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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."

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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 03-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #1141
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I do understand that concept. What normal people would do is call the police and let them handle the emergency of someone walking down the sidewalk. It's not like the kid was parkouring across peoples' patios.

He did call the Police, as usual they were late
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #1142
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Then why didn't he run away? Why didn't he use his cell to call 911? Why did he swing at zimmerman?

Could it be perhaps that he was up to no good and didn't want the police to get involved? I don't know. Neither do you.

However, my questions can't be used as evidence to support my point until they've been verified. Unfortunately, neither can yours.
If he's up to no good, then it's not Zimmerman's job to deal with it.

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Old 03-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #1143
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You'd best never come to Phoenix if you think the only thing people will do if you trespass is call the police.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #1144
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BTW Zimmerman had made 50-odd calls to police in the last year. That's one crime riddled gated community.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #1145
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If this was a national story solely because a "perceived white guy" killed a black kid, then the country would shut down for 2 weeks every time a black person killed a white person.

It isn't about that. It's about an armed man instigating a confrontation with an unarmed person, killing them and then bearing no consequences afterwards.
My dick. Over half the country thinks it was about race. For christ sakes Al Sharpton is protesting with 10,000 people.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:00 PM   #1146
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He did call the Police, as usual they were late
Late to what?
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My dick. Over half the country thinks it was about race. For christ sakes Al Sharpton is protesting with 10,000 people.
Have you ever seen Al Sharptounge go anywhere to protest for a white dude?
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:01 PM   #1148
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If he's up to no good, then it's not Zimmerman's job to deal with it.

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He doesn't have a right to protect his property? I disagree right there.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:01 PM   #1149
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Late to what?
To arrest the perp
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Have you ever seen Al Sharptounge go anywhere to protest for a white dude?
Never, but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:03 PM   #1151
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re-read my post, it is clarified for you. And yes, whether the kid attacked the shooter matters very much. It is in all probability why the shooter wasn't arrested and shouldn't be arrested.
This is exactly why you don't put yourself in that situation when you're carrying. It basically comes to your word against a dead boy's word. A dead boy with a clean record.
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To arrest the perp
For what?
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He doesn't have a right to protect his property? I disagree right there.
For ****'s sake, it was not his property. What was he protecting his property from exactly?
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For what?
What every cop arrests black people for.... Being black man... geez

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This is exactly why you don't put yourself in that situation when you're carrying. It basically comes to your word against a dead boy's word. A dead boy with a clean record.
Not how it works.
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