Yesterday in Zuccotti Park, New York City, headquarters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, confused Occupy activist Jonas Field spoke up on behalf of George Zimmerman, the self-appointed Neighborhood Watch guard who shot and killed unarmed African-American teen Trayvon Martin in February of 2012.
Forensic voice identification experts recently confirmed beyond a 99% certainty that a voice heard calling for help during a 911 call made shortly before the fatal shooting was not that of Zimmerman, as Zimmerman originally claimed.
However, 99% is NOT enough for Field.
"Someone's liberty is potentially at stake here!" the outraged Field told a Mother Jones reporter. "A well-meaning citizen should not be arrested on the basis of a mere 99% certainty. That's what Occupy is all about, standing up for that 1% who have no one to support their cause."
Field's Occupy comrades looked on with some bafflement as Field went on to decry the perceived injustice of police's failure to definitively promise NEVER to arrest Zimmerman on ANY criminal homicide charges at ANY point in the future.
Field's roommate and fellow Occupy activist, 24-year-old Dan Cohen of Brooklyn, surreptitiously nudged his friend. "Dude, we're actually part of the 99%, not the 1%."
"Exactly!" said Field. "We're ALL part of that conspiracy on some level, intentionally or not. And we ALL need to take responsibility for standing up for the underdog 1%, like Zimmerman."
He continued, "99% my ass! If it was MY ass on the line, 99% wouldn't be good enough. Why should it be good enough for Z-dog?"
Another Occupy demonstrator, 36-year-old Anita Hague of Mahattan, asked, "But shouldn't 99% be enough for the police just to arrest Zimmerman? He'd still get a jury trial."
"Sure, maybe 99% is sufficient under the present system," answered Field. "And that's exactly why we need to CHANGE the present system. This kid Trayvon has everything and everyone on his side - the media, his family, the public. But who's standing up for George Zimmerman?"
Hague responded, "You do realize that Trayvon is dead."
"Sure, he may be physically dead," agreed Field, "but we can't let that make us forget that someone else's reputation is being MURDERED. I for one am not going to stand by and let that happen. Just because other Occupy-ers may be too 'Pre-Occupied' to take any action doesn't mean I won't."
Field added, "If I need to become the first person to Occupy Occupy, I'm willing to be that man."