City Council Candidate David Storobin issued a strongly worded op-ed piece in NYC Elects concerning the reaction to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case, admonishing those who, in his opinion, are stoking fears to score political points. Here is Storobin’s editorial in full:
In 1937, my great-grandfather Baruch was having dinner with his wife and 8 children in a small Belarus shtetl when he heard a door knock. The sight of him leaving the kitchen to go open the door was the last time his wife and kids saw him, as he was arrested by the NKVD for espionage. For twenty years, his wife was writing to find out his fate, the last of which begged, “Five of our sons died fighting for this country in World War II. The others aren’t asking for Baruch to be let out. We just want to know if he is alive.”
My grandfather, a WWII hero, died never knowing what happened to his dad. We only found out in 2009 that Baruch was accused of espionage and when he refused to confess, was tortured to death. Then the dead man was somehow still convicted because that is what the Soviet politicians wanted.
This is why I’m a lawyer. And this is why I abhor the conduct of the Democratic Party politicians who are fanning the flames of race-baiting in the George Zimmerman case.
The man has been found Not Guilty. That’s the difference between the US and the Soviet Union – a jury independent of the politicians, a defendant who has real rights. No, dear liberals, nobody cares what you think. You did not hear the full extent of the evidence, only a few clips from whatever side you chose to hear it from. Your conduct in condemning the jury and assigning to these people the worst qualities, including racism, is shameful.
The facts stand: 1) On July 13, 2013, the jury found the defendant not guilty; 2) On March 12, 2012, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said there was not enough evidence to arrest Zimmerman. 3) On June 12, 2012 the Sanford Police Department’s lead investigator Chris Serino said that his investigation had turned up no reliable evidence that cast doubt on Zimmerman’s account, that he had acted in self-defense. “The best evidence we have is the testimony of George Zimmerman, and he says the decedent was the primary aggressor in the whole event, everything I have is adding up to what he says.”
For a strange reason, a special prosecutor was appointed to this case, an extremely rare occurrence, particularly where the defendant is not a politician. Then the prosecutor refused to allow the Grand Jury to hear whether the defendant should be indicted or not. And even the President decided to chime in on this to try to sway justice!
Let me make it very clear: Democratic Party is trying to score political points by getting their base excited using language that can only divide our communities. There is no other reason for the shameful, abhorrent conduct of all the liberals in the media and in politics. The verdict is not guilty. Liberals, stop dividing us to win elections!
It should be noted that although candidates running for mayor and for other city positions have issued statements regarding the Zimmerman case, no Democratic candidate in the 48th City Council district race, for which Storobin is running, has issued any message regarding the matter.