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  • Sanford city manager: I pressured police chief to quit over Trayvon Martin case

    04/26/2012 5:03:33 PM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jamie Novogrod and Tom Winter
    SANFORD, Fla. -- City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. acknowledges that he put pressure last week on Police Chief Bill Lee to step down over the Trayvon Martin case, though he stopped short of saying whether he threatened to fire Lee. During a discussion with NBC News on Wednesday, Bonaparte said he held frank conversations with Lee. “I did suggest,” Bonaparte said, “for the community to move forward, that he consider resigning.” Asked whether the suggestion constituted an ultimatum, Bonaparte demurred. "The chief of police, as all of the city department directors, serves at the pleasure of the city manager and...
  • CNN: Donations pour in to Trayvon Martin's killer

    04/26/2012 4:57:08 PM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | April 26, 2012
    (CNN) -- The lawyer for the neighborhood watch leader who fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, said Thursday that his client has received about $200,000 from supporters. Orlando lawyer Mark O'Mara told CNN's "AC360" that George Zimmerman told him Wednesday of the donations as they were trying to shut down his Internet presence to avoid concerns about possible impersonators. "He asked me what to do with his PayPal accounts and I asked him what he was talking about," O'Mara told Anderson Cooper. "And he said those were the accounts that had the money from the website he...
  • Magic Johnson, Stevie Wonder Expected at LA Trayvon Martin Rally- (Zimmerman Takes Down Website)

    04/26/2012 3:26:28 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 50 replies
    NBC News - Los Angeles ^ | April 27, 2012 | Jason Kandel
    A rally expected to draw prominent civil rights leaders is set to take place at a Los Angeles church on Thursday to mark the two-month anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. The rally starting at 5:30 p.m. at the West Los Angeles Church in Christ at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard will be attended by the Martin family, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Bishop Charles Blake, who preaches at the church. Several celebrities are expected, including Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, David Banner, Paul Rodriguez, radio host Big Boy and Magic Johnson. (snip)...
  • The world’s most famous "white Hispanic" is part black

    04/26/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 26, 2012 | John Hayward
    How badly has the media mis-reported the Trayvon Martin shooting? Just look at how rapidly the story is mutating, now that George Zimmerman is up on charges – thanks to a ridiculously over-reaching affadavit, for which some observers, including legendary liberal lawyer Alan Dershowitz, think the prosecutor should be up on charges. Do you remember the story you heard on Day One, when this first became big national news? A racist white man gunned down an innocent little black boy for no reason, just because he was Walking While Black through a swanky gated condo community. The cracker cops of...
  • George Zimmerman's Black Ancestry is Revealed

    04/26/2012 10:19:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Gather ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jim Kane
    Al Sharpton isn't going to be happy when he hears this. Apparently, George Zimmerman, who killed an unarmed Trayvon Martin in February, has black ancestors. The 28-year-old former neighborhood watchman is depicted in the media as an "angry white man" with hatred toward other ethnic groups. That narrative fits perfectly with liberals' view of America as a racist nation in which black children live in constant fear of white vigilantes, but this story is taking some interesting twists. The neighborhood watchman shot an unarmed Martin inside a gated condo complex in Sanford, FL. It turns out he is of mixed...
  • Sybrina Fulton: 'I Can Wait A Year' For Justice (Trayvon Martin's mother)

    04/26/2012 9:17:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | April 26, 2012 | Staff
    Days after George Zimmerman was freed on bail to await a second-degree murder trial for shooting Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, says she's "willing to wait for justice to be served" in her son's case. Speaking with Tell Me More host Michel Martin, Fulton also says that she feels like "I have a little hole in my heart. And that little hole is caused by the tragedy of Trayvon's death." The Trayvon Martin case has sparked a national debate on topics ranging from race and teen fashion to gun control and self-defense laws, after the unarmed teenager was killed...
  • 2 charged in Oak Park beating motivated by Trayvon Martin killing, official says

    04/26/2012 7:34:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 26, 2012 | Joseph Ruzich
    A teen charged with a hate crime in Oak Park told investigators he beat his victim in anger over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to the Cook County state's attorney office.
  • George Zimmerman: the black, Hispanic, Peruvian, kind-hearted non-white, not-racist poster boy

    04/26/2012 4:37:26 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    BookwormRoom.com ^ | 4-25-2012 | Bookworm
    “Facts are stubborn things.”I love that quotation. John Adams said it back in 1774 when he took on the unpopular job of defending the British troops charged with the killings in the event now known as the Boston Massacre. Arguing off those same stubborn facts, Adams was able to get those troops acquitted.“Facts are stubborn things.” You can lie about them and you can try to bury them, but they have a bad habit of revealing themselves. Sometimes, these revelations can take decades or even centuries, but sometimes — especially in a modern media age — those stubborn facts demand...
  • The Release Reactions (Zimmerman)

    04/26/2012 4:21:01 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 22 replies
    Afro ^ | 4/25/12 | George Barnette
    After walking free for two months before he was charged, George Zimmerman was released on bond for murder charges. That release has many people questioning the judicial system. Zimmerman was released on $150,000 on April 23. He is required to wear a GPS monitoring device and to check in with courts if he goes to another state. That result is insufficient to many who think the process has been a joke. “This whole Trayvon case has been so confusing from the start. I don’t understand how someone who admittedly killed someone gets to stay out of jail for weeks before...
  • What if Zimmerman Gets an All White Jury?

    04/26/2012 12:00:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Hutchinson Report News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    Accused murderer of Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman almost certainly will eventually face a jury. And what if that jury is all white? A recent Duke University study showed that all white juries in Florida were more likely to convict a black defendant than mixed ethnic juries. Though Zimmerman isn’t black, the defense almost certainly will pull out all stops to make the case that Zimmerman was the real victim and that Martin was the aggressor. In essence this means that jurors will be asked to do a defendant and victim role reversal and put Martin on trial. The massive barrage...
  • NBC6 Zimmerman Edit Explanation

    04/25/2012 8:26:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012
    On March 19 NBC6 ran a story on the phone call George Zimmerman made in connection with the Trayvon Martin case. In that story an error in editorial judgment was made in which a question from the operator was deleted which could have created the impression that Mr. Zimmerman’s statement may have been singling out Trayvon Martin because of his race. We take this incident very seriously and apologize to our viewers. After conducting an extensive investigation, we are putting a more stringent editorial process in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
  • Obama has chance to quell Zimmerman Trayvon Martin racial violence

    04/25/2012 8:37:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | April 25, 2012 | Ron Chapman
    This column has not commented on the Zimmerman/Martin case for good reason. Since the facts surrounding this incident still remain unclear, it serves no purpose to speculate about what transpired in the tragic event. That is what the court system is for and it should be allowed to operate without outside interference. Unfortunately, other media outlets and certain individuals seeking personal fame have taken to the airways, print, and streets staking out extreme positions while having no knowledge about the actual event. This has resulted in some very strong feelings on both sides of the issue that should and must...
  • Stand Your Ground makes sense

    04/25/2012 3:03:45 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | John Lott
    Call them what you will: “Stand Your Ground” or “Castle Doctrine” laws. Mayor Bloomberg and members of Congress, speaking on the House floor, go so far as to label them “shoot first” laws. This is a gross exaggeration — a slander, in fact, against legislation designed to reform a flaw in our treatment of self-defense. Earlier statutes affirmatively required potential victims to retreat as much as possible before using deadly force to protect themselves, sometimes putting their lives in jeopardy. The supposedly infamous laws passed in Florida and elsewhere, in contrast, use a “reasonable person” standard for determining when it...
  • New Black Panther chief defiant after racial rant

    04/25/2012 7:10:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | April 23, 2012 | Larry Clifton
    A Florida television station's claim that the Tampa Bay New Black Panther Chief, Michelle Williams, apologized for calling for a race war rings hollow. This month, Michelle Williams, Tampa leader of the New Black Panthers, called for a race riot on Bubba the Love Sponge's nationally syndicated radio show just before George Zimmerman’s arrest - days later she followed up with a tearful but remorseless television interview at Tampa Bay 10 News. Some of the racially derogatory comments made by the New Black Panthers chief that raised brows during Bubba’s Tampa Bay-based radio show included the following racial rant: “Let...
  • Man Stomped On Train "Because I'm White"

    07/19/2011 8:15:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 64 replies
    WPIX-TV ^ | July 18, 2011 | Mary Murphy
    BRONX, NY (PIX11)— "I asked them to lower their voices and then they started in on me, 'Shut the f--- up, white boy. We'll beat the s--t out of you, cracker.'" Jason Fordell, 29, of the Bronx, said that was the first exchange he had with three black men and a Hispanic man on the #4 subway train near Grand Central early Sunday morning, and by the time the train got to Fordham Road, Fordell says he was being beaten and stomped by other passengers who were egging the original group on. "Eventually, half the car" joined in, Fordell told...
  • Who Is 'Racist'? (Thomas Sowell)

    04/23/2012 8:34:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice. An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking — and lack of thinking — that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated. One of the first things presented in the media was a transcript of a conversation between George Zimmerman and...
  • George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

    04/25/2012 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2012 | Chris Francescani
    (Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009. The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show. "Don't use pepper spray," he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. "It'll take two or three...
  • George Zimmerman Has ‘Black Roots’

    04/25/2012 3:01:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    A Reuters investigation has plenty of interesting details about Zimmerman and the events leading up to the shooting: The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather — the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him. A criminal justice student who aspired to become a judge, Zimmerman also concerned himself with the safety of his neighbors after a series of break-ins committed by young African-American men....
  • Will Zimmerman Have Special Hearing For Self-Defense Claim? SYG Hearing Held Before Trial

    04/25/2012 2:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    WESH-TV ^ | April 25, 2012
    SANFORD, Fla. -- The lawyer for the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin said it's too soon to know it they'll claim self-defense under the Stand Your Ground law. In Florida, if a person is charged with murder and is able to prove Stand Your Ground, then the case will never see trial, and experts said that is what they feel Zimmerman and his team will try and to prove. Zimmerman will have a special immunity hearing before the case ever goes to trial. At Zimmerman's bond hearing on Friday, one of the lead investigators said they did not know...
  • George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

    By Chris Francescani SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009. The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show. "Don't use pepper spray," he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend....