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Old 03-08-2012, 12:50 PM  
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Neighborhood watch captain shoots innocent black youth and doesn't even get arrested

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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."

[Related: Fla. teen avoids deportation]

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.

(Editing By Cynthia Johnston and Peter Bohan)

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Old 03-24-2013, 08:50 AM   #3976
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Like what? I honestly don't know the statements well enough to poke holes in them. Pretend you are the prosecutor, point out the holes , 1 by 1.
First of all, we already know he's a liar. He committed perjury by lying about how much money he had available in order to get better bail. So that already puts him in a bad spot character-wise.

His statement tries to make a strong case that he wasn't following Trayvon. And that he was ambushed by surprise. He claims to have only been looking for a street sign, when in fact he ended up very far away from the car (very, very far, if you factor in his claim that he was returning to his car). This testimony is also very inconsistent with his phone call to 911 -- he was CLEARLY following Trayvon and even acknowledged he was. Even if I despise the fact that he followed Trayvon, I see nothing illegal (just extremely unethical) about doing it. So why does Zimmerman insist he wasn't following when he clearly was?

He also claims that he was afraid of Trayvon when he was in his car. Then he gets out of his car and wanders far away from it and into an open courtyard. T

He claims he was ambushed from behind the bushes, which don't really exist (he was out in the wide open -- given how out in the open the courtyard was where the attack was, it's VERY hard to believe Trayvon attacked him by surprise). Instead, we are to believe that in the middle of a big courtyard, Trayvon jumped out of imaginary bushes and got in front of Zimmerman, and sucker punched him. The more likely story is that given the wide open space they were in, they both saw the confrontation coming and both stupidly embraced the confrontation, instead of running from it.

And then there's the struggle. There are parts of the story that don't seem to add up. Namely, if Trayvon was covering Zimmerman's mouth according to the story, then why was there clearly audible screaming for help in the 911 call? If his head was being smashed repeatedly into the concrete, why were there pretty minor head cuts (that kind of thing, to me, seems like an action that would create serious head injury). And why is there no evidence of Zimmerman trying to fight back, as if there was an actual struggle? (Zimmerman claims he was trying to wrestle his way into better position)?

His story does not hang together.
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:43 AM   #3977
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Florida Police Sgt Ron King fired after using Trayvon Martin shooting targets during training class

A police sergeant from Cape Canaveral, Florida has been fired after it was discovered he brought two shooting targets resembling Trayvon Martin to a training session last week.

According to WFTV two officers saw the targets in the back of Sgt. Ron King’s vehicle and they informed the Chief of the Port Authority Police. King was allegedly bringing the targets to a firearms training session in Cocoa, Florida at Brevard Community College.

King had purchased the two targets from the Internet. After an investigation from internal affairs, King was fired on Thursday.

“Port Canaveral Police Department considers that behavior unacceptable,” interim CEO of the Canaveral Port Authority John Walsh said of King’s conduct.

Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida in a case that sparked national headlines.

Martin family attorney Ben Crump condemned the use of the targets.

“It is absolutely reprehensible that a high-ranking member of the Port Canaveral Police, sworn to protect and serve Floridians, would use the image of a dead child as target practice,” Crump said in a statement. “Such a deliberate and depraved indifference to this grieving family is unacceptable.”

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Old 04-14-2013, 08:49 AM   #3978
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This is some ****ED UP SHIT, they aren't sure if the racist neighborhood watch idiot should be arrested? If anything, local gangs might take notice of this and start shooting up that neighborhood or just random white neighborhoods. I could never live in the south, it's ridiculous. The guy shoots an innocent teen walking to the store to buy skittles. Should be life in prison, that's cold blood man.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:51 AM   #3979
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that doesn't look like Trayvon.

I see no resemblance whatsoever...
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:52 AM   #3980
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that doesn't look like Trayvon.

I see no resemblance whatsoever...
the target's holding skittles and ice tea .
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:27 AM   #3981
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the target's holding skittles and ice tea .

awwww, dat's raysuss.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:31 AM   #3982
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:35 AM   #3983
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Imagine the killing some entrepreneur would make if they sold a hoodie with a target on it like that?
Of course, it would be a niche market...but still.
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Imagine the killing some entrepreneur would make if they sold a hoodie with a target on it like that?
Of course, it would be a niche market...but still.


Does it come with a bag of Skittles and a can of artificially sweetend Arizona Iced Tea??

Because if so, I'm in.
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Imagine the killing some entrepreneur would make if they sold a hoodie with a target on it like that?
Of course, it would be a niche market...but still.
I thought Chuck D was engineering a Public Enemy merchandising comeback.
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State pushes to keep Trayvon Martin's past out of George Zimmerman trial

ORLANDO, Fla. -
State prosecutors in the case against George Zimmerman are pushing to keep Zimmerman's attorneys from bringing testimony about Trayvon Martin's past during the trial.

The state said in motions filed on Friday they want to prevent Zimmerman's attorneys from bringing up Martin's personal life, including his school records, previous suspension from school, fights, text messages sent prior to his death unless related to case and his social media use.

The motion also says the state wants to prevent the defense from using Martin's toxicology report, which showed the level of marijuana in Martin's blood the night he was shot and killed.

The state's filings suggest they fear the defense may try to attack Martin's character, instead of focusing on whether Zimmerman murdered Martin. Assistant prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda argued that Martin's past is irrelevant and would clearly be designed only to prejudice the jury.
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No matter how you feel about Zimmerman or if he was right or not, I don't think anyone can argue he is getting a fair trial.
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