while walking home wouldn’t dare shoplift.

  • Michelle

    The stupidity of pointing that out is astounding. As if the jury is going to debate on whether or not Martin attacked Zimmerman and Zimmerman feared harm and/or his life, the jury is going to have an epiphany – “Wait, he couldn’t have possibly attacked Zimmerman! He PAID for the Skittles!”

  • Fire and Adjust!

    I cannot believe that creepy ass cracker just said that….. that’s very retarded sir!

    • Guest

      We need Barbara Billingsley to interpret your comment.

      • IceColdTroll

        COL’ got to be! Y’know? Shiiiiit.

        • Mick_Pearson

          Methinks you set yourself up there. Oh Stephen Stucker, you aDORable little scamp you.

          Mick Pearson, the artist formerly known as Stncmchnc.

  • CO2 Producer

    Taste the lame blow.

    • waterytart

      I see what you did there, lol!

  • JamesMc

    Wow. BDLR is the only person who’s shown anger, ill-will, or malicious intent when yelling “these assh0les” and “f^cking punks”. Now he’s profiling… where was BDLR that night?

  • Turd Burglestein

    So did he steal the bottle of iced tea instead?

    • DaCheezWhizKid

      No, he legally purchased both………with drug money.

  • $30423294

    This is called the soft bigotry of low expectations.

    Look how far the bar has been lowered for black people. This limousine leftist actually gives a black person props for being in possession of property that was not stolen.

    I know this will sound histrionic, but it is true. THIS is why the black family has disintegrated and why they are in turmoil decades after the civil rights legislation.

    Black families sense that the leaders of government expect nothing from them.

    Thanks barrister. You confirmed our worst fears about the left.

  • Guest

    Wait a minute, I thought Trayvon was an infant? All the pictures of him show him as a little baby, like Baby Jesus.

    He doesn’t have any teeth, what’s he doing with skittles?

    Something doesn’t fit.

    • Elilla Shadowheart

      Shouldn’t the parents be charged with child abuse? After all they sent that small child out in the dark of night to buy his own skittles.

      • Guest

        Even worse! The prosecution threatened to charge the white man, Mr. Zimmerman, with child abuse since they realize their murder case was fraudulent from the start. The she-Judge winked at them and said, hey let’s try something else!

        So fun to have a pretend-judge in this case!

        Can you imagine if Trayvon’s parents were charged with child abuse for letting little Baby Jesus buy skittles, and then have THEM end up in prison for 30 years?

        Oh my gosh. Maybe democrats are the real racists who want to imprison Trayvon’s parents for life?

        • IceColdTroll

          Well praise Glory he wasn’t buying a Big Gulp, huh?

  • Jennifer

    I’m not familiar with the law, but it seems to me they should have had to charge GZ w/ manslaughter BEFORE the trial began, rather than changing the rules when it became apparent they weren’t making their case. Now GZ could get 30 yrs. on the manslaughter charge? Disgraceful.

    • CatHerder

      The law varies from state to state, but juries are sometimes allowed to acquit on the charge stated but convict on a ‘lesser included offense’.

      • IceColdTroll

        That is correct, and I’m not sure of the particular state law involved here, but usually that is something which the judge raises in his instructions to the jury when arguments are closed and they retire for deliberation.

        As to Brett, again correct generally, but any prosecuter worth his paycheck will go for the heaviest conviction he thinks he can obtain. In most cases –and I emphasise MOST– the distinction is not going to be so much on what the jury finds as the actual, bare facts of what happened, but on the intent of the defendant. Intent is all the difference in the world between what are often distinguished as “Murder One”, premeditated homicide, “Murder Two”, homicide intentional but not premeditated, and “Manslughter,” an assault which was not necessarily intended to result in homicide but did. Mind you now, all these are the classical law school definitions and are often heavily modified and defined by state law.

        All to the point — it seems that what Zimmerman actually DID is not in question. What is in question is his subjective state of mind when he pulled the trigger. And that IS something which may be given to the jury to decide.

    • Brett Weir

      I was thinking the same thing. If the prosecution is fighting a mur.der case and not a manslaughter case, I doubt the strategy is the same. Can they now convict him of discharging a weapon or maybe disturbing the peace or trespassing or illegal parking after using his sworn testimony in defense of murder? Makes little sense to me.

      • CatHerder

        That’s the law for you.

    • Anthony_1

      Doesn’t matter. The DOJ has already ginned up a race war in the even GZ walks. The POTUS’s public adoption of TM kinda sewed that one up months ago

      • mapache

        DOJ has civil rights violation charges ready in case Zimmerman is acquitted.

      • Damien Johnson

        No matter one’s side on this whole debacle, a race war would be ridiculous! Zimmerman isn’t even white!

        • IceColdTroll

          Tel that to Sharpton and the DoJ, which was facilitating (with taxpayer money) racially-charged anti-Zimmerman protests. Yes, in which Sharpton was involved.

          • Damien Johnson

            surprised about the DoJ, not so much about Sharpton. I wish my local RnB station would carry a different show on Sundays.

  • floridaobserver

    Watch the interview with the ex-police chief. I live near Sanford and the case WAS hijacked courtesy of race mongers like Al Sharpton et al. Any excuse for a race war. Some small town police follow the letter of the law and are excoriated for it. Shame.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Funny how those who insist there’s a race war coming keep putting the blame on the people who are getting shot already.

      • gekkobear

        Right, blacks never do any shooting… that’s why the minority prevalent inner cities are the safest places in the world… and Detroit is crime free.

        What color is the sky in your world again? It’s still purple isn’t it?

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    People don’t get this.

    Sure, BDLR…I guess…was saying Trayvon wasn’t a typical thieving black youth? (WTF?! Racist much?)

    But if it hasn’t been pointed out to the masses…watermelon tea + skittles + Robitussin = “Draaank” or “Purple Lean”.

    Go Google. That sh!t in excess consumption apparently has the same effects (immediate & long term) as PCP.

    So…Shorter BDLR: “Trayvon actually paid legal tender for the ingredients for his hallucinogenic high to be consumed later”.

    Also “don’t judge Rachel Jenteal because she’s a habitual lying, uneducated, idiot, racist who’s neck collapsed into some kind of weird Darwinian “flesh tire” that I guess will keep her head afloat should she fall in the deep end of a pool.”Just believe the things she muttered that the court reporter is still trying to transcribe.”

    Everybody’s real retarded, sir.

    • Kimberly Wedel

      Also “don’t judge Rachel Jenteal because she’s a habitual lying, uneducated, idiot, racist who’s neck collapsed into some kind of weird Darwinian “flesh tire” that I guess will keep her head afloat should she fall in the deep end of a pool.”Just believe the things she muttered that the court reporter is still trying to transcribe.”

      Ok I am laughing so hard I’m crying and my husband is looking at me as though I lost my mind.

    • QUINTIX256

      I’ll keep the source anonymous:

      ” Have seen like TEN right-wing blog commenters explaining what ‘drank’ is as though taking secret Atlantean knowledge back to The Human World.


      • IceColdTroll

        No, it goes to the question of his character, which is a legitmate legal point to be brought before the jury, particularly if the defense is making an issue of character.

        Sorry baby, you FAIL.

    • Mick_Pearson

      Have you seen Zimmerman’s wife? Talk about flesh tire.


  • Brad Vacek

    I remember the prosecutor also saying something about Martin buying a “watermelon drink or tea or whatever” or something to that effect.

  • mapache

    Trayvon didn’t steal the skittles because he was not as unsophisticated as Rachel Jeantel who might have known that Blacks are supposed to steal skittles.

  • yourmamatoo

    But, he was a thug.
    And had pot in his system.

  • Elena0412

    Fools; he’s making “purple drank.”

    • conservativemomma

      What teen would buy skittles and not immediately open them and eat them? Obviously they weren’t purchased as a “snack”

      • IceColdTroll

        Aww, he was taking them home for his sick baby sister, of course.

    • QUINTIX256

      See my, er… quote of someone else’s comment above
      The kid is dead. The only thing relevant to the case at hand and provable in court is if he had the upper hand in the fight. Let’s not sully the corpse any more than necessary.

      Even GZ, who claims the borderline-minor verbally threatened to kill him, has sympathy for the parents’ loss.

      • Elena0412

        The media is depicting Martin as a sweet, innocent, candy-lovin, soda-drinkin child who could never have attempted to beat an adult. If it’s irrelevant, why not admit it in court? Why not put it on the 6 o’clock news? Why do the prosecutors continue to imply that he was just a baby buying candy and soda for normal consumption? He texted the recipe for the drug (which includes Arizona Watermelon Drink and Skittles – exactly what Martin was carrying) to another “innocent.” I’m attempting to enlighten after the media blackout.

  • Conservaguy

    Bwahahahahaha! What a circus. You would have thought Obama and his minions would have rigged this with a better prosecuting team than this train wreck.

  • TocksNedlog

    Straw-Man Closing Argument

  • NixTyranny

    Skittles have most opportune product placement since the white Ford Bronco.

    • IceColdTroll

      lol, well done, sir!

  • Tim jones
  • Hauntedautumn

    I’m beginning to believe the prosecution doesn’t want to win this case. The whole trial from start to finish has been beyond bizarre.

  • Damien Johnson

    I anticipate people on either side of this whole thing not agreeing with me on this, but really I just want a true, factual account of what happened. I believe both parties were in the wrong in their respective ways.

  • IceColdTroll

    Well let’s be fair, I think the pro-Zimmerman side has kinda been plumping that idea since early on. Not that I’m pro-Martin at all, but as Damien below suggests, we DO want a fair account of what actually happened. Whether a packet of Skittles was purchased or pilfered is probably the least significant thing we might know of either the particulars of that evening or of the character of Mr. Martin. (There is already AMPLE testimony as to Mr. Martin’s character.)

  • IceColdTroll

    Yum, taste the rainbow….

    • IceColdTroll

      …shot by shot.

      • IceColdTroll

        Oops, heh heh, was that in bad taste?

  • Richard Jefferies

    Nothing about him illegally acquiring cigars though a straw purchase though.

  • michael s

    I’m so happy about this topic. Now we can add profiling to the selective usage of words that is done around here. Zimmerman didn’t profile Martin ,but de la Rionda did,
    Just like selective usages of mole,terrorism, racism,misogyny and other words around here. Now if the top were the case,it would be a repeat of what happened to the person on the bottom.

  • Brett the Brit
  • Conrad2010

    Is he saying Tryvon forgot to steal the Skittles?

  • shasha

    So many people want to take race out of the equation. Fine, let’s. If I am in my neighborhood some night and see a kid that I don’t know walking around it would be okay for me to follow this kid with my gun, confront him and when he tries to fight me (and adult and a stranger) I can shoot him and claim it was self defense? Okay. Just checking.
    Also posting his pictures of a gun, him smoking, pics of weed doesn’t justify his getting shot. He was 17. I did plenty of horrible and stupid things at 17 and I’m hoping that doesn’t mean I should be dead. I GREW UP and became a law-abiding, tax paying, hard-working U.S. citizen. Trayvon should have had the same chance. I believe in the right to bear arms and don’t want to take anyone’s guns away. I just don’t think this brand of vigilantism is healthy or safe for our society.