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Trayvon Martin Shooter Told Cops Teenager Went For His Gun

(SANFORD, Fla.) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch crime captain who shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, originally told police in a written statement that Martin knocked him down with a punch to the nose, repeatedly slammed his head on the ground and tried to take his gun, a police source told ABC News.

Zimmerman had claimed he had called police about Martin, whom he found suspicious, then went back to his car when Martin attacked him, punching him.

The new information is the most complete version yet of what Zimmerman claims happened on the night of Feb. 26 when he shot and killed the teenager.

In addition, an eyewitness, 13-year-old Austin Brown, told police he saw a man fitting Zimmerman’s description lying on the grass moaning and crying for help just seconds before he heard the gunshot that killed Martin.

The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning. He was not arrested.

Martin’s girlfriend had said in a recording obtained exclusively by ABC News that she heard Martin ask Zimmerman “why are your following me, and then the man asked, what are you doing around here.” She then heard a scuffle break out and the line went dead.

Phone records obtained by ABC News show that the girl, who is 16 and asked to remain anonymous, called Martin at 7:12 p.m., five minutes before police arrived, and remained on the phone with Martin until moments before he was shot.

ABC News has also learned that Martin was staying in Sanford at the time because he’d been suspended from Krop High School in Miami after being found with an empty bag of marijuana. He was staying at his father’s fiancé’s house in Sanford.

Family spokesperson Ryan Julison confirmed to ABC News that Martin was suspended for an “empty baggy that had contained pot.”

“It’s irrelevant to what happened on Feb. 26, does not change material facts of the situation, specifically that had George Zimmerman not left his vehicle and heeded the police dispatcher’s guidance, we wouldn’t be here today,” Julison said.

During Zimmerman’s call to 911, the dispatcher asked him if he was following the teen. When Zimmerman replied that he was, the dispatcher said, “We don’t need you to do that.”

The new information in the emotionally charged case could complicate pressing charges against Zimmerman.

Zimmerman shot Martin dead the night of Feb. 26 after following him for several minutes. Zimmerman told police Martin looked suspicious because he was wearing a hoodie, and when he confronted him the two fought — ultimately resulting in a single bullet in Martin’s chest.

Zimmerman claimed self defense and this weekend the lawyer counseling him, Craig Sonner, told ABC News that he was likely to invoke Florida’s controversial stand-your-ground law in his defense.

The law affords people leeway to use deadly force if they feel their life is seriously endangered. Sonner said Zimmerman felt “one of them was going to die that night,” when he pulled the trigger.

ABC News has learned there is tremendous pressure from local and state authorities for an arrest.

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Originally Posted by Yemaya:

"Now you know I don't believe that for one moment."


Neither do I, Yemaya.  Zimmerman and the police had THREE DAYS to make up lies for him, you know, the THREE DAYS that Trayvon's body lay in the morgue and Trayvon's cell phone was in possession of the police, as his father repeatedly called, over and over and over, and not one time did the police call a single number in Trayvon's phone to try to locate and notify his parents of his demise, as if the dog catcher had picked up a dead dog on the streets. 


So, I'm wondering why is Zimmerman the only name we keep hearing, when the officers that arrived at the scene should be terminated and charged with Obstruction of Justice.


What happened to Trayvon was a Lynching.


Melissa Harris-Perry mocks Geraldo's comments with 'dress code for black safety'

Melissa Harris-Perry mocks Geraldo's comments with 'dress code for black safety'

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Melissa Harris-Perry didn't take kindly to Geraldo Rivera's remarks on the death of Trayvon Martin. On her show Saturday, Harris-Perry's commentary took a turn toward the sarcastic when she debuted her "MHP Dress Code for Black Safety" in response to Rivera's assertion that Martin's hooded sweatshirt was as much to blame for his death as, George Zimmerman, the shooter.



She began with an image of the sitcom character Steve Urkel then gave advice on what young black men should wear to avoid trouble. The rap song "Colors" by Ice-T dictated her rule to avoid gang-associated red and blue. Harris-Perry's home state of Louisiana provided another rule: no sagging pants. She detailed laws in La. towns and other places in the American South that have racked up thousands of dollars in fines.


Ga. city gets nearly $4,000 from sagging pants ban

"Last but not least are those pesky hoodies," said Harris-Perry. "That's a no-no for MHP's guide to black safety."


After showing the clip of Rivera's statements, Perry sarcastically agreed, saying that if young men want to "play it safe" they should dress like Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates -- who wasarrested on his own porch in Cambridge, Massachusetts after a neighbor reported a possible break-in to police.

Now these fakes, the man posing as a lawyer for George Zimmerman and his so called friend Joe Oliver, have been exposed as such. I wonder where they came from and who was paying them to do this OR are they justCRAZY. The press should've done an EXTENSIVE background check on these two clowns. Apparently there are no lengths Americans won't go through to discredit Black people. Be AWARE.




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Now for those of you who claim confusion about the guilt of this man. Listen to this cock and bull story about what George Zimmerman said. Joe Oliver says that he said "Goon" and not "Coon" and that Goon is a term of endearment. Now tell me why would you call someone a 'f*kcing Goon' a term of endearment while you in the same breath tell the police that they are suspicious and make comments like 'they always get away', before you shoot them to death because you are afraid for your life.  This is the conservative way of spinning this. We need to use our critical thinking skills at this point. Clearly this man is guilty. There are no hospital records to substantiate any of Zimmerman's injuries. The police did a piss poor job and should be held accountable for their failings and George Michael Zimmerman should be in jail and these sell outs Joe Oliver and Craig Sonner should be exposed and jailed for some type of fraud.



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Trayvon Martin Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charge


The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin recommended that neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting, multiple sources told ABC News.

But Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney's office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn't enough evidence to lead to a conviction, the sources told ABC News.

Police brought Zimmerman into the station for questioning for a few hours on the night of the shooting, said Zimmerman's attorney, despite his request for medical attention first. Ultimately they had to accept Zimmerman's claim of self defense. He was never charged with a crime.

Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman's version of events.





Originally Posted by roarin1:

Trayvon Martin Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charge


The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin recommended that neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting, multiple sources told ABC News.

But Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney's office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn't enough evidence to lead to a conviction, the sources told ABC News.

Police brought Zimmerman into the station for questioning for a few hours on the night of the shooting, said Zimmerman's attorney, despite his request for medical attention first. Ultimately they had to accept Zimmerman's claim of self defense. He was never charged with a crime.

Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman's version of events.





You know what, this is how this incident is going to go down. Because the police failed to act in collecting evidence or photos from the scene and just completely messed up the investigation, George Michael Zimmerman most likely will not be charged with a crime. This is the conclusion I've come to. So this case will have to be handled by the federal government. Consequently I believe that they too will come up and say that they don't have enough evidence.

Trayvon Martin Video Shows No Blood or Bruises on George Zimmerman

PHOTO: Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman.




A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground.

The surveillance video, which was obtained exclusively by ABC News, shows Zimmerman arriving in a police cruiser. As he exits the car, his hands are cuffed behind his back. Zimmerman is frisked and then led down a series of hallways, still cuffed.

Zimmerman, 28, is wearing a red and black fleece and his face and head are cleanly shaven. He appears well built, hardly the portly young man depicted in a 2005 mug shot that until a two days ago was the single image the media had of Zimmerman.

Police Video Surveillance of George Zimmerman

The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning.

His lawyer later insisted that Zimmerman's nose had been broken in his scuffle with 17-year-old Martin.

In the video an officer is seen pausing to look at the back of Zimmerman's head, but no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and he did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.

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Zimmerman was not arrested although ABC News has learned that the lead homicide investigator filed an affidavit urging Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter. The prosecutor, however, told the officer to not file the charge because there was not enough evidence for conviction.

Zimmerman said he was heading back to his car when Martin attacked him. His lawyer, Craig Sonner, said his client felt "one of them was going to die that night," when he pulled the trigger.

Martin's girlfriend, who was on the phone with him in his final moments, told ABC News in an exclusive interview that she has not been interviewed by police, despite Martin telling her he was being followed.

The 16-year-old girl, who is only being identified as DeeDee, recounted the final moments of her conversation with Martin before the line went dead.

"When he saw the man behind him again he said this man is going to do something to him. And then he said this man is still behind him and I said run," she said.

Phone records obtained by ABC News show that the girl called Martin at 7:12 p.m., five minutes before police arrived, and remained on the phone with Martin until moments before he was shot.

DeeDee said Martin turned around and asked Zimmerman why he was following him.

"The man said what are you doing around here?" DeeDee recalled Zimmerman saying.

She said she heard someone pushed into the grass before the call was dropped.

Zimmerman, who had called 911, was asked by the dispatcher if he was following the teen. When Zimmerman replied that he was, the dispatcher said, "We don't need you to do that."

Martin's death has sparked protests across the country and prompted President Obama to say that if he had a son, he would look like Martin.

Over the past few days, leaks have emerged suggesting Martin was dogged by discipline problems.

Martin had been slapped with a 10 day school suspension after a bag with suspected marijuana was found in his backpack, Benjamin Crump, the family's attorney, said.

Last year the teen was suspended for spraying graffiti on school grounds. The Miami Herald reported that the school guard who stopped him searched his backpack and found 12 items of women's jewelry and a flathead screw driver that the guard believed to be a "burglary implement." But Martin was never charged or specifically disciplined for the incident.

Crump alleged that the Sanford police had leaked damaging information about Martin in order to muddy the case, calling it a "conspiracy." Crump called the school disciplinary problems "irrelevant" to the case that "an unarmed 17 year kid was killed."




I'm so glad to see we're keeping the heat on this case. I just hope we don't get weary and loose interest. If you haven't signed a legal petition, do it. If you can avoid buying products from Florida, do it. If you can donate funds to the Martin family legal team, do it.


Now, assholes shooting off their mouth saying Trayvon must of had a gun or weapon of some kind is BS. Fuck You! You're no better than Zimmerman. If this were the case the pigs in Sanford would reveal this evidence in a matter of minutes. It's been over a month. There was no weapon. This sad and tragic case is another example why we will always have to fight hard to get anything in this damn country, let alone justice. These die hard "try to fit in" minorites with their "cant beat em join em" mentality are the main reason why AAs are marginalized. The only way this law will be changed is when minorities with valid gun permits walk around and start killing the self righteous gun toters for "standing their ground" and claiming self defense while using the very law they are protecting against them. Only then will you see an ammendment to that ridiculous law. It never fails as soon as AAs use the same laws in any way to benefit us, then all of a sudden "we need to change the law". We see it everywhere; voters laws, tax laws, social programs etc. It never ends and I'm sick of it! And people please stop regurgitating the medias chariacterzation of Zimmerman being white. The only thing white about Zimmerman is his psychosis - his mentality is that of a white supremacist. This murderer looks like the typical hispanic of mexican decent I see everyday in Southern California. And believe me when i say many hispanics are just as bad if not worse than whites pertaining to their own colorism and negative attitudes towards AAs. Apologist want to excuse this illness on the underclass black and brown street culture. Truth of the matter is hispanic racism toward AAs permeates from the streets to executive personell. 

"These die hard "try to fit in" minorites with their "cant beat em join em" mentality are the main reason why AAs are marginalized."


This is it exactly!


Minorities in this country, particularly, recent immigrants, believe that houseniggering to Whites in America is what it takes for them to make it or be accepted by Whites in America.  What they fail to realize is, White people that are racist will NEVER REALLY accept them anymore than those types of Whites will accept Blacks.  These type minorities confuse being a White person's 'pet minority' or a White person's 'curio' with being accepted by White people.  Of course, they are gullible and willing enough actually believe White people when they tell them that they will be accepted if they too hate Black people, act racist toward Black people, and have nothing to do with Black people.  All the while, it is White people that do not want them in this country, that are protesting immigrants being here (under the guise of protesting 'illegal immigration'), and it is White people that are voting in office as many politicians as they can that will make life hard for minorities, immigrants, illegal or not.  It is White people that hold Legislative positions in America where they vote against any and all legislation that will help minorities in America and legislation that will assist or allow any amnesty to illegal immigrants.  It  is the very White people whose ass these minorities love to kiss that are trying to strike down any laws, or policies already in place that may assist immigrants in America, especially those not legally citizens of America.  It is White people in America that have time after time vilified one minority group after another, including Latinos/Hispanics.  Yet, it is Black people that these minorities have a desire to discriminate against, disassociate themselves from, and to go after with violence.


I'm hard pressed to see what White butt kissing has done for these minorities in America lately.  


And, don't get me wrong now, I'm not implying that ALL minorities in America should be our friends, hang out with Black people, or whatever, all I'm saying is that THEY need to to leave US the hell alone in their quest to kiss White ass in America, and that goes double where our children are concerned.

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George Zimmerman’s “black friend,” Joe Oliver appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word to once again defend Zimmerman’s honor. Ever since this man stepped forward on Zimmerman’s behalf, I’ve been so confused as to why he even has anything to do with the Trayvon Martin murder case.

Oliver doesn’t know how to answer questions and it’s mostly because he’s exaggerating his connection to Zimmerman. He’s explained why he’s sticking his neck out like this for the neighborhood watchman turned murderer and even that reasoning is ridiculous. So here’s five quotes from Joe Oliver that make you say, “WTF?”

1. “I am not working right now, as I am trying to help George. No one is paying me to do this for George. I’ve been trying to contact George in order to offer my help because of my experience in the media.”


2. “Whatever happened with George before I met him–for me, that’s irrelevant. Because whatever happened before I met him, he grew immensely to be a kind, caring and giving individual.”

3. “Being an African American male and trying to understand what’s going on with George’s involvement with this and my experience. First of all, I had to ask myself, ‘What am I going to do for this person that I consider as a friend. I was going to go off with just the information that was being fed out there that all we knew about what happened–which, if I didn’t know George Zimmerman, I’d be outraged myself.”

4. “I’m not a stupid man either. I know what I’m putting myself up against. I know the reprecussions of this. I’m stepping forward for George because this is not a racial incident. I’m stepping forward for George because of how it has ignited all the racial tension we’ve had here for years. I understand everything that everybody is out there marching about because I’ve experienced it myself. I wouldn’t put myself on the line like this if I didn’t know that George Zimmerman was in a life or death struggle…Have you ever had a gut feeling?”

5. “There’s a lot of parts of this country where people call themselves ‘coon asses,’ like in Louisiana. I don’t know too many people, younger than 40, who use that term [coon] as a racial slur. I’ve been informed by my 17 year-old daughter that the term ‘goon’ is a term of endearment amongst peers.”

What do you think about Joe Oliver’s involvement with George Zimmerman? Let’s discuss on Twitter@Rhapsodani.





It was interesting to see all of these distractions, Craig Sonner the lawyer, Taffe the man who lived in the gated community, Joe Oliver the paid publicist, even Robert Zimmerman Jr. & Sr. all come to the defense of a murderer George Zimmerman. All of that mess that they put into the consciousness of the world.

Now  "When will George Zimmerman be arrested??" is the only question I want positive action on. I honestly don't give a damn what other foolishness the media has going on. Just arrest him and take it to the courts.

My Son Doesn’t Look Like Trayvon


by Dan Cantor


You’ve heard the story already.  A young, unarmed black man was shot and killed, in a place he had every right to be. The tears of parents and friends flow.

But I’m not talking about the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida. This story is closer to home.


A few weeks before Trayvon was killed, Ramarley Graham was killed in the Bronx. He was all of 18. The NYPD saw a black teenager “adjusting his waistband,” saw something that seemed to their eyes suspicious, and ended up chasing him into his own home. He was shot to death attempting to flush a bag of marijuana down the toilet. The police thought he had a gun. But like Trayvon Martin in Florida, Ramarley Graham was unarmed.


I’m a 56 year-old white man with a 20 year-old son. My son spent his high school years traveling around New York City at all hours, and never once was he stopped and frisked. He always wore hoodies. I always told him to “keep safe,” but if I’m telling the truth, it never occurred to me to worry that he might be stopped and questioned and frisked. I never thought for a second that he might fall victim to a police “mistake.” And I never gave him a lecture about how to be deferential to the police. Not so for black and brown parents. Every parent loves and wants to protect his children, but the ability to do so is not equal.


One of the reasons that we created the WFP was to tell the truth, as we saw it, about our society and economy. The truth is, Trayvon Martin’s death wasn’t an isolated act of vigilantism. And Ramarley Graham didn’t die because of a mistake. They died because we live in a nation where young men of color are stopped, and sometimes killed, because somebody decides they look suspicious. It is hardly news to say this, and of-color leaders and activists across the country are mobilizing with a sense of anger and righteousness that is entirely warranted. But what is new and welcome is that more and more white people are reminded or learning for the first time what the persistent existence of the color line means to millions of our fellow Americans.

It’s two different worlds. If a middle-class white teenager visiting his father were shot to death by an African- American “neighborhood watch” leader, would an arrest be likely? Or, as in Florida, would the shooter walk free and be allowed to keep his concealed carry permit?


Public safety is crucial to every community — black, white, Latino, Asian — and we need a vigilant, well-trained police force. But there is a law-and-order culture in our nation that has crossed the line. The dominant society is afraid of young of-color men, and instead of asking ourselves why and what might be done about it, we endorse policies that keep the problem under control. Until it isn’t.


In New York City, Police Commissioner Kelly defends his policies aggressively. He argues that “stop, question and frisk” has taken guns off the street. He says that it has helped reduced crime, and that communities of color are the main beneficiaries.


But Kelly’s line of argument is a dead-end. It’s a vision of a society that will never deal with racism – not just the individual prejudice and preconceptions of the Florida “watchman,” but the ingrained structures of a society in which life chances are determined at birth. It’s not Kelly’s fault; we ask the police to deal with problems the rest of us want to ignore. We have decided that there is no way for our society to create job opportunities, education and healthy families that will set young men down a promising path to adulthood, so we focus immense resources on policing and jailing them instead. We stop-and-frisk because we aren’t able to educate-and-employ.


There are a lot of young men growing up in tough circumstances, but – again, let’s tell the truth – it seems toughest in the black community. Deindustrialization. Residential segregation. The lure of the informal economy. A prison-industrial complex that requires ever more prisoners and lobbies for absurdly harsh sentencing laws. It’s a toxic combination, and the results are not surprising: there are now more African-American men in prison or on parole than were held as slaves. America’s “original sin” has not been expiated.


This is a serious challenge. At the Working Families Party, we spend much of our  energy on the shared interests of people of all races. We ask working-class and middle-class people – white and of-color, citizen and immigrant – to unite and work together. We want a society in which all people have a chance at a decent, productive life. That means excellent schools, jobs that pay living wages, parents with the time and inner resources to raise healthy children, taxes that stop the obscene selfishness that now characterizes American society. But we’re kidding ourselves if we don’t acknowledge the serious and exceptional problems faced by of-color Americans.


New York City Council Members Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark Viverito and Brad Lander have concrete proposals to reform stop-and-frisk that deserve support. And it may sound utopian, but Mayor Bloomberg should convene public hearings in which young people, beat cops, social scientists, employers, unions and elected leaders come and testify about their experience and their ideas on ways to reduce crime and increase opportunity. It won’t be perfect, but it can be a step forward.

The killings of Trayvon Martin and Ramarley Graham and too many others to name are a stain on our nation’s honor. Let’s learn from it, and act on it.


Dan Cantor is the Executive Director of the Working Families Party

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Playing the Violence Card

<h6 class="byline">By KHALIL GIBRAN MUHAMMAD</h6><h6 class="dateline">Published: April 5, 2012</h6>


EVER since the culture wars of the 1980s, Americans have been familiar with “the race card” — an epithet used to discredit real and imagined cries of racism. Less familiar, however, is an equally cynical rhetorical tactic that I call “the violence card.”

Here’s how it works. When confronted with an instance of racially charged violence against a black person, a commentator draws attention to the fact that there is much more black-on-black violence than white-on-black violence. To play the violence card — as many criminal-justice advocates have done since the Rodney King police brutality case of the early 1990s — is to suggest that black people should worry more about the harm they do to themselves and less about how victimized they are by others.

The national outrage over the Trayvon Martin case has prompted some recent examples. Last week, the journalist Juan Williams wrote in The Wall Street Journal of the “tragedy” of Trayvon’s death but wondered “what about all the other young black murder victims? Nationally, nearly half of all murder victims are black. And the overwhelming majority of those black people are killed by other black people.” During a debate about the case on Sunday on an ABC News program, the commentator George F. Will argued that the “root fact” is that “about 150 black men are killed every week in this country — and 94 percent of them by other black men.”

For Mr. Williams, Mr. Will and countless others playing the violence card, the real issue has little to do with racist fears or police practices — even though those would seem to be the very issues at hand.

It’s true that black-on-black violence is an exceptionally grave problem. But this does not explain the allure of the violence card, which perpetuates the reassuring notion that violence against black people is not society’s concern but rather a problem for black people to fix on their own. The implication is that the violence that afflicts black America reflects a failure of lower-class black culture, a breakdown of personal responsibility, a pathological trait of a criminally inclined subgroup — not a problem with social and institutional roots that needs to be addressed through collective effort well beyond the boundaries of black communities.

But perhaps the large scale of black-on-black violence justifies playing the violence card? Not if you recall how Americans responded to high levels of white-on-white violence in the past.

Consider the crime waves of 1890 to 1930, when millions of poor European immigrants came to America only to be trapped in inner-city slums, suffering the effects of severe economic inequality and social marginalization. Around the turn of the century, the Harvard economist William Ripley described the national scene: “The horde now descending upon our shores is densely ignorant, yet dull and superstitious withal; lawless, with a disposition to criminality.” But the solution, Ripley argued, was not stigma, isolation and the promotion of fear. “They are fellow passengers on our ship of state,” he wrote, “and the health of the nation depends upon the preservation of the vitality of the lower classes.”

As a spokesman for saving white immigrant communities from the violence within, Ripley was part of a national progressive movement led by Jane Addams, the influential social worker of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the face of grisly, gang-related youth shootings — “duplicated almost every morning,” Addams wrote — she insisted that everyone from the elite to community organizers to police officers had a part to play.

She and other progressives mobilized institutional resources to save killers and the future victims of killers. Violent white neighborhoods were flooded with social workers, police reformers and labor activists committed to creating better jobs and building a social welfare net. White-on-white violence fell slowly but steadily in proportion to economic development and crime prevention.

In almost every way the opposite situation applied to black Americans. Instead of provoking a steady dose of compassionate progressivism, crime and violence in black communities fueled the racist belief that, as numerous contemporaries stated, blacks were their “own worst enemies” — an early version of the violence card. Black people were “criminalized” through various institutions and practices, whether Southern chain gangs, prison farms, convict lease camps and lynching bees or Northern anti-black neighborhood violence and race riots.

Racial criminalization has continued to this day, stigmatizing black people as dangerous, legitimizing or excusing white-on-black violence, conflating crime and poverty with blackness, and perpetuating punitive notions of “justice” — vigilante violence, stop-and-frisk racial profiling and mass incarceration — as the only legitimate responses.

But the past does not have to be the future. The violence card is a cynical ploy that will only contribute to more fear, more black alienation and more violence. Rejecting its skewed logic and embracing a compassionate progressive solution for black crime is our best hope for saving lives and ensuring that young men like Trayvon Martin do not die in vain.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, is the author of “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.”

Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 5

Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 5
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Friday, April 6, 9:20 a.m. EDT: College students to begin 40-mile march: A coalition of Florida college students from Tallahassee, Gainesville, Miami and Orlando will spend the next three days marching about 40 miles between Daytona Beach and Sanford to protest the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The group, which calls itself the Dream Defenders, said the march is a "stand against racial profiling, institutional racism and the legacy of violence that continues to plague young people of color," the Orlando Sentinelreports. It's scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Friday.


Thursday, April 5, 1:57 p.m. EDT: Audio expert says Zimmerman said "punks," not "coons": A forensic audio expert who analyzed 911 recordings disagrees with speculation that George Zimmerman uttered a racial slur moments before shooting Trayvon Martin to death, CNN reports. The word uttered was "punks," not "coons," according to the conclusion reached by Tom Owen, chairman emeritus of the American Board of Recorded Evidence.


Thursday, April 5, 9:23 a.m. EDT: Rallies continue; new defense lawyer hired: While protests and rallies continued in Miami and Tallahassee, Fla., demanding an arrest and murder charges, the teen's shooter, George Zimmerman, bolstered his legal defense by hiring another veteran attorney to represent him, the Miami Herald reports.


Wednesday, April 4, 12:05 p.m. EDT: CBC introduces resolution calling for justice: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, led by Chairman Emanuel Cleaver and Reps. Alcee Hastings, Corrine Brown and Frederica Wilson, introduced a congressional resolution today on the death of Trayvon Martin and the controversial gun laws surrounding his death. In comments on H. Res. 612, Cleaver said, "As the Department of Justice continues its thorough investigation into Trayvon Martin's untimely death, it is time for us as legislators to look at the troubling 'Stand your ground' law, which has enabled George Zimmerman to remain free. To honor Trayvon's life and protect others, it is imperative that we shine a light on this controversial, dangerous and sometimes deadly law that has been adopted in over 20 states, to protect our communities and the integrity of  our nation's legal system."


Wednesday, April 4, 10:03 a.m. EDT: NBC apologizes for Zimmerman tape editing: NBC has apologized for an error in the production process that caused the Today show to misrepresent a segment of George Zimmerman's conversation with a 911 operator, the Washington Post reports. The program portrayed that conversation as follows:


Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

The conversation that actually took place was:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy -- is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m. EDT: Too much coverage? More Republicans and whites say yes: A majority of Republicans say the media coverage of the Trayvon Martin slaying has been excessive, and 43 percent of whites say it's gone overboard, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the Los Angeles Times reports. The survey found that 56 percent of Republicans are fed up with the amount of coverage. By contrast, 25 percent of Democrats (and 33 percent of Democrats who identify themselves as white) surveyed say there has been too much coverage.


Meanwhile, 16 percent of African Americans polled say they've had enough.


Tuesday, April 3, 9:50 a.m. EDT: Enhanced Zimmerman video shows possible head wound: ABC Newsreports that a newly enhanced version of surveillance video from the night Trayvon Martin was shot in Sanford more clearly shows a possible gash or injury on the back of shooter George Zimmerman's head.


Monday, April 2, 12:30 p.m. EDT: Recordings reveal ambulance for Zimmerman was canceled: On a recording of a fire-rescue dispatch from the night Trayvon was killed, a rescue worker says, "You can cancel the second rescue," adding that the second patient, Zimmerman, didn't have a gunshot wound. A Martin family spokesperson says that the new information is just another reason Zimmerman should be arrested, WKMG Orlando reports.


Monday, April 2, 9:05 a.m. EDT: Clinton hopes case leads to reappraisal of "Stand your ground" laws:In an interview with ABC News, former President Bill Clinton called Trayvon Martin's death an "incredible personal tragedy" but also a reason to re-examine the Florida legislation at the center of the case. "So I hope this will lead to a reappraisal of the 'Stand your ground' laws," President Clinton said, "and I hope that the truth will come out and that the tragedy of this young man's loss will not be in vain. It's just terrible. Whatever the facts were -- all these people trying to jump on him and talking about some mistake he made in his life -- that's irrelevant because unarmed person who was killed on the street by a gun. And so I hope justice will be done in this case, but I hope that the larger justice that would somehow redeem a portion of this terrible loss."


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(Evidently, they have already made a decision to NOT charge Zimmerman):




City of Sanford prepares for response to George Zimmerman decision

Zimmerman shot, killed Trayvon Martin in February

Published On: Apr 05 2012 06:11:38 PM EDT  Updated On: Apr 05 2012 08:08:06 PM EDT

Sanford preps for decision on Zimmerman



The city of Sanford is preparing for the outcome of the special prosecutor's decision about George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin but has not been charged.


Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett said on Thursday that the city's emergency management team has met regularly with the U.S Department of Justice to construct a plan. Officials said extra police officers and fire department officials are on standby. Neighboring agencies have also been asked to assist, if needed.


"You always prepare for the worst and hope for the best," Triplett said. "We're planning for the 'what-if' case scenario, and that would be to make sure that all of our citizens get the protection they pay their taxes for."


Triplett noted that previous protests have been peaceful, and he hopes that trend continues.


"Those that would like to make this a defining moment for the city of Sanford are wrong, and we just have to make sure that we do a good job of making sure that that's not our lasting image," Triplett said.


It's not known when Angela Corey, a state attorney appointed as the special prosecutor by Gov. Rick Scott, will make a ruling.


Residents said they feel the pressure of the decision looming over the community.

"Sanford is still a good little town," said Jimbo Carter of McRoberts Auto Center. Carter has been working at the auto center in Sanford for 30 years and he said the outcome of the decision could hurt the town.


"Yeah, I'm worried if he's not charged (that) we're gonna have trouble in this town," Carter said.


But Tommy Oliver, who was born and raised in Sanford, said he isn't concerned at all.

"People march, but this a new day and age and not too much is going to happen," Oliver said.


Zimmerman, 28, hasn't been arrested or charged in the Feb. 26 shooting death of Martin, sparking outrage across the nation.


Zimmerman claims the shooting was in self-defense after he was attacked by Martin. Martin's parents say their son was the victim of an attack fueled by racial profiling.






UN Human Rights Chief: Investigate Trayvon Martin Killing Immediately

Navi Pillay: "It calls into question the delivery of justice in all situations like this."

- Common Dreams staff

The United Nations human rights chief has called for an "immediate investigation" into the killing of Trayvon Martin.


Navi Pillay, the UN human rights chief, made the comments at a press conference in Barbados.

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford(photo: Werth Media)


She also expressed concern over Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, which has come under scrutiny since the killing of Martin by "neighborhood watchman" George Zimmerman.


"As High Commissioner for Human Rights, I call for an immediate investigation," Pillay told reporters.


"Justice must be done for the victim. It's not just this individual case. It calls into question the delivery of justice in all situations like this."


"The law should operate equally in respect of all violations. I will be awaiting an investigation and prosecution and trial and of course reparations for the victims concerned," Pillay said.


The ACLU has also called for an investigation into Martin's killing. Dennis Parker, director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program, stated, “Trayvon’s family and the nation deserve a full and fair investigation of the killing, as well as a thorough examination of the fatal effects that racial discrimination has in our country. The failure to take decisive steps now will only ensure that this tragedy will be repeated.”

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Agence France-Presse: UN rights chief calls for Trayvon Martin probe

BRIDGETOWN — UN rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday called for an "immediate investigation" into the circumstances surrounding the February death of an unarmed black US teen, shot by a neighborhood watchman.

Pillay made the comments about the controversial Trayvon Martin case at a press conference in Barbados, as she wrapped up a three-day visit to the Caribbean island nation. [...]

The case has unleashed a national uproar over race relations and the right to self-defense in the United States.

Pillay expressed shock that Zimmerman was not arrested right away, and expressed concern about Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows the use of deadly force in situations where there is a belief of a threat.

Trayvon Martin case: Florida college students plan 3-day march to Sanford to protest corruption


A memorial for Trayvon Martin, near where he was shot, continues to be a gathering place for prayer on April 6, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty IMages)

Students from Bethune-Cookman University among other colleges in Florida have embarked on a three-day, 41-mile journey from Daytona Beach to Sanford, Fla. to protest what they perceive as the improper handling of the Trayvon Martin case by Sanford authorities.

Organized under an umbrella organization called The Dream Defenders, the students have organized the march to pay respectful homage to the historic event in which Dr. Martin Luther King led a contingent of civil rights activists on a journey from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

The Dream Defenders coordinated the three-day protest via Facebook and Twitter. Their logo features an image of Martin Luther King wearing a hoodie.

"The group began assembling at Daisy Stocking Park on Third Street in Daytona Beach about noon Friday and set out on the first led of the march [at] about 2:40 p.m.," the Orlando Sentinelreports.

March coordinator Gabriel Pendas, who is an alumnus of Florida State University, told the paper that the marchers will rest at churches during the night.

The march will end on April 8 at about 7 p.m., where students will convene at the Allen ChapelAME Church, which has hosted many protests regarding the Trayvon Martin incident.

About 40 students from Gainesville, Tallahassee, Miami and Daytona Beach kicked off the march, but organizers hope that more students will join along the way, and that students will be galvanized to engage in concurrent political action in other locations. An influx of additional march participants is expected on Saturday.

To participating students, the death of Trayvon Martin is an assault on Dr. King's dream of equality for all.

One participant said: "We're looking to defend the dream that a lot of youths have about equality and fairness, for all that we're not seeing."

Trayvon Martin, 17, was killed on February 26 in Sanford, Fla. while unarmed by an unregistered neighborhood watch captain who claimed he shot in self-defense. The fact that the shooter remains uncharged and free has inspired a wave of protests demanding that Martin's killer be arrested. Many believe that Martin's death was not investigated thoroughly due to racial bias.

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Tell Your Sons About Trayvon Martin

By now we imagine you are well aware that Black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by white Hispanic neighborhood crime watch volunteer George Zimmerman while Martin walked unarmed and alone in a residential neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, and that the Sanford police department has refused to arrest Zimmerman, accepting his claims that he was acting in self-defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

You are probably following on the Martin case, but are your sons? Tell your sons about the Trayvon Martin story as it is unfolding.

Tell your sons that even though the Sanford police department accepted Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense under a Florida law, the state legislator who was the prime sponsor of this legislation in the Florida House has written a statement found here in which he clarifies that this law does not seem to be applicable to the tragedy that happened in Sanford.

Tell them that even though the Sanford police won’t press charges, the Seminole County State Attorney is convening a grand jury investigation and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has opened an inquiry into the shooting. Tell them these state and federal investigations were opened because people nationwide are horrified and outraged by this tragedy, and their calls for action have been heard.

Tell your sons that Zimmerman called 911 and reported that a “real suspicious guy” was walking around the neighborhood. Tell them that the image of a young Black man as a threat pervades our society, and is promoted in the media, in movies, on television, in videos, and in music. Tell them when young Black men are regularly and primarily depicted in the media as criminals it helps people like George Zimmerman feel justified in believing that a Black boy walking down the street is looking for trouble and deserves to be shot in cold blood.

Tell them the New York Times chose to run an unsmiling picture of Trayvon in a hoodie with the hood up next to a picture of George Zimmerman on the first page of an early article about this killing instead of the picture of Trayvon smiling which they ran on the second page of the article. (The online version of this article has been edited to only show the smiling Trayvon picture.)

Tell your sons to read Charles Blow’s op-ed piece “The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin” found here in which Blow talks about “the burden of black boys in America and the people that love them: running the risk of being descended upon in the dark and caught in the cross-hairs of someone who crosses the line”.

Tell your sons that this story is every Black parent’s vivid nightmare.

Tell your sons not to be surprised if you hug them a little tighter when you send them out into the world these days, or if you stay in a bit closer touch by phone or text.

Tell them to keep Trayvon Martin and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

Tell your sons to keep their heads high, but to always watch their backs.

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That’s how Sybrina Fulton, her voice full of ache, told me she found out that her 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, had died. In a wrenching telephone call, the boy’s father, who had taken him to visit a friend, told her that Trayvon had been gunned down in a gated townhouse community in Sanford, Fla., outside Orlando.

“He said, ‘Somebody shot Trayvon and killed him.’ And I was like, ‘Are you sure?’ ” Fulton continued in disbelief. “I said ‘How do you know that’s Trayvon?’ And he said because they showed him a picture.”

That was Feb. 27, one day after Trayvon was shot. The father thought that he was missing, according to the family’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, but the boy’s body had actually been taken to the medical examiner’s office and listed as a John Doe.

The father called the Missing Persons Unit. No luck. Then he called 911. The police asked the father to describe the boy, after which they sent officers to the house where the father was staying. There they showed him a picture of the boy with blood coming out of his mouth.

This is a nightmare scenario for any parent, and the events leading to Trayvon’s death offer little comfort — and pose many questions.

Trayvon had left the house he and his father were visiting to walk to the local 7-Eleven. On his way back, he caught the attention of George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain, who was in a sport-utility vehicle. Zimmerman called the police because the boy looked “real suspicious,” according to a 911 call released late Friday. The operator told Zimmerman that officers were being dispatched and not to pursue the boy.

Zimmerman apparently pursued him anyway, at some point getting out of his car and confronting the boy. Trayvon had a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. Zimmerman had a 9 millimeter handgun.

The two allegedly engaged in a physical altercation. There was yelling, and then a gunshot.

When police arrived, Trayvon was face down in the grass with a fatal bullet wound to the chest. Zimmerman was standing with blood on his face and the back of his head and grass stains on his back, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

Trayvon’s lifeless body was taken away, tagged and held. Zimmerman was taken into custody, questioned and released. Zimmerman said he was the one yelling for help. He said that he acted in self-defense. The police say that they have found no evidence to dispute Zimmerman’s claim.

One other point: Trayvon is black. Zimmerman is not.

Trayvon was buried on March 3. Zimmerman is still free and has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

Yet the questions remain: Why did Zimmerman find Trayvon suspicious? Why did he pursue the boy when the 911 operator instructed him not to? Why did he get out of the car, and why did he take his gun when he did? How is it self-defense when you are the one in pursuit? Who initiated the altercation? Who cried for help? Did Trayvon’s body show evidence of a struggle? What moved Zimmerman to use lethal force?

This case has reignited a furor about vigilante justice, racial-profiling and equitable treatment under the law, and it has stirred the pot of racial strife.

As the father of two black teenage boys, this case hits close to home. This is the fear that seizes me whenever my boys are out in the world: that a man with a gun and an itchy finger will find them “suspicious.” That passions may run hot and blood run cold. That it might all end with a hole in their chest and hole in my heart. That the law might prove insufficient to salve my loss.

That is the burden of black boys in America and the people that love them: running the risk of being descended upon in the dark and caught in the cross-hairs of someone who crosses the line.

The racial sensitivity of this case is heavy. Trayvon’s parents have said their son was murdered. Crump, the family’s lawyer, told me, “You know, if Trayvon would have been the triggerman, it’s nothing Trayvon Martin could have said to keep police from arresting him Day 1, Hour 1.” Even the police chief recognizes this reality, even while disputing claims of racial bias in the investigation: “Our investigation is color blind and based on the facts and circumstances, not color. I know I can say that until I am blue in the face, but, as a white man in a uniform, I know it doesn’t mean anything to anybody.”

Zimmerman has not released a statement, but his father delivered a one-page letter to The Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. According to the newspaper, the statement said that Zimmerman is “Hispanic and grew up in a multiracial family.” The paper quotes the letter as reading, “He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever” and continues, “The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth.” And disclosures made since the shooting complicate people’s perception of fairness in the case.

According to Crump, the father was told that one of the reasons Zimmerman wasn’t arrested was because he had a “squeaky clean” record. It wasn’t. According to the local news station WFTV, Zimmerman was arrested in 2005 for “battery on a law enforcement officer.”

Furthermore, ABC News reported on Tuesday that one of the responding officers “corrected a witness after she told him that she heard the teen cry for help.” And The Miami Herald published an article on Thursday that said three witnesses had heard the “desperate wail of a child, a gunshot, and then silence.”

WFTV also reported this week that the officer in charge of the scene when Trayvon was shot was also in charge of another controversial case. In 2010, a lieutenant’s son was videotaped attacking a black homeless man. The officer’s son also was not initially arrested in that case. He was later arrested when the television station broke the news.

Although we must wait to get the results from all the investigations into Trayvon’s killing, it is clear that it is a tragedy. If no wrongdoing of any sort is ascribed to the incident, it will be an even greater tragedy.

One of the witnesses was a 13-year-old black boy who recorded a video for The Orlando Sentinel recounting what he saw. The boy is wearing a striped polo shirt, holding a microphone, speaking low and deliberately and has the heavy look of worry and sadness in his eyes. He describes hearing screaming, seeing someone on the ground and hearing gunshots. The video ends with the boy saying, “I just think that sometimes people get stereotyped, and I fit into the stereotype as the person who got shot.”

And that is the burden of black boys, and this case can either ease or exacerbate it.

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  This is one of the reasons why I engage less and less with this story cuz of the starling similarities.  My son wasn't given his NAME until the preliminary hearing months after his funeral.  I had to fight tooth and nail to make sure that the court system returned his name to him.  Before, or at the time of his death he became case number 12121212 and the only reasons why he was identified in the coroner's office of a local hospital was because a colleague of mine going for her medical degree RECOGNIZED him and call my office.  Otherwise, I would've continued searching for him in every alley way, street corner, trash can-the whole nine yards.


The darting pain the family is currently going through is beyond numbing-I've been right where they the center of it all screaming at the top of my lungs...but the difference is back then black people were afraid of retaliation and wouldn't get involved.  So I became the lone ranger...cuz I would die before I would EVER be afraid of my own people and let them intimidate me.  Hell no! And because of this stubborness I put myself at risk many many many times-but my son deserved his life and that's what kept me going....and the HATRED I had for black people [committing self-genocide] at the time was my fuel.  But!  I'm passed that.  Thank God.  Took a long time.  But! I came through it with social scars and whole!  Today I am soooooooo proud of my people right NOW.  Who are standing up....standing tall...standing strong....for our BLACK youth.  I guess the blood stains of many years and tears of grieving parents, family members and communities have finally paved the way for societal UNITY.  In this moment, in this time...I couldn't be more prouder than I am right now from those courageous and BRAVE folks from the hood. To be from the "hood" wearing a "hoodie" presently means something very VALUABLE!!!  And because of this unyeilding unmoved determination the world is witnessing....change is acoming....soon.    




Trayvon Martin death won't go to Fla. grand jury



ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Special prosecutor Angela Corey said Monday she will not take the Trayvon Martin shooting death before a grand jury.


Corey said she continues to investigate the case and will not involve a grand jury that had been set to meet Tuesday in Sanford, Fla.


Corey said her decision to skip the grand jury shouldn't be considered a factor in determining whether charges will be filed against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has admitted to fatally shooting the unarmed Martin.


The announcement means the decision on charges now rests solely with Corey, who had a reputation for not presenting cases before grand juries if it wasn't required. Under Florida law, only first-degree murder cases require the use of grand juries.


Corey took over the case last month after the prosecutor who normally handles cases out of Sanford recused himself. That prosecutor, Norm Wolfinger, had originally called for the case to be presented before a grand jury.


"From the moment she was assigned, Ms. Corey noted she may not need a grand jury," said a statement from Corey's office.


Martin was killed Feb. 26 during a confrontation with Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford.


The case has led to protests across the nation and spurred a debate about race and the laws of self-defense. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, and Florida's self-defense law gives wide leeway to use deadly force and eliminates a person's duty to retreat in the face of danger.








Special Prosecutor; States Attorney Ms. Angela B. Corey


By Jueseppi B.





Most times when a special prosecutor is appointed to head an investigation, you breath a sigh of relief.  In the case of Special Prosecutor States Attorney Ms. Angela B. Corey, I would not breath just yet. She has a propensity for trying children as adults in her prosecution duties as states attorney.


Angela B. Corey (born October 31, 1954) is an American lawyer currently serving as the State Attorney in Florida‘s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, which includes Duval,Nassau and Clay counties. The first woman to hold the position, she was elected in 2008. On March 22, 2012, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that she would be the newly Assigned State Attorney investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, replacing State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.





Corey was born and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where she attended Englewood High School. After graduation, she majored in Marketing at Florida State Universitybefore being convinced by professors to try a Legal career. She applied to University of Florida‘s Levin College of Law and was accepted. After completing her Juris Doctordegree, she did legal research while preparing for the Florida Bar examination, then spent 18 months defending medical malpractice lawsuits with Howell & Howell, PA. She later became board certified in criminal trial law.





She was hired by Ed Austin in 1981 during his tenure as State Attorney from 1975 to 1991, and remained an Assistant State Attorney after Harry Shorstein was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1991. During her 26 years as a prosecutor, she tried several hundred cases, which included 54 homicides.


In 1996, her primary responsibility became homicide prosecutions, but she also supervised lawyers in the Felony division. Shorstein changed Corey’s work assignment in 2005 from director of the Gun Crime Unit to director of the County Court, which handles misdemeanors. In that position, she trained newly hired lawyers to be prosecutors. She previously served as Juvenile division supervisor.



State Attorney


Corey made the decision to run for the office of State Attorney in 2006. After her candidacy became known, her working relationship with Shorstein became difficult. He terminated her employment in November 2006. Afterwards, she was hired by John Tanner, State Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, to perform the same job functions she did in Jacksonville, working homicide cases in St. Johns County.


The following day, Shorstein called a news conference and announced that he would retire at the end of his current term and not run for re-election in 2008. In the following election, Shorstein supported his chief assistant, Jay Plotkin. On August 26, 2008, Corey defeated Plotkin with more than 64% of the votes cast.


Upon taking office, Corey terminated 10 assistant state attorneys, over half of the investigators, and 48 support employees. In 2010, the Florida Times-Union reported that Corey sent 230 juvenile felony cases to adult court in 2009. This amounted to twice the number of juvenile felony cases placed in adult court in the years prior to Corey becoming State Attorney.



Cristian Fernandez case


In 2011 Corey’s office oversaw a case in which 12-year-old Cristian Fernandez was accused of killing his two-year-old brother. Corey sought and received a grand jury indictment Fernandez on charges of homicide and aggravated child abuse, and decided to try him as an adult. This move, which made Fernandez the youngest person ever to face a murder charge in Jacksonville’s history, drew criticism and protests to send the case to juvenile court instead, but Corey held that the juvenile system was inadequate to handle a crime of this magnitude. However, Corey stated she did not intend for Fernandez to stand trial or serve a life sentence, but would rather accept a plea deal.As of February 1, 2012 the defense and prosecution had not agreed to a plea deal, but were still in discussion. A trial is scheduled for February 27, 2012.

No trial date has been set in the murder case, for which speedy trial has been waived. The next pre-trial hearing for this case is scheduled for April 19th, 2012.

"As I said, this special prosecutor may not be the best person to investigate the caucasian George Zimmerman in his slaying of Black youth Trayvon Martin. We will just have to wait and see."--(
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Source: NBC Producer Fired Over Zimmerman 911 Call


Date: Sunday, April 08, 2012, 11:53 pm
By: Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer


NBC News has fired a producer for editing a recording of George Zimmerman's call to police. (Photo: AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News has fired a producer for editing a recording of George Zimmerman's call to police the night he shot Trayvon Martin, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.

The person was not authorized to talk about the situation publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The identity of the producer was not disclosed.

An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment.

The producer's dismissal followed an internal investigation that led to NBC apologizing for having aired the misleading audio.

NBC's "Today" show first aired the edited version of Zimmerman's call on March 27. The recording viewers heard was trimmed to suggest that Zimmerman volunteered to police, with no prompting, that Martin was black: "This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black."

But the portion of the tape that was deleted had the 911 dispatcher asking Zimmerman if the person who had raised his suspicion was "black, white or Hispanic," to which Zimmerman responded, "He looks black."

Later that night of Feb. 26, the 17-year-old Martin was fatally shot by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. Though Martin was unarmed, Zimmerman told police he fired in self-defense after Martin attacked him.

Questions subsequently have arisen over whether Zimmerman was racially profiling the teen, a theory the edited version of the tape seemed to support.

On Tuesday, NBC said its investigation turned up "an error made in the production process that we deeply regret." It promised that "necessary steps" would be taken "to prevent this from happening in the future" and apologized to viewers.


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Ya know, let's be honest here...PLEASE. If Trayvon had been shot by another black young (or black adult), the story would have never gotten out of Florida. YOU KNOW THIS IS TRUE. But since the alleged perpetrator is not black and the victim is black, it must somehow have racial implications, failure of a proper police investigation (which is true) and another example of a biased justice system. I think the death of this young man is very tragic and the alleged shooter should be investigated and prosecuted to the letter of the law if found culpable. The surroundings of this shooting, from what I see, do sound questionable. But with no eye witnesses (one said they saw something and then disappeared) other than those who said they “heard” something, I have no idea how this case can be successfully prosecuted. Legally, from what I see at this point, it doesn’t look good for a prosecution given the nature of the law that allowed this to happen.  But I guess we’ll know before the end of the week…..?

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