Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot and killed in a gated community in Florida late last month by a white neighborhood watch captain, according to police. But the watch captain, George Zimmerman — a 26-year-old college student who has admitted to police that he shot the young man — still walks free. And Martin’s family is pleading for answers and demanding justice.
At this point there are more questions than answers in the young man’s death, but this much is known: Martin was packing little more than a bag of candy and a canned iced tea on the night he was killed.
“He had a gun, and Trayvon had Skittles,” Benjamin Crump, a family attorney, told The Huffington Post this afternoon.
Martin, 17, a high school junior who lived with his mother in Miami, was visiting his father and stepmother at their home in Sanford, a suburb of Orlando, on the weekend of Feb. 26. During halftime of the NBA All-Star Game, Martin’s family said he walked to a nearby convenience store to get some candy for his younger brother. On his way back home, according to reports, he caught the attention of George Zimmerman, a 26-year-old college student and self-appointed captain of The Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood watch.
Zimmerman, armed with a 9mm handgun, trailed the boy in his car. At some point, Zimmerman called 911, telling the operator there was a “suspicious person in the area,” according to a police report acquired by HuffPost.
Why isn’t this man arrested for the murder of an unarmed 17 year old boy? Why is the Sandford Police Departmant not releasing the 911 tapes? If the situation was vise versa, 17 year old Trayvon Martin would be in jail. Instead, he is dead and police allowed a killer to go free after he claims self-defense! Self defense my ass! George Zimmerman was the one with a gun. Trayvon had skittles and an ice tea! Where is justice for this young kid? The kid’s only crime was walking while black!
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3ChicsPolitico – Protesting The Killing of Trayvon Martin
The police video of Zimmerman is stamped 7:52PM, just 35 minutes after he shot Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin showed the world who the REAL HOODLUMS are—->George Zimmerman, Sanford Police Department, Norman Wolfinger, Chief Bill Lee!
POTUS: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
Listen to Velma Williams. Speak Mama!
Massive Crowd At Rally For Trayvon Martin (Sanford, FL)
I thought Skittles would have already come out weeks ago to make a donation in Trayvon Martin’s honor upon hearing the last thing the child purchased was Skitttles candy.
Come on, Skittles! Where is your conscience?
Mar 22 – Skittles, Arizona iced tea Speaks Out On Trayvon Martin Tragedy
Trayvon Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea when he was brutally murdered by self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Various sites and activists made a call to action to start sending empty Skittles packets to the police chief in Sanford, Bill Lee.
We all waited to see what Skittles would do because this case directly impacts their brand. And Skittles has spoken. In a statement, a spokeswoman for Skittles said:
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Trayvon Martin’s death and express our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We also respect their privacy and feel it inappropriate to get involved or comment further as we would never wish for our actions to be perceived as an attempt of commercial gain following this tragedy.”
Jeb Bush——> Blood on your hands!
Your law got an innocent unarmed kid killed who had so much potential and so much to offer the world. Blood on your hands!
Trayvon Martin: George Zimmerman kicked out of Seminole State College
TRAYVON MARTIN RALLY LIVE:
Judge Mathis in the house! Go head now!
NAACP head in Florida estimates that 30,000 ppl are at #Trayvon rally in Sandford.
Live Trayvon Martin Rally
BREAKING: State prosecutor Wolfinger voluntarily removes himself from Trayvon Martin case (via @trymainelee)
Yes; the NEGROES have ascended on Sanford. They don’t want Black folks pushing the narrative and getting any credit for pushing their asses for inaction. That dude Bonaparte is giving them cover to bow out, thereby making it look like they’re the ones leaving instead of the BLACK CITY MANAGER DISCHARGING THEM.
Bonaparte need to be FIRED for offering misleading justification for not arresting Trayvon’s Killer. Fire his ass now!
Trayvon Martin: New details in George Zimmerman domestic-violence petitions
Newly available documents reveal conflicting accounts of a violent relationship in the past of George Zimmerman, the Sanford man who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month.
The court records concern a conflict between Zimmerman and his ex-fiancée, who filed a petition accusing Zimmerman of pushing her during an argument at her Orlando home in August 2005.
The woman reported Zimmerman had arrived at her home Aug. 8 and asked to talk. Later, when she asked him to leave, she said, he insisted on staying and demanded documents she had.
The woman said she offered to drop the papers off the following day, but Zimmerman became upset, took her cellphone and shoved her. A fight ensued, she said, and her dog bit Zimmerman’s cheek.
George Zimmerman was a fk loose cannon who has a violent past and Sanford police claimed his record was squeaky clean? Fire the entire Sanford Police department.
BREAKING: FL gov. Rick Scott announces Trayvon Martin task force.
OMFG! Did Sanford Police make up George Zimmerman’s injuries to claim self defense? If so, the officers involved need to be charged with obstruction of justice!
City Manager Offers Misleading Justification for Not Arresting Travyon Martin’s Shooter
The Sanford City Manager issued a statement today claiming that the police were prohibited from making an arrest in the Trayvon Martin shooting, but a closer examination of the law reveals that the City Manager is misleading the press about the law.
Sanford is using the black man to cover up their bungling of the MURDER of Trayvon Martin and their hatred. Bonaparte, needs his ass whooped. You BEGONE TOO!
racist fuck hope he buns in hell for killing Travon
Bill Lee said his role as chief has become a “distraction” in the Trayvon Martin Murder case. A distraction? His hold handling of Trayvon’s murder by Zimmerman has been sheer fuckery.
Chief Bill Lee, you need to GO from the Sanford Police Department. Temporarily removing yourself is NOT enough. Get Out!
Has Zimmerman been arrested, gun retrieved? If not, we aren’t no ways done with this bullshit. Lee needs to never be allowed back into Sanford police dept. or any dept. for that matter. ARREST & CONVICT GEORGE ZIMMERMAN. THAT IS JUSTICE!
I want to know why they are dragging their feet so much on this matter. Chief Lee had that child dead on a slab for THREE days and never attempted to identify him even though they had his cell phone. For that alone the whole damn police department need to pack up their shit and go!!
Chief Bill Lee is stepping down. GTFO!
Stepping down? BILL LEE, YOU’RE FIRED!
skeptical brotha @skepticalbrotha
Breaking: @tamronhall says FL State Senator who authored “Stand Your Ground” law is preparing 2 file a bill 2 change & scale back the law.
So now they are stepping back on teh license to kill negroes, eh?
Miami-Dade high school students walk out for Trayvon Martin
Hundreds of students at Carol City High School in Miami Gardens held a massive walk out Thursday to protest the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the lack of an arrest in the case.
Trayvon, who was a junior at Michael Krop Senior High in Miami, attended Carol City High during his freshman and sophomore years.
At around 12:30 p.m., the Carol City High students walked out of the school, at 3422 NW 187th Street.
Drivers in the area were stunned as hundreds of students filled the streets and sidewalks. The walk out brought traffic to a standstill until the teenagers passed.
According to Miami Gardens police, the school principal sanctioned an on-campus peaceful demonstration to take place on the school field. However, some of the students took it upon themselves to leave campus. Police say they are ensuring the safety of the students and not taking any police action.
Carol City High School Students Hold Trayvon Martin Walkout
Taking it to the STREETS.
The Sanford Police thought they could sweep this killing of an innocent child under the rug & no one would notice. New era, bee.itches!
No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police!
BREAKING: Sanford officials to hold news conference on Trayvon Martin’s murder @ 3:30 p.m. EDT.
CNN Breaking News:
Parents of Trayvon Martin to meet with Justice officials. http://on.cnn.com/GGmRJt
Tavis Smiley & Cornel West, where is your voice on Trayvon Martin?
Reverend Al Sharpton @TheRevAl:
DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE THE RALLY FOR TRAYVON MARTIN HAS BEEN MOVED TO FORT MELLON PARK IN SANFORD, FLORIDA… http://fb.me/1uuDdOwAy
The Raw Story @RawStory?
Critics of ‘Stand Your Ground’ legislation predicted ‘racially motivated killings’: http://goo.gl/w7yFW
Central Florida cops routinely make arrests despite self-defense claims
Sanford police let George Zimmerman go home after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin last month, but Central Florida police agencies routinely make arrests for murder in “stand your ground” cases — and then let courts decide if a killing is justified.
Passage of Florida’s landmark self-defense law in October 2005 caused initial confusion, but court records show police and prosecutors now file charges more often than not.
Central Florida’s “stand your ground” claimants already in prison or awaiting trial range from an off-duty security guard to a retired Orlando police officer, bar patrons and a man who chopped off his cousin’s hand with a machete.
Those and many other cases headed for trial share a common factor: witnesses willing to testify.
Who would ever imagine being murdered with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea?
No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police!
Michael Vick went to prison for killing a dog. George Zimmerman killed an unarmed 17 year old black kid and went home. A black man’s life isn’t valued above a dog in America!
A CHANGE IS GON COME
TravonMartin hoodie march Livestream Timcast – Timcast http://ustre.am/FdJZ
OWster_org: F*CK THE POLICE.
Laura Hammons: solidarity from austin, texas
snginther: Solidarity from Wichita, KS!
scottorganik manchester england is watching
jennwarburt Watching from Singapore
BREAKING NOW: We are updating: Sanford Commission could vote to fire police chief tonight #TrayvonMartin http://bit.ly/GMANOe
Hi ladies. The woman’s pain is written all on her face, such a sad situation.
So much pain! …It opened the floodgates.
Trayvon Martin case: Police chief becomes target for growing fury
Trayvon Martin’s death won’t be “swept under the rug” by law enforcement. The slain 17-year-old’s family, friends, elected leaders and an outraged nation are making sure of that.
The NAACP is calling for the ouster of Sanford, Fla., Police Chief Bill Lee, whose department declined to arrest the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed Martin. The civil rights organization is also asking area residents to come forward with their stories of abuse at the hands of Sanford police officers, according to the Orlando Sentinel; the department’s actions have reportedly been called into question at various times over the years.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida, who represents the district where Martin lived, stood on the House floor Tuesday and vowed to “announce to America how long justice for Trayvon Martin has been delayed” by counting off each passing day until an arrest is made in his death.
So far, it has been more than three weeks since Martin was gunned down in a gated community after returning from a convenience store at which he bought candy and an iced tea. He was talking to his 16-year-old girlfriend on his cellphone just moments before he was shot.
You cry those tears, dear one, and keep fighting for justice.
Million Hoody March’ Organizer Says Trayvon’s Murder ‘Very Personal’
Lord Have Mercy! I can’t stop crying.
No Apologizes: On The Killing of Trayvon Martin And Being “Good”
THE BLACK SNOB
In the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin, there’s no safe place. There’s no real excuse to cling to. None of the usual dismissals work or fit. It’s just bad. Real bad. And sits there and stares at you with it’s cruelty and unfairness and ugliness and says, “Take this.”
Take this load. And pick it up.
Just take it. And accept it. And choke back the lumps in your throat. As it has happened before. And it will happen again. And again you will be told to “take this.”
Take this burden and just accept it as your burden. It’s just “how it is.” You’re all statistics. Take these statistics. And black people get shot everywhere everyday by everyone. Police. Non-police. Crazy people. Bigots. Their parents. Other kids. Just take it. It’s part of your Life In America, Black People. Accept this tragedy and go through the motions of appealing to people’s decency and demanding justice and having protests and press conferences and crying and asking why and demanding answers and then eventually getting that bad dead cold thing that just sits there and says, “Take this.”
Here’s your load. Pick it up.
Read the rest here:
You did it, ZIMMERMAN. Deal with the consequences. Whatever those may be.
No Apologizes! Pay The Piper!
The family attorney reported on the Today Show the girl had to be hospitalized once she found out Trayvon was killed. **Tears**
Matt Lauer asked these grieving parents whose son has been shot down like a dog if they were rushing to judgment about Zimmerman! WTFF!
Send Matt the link from BLACK SNOB. In the meantime.. fuck Lauer.
TO MATT LAUER:
” WE’RE NOT GOING TO PICK UP THIS SHIT ANYMORE, IT’S NOT OURS!”
Florida KKK leader says law enforcement officers are drawn to his group http://bit.ly/GDR3FL
If George Zimmerman knows of any Sanford police officer involved in the klan, he will sing like a canary to save his ass.
Dannie Owens @DAOWENS44:
@3ChicsPolitico there is some link between zimmerman and the sanford police. Klan or otherwise.
A Seminole County grand jury, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, will investigate the Trayvon Martin case, the racially-charged fatal shooting of an unarmed black 17-year-old in Sanford.
State Attorney Norm Wolfinger this morning released a prepared statement, saying he would have a county grand jury hear evidence April 10. His office, with the help of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, is reviewing and collecting evidence in the case, his statement said.
“I respectfully request that the public remain patient as this process moves forward,” said his statement.
Also, the Department of Justice said in a statement late Monday that it will conduct a “thorough and independent review.”
That would not be a murder or manslaughter investigation but a parallel one into whether the shooter, George Zimmerman, 28, violated Trayvon’s civil rights.
He was killed about 7:15 p.m. Feb. 26 as he walked through a gated community in Sanford, returning from 7-Eleven, where he’d bought Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea.
MSM: Stop DEMONIZING our young black youth as criminals, thugs, “up to no good”, monsters. As a mother of young black boys, I’m TIRED of it!
MSNBC: Stop it with the “LOCKUP” every weekend. It portrays ALL BLACK men as criminals, thugs, no good & everything despicable & ugly.
Sanford Police Department: George Zimmerman’s record is squeaky clean
MAJOR FAIL! Fire Chief Bill Lee!
Zimmerman violated major principles of the Neighborhood Watch manual, ABC News has learned.
The manual from the Neighborhood Watch program states: “It should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers. And they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles.”
According to Chris Tutko, the director of the National Neighborhood Watch program, there are about 22,000 registered watch groups nationwide, and Zimmerman was not part of a registered group, which police were not aware of at the time of the incident.
Well they sure as hell know now just what he isn’t so why isn’t he in jail? He broke the law when he packed a weapon. Maybe he felt more empowered by his so called job with community watch (which isn’t even registered in the National Community Watch Org.) but only in his mind which I think is warped by his wanabe cop imaganation.
GRAND JURY APRIL 10, 2012 #Justice4TrayvonMartin #NOJUSTICENOPEACE
No Justice! No Peace!
Trayvon Martin’s Last Phone Call, Moments Before Tragic Death, Undermines Account Killer Gave To Police
In a cell phone call moments before his death, Trayvon Martin told a teenage girl he “was being hounded by a strange man on a cellphone who ran after him, cornered him and confronted him.” The girl recounted the call, which is confirmed by phone logs, to ABC News:
“He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man,” Martin’s friend said. “I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run.”
Eventually he would run, said the girl, thinking that he’d managed to escape. But suddenly the strange man was back, cornering Martin.
“Trayvon said, ‘What, are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell.
The new information about the phone call casts further doubt on the account George Zimmerman, Martin’s killer, told the police. The Miami Herald reported Zimmerman told the police “he had stepped out of his truck to check the name of the street he was on when Trayvon attacked him from behind as he walked back to his truck.”
The more this tragedy unfold, the more ENRAGED I’m becoming. Lord, WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?
My blood is at the boiling point!
BREAKING: U.S. #DOJ announces independent investigation into shooting death of #TrayvonMartin. http://cap.af/GB5tV9
BREAKING: Flordia State Attorney sends Trayvon Martin case to grand jury http://thkpr.gs/GB77av #justicefortrayvon
The Last Word
YES, THIS WAS A HATE CRIME. ZIMMERMAN KILLED TRAYVON, SOLEY BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK.
Trayvon Martin 911 Call [SHOCKING FULL] Murder Caught on Tape
At 2:21 he whispers “fuckin coons”
The Ed Show
You done good; Charles Blow. You know what it is like to be a Black man in America with 2 black sons. TELL.THE.TRUTH. an shame these DEVILS.
Outrage builds over Florida vigilante-style killing | Reuters http://reut.rs/GACG2c
March 20, 2012 11:21 AMTrayvon Martin Case: Roost, Meet Chicken
I hadn’t paid much attention to the Trayvon Martin case until yesterday, but I can now understand why it is generating so much outrage. For all that it resembles a hundred old-school “police brutality” cases where a young black male met a bad end in a murky encounters with white men in authority, it’s actually something different: a lesson in what might happen when a society decides to deliberately supplement its police forces by heavily arming citizens and hoping they act responsibly.
Sometimes they don’t, and sometimes, moreover, if you pass laws designed to give people the benefit of doubt when they are defending themselves you can give vigilantes a license to hunt and kill. The more we learn about the Martin case, the more it looks like that is exactly what happened, with the injustice compounded by the tendency of the actual authorities in Florida to take the side of a gun-toting neighorhood ethnic cleanser with an attitude and an arrest record against un unarmed black teenager brandishing a bag of Skittles and just trying to get out of harm’s way.
It says a lot about the resonance of this case that an African-American conservative like John McWhorter would say the following about the refusal (so far) of the authorities to do anything about the shooter, George Zimmerman:
Unless the public has been grievously misled about what happened to Trayvon Martin, it would be nothing less than sinful for Zimmerman to go unpunished. So much so that for the first time in my life, a part of me would almost understand those who might be moved to wreak civil unrest in response.
Unless the public has been grievously misled about what happened to Trayvon Martin, it would be nothing less than sinful for Zimmerman to go unpunished. So much so that for the first time in my life, a part of me would almost understand those who might be moved to wreak civil unrest in response.
U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and FDLE to probe Trayvon Martin killing
Mounting pressure in Trayvon Martin case succeeds in getting a federal probe
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI will step in to investigate the killing of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin, the U.S. Department of Justice announced late Monday.
The announcement coincided with a statement from Florida Gov. Rick Scott asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to offer “appropriate resources” in the case.
The federal and state agencies are intervening in what attorneys call a botched investigation into the killing of the Michael Krop Senior High School student, who was killed Feb. 26 in Sanford, a town of 55,000 just north of Orlando. The teen, on suspension from school, was staying at his father’s girlfriend’s house when he stepped out to 7-Eleven to buy candy and iced tea.
A neighborhood watch volunteer with a long history of calling in everything from open garage doors to “suspicious characters” called police to say he spotted someone who looked drugged, was walking too slowly in the rain, and appeared to be looking at people’s houses. Zimmerman sounded alarmed, because the stranger had his hand in his waistband and had something in his other hand.
The unarmed teen carried Skittles and Arizona iced tea.
Correct why isn’t he arrested if the boy was “WHITE” he will be walkin our streets. And the police is AZZ to let this by pass on sm dumb self defense story…. WE NEED JUSTICE!!!
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Sanford Mayor, Corrine Brown to meet with US Attorney General Eric Holder
SANFORD, Fla. – U.S Representative Corrine Brown and Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett will request an immediate review by the U.S. Attorney General’s office in the shooting death of a Sanford teen.
Brown met with the Sanford Police Chief, the mayor and city manager to inform them of her request on Friday.
Brown will also meet with the Martin family Friday night.
Brown told Local 6 she came to town after getting numerous calls from constituents complaining of the shooting death investigation of Trayvon Martin, 17.
“There are many things with this case that were not done correctly,” Brown said outside of Sanford police headquarters. She didn’t go into detail about what exactly she meant.
Brown said one man even flew to Washington, D.C. to meet with her.
“People don’t think the system is working.” Brown said. “I’m hear to see that it does.”
Brown said Sanford city officials were open and cooperative to an outside investigation.
Martin was shot and killed last month by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman, 28, while was visiting family in Central Florida.
Sanford police said on Feb. 26 just after 7 p.m., Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch and reported seeing a suspicious man walking down the street. Martin, who was unarmed, was on his way home after buying a bag of Skittles and a drink at a nearby convenience store. Police said the two got into a scuffle and Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest.
There are many things with this case that were not done correctly,” Brown said outside of Sanford police headquarters.
…Like witness tampering & obstruction of justice! Chief Bill Lee need to resign and the other police connected to the case need to have charges brought against them. Time to put a stop to this bs.
We’d better not close our ears and eyes to these murders.
WE SHOULD BE SHOUTIING! STOP THE MURDERING OF OUR BLACK MEN AND BOYS OR WE’RE GOING TO WAR, BITCHES!!!!
Calling Eric Holder…. Things have reached the boiling point there & it’ll be on & poppin..
The Sanford police had better put Zimmerman’s AZZ in the slammer; he will NOT be alive for long, if they do not. Rage is at a FEVER PITCH over the murder of Trayvon. this mofo will never be free, he’s going to be looking over his shoulders in his sleep.
ALL OF THIS!
Given the toxic racial climate and the killing of an innocent unarmed kid…it’s a recipe for a riot.
Today Show: Trayvon Martin 911 calls
Melissa Harris Perry: Remember Trayvon Martin
Listening to Trayvon’s mother just breaks my heart…
Karen Hunter quoted: <—–The racial climate in this country is not just out of hand, it's deadly.
BREAKING NEWS in Trayvon Martin Case: Officer in the Case Has A Prior Record of Racial Controversy
WFTV, a local Florida television station, reports that the supervising officer who initially responded to the killing of Trayvon Martin in Sanford has a prior record of racial controversy. In 2010, Sergeant Anthony Raimondo declined to arrest Justin Collison, who brutally attacked a black homeless man, leaving him unconscious and breaking his nose. Collison, who is white, is the son of a Sanford police officer and the grandson of a former Florida judge.
Collison was intoxicated at the time of the unprovoked attack. Also, a Youtube video captured the attack while it occurred. Despite having possession of the video, Raimando still refused to arrest Collison. Police only arrested Collison after the national media released the video and criticized police handling of the case.
Trayvon’s parents were just on Alex Witt’s sho pleding for justice for their son. He was pleading for help. It makes no sense that he wa a threat and zimmerman states it was self defense.
IF YOU’RE PLEADING FOR YOUR LIFE UNARMED, HOW ARE YOU A THREAT TO SOMEONE WHO IS ARMED WITH A GUN?
IF YOU’RE PLEADING FOR YOUR LIFE UNARMED, HOW ARE YOU A THREAT TO SOMEONE WHO IS ARMED WITH A GUN?
Who was that ignorant moron?
…chicken; ain’t that some shit. Nothing but stereotypical IGNORANCE.
She needs to be FIRED. Ignoramus heffa!
God help Trayvon Martin’s parents in having to deal with listening to the 911 tapes. Pray for them. It’s too much! This will stay with them forever. Pray for their strength!
May the Blessings BE!
Chief Bill Lee need to be FIRED. YOUR actions are beyond the pale. Taking a shooter’s word that his record is squeaky clean? GTFOOH!
This young was begging and crying and pleading for his life. The shot that ended his pleading can clearly be heard. This youth was not a threat. The threat was the so called self inspired, want to be cop. The incident should been before the the grand jury, at the very least. Any reasonably, common sensed person, would find that what happened to this victim “Trayvon Martin” was nothing less than “MURDER” May God Bless Trayvon Martin’s sole and may he Rest in Peace. Hopefully, George Zimmerman will end up in jail where he belong and may
never have a restful day of peace for the rest of his life.
Welcome, Josey Wales!
Zimmerman committed cold bloodied murder. ARREST HIM NOW!
Justice Department Investigation Is Sought in Florida Teenager’s Shooting Death
MIAMI — Nearly three weeks after an unarmed teenager was killed in a small city north of Orlando, stirring an outcry, a few indisputable facts remain: the teenager, who was black, was carrying nothing but a bag of Skittles, some money and a can of iced tea when he was shot. The neighborhood crime watch volunteer who got out of his car and shot him is white and Hispanic. He has not been arrested and is claiming self-defense.
Beyond that, however, little is clear about the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17.
As criticism of the police investigation mounts, so too do the calls for swift action in a case with heavy racial overtones. Protests grow larger each week, and lawyers for the family are now asking the Department of Justice to intervene. The case also brings into sharp focus Florida’s self-defense laws, which give people who feel threatened greater latitude in defending themselves than most states.
The police in of Sanford, where the shooting took place, are not revealing details of the investigation. Late Friday night, after weeks of pressure, the police played the 911 calls in the case for the family and gave copies to the news media. On the recordings, one shot, an apparent warning or miss, is heard, followed by a voice begging or pleading, and a cry. A second shot is then heard, and the pleading stops.
“It is so clear that this was a 17-year-old boy pleading for his life, and someone shot him in cold blood,” said Natalie Jackson, one of the Martin family lawyers.
George Zimmerman 911 call reporting Trayvon Martin
OMG! Everyone in the Sanford Police department need to be FIRED. Listen to Zimmerman’s lies. First he claims the kid is staring at him and walking towards him…acting funny…maybe on drugs… then the dispatcher ask if he’s following the kid and he admits to it. How can Trayvon be walking towards Zimmerman and Zimmerman following? What’s wrong with got dm Sanford police department?
They are a bunch of lying racist pigs. That is what is wrong with them.
Justice for Trayvon Martin
The Seminole County State Attorney’s Office was so bombarded by emails demanding that it prosecute Zimmerman that its website had to be taken down for 45 minutes, according to a spokeswoman for the office.
KEEP IT UP!!! NO JUSTICE NO PEACE!!!!
No Justice No Peace!
Lee said he is frustrated that Trayvon’s family, its lawyers and others have ripped his department for its handling of the case. He is not a racist, he said, and his officers conducted a thorough and fair investigation and did nothing underhanded or untruthful.
“The hysteria, the media circus, it’s just crazy,” Lee said. “It’s the craziest damn thing I’ve ever seen, and it’s sad. It’s sad for the city of Sanford, the police department, because I know in my heart we did a good job.”
Resource: Orlando Sentinel
Lee, you’re a lying LIAR! You should be FIRED immediately. YOUR investigation = major FAIL. Turn in your badge and hit the fk DOOR!
Oh, my sweet Jesus! The 911 call….if you can bear to listen. I’m so hurt..
911 call: Yelling & gunshot heard in background
Trayvon Martin case: 911 call: Yelling & gunshot heard in background
Orlando Sentinel –
Live chat: Discuss the Trayvon Martin shooting
Mack Lyons @DDSSBlog:
Being black in America means navigating a constant minefield of stress, oppression and certain death for no reason. Trayvon didn’t make it.
… or you become President. America has come a long way. And so has our justice system. This guy will be arrested, found guilty and hopefully go to jail for a long, long time.
love the logic. not. Black man becomes President and racism no longer exists. yep, who knew it was so simple.
Witness speaks out. “Blew us off, and I called him back again and I said, “I know this was not self-defense. There was no punching, no hitting going on at the time, no wrestling,'” Cutcher said.
Witness: Sanford police “Blew us off” in teen slaying
WFTV reporter Daralene Jones spoke with a woman who heard a Sanford vigilante shoot a 17-year-old boy as he was walking home from a convenience store with a bag of candy…
SouthernGirl, If you have not done so as yet, please sign the petition here: http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-17-year-old-trayvon-martin Also please grab a Justice for Trayvon button from the Facebook Page and join the page here: https://www.facebook.com/JusticeforTrayvon
Thank you for dropping by. I’ve already signed the petition. We have to push this and get justice for Trayvon Martin. No way can we allow this injustice to happen. George Zimmerman outright murdered an innocent child and he has to pay. We’re NOT going to stop until justice is served!
No we will not. Our Facebook page will still be there even after the media frenzy dies down.
I agree with you Jueseppi…and I wish I could have been there to save that poor kid; I would have laid down my own life if I had to. I wouldn’t let some fat pig white man murder a black kid. I’m white, but not all white people are pieces of shit.
Trayvon Martin: ‘We are gathered here today to demand justice’ in teen’s fatal shooting
A crowd of hundreds gathered inside a small church near downtown Sanford this afternoon in the latest call for justice in last month’s fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
As people entered the church, they were asked to sign a petition that called for the prosecution of George Zimmerman, the white crime watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Feb. 26.
“We come together today in the name of justice,” said Pastor Valerie Henry. “We stand as his voice.”
The crowd cheered, clapped and shouted “Amen” as leaders for the NAACP, the Urban League and the Sanford City Commission pledged to fight for justice.
“I will stand, even if I stand alone,” said commissioner Velma Williams.
Please spread the word. There is a National Rally for Justice For Trayvon Martin… in Sanford Florida Monday March 26 at 4pm. It is at City Hall. They are asking ppl to come down to support. Call Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford Florida if you have any questions. 407 321 6864.
I cannot explain how much it hurts my heart that this innocent child was shot dead just because he was walking while black and the police are covering the murder up by calling it a case of self defense! What utter BS! They cannot get away with this!!!!! It was cold bloodied murder on a child b/c he was black. Can you say…hate crime?!
fair? for who? zimmerman? 2:28 long video. not once was trayvon’s name mentioned
Orlando Watch Shooting Probe Reveals Questionable Police Conduct
ABC News has uncovered questionable police conduct in the investigation of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white neighborhood watch captain in Florida, including the alleged “correction” of at least one eyewitness’ account.
Sanford Police Chief Billy Lee said there is no evidence to dispute self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman’s assertion that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin out of self-defense.
“Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him,” Lee said.
Martin had been staying at his father’s girlfriend’s house during the night of the NBA All-Star game Feb. 26.
The teenager went out to get some Skittles and a can of ice tea. On his way back into the gated suburban Orlando community, Martin, wearing a hood, was spotted by Zimmerman, 28.
According to law enforcement sources who heard Zimmerman’s call to a non-emergency police number, he told a dispatcher “these a..holes always get away.”
Zimmerman described Martin as suspicious because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and walking slowly in the rain, police later told residents at a town hall.
A dispatcher told him to wait for a police cruiser, and not leave his vehicle.
But about a minute later, Zimmerman left his car wearing a red sweatshirt and pursued Martin on foot between two rows of townhouses, about 70 yards from where the teen was going.
Lee said Zimmerman’s pursuit of Martin did not of itself constitute a crime.
Witnesses told ABC News a fist fight broke out and at one point Zimmerman, who outweighed Martin by more than 100 pounds, was on the ground and that Martin was on top.
Austin Brown, 13, was walking his dog during the time of the altercation and saw both men on the ground but separated.
Brown along with several other residents heard someone cry for help, just before hearing a gunshot. Police arrived 60 seconds later and the teen was quickly pronounced dead.
According to the police report, Zimmerman, who was armed with a handgun, was found bleeding from the nose and the back of the head, standing over Martin, who was unresponsive after being shot.
Sanford Police, you must be out of your mind if you think we’re going for your self defense BS lie. Arrest THAT child killer!
Pray tell? Why would a narcotics detective approach to question Zimmerman instead of a homicide detective? I smell fish and it ain’t Friday.
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he doesn’t look white to me, half latino perhaps..but definitely not white
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He had grass stains and bloody nose because he approached a kid at night. Now I don’t know about you, but if some weirdo was following me in a car and then all of a sudden, he’s out of his car, not showing me a badge and confronting me, I would try to kick his behind as well. You can’t get out and confront someone and then when things don’t go the way you imagined, claim self defense. That’s not how it works. The minute he stepped out of his car, he became the aggressor. On the tape after the dispatcher told him that police were on the way and he should not follow the kid he replied, ‘THEY always get away with it.’ Now you can try and spin that anyway you want, but it sounds like a racist nut job who was going to make sure that ‘THEY’ didn’t get away with it this time. Care to explain what he meant on the tape…..
Sanford Police..release the damn 911 tapes. What are you hiding?
Benjamin Crump, the Martin family’s attorney, filed a public records lawsuit last week seeking the 911 recordings for the night of the shooting. Crump said people with access to the tapes told him Zimmerman made a comment about Martin’s race during the call and said he had no intention of letting the youth get away because, “they always get away.”
OMG! The Sanford Police Department has no intention of charging Zimmerman with a crime. They’re going with the self defense BS lie. Unbelieveable!
For crying out loud… the kid had skittles and an ice tea on him. Just how dangerous is a package of skittles? OMG! Someone tell me this isn’t happening?
The PoPo are hiding the facts that a white man killed an innocent black teenager boy. and they’re are tyring to portray Trayvon as the real CRIMINAL here, when in fact, Zimmerman has the history of aggressive misconduct.
Time and again, we have to scream “MURDRER” of our young black boys, because this society has pumped so much negativity in the images and reporting of black males in general as the criminals. thus allowing white men and Policeman to shoot down our boys and men without any real evidence of them committing any crimes.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
This is a CLARION CALL to march and protest the KILLINGS, and put these MOFOs on notice that we will not backdown from the MURDER of our men or women.
Where is the condolences for Trayvon and his family’s loss here? This man is going on about his support of neighborhood watch, and Zimmerman’s claim of self defense. This is total BULLSHIT! Release the 911 recording, immediately, so we can hear what went down.
What are they hiding? Who’s to say they aren’t “doctoring” up the 911 tape?
Trayvon’s family have a right to know why their son was MURDERED.
zimmerman (aka Hitler Jr),said “they always get away with it”…?
hmm,that’s weird,considering the fact that the jail/prison
populations in most US states consists predominantly of black people.
yeah,there are whites and latinos too.but over 50% are african americans.
so what zimmerman said is a whole lot of bullshit. NO dumb ass,”THEY”
don’t! lets turn the tables here shall we..lets imagine the shooter was black,
or asian,or latino. what do you think would happen? the shooter would be
incarcerated and awaiting trial!
Are you watching? Trayvon Martin deserves justice. His innocent blood cry out from the grave for justice.
Attorney Holder, where is the justice in Trayvon’s death?
I am really pissed off about this… Where are the community leaders on this shit?? Jesse, Al, all of my fellow members of the Divine 9, lets step up and show the world that you can not stalk and kill our youth for no reason, and get away with it. We must act.
I challenge you to organize and get involved. Show the world that black people, and whites, can get behind and fight the injustices that has plagued our communitees.
I challenge you to do more than post on this site.
if the sanford PD wants people to stop forming their own opinions
or conspiracy theories,why don’t they just divulge what happened?
and divulge it to all of us. bring it into the open,erase all doubts.
all the police are doing is twittling their thumbs and adding more
fuel to this miasma. i guess the cops are hoping ths whole thing will
just blow over. well,it won’t . i’m not saying i condone rioting,but it
could feasibly happen. they have ocurred from far less. is this what the
florida police want? do they want more property damage,more blood
on their hands? c’mon police,do the right thing-you know,do your job!
arrest this trashy,no-class,and inhuman asshole!
execute this prick
Trayvon Martin was only 17 years old when he was gunned down by Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman. All Trayvon did was go to the store to get his brother some Skittles. Zimmerman saw an unfamiliar young black teen in his gated community and took it on himself to confront and ultimately kill him. Zimmerman was not arrested and remains free. Not only is the State’s Attorney Norman Wolfinger not prosecuting, he is withholding evidence from Trayvon’s family. Let him know that child killers need to be prosecuted. If he does not want to do his job he should resign or be fired!
State’s Attorney Norman Wolfinger,
Why is Zimmerman not charged with murder & why are those 911 tapes not released?
This is some bull shit, here. 911 tapes not being released to protect what? Not the KID involved. Or the general public from the kind of tension and violence this kind of crap instigates. Arrest the guy, I don’t care if he’s being co operative or not. He shot him in the CHEST 4 crying out loud! He knew that was deadly force. Unless these guards are actual officers, they shouldn’t be allowed to use guns on the job, anyway. There’s a gate, and actual police protection, to START with, who have SUPPOSED training on how to handle situations, AT LEAST! They told him to wait, didn’t they? Release those 911 tapes! I think if it was my child, I’d insist, at least to me, privately, on my right to know! I can be held responsible for my child’s actions, so I would!
I’ll bet those 911 tapes will reveal a ton of nigger slurs. This killing of an innocent child was motivated by race. The child was walking home with a pk of skittles and ice tea. George Zimmerman was trailing him, & attacked him. The kid had no idea who this guy was. He wasn’t a police officer. But this wannabe cop thug shoots a kid/minor and claims self defense. Judging from his photo, Zimmerman is a big guy. The kid weighed 140 lbs. This self defense claim is pure bullshit. No No No, Sanford Police is not going to get away with this. Arrest that murderer!
if the victim were white, we wouldn’t hear the end of it. it would be on every news channel and make front page news.
We’re gonna keep pushing until it makes every news channel & front page news. The Sanford Police is not going to cover up a killing of an innocent child and call it self defense. Hell No!
thanks..btw,you’re quite striking..hope you don’t mind me saying
why are people trying to sweep this under the rug? 20 comments,that’s it?
If the killing was motivated by race, then why shouldn’t this thug be charged with a hate crime?
Community calls for neighborhood watch captain’s arrest
George Zimmerman, Neighborhood Watch Captain Who Shot Trayvon Martin, Charged With Violence Before
SANFORD, FL (CNN/WFTV) – The mother of a teenager shot and killed while walking in his father’s neighborhood rallied with several community members outside of the police department in Sanford, FL, demanding justice.
They want the man who admitted to shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin arrested.
“This man that took this baby life, he needs to be incarcerated,” said demonstrator Michale Medlock.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain that shot Martin shortly after calling police about a suspicious black person, ignored dispatcher’s advice to wait for police and confronted the teen. Martin, who had gone to a nearby store for skittles and tea, was shot in the chest by Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was previously arrested in 2005 for battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.
Zimmerman is a lowlife wannabe cop thug. He stalked, attacked and shot to death a 17 year old kid/minor. For what? If the child’s blackness made him suspicious, then can it be considered a hate crime? The Sanford Police better go somewhere with that bogus self defense bullshit. This was fking cold bloodied murder of a child!
SKITTLES & ICED TEA! How can anyone wrap their brain around a n UNARMED 17 year old black boy GUNNED DOWN with candy and a drink on him?
JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED HERE!!!
Please sign this petition. Lets get this guy charged with gunning down an innocent unarmed 17 year old kid http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-murderer-of-17-year-old-trayvon-martin
i already did
I contacted the Sanford police chief via email about the fact that no arrest has been made and here is his response, which I received this morning.
I appreciate your concern. I also understand how someone would make
assumptions and conclusions regarding how this investigation should
progress based on the limited information presented in the CBS story
this morning. However, there is much information that at this time is
not public record to ensure the integrity of the investigation.
Let me assure you the Sanford Police Department, in consultation with
the Office of the State Attorney, is working to complete a thorough and
fair investigation as quickly as possible.
Bill R. Lee Jr.
Chief of Police
City of Sanford
Office (407) 688-5075
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this is blatant racist bull shit anyway you fucking slice it! Trayvon Martin; 17 year old African-American teenager,his whole life ahead of him,smart,good kid,ambitious,with future plans,saves a life! is needlessly gunned down by a racist,patheitic,low life,douchebag thug ,hiding behind an erroneous claim of “self defense”,named GEORGE ZIMMERMAN! FUCK YOU GEORGE!!!! FUCK YOU GEORGE!!! I SINCERELY HOPE YOU KNOW HOW HATED YOU NOW ARE BY THIS COUNTRY !yes,i don’t even live in Florida (thank goodness),but i hate you WITH A PASSION ! i’m glad i don’t live near you .. you know why? because you’re such a racist,trigger-happy prick,you would kill anyone who’s not of the same “pure” ethnic background as yourself! i’ll just call you Hitler. ok,is that a;right, Hitler? you fucking worthless piece of shit-asshole! FUCK —-YOU———— GEORGE ! go to hell! LIFE IN PRISON FOR YOU!!!! you’re going to be someone’s bitch! i guarantee it!
Trayvon Martin; 17 year old African-American teenager,his whole life ahead of him,smart,good kid,ambitious,with future plans,saves a life! is needlessly gunned down by a racist,patheitic,low life,douchebag thug ,hiding behind an erroneous claim of “self defense”,named GEORGE ZIMMERMAN!
ALL OF THIS
what do you mean, “all of this” ?
It means I agree 100%, without a doubt, with all of what you stated. Like it’s the law!
this is absolutely ridiculous. no weapon. he was chasing the guy and claims self-defense?
I don’t think so.
he murdered that young man and should be in jail
This breaks my heart into a thousand pieces. I have young sons. Here it is 2012 and a white man can still kill an unarmed black man/child and get off by claiming it was self defense. Self defense from what? Skittles and Ice Tea? GTFOOH
Arrest this sob. Trayvon Martin’s blood cry out for justice!
ok, well thanks for agreeing with me SouthernGirl2.
this irritates me to no end. and i’m not even black.
i’m puerto rican,and this is insane. why aren’t the
neighbors scared that such a violent sadistic predator
roams free,with a loaded gun,in their neighborhood?
or are they comforted in the knowledge that zimmerman
won’t kill them because they too are white? i know how
messed up this seems,but if this guy gets blown away by
one of his neighbors,i won’t lose a wink of sleep. that piece
of shit deserves the swiftest beat down. what a fucking
worthless scumbag! as far as i’m concerned this lowlife
deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his unnatural life! you
sir have forfeited your right to breath free air. and when the
police bust your fucking door down and drag your pathetic
ass to prison,i want full coverage of you weeping like a bitch
in that court room,once the jury comes to their verdict! GUILTY!!!
DEATH PENALTY OR LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE!!!doesn’t matter
to me either way.
For the love of Moses…what is wrong with the Sanford Police Department? How can this happen? Pray tell what did Zimmerman have to defend him of…skittles and ice tea? The Sanford Police Department is full of shit. Self Defense, my ass!
So incredibly sad. The kid had skittles and ice tea! OMFG! Why is this thug Zimmerman allowed to roam the streets as a free man?
Justice for Trayvon Martin.
SANFORD POLICE, ARREST THAT LOWLIFE THUG GEORGE ZIMMERMAN!
This is so heartbreaking. Shooter was trailing him and claims self defense? WTF?
What is wrong with Sanford Police Department?
Sanford Police, ARREST George Zimmerman for the murder of unarmed 17 year old Trayvon Martin. Is not Trayvon Martin entitled to justice?
An unarmed 17 year old kid with skittles and ice tea is gunned down but the killer claims self defense and goes free. What is wrong with this picture? This is a mockery of justice! Why are police not releasing the 911 tapes? What a fking outrage!