Armstrong Williams: Zimmerman Jury Made Right Decision

Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 06:11 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Radio talk-show host and political commentator Armstrong Williams says George Zimmerman was "cowardly" in shooting Trayvon Martin and instead should have "fought him like a man."

"When I was growing up … we did not fight with guns, we used our bare fists and we fought," Williams told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"Sometimes we were bloodied, but we settled our issues with fists not with guns . . . I would have fought him like a man. I wouldn't resort to a gun . . . It is cowardly to use a gun."

Zimmerman, a neighborhood-watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, was acquitted last week of second-degree murder and manslaughter during an altercation with Martin, a 17-year-old black youth.

The defense claimed that Zimmerman was attacked by Martin and then used his gun in self-defense.

“[Zimmerman is] no different than any of these inner city black kids that use these guns . . . when someone's getting the best of them," said Williams, who hosts a daily, nationally-syndicated radio show.

He added that he owns licensed firearms himself "but if I'm in a fight I'm not going to take my gun out and take somebody's life. I'm going to stand and fight.

"If I’m going to shoot somebody, it’s going to be a flesh wound. I’m not going to shoot him where I’m going to try to kill him."

Despite what he believes was a fatal misstep by Zimmerman, still, Williams says the jury was justified in its not-guilty verdict.

"You have to prove that someone is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Because the prosecution did such an incompetent job presenting their case, George Zimmerman was able to be set free and acquitted on all charges," he said.

"Had any of us been on that jury who believed in fairness and who are not biased in our perspective of weighing the evidence, I can't see how any other verdict could have been reached."

Williams is the author of the book, "Letters to a Young Victim: Hope and Healing in America's Inner Cities."

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