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Old 03-08-2012, 11:50 AM  
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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 03-25-2012, 01:56 PM   #1501
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Yeah. He's better off where he is. The family should just drop it.
Drop it? They have the doj, Fbi and a grand jury convening on April 10. Aldo they are initiating s civil suit. What MORE do they want? Please tell me.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:56 PM   #1502
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Lol. Which is why the police dept. is taking public crucifixion. Because they have indisputable evidence that could end the debate.

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I bet they could have a security tape and and the racially charged people would swear it was doctored.

An explanation will come, if the guy killed him in cold blood he will get his...
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:58 PM   #1503
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Drop it? They have the doj, Fbi and a grand jury convening on April 10. Aldo they are initiating s civil suit. What MORE do they want? Please tell me.
I know! I agree. Haven't they done enough damage?
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:58 PM   #1504
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I don't see why they would want to protect Zimmerman, it's not like he is a celebrity...
Probably the same reason they ignored when an officers son shot and killed a black guy in the back, or when they ignored when another officer's son beat up a black homeless guy.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:00 PM   #1506
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:00 PM   #1507
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Looks like someone else that needs to be followed by neighborhood watch.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:01 PM   #1508
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I know! I agree. Haven't they done enough damage?
Damage? You ****ing troll. You cant even answer a simple question honestly. You bring shame to that name.
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Damage? You ****ing troll. You cant even answer a simple question honestly. You bring shame to that name.
What was the question you dumb ass?
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Oh what do they want? They probably want their son back.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:06 PM   #1511
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What was the question you dumb ass?
What more would the family like than s grand jury, don investigation, Fbi involvement, civil rights leaders involvement, and a civil suit against the city of Sanford?
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #1512
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What more would the family like than s grand jury, don investigation, Fbi involvement, civil rights leaders involvement, and a civil suit against the city of Sanford?
They probably would have like the killer to have been arrested when he was standing over the dead body with gun in hand.
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If Zimmerman was the one that provoked a confrontation by following Martin, I'm not sure how he can claim self defense. Martin becomes the victim who was being followed by an assailant. Its then his right to defend himself. If you provoke a confrontation, its not your right to pull a weapon. Zimmerman is not the victim, Martin is in that scenario.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:33 PM   #1514
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If Zimmerman was the one that provoked a confrontation by following Martin, I'm not sure how he can claim self defense. Martin becomes the victim who was being followed by an assailant. Its then his right to defend himself. If you provoke a confrontation, its not your right to pull a weapon. Zimmerman is not the victim, Martin is in that scenario.
By Zimmermans own 911 call, we know that Martin ran.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:38 PM   #1515
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They probably would have like the killer to have been arrested when he was standing over the dead body with gun in hand.
Well, there wasn't enough evidence (by law they could not arrest him) so there is now going to be a grand jury where both sides get to present evidence and a jury gets to make the decision whether or not he should stand trial.

What is so ****ing difficult to understand about that?
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