Thursday, December 13, 2012
Do the right thing Chris Serino.
Do it for the innocent kid who did not deserve to be executed for walking home after dark in the rain carrying a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles for his little brother and talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone.
Speak the truth.
You and I both know that you did the wrong thing when you “corrected” ear witnesses at the scene of the murder that night and told them that the person shrieking for his life was the defendant and not Trayvon Martin.
The defendant, not Trayvon, carried that gun to the party and, despite knowing Tim Smith was on his way and due to arrive within minutes, he deliberately provoked the confrontation by getting out of his dry and warm vehicle and pursued Trayvon in the rain and cold until he found him and killed him.
You know that what I say is true.
You went through a gut-wrenching crisis investigating this case, didn’t you?
You started out to put this case to bed, but in spite of your efforts, it did not work out for you, did it?
Chief Lee and State Attorney Wolfinger are pursuing other interests and spending more time with their families.
You’re working the graveyard shift, but at least you saved your job.
You saw the tsunami coming in time to get to high ground.
You’re a survivor.
And you’re smart.
But your life on that graveyard shift is empty and cold, isn’t it?
How often do you think of Trayvon and feel his terror in those final moments before the defendant blew him away and left him alone and dying in the wet and cold?
I’ll bet he haunts you even when you are awake and his shriek is branded to your soul.
No one is perfect, Chris.
As long as our hearts beat and we continue to breathe, we have the possibility for redemption.
I believe and I believe you do too.
I know I do not have to explain to you what it means to have a come-to-Jesus moment.
Whether you realized it or not at the time, you committed to that path on March 13, 2012, exactly nine months ago today, when you wrote those three drafts, eventually recommending the State Attorney prosecute the defendant for manslaughter.
Well, you have arrived.
It’s time to stand-up and be the hero you always wanted to be, no matter the consequences to you personally.
Finish what you started nine months ago.
Do it for yourself.
Do it for Trayvon.
Speak the truth.