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  • Trayvon Martin’s mom: ‘I didn’t sign up for this’

    04/14/2015 3:22:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    KOIN-TV ^ | April 14, 2015 | Staff
    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke in Portland Monday night about the loss of her son and the message she hopes his legacy will instill in others. The free event was sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Portland at Marantha Church on Northeast 12th Avenue. Fulton, whose teenage son was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in an incident that sparked a nationwide debate about race, talked about transforming the tragedy into social change. “It’s not a speech, it’s not a lecture,” Fulton said. “It’s a message.” The mother of two shared the...
  • Zimmerman blames Obama for racial tensions...

    03/24/2015 5:16:02 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 30 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 3/24/15 | By Letitia Stein
    Zimmerman blames Obama for racial tensions after Trayvon Martin shooting By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - George Zimmerman, acquitted of murder charges in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen in Florida, said in a videotaped interview that President Barack Obama stoked racial tensions in the case. The former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer said he felt liberated after federal prosecutors last month decided not to press civil rights charges in the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin. "Now is the perfect time to speak my mind without fear of retaliation," Zimmerman told one of his attorneys, Howard Iken, in...
  • George Zimmerman Comes Out Hard With Fierce Accusation Against Obama Over Trayvon Controversy

    03/24/2015 1:55:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | March 23, 2015 | Justen Charters
    Last month, the Department of Justice announced that it would not prosecute George Zimmerman for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. Due to the skewering of Zimmerman by much of the media following the DOJ’s decision, he declined all interviews and press. However, Zimmerman did open up to his divorce lawyer on March 8th. And what he had to say included some choice words for President Obama. The Orlando Sentinel has more on what Zimmerman had to say: “The president should never have allowed the DOJ investigation and is guilty of ramping up racial tension when he said, “If I had...
  • George Zimmerman: President Obama amped up racial tension against me

    03/23/2015 12:06:33 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 3/23/2015 | Rene Stutzman
    In his first public comments since the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would not prosecute him for violating Trayvon Martin's civil rights, George Zimmerman says he was victimized by President Obama. The president should never have allowed the DOJ investigation and is guilty of ramping up racial tension when he said, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon," Zimmerman said. Zimmerman is the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, setting off civil rights demonstrations across the country and beyond. A Seminole County jury acquitted Zimmerman...
  • Finally Cleared, George Zimmerman Should Sue the DOJ

    02/26/2015 6:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jack Cashill
    "In all criminal prosecutions," reads the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, "the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial." In its dangling of George Zimmerman over the pit of judicial hell for the last three years, the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) violated the spirit of that amendment for no better reason than to pacify the Democrats' increasingly bloodthirsty base. Finally, on Tuesday of this week, the DOJ announced that it had found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. A White House so seemingly appalled by torture had no qualms...
  • Nationwide Protesters adopt slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’

    03/10/2015 11:43:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Cray24 Political News ^ | March 10, 2015 | Jason Uduak
    The phrase “Black Live Matter” has emerged as a movement.A lawyer, Benjamin Crump the lawyer for the families of teens killed in police shootings responded to the Justice Department’s report surrounding the conditions which led to the death of Michael Brown. He stated with an interview on, Face the Nation that the Department of Justice cannot sanitize these shootings of unarmed colored people. Representing the families of Trayvon Martin, Michel Brown and Tamir Rice; Crump does not agree with the report not bringing civil rights charges against the officers involved in these shootings. The report only brings the conditions of...
  • Trayvon’s Mother Surprised By Prevalence of Racism in America, Not DOJ’s Failure to Charge Zimmerman

    03/10/2015 1:34:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | March 2, 2015 | Taylor Gordon
    Following the death of her 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, many things came as a surprise to Sybrina Fulton. The overwhelming amount of support from the public surprised the grieving mother and the sheer pervasiveness of racism in America was startling. The Department of Justice’s recent decision not to press any charges against the man responsible for her unarmed son’s death, however, was sadly the most predictable part of the aftermath. It has been three years since volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman fatally shot Martin as he made his way home from a Florida convenient store, yet emotions in the Black...
  • Three years after Trayvon Martin killing, two women's lives intersect (Compare him to Medgar Evers)

    02/28/2015 12:36:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | February 26, 2015 | David A. Love
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) When people are faced with overwhelming trauma in their lives, some become consumed by their difficulties, while others emerge stronger for it. In special circumstances, they may find their destiny, and seek to heal the world and make all of us stronger. Myrlie Evers-Williams and Sybrina Fulton are two great women whose achievements demand our attention. Although their personal stories are separated by five decades, these women share parallel lives. Thrust into a position of leadership for the greater good of society, they have used personal grief over the loss of a loved one to become agents for change....
  • Clarke: Trayvon Martin,Michael Brown As Civil Rights Figures Desecrate Legacy Of MLK

    03/02/2015 5:11:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Jefffrey Poor
    In an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas published on Sunday, Milwaukee Co., WI Sheriff David Clarke cautioned against making the likes of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown into civil rights figures, arguing doing so desecrates the legacy of figures of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, including Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Three years after Trayvon Martin, my students fight injustice with protest art (Look)

    03/04/2015 2:15:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Guardian & Observer's Teacher Network Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Brit in the Bronx
    A teacher describes how the death Trayvon Martin made ger scrap her lesson plan and work on something more relevant with students.Brit in the Bronx teacher created her portrait of Trayvon Martin using red Skittles wrappers and cream and turquoise Arizona drinks labels.Sometimes the people you teach and the events that change their lives can take you to places you weren’t expecting. In 2012, my students had a Hoods Up For Trayvon Martin day in protest against the failure to arrest former neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman for killing the Florida teenager. They came to class with their hoods up, many...
  • Freedom Rider: Obama’s Final Insult to Trayvon Martin

    03/04/2015 1:44:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Black Agenda Report's Freedom Rider Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist
    “Holder whines that the bar is set “too high” for him to do his job.”Michael Brown’s family and the people of Ferguson, Missouri had better prepare themselves. At some point in the near future the Obama justice department will announce that there will be no federal prosecution of his killer. It isn’t hard to make this prediction. Trayvon Martin’s parents were just informed that the federal government won’t lift a finger to bring their son’s murderer to justice. It is particularly galling to watch Attorney General Eric Holder leave office being lionized as a civil rights champion when he has...
  • 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 · 88 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...