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Here's what we know: Trayvon Martin is dead.On February 26, during halftime of the NBA All-Star game, the 17-year-old high school junior went to a nearby store in the Orlando suburb where he was visiting his father and stepmother in order to buy some->

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 1:32 pm

Hereís what we know: Trayvon Martin is dead.

On February 26, during halftime of the NBA All-Star game, the 17-year-old high school junior went to a nearby store in the Orlando suburb where he was visiting his father and stepmother in order to buy some candy for his younger brother. He returned to his family a six-foot, three-inch, 140-pound corpse.

We know who killed him.

George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old college student who had appointed himself captain of the neighborhood watch for the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community, admits to shooting Martin with a 9mm handgun. Zimmerman spotted Martin and followed him in his car before placing a 911 call to report a ďsuspicious" person in the area.

ďThis guy looks like heís up to no good, or heís on drugs or something,Ē Zimmerman told the 911 operator. ďHeís just staring, looking at all the houses.Ē What happened in the approximately twenty minutes between the time this call took place and when Zimmerman fired the shot that killed Martin is disputedóalthough recordings of the 911 call provide chilling hintsóbut what we do know is that Zimmerman claims he shot the young man in self-defense. This was enough for the police to let him go. Zimmerman was not and has, as of this writing, yet to be arrested.

by Mychal Denzel Smith | The Nation magazine |

Please read full article.

Phyllis P (237)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 3:07 pm
Still shaking my head over this story. Saw today they are going to do an investigation.

Stan B (123)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 3:22 pm
What a tragic waste of an innocent young life!! Justice must be done. I can't get my head round this.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 3:39 pm
Thanks listening to this story on the news right now. There is a petition on

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 6:01 pm
For any who can attend there is a rally being held this Thursday night at the First Shiloh Baptist Church, in Sanford, Florida.
Information for Rev. Al Sharpton & NAN to Hold A Support Rally to Call for Justice in the Trayvon Martin Case

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 6:04 pm
Hot link for the petition Olivia mentions....I've already signed. Hope others will too.

Janet K (94)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 6:04 pm
Boycott all things Florida until Zimmerman is behind bars!

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 6:06 pm
Hot link for the petition Olivia mentions....I've already signed. Hope others will too.

Well lets try again.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 6:19 pm
All the people of Florida didn't cause the death, we are already suffering in this State from having the highest rate of homeless, the near highest of unemployed, and the 2nd worse home foreclosures. I don't think any more children to add to the already homeless and hungry is going to help if Florida is boycotted. The idiots who passed the bills as with many States, are not always the majority of the people, but the "special interest" groups.

Certainly write to all and voice your dismay over Florida's foolish gun laws. I live here, I don't feel like getting shot either.
Information for Gov. of Florida Rick Scott to voice your dismay
Write to the Florida Senators
D. Bill Nelson and R. Marco Rubio Senators
Contact the Florida House Members

But please don't put any more families out onto the streets and in the woods.

Michael T (82)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 8:11 pm
This is happening in my own back yard here in FL. I am still absolutely stunned that the killer isn't behind bars waiting arraignment. FL's police and their shoot first ask questions later law, still shouldn't allow this man to go free. He pursued this young man, in spite of warnings to the contrary to his "handlers" not to. It should be noted that his pursuit behavior escalated this young man's fear level causing him to behave erratically. Even still, he had no business behaving the way he did. The law has to go, Rick Scott's response is lukewarm about the law. And the FL police should be under investigation for not arresting the killer. Hopefully the pressure will go over the top and true justice will be done, and it will be a black mark on FL for the law and its law enforcements handling of it. I won't hold my breath.

Jennifer Knight (29)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 9:03 pm
The petition is on Facebook, but I'm not. I signed a petition on Care2 (PEOPLE, HELP!! ONLY 2000 people have signed this so far on Care2! This should be viral! Browse petitions with Trayvon's name in it and sign that petition!!) - but besides this one and the one on Facebook that I can't sign, what else can we do if live far away?

Does anyone have the name and address of the Chief of Police in Sanford? This sickens me - this guy with an arrest record and a long history of racial hatred is not only allowed to carry a gun (thanks NRA! you senseless idiots...) but he's allowed to kill an innocent kid and not get arrested!

This guy is literally getting away with bloody murder! What else can we do??? There must be SOMETHING we can do - the whole nation is boiling over because of this.

Can someone start a petition to the Florida governor? President Obama? I've started two petitions that went nowhere fast - I'm obviously not the one.

This poor baby, and his poor family. God bless them all...

Jennifer Knight (29)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 9:06 pm
Dandelion, thanks so much for your links to the Florida governor et al. I didn't see them until after I'd posted my comment. Your information is extremely helpful and I'd give you 20 green stars if I could.

Emails to Rick Scott et al. on the way!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Tuesday March 20, 2012, 9:23 pm
Noted. I signed the petition on Thanks for posting Kit.

Fran F (118)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 3:18 am
Signed and shared the petition, the third I've signed to support justice for Trayvon and his family. Will contact Florida's governor, its U.S. senators and House members. Thanks to Kit, Olivia and Cheryl.

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 4:59 am
I think a lot of people are assuming things that we don't know.

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 5:14 am
Noted & signed

cecily w (0)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 5:15 am
Tragic loss of life.

Is it official standard operating procedure for Neighborhood Watch participants to carry firearms?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 5:17 am
you can tell a lot about a person or society by the way it treats the beings it doesn't think it has to treat well
if we devalue anything we stand to lose everything
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Wednesday March 21, 2012, 6:50 am
Sounds like Zimmerman had the mentality of a vigilante. So sad, that senseless violence must occur almost on a daily basis in one of the most well educated countries in the world.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 7:19 am

I think you are correct, Frank. I have not heard of neighborhood watch carrying guns before this incident. Zimmerman claimed he was defending his life and so was allowed to walk free. I just wonder if Martin had been white if this would have played out the same? It's a reasonable question, given the situation.
Rev. Sharpton is holding a rally/memorial for Trayvon Martin and I do hope Floridians do attend. My heart goes out to his family, perhaps the only messages we can send are by signing the petitions and sending our deep regret to his parents.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 7:40 am
Jennifer mentioned a C2 is a hotlink for it.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 8:25 am
noted and signed

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 8:59 am
thanks Kit, this is so sad, and why are neighborhood watch people carrying guns,aren't they supposed to call the police if they see something suspicious?

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 9:16 am

Indeed, Carmen - why is this person allowed to put himself and others in harm's way, when he had a cell phone and crime is the task of the police. He made the call was told NOT to use his gun and did this anyway. He killed a young boy, and a life is ended because a person with no training or understanding of criminal behavior took the law into his own hands.

JL A (281)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 9:42 am
Hopefully the investigations the feds and state initiated will lead to justice.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 10:00 am
TU Kit and Dandelion. I have signed the Care2 and petitions and I think 2 or or 3 others that I got a personal email alert for from various organizations.

pam w (139)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 10:14 am
It seems Mr. Zimmerman suffers from too much testosterone.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 10:15 am
Here is the petition from Color of Change (sorry, I am unable to make live links)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 10:49 am
petition signed. this is such a tragedy.

. (0)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 1:24 pm

Catherine Turley (192)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 1:37 pm
i suppose there is a small chance that the kid jumped him from behind, but a full investigation should have been immediate. and regardless of whether or not it was self-defense, there should be some penalty for disobeying the orders of the 911 authorities.

Liliana D (125)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 1:58 pm
petition signed

criss s (4)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 2:54 pm
If Zimmerman was following in his car, what personal threat was there for "self-defense". This just can't be the whole story, and if it just doesn't make sense.

Thank you for posting the article.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 4:35 pm
Seems to me that what race, colour or creed you are can still swing in your favour or NOT! That people like this monster Zimmerman can kill with impunity and get away with it should send shivers through us all Thanks Kit.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 6:42 pm
Here is the live link to petition Armand B. mentions:

Gloria Morotti (14)
Wednesday March 21, 2012, 8:35 pm
Business as usual in America. Time to change this.

Susan L (150)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 1:23 am
I hope that Zimmerman is arrested and held accountable. In fact, he should be charged with a hate crime. Candy and a soda pop in a black boy's hands are no more threatening than in a white boy's hands.

Rhi,an Charlesworth (0)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 11:09 am
Signed with sadness.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 1:06 pm
Thanks very much for bringing me up to speed on this. Very glad to sign the petition.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 1:06 pm
Sanford, Florida, police chief says he's temporarily stepping aside amid controversy over Trayvon Martin shooting death.

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Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 1:16 pm

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 1:17 pm
and noted

Caro M (70)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 2:06 pm
I've been signing all the petitions I can find calling for justice in this case. I hope it is served.

Lisa N (206)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 2:29 pm
Noted & signing every petition I can find on this, thanks for posting!

. (0)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 2:50 pm
A young, unarmed African American is shot by a trigger happy fool, who thought he can take the law into his own hands without a clue to what Jeb Bush's idiotic "Stand Your Ground Law" is supposedly on the books for.

Penny C (17)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 3:50 pm
if Zimmerman was white I bet he would have been arrested on the spot.

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 22, 2012, 7:41 pm

Yep! I heard that as well, that he is temporarily stepping down, just what does that mean? Have they arrested Zimmerman - not so far. How much of threat was a young man walking down the street? Penny, Zimmerman is white. Trayvon Martin is black and sadly very dead.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 23, 2012, 6:08 am
Noted. Thanks.

l L (1)
Friday March 23, 2012, 7:53 am
Today is the 23ard of march; anyone heard of an arrest yet? saw a brief news clip of some man speaking on behalf of Zimmerman. He refutes the information out. I am confused as to why this isn't sinking in, that this un armed youth , did not deserve this.
Another thing; didn't Zimmerman and Trayvon's father live in the same gated community?
i didd neighborhood watch very briefly. You do not have meetings by yourself. It is a community volunteer thing and you have a community appointed police officer there. With all the conversations in that group did not Zimmerman know who lived in his community and who there families where?
More than likely this son had visited his dad before in that gated community. He had no problem knowing where the store was.

Another thing; Is yesterday 3/22/12 The honorable Al Sharpton presented in his program visuals where the boy died and the gated community. I was impressed with how clean and the up-keep of the buildings and the place.
It helps when you are trying to sort things out with as much accuracy as possible. I also saw the videos of a homeless man black on the ground being beaten by a white police chief's son; who got away with that. Something happened the year before that. So: it's 3 years of these happenings.

People be informed: In Russia, Germany and yes here in the good ole USA; these white kids who have pleged themselves to hate and kill those of us who are "other", ARE in the woods preparing themselves with their hatred of others to make victims of the others thru violence. Now don't get it twisted their counter-part grown-ups are still with us as well. How do you get the hate out of them is the question.
All of us black, white or other are not a part of this call to maim and kill. That's why I am scared cause you can't tell a wolf by it's color. Those of us who are --not -insane-- must keep the sanity. I get this info from the documentaries I have seen. If it is not true than someone correct me.
Our government has not been a good example either. so here we are. we keep trying, trying and feeling like we are getting nowhere..

l L (1)
Friday March 23, 2012, 7:54 am

Friday March 23, 2012, 10:00 am
Gladly signed. This has to be the most arrogant police department in America. Cover ups like this usually take place to protect shootings by police. Where is the outrage from our political leaders when so blatent an injustice have occurred?

Kit B (276)
Friday March 23, 2012, 10:03 am

I hope you all have been keeping up with the massive gatherings of protest in support of the life of this child, as 17 is still a child. So far no arrest and that is because of this "law" that one would think means self protection, but as this case has shown, seems to mean shoot at will. This is the combination of ALEC and NRA working for your freedom to kill any minority person you choose. We have a right to self protection, do we really need to extent that right to murder in the streets?

Gillian M (218)
Friday March 23, 2012, 12:31 pm
I have always objected to the Americans right to carry guns as this happens repeatedly. Blacks suffer far more because they are black within the legal system. Many of us tried to stop Troy Davis being executed for being black and because of the overwhelming evidence showing that he was innocent. Even life whilst a full investigation happened was denied. Leonard Peltier, a Native American, has been in prison longer than the person who actually shot the FBI agent. He is unlikely to be released in his lifetime, even Obama will not speak out for him.

Kit, just because some of us are also upset that Jewish children were deliberately targeted and murdered in France doesn't mean that we cannot be indignant over other minorities in America. You came onto a news site to comaplain and try to deny us the right to be angry at the deaths of little children who were murdered because of their religion instead of their colour. What kind of a person does that make you?

Diane Piecara (14)
Friday March 23, 2012, 2:05 pm
The manual, from the National Neighborhood Watch Program, states: "It should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers, and they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles. They should also be cautioned to alert police or deputies when encountering strange activity. Members should never confront suspicious persons who could be armed and dangerous...."

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday March 23, 2012, 3:50 pm
Thanks Kit.

Michael M (60)
Friday March 23, 2012, 3:59 pm
The article indicates that Trayvon may have been stalked by Zimmerman.
Possible court proceedings will be unfortunately absent any actual witnesses.

Thank you Diane Piecara for quoting from Neighborhood Watch manual!

Some generalizations above are extremely inappropriate for care2 members to vent.

Michael M (60)
Friday March 23, 2012, 4:24 pm
Justice is not now, nor ever will be, revenge.

If Zimmerman actually murdered Trayvon (which he may well have done, believing he will evade societal response), he would likely attempt to do such a thing to other innocent young black people. This is one primary reason for justice.

He cannot truly pay for a life taken. Whatever fate he brings onto himself, is his. Sometimes prisons exact punishments for those who do what he may have done; yet because of the coalitions formed within their walls, and the further racism learned, more violence results inside and outside from acts like his.
Ostracism fails in the worldwide culture, as those so condemned band together in places like prisons, or Nazi parties or other hate groups. Let's try not to be a part of one, even an ad hoc one.

The death penalty is a common ideal, but not at issue in this case. We levy it upon other animals and the citizens of nations with whom we are violently at odds, without validity.

What then, is justice?
A word meaning revenge, which is a property of some primate species?
How are the Zimmermans of the world going to be dissuaded from killing when they believe they can get away with it?
Trayvon cannot return. He died in extreme distress, as a result of an evil act.

At the very least, we must each look to our own self. Are we Zimmermans or are we someone else?

Susan L (150)
Friday March 23, 2012, 5:13 pm
You said it very well, Michael M. -

Michael T (82)
Friday March 23, 2012, 5:34 pm
It doesn't look good based upon what we as readers see from reporters. Zimmerman may end up being charged. But there are inconsistencies in what is being reported. I obtained the following from a Mother Jones piece. I'm trying to report just the facts that are reported and not the emotional responses.

We have some damning discussions on 911 calls including the words of Zimmerman and a dispatcher Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense. There are details that only seem to surface once and are not repeated like the report that when police arrived Zimmerman had a bloody nose. Sanford police didnít test him for drugs or alcohol which is supposedly standard procedure. He had a license to carry (more later about this). But a license to carry a concealed weapon doesnít make you a free-lance policeman. Police told Martinís father charges werenít pressed because Zimmerman was a criminal justice student and had a squeaky clean record. Not so squeaky it turns out. The Sanford police dept. doesnít have a squeaky clean record either. An eye witness reports an officer on the scene told her to change her story. He wanted her to say that it was Zimmerman calling for help.


Michael T (82)
Friday March 23, 2012, 5:35 pm
Trayvonís cell phoneís whereabouts are presently unknown and likely in police custody. Zimmerman is not part of a registered state Neighborhood Watch Program. These NWPís do not possess police powers, shall not carry guns or pursue in vehicles. Members should never confront suspicious person who could be armed and dangerous.
Police werenít aware of this at the time, but . . . The 911 calls reported sounds of scuffling after Zimmerman challenged Trayvon. According to one of the framers of the law, the Rep. stated that nothing in the law authorizes someone to pursue and confront people, esp. if law enforcement advised you not to. The law is to protect you from being attacked by people.
Subjective notes: Zimmermanís latter account appears to be in conflict with much of the story known to the public. Checks on Zimmermanís logs while on duty across weeks describe a man who appears obsessed with law and order, the minutiae of suburban life and with black males.

Michael T (82)
Friday March 23, 2012, 5:36 pm
Kit you'll recognize this from my posts on the blog about ALEC. My apologies in advance.

Michael M (60)
Friday March 23, 2012, 7:51 pm
TRayvon's parents have posted a petition for justice, which I signed presuming that link was already posted on care2. Do not have that link, but it certainly can easily be found.

Michael, I do not believe that any desperate act of self-defense by Trayvon deserves a bullet from a much larger adult. Thank you for your postings!

Michael T (82)
Friday March 23, 2012, 8:03 pm
Michael M. I didn't post that information because I thought it favored Zimmerman at all and I am disappointed that it came off that way at all. I think the Zimmerman is guilty of creating a situation that was completely and wholly unnecessary and escalated Trayvon's fears causing him to feel pursued. If I had been Trayvon and observed Zimmerman's behavior I would likely have acted the same, which means, because Zimmerman was playing I wanna be a cop vigilante, I would now be dead. I believe the law is wrong, and I believe Zimmerman is wrong and guilty of a very unnecessary murder. Hopefully, this clears up my position. I was just trying to cull as many of the facts together as possible. I don't really see how it gave you the impression I thought there was doubt about what happened.

Michael T (82)
Friday March 23, 2012, 8:45 pm
Let me try this again.

So to recap, Zimmerman tells the police a different story that unfolds from the 911 calls. Zimmerman concludes all manner of suppositions about Trayvon that may or may not be true, but he acts as if his conclusions are correct.
The Sanford PD on scene accept Zimmermanís story and err greatly by not processing the scene properly failing to test Zimmerman for drugs or alcohol. An eye witness states the police tried to get her to change her story. Zimmerman is not arrested, and Trayvonís phone is absent. Zimmerman is found at the scene reportedly with a bloody nose. Sanford PD tell Trayvonís father that Zimmermanís record is squeaky clean. This smacks of a cover up. The police claim they do not realize that Zimmerman is not part of a recognized Neighborhood Watch Program and assume that he is. He is on record for 46 calls to Sanford PD over a short time period. But registered NWPís and their on the scene representatives do not possess police powers, shall not carry guns, or pursue in vehicles. Members should never confront suspicious person who could be armed and dangerous.

Michael T (82)
Friday March 23, 2012, 8:45 pm
We are informed that Zimmerman observes Trayvon and automatically suspects him of being an intruder. He relentlessly pursues Trayvon even though warned off (not ordered) by a police dispatcher. Reports indicate Zimmerman has concluded that Trayvon is black in racist language, possibly on drugs, looks and acts suspicious and is wearing a hoodie. The 911 calls reported sounds of scuffling after Zimmerman challenged Trayvon. You can hear the sound of shots fired in another 911 call. 3 minutes later Sanford PD is on scene. The investigating officer already has a history of screwing things up in the past.
The legal talking heads say this is going to be difficult to try because of the Florida shoot first law. Statements were made about how Orlando Police have given up on collecting evidence in cases involving this law because it has proven fruitless with people getting off without a charge for killing someone else, based on their argument that they were defending themselves. But a Florida State Representative who crafted the law is now on record stating that nothing in the law authorizes someone to pursue and confront people, esp. if law enforcement advised you not to. The law is to protect you from being attacked by people, not pursue them not harass them. So I am not sure that Zimmerman is even covered by this law.

Michael T (82)
Friday March 23, 2012, 8:48 pm
Zimmermanís history.
Zimmerman has a history of a violent dispute with a police officer and being involved in a domestic violence charge. Checks on Zimmermanís logs while on duty across weeks describe a man who appears obsessed with law and order, the minutiae of suburban life and with black males. Former neighbors find it hard to believe Zimmerman would do a thing like this. So there is some conflicting details here as to Zimmermanís character.

My conclusion is that put himself and Trayvon through unnecessary stresses and Zimmerman worked himself up into believing Trayvon is a threat and needs to be dealt with. Trayvon, now fearful may have tried to stop Zimmerman physically, but Zimmerman having a gun wasn't in danger of losing his life. He murdered this young man unnecessarily. I hope that clears things up.

Felicia J (2)
Saturday March 24, 2012, 12:25 pm
To the person who wants to boycott Florida, as a Floridian and a resident of Sanford (where this took place by the way, not Orlando), I don't see how that solves anything. People in Florida cannot boycott their home state.
How about boycotting the stand your ground law? How about boycotting hate crimes?

Jane H (139)
Saturday March 24, 2012, 12:36 pm
Zimmerman must be arrested and tried.

Isabelle J (81)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 9:10 am
I hope this man will be arrested soon. This is totally horrible!

Michael T (82)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 3:05 pm
I just read a post on this in the WP where an individual said that Trayvon was shot in the back. I wonder how that plays out as self defense by Zimmerman if this is in fact true. I haven't been able to confirm it as yet. I also haven't heard it confirmed that Z's nose was broken by anyone coming forward with medical treatment given for said broken nose. Just an FYI.

Eugene Windchy (0)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 7:24 am
Re Trayvon Martin:

The teenager was suspended from school three times this year. In October, he wrote obscene graffiti on a door at his high school. During a search of his backpack, campus security officers found 12 pieces of jewelry, a watch and a screwdriver that they thought could be used as a burglary tool, according to a school police report obtained by the Miami Herald.

When campus security confronted Martin, he told them a friend had given him the jewelry, but he wouldn't give a name. The Miami-Dade Police Department said Tuesday the jewelry could not be tied to any reported thefts.

Martin had previously been suspended for excessive absences and tardiness and, at the time of his death, was serving a 10-day suspension after school officials found an empty plastic bag with marijuana traces in his backpack.

Yvonne F (181)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 8:41 am
Noted! thanks Kit for this great post! I signed the petition and I could see that over 2 million people have signed it!!!!!!! Great!
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