Posts tagged "trayvon martin"


July 16th, 2013

I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. As I said earlier, you can’t just talk about it, you have to be about it.

Stevie Wonder

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I included the map to show just how much touring money he’s about to lose over this. It’s a pretty big sacrifice.

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A noble sacrifice. My respect for him just sky rocketed.

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Please support Stevie Wonder. Go buy a record. Buy a song. Buy anything with his name on it. People love to judge a movement by the money it makes. I say we double Stevie’s fortune over this. 

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I was wondering (and hoping) that tourism dollars would start to be affected by these laws and the direction our country is headed in.  Hoping that international tourists would think twice about coming here.  Such a great decision!  

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reuters:

A year after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in this central Florida town, there’s a small memorial, a new police chief and the stirrings of understanding.
Trayvon Martin, 17, was gunned down on February 26, 2012 as he walked to his father’s fiancee’s home in one of Sanford’s gated communities. The man accused of his killing, George Zimmerman, 28, a white Hispanic on neighborhood watch, is set to be tried on June 10.
Martin’s death drew top-tier civil rights leaders, such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who brought a national spotlight to this town just north of Orlando and not far from Disney World.
That spotlight forced the town of 53,000 to confront police work that seemed to be a throwback to the days of separate and resolutely unequal racial sensibilities.
READ ON: Florida town seeks to unite a year after Trayvon Martin’s killing
February 26th, 2013

reuters:

A year after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in this central Florida town, there’s a small memorial, a new police chief and the stirrings of understanding.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was gunned down on February 26, 2012 as he walked to his father’s fiancee’s home in one of Sanford’s gated communities. The man accused of his killing, George Zimmerman, 28, a white Hispanic on neighborhood watch, is set to be tried on June 10.

Martin’s death drew top-tier civil rights leaders, such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who brought a national spotlight to this town just north of Orlando and not far from Disney World.

That spotlight forced the town of 53,000 to confront police work that seemed to be a throwback to the days of separate and resolutely unequal racial sensibilities.

READ ON: Florida town seeks to unite a year after Trayvon Martin’s killing

April 26th, 2012

George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting | Reuters

I’m an exceedingly fair person… 

…and, it’s wonderful that this man has such a glowing account of friends and he’s been given the opportunity to show that he’s supposedly not a “racist”…. but the fact of the matter is, he profiled Trayvon Martin.  Whether he did that because he was black or not, he profiled Trayvon Martin and, attempted to restrain another person, without any proof or a crime being committed at the time or without witnessing any proof of a crime.   He attempted to restrain a person without having been trained to do so and without that really being what he was asked to do.  This suspicious behaviour that Zimmerman witnessed was caused by himself, as he was following Trayvon and he claimed that these burglars, “always get away”, when the guy that caused a lot of this suspicion in Zimmerman’s mind is, in fact, back in jail.  

Zimmerman’s mental state, in this piece, clearly indicates that he was frustrated and felt that nothing was being done with regard to the crime in the neighbourhood, so he chose to take matters into his own hands.  He was the one pushing for the neighbourhood watch, and I’ve been at many of those kinds of meetings.  The first question you ask someone that wants to put a committee or subgroup together or wants to take some action, is to ask if the person making the request wants to step up and volunteer to head the group.   He was clearly in a vigilante state, and he was very much in a state of mind where he wanted people to be detained or arrested prior to an actual crime being committed or without actual proof of a crime.  I’m not saying that a part of that may or may not be justified, but it’s also the wrong kind of attitude to have as the person who heads the neighbourhood watch.  If anyone should have been on the side of local law enforcement, it should have been him.   

And, I’m sorry, but bottom of the line is… you’re pretty much saying he can’t be a racist, because he has this type of background and it’s a mixed background.  A lot of people hate where they come from… (number one).  Number two, he judged a person based on the colour of his skin.  He associated Trayvon Martin with a stereotype.  He prejudged him, which is prejudice, and his judgment caused Trayvon Martin’s death.   

A good attorney can make an EXCELLENT case for Murder Two with this story presented as is.  I, personally believe that what I’ve seen of the evidence (not what is being presented in a court of law, nor what I’m asked to review as a jurist) shows Zimmerman guilty of manslaughter.   Because, at the end of the day… we can’t have people getting frustrated with crime in their area and killing their neighbours.  At every step of the way, George Zimmerman disregarded local law enforcement, from carrying a fire arm with him while on neighbourhood watch, to not respecting the person on the phone’s request that he not engage or follow Trayvon Martin, to not discussing his frustrations with what he felt were local law enforcement’s inactions or slow reactions.   “They always get away,” is a comment just as revealing about how he felt about local law enforcement as those perpetrating the crimes.  He felt he could and would do better than them, and so he made a choice.  He made a choice to chase down someone he viewed was suspicious, based on the colour of his skin.  That is the very definition of racism. 

I’m sorry, but if I had any doubts at all about George Zimmerman before, his family trying to sell me on what a wonderful man he is negated them.  Like I said, I’m exceedingly fair… and if someone can present evidence that shows that Zimmerman had honestly, taken steps to express his frustrations prior to that night, that’s something I’m willing to look at.  Otherwise, it very much looks like Zimmerman wanted to be a cop and wanted to do everything he could to be a cop, when he didn’t have the training to be a cop and was not wearing a badge.  There are too many people in this country that think it’s acceptable to carry on in this kind of manner and, I think if George Zimmerman gets acquitted, that will only compound the problem.  

(Source: nedhepburn, via newsweek)

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thedailywhat:

Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Takes the Stand at Bond Hearing: The family of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, asked a Florida judge this morning to grant bail while he awaits trial. Family members — testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened — argued that Zimmerman is neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.
“He is absolutely not a violent person,” said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara would prefer that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area, if he is granted bond, because of concerns about his safety. “Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult,” he said. “I think nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality.”
George Zimmerman took the stand to make a statement.

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not.”

[lat]

That Zimmerman statement hits a raw nerve. Let’s hope that as this trial commences, a much broader picture comes out. In related news, ABC News acquired a witness photo, allegedly of ZImmerman minutes after the shooting, that shows blood on the back of his head. However, the prosecutor in the case says they were aware of the photo but it did not affect the decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder.
April 20th, 2012

shortformblog:

thedailywhat:

Breaking News of the Day: Zimmerman Takes the Stand at Bond Hearing: The family of George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, asked a Florida judge this morning to grant bail while he awaits trial. Family members — testifying by phone because they say they have been threatened — argued that Zimmerman is neither a flight risk nor a threat to the community.

“He is absolutely not a violent person,” said his wife, Shellie Zimmerman.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara would prefer that Zimmerman be allowed to leave the area, if he is granted bond, because of concerns about his safety. “Normally, the conditions are that you stay local. I think that is going to be difficult,” he said. “I think nobody would deny the fact that if George Zimmerman were walking down the street today, he would be at risk. That is a reality.”

George Zimmerman took the stand to make a statement.

“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not.”

[lat]

That Zimmerman statement hits a raw nerve. Let’s hope that as this trial commences, a much broader picture comes out. In related news, ABC News acquired a witness photo, allegedly of ZImmerman minutes after the shooting, that shows blood on the back of his head. However, the prosecutor in the case says they were aware of the photo but it did not affect the decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

reuters:

No grand jury investigation in Trayvon Martin shooting
The special prosecutor in the investigation of the shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has ruled out using a grand jury to investigate the case, meaning her office alone will decide whether to charge shooter George Zimmerman.
The case has captured national attention, largely because of race. Martin was black and Zimmerman, who has not been charged, is white and Hispanic. The state attorney who was previously investigating the shooting, Norm Wolfinger, had said the case would go to a grand jury on April 10, but Wolfinger removed himself from the case on March 22 and was replaced by Angela Corey.
“State Attorney Angela Corey has decided not to use a grand jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation,” her office said in a statement.
READ MORE: Prosecutor rules out grand jury in Trayvon Martin case

I sincerely hope that the fervor surrounding this case doesn’t die down with this announcement.  Causes in this country tend to run sprints, not marathons, which is why so many of them are lost in the end.  
But, besides that not calling a grand jury in this case is a mistake, unless they’re just going to straight out charge him.  There’s too many questionable things about this case that need a grand jury to hear and decide whether or not there is enough evidence to try the case.  Unless they feel they have enough evidence to go ahead and charge him without one (I kind of feel there is), this is a huge, HUGE mistake.  
April 9th, 2012

reuters:

No grand jury investigation in Trayvon Martin shooting

The special prosecutor in the investigation of the shooting death of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has ruled out using a grand jury to investigate the case, meaning her office alone will decide whether to charge shooter George Zimmerman.

The case has captured national attention, largely because of race. Martin was black and Zimmerman, who has not been charged, is white and Hispanic. The state attorney who was previously investigating the shooting, Norm Wolfinger, had said the case would go to a grand jury on April 10, but Wolfinger removed himself from the case on March 22 and was replaced by Angela Corey.

“State Attorney Angela Corey has decided not to use a grand jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation,” her office said in a statement.

READ MORE: Prosecutor rules out grand jury in Trayvon Martin case

I sincerely hope that the fervor surrounding this case doesn’t die down with this announcement.  Causes in this country tend to run sprints, not marathons, which is why so many of them are lost in the end.  

But, besides that not calling a grand jury in this case is a mistake, unless they’re just going to straight out charge him.  There’s too many questionable things about this case that need a grand jury to hear and decide whether or not there is enough evidence to try the case.  Unless they feel they have enough evidence to go ahead and charge him without one (I kind of feel there is), this is a huge, HUGE mistake.  

April 3rd, 2012

quickhits:

A Zimmerman supporter demonstrates how to completely blow an interview.

Zimmerman neighbor Frank Taaffe keeps saying “young black males” like it’s some sort of clincher. All it really does is make him sound more than a little racist (that, and his “neighbor-hood” crack). But he really fails the logic test with this exchange:

CNN panelist Will Cain, an analyst for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website, asked Taaffe if there had been discussions at neighborhood watch meetings to look out for suspects that fit the profile of African-American men.

“Young black men were never the topic of discussion,” Taaffe insisted.

“George Zimmerman and his family have contended that George did not racially profile Trayvon Martin,” Cain pressed. “But some of what you’re sharing with us today sounds like you’re suggesting that it might have been appropriate if he had.”

“George did not surveil just one group of people,” Taaffe said. “You’re asking if George profiled one group of people in my mind. And George looked at the whole landscape when he surveilled our property. It just so happened that the prior eight burglaries were perpetrated by young black males.”

So, on the one hand, Zimmerman was colorblind when it came to race. On the other, “young black males” probably aroused his suspicion. You’ve got to wonder if this guy knows what the term “racial profiling” actually means. He’s acting like he knows it sounds like a bad thing, but he can’t stop doing it himself. He’s standing there demonstrating racial profiling, while denying it goes on.

Seriously, this guy is a clown. An angry racist clown.

(via randomactsofchaos)

April 3rd, 2012

Police Report from the night Trayvon Martin was gunned down (PDF)

mohandasgandhi:

Question: If Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were engaged in an altercation in the manner reported by Zimmerman, rather, Martin was on top of Zimmerman and beating him in the head before Zimmerman shot him in the chest, why didn’t Zimmerman have blood-stained clothes after shooting Martin at such a close range? Have you ever seen a gunshot victim? Forgive my vulgarity but usually, it’s an absolute mess.

….and so he didn’t go to the hospital to get cleaned up.  

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March 29th, 2012

Remember the George Zimmerman video from last night? Here's what his lawyer says about the clip: It's too grainy.

shortformblog:

Appearing on NBC’s TODAY on Thursday, Zimmerman’s attorney Craig Sonner described the video as “very grainy.” He also pointed out that Zimmerman had been “cleaned-up” and received first aid in the four hours between the incident and Zimmerman’s videotaped arrival at the police station.

Sonner has previously said that his client suffered a broken nose and a gash to his head during the altercation.

Having seen the clip, does Sonner have a point or do you think he’s just muddying the waters?

Broken noses SWELL horrifically - and if not swollen, it would have been taped, so would a gash. If it had been deep enough, it would have been sutured and stitched, and going into as an unsanitary place as a jail, a nurse would have been ordered to bandage it up, as well.  

I’m just saying - those injuries were so bad, he’d been to the hospital, and we don’t see any sign of serious treatment for wounds such as that?  Or a broken nose?  

The video isn’t very clear, but the black raccoon eyes that are the tell tale sign of a broken nose also seem to be clearly missing, as well.  Oh, the irony of “raccoon eyes” being a deciding factor here.