Skip to comments.Trayvon Martin Lawyer Warns Prosecutor of 'Pandemonium' if Zimmerman Not Charged
Posted on 04/10/2012 12:15:38 PM PDT by kristinn
In comments that can be seen as an effort to intimidate Florida's special state prosecutor Angela Corey with nationwide race riots, Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of slain 17 year-old black Floridian Trayvon Martin warned of "pandemonium" around America and the world should Corey decide to not prosecute admitted Martin killer George Zimmerman, who has claimed self-defense. Crump issued the dire warning in an interview with BBC5.
In a case that has inflamed racial tensions across the United States and drawn global attention, the unarmed Martin was shot to death by Zimmerman on February 26 as he walked in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, where Martin was staying with his father at the home of his father's fiance. Minutes before the shooting, Zimmerman had called police to report a suspicious man in his community where he served as a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Sanford police briefly detained, but did not charge Zimmerman in the shooting. The 5'9", 28 year-old Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, saying Martin had attacked him and he feared for his well-being as the 6'3" Martin pounded his head on the ground after knocking him off his feet with a sucker punch.
Crump was speaking to the BBC after the special Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey announced on Monday that she would not empanel a grand jury in the case and would decide on her own whether to prosecute Zimmerman.
Crump expressed confidence that Corey would eventually charge Zimmerman, but when queried by the BBC that Corey could indeed choose to not prosecute Zimmerman, Crump said,"She could, yeah she could. And I think if she did that (decided to not prosecute Zimmerman)it would be pandemonium. There would be outrage all over America and all over the world."
Crump has waged a successful public relations campaign to bring public pressure on authorities to investigate the shooting of Martin. Because Zimmerman was characterized in the media as a 'white Hispanic' and Martin was black, the case has been played out in racial terms as well as simple calls for justice. The Obama Justice Department is investigating whether Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights by committing a so-called hate crime.
Crump's statement warning of global "pandemonium" adds to racial and vigilante tensions in the case already inflamed by statements from President Obama, the New Black Panthers and white neo-Nazis, as well as by celebrities Spike Lee and Roseanne Barr who publicized what they believed to be the home addresses of Zimmerman and his family.
Early Tuesday morning,an unmanned Sanford police car parked outside the neighborhood where the Martin shooting took place, had it's windows shattered by reported gunshots. That followed the Sanford police headquarters being shut down by peaceful college students who blocked the building's entrance to demand Zimmerman's arrest.
A $10,000 bounty for the dead or alive capture of Zimmerman has been announced by the New Black Panther Party. The Obama administration has been silent in the face of the Panthers' clear violation of the law and threat to civil society.
Keep it up Crump and fellow race hustlers, just remember-12%. You can have the bleeding-heart whites for free.
How is this not inciting to riot?
This reads like extortion by mob rule.
Yes, that’s always a good reason to prosecute someone, to prevent the Bolshevik mob from rioting.
(I shouldn’t need it, but experience tells me I do ... /SARC)
What is the legal difference between a “warning” and a “threat”?
If this were a Conservative “warning” we’d already know.
The black panthers are wanting Zimmerman dead and calling for blood in the streets.
Any other AG even Janet Reno would arrest those thugs, but Mr. Eric "My People" Holder will never arrest one of "his people".
You mean like chasing down whites and beating them with a hammer? Or beating a white person while shouting “Tryavon! Trayvon!”? Maybe pandemonium means beating down a white guy in Baltimore while recording it for yucks?
Or is pandemonium more like protesting in front of the Sanford Police Department and effectivly shutting it down? Or shooting up a Sanford police department car?
Pandemonium. Whatever could they mean?
> What is the legal difference between a warning and a threat?
Yes, pray for peace and justice. Those POS race-baiters/agitators have no idea of what’s ahead, if they riot in my neighborhood. I hope, for their sakes, that it doesn’t come to that point.
Pandemonium, huh? Then I suppose the only question will be, “5.56 or 7.62?”.........
,,,,, this sounds like a threat to the Prosecutor ,,, and no one has the balls to stand up to these thugs . God save us because no one else is willing .
Trying to recall where in my Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure courses “possible pandemonium” was one of the considerations for whether to charge with a crime...
“Whatever could they mean?”
Strictly speaking pandemonium is a case where multiple demons are released. It’s a religious reference. The original use referred to spiritual demons, but recently the term has been used in a more secular way.
But we all know what demons he’d set free.
Has there been any indication as to when a decision to prosecute or not will be announced?
Don't think they don't know it and will pull the exact same thing again and again.
You know that.
A lawyer on Fox said this afternoon, if it didn’t merit charges from Holder, it certainly would under Florida law.
Looks like Corey may have grounds to bring charges....but not against Zimmerman. The shooting of a police car, if it can be tied in IMO would at least be “inciting”.