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Trayvon Martinís parents in town to condemn violence
WLS-AM ^ | May 26, 2012

Posted on 05/27/2012 12:13:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Fighting back tears, the parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin stood beside the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and relatives of Chicago area murder victims on Saturday to stress the need to end “senseless gun violence.”

“We are the voice of Trayvon Martin,” Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton said.

“He’s not here to speak for himself so we as his parents have decided instead of sitting back and not doing anything, this is what we have decided to do, to help our community and to help other parents.”

As she spoke about her son, Fulton also detailed her family’s Justice for Trayvon Foundation, which helps teens identify signs of racial profiling. She also called on Congress to amend Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which allows a person in fear of bodily harm to use force, even deadly force, in the face of a perceived threat.

The unarmed hoodie-clad Martin was allegedly killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26, sparking nationwide protest and cries of injustice against African Americans.

Zimmerman, who is awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge, has claimed self-defense and said he only fired because Trayvon Martin attacked him.

On Saturday, Tracy Martin recalled the day he learned his son was gunned down.

By law, the Florida-based county’s morgue couldn’t let the elder Martin see the body. Instead, he was forced to identify his son by gruesome crime scene photos.

“As any of you know as parents, or family members of slain victims, to look at a crime scene photo, it’s very disturbing,” Tracy Martin said at the Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 East 50th Street.

“...That was certainly very disturbing to just see that picture of my son on the ground dead. That will be ingrained in my memory for the rest of my life.”

Jackson said it’s time to “stop the killing,” pointing out that nearly 30,000 people in the country die from gun violence each year.

He also addressed recent reports that showed Trayvon Martin had trace amounts of marijuana in his system, saying it had nothing to do with his death.

“It’s the fact that he was profiled and pursued,” Jackson said. “...It’s just a clear cut case of what happened.”

The civil rights leader Saturday was also joined by relatives of other murder victims, including the family of Darnell Donerson and Jason Hudson, the mother and brother of Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson who were killed by the star’s estranged brother-in-law in 2008.

Jackson also stood with the loved ones of Rekia Boyd, a woman who was allegedly shot to death by an off-duty Chicago Police officer in March, and Stephon Watts, an autistic 15-year-old boy who was allegedly killed by police in his south suburban home after the boy’s father called for help in February.

Tracy Martin turned to Watts’ father on Saturday to offer advice in dealing with the loss: “From father to father, I feel your pain. I know that,” Martin said. “...Continue to have faith and just lean on your better half. And if you have doubt, lean on God.”


TOPICS: Local News; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: boofrickinhoo; fightclub; georgezimmerman; illinois; jessejackson; mixedmartialarts; parentalfailure; thug; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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How would Congress amend a state law?
1 posted on 05/27/2012 12:13:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently mamma and poppa haven’t seen the street fighting videos. How dare they!!


2 posted on 05/27/2012 12:15:12 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Remember ABC news "accidentally" covering Zimmermans injuries with their logo?

Now that the new zoomed in photos of Zimmermans wounds have been released..it might be a little moire difficult to hide them with a logo:


3 posted on 05/27/2012 12:16:16 PM PDT by icwhatudo (This is not a choice between Romney&Reagan-Its between Romney & most radical leftist Pres in history)
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To: icwhatudo
ABC actual logo use at exact moment of video when Cop examines Zimmermans head. IN no other ABC video is the lod ever located so high on the screen.


4 posted on 05/27/2012 12:18:39 PM PDT by icwhatudo (This is not a choice between Romney&Reagan-Its between Romney & most radical leftist Pres in history)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gun violence makes a lot of sense to somebody who is on their back getting an MMA-style beatdown with their head slamming the cement.


5 posted on 05/27/2012 12:24:04 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: icwhatudo

It’s like bizzaro world. I feel like I’m in a nightmare.


6 posted on 05/27/2012 12:25:28 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Fighting back tears, the parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin stood beside the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and relatives of Chicago area murder victims on Saturday to stress the need to end “senseless gun violence.”

Go out and tell people like Trayvon to stay out of the faces of people who have a right to defend themselves against thugs then.

7 posted on 05/27/2012 12:27:51 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They were incapable of teaching this nonviolence to their son, why should we expect different results from other students?


8 posted on 05/27/2012 12:34:16 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: bicyclerepair

Got to love how they are riding the gravy train on the back of their dead son from city-to-city one race bating event to another.


9 posted on 05/27/2012 12:34:16 PM PDT by Autonomous User ( I guess a liberal and an out-of-work bum look a lot a like, daddy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
All the evidence points toward Trayvon being the aggressor
10 posted on 05/27/2012 12:35:40 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was listening to Zimmermans 911 call again last night and it’s right there on the tape; When the dispatcher said “we don’t need you to do that” the heavy breathing and wind in Zimmermans phone stopped. He STOPPED following Traydmark.. And if that isn’t proof enough, he also says “Damn I lost him”then he is told to wait for the cops and the call ends.

That’s all on the FULL non-edited tape of Zimmermans 911 call that maybe Traymarks parents should listen to.


11 posted on 05/27/2012 12:38:16 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

are they promoting good parenting while they’re at it?


12 posted on 05/27/2012 12:38:46 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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Dear Ms. Fulton,

Your drug addicted violent thug son is still trying to deprive an innocent law abiding citizen of his rights even after his justified death at the hands of said citizen.

Why don’t you and your offspring knock it off?

I don’t feel sorry for him, and I don’t feel sorry for you.

Go away.


13 posted on 05/27/2012 12:38:46 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A wrong and dangerous message is being sent here.

Even if Zimmerman profiled and hunted down Trayvon like a dog and executed him, the overwhelming threat against young blacks is not the evil racist white, but other young blacks.


14 posted on 05/27/2012 12:40:53 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like my daddy always said, “Never bring Skittles to a gunfight!”


15 posted on 05/27/2012 12:41:06 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: icwhatudo

I hope Zim sues their effin lib ass off.


16 posted on 05/27/2012 12:42:06 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The unarmed hoodie-clad Martin

And that is where it starts. He wanted look like a hoodlum; a tough guy, a threat, a Menace To Society.

And he got what he wanted. Some guy half his size thought Trayvon was a hoodlum, a tough guy, a threat, a Menace to Society. And so he shot him.

Trayvon probably would have been better off wishing that somebody would give him a pony.

17 posted on 05/27/2012 12:42:14 PM PDT by Bernard (When the only Problem is overspending, all the Solutions look like TAX INCREASES to liberals...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have a question maybe some here can answer. It has been reported that he was talking to the girl and that she heard the initial words between Martin and Zimmerman. If he was using a ear device for his phone, how did she hear this because when he was looked over after the shooting, the ear device was in his pocket ?


18 posted on 05/27/2012 12:44:18 PM PDT by HangingTuff
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
-- then he is told to wait for the cops and the call ends. --

He's never told to wait. He was asked if he wanted to meet with the responding officer, and he said he wanted to, so the next point was to arrange a meeting location. That was left up in the air, with a request that the responding officer call Zimmerman on Zimmerman's cellphone.

But I do agree that it appears he broke off looking for Martin. A reasonable person would assume a suspicious person that runs is aiming to elude observation, and that is well accomplished by getting farther away.

19 posted on 05/27/2012 12:50:43 PM PDT by Cboldt
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-- If he was using a ear device for his phone, how did she hear this because when he was looked over after the shooting, the ear device was in his pocket ? --

We don't know, but Martin could have been on the phone without the ear device. Martin's phone was found loose in the grass. He might have pitched it or lost it when or just before he started throwing punches.

20 posted on 05/27/2012 12:55:00 PM PDT by Cboldt
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