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  • Trayvon’s parents ‘disappointed’ in feds’ decision not to charge Zimmerman

    02/26/2015 6:21:48 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Feb. 25, 2015 | CARLI TEPROFF -
    Even though the shooter who gunned down Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin won’t face federal hate crime charges, the teenager’s parents vowed to keep his memory alive Wednesday through the foundation set up in his namesake. “I will continue to fight for my son, for your son,’’ said Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother. “We here in the United States are under a crisis when our young people cannot walk the street, cannot play their music, cannot stand in front of stores or go to the store without being threatened, without being followed, chased, pursued, profiled or murdered. I just feel we...
  • MSNBC host hopes Trayvon Martin 'whooped the s--t out of George Zimmerman' (Melissa Harris-Perry)

    MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry said during an address at Cornell University this week that she hopes 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “whooped the s--t” out of gunman George Zimmerman during their fatal encounter in 2012. Harris-Perry’s speech, titled “We Can’t Breathe: The Continuing Consequences of Inequality,” was delivered during the university’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture. She said the following of Martin’s death: “I hope [Martin] tried to stay alive. I hope he knew that he lived in a state with a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.’ ” Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013 on murder charges. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law was...
  • AP: Trayvon Martin's mother says killer got away with murder

    02/25/2015 12:56:15 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 58 replies
    Monroe News / AP ^ | 2-25-2015
    <p>The mother of Trayvon Martin says she's disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago.</p> <p>Speaking with The Associated Press on Wednesday before the third anniversary of her 17-year-old son's death, Sybrina Fulton says she still believes George Zimmerman got away with murder.</p>
  • Melissa Harris-Perry: I Hope Trayvon ‘Whooped the (bleep) Out of George Zimmerman’

    02/25/2015 10:09:53 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 79 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 02/25/2015 | Andrew Kirell
    <p>During a speech at Cornell University earlier this week, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said she hopes Trayvon Martin “whooped the shit out of’ George Zimmerman during the fatal confrontation that led to Martin’s death in 2012.</p> <p>I hope [Martin] tried to stay alive. I hope he knew that he lived in a state with a “Stand Your Ground’ law. And I hope he whooped the shit out of George Zimmerman. And it’s not disreputable because he encountered a stranger who was prepared to kill him, and you know how I know? Because he killed him.</p>
  • Sharpton: We Must Lower Legal Threshold for Federal Hate Crime

    02/25/2015 11:33:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | February 25, 2015 | Pam Key
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Wednesday on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” in discussing this week’s Justice Department announcement that there is not sufficient evidence to charge George Zimmerman with intentionally violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin during the 2012 confrontation that tragically resulted in the shooting death of Martin, Al Sharpton said he is now planning to work to “lower the threshold” that legally qualifies who is prosecuted for a federal hate crime. Sharpton explained, “The intent to prove that Zimmerman did it because of his race, that is the legal threshold,” adding, ” Unless we change that legislation, we end up...
  • Trayvon Martin Shooting: George Zimmerman Wins Again, DOJ Drops Investigation

    02/25/2015 6:55:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | February 24, 2015 | Justin Streight
    On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced it would not file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Martin’s family described the decision as a “disappointment.” The federal government will now close the investigation for good. According to USA Today, the federal investigation did not find sufficient evidence in the Trayvon Martin case to meet the high standards for a civil rights violation. The announcement will close the federal investigation, but Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that it should not end the dialogue and scrutiny over race relations in America. “The...
  • The Associated Press Revisits the Trayvon Martin Case

    02/24/2015 2:46:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 24, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    The Department of Justice announced today that it will not pursue a federal civil rights charge against George Zimmerman, arising out of his fatal altercation with Trayvon Martin. That was pretty much a foregone conclusion, but the Associated Press took the opportunity to revisit the case: George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday. …Zimmerman has said he acted in self-defense when he shot the 17-year-old Martin during a confrontation inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, just outside...
  • DOJ announces it will not file charges against Zimmerman in Martin shooting

    02/24/2015 1:31:31 PM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 24, 2015 | Jake Gibson
    <p>The Justice Department announced Tuesday it will not file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.</p> <p>“Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young man’s premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in written statement. “We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”</p>
  • DOJ to Announce No Charges in Trayvon Martin's Death

    02/24/2015 9:59:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 91 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | 2/24/15
    ....ABC News has learned Martin’s family will soon be notified that the Justice Department will not be filing charges against George Zimmerman, who shot the 17-year-old after a confrontation in 2012. Thursday marks three years to the day since Martin was killed. Federal prosecutors concluded there is not sufficient evidence to prove Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., intentionally violated Martin’s civil rights, sources told ABC News.
  • Trayvon Martin Shooting Equated To Muslims As His Death Is Remembered

    02/17/2015 2:28:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | February 15, 2015 | Patrick Frye
    As Trayvon Martin is remembered almost three years after his death at the hands of George Zimmerman, some are using his name to describe how Muslim Americans might feel after the Chapel Hill shooting. But friends and family only want to focus on ending racism, and some believe the focus should be on unity and not what divides. In a related report by the Inquisitr, some people thought the St. Louis hoodie ban law was a Trayvon Martin backlash and claimed racial discrimination. Speaking on MSNBC, Chris Hayes gave this thoughts on the recent killing of three Muslim students in...
  • COLUMN: Three years post-Trayvon: What has changed?

    02/20/2015 11:07:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Macomb County Advisor & Source ^ | February 20, 2015 | Professor Laura Finley
    On Feb. 26, 2012, supposed "Neighborhood Watchman" George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black man, as Martin walked home from visiting a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. The case ignited questions about racial profiling, vigilantism and Stand Your Ground Laws. On July 13, 2013, Zimmerman was acquitted of both the second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Despite national and even international attention to the case, one has to wonder what has really changed in the three years since the murder of Trayvon Martin. The murder of black men by police or their wannabes has not stopped. This is...
  • George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

    01/30/2015 9:41:24 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2015 12:02 PM EST | Mike Schneider
    An aggravated assault case against George Zimmerman that was opened when his ex-girlfriend said he threw a wine bottle at her has been dropped because she recanted her story and stopped cooperating with investigators, a prosecutor said Friday. State Attorney Phil Archer said he wouldn’t file a formal charge against Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin. The killing of the unarmed black teen touched off protests across the country.The ex-girlfriend had made it clear she didn’t want to cooperate with Lake Mary Police officers, and there were no other eyewitnesses to what happened...
  • No charges for George Zimmerman in new domestic violence case

    01/30/2015 10:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    United Press International ^ | January 30, 2015 | Frances Burnes
    ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, won't be prosecuted in a domestic violence case, prosecutors said Friday. Zimmerman's former roommate, Brittany Brumelle, has recanted the story she gave police Jan. 5, the State Attorney's Office said. At the time, she told officers who responded that Zimmerman was a "psychopath" and had thrown a wine bottle at her and broken her phone. The officers came to their home after they heard breaking glass and saw a woman driving away without headlights on. Zimmerman was arrested four days later even though Brumelle...
  • No charges filed against George Zimmerman

    01/30/2015 6:26:36 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 46 replies
    My Fox Orlando ^ | 1/30/15 | My Fox Orlando
    LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - State Attorney Phil Archer announced Friday that his office will not file formal charges against George Zimmerman in connection with his arrest Jan. 9th for suspicion of aggravated assault in Lake Mary. The office says it completed a review of the initial Lake Mary Police Department arrest report as well as additional written and oral statements submitted by the alleged victim after the arrest as part of the ongoing investigation. "While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman which was affirmed by the circuit court judge...
  • Trayvon Martin's mother: 'stop pretending'

    01/25/2015 9:23:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | January 23, 2015 | Corey Stern
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sybrina Fulton is not a household name. But her son, Trayvon Martin, certainly is. Fulton, the mother of the teen who was fatally shot in 2012, took part in Penn's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Commemoration on Jan. 22 for an evening of awards, musical performances and a panel discussion. The crowd rose to their feet when Fulton was introduced at Irvine Auditorium. Many Penn community members and West Philadelphia residents were eager to hear from the woman whose son’s death has gained worldwide attention over the past several years. “It’s still very painful for me. But I know...
  • Out of Line...Or Funny, You Decide

    01/25/2015 7:57:45 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 14 replies
    1-25-15 | self
    Sometimes something just jumps out at you and you have to say it.
  • Mother of Trayvon: 'The very thing that caused my son to lose his life was the color of his skin'

    01/21/2015 9:14:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | January 19, 2015 | Heidi Fenton
    ALLENDALE, MI -- Trayvon Martin had an average American family upbringing in southern Florida. He had his faults, but was no criminal, his mother said. Still today, Sybrina Fulton tries to reconcile the memories she has of her son with his death by gunfire in a gated community, as he walked to his father's home from a nearby convenience store. Days before his 2012 death she had been horseback riding with him to celebrate both of their February birthdays. "What could have been to cause my son to lose his life," Fulton said to thousands gathered at Grand Valley State...
  • In Report, Zimmerman Denies Throwing Bottle At Ex-Girlfriend

    01/12/2015 10:26:51 AM PST · by House Atreides · 52 replies
    FiOS Trending ^ | January 10, 2015 | MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press
    George Zimmerman denies throwing a wine bottle at his ex-girlfriend in his latest run-in with authorities since being acquitted of murdering an unarmed black teen in 2013. Zimmerman says in a police report released Monday that in the confrontation with his ex-girlfriend, he didn't throw a bottle at her nor destroy her cellphone as she claimed. Instead, he says, he was only trying to prevent her from entering his home.... ...Police officers say they heard the sound of glass breaking at the home while on patrol and saw broken glass in the driveway.
  • George Zimmerman arrested in Lake Mary

    01/10/2015 6:18:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 01/10/2015 | By Gal Tziperman Lotan
    George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in Lake Mary Friday night, a Seminole County Sheriff's spokeswoman said. Zimmerman, 31, was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility about 9:45 p.m. Friday where he was being held without bond, sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said in a statement. Zimmerman is scheduled for a first appearance in court at about 9 a.m. Saturday. More information about the arrest was not immediately available.
  • George Zimmerman arrested on domestic violence with a weapon charge

    01/10/2015 4:13:25 AM PST · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 86 replies
    George Zimmerman -- the man acquitted by a Florida jury over the death of Trayvon Martin -- was arrested Friday in Florida
  • Judge sets George Zimmerman's bond at $5K in aggravated assault arrest

    01/10/2015 8:03:36 AM PST · by don-o · 60 replies
    news13 ^ | January 10, 2015 | Amanda McKenzie
    SANFORD -- A Seminole County judge has set $5,000 bond for George Zimmerman, who was arrested Friday night in Lake Mary. The 31-year-old was booked around 9:45 p.m. for aggravated assault -- domestic violence with a weapon. According to Don West, Zimmerman's attorney, his client threw a wine bottle during the incident. Zimmerman is prohibited from contacting the victim, returning to her home or entering Volusia County. He must surrender all firearms by Tuesday, but will not have to wear a GPS monitoring device. He is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in front of Judge Donna...
  • George Zimmerman Arrested On Aggravated Assault Charge

    01/10/2015 6:42:31 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 76 replies
    CBSMIAMI.COM ^ | 10 JANUARY 2015 | CBS/AP
    SANFORD (CBSMiami/AP) —The man acquitted in the shooting death of a Florida teen has been arrested again. This time he is charged with aggravated assault, Florida authorities said. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says the 31-year-old George Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary about 10 p.m. Friday and is being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. The facility’s website says Zimmerman is scheduled for a court appearance at 9 a.m. Saturday.
  • New York Group That Called For ‘Dead Cops’ Was The ‘Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee’

    12/24/2014 10:25:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 23, 2014 | Alex Griswold, media reporter
    The New York City group that called for “dead cops” in a widely circulated video is most likely– no joke — the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee (TMOC). In a piece outing “The Monsters Who Screamed For Dead Cops,” The Daily Beast’s Jacob Siegel cites a “web of circumstantial ties” to the group. The man who shot the disturbing video — showing marchers chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” — told Siegel that he saw the group marching with signs reading “No Cops, No Prison.” Siegel produces evidence from Instagram that the TMOC marched...
  • Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters (The nerve!)

    12/22/2014 3:34:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 22, 2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    At a peaceful gathering of the Justice League, they condemned the killings of Officers Liu and Ramos, but also wondered why the slaying of citizens by cops doesn’t spark as much outrage.A modest crowd moved East on 110th Street in New York City on Sunday evening. They walked silently, some carrying Anthora cups illuminated by candlesticks, others holding plastic tea lights handed out by protest organizers. A few carried signs: "IMAGINE JUSTICE," "BLACK LIVES MATTER," "CLAIM HUMANITY." But mostly they just walked, their faces somber, their hands shaking as the snow began to fall. The peaceful vigil was somewhat unexpected,...
  • The Trayvon Martin Case Foreshadowed An Increase in Police Homicides of Minorities

    12/06/2014 11:49:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Social Work Helper ^ | December 4, 2014 | Deona Hooper
    With the recent decisions of no indictment involving the police officers responsible for the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and John Crawford to name a few, America could not be anymore divided in how we analyze these events through our own filters. Current poll data articulates that 65% of minorities believe there is a racial construct within our police and legal system which disproportionately affects minorities while reporting the opposite belief by White Americans at roughly the same percentage. However, I would challenge future pollsters to parse out additional data on party affiliation when polling White Americans because it...
  • Scarborough: On Trayvon, Ferguson and Eric Garner

    12/04/2014 10:40:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 3, 2014 | Former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts every thing you said today.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson And so I will. Not so long ago, right-wing bloggers blasted me for being a liberal sellout for my fierce defense of Trayvon Martin. During George Zimmerman’s trial, my email inbox...
  • Scarborough Has Had It: Michael Brown ‘Is Your Hero? Really?’

    12/01/2014 3:12:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 1, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Joe Scarborough is mad as hell and not etc. “Someone needs to tell me why Michael Brown has been chosen as the face of black oppression,” Scarborough said, arguing the left’s martyrdom of Brown mirrored the right’s lionization of George Zimmerman. “There are so many great people to embrace as heroes in the black community, that deciding you’re going to embrace a guy who knocked over a convenience store and then according to a Grand Jury testimony acted in ways that would get my children shot? …That’s your hero? That’s the reason you want to burn down black businesses?…Really? This...
  • Ferguson's Despair and the Devastation of White Privilege

    11/30/2014 9:21:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | November 30, 2014 | Heather Ann Thompson
    All day people gathered, waiting, daring to hope, that maybe this time black lives would matter. Minutes passed. Then hours. And, as darkness descended on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, the now enormous crowd continued to wait patiently -- trying its best to remain optimistic. Perhaps, despite so many decades of history, black people really could find justice in the American legal system. That such a faith still flickered was, itself, remarkable. Everyone standing outside of the Ferguson police station awaiting news on whether the grand jury would indict police officer Darren Wilson well remembered what happened on February 26,...
  • DOJ Flails Again in Efforts to Charge George Zimmerman

    11/12/2014 7:21:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 12, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Taaffe to testify to Grand Jury that he couldn’t be sure “racist call” was from Zimmerman.Earlier this month we posted news that Frank Taafe, a self-proclaimed “friend” of George Zimmerman, was going to testify before a Grand Jury that he now believed Zimmerman had a racist motivation for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. This news came just days before the hotly contested November 4 election in which the Democrats took the same kind of beating that Trayvon delivered to Zimmerman, but without the benefit of being armed. (See: Key Witness for Zimmerman Grand Jury Changes Story.) Taaffe’s Grand Jury appearance,...
  • No Officer Wilson rap, but how about Zimmerman?

    11/05/2014 10:29:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 5, 2014 | Jack Cashill
    A federal grand jury met today in Orlando to hear testimony about whether George Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights when he shot and killed the 17-year-old nearly three years ago in Sanford, Florida. The timing here is, to say the least, suspicious. A day after an Oct. 30 Orlando Sentinel article first reported the impending session, the Washington Post conceded that “Justice Department investigators have all but concluded they do not have a strong enough case to bring civil rights charges against Darren Wilson.” To charge Wilson gratuitously would enrage the nation’s police. The luckless Zimmerman has no such...
  • We interrupt post-election gloating for news about the DOJ Zimmerman Grand Jury

    11/05/2014 7:33:31 PM PST · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    Legal Insurection ^ | Posted by Andrew Branca &#9642; Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:40pm
    The Orlando Sentinel newspaper is reporting that it appears as if no actual witnesses showed up for today’s Federal Grand Jury convened to determine if civil rights charges should be brought against George Zimmerman for his self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin. The DOJ had subpoenaed Frank Taaffe, a self-declared “friend” of Zimmerman’s, to testify before the Grand Jury. In the days following the shooting Taaffe told FBI investigators that based on phone discussions with Zimmerman he did not believe there was a racial motive for the shooting.
  • Federal Civil Rights Charges Reportedly will NOT be Filed Against Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson

    11/03/2014 8:52:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    EURWeb ^ | November 3, 2014 | Judy Kent and EURWeb Staff
    Conservative Black Activists Comment on Washington Post Report that Federal Civil Rights Charges Will Not Be Filed Against Darren Wilson in Death of Michael Brown. Washington, DC - Activists with the Project 21 black leadership network say a new Washington Post report that the Eric Holder-led Department of Justice will not charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with federal civil rights charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown is evidence that the time has come for healing. “Protestors called for the Eric Holder-led Justice Department to investigate this case. It seems to have concluded its investigation. What more is...
  • Key Witness for Zimmerman Grand Jury Changes Story

    11/01/2014 5:10:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 1, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    In May 2012 FBI interview Taaffe denied any talk of race with Zimmerman.We wrote yesterday about the “October Surprise/Get Out the Vote” announcement by a flailing Obama administration that the Department of Justice will be holding a Grand Jury hearing next Wednesday regarding possible federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. The only named witness for Wednesday’s hearing is Frank Taaffe, a self-declared “friend” for George Zimmerman. Earlier this year Taaffe suddenly announced that he believed Zimmerman had a racial, not merely self-defense, motive in killing Trayvon Martin. This would be more than two years after the shooting occurred. One...
  • Zimmerman case heads to federal grand jury: Civil rights hearing to take place Wed. in Orlando

    10/31/2014 3:28:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    WKMG-TV ^ | October 31, 2014
    ORLANDO, Fla. - A federal grand jury is expected to hear testimony Wednesday surrounding the George Zimmerman case. The hearing is related to whether Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin's civil rights when he shot and killed the unarmed teen in Sanford in 2012. At least one witness has been subpoenaed to testify. That man is believed to be Zimmerman's former neighbor, Frank Taaffe....
  • DOJ Convenes Grand Jury For Zimmerman Civil Rights Case

    10/30/2014 5:51:54 PM PDT · by digger48 · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 30, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    The Orlando Sentinel newspaper today reported that the Department of Justice has assembled a Federal Grand jury to meet next week to hear testimony about whether George Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights on the night that Zimmerman ultimately killed Martin in self-defense. It was only last month that the Washington Post reported that unidentified Federal law enforcement officials thought it very unlikely that federal charges would be brought against Zimmerman, due to insufficient evidence. Indeed, despite having dozens of FBI agents interview scores of people regarding Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin, not even a smidgen of racism was uncovered in...
  • Grand jury meeting in civil-rights case involving George Zimmerman

    10/30/2014 3:20:59 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 73 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 30, 2014 | Rene Stutzman
    A federal grand jury will meet in downtown Orlando Wednesday to hear testimony about whether Trayvon Martin's civil rights were violated when Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him in the chest, according to court paperwork.. A U.S. Department of Justice attorney from Washington, D.C., Mark Blumberg, has issued at least one subpoena for Wednesday in the case. Blumberg would not comment on the grand jury session, but the federal panel is to meet at 9 a.m. at the federal courts building on Central Avenue in downtown Orlando to hear evidence in the case. It's not clear how many witnesses...
  • After Trayvon, Chilling Ad Offers Bulletproof Vests for Kids-Timed to Florida's midterm election

    10/24/2014 5:38:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    AdWeek's Advertising & Branding Blog ^ | October 21, 2014 | Hanna Masaryk
    A billboard advertising a line of bulletproof vests for young boys has appeared near the Florida capital in Tallahassee. Chilling, controversial and undeniably eye-catching, the ad is part of the “Vest or Vote” campaign mounted by The Dream Defenders. The Florida-based social justice organization is rallying residents to vote in Florida’s midterm election Nov. 4. According to a report on Jacksonville’s CBS 47 Action News, the group hopes to elect candidates who will repeal the state's controversial stand-your-ground law. According to The BRPR Group, the Miami-based advertising agency behind the campaign, the billboard was modeled after youth clothing ads like...
  • Trenton forum to discuss last words of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin

    10/23/2014 5:56:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Trentonian ^ | October 23, 2014 | David Foster
    In a week that saw the capital city remove a mural that paid tribute to Ferguson, Mo. teenager Michael Brown, who was gunned down by a police officer while unarmed, a forum will be held to discuss the 18-year-old’s last words, in addition to other murder victims. Playing off the Seven Last Words of Jesus, the Shiloh Baptist Church will hold an event Friday to dissect the last words of seven murder victims, including Brown, Amadou Diallo, Shantel Davis, Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Renisha McBride. Preachers assigned to discussing each victim’s last words, include Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson...
  • George Zimmerman Still Faces Hate Crime Violations for Shooting Trayvon Martin?

    10/04/2014 1:51:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | October 3, 2014
    George Zimmerman may already be destitute and homeless due to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a Federal Justice Department investigation into whether or not Zimmerman committed civil rights violations has the potential to put him behind bars. In a related report by The Inquisitr, Robert Zimmerman is planning a Zimmerman family reality TV show and a line of self-defense products called Brand Z. A producer named Beth Marshall is working on a series of plays as a tribute to Trayvon Martin, and she claims Martin would be still be alive today if he was white like her own son. The...
  • For every Michael Dunn guilty verdict, a George Zimmerman still goes free

    10/02/2014 11:14:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 2, 2014 | Syreeta McFadden
    We want to believe in justice for all, but when guns are in white privileged hands, blind justice remains impossible to expect.“I think it’s a vindication for justice.” Angela Corey said that. This is the same Angela Corey whose office failed, not so long ago, to secure a guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But there was the Florida state attorney on Wednesday afternoon, having secured a guilty verdict – delivered by a mostly white-male jury in about five hours – that condemned Michael Dunn to a minimum of 25 years...
  • Sources: DOJ won’t file civil-rights charges against George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin

    10/02/2014 11:54:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/02/2014 | AllahPundit
    Few people thought they would, right? Holder’s teased friendly audiences from time to time with vague promises that “justice” would be done but even he’s been at pains to note that civil-rights cases are hard to win. I think that, ever since the Rodney King trials, the public has a hazy sense that if a state prosecutor can’t get a conviction in a racially charged case that’s gotten national attention, the feds will swoop in and file their own charges as a fallback option. It’s not a matter of law, it’s a matter of politics: If people are sufficiently...
  • George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin death

    10/01/2014 10:00:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 1 2014 at 6:36 PM | Sari Horwitz
    The Justice Department is not expected to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to three law enforcement officials, despite allegations that the killing was racially motivated. The federal investigation of Zimmerman was opened two years ago by the department’s civil rights division, but officials said there is insufficient evidence to bring federal charges. The investigation technically remains open, but it is all but certain the department will close it. …
  • GQ: George Zimmerman's family hoped for reality show

    09/30/2014 5:41:49 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 1 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 09/29/2014 | Rene Stutzman
    an in-depth interview in GQ, George Zimmerman's brother discloses that his family wanted to "rebrand" the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer after his murder acquittal and make him the star of a reality TV show. "I learned a lot from watching 'Keeping up with the Kardashians,' " Robert Zimmerman Jr. told GQ in a story in its October editions. George Zimmerman, 30, would not take part in the interview unless he was offered a week's stay in a luxury hotel, something the magazine would not do, it reported. Still, the magazine reported some fascinating details about his pre- and post-trial life...
  • The $3,600 Reason a CNN Producer Reportedly Told Robert Zimmerman, ‘You and Your Brother Are Evil!’

    09/29/2014 3:47:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 29, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    In order to secure an interview with George Zimmerman, CNN reportedly offered to put up Zimmerman and his brother, Robert, at the Ritz-Carlton for three nights and pay for “everything” else they needed. At the end of their stay, CNN was given a $3,600 tab that included a large room service bill, spa treatments and “swag” from the gift shop, according to GQ. When the bill was sent to a CNN producer, he reportedly told Robert Zimmerman, “You and your brother are evil!” More from the GQ profile on the Zimmermans: The Zimmermans seized on their brief stint of subsidized...
  • Forum on Ferguson violence highlights mayors’ conference in Sacramento (With Benjamin Crump!)

    09/26/2014 3:51:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee's City Beat ^ | September 26, 2014 | Ryan Lillis
    Mayor Kevin Johnson will convene a two-day forum of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Sacramento that will include a session discussing the response to the violence in Ferguson, Mo. The attorney representing the family of Michael Brown, the young man killed by police in Ferguson in August, will be part of the panel discussion. Attorney Benjamin Crump also represents the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot in 2012 by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla....
  • Letter: Trayvon Martin had the right to self-defense against racist attack

    09/24/2014 8:16:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | Max Mania
    I was stunned by the anger and sarcasm Harry J. Mallory directed toward a dead teenager, Trayvon Martin, in the Sept. 17 letters. It was over the top and then some (“Cartoon comparing Putin to Zimmerman case went too far”). His reasoning seems pretty easy to understand: Trayvon was black; blacks are thugs; so all George Zimmerman did was create a “dead thug.” Sadly, this sort of (racism) seems pretty common among the far right these days. Here’s what I remember: Trayvon Martin was simply walking home. George Zimmerman targeted him because he was black. Zimmerman followed Trayvon, even after...
  • Snoop Dogg Joins Families of Michael Brown, Jordan Davis for ‘Fallout From Ferguson’ Panel

    09/21/2014 4:00:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | September 21, 2014 | Taylor Gordon
    Rapper Snoop Dogg and the League of Young Voters came together to host a panel about police brutality and the chaotic events that unfolded in Ferguson, Missouri, after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot. In addition to Snoop Dogg, the panel also welcomed Michael Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr.; Jordan Davis’ mother, Lucia McBath; attorney Benjamin Crump and Chuck Creekmur of AllHipHop. The panel, titled No Guns Allowed: Fallout From Ferguson, took place during the BET Hip-Hop Awards weekend in Atlanta. The group of panelists discussed what the African-American community needs to do to help solve issues of racism and...
  • At Lake Mary gun show, Zimmerman details what life is like

    09/21/2014 12:58:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 20, 2014 | Caitlin Dineen
    ith a smile on his face, George Zimmerman spent Saturday afternoon posing for photos, sharing hugs and shaking hands with gun enthusiasts at a firearms expo in Lake Mary.. "It's so odd to me," said Zimmerman, about the celebrity treatment he receives in public. "[But] it is appreciated." In his first interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman described life after his acquittal last year in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The former Neighborhood Watch volunteer shot the unarmed black teen in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012. Now life for the 30-year-old is completely different. He's always moving. He's...
  • Law School course: “historical trajectory of Trayvon Martin case”

    09/19/2014 11:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 19, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Taught by attorney for the Martin family.A JD student at the University of Miami School of Law–and a long-time fan of “The Law of Self Defense”–contacted me recently to share a notice he’d received from the school. It seems for the Fall 2014 semester they will be offering a “short course” (good for one credit) with a focus on the Trayvon Martin case, entitled “Legal Advocacy, Media and the Pursuit of Social Justice.” The first note of interest is that the course is being “taught” by none other than Jasmine Rand, an attorney with the firm of Crump & Park....
  • Panel to discuss 'racial disparity' in Stand Your Ground law

    09/19/2014 1:15:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel ^ | September 18, 2014 | David Harris, Orlando Sentinel
    The mother of a teen slain at a Jacksonville gas station after he and his friends refused to turn down their music will be among the panelists at a seminar in Orlando about the controversial Stand Your Ground law. Jordan Davis' mother, Lucia McBath, will be among the experts examining whether there is racial disparity in the application or enforcement of Stand Your Ground laws. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting the forum, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in the grand ballroom of the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive. The forum...