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March 10, 2012

Trayvon Martin: Neighborhood watch captain claims self-defense in teen’s death

  • cause A few weeks ago, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was watching the NBA All-Star Game with his father and soon-to-be stepfamily (who live in a gated community outside Orlando) when he went out to get snacks at a local convenience store.
  • reaction The neighborhood watch captain of the gated community, George Zimmerman, allegedly called 911 believing Martin to be suspicious. Before police could get involved, a fight started; Zimmerman later shot and killed Martin.
  • result Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested; some (including a lawyer for the family) suggest racial profiling. The 911 tapes haven’t been released out of fear it might bias witnesses, but may be next week. The family has sued to hear the tapes. source

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1:16 // 2 years ago
March 16, 2012
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.
22:37 // 2 years ago
22:50 // 2 years ago
March 20, 2012
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.
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11:41 // 2 years ago

Over the last few weeks, the Trayvon Martin shooting has thrust itself squarely in the public spotlight. It’s obviously touched, devastated, and outraged many people, often in equal measure. One person to be counted amongst those in a profound state of grief – Martin’s girlfriend, a 16-year-old who was speaking to him on the phone moments before the fatal shooting. The phone records were released by the attorney representing Martin’s family, Benjamin Crump, who says the teen is now “traumatized beyond anything that you can imagine.” source

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22:54 // 2 years ago
March 22, 2012
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.
10:20 // 2 years ago
March 23, 2012
11:07 // 2 years ago
If you think Politico commenters could find nothing to get angry about in regards to the Trayvon Martin story, you’d be wrong. HyperVocal has some pretty shocking lowlights.

If you think Politico commenters could find nothing to get angry about in regards to the Trayvon Martin story, you’d be wrong. HyperVocal has some pretty shocking lowlights.

12:14 // 2 years ago
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 (viafollow)
18:25 // 2 years ago