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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 12-04-2012, 12:35 PM   #3526
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No jury can hear that evidence (the police 1st release a B&W picture, then a blurry color one...and only when pressed...FINALLY release the high res image) without coming to the conclusion that the police are YET AGAIN actively trying to hide evidence and interfere with discovery.

I am blown away that they are still trying for murder 2, they ought to be brought up on charges themselves.

How long before this mess is dropped....

Oh and did anyone else notice that Trayvon is now 'cutting through' the gated community....and his father doesn't actually live there? That's new to me.
When this gets dropped how long before the riots start ?
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:39 PM   #3527
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No jury can hear that evidence (the police 1st release a B&W picture, then a blurry color one...and only when pressed...FINALLY release the high res image) without coming to the conclusion that the police are YET AGAIN actively trying to hide evidence and interfere with discovery.

I am blown away that they are still trying for murder 2, they ought to be brought up on charges themselves.

How long before this mess is dropped....

Oh and did anyone else notice that Trayvon is now 'cutting through' the gated community....and his father doesn't actually live there? That's new to me.
I don't know if that maters, though. Unless Zimmerman knew that somehow. I can't see how where Martin actually lived makes a difference.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #3528
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I don't know if that maters, though. Unless Zimmerman knew that somehow. I can't see how where Martin actually lived makes a difference.
I think it's more on an indictment on the way the story was framed from the get go by the media.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:27 PM   #3529
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I think it's more on an indictment on the way the story was framed from the get go by the media.
He was just getting skittles for the kids man! He was doing it for the kids!
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:48 AM   #3530
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Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against NBC over the way it edited his 911 call -- placed moments before Martin was shot -- claiming the network falsely made Zimmerman look like a "hostile racist."

You'll recall, NBC launched an internal investigation over the tape after it aired the edited recording -- which made it sound like Zimmerman immediately told police that Martin was black, without being prompted.

In actuality, the full 911 tape reveals Zimmerman only referred to Martin as "black" when responding to a question from the dispatcher about Trayvon's race.

Zimmerman accuses NBC of creating a "false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmerman's own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create the illusion of statements that Zimmerman never actually made."

He's suing for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, demanding unspecified damages.

Zimmerman -- a former neighborhood watch coordinator for a gated community in Florida -- fatally shot 17-year-old Martin on February 26th. George has claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/06/george...#ixzz2ENTr4Mei
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:53 AM   #3532
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He is going to be a very rich and free man after the dust settles.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:43 AM   #3533
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On MSNBC website they had the latest picture of him with the broken nose in the rotating headlines captioned "Newest Pictures of Killer". I hope MSNBC gets their scumbag assess sued right off the air.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:45 PM   #3534
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On MSNBC website they had the latest picture of him with the broken nose in the rotating headlines captioned "Newest Pictures of Killer". I hope MSNBC gets their scumbag assess sued right off the air.
pfffft.... fox news is corrupt.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:27 PM   #3535
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On MSNBC website they had the latest picture of him with the broken nose in the rotating headlines captioned "Newest Pictures of Killer". I hope MSNBC gets their scumbag assess sued right off the air.
Isn't he by definition a killer?
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:13 PM   #3536
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Isn't he by definition a killer?
No, people don't kill people , guns kill people remember?
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:51 PM   #3537
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He'll always have to be looking over his shoulder for you-know-who though.
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No, people don't kill people , guns kill people remember?
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