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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 04-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #2716
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:40 PM   #2717
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:58 PM   #2718
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:25 PM   #2719
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DEM REPS SPONSOR RESOLUTION BLAMING 'RACIAL BIAS' FOR TRAYVON SHOOTING
There is little to no evidence that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin because Martin was black. But that hasn’t stopped members of the Congressional Black Caucus from sponsoring a resolution linking Martin to gun control and lamenting supposed racial profiling of the teenager:
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:23 PM   #2720
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DEM REPS SPONSOR RESOLUTION BLAMING 'RACIAL BIAS' FOR TRAYVON SHOOTING
There is little to no evidence that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin because Martin was black. But that hasn’t stopped members of the Congressional Black Caucus from sponsoring a resolution linking Martin to gun control and lamenting supposed racial profiling of the teenager:
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governm...von-Resolution
Holy facepalm, Batman!

Embarrassingly, Cleaver is involved with this. Mr. Cleaver, what became of the kid doused in gas in KCMO, on his front porch? Co-sponsoring a resolution for that incident? For the Baltimore incident?
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:32 PM   #2721
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DEM REPS SPONSOR RESOLUTION BLAMING 'RACIAL BIAS' FOR TRAYVON SHOOTING
That's terrible. Are they saying that if Trayvon hadn't been black he wouldn't have attacked Zimmerman and put him in fear for his life? That seems like an unfair racial assumption.
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #2722
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That's terrible. Are they saying that if Trayvon hadn't been black he wouldn't have attacked Zimmerman and put him in fear for his life? That seems like an unfair racial assumption.
i'm going to assume that this is no more than a clever/witty way of emphasizing how ludicrous the actions of the congressional black caucus in this matter are...

their position goes beyond just politics as usual...

i think their attempt to pander to the angry mostly black crowds is just short of despicable...

but they are after all congress critters and i shouldn't expect too much...
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:46 PM   #2723
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Old 04-04-2012, 05:50 PM   #2725
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wth is that?

some wild-ass liberal democrat?

reminds me of crazy maxine waters...
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i'm going to assume that this is no more than a clever/witty way of emphasizing how ludicrous the actions of the congressional black caucus in this matter are...

their position goes beyond just politics as usual...

i think their attempt to pander to the angry mostly black crowds is just short of despicable...

but they are after all congress critters and i shouldn't expect too much...
Maybe not clever or witty, but yes, I was just ridiculing. I agree with you.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:09 PM   #2728
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you have done a nice job of making this Mr. Z's issue.

This thread starts with title of shoots innocent black youth...Now is that confirmed or is this a twist to make this a ridiculous story.
I don't know what you're trying to imply. That Trayvon is some kind of a reckless kid with a guilty streak because his Dad wasn't worried enough to call the police because their son wasn't home late at night? Or that his parents were somehow uncaring parents because of it? He said he figured Trayvon went to the movies and his cell phone went dead.

The fact that his Dad waited until the next morning to call the police has no bearing on anybody's guilt. I can't believe people would even try to spin this to imply anything.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:16 PM   #2729
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You have to go through the courtyard just a few yards north of the site of the shooting to get to the truck if you take a direct path. It seems like you're either misreading the map or exaggerating the distance off the direct path.
There are two ways to read the map. Either he was heading north through the courtyard, which implies that during the 911 call, he was already cutting into the courtyard to intervene and also implies he could have reasonably cut Trayvon Martin off. Or he was following the path north, which is what some are implying from the 911 call and ended up at the upper right corner of the neighborhood (he took that path to retain a visual). In that instance, the best path back to his truck is to stay on the sidewalk and walk in a straight line.

Zimmerman's duty was to maintain a visual. The minute he stepped deep into that courtyard away from the outer sidewalk, he pretty boldly declared he was going to take this head on. Like I said, it is very, very hard to justify him being in the courtyard unless he was pursuing Trayvon, just as it is very highly likely that Trayvon doubled back to meet up with Zimmerman. The most plausible story is that they both stepped into a confrontation when they should have backed down.
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