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In Trayvon Martin shooting, background of George Zimmerman can confound, confuse (expelled from CC)
Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | March 24, 2012

Posted on 03/24/2012 5:31:07 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

..."[George] Zimmerman's life was not without difficulties. In 2001, when he was 17 or 18, he was the victim of a minor criminal assault, said Manassas police Sgt. Eddie Rivera. The city's computer records do not provide details of the crime.

In school, Zimmerman hinted at ambitions in the business world. He joined a Future Business Leaders of America club. And in his senior yearbook, he wrote: "I'm going to Florida to work with my godfather who just bought a $1 million business."

In Sanford, Zimmerman shifted his plans, with hopes of becoming a law enforcement officer. NPR reported that he had taken a 14-week class at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, and he was enrolled at Seminole State College until the school kicked him out this week, citing safety concerns.

He became the self-appointed protector of the streets around his home, although his neighborhood watch organization was not officially registered. Over the past eight years, he called the Police Department at least 46 times with reports of various sightings. In 2005, according to police records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel and other media, Zimmerman was twice accused of either criminal misconduct or violence. He had a concealed-weapon permit and had a black Kel-Tec semi­automatic handgun and a holster the night Martin died.....

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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Jared Lee Loughner and George Zimmerman comparison...I don’t think so.


2 posted on 03/24/2012 5:35:10 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I think he got expelled after the shootings , this could be a Duke and CNN payoff to him if the facts come out he didn’t do anything wrong.


3 posted on 03/24/2012 5:36:17 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Zimmerman’s been tried and convicted in the media.

All that’s left now is the hanging.


4 posted on 03/24/2012 5:36:27 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Excellent research by the media. Now, when are they going to do the same for Obama?
5 posted on 03/24/2012 5:38:08 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Arm_Bears

This guy will get the “Richard Jewel” treatment & then some.


6 posted on 03/24/2012 5:39:30 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If he was kicked out “this week” it would have been well after the incident and most likely due to blowback and the death threats he has received.


7 posted on 03/24/2012 5:39:39 AM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: scooby321

Yes, he was expelled after the shooting and it isn’t because they fear what Zimmerman will do.

It is because the school is fearful of all the crazy mob gathering in Fl to hang Zimmerman before the justice system can do its job.

This whole thing is spinning WAY out of control.


8 posted on 03/24/2012 5:41:08 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: socal_parrot; scooby321

I stand corrected!

He is still out and the school decided to remove him after the fact and since the uproar.

I hadn’t been following WHEN this shooting happened.

Thanks!


9 posted on 03/24/2012 5:42:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: vetvetdoug

Excellent point! We also haven’t seen much about Trayvon, his background and family. If they are using a fine-toothed comb, then everyone should get the same treatment.


10 posted on 03/24/2012 5:44:51 AM PDT by Pat4ever
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kicked out over safety concerns post shooting. There is a wanted dead or alive New Black Panther poster out.


11 posted on 03/24/2012 5:45:01 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: rbg81

Indeed—But you’ll recall that Jewell was ultimately found to be innocent.

I half-suspect the same outcome in this incident.


12 posted on 03/24/2012 5:45:36 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And is it just a coincidence that like Zimmerman AND Loughner, I’ve heard that you also enjoy eating, drinking, and breathing?


13 posted on 03/24/2012 5:48:45 AM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: Pat4ever
Exactly. I want to know all about the Martin family and especially why Trayvon was kicked out of school.
14 posted on 03/24/2012 5:50:29 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Good Info if true, but if someone is pounding your face in deadly force may be used. Please note: if he were a trouble maker, then why did he possess a CCW. A background check is required in order to issue one by the Sheriff’s Department in that county.

What could have been done better is a press conference held after the shooting and the public made aware of what went down and if the shooting were justified and or under a continued investigation to find the truth.
Unanswered questions breed suspicion, distrust and civil unrest. The Police Chief should have taken care of this along with the DA.

If I see someone unusual in my neighborhood, then I will professionally inquire about their reason for being in the area.

I suggest you wait and see if the DA is going to a grand jury with this case. NO one is a perfect angel in life, so let’s see if the Grand Jury issues a true bill or a no bill. Please remember, there is a presumption of innocence prior guilt.


15 posted on 03/24/2012 5:50:41 AM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Tray-von's dad totally looks like Ray Nagin.


16 posted on 03/24/2012 5:51:50 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: No Surrender No Retreat

The case is going to a Grand Jury April 10th, that was announced Tues March 20th.


17 posted on 03/24/2012 5:53:03 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Arm_Bears
Zimmerman created the situation he presently finds himself in by being an overzealous deputy dog. With that said, when you distill it down to the facts as we know them, it's difficult to conclude he's guilty of anything. Basically, Zimmerman got out of his car, accosted Trayvon, Trayvon attacked him, and Zimmerman shot him in self defense.

I know the peripheral stuff tugs at our emotions such as: Zimmerman probably did follow the kid bc he was black. Zimmerman had fantasies of police grandeur and did not know what he was doing. Trayvon was a completely innocent kid. Zimmerman was following Trayvon which scared Trayvon. Even though all of this is true and heart breaking, it doesn't change the fact that Trayvon probably made the first physically aggressive move.

The bottom line is this is one big mess. Zimmerman is an idiot and if he does get the murder sentence it's not like I would weep for him.

In the bigger picture of politics, I bet the media and the Dems thought Zimmerman was as white as a sheet when they latched onto this story. By the time they found out Zimmerman was Hispanic from a multiracial family it was probably too late. I see the media describing the shooter as a white Hispanic. The reporting is pathetic.

If the GOP was any good at politics, they would accuse the Dems of inflaming racial hatred between blacks and Hispanics.

18 posted on 03/24/2012 5:53:29 AM PDT by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: Mustangman

“Zimmerman created the situation he presently finds himself in by being an overzealous deputy dog.”

Everyone is allowed to protect their property and loved ones; his 46 calls to the police, while being used to smear him, actually vindicate him of the vigilante charge - he wanted the police paid to protect him & his to do what they were paid for.

This guy will get a lot of sympathy from anyone who lives near “the frontier”.


19 posted on 03/24/2012 5:57:06 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: humblegunner

Who footed the bill for the expensive posters printed on store bought sticks? Do the posters have printer’s union bug on them?

The posters, sticks, and protest are pure unadulterated propaganda for the racist criminal enterprise that is the Democrat party.


20 posted on 03/24/2012 5:57:40 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: Irenic
This whole thing is spinning WAY out of control.

You can give Barack Obama some of the credit.

21 posted on 03/24/2012 5:58:34 AM PDT by GVnana (Newt 2012 - He Speaks for Us)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The media is on a perception hunt. It’s a satan trying to hide from the light of the lynching spirit of Obama, by righteousing the lynching of this guy out of college.

This is all about the gun law in florida, and Jeb the f@g Bush was noted to go after the law and praised for it.

Fast and furious, they walk guns and criminals around, folkes, it is obvious.


22 posted on 03/24/2012 6:01:46 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: GVnana

Oh, I give him plenty of credit, Obama is the crowing cherry on top of this bloody mess.

Obama will be directly responsible if anything happens to Zimmerman, other than what a court of law delivers to him.

The POTUS is supposed to sooth things, bring the country together, not Obama, no sir, he throws gas on the whole ugly mess!


23 posted on 03/24/2012 6:05:36 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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With Jeb Bush attacking the castle law, I have a feeling there is a walking of criminals and guns around. It is interesting. THe only reason liberals “hate” guns but secretely want them, is because they do not want to be seen using them in the “wrong light”... “being walked by the guns” they intend to use in their psychotic episodes.

We should not have made guns legals, or let them wear sexy cloths around muslims or made muslims and blacks raping them now angry, is their perception game plan. These people are nuts.


24 posted on 03/24/2012 6:06:25 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Mustangman
"In the bigger picture of politics, I bet the media and the Dems thought Zimmerman was as white as a sheet when they latched onto this story. By the time they found out Zimmerman was Hispanic from a multiracial family it was probably too late."

Methinks this is going to "blow-back" in their faces BIG TIME. Duke lacrosse team "squared and cubed".

25 posted on 03/24/2012 6:07:40 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: Irenic

crowing= *crowning...but I suppose crowing would work just as well— maybe even better.


26 posted on 03/24/2012 6:08:04 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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Like with OWS, liberals need a movement behind which they will hide their totalitarian and perverted rape agenda.


27 posted on 03/24/2012 6:08:04 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: bert
This racialist and divisive administration has set race relations back thirty or forty years in this nation.

The fanning of a manufactured national inflammation in the aftermath of this stupidity and fear-fed local tragedy has been deliberate. Once again, a leftist campaign is taken off the shelf and put into action more swiftly than any actual news concerning the simple facts.

28 posted on 03/24/2012 6:11:20 AM PDT by Prospero
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Does anyone have an accurate description or bio of Trayvon Martin? I can’t find one!


29 posted on 03/24/2012 6:15:01 AM PDT by chainsaw (Sarah Palin is still my first choice to save the USA. . .)
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To: chainsaw; Cincinatus' Wife
Does anyone have an accurate description or bio of Trayvon Martin? I can’t find one!

A seventeen-year-old usually doesn't have a bio, just a wish list.
30 posted on 03/24/2012 6:17:00 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Please, CW. There are no parallels here. Zim was apparently getting the crap beaten out of him...


31 posted on 03/24/2012 6:19:53 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: aruanan
A seventeen-year-old usually doesn't have a bio, just a wish list.

No tweets, facebook, other social media or recent family photos???

Nothing except Pop Warner football pictures...

32 posted on 03/24/2012 6:21:24 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: Pat4ever
We also haven’t seen much about Trayvon, his background and family

He's being Obamanized.........

33 posted on 03/24/2012 6:23:46 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (No matter what you post here, someone's going to get pissed off......)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

he was enrolled at Seminole State College until the school kicked him out this week, citing safety concerns.
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“this week” is 3 weeks AFTER he shoot someone in self defense...


34 posted on 03/24/2012 6:24:46 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Equating Zimmerman with Loughner? Now that’s a real stretch.


35 posted on 03/24/2012 6:27:31 AM PDT by Third Person
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

he was enrolled at Seminole State College until the school kicked him out this week, citing safety concerns.
_________________________________________

This could be a play from the media because Martin was on suspension for 5 days from school at the time himself...

fairness

we gotta even the playing field...


36 posted on 03/24/2012 6:27:59 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Mustangman
Nowhere in the dispatcher recording does Zimmerman "accost" Martin, he didn't talk to him, or touch him. He simply watched him, which is what a neighborhood watch does. He then loses sight of him, and is headed back to his car to meet the police.

If you haven't please listen to the entire audio of the call to the dispatcher. Sorry, I'm not a link guy, not proficient in HTML, but there are plenty of links out there.

37 posted on 03/24/2012 6:31:41 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: Tennessee Nana
"“this week” is 3 weeks AFTER he shoot someone in self defense..."

I have been in brawls with half a dozen guys at once. Never did I think of shooting them. And I was a teen not a 28yr old wussy with a 9mm.

38 posted on 03/24/2012 6:32:19 AM PDT by anglian
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To: gov_bean_ counter

All been sealed and scrubbed by the family’s attorney. Don’t count on the media digging for it either.


39 posted on 03/24/2012 6:35:40 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: Tennessee Nana

“This whole thing is spinning WAY out of control.
You can give Barack Obama some of the credit.”......

You missed adding in the media. Buckwheat is the leader none-the-less. With the blacks, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to get mass histeria getting out of hand.


40 posted on 03/24/2012 6:38:56 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: anglian

Not everyone is a kung fu ninja master such as yourself.


41 posted on 03/24/2012 6:40:07 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: Mustangman
-- Basically, Zimmerman got out of his car, accosted Trayvon, Trayvon attacked him, and Zimmerman shot him in self defense. --

There is evidence that adds a couple more steps in there. Zimmerman accosted Trayvon, then lost sight of Trayvon. Zimmerman was returning to his vehicle when Trayvon approached Zimmerman to attack him, and did attack him. Zimmerman was calling for help (heard on 911 tapes), so the beating went on for some time before a firearm was discharged.

-- Zimmerman is an idiot and if he does get the murder sentence it's not like I would weep for him. --

More American justice. We live in a banana republic.

42 posted on 03/24/2012 6:40:16 AM PDT by Cboldt
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“Indeed—But you’ll recall that Jewell was ultimately found to be innocent.I half-suspect the same outcome in this incident.”

And the arrestors of Rodney King were also found innocent (in the first trial).

Let’s see. Zimmerman gets change of venue, Tampa is just 80 miles away, if we can just time the trial and aquittal for late August in Tampa...


43 posted on 03/24/2012 6:41:31 AM PDT by ngat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I think its the case of a sad loser, getting himself into a situation that he could not handle. Has some delusions about himself. Look, I could go on and on about Zimmerman his flaws, but the bottom line is, he probably did not commit any crime, any wrong he did do was was motivated by stupidity, no racism, and the liberals establisment (including MSM) is going to milk this for all its worth, and then some.

Its a sad, sad thing, made worse by the politics.

44 posted on 03/24/2012 6:42:14 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: cport

Lol.. singing king fu fighters...


45 posted on 03/24/2012 6:45:14 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Obama: 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'

"..He was a student at Seminole State College, but the college said Thursday that it had "taken the unusual but necessary step this week to withdraw" Zimmerman from enrollment. It cited the high-profile nature of the controversy and said the decision was based on concern for the safety of Zimmerman and the students on campus..."

46 posted on 03/24/2012 6:52:43 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Progov

eh ???


47 posted on 03/24/2012 6:57:21 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Paradox
Sad loser? I guess he and his wife mentoring kids, having a healthy church life, attending college to better himself, taking an interest in the crime going on in his neighborhood, all this make him a sad loser?

I see a lot of this deputy dog bull, overzealous, etc on this board, and my guess is most of these are the same people who either have been on the receiving end of someone "ratting" them out for criminal behavior or are to scared to call something in when they see it go down in their neighborhood, yet decry the way that their neighborhood is going downhill. (Please notice, I said MOST)

48 posted on 03/24/2012 7:02:26 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: Mustangman
“Zimmerman had fantasies of police grandeur and did not know what he was doing. Trayvon was a completely innocent kid. Zimmerman was following Trayvon which scared Trayvon. Even though all of this is true and heart breaking, it doesn't change the fact that Trayvon probably made the first physically aggressive move.”

Jump to conclusions based on media hysteria much?

49 posted on 03/24/2012 7:02:54 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Mustangman

“Trayvon was a completely innocent kid.”

Google and FreeRepublic.com are your friends, and had you relied on them, ‘specially FR, you would have known Tray-whatever had been kicked out of school, was on the way to his father’s home for a father/son talk about his behavior, and you would have seen the facebook pics of the deceased in his ‘gangsta mode’.

I am sorry for his parents, because they probably tried to raise his so that he turned out different. But, the ‘black culture’/’gangsta culture’ claimed another victim.

Junior GangstaBoy deserves little sympathy, IMHO. He brought his own death upon himself by attacking Zimmerman and got even more than “Epic Beard Man” gave his attacker.

The parents do have my sympathy.


50 posted on 03/24/2012 7:05:23 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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