He killed my son … He killed my son. He couldn’t control himself.Tracey Martin • Speaking emotionally while listening to 911 tapes describing exactly what happened when his son, Trayvon Martin, was allegedly killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, ran out of the room halfway through the airing of the 911 calls. “It’s surprising. It’s shocking,” the father later said. “It lets me know that justice is just not being served here. All we want is justice for our son. We’re not asking for anything out of the ordinary.” During the clip, Zimmerman suggested Trayvon might be on drugs; in reality, he went to a local convenience store to get some snacks. Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested in the case.
The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation. The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident.Justice Department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa • In a statement on the Trayvon Martin case, promising that the DOJ would take a close look into the controversial shooting of a Florida teen. The department will also send its Community Relations Service to Sanford, Florida, in an attempt to defuse tensions in the city. The city has faced growing calls of frustration that it has mishandled the incident, in which the gunman, volunteer neighborhood watch employee George Zimmerman, has not been charged with a crime.
My mother, Ada Sharpton passed in the early hours of this morning. She was my all. I hope God will give her now, PEACE. I love you, Mom.The Rev. Al Sharpton • In a tweet earlier this morning revealing his mother had died. Despite this sad news, he still chose to travel to Florida to attend a rally against the shooting of Trayvon Martin: ”I am on the flight to Florida and will move forward with our plans to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin. My MOM would have wanted me to,” he tweeted a short time later.
I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.Geraldo Rivera • He continued:, saying that “every time you see someone sticking up a 7-11, the kid is wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or they get the old lady in the alcove, it’s a kid wearing a hoodie.” Geraldo eventually concluded that, Million Hoodie March aside, “you can not rehabilitate the hoodie.” We predict that these comments won’t be controversial at all. source (via • follow)
What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background. Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him. That’s just nonsense dividing this country up.Newt Gingrich • Decrying President Obama’s comments on the Trayvon Martin case on Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday. For those who didn’t hear, President Obama mentioned, while discussing the boy’s tragic killing, that if he himself had a son, “he’d look like Trayvon.” In Newt’s world, this represents a heinously divisive racial statement, tantamount to saying that if Martin had been white, his death would’ve been okay. This dovetails with Gingrich’s aggressive, bomb-throwing style in the past couple weeks, one that sometimes smells strongly of desperation – he’s also railed against the TV show GCB, and tried to gin up outrage over an extremely innocuous Robert DeNiro joke. To put it simply, it’s precisely this self-destructive, scorched earth, attack at all costs (no matter the sensitivity of the issue, clearly) instinct that made the GOP establishment turn on Gingrich’s campaign late last year, blunting his momentum and torpedoing his chances at winning the nomination. source (via • follow)
It sounds pretty obvious to me. If that was a racial epithet that preceded the attack on Trayvon Martin, we definitely have a hate crime.Drexel University law professor Donald Tibbs • Suggesting that, if George Zimmerman, the gunman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, used a racial slur to describe Martin (as has been suggested by many who listened to the 911 tapes before Martin’s shooting), the federal government could charge Zimmerman with a hate crime. Others disagree on this sentiment, but the Justice Department could decide this depending on what evidence they find. Or, depending on whether the state of Florida chooses to charge Zimmerman themselves, they may not act at all. Zimmerman’s attorney claims his client, who is half-white and half-Hispanic, acted in self-defense and was injured in the incident.