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July 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Zimmerman trial garners national attention

Disparity in coverage, outrage with other crimes

Defendant George Zimmerman arrives for his murder trial in Semimole circuit court July 10, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Judge Debra Nelson has ruled that the jury can also consider a manslaughter charge along with the second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. [Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images.]

Defendant George Zimmerman arrives for his murder trial in Semimole circuit court July 10, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Judge Debra Nelson has ruled that the jury can also consider a manslaughter charge along with the second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. [Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images.]

For the past year, the national media have obsessed over the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, a young black man, by George Zimmerman, a white/Hispanic man, during a confrontation stemming from Zimmerman’s role in a “neighborhood watch” program.

The Times’ editorial board member Lynn Varner has recently described the ensuing trial, about to go to the jury, as “the trial of the century.” [“Blog post: George Zimmerman vs. Trayvon Martin: The trial of the century,” seattletimes.com, July 5.]

Meanwhile, also in Florida, Miami police have just arrested a man — Zackary McGriff, a black man — for fatally shooting Juan Lorenzo-Gonzalez, a Hispanic father of three who was sitting at a bus stop with a couple of bags of groceries.

So far, the latter shooting has garnered no national attention, sparked no protests, no comment from the White House, and no indignant editorials. And I doubt it ever will.

Please explain to me this disparity of coverage and outrage.

Stephen Triesch, Shoreline

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