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Letter: Zimmerman’s behavior proved he was wrong

Zimmerman’s behavior proved he was wrong

I was a New York State trooper from 1968 to 1997. While stationed in the New York City area, I learned a term called, “involvo.” That term described a person who wasn’t a cop but stuck his nose into police business.

Instead of calling the police, that kind of person would get himself into a situation that he wasn’t trained for or equipped to solve. We had to respond to a scene that sometimes had escalated to a major mess. Yes, these people were a headache to us.

George Zimmerman is and was an “involvo,” skip all the race talk. As a cop, I learned to interview, how to listen to indicators that the suspect was getting more agitated and how to deflect that agitation.

How to stand during an interview, how and when to handcuff a subject for my own protection, how to use mace if, or when, that became necessary, how to use my nightstick as a defensive weapon for my protection.

Finally, when all those steps failed, and they always seemed to work, I could consider deadly physical force if I felt my life was in danger.

So I described four levels I had to consider before I could use deadly physical force. Zimmerman went from agitator to shooter in one step. I raised three sons whom I love very much and all of them are past the 17-year-old stage. Somebody like Zimmerman scares me and should scare you.

James E. Hall