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MoveOn Petitions - Justice Department: Open a Civil Rights Case Against George Zimmerman


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: 'CIVILRIGHTS!', freedoms, ethics, Justice, laws, Courts, Florida )

Candy
- 429 days ago - petitions.moveon.org
Tonight, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman.But we are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.We're calling on the U.S.Justice Department to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman & have launched a petition to Attorney General Eric Holder



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Laura H. (887)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 10:51 pm
Thanks Candy; I will sign and share every petition I see; there WILL be justice for Trayvon and his family!
 

Carrie B. (303)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 10:54 pm
Signed and noted. Sorry I can't send you another star Candy.
 

Twyla Sparks (208)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 11:02 pm
signed and noted
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 11:22 pm
signed earlier, noted now

I also hope the family can file a wrongful death suit--the trial videos made it pretty clear that the evidence wasn't there beyond a reasonable doubt for the charges as defined in FL laws, but the different language and the lower standard of evidence (preponderance of evidence) could well be met--similar to Nichole Simpson's family with OJ and the evidence on that death. I suspect the verdict may have been different had their not been a stand your ground law involved. That law doesn't seem to prevent the use of a gun even if you begin a fight as long as the other person attacks you, too.
 

Jae A. (323)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:16 am
Already signed and now 'noted'....

 

Naoko I. (262)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 1:39 am
Signed and shared.
 

Ben Oscarsito (337)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:01 am
Done! There are currently 50,582 signatures - NEW goal - We need 75,000 signatures...
 

Jason B. (140)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:27 am
Thanks Signed
 

Candy B. (22)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 4:24 am
Thanks Signed & Tweeted
 

Angelika R. (143)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 5:31 am
Already signed and wanted to post it as well, thx so much for posting Candy so it can reach all who did not get the NAACP petition. Can't say how outraged I am...
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 5:55 am
noted and signed. Thanks Candy for posting . Thanks Angie for the forward.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 7:12 am
The man got out of his car with a loaded gun and followed a teenager walking down the street - one way or another, there will be justice. Signed
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 7:26 am

There can not be another trial and the trial against the murdered is one that counts. There are many questions left to debate and an autopsy of who said what during the trial is yet to done, but this was not prosecuted vigorously. Now a murdered walks free.
 

Natasha Salgado (519)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:56 am
Where's the justice?? Just ugly...signed-thx Candy
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1647)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:58 am
For some reason I can't get the petition to go through. I signed it but when I clicked 'sign petition' it just sat there. It may be this rain we've been having here in NC. I WILL sign it, thanks Candy. And thanks for the fwd Sara P!!
 

Henriette Matthijssen (145)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:02 am
I signed with message. This tragedy is being used to create riots by the government. Thanks Candy for posting, Angie for the forward.
 

John Nichols (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:18 am
Why was the jury wrong? There may be some things you don't know from the way this story was presented by the media.http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&gl=US&client=mv-google&feature=player_embedded&v=bF-Ax5E8EJc&nomobile=1 Learn a little more about the facts and the fictions.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:22 am
John--the jury had to honor FL's stand your ground law and definitions of manslaughter and 2nd degree murder--how those statutes affected this case and verdict is where the travesty of justice is founded.
 

Marty Powell (129)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:29 pm
When I tried to sign earlier I found that the page wouldnt load. I tried for a couple of hours but it acted like a denial of service attack. I was finally able to load and sign by using a different browser. I tried the NAACP web site and it was being blocked as well. The way everything was acting I really do feel it was types of denial of service to prevent people from signing. If you have trouble, try IE.
 

Marty Powell (129)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:34 pm
I think one of the most annoying this in the testamony was saying zimmerman couldnt be a racist because he wasnt white. Gee I never knew racism was restricted to whites only. All races can exhibit racism.
 

Yvonne Taylor (41)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:59 pm
Signed
 

Jim Phillips (3209)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 1:25 pm
Petition signed.

Try Zimmerman in a federal court for violating Trayvon's civil rights.
Find Zimmerman guilty and send his sorry racist butt to prison to have "Bubba" as his playmate.
Stop the discriminations.

Ty, Candy.
.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:02 pm
Gladly signed & noted. Many thanks, Candy.
It's possible this website is just experiencing a massive amount of signers....so keep trying, those who had trouble.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:05 pm
MOVE ON says it all for me ... tried and found not guilty. Even Travon's parents, tragic as the verdict was to them, said they believed in the law of the land and asked for peace not rioting if it came down that way. Florida protestors respected their wishes .. an Oakland band, however, found this as an opportunity for burning, smashing and looting -- much like Chicago's Madison Avenue in another time (Obama's hometown city and tactics). Makes one wonder just how skilled the commuinity aggitator and his foot soldiers have become.

Split and divide rather than coming togeter, supporting what is, and beginning to heal is not the goal of those who haven't "evolved" from black and white (Martin would roll over), you and me, them and us. to WE. There is still this element in our country, try as they might, to keep Americans (ALL of us) separated for if we stopped, listened, and talked things through, there could be unity (more alike than different, wanting the same things, etc..) -- and that wouldn't leave a platform of hate to build on.

Just sayin ...
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:14 pm
The agitators are more like those who instigated riots after Rodney King and less like anything that has ever happened as a result of Community political organizers in Chicago.
 

Frances Darcy (218)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:23 pm
s and n
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:02 pm
Signed
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:26 pm
Previously signed this and the one for the Daily Kos. JL, I also thought of OJ and would like to see a fund for Trayvon's parents to press a wrongful death suit. It can't be cheap, in the Florida courts, and would probably have to be pressed there.

Incidentally I think maybe there are parts of Deborah W's post that need to be fact checked.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 4:46 pm
Thanks for signing! A sad day.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 5:02 pm
I cannot get the page in order to sign (Problem loading paage).
 

Elizabeth S. (149)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 5:29 pm
Signed earlier thanks to the forward from Angelika, and for the initial posting Candy.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 5:49 pm
couldn't get the website up. However, there will be a demo tomorrow in Santa Rosa Town square at 5 to protest the verdict.
It doesn't matter whether you are OJ Simpson or Zimmerman what color, or how much money you have, and the victim, what color they have...murder is murder and eventually karma will catch up. Simpson got off, but landed in jail for other reasons...if you are arrogant and smug about getting off the hook with a crafty bottom feeding lawyer that can tweak the laws with fancy talk and tricks....karma is waiting for you around the corner. Too bad Hitler didn't die years earlier, however...when he chose suicide...at that point karma was looking him in the face...he was FINALLY getting it ..that he was a monster, and cowardly commited suicide rather than face world wide condemnation. Zimmerman will NEVER be able to hide from his act. NEVER.
 

Diana Bair (7)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 6:42 pm
MAYBE THIS CREEP CANNOT BE RETRIED.....BUT HE NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED.....HE KILLED A CHILD, A VERY BRIGHT YOUNG MAN....HEADED FOR COLLEGE...AND A GOOD LIFE...THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED....KIDS LIKE THIS NEED TO BE KEPT SAFE...THIS MAN NEEDS TO KNOW HE CANNOT GET AWAY WITH THIS...OR IT IS POSSIBLE HE OR OTHERS WILL THINK..."HEY GOT AWAY WITH MURDER" AND IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!. DIANA.
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 6:46 pm
Signed. This is truly a travesty of justice.
 

Mari 's (1364)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 6:54 pm
I can NOT believe he is free! America get's more Stupid by the day. I am outraged, he is guilty!!!! Travesty is not even the word for this it's BEYOND travesty!!!
 

Anne K. (129)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 7:23 pm
My mind is changing after reading witnesses' reports that Zimmerman was retreating to his vehicle when Trayvon Martin came after him, punched him, breaking his nose, then bashed his head to the concrete several times. Evidence shows there was a struggle for the gun. I don't think Trayvon Martin was college bound. He had been suspended from school for theft. I signed the original petition posted by Trayvon Martin's mother seeking justice. It is just now that all this information is being revealed that I no longer feel that Zimmerman is such a bad guy. He was taking his turn on neighborhood watch patrol after numerous burglaries in the neighborhood. I am strongly anti-gun, though, even after my house was burglarized and the cops told me and my husband to get a gun!
 

Candy L. (478)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 8:33 pm
Thanks to all that signed & if you had trouble loading page, it's working fine now. There were so many peolple trying to sign it last night that both web sites crashed.
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1647)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:30 pm
Hi Candy!! I signed, no prblem and added this comment: If Zimmerman had'nt been following Treyvon in the first place, Treyvon would still be alive!! Thnx Candy and the 'Country' tab was on Bahamas and I don't know WHY I didn't think to change it to United States. DUH BARB!! LOL
 

Sue Clayton (8)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:31 pm
I live in Australia and I see the same thing happening over and over in the U.S. The trial in this case was DEFINITELY RACE BASED and I believe if the situation was reversed the killer would now be serving a life sentence and possibly facing the death penalty (if that's still happening in this state)
 

Candy L. (478)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 9:45 pm
Another thought: if Trayvon lived, he would have been arrested right away, & charged with assault & Battery Plus other bogus crimes.
 

J. J. (30)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:28 pm
Signed and delivered:D
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:52 pm
It is said, wrongly in my opinion, that a Democracy is a country ruled by law. This should be, a country ruled by justice. So many times the U S A ,and I hastily add too many others, fail abysmally in the administration of justice with legal loopholes originally designed to protect the interests of those charged, so enabling them to a fair trial, but too often use by unscrupulous lawyers to circumvent justice.

How any person could bring in a not guilty verdict on the evidence we read in the press is beyond the average Australian's comprehension, but then we consider the limited educational standards, and racially bigoted attitude, of average Bible Belt Americans, then it falls into place.
 

Inge Bjorkman (142)
Monday July 15, 2013, 12:16 am
Signed.
Good comment by Tom E.

Love, Peace and Understanding
 

Ben Oscarsito (337)
Monday July 15, 2013, 2:51 am
There are currently 217,053 signatures - NEW goal - We need 225,000 signatures...
 

Lona Goudswaard (68)
Monday July 15, 2013, 4:12 am
S&N This is world news by now and here it was said that Zimmerman was acquitted because of a lack of evidence. There's been a lot going wrong in this trial, but some of it may be attributed to the OM too. Because it was such a public case and such an outcry, they may have thought they'd already won the case and didn't do their utmost to convince the jury. I hope people have learned from this and any mistakes will not be repeated in a civil case.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Monday July 15, 2013, 6:41 am
Will not sign. I find it impossible to tell if Move On et alia are after justice or revenge. Just because one does not agree with the verdict does not mean that an injustice has occured. With or without the 'Stand your ground' law the prosecution simply did not meet the burden of proof required for a guilty verdict of any kind.
 

Constance F. (433)
Monday July 15, 2013, 6:52 am
Thanks for signing
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Monday July 15, 2013, 7:36 am
signed & noted
 

Angelika R. (143)
Monday July 15, 2013, 9:11 am
I hope everyone also signed the other petitions out there:
NAACP petition
We still fight for Trayvon (CoC petition)
We the People WH petition
 

Syd Henley (0)
Monday July 15, 2013, 10:15 am
Noted and most definitely NOT SIGNED.
It is quite apparent that many folks here do NOT believe in the rule of law and the vital roll of the courts and would prefer to have MOB RULE and Lynchings.
Whether the jury was right or wrong in this case (my own view is that they reached the correct verdict), they heard the evidence both for and against Mr. Zimmerman and made their judgement on the physical evidence and witness statements that they saw and heard.
Mr. Zimmerman was judged to be NOT GUILTY and should therefore be allowed to continue his life in peace.
 

Tim L. (86)
Monday July 15, 2013, 11:54 am
Gladly signed and noted. For those who want to justify Zimmerman by bringing up Trayvon's past, I say Bulls#It. It doesn't matter what Trayvon did or didn't do in the past. The fact is that on the night he was murdered, he was on his way home from the store with a can of iced tea and a bag of skittles. The kid wasn't doing anything wrong. Don't you get that? He wasn't doing anything wrong! Zimmerman, on the other hand, was told not to follow him but he did. He was basically stalking Trayvon. If Zimmerman would have just let the cops do their job, none of this would have happened. I'm a white man and I'm upset about this fiasco because justice was not served. A young man is dead and can never tell us what really happened, and the murderer is a free man. And the racists are having one Hell of a party today.
 

Monica T. (294)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:01 am
Done! Thanks, Candy...
 
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