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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 07-14-2013, 02:43 PM   #6091
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Which is reasonable. I sure hope that in a civil trial, they focus more on deconstructing whether he should have gotten out of the truck. I don't think Zimmerman will have a good day in upcoming liability suits.
My understanding is that Florida law prohibits civil lawsuits against the defendant if a jury finds not guilty due to self defense. I've heard that on all three cable networks.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:43 PM   #6092
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Of course not. The media wouldn't have found it news worthy and Al Sharpton would've stayed home.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:44 PM   #6093
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On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asked for the Justice Department to prosecute George Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday night in the killing of Trayvon Martin. “I think the Justice Department is going to take a look at this,” Reid told NBC’s Meet the Press. “This isn’t over with and I think that’s good. That’s our system, it’s gotten better, not worse.”

Reid did acknowledge the verdict, stating, “I am a trial lawyer and have [brought] over 100 cases to a jury. I don’t always agree with what the jury does but that’s the system and I support the system.”
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:46 PM   #6094
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Obama statement:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:47 PM   #6095
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My understanding is that Florida law prohibits civil lawsuits against the defendant if a jury finds not guilty due to self defense. I've heard that on all three cable networks.
Really? That's interesting information.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:51 PM   #6096
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It is just common sense IMO. Do you think if a white kid was walking back he would have called the cops and pursued?
Zimmerman is a chubby wannbe badass who did not "break the law" I think this clown would have done the same with a white kid also. This case just sucks plain and simple. Some who post here are just happy a "thug" got shot. They are also wannabe badass shitbags. **** Zimmerman and anyone who thinks that c**t is a hero~
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:53 PM   #6097
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Zimmerman is a chubby wannbe badass who did not "break the law" I think this clown would have done the same with a white kid also. This case just sucks plain and simple. Some who post here are just happy a "thug" got shot. They are also wannabe badass shitbags. **** Zimmerman and anyone who thinks that c**t is a hero~
He wasn't chubby at the time. You sound really bad ass yourself.
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Old 07-14-2013, 02:56 PM   #6098
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He wasn't chubby at the time. You sound really bad ass yourself.
Whatever buc this clown ain't no hero. If the fact I think he is a clown offends you so be it~
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The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
What a ****ing douche bag.

Way to politicize the death of a person. Glad this is a tragedy for America and a statement about gun laws.
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Obama wants to honor a guy who pinned an innocent man to the street and was slamming his head against the concrete.

What a shithead prez.
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Whatever buc this clown ain't no hero. If the fact I think he is a clown offends you so be it~
I never considered him a hero but more a victim of our racial profiling of Zimmerman media and resident reverse-race profiler chiefzilla. I don't know anyone here that thought he was a hero either. I just thought certain words you used were strong as in being bad-ass themselves.
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The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
Honor Trayvon by burning a few cities, loot some businesses, steal some cars and get it on with the man. Obama shouls honor our system that found an innocent man not guilty not celebrate a doper thug teen POS who got more than he expected. Fu obama
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Honor Trayvon by burning a few cities, loot some businesses, steal some cars and get it on with the man. Obama shouls honor our system that found an innocent man not guilty not celebrate a doper thug teen POS who got more than he expected. Fu obama
Come on, Trayvon hadn't committed a crime in that neighborhood that night; nor do we know if he was planning any. Plenty of white kids use dope too.
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