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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 07-09-2013, 09:28 PM   #5206
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I think some of you are underestimating the amount of (misplaced) righteous indignation thats wrapped up in this situation.

When zimmerman gets off with what amounts to a slap on the wrist, there will be incidents around the country, bet on it... and all of the emoticons on the internet wont change it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:30 PM   #5207
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I think some of you are underestimating the amount of (misplaced) righteous indignation thats wrapped up in this situation.

When zimmerman gets off with what amounts to a slap on the wrist, there will be incidents around the country, bet on it... and all of the emoticons on the internet wont change it.
I read it and the twitter feeds are insane. All those people are guilty of a federal crime.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:33 PM   #5208
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:34 PM   #5209
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I read it and the twitter feeds are insane. All those people are guilty of a federal crime.
What did you read?
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:13 PM   #5210
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They all boil down to all blacks should riot and so on. Its really sad.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:38 PM   #5211
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Really? I don't think so. I could maybe see the people of Sanford rioting, but you think LA, NY, where ever else is going to throw down?
I live about 20 miles from Sanford...

I'll let you know...
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:58 PM   #5212
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:16 AM   #5213
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well then he will be getting locked up for 25+ years because clearly he is guilty of murder

if he wasn't a victim, he can't therefore use self defense

so according to you, he is doomed
The LAW believes that he acted in self defense, doesn't matter what I think. I think he picked a fight, was getting his ass handed to him and killed the guy. It was brought on by him and because his actions wrote a check his ass couldn't cash and he killed the guy. So.. no Zimmerman was never a victim in my eyes. If I was on the jury, based on the evidence and the law I would HAVE to find him not guilty to this point.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:18 AM   #5214
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That's ridiculous. People are stupid to post that or think that even.
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The LAW believes that he acted in self defense, doesn't matter what I think. I think he picked a fight, was getting his ass handed to him and killed the guy. It was brought on by him and because his actions wrote a check his ass couldn't cash and he killed the guy. So.. no Zimmerman was never a victim in my eyes. If I was on the jury, based on the evidence and the law I would HAVE to find him not guilty to this point.
Yeah...you're also the guy who constantly swears that players are throwing games and hope that they get their asses beat by their own teammates in the locker rooms at halftime.

You're not exactly good at determining intent.
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I'd say Martin and Zimmerman were both victims of their own stupidity.

And for Zimmerman you can tack on being the victim of an embarrassing display of disgraceful journalism.
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The LAW believes that he acted in self defense, doesn't matter what I think. I think he picked a fight, was getting his ass handed to him and killed the guy. It was brought on by him and because his actions wrote a check his ass couldn't cash and he killed the guy. So.. no Zimmerman was never a victim in my eyes. If I was on the jury, based on the evidence and the law I would HAVE to find him not guilty to this point.
Supposing Zimmerman was an old lady. Maybe your mom or grandmother.

Still think Trayvon™ should have beat the shit out of her?

Like he did the bus driver?
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The LAW believes that he acted in self defense, doesn't matter what I think. I think he picked a fight, was getting his ass handed to him and killed the guy. It was brought on by him and because his actions wrote a check his ass couldn't cash and he killed the guy. So.. no Zimmerman was never a victim in my eyes. If I was on the jury, based on the evidence and the law I would HAVE to find him not guilty to this point.
That's racist.
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I live about 20 miles from Sanford...

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