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Old 03-08-2012, 12:50 PM  
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Neighborhood watch captain shoots innocent black youth and doesn't even get arrested

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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The family of a 17-year-old African-American boy shot to death last month in his gated Florida community by a white Neighborhood Watch captain wants to see the captain arrested, the family's lawyer said on Wednesday.

Trayvon Martin was shot dead after he took a break from watching NBA All-Star game television coverage to walk 10 minutes to a convenience store to buy snacks including Skittles candy requested by his 13-year-old brother, Chad, the family's lawyer Ben Crump said.

"He was a good kid," Crump said in an interview, adding that the family would issue a call for the Watch captain's arrest at a news conference on Thursday. "On his way home, a Neighborhood Watch loose cannon shot and killed him."

[Related: Fla. teen avoids deportation]

Trayvon, who lived in Miami with his mother, had been visiting his father and stepmother in a gated townhome community called The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, 20 miles north of Orlando.

As Trayvon returned to the townhome, Sanford police received a 911 call reporting a suspicious person.

Although names are blacked out on the police report, Crump and media reports at the time of the shooting identified the caller as George Zimmerman who is listed in the community's newsletter as the Neighborhood Watch captain.

Without waiting for police to arrive, Crump said, Zimmerman confronted Trayvon, who was on the sidewalk near his home. By the time police got there, Trayvon was dead of a single gunshot to the chest.

"What do the police find in his pocket? Skittles," Crump said. "A can of Arizona ice tea in his jacket pocket and Skittles in his front pocket for his brother Chad."

Zimmerman could not be reached for comment on Wednesday evening at a phone number listed for him on the community's newsletter.

Crump said the family was concerned that police might decide to consider the shooting as self defense, and that police have ignored the family's request for a copy of the original 911 call, which they think will shed light on the incidents.

"If the 911 protocol across the country held to form here, they told him not to get involved. He disobeyed that order," said Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the family.

"He (Zimmerman) didn't have to get out of his car," said Crump, who has prepared a public records lawsuit to file on Thursday if the family doesn't get the 911 tape. "If he never gets out of his car, there is no reason for self-defense. Trayvon only has skittles. He has the gun."

Since Trayvon, a high school junior who wanted to be a pilot, was black and Zimmerman is white, Crump said race is "the 600 pound elephant in the room."

"Why is this kid suspicious in the first place? I think a stereotype must have been placed on the kid," Crump said.

(Editing By Cynthia Johnston and Peter Bohan)

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Old 03-23-2012, 12:36 PM   #916
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I think it's interesting that the photo all of the news outlets show of Zimmerman is an old photo of him that appears to have been taken from jail.
My wife made the same observation last night.
And if obama had a son he'd look like trayvon.
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:37 PM   #917
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:40 PM   #918
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Old 03-23-2012, 12:42 PM   #919
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:18 PM   #921
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:28 PM   #922
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I work at City Hall in Houston. There are goofs protesting about this outside the building as we speak - IN HOUSTON TEXAS - 1000 MILES AWAY FROM FLORIDA!!!...
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:29 PM   #923
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But if we ban guns, how are the black guys supposed to kill a white kid in retaliation for the murder committed by the Hispanic guy?

Maybe they can beat the white kid to death with an Asian guy. Asians are small and can be swung around relatively easily, right?
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:30 PM   #924
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I work at City Hall in Houston. There are goofs protesting about this outside the building as we speak - IN HOUSTON TEXAS - 1000 MILES AWAY FROM FLORIDA!!!...
It is an issue that has resonated with a lot of people.
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It is an issue that has resonated with a lot of people.
Yeah - I get that in all but these fools are acting like it happened here. One sign reads - "This would NOT HAPPEN to a WHITE YOOTH" ... Yes - I spelled it EXACTLY as it's written on the sign. Hope it makes the news.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:38 PM   #926
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Yeah - I get that in all but these fools are acting like it happened here.
Based on what?

Protests for things that don't happen local happen in all kinds of situations.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:39 PM   #927
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But if we ban guns, how are the black guys supposed to kill a white kid in retaliation for the murder committed by the Hispanic guy?

Maybe they can beat the white kid to death with an Asian guy. Asians are small and can be swung around relatively easily, right?
Or they could take his abacus and beat them both down with it.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:39 PM   #928
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So let me get this straight..

This watchman was punched in the face and this kid was on top of him and he shot him?
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:21 PM   #929
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According to today's Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up in a multiracial home and is a Spanish speaker. Not hispanic enough for you White Whale? By your calculus, is Obama black, and what is the difference?
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:22 PM   #930
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