SCENE: MITCH is sitting on the light rail, heading from the Mall of American downtown to a Twins game.
At Bloomington Station stop, Avery LIBRELLE, Cat SCAT and Gutterball GARY get on the train. MITCH turns toward the window and dons sunglasses, but LIBRELLE notices him. The three amble to him, stumbling awkwardly as the train starts moving, and sit surrounding him even though the car is otherwise empty.
LIBRELLE: Hey, Mitch. You racists won. Hope you’re proud of yourself.
MITCH: Um…if I ask “what are you talking about?”, would that imply I actually want to know? Because I’m not sure…
SCAT: George Zimmerman was acquitted. It proves the system is racist.
LIBRELLE: The case was entirely about race!
GARY: Yeah! Yeah! All about race!
MITCH: Neither the prosecutors nor the defense ever mentioned race during the case.
SCAT: Well, the 911 call proved that Zimmerman attacked in a racist fury.
GARY: Yeah! Yeah! Fury!
MITCH: Listen to the audio yourself. He sounded disgusted, depressed and dejected. All of the pique came from the prosecution and media’s slanted reading of the transcript.
LIBRELLE: Zimmerman called Martin a “f****ng coon”
GARY: Yeah! Yeah! Rage! Ragey wingnut!
MITCH: No, he said it was “f****ng cold”.
GARY: Yeah, “right”.
SCAT: Zimmerman contradicted his own story.
GARY: Yeah! Yeah! Counterdicted!
MITCH: Not according to the Sanford police chief, who said his story held up entirely through multiple rounds of questioning.
LIBRELLE: Yeah, well, he was a wannabe cop who disobeyed a police order not to follow Martin.
GARY: Hah! Yeah! Police order, stupid Right-wing nut job!
MITCH: There was no police order. A dispatcher is not a cop, and can’t give orders.
When Zimmerman said he was going to follow Martin, the dispatcher said “we don’t need you to do that”. It was vague, and it was utterly non-binding.
SCAT: Martin had every right to be on the street.
GARY: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
MITCH: Right. So did Zimmerman.
MITCH: Zimmerman had a right to be on the street, too.
LIBRELLE: Not if he was stalking Martin.
GARY: Yeah ! Stalker!
MITCH: “Stalking” is a pretty loaded term. He was following. Advisable? Maybe, maybe not, but not remotely illegal.
SCAT: But he was acting like a wannabe cop.
GARY: Wannabe! Wannabe!
MITCH: That’s a pejorative interpretation of Zimmerman’s long-past behavior. There’s no law in wanting to act like a cop, in any case. And, er, how someone “acts” doesn’t justify being assaulted and having ones head bashed into the ground like some kind of MMA fight.
LIBRELLE: He had a round in his chamber, the hammer cocked and the safety off!
GARY: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Round off and safety in the chamber!
MITCH: Um, just about everyone who carries a firearm carries a round in the chamber. Including every single person with a revolver. And let me ask you – who told you the “safety was off and the hammer was cocked”?
SCAT: It’s just facts!
GARY: Yeah ! Yeah! Yeah! Stupid wingnut! Facts!
MITCH: Right, the KelTec 9mm that Zimmerman carried has no cockable hammer, and no safety catch. It’s a “double action only” pistol; the hammer only cocks when you squeeze the trigger. There’s no need for a safety, so there is none. I know this from years of familiarity with KelTec pistols.
LIBRELLE: The injuries Zimmerman suffered aren’t consistent with being punched.
GARY: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
MITCH: Right, but they are consistent with being beaten against a cement sidewalk.
SCAT: This case is proof that “Stand your Ground” laws are racist.
GARY: Yeah! Racisss! Yeah!
MITCH: “Stand your Ground” was never at issue, since the Defense showed that retreat was never an option; they didn’t even opt to go for a “Stand your Ground” hearing, since the law didn’t apply to this case. Not even a little bit.
MITCH: How about those Twins?
(TRAIN stops at Franklin Avenue. SCAT, LIBRELLE and GARY abruptly get up and climb off the train, which pulls away as the three’s eyes all go wide with fear).
LIBRELLE (receding into distance as train pulls away) Hey! Where’s the 331 Club?