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BREAKING: Department of Justice to Investigate Death of Trayvon Martin

BREAKING: Department of Justice to Investigate Death of Trayvon Martin

 

UPDATE, MARCH 19

OFFICIAL DOJ STATEMENT IN THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE: “The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the FBI opened an investigation into the facts and circumstances of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation. The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident. With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids – the highest level of intent in criminal law. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws. The Community Relations Service will be in Sanford, Fla., this week to meet with civil rights leaders, community leaders, and local law enforcement to address tension in the community.”

March 18

Six days ago I wrote here about the senseless murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida, on February 26.

Along with his father, Trayvon was visiting his father’s girlfriend in a gated community near Orlando, FL, when he left during halftime of the NBA All-Star Game to get a bag of Skittles for his younger brother. When Martin returned into the community, with the candy and a soda, Neighborhood Watch captain George Zimmerman, 28, began to trail him. When police arrived, they found Martin dead.

At the time, without the 911 tapes, it was impossible to ascertain exactly what had happened.

But late Friday, Sanford police released a series of tapes from the last moments of Trayvon’s life.

Trayvon Martin Terrified As He Tried To Escape His Murderer

Calls made to police show that the black teenager was terrified as he tried to get away from the white neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, and that the volunteer was not defending himself as he has claimed, the teen’s family told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Far from shedding light on why police have not arrested the shooter, crime-watch volunteer George Zimmerman, the tapes have fueled even more rage, not just in Central Florida, but across the country.

Zimmerman tells a dispatcher in the first call that he is following 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He says Martin is running, but the dispatcher tells him not to follow the teen.

Zimmerman Pursues The Boy, Even After Dispatchers Tell Him Not To

But in a call to the Police Department’s non-emergency line, Zimmerman can be heard pursuing the boy, even after dispatchers tell him not to.

From The Washington Post:

“This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher from his SUV. He added that the black teen had his hand in his waistband and was walking around looking at homes.

“These a——-. They always get away,” Zimmerman said on a 911 call.

He has said he acted in self-defense, but Martin’s family said they are now more convinced than ever that Zimmerman should be charged in the shooting. Several of the 911 calls made by neighbors describe some sort of scuffle or fight outside, someone yelling for help and a gunshot.

“(Zimmerman) was chasing him, he was following him, and my son was afraid,” Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, told the AP. “He didn’t know who this stranger was.”

Tracy Martin said the calls paint a stark picture of what were his son’s final moments.

“He was yelling for help, and no one could help him. He saw his life being taken away from him,” Tracy Martin said.

The case has been turned over to the State Attorney’s Office, which can decide whether to file charges or present evidence to a grand jury.

Why Has Zimmerman Not Been Arrested?

Police said they hoped releasing the 911 calls surrounding the altercation and shooting would help clarify why they didn’t arrest Zimmerman. He has said he acted in self-defense, but Zimmerman had the gun, and Martin has skittles. Self-defense against candy?

If this were reversed, and a black man were suspected of killing a white man, that black man would surely have been arrested long ago.

It’s been more than 17 days, and no arrest has been made.

If you consider this outrageous, please sign our petition demanding the arrest of Trayvon Martin’s killer. And spread the word. We won’t give up until Zimmerman is charged with the 17-year-old’s slaying.

You can hear some of the 911 calls here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A37N3zlZqw

 

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5:37AM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

I understand how angry people are over this. Here is the kicker: Travon was on a substance called lean, a mix of cough syrup, skittles & Arizona watermelon. Everything screws up when Zimmerman steps out of his vehicle & Travon attacks him. For more details, go to this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01nSGb6waE8&index=1&list=PLkYQwSCzfVRGI5C1_mCLhfvWAaVRQBe-Z. By the way, why aren't you people making petitions to stop the drugging in the U.S.? According to JAMA, vol 284, #4, July 26th, 2000, about 106,000 Americans die from legal pharmaceuticals every year (290 a day). And, you can hear big-Parma's secret on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfAMbmxs7KE&list=PLkYQwSCzfVRGsnJuIEqj3Qo_GCO3u9HIT&index=2. So, why not arrest the people who run big pharma? I am NOT defending Zimmerman's actions (I think that they weren't wise), however, there are more important things to this than just 1 person getting killed in a fight.

10:07PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Signed related petitions.

6:42PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

These kind of tragedies are symptomatic....

5:27PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Now, maybe you can understand why a Travon Martin, 17 year old shot and killed by a perverted 28 year old NRA gun freak gets in trouble in America! NRA should be run out of America!

5:22PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

You are 100% correct! America is not a democracy, it is the land of the rich, the laws of the rich and the rest of us are nothing more than slaves. We have 150, 000, 000 that are in poverty while the rich get richer! We have a 100,000,000 of our people without adequate healthcare while the rich have 100% coverage! We have 100,000,000 of our people without a retirement while the rich have millions in the bank! Our schools, our roads, our bridges and our public buildings are falling apart and the rich live in $12,000,000 dollar homes and usually have 3 or 4 and some like John McCain have 12!

5:22PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

The poor and working class use to be able to by a home if they had 20% down and and adequate income under the Barney Frank/Dodd bill and the along came the Republican party and Phil Gramm who deregulate the lending business and now you could buy a home for no money down and they did not have to verify your income so them let poor people buy a home for $800 a month and than under the Phil Gramm bill they bundled these longs and sold them on the market for great profits and they doubled the $800 a month payment to $1600 on the poor and working class family's in America! Rich scum, that’s what they they are!

5:21PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

1999: The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), also referred to as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, repealed part of Glass-Steagall, tearing down the walls between banking, insurance and investments. Companies could now merge, partner and operate freely within each other's industries. The act also made it possible for the financial industry to group mortgage and other portfolios, selling them as investments. We are there! These Republicans cleaned your clock: U.S. Senate by Phil Gramm (Republican of Texas) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Jim Leach (R-Iowa).

5:21PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

The third lawmaker associated with the bill was Rep. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R-Virginia), Chairman of the House Commerce Committee from 1995 to 2001.

Gramm, Leach and Bailey along with Bush, Cheney and Rove caused the largest economic collapse in American history! Wake up folks!

2:20PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

I'm Greek and I honestly believe the US is a very dangerous place. Any place where kids are shot and killed by either police officers or any nobody with a gun, especially because of the color of their skin and the prejudices associated with it, is a dangerous place. It happens far too often over there for any of you to feel safe, but you just stand there and let it happen again and again!

The last time a kid was killed by police in my country was December 2008. That murder sparked a huge uproar and marked a date for all of us to speak against police brutality and the fascist humanoids that often make up police, militia and "Neighborhood Watch" gangs.

PS. What's also VERY scary, is the racist, obviously extreme right-winged individuals who have commented on this article, continuing to encourage gun possession and not feeling sick at the mental image of a dead 17-year-old. I would be very ashamed if you were my countrymen/women.

10:43AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

What is AMAZING to me is how the murder of Trayvon Martin has brought out the darkest elements of who we are as a people. The racist and the self-righteous alike pertend to care, but in reality, only care to spout off, with heated words.

Honor Trayvon with TRUTH, KINDNESS, and above all else LOVE. Seek to benefit others, not destroy. Don't let "the father of all lies" make a convert out of you. Choose LOVE.

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