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Trayvon Martin’s case spurs official shake-up in Florida

Tyvron Martin, 17, was fatally shot in late February by George Zimmerman, 28, who claimed he was acting in self-defence


 

The killing of an unarmed black teenager has put the police department in Sanford, Fla., and state laws regarding self-defence, under an uncomfortable spotlight.

Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot in late February by George Zimmerman, 28, who claimed he was acting in self-defence. Zimmerman has not been arrested and continues to carry a license to have a gun. Police have defended their handling of the situation claiming the case falls under the “Stand Your Ground” state law, which allows individuals to use fatal force when acting in self-defence. But the recent release of 911 calls suggest there could be more to the story and race could be a factor.

According to a Think Progress fact sheet, Zimmerman, a white male, has a record of acting like a vigilante. (He belongs to a neighbourhood watch group). “Zimmerman called the police 46 times since Jan. 1, 2011.” (…) “According to neighbors, Zimmerman was ‘fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.'”

The Miami Herald reported yesterday that Sanford Police Chief, Bill Lee Jr., was stepping down over his handling of the Martin file, and Florida Governor Rick Scott has appointed a new prosecutor to lead the case.

Martin’s death has become a national, and now international, matter. Florida high school students have staged street protests calling for a thorough investigation for the past few days, and yesterday in New York City over 1,000 protesters with the Occupy Wall Street movement marched calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.


 
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Trayvon Martin’s case spurs official shake-up in Florida

  1. Trayvon

    • amy b u whish you had a bigg —

  2. George Zimmerman is Spanish American & Clearly a Racist . This murder is absolutely a HATE crime.
    911 call clearly demonstrates his intentions , Let the Jury decide this instead of rouge Sanford PD. George Zimmerman. Said clearly on the phone , “these Assholes they always get away , Fucking coon!

    • Define “racist”. As for this, no one knows if either Zimmerman or Martin did something to instigate this…or if either was under the influence of drugs.

      • Whether someone was on drugs or someone instigated it- is irrelevant. At the end of the day an unarmed boy was shot intentionally and murdered and the culprit should be prosecuted as such. 

        • Amanda
          Do some research and get ALL the facts before you start in with the accusations of intentional murder. Look past the CBC/MSNBC et al. Right now both the left and the right news media types are trying to put their side of the story in the best light. The facts of this incident are still not fully known, however some of the news reporting websites are more balanced than the MSM with their reporting full of vitriolic hate.
          As a side note – just try to find the story in the MSM regarding a white boy in Kansas (I think) being sprayed with gasoline and set on fire by two black guys.

  3. I think people should get the facts first before they make  certain statements.  The Public doesn’t have the full story yet.

  4. hmmmmmm.. seem as if anymore when a boy/man that is black is involved in a criminal matter of any kind with a non black person… the race card is pulled. i am unsure any longer of exactly what is :”racist” anyway. and why does it always seem to be about blacks beeing done wrong. can’t this simply be a case that involved (2) young men who were both too immature to handle themselves and the communication/confrontation went bad??

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