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What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012), The Young Man Whose Killer Remains Free

#Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS 2012/03/21 20:16:14
Sodahead's focus on the "Stand Your Ground" law in connection with the death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin is extremely displeasing to me. That is why I'm presenting these facts. Source the links provided within the article.


On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man. Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Three weeks after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.

Here is what everyone should know about the case:

1. Zimmerman called the police to report Martin’s “suspicious” behavior, which he described as “just walking around looking about.” Zimmerman was in his car when he saw Martin walking on the street. He called the police and said: “There’s a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking about… These a**holes always get away” [Orlando Sentinel]

2. Zimmerman pursued Martin against the explicit instructions of the police dispatcher:

Dispatcher: “Are you following him?”

Zimmerman: “Yeah”

Dispatcher: “OK, we don’t need you to do that.”

[Orlando Sentinel]

3. Prior to the release of the 911 tapes, Zimmerman’s father released a statement claiming “[a]t no time did George follow or confront Mr. Martin.”[Sun Sentinel]

4. Zimmerman was carrying a a 9 millimeter handgun. Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. [ABC News]

5. Martin weighed 140 pounds. Zimmerman weighs 250 pounds. [Orlando Sentinel; WDBO]

6. Martin’s English teacher described him as “as an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness.” [Orlando Sentinel]

7. Martin had no criminal record. [New York Times]

8. Zimmerman “was charged in July 2005 with resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer. The charges appear to have been dropped.” [Huffington Post]

9. Zimmerman called the police 46 times since Jan. 1, 2011. [Miami Herald]

10. According to neighbors, Zimmerman was “fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.” [Miami Herald]

11. Zimmerman “had been the subject of complaints by neighbors in his gated community for aggressive tactics” [Huffington Post]

12. A police officer “corrected” a key witness. “The officer told the witness, a long-time teacher, it was Zimmerman who cried for help, said the witness. ABC News has spoken to the teacher and she confirmed that the officer corrected her when she said she heard the teenager shout for help.” [ABC News]

13. Three witnesses say they heard a boy cry for help before a shot was fired.“Three witnesses contacted by The Miami Herald say they saw or heard the moments before and after the Miami Gardens teenager’s killing. All three said they heard the last howl for help from a despondent boy.” [Miami Herald]

14. The officer in charge of the crime scene also received criticism in 2010 when he initially failed to arrest a lieutenant’s son who was videotaped attacking a homeless black man. [New York Times]

15. The police did not test Zimmerman for drugs or alcohol. A law enforcement expert told ABC that Zimmerman sounds intoxicated on the 911 tapes. Drug and alcohol testing is “standard procedure in most homicide investigations.” [ABC News]

The Martin case had been turned over to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office. Martin’s family has asked for the FBI to investigate.

UPDATE: FBI tells ABC News they are monitoring the Trayvon Martin investigation and have been in touch with local authorities.

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  • seattleman 2012/03/22 01:40:50
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    +5
    Let me add:

    15b) While Zimmerman was NOT tested for drugs or alcohol, Trayvon Martin's dead body WAS!! I think that speaks volumes.

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  • Proggy 2012/03/29 05:44:57
  • susan BN-0 2012/03/22 15:25:47
    susan BN-0
    +3
    I hope this young man and his family get justice.
  • #Justic... susan BN-0 2012/03/22 18:12:48
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +2
    So do I Susan. What happened to him is every mother's worst nightmare who has raised a black son. I fear for my sons & grandsons.
  • susan BN-0 #Justic... 2012/03/23 13:52:30
  • #Justic... susan BN-0 2012/03/23 21:57:56
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +2
    There was an image on Facebook last night that almost brought me to tears. My pastor has all the time said we're living in perilous times.

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akama...
  • susan BN-0 #Justic... 2012/03/24 00:21:36
    susan BN-0
    +2
    Times are definatly bad when an Innocent young man get's murdered and the man who killed him Is free to roam the streets.
  • #Justic... susan BN-0 2012/03/24 00:38:02
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +2
    Scares the crap out of me even thinking about it. Did you hear that Geraldo Rivera had the nerve to say Trayvon was partially to blame cuz he was wearing a hoodie? I got so angry when I heard that all I could think of was "I hope he rots in hell!" What made it even worse was some hateful BIGOTS on this site agreed with him. Stinkin low-lifes sure know how to bring out my Irish temper that I work so hard to keep under control.
  • susan BN-0 #Justic... 2012/03/24 02:35:16
    susan BN-0
    +2
    Yes,that Is total crap he didn't do anything to deserve what happend to him.
  • #Justic... susan BN-0 2012/03/25 17:46:40
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +2
    I totally agree. I wonder what he would have to say if someone showed him a picture of him & Bill-O the clown at what appeared to be a sporting event wearing hoodies? Would they deserve to be gunned down because of their attire? Of course not & neither did Trayvon.
  • susan BN-0 #Justic... 2012/03/25 18:25:38
    susan BN-0
    +2
    So true.
  • Proggy susan BN-0 2012/03/29 05:55:53
    Proggy
    +2
    This is my daughter....

    Dru

    She is Jewish (me) and Black (her mother) and I see exactly what you're saying. If a single hair on her head is ever harmed the safest place for that person would be a jail cell.
  • susan BN-0 Proggy 2012/03/29 10:03:53
    susan BN-0
    +2
    She Is beautiful,I don't blame you for feeling that way,I would hurt someone who harmed one of my kids.
  • Proggy susan BN-0 2012/03/29 15:29:35
    Proggy
    +2
    Thank you! :-)
  • #Justic... Proggy 2012/03/29 22:04:12
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +2
    She's a beautiful young lady. My children are bi-racial also (black/white) & I feel the same way about mines as you do your's.
  • seattleman 2012/03/22 01:40:50
    seattleman
    +5
    Let me add:

    15b) While Zimmerman was NOT tested for drugs or alcohol, Trayvon Martin's dead body WAS!! I think that speaks volumes.
  • #Justic... seattleman 2012/03/22 02:07:49
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +3
    My God, it certainly does.
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/03/22 00:19:05
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +4
    It isn't up to the police to evaluate someone's excuse for killing someone. Their job is to arrest someone when they have "probable cause." I'd say admitting killing someone is pretty good probable cause.

    I don't understand what's taking the local AG and the Feds so long to get this loon behind bars where he belongs.

    I hope the police lose their jobs too -- they aren't enforcing the law in that town and have no business wearing badges. Besides being a disgrace to their profession, they're a disgrace to the human race.
  • Kirino 2012/03/21 23:46:19
  • #Justic... Kirino 2012/03/22 02:09:40
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +2
    Your idiotic response is duly noted!
  • Kirino #Justic... 2012/03/22 02:21:47
  • #Justic... Kirino 2012/03/22 03:01:53
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +3
    You must be a Republican--NO HEART! A 17 year old boy was MURDERED! Lord help me Jesus.
  • Kirino #Justic... 2012/03/22 03:04:40
  • Ty ~ PHAET Kirino 2012/03/22 07:14:45
    Ty ~ PHAET
    +1
    Zimmerman killed someone. It's up to him to prove that he did it in self-defense, otherwise he will be charged with murder. That's the way the law works.
  • taitaFa... Kirino 2012/03/23 17:34:22
    taitaFalcon23
    he's already admitted he took the young man's life - what he didn't say was whether he obeyed the law - which I don't believe this law applies. That makes him pretty damn guilty
  • taitaFa... Kirino 2012/03/23 17:31:19 (edited)
    taitaFalcon23
    +1
    There are lessons in everythihg; a young man is dead and we don't yet know why. Remaining ignorant of the answer to that question is pretty d*mn foolish. Whether you deserve it or not you should be able to live in a country and neigborhood where you won't be shot for not answering questions to an unidentified person or risk immediate execution - no due process; skip the trial; just move right over to the execution as decided by one uninformed, undeducated person.

    Zimmerman had a gun, Martin has some skittles - how is that fair? How is it that Zimmerman should get a pass for making al life ending mistake - and no one is allowed to even use their 1st amendment right to disagree with this idiot's judgement, decision or his implementation of law he was too ignorant to understand? If you believe in what you're saying, take a walk down the same street - maybe you'll survive and maybe you won't. Zimmerman is still out there and armed. Maybe your appearance scares him. But if you don't survive - I promise not to care
  • Lulu's Mom 2012/03/21 22:08:27
    Lulu's Mom
    +2
    I would not cry if someone shot him in the head. And why has he not been charged yet?
  • #Justic... Lulu's Mom 2012/03/22 02:10:33
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +2
    To quote my Mom, "That is the $64,000 question" my friend.
  • JoeLove~PWCM~JLA 2012/03/21 21:02:43
    JoeLove~PWCM~JLA
    +5
    I don't know if Zimmerman is a racist or not. I do think that this would have eventually happened to ANYONE no matter what color their skin is. I think Zimmerman WANTED to kill someone and Trayvon was a "convenient" victim for Zimmerman. I think he was looking for a way to "legally" kill someone...anyone.
  • #Justic... JoeLove... 2012/03/21 21:04:44
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +4
    Joe, I think you're probably correct. It would be interesting to find out if the "Stand Your Ground" law made it easier for him to go "hunting."
  • DiViews... #Justic... 2012/03/21 23:45:06 (edited)
  • #Justic... DiViews... 2012/03/22 02:20:15
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +4
    Straight from the lawmaker's mouth..."Stand your ground" does not apply in this case.
  • DiViews... #Justic... 2012/03/22 19:15:26
    DiViews2014
    +1
    Exactly.
  • DiViews... JoeLove... 2012/03/21 23:44:54 (edited)
  • Willie JoeLove... 2012/03/24 20:59:38
    Willie
    +1
    Well, he referred to Mr. Martin as a "coon". That's pretty racist.
  • #Justic... Willie 2012/03/25 17:47:46
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    That's for sure Willie. That word was floating around when I was a child & I'm dang near 60.
  • ordman 2012/03/21 21:01:38
    ordman
    +2
    O.K. here’s the deal. If Mr. Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin then he should pay with his life. End of debate. Just like it should be for anyone else! Race being used as a motive of the crime (remember the prosecution doesn’t have to prove motive or intent as an element of the crime in order to prove guilt) in order to try to achieve a conviction or more severe punishment. Is no more excusable than using race as a defense as to why someone shouldn’t be found guilty or as a reason to lessen a punishment once and if guilt is established. Remember what happened to Reginald Oliver Denny.
  • Woody 2012/03/21 20:27:17
    Woody
    +2
    George Zimmerman does not look like a "white man" to me, don't you think he looks hispanic or latino? That photo of Trayvon Martin does not look like a 17 year old either, it looks more like a middle school student. 1234
  • #Justic... Woody 2012/03/21 20:42:54
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +6
    That's all you got to say is what the pictures look like? I presented what was available on the net.

    Trayvon Martin is DEAD & you're focused on pictures.
  • Woody #Justic... 2012/03/21 21:19:08
    Woody
    Blacks are 13 percent of the population but are more than 50 percent of murder victims. About 95 percent of black homicide victims had a person of color as their murderer. Blacks are not only the major victims of murder but also suffer high victimization rates of all categories of serious violent crime. Most often, another person of color is the perpetrator. •The Sanford, FL violent crime rate is 25% greater than the Florida average and 117% greater than the national average. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Don't worry though, the The Rev. Al Sharpton announced he will be in Sanford, Fla. next week.
  • #Justic... Woody 2012/03/22 02:22:41
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    +1
    So you're justifying the MURDER of a 17 year old boy...Don't bother trying to respond cuz I see all you wanna do is talk smack...NOT ON MY THREAD ANYMORE!!!

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