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[*] posted on 3.8.2012 at 05:17 PM
black boy in father's gated community killed by white neighborhood watch commander: UPDATE!


Florida boy killed by Neighborhood Watch seeks arrest
By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The family of a 17-year-old African-American boy shot to death last month in his gated Florida community by a white Neighborhood Watch captain wants to see the captain arrested, the family's lawyer said on Wednesday.

Trayvon Martin was shot dead after he took a break from watching NBA All-Star game television coverage to walk 10 minutes to a convenience store to buy snacks including Skittles candy requested by his 13-year-old brother, Chad, the family's lawyer Ben Crump said.

"He was a good kid," Crump said in an interview, adding that the family would issue a call for the Watch captain's arrest at a news conference on Thursday. "On his way home, a Neighborhood Watch loose cannon shot and killed him."

Trayvon, who lived in Miami with his mother, had been visiting his father and stepmother in a gated townhome community called The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, 20 miles north of Orlando.

As Trayvon returned to the townhome, Sanford police received a 911 call reporting a suspicious person.

Although names are blacked out on the police report, Crump and media reports at the time of the shooting identified the caller as George Zimmerman who is listed in the community's newsletter as the Neighborhood Watch captain.

Without waiting for police to arrive, Crump said, Zimmerman confronted Trayvon, who was on the sidewalk near his home. By the time police got there, Trayvon was dead of a single gunshot to the chest.

"What do the police find in his pocket? Skittles," Crump said. "A can of Arizona ice tea in his jacket pocket and Skittles in his front pocket for his brother Chad."

Zimmerman could not be reached for comment on Wednesday evening at a phone number listed for him on the community's newsletter.

Crump said the family was concerned that police might decide to consider the shooting as self defense, and that police have ignored the family's request for a copy of the original 911 call, which they think will shed light on the incidents.

"If the 911 protocol across the country held to form here, they told him not to get involved. He disobeyed that order," said Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the family.

"He (Zimmerman) didn't have to get out of his car," said Crump, who has prepared a public records lawsuit to file on Thursday if the family doesn't get the 911 tape. "If he never gets out of his car, there is no reason for self-defense. Trayvon only has skittles. He has the gun."

Since Trayvon, a high school junior who wanted to be a pilot, was black and Zimmerman is white, Crump said race is "the 600 pound elephant in the room."

"Why is this kid suspicious in the first place? I think a stereotype must have been placed on the kid," Crump said.


http://news.yahoo.com/family-florida-boy-killed-neighborhood-watch-seeks-arre...



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[*] posted on 3.9.2012 at 01:40 PM


There should be a man hunt for that coward.



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[*] posted on 3.9.2012 at 05:26 PM
Found this in today's Miami Herald Newspaper


by Monique Madan

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Trayvon Martin traveled to Sanford on a trip with his father. The teen returned to his Miami home in a body bag. Martin, 17, was shot and killed Feb. 26 by a neighborhood crime watch captain.

The circumstances of the shooting are still unknown, but the 26-year-old man who shot Martin, George Zimmerman, gave a statement to police that he shot in self-defense.

Martin’s grieving family said the teen went out around 7:30 on that Sunday during the NBA All-Star Game halftime to get snacks from a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store. He purchased Skittles candies and an Arizona iced tea for his stepbrother. Somehow, on the way back to the Central Florida townhouse where Martin was staying, he ran into Zimmerman, who was armed with a 9mm handgun, reports said.

Martin was shot once in the chest.

“He had a gun, and Trayvon had Skittles," said Benjamin Crump, the family’s attorney. “We want justice.”

Bill Lee, Sanford’s police chief, said the case is still under investigation and that he was waiting to finalize it before sending it on to the Seminole County state attorney’s office.

“We need to get all the facts and circumstances straight so that we can determine what truly happened,” Lee said.

“We need answers,” Crump said. “The neighborhood watch was supposed to protect him, not kill him.”

Here’s what happened, according to the Sanford police report:

Martin, who was staying at The Retreat at Twin Lakes townhome community, was walking home from the store when he caught the attention of Zimmerman, who began following the teen in his car. At one point, Zimmerman called 911, telling the operator about a "suspicious person in the area."

Soon after the 911 call, Zimmerman and the teen got into an altercation. Police declined to comment on who confronted whom first or what the altercation was about.

Several persons called 911 when they heard shots. It was unclear how many shots were fired. It’s also unclear whether Zimmerman shot him from inside or if he stepped out of the car.

Police found Martin’s body lying on the grass about 70 yards from his family’s home.

He had $22, candy and iced tea in his pockets.

Tracy Martin is demanding answers from police about his son’s death.

“Why isn’t this guy in jail? He said my son was a threat. How was he a threat? I don’t know what he could’ve done to generate that reaction; a 140-pound kid.”

The family’s attorney has asked for the 911 recordings, but police say the case is still under investigation.

The Seminole County state attorney’s office has not yet received the case from police, spokeswoman Lynn Bumpus-Hooper said.

Not much is known about Zimmerman. A listed phone number has been disconnected. Martin’s family members said police told them Zimmerman was a college graduate with no criminal background. In the community’s most recent newsletter, he is listed as the contact for those wanting more information the crime watch group.

Laura Mills, the private community’s property manager, declined to comment on Zimmerman’s whereabouts or his status on the watch team.

"When I asked the police why there’s been no arrest, they told me they respected the guy’s background, that he had a four-year degree; that he was clean," Tracy Martin said. “But did they check my unarmed son’s record? No.”

Martin, who lived with his mother in South Florida, was a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School in North Miami-Dade, just south of the Broward County line. He was out of school because he had gotten suspended for a week. Tracy Martin would not give details about the suspension, but said he took his son to the Central Florida town, best known as the auto train stop closest to Orlando, “to disconnect and get his priorities straight.”

His cousin Stephen Martin, 20, described him as detail-oriented and a “mastermind with his hands.”

“He would break down a dirt bike and put it back together; then ride it all over the neighborhood,’’ Stephen Martin said.

Lee, Sanford’s police chief, said the neighborhood watch started after the community was hit with several property crimes. The group works directly with police.

“We encourage residents to report any suspicious activity, to not to put it in their own hands,’’ said Lee. “What happened is a tragedy.”



Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/08/2684419/shooting-mystery-miami-dade-tee...




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I'm really upset by this. So upset, I can't even comment on the MURDER of another innocent young man, shot down like a dog in the street because he was walking while black. I'm letting the "bolds" do my talking. :roll:




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[*] posted on 3.9.2012 at 06:16 PM


Vigilante White Man...Its like this neighborhood watch was just watch for N-Words...White dude shot this kid because the kid did the felonious, egregious crime of "Walking Around Black..." in a "gated" community....

I guess this kids dad learned the hard way that licing amongst the whites doesn't make you white...He may have forgotten...I suspect his Pops was re-married to a white chick and the step kid was mixed.,..The White Man "allowed" them but not a "full Black" roaming around in Black skin in their Gated-ness...

I AM ONLY SUPERFICIALLY SPECULATING...I DON'T KNOW ANYTJHING ABOUT THIS DAD OR HIS LOVE INTEREST..JUST SPECULATATION...




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[*] posted on 3.10.2012 at 01:47 AM


Neighborhood watch is one thing, but a guy in a gated community walking around packing is a guy hoping to shoot someone. From my understanding you are supposed to report collectively to the police. You don't replace the police. You are only their eyes and ears. The fact that the white guy followed and approached the young man is essentially assault. How can it be self defense when he initiated the attack?

I wish they show a picture of him.




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This video shows a picture of the boy and an interview with his father, along with footage of either his mother or step-mother (the grieving black woman is not identified as which). Not that it matters who or what race the stepmother is. The murdered boy is the tragedy (police refusal to arrest the white murderer is the travesty). It is his father who is grieving. His father who says the murdered boy was his hero. Literally. The murdered child rescued his father from their burning house at a younger age. The father grieves because he couldn't reciprocate the favor.

They show a re-enactment of the confrontation between the white murderer and the murdered boy. The white murderer is almost a head taller, and physically bigger, than the 140 pound murdered boy. Even though it is a re-enactment, we must remember that white people created the re-enactment. White people NEVER "make up" anything that is favorable to a black victim and damaging to a white perpetrator. In real life, we must assume that the white murderer was MORE than a "head taller" than the very slight young black murdered boy.

The white policeman in this video is why I didn't want to comment before on this story. It reminds me of another murder (of a black woman whose marriage and murder was almost an exact duplicate of Nicole Brown and in the same time frame - down to keeping photos of her battered face and body is a bank safety deposit box) where cops refused even to interrogate the murderer. That murderer had taken out a $300,000 life insurance policy on his ex-wife months before he murdered her, and despite the woman's b/f/f taking heroic measures to bring the murdering ex-husband to justice, he walks free.... and uninterrogated by police to this day. Everyone involved in that case was black.... except the suburban white police chief who was adamant to a reporter - that her bff had hounded into investigating the case - that his department had NO intention of picking up or talking to the ex-.

Thus, having knowledge of murderers of black innocents escaping punishment through the refusal to do their jobs of scoffing, racist white cops and police departments, I am glad the dad has resources enough to hire an attorney to push for the murderer's arrest. Whether it happens, well, the murdered black child just may have paid the ultimate price for living in America.

God damn their souls.




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[*] posted on 3.17.2012 at 11:54 AM


I am trying to organize a rally at my school about this and the recent shooting of Ramarly Graham (unarmed Black teen killed in the Bronx by the NYPD in his own apartment), but everyone is so damn apathetic.



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[*] posted on 3.18.2012 at 11:28 AM


This is soooo sad...........


Here's the news link below with the 911 calls. (Note: They are heartbreaking. You hear gunshots and the victim pleading for his life.)


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/16/trayvon-martin-911-audio-_n_1354909....




Below is the link to sign the petition to get the suspect locked up. It's the first petition on the page.

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911 calls - first up, the murderer:

"This guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something," Zimmerman tells the 911 operator. "He's just staring, looking at all the houses. Now he's coming toward me. He's got his hand in his waistband. Something's wrong with him."

Zimmerman described Martin as wearing a hoodie and sweatpants or jeans. He continues: "He's coming to check me out. He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is. Can we get an officer over here?"

"These assholes always get away," he says to the operator. Zimmerman is then heard giving directions to the dispatcher. "[Censored], he's running," Zimmerman says.

"Are you following him?" the dispatcher asks.

"Yes," Zimmerman responds.

"We don't need you to do that," the dispatcher says.

In other recordings, callers tell the 911 dispatcher that someone has been shot. One person tells the dispatcher that two guys were wrestling behind his back porch and that one of them was yelling for help. Then the male caller stammers in shock. "I'm pretty sure the guy is dead ... Oh, my God! ... The black guy looks like he's been shot and he's dead."

"The guy on top has a white T-shirt," another caller said.

"Is he on top of someone?" the operator asks.

"Mmmhmmm," a female caller responds.

Yet another caller says, "Someone was screaming 'Help! help! help!' Then I heard a gunshot."

One caller, a teenage boy, said that as he was walking his dog, "I saw a man laying on the ground that needed help. He was screaming."

Then, he told the operator, he heard a gunshot and said the screaming stopped.


Martin's family and their attorneys were allowed to hear the audio before it was made public.

"You hear a shot, a clear shot, that we can only assume is a warning shot," said Natalie Jackson, a family attorney. "Then a 17-year-old boy is begging for his life. Everything tells me that that was Trayvon Martin."

Tracy Martin, the teenager's father, broke down crying as he listened to the audio on Friday, the family lawyers said. "My son was crying for help, and he still shot him," Tracy Martin, the teenager's father said, according to Benjamin Crump, another family attorney.

The local state attorney is reviewing the investigation and will decide whether to prosecute the volunteer watchman.

Police in Sanford initially told Martin's family that Zimmerman had not been arrested because he had a "squeaky clean" record, according to Tracy Martin. Zimmerman had been arrested in 2005 on charges of resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer, according to court records. Those charges were later dropped.

"Do we really believe that if Trayvon Martin would have pulled the trigger, he would not be arrested?" said Crump. "This is obviously a cover-up, and we need a sweeping overhaul of the Sanford Police Department."

Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said he spent Thursday meeting with the state attorney's office discussing the release of the tapes. "It was as simple as us saying, 'We're going to do this, what do you think?'" Triplett told HuffPost.

Earlier Friday, Triplett met with Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), Police Chief Bill Lee and city manager Norton Bonaparte to discuss the 911 recording.

The police chief serves at the pleasure of the city manager. Bonaparte was asked by HuffPost whether the furor jeopardizes Lee's job. "We're reviewing all of our options at this point," he said, adding that he currently sees "no reason" to remove Lee.

Zimmerman had been the subject of earlier complaints by residents of the gated community in which he and Martin's family lived. At an emergency homeowner's association meeting earlier this month, "one man was escorted out because he openly expressed his frustration because he had previously contacted the Sanford Police Department about Zimmerman approaching him and even coming to his home," a resident wrote in an email to HuffPost. "It was also made known that there had been several complaints about George Zimmerman and his tactics" in his neighborhood watch captain role.

The case has drawn national attention and has outraged many residents of Sanford, a town about 20 miles north of Orlando, particularly in the African-American community. Many have suggested a history of strained relations between the police department and blacks.


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A history of "strained relations".....

Ya think? :sarcastic:

You know, this is why I always say that English is an inadequate language. There are so many emotions I'm feeling now that there are simply no words for in standard English. But today is Sunday, so I'm not going to write "eubonic" words like M.F., SOB, etc. that go a long way toward expressing my emotions. **sigh**

The mofo..... er, murderer has a HISTORY of violence, attacking even the cops (and getting away with it.... Mr. White Man), yet the cops don't want to arrest him. Strained relations between the black community and the long white line, eh? I'm hearing people say, "there's no more shots.... and the screams have stopped." And the murderer is "wrestling" with the boy who's screaming, "help! help!" Has him on the ground. Straddling him while he's on the ground.

Shoots him while he's on the ground? :ummm:

Well. I'm really tempted to call his phone (they left it on the tape. I was hoping he'd give his address. I mos def would have written that.... all the while hoping some nutcase would go to his address and mop the floor with his blood!) From the look on that cop's face on the video, I had NO hope that dog who wanted to kill a black man/a black boy will do would be arrested. I suggest everyone sign the petition. Save the father from possibly taking revenge AND BEING ARRESTED AND THROWN IN JAIL 20 to LIFE! He (father) has already moved out of his apartment/house so that is a distinct possibility.

Btw, thank God for the internet. Without it, this story would have faded away like every OTHER murder of a black person by a mad white dog. :yes:



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[*] posted on 3.18.2012 at 06:17 PM


Yes, guys....PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!!!!!!!!!!!!

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No prob...it's the least I could do....ESPECIALLY after hearing the 911 calls.




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Yes, please sign the petition and pass the info along to everyone you know.

This was murder! Nothing else to say about it.

Many black people live in gated, mixed race communities, so I see no reason to dump on the father/step-father about living/visiting someone white in the complex, or even indicating it.

A human being should be able to go to a store, walk in their neighborhood without being murdered by this trigger happy, wannabee cop.

He must account for this murder!

We must make sure that he does!

Please sign the petition, and make calls to the Atty General regarding this outrage!
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[*] posted on 3.20.2012 at 07:32 PM


All those signatures had an effect. :score:

The Justice Department is now investigating the murder. But what is really interesting is that the murderer who was tired of black folk "getting away" or some such racist garbage? He's hispanic.

Oh, and the cops were in on it:

http://www.cocoalounge.org/viewthread.php?tid=58969




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^^It warms my heart to see SOMETHING being done. It also warms my heart to see the petition numbers rising by the one-hundred-thousands every one or two days. I wonder what happens at 1 million signatures?????

What I find interesting is that he and his family claim to be Hispanic, and the police identify him as white. His last name is Zimmerman...is it me, or does that sound slightly German, aka white??? :headscratch:




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[*] posted on 3.21.2012 at 02:26 PM


Governor Richardson of New Mexico is hispanic, a Mexican-American.

Christina Aguilera is white.

I am not surprised that Zimmerman is Hispanic.

Do not fool yourself. Blacks are not the only minority with pretensions of being white. EVERY minority wants to be white, i.e., of the ruling class. So like our Uncle Toms, they turn on white Americans' "traditional" target - black people. When Open Housing became law and black Chicagoans moved "across" Western Blvd, the 'dividing line' between the city's black and white communities (and, incidentally, the longest street in the world), a gang of 2 white and 1 white-looking hispanic boy beat up the son of one of the black familes. The hispanic boy screamed at him: "Ni*gger, you know ni*ggers can't come across Western!" as he and the white boys beat him. The father protested loudly, vociferously, to the cops and anyone else who would listen. Like Treyvon, the cops, at first refused to do anything. Like Treyvon's father, the boy's father made a ruckus. To quiet things down, the cops arrested the hispanic boy, let the 2 white boys go (I hope and pray the "irony" doesn't go over anyone's head :sarcastic: ).

So, no. That Zimmerman is hispanic is no surprise to me.... at all.




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