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Mourning Family Wants Teen's Murderer Arrested

 

 

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
By: Glenn Minnis, BlackAmericaWeb.com

 

 

 

The grief-stricken family of a 17-year-old unarmed Florida teen shot to death near his gated community home by a self-appointed, pistol packing neighborhood watch captain is loudly questioning why the gunmen remains free to roam the streets nearly a month after his unprovoked attack.

 

Trayvon Martin died just steps away from his father's home after walking to a nearby convenience store to buy candy and juice for his younger brother. Confessed gunmen George Zimmerman, 28, called police moments before the deadly encounter to report citing a "suspicious person" near the Twin Lakes Townhouses and was immediately instructed by authorities to stop following the youth, an order he blatantly chose to ignore.

 

"For some reason, he felt that Trayvon, the way that he was walking or appeared, seemed suspicious to him," said Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee. "He called this in and was told a police officer was on the way. At some point, Trayvon noticed that he was being followed and asked, 'What's your problem?'"

 

"The bottom line is he had a gun, and Trayvon had a bag of Skittles," said lead family attorney Benjamin Crump, adding that the family has reached out to the Rev. Al Sharpton in hopes he will somehow aid them in their desperate quest for answers. "The family simply wants justice,” he said.

 

Armed with a 9mm handgun, Zimmerman tailed Martin by car for several blocks before jumping out of his vehicle on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 26, and confronting the high school junior face to face. Within moments, Martin, whose father has long lived in the area, lay bleeding to death from a gunshot blast to the chest. When police finally arrived, they found Zimmerman still standing over the youth's lifeless body, a gun visibly tucked in his waistband.

 

"What happened between him being confronted, up to the point where he got shot, nobody knows but him and that guy," Tracy Martin, the boy's father, told local reporters. "I want answers, but I don't have any to give — not for his mother, his brothers or sisters. We don't have nothing, but we want answers."

 

"As a mother, my heart is broken. My heart hurts ... I don’t understand," said a teary-eyed Sabrina Martin, Trayvon's mother. "He was just a baby."

 

According to Crump, Zimmerman, who has been described as a "loose cannon," initially claimed he shot the teen in self-defense, even though the encounter clearly ensued only after he approached Martin. Crump added that he has demanded Sanford police turn over recordings of the 911 call made by Zimmerman, as well as several others placed by witnesses, in hopes at least one of them will shed more light on what actually transpired. In one call, the deadly gunshots reportedly can be clearly heard.

 

"They say they are still investigating," said Crump. "I'm not sure what there is to investigate. What's suspicious about this kid? That's what the family is crying out, that our kid is like any other kid. The neighborhood watch was supposed to protect him, not kill him. He was a victim of racial profiling."

 

Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that Zimmerman has a history of being charged with violence, including a 2005 arrest in Orange County, where he was charged with resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.

 

"When I asked the police why there's been no arrest, they told me they respected Zimmerman's background, that he studied criminal justice for four years and that he was squeaky clean," said Tracy Martin. "My question to them was, did they run my child's background check? I asked them what they came up with, and they said nothing. If the shoes were on the other foot, and my son had done the shooting, he would be locked up right now."

 

Since the shooting, a former community resident has stepped forward to describe Zimmerman and other neighborhood watch members as "drunks, trouble-makers and lunatics."

 

Given all that ammunition, Crump's resolve to get to the bottom of what really happened grows each day.

 

"They just lied to the family," he said of police. "They just couldn't see why Zimmerman would do anything wrong or be violent. But not only do you know the guy killed this kid, because he admitted to it; you knew that he has a propensity for violence because of his past record. Why would any neighborhood watchmen be carrying a loaded gun, especially one with a history of violence? They are just trying to sweep this under a rug."

 

A spokeswoman for the Seminole County State Attorney's Office said the office has not received the case from police, and until an arrest is made it, would not be involved in filing charges against Zimmerman, whose whereabouts are now said to be unknown.

 

"We have not received a case from the Sanford PD yet," said Lynn Bumpus-Hooper. "But we will give it our full consideration when we do," adding that it is not rare for several weeks to pass before the State Attorney's Office receives a homicide or murder case from the police.

 

Funeral services for Martin were held on March 3 in Miami and were attended by more than 1,000 people, including many of his high school classmates.

 
 BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
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I have been reading this story all over the internet.  There is something wrong with that police department, how the hell can you just murder a person and then tell the police that you "thought" . . . "believed" . . . or what the hell ever and not even be charged?

 

This goes back to the War on Black People in America and is tied directly to all of the new 'laws' that popped up after President Obama was elected, making is easier to be licensed to carry a 'concealed' weapon, laws that say you have the right to shoot someone if you "feel" 'threatened' . . . in other words, new laws on the books in almost every state, especially southern states, that makes it easy for them to get away with murdering Black people in this country.  

 

I guess I would be spending the rest of my life in prison if some grown assed s.o.b. murdered my 13 year old and then claimed my son did something or that he "felt" 'threatened' after he (the shooter) began to follow my son in his car, even though my son was minding his own business walking home from the store.

 

What is going on now in this country is Neo-jim crow.  Same things happening, just a different decade.

Sista ER wrote:  couldn't help myself. I sent an email to that police department and asked them how many other Black children Zimmerman was going to get to kill before they arrested him.

 

 

Good for you my sista!  That's what I'm talking about.  And what is their email?  Put out there soooooooooo others can do the same.

 

So far ... I've received no reply.

 

Oh....but!  Don't worry.  You've started somethin now.  And they won't have a CHOICE but to either reply to the thousands of emails or to arrest this murderer.  I was thinking...a letter to the city council and the commissioner's office will get their attention too.  Let's get this ball rollin  I'm in.  How 'bout yall?  But! 

Sunnubian, I feel that these online petitions being absolutely ineffective in resolving real world issues. It just offers up your personal information to an organization, who knows who is actually running it, in a database. Change.org has done several online petitions, however, I don't see the results of those individual petitions actually causing any significant change without the action of another group or a group in general. I'm not saying that change.org is bad, I'm just questioning their methodology.

Having said that, in this case of an upper class black child being killed you would think that the NAACP would've said something by now. I haven't even received any messages from them as I normally do when something pops off. But I guess they have to wait for the issue to become hot with the white liberal media before they mention anything. Useless.

I agree Yemaya.  

 

I just felt like I had to do something and that was the only thing I could think of all the way in another state.  However, I do sign many only petitions that do get results, but I can't say that Change.org is getting many results compared to the number of petitions on the site.

 

I think that I will do as ER did and write a letter and send it via their email.

 

But, the case is getting a lot of attention now, I hope the family knows that THEY will have to keep this case alive and fresh in the media or once the media attention goes away, (which is a legal tactic used by many attorneys, keep having the case put off until all media attention dies out) the police will revert back to covering up this case for Zimmerman and/or the prosecutor and judge go on through with any intentions of colluding together to make sure he gets an aquittal or the case is thrown out of court.  

  If one feels intimidated by offering unsolicited personal information when advocating an issue....... all you have to do is go to the public library and use one of their computers and creat a new email with a made-up name.  The way emails are designed now...you don't have to give up your REAL name/address/age/gender.   Your name could be "concerned about my black people" if you want.  So.  See how easy that was?  Don't let FEAR interrupt having a voice for the voiceless.  During the civil rights movement, we didn't have this protection and those folks walked the line anyway.  As a result, who benefitted?  It is wise to be protect yourself, but it is also necessary to be courageous, brave and unyielding for what you believe in.....no matter WHO may see or not see your face.  We can no longer continue to HIDE behind the mask while screaming at the top of our lungs...cuz that there is what I call ineffective!  But!   

The way I see it ... there's nothing wrong with doing "ALL OF THE ABOVE"!!!!!   

 

Send emails, sign petitions, write to NUMEROUS people/politicians/organizations when it comes to ANY or ALL issues!!

 

What we need to realize is that soooooo many of our issues - and the solutions to them - are multifaceted .... and need to be solved from different angles, through many approaches, and using a variety of methods.

 

There's no "one-solutions-fits-all" here.  I don't think we can do "too much" at this point!!    EVERY little bit can only help us. 

Witness in Trayvon Martin Murder Case Says Police Blew Her Off

 
 

Local affiliate WFTV spoke with a woman who heard night watch vigilante George Zimmerman shoot 17 year old Trayvon Martin as he walked home from a convenience store, but says she was blown off by police.

Zimmerman said he was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin, but witness Mary Cutcher contradicts Zimmerman’s account. Cutcher says when she attempted to offer the police her account of what happened, they only took a 30 second report from her, and quickly dismissed her. She said the police did not take a detailed statement from her until she repeatedly reached out to them.

So what did happen that night?

Cutcher says it was Martin, and not Zimmerman, who was screaming for help. ”The cries stopped as soon as the gun went off, so I know it was the little boy,” Cutcher said.

Cutcher said Martin was killed in her backyard, and she and others questioned Zimmerman after the shooting: “We said, ‘Is everything OK? And he just looked at us. Selma [another witness] asked him again, ‘What’s up, what’s going on, everything OK? And he just said, ‘Call the police,’ kind of nonchalantly, kind of like, ‘Leave me alone,’ ” Cutcher said.

She also said she believes Zimmerman continued to chase Martin as he tried to get home, and that she knows this wasn’t a case of self-defense.

“I know this was not self-defense. There was no punching, no hitting going on at the time, no wrestling,’” Cutcher said.

 

 

 

 

 

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

Please go to change.org and sign Petition, "Black and suspicious", demanding that Zimmerman be charged and tried for this child's cold blooded murder.

And if he doesn't get charged, then the officers who DIDN'T arrest him, should be fired, and also be charged with conspiracy to murder, aiding and abetting AND/OR obstruction of justice.

Foolishness, anger and posturing  aside, what can be legally done to have this man arrested? I wish Vox was here to school us on some legal options. I looked over a Citizen's Arrest, but this is not an option since an arrest must happen at the time of the commission of the crime. Other than suing the police department, it seems as if there is no other legal recourse.

They can appeal to their State Attorney, considering that it is obvious that the police are colluding with this killer by not arresting or even charging him with a crime in the first place.  The best thing they can do right now is keep media attention on this case, because, really, when it comes to a crime involving White vs. Black people, the police, the courts, the prosecutor are all going to come down on the side of the White person in the matter.  

Yep ... and therein really lies the problem!!

 

At the risk of sounding like a broken record ..... (again  ) ... the fact of the matter is that the ONLY thing we - Black people - can do is to become POLITICALLY ACTIVE enough to change laws ... put people/politicians in place that actually REPRESENT us as a constituency .... HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE for what they do or don't do on our behalf .... kick them out and get somebody else when they don't do what we want.

 

Because 1) our VOTE is our ONLY real VOICE in this country (which is why White folks right now are trying to take it way from as many of us as possible!!!).  And 2) because like it or not, it's the ONE thing that "the White establishment" respects and adheres to in this country - the rule of law!!!

 

When the LAW is changed .... White people change with it.  HISTORICALLY .... if you look at the evolution of this country .... It's the way it ALWAYS has been.  And It's the way it ALWAYS will be.

 

Black people always want to WIN.  But don't want to learn HOW to play the game.   Protect your right to vote.  And USE IT ... every time you possibly can.

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