Monday, March 19, 2012

Justice for Trayvon Martin! - Murdered by White Florida Racist!

Three weeks ago, 17-year old Trayvon Martin was gunned down by self-appointed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. Despite Zimmerman admitting to following, confronting, and killing Trayvon, he has yet to be arrested or charged with any crime.1
Just minutes before Trayvon was killed, Zimmerman had called police stating that Trayvon looked "suspicious." Trayvon was unarmed and walking back to his father's home in Sanford, Florida when Zimmerman accosted him.
At the crime scene, Sanford police botched their questioning of Zimmerman, refused to take the full statements of witnesses, and pressured neighbors to side with the shooter's claim of self-defense.2 As it turns out, Sanford's police department has a history of failing to hold perpetrators accountable for violent acts against Black victims, and the police misconduct in Trayvon's case exemplifies the department's systemic mishandling of such investigations.3 And now, the State Attorney's office has rubber-stamped the Sanford police's non-investigation, claiming that there is not enough evidence to support even a manslaughter conviction.4
Trayvon's family and hundreds of thousands of people around the country are demanding justice.5 Please join us in calling on the Department of Justice to take over the case, arrest Trayvon's killer, and launch an independent investigation into the Sanford police department's unwillingness to protect Trayvon's civil rights. It takes just a moment:
Walking home from the store shouldn't cost you your life, but when Black youth are routinely assumed to be violent criminals, being randomly killed is a constant danger.6 Before Zimmerman decided to get out of his parked car — gun in tow — to pursue Trayvon on foot that night, he called the police to identify Trayvon as a "suspicious person" — apparently because he was wearing a hoodie and walking too slowly in the rain for Zimmerman's liking. Despite being instructed not to follow Trayvon, Zimmerman proceeded to confront and fatally shoot the boy in the chest within a matter of minutes.7
The case has been compromised from the beginning. When Sanford police arrived on the scene, Zimmerman was first approached by a narcotics detective — not a homicide investigator — who "peppered him with questions" rather than allowing him to tell his story without prompting. Another officer "corrected" a witness giving a statement that she'd heard Trayvon cry for help before he was shot, telling her she had heard Zimmerman instead.8 And beyond the questions of professional competence or even the police's disregard for the facts, Florida's notorious "Shoot First" law takes a shooter's self-defense claim at face value — incentivizing law enforcement not to make arrests in shooting deaths that would lead to murder charges in other states.9
Sanford has a history of not prosecuting when the victim is Black. In 2010, the white son of a Sanford police lieutenant was let go by police after assaulting a homeless Black man outside a downtown bar. And, in 2005, a Black teenager was killed by two white security guards, one the son of a Sanford Police officer. The pair was arrested and charged, but a judge later cited lack of evidence and dismissed both cases.10
Please join us in calling on the Department of Justice to arrest Trayvon's killer and launch an investigation into the Sanford police department's mishandling of the case and when you do, ask your friends and family to do the same:
Thanks and Peace,
-- Rashad, Gabriel, Dani, Matt, Natasha, Kim and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
   March 19th, 2012
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References
1. "Witnesses in Trayvon Martin death heard cries before shot," Miami Herald, 03-15-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1228?akid=2383.1443032.3jif8I&t=7
2. "Orlando Watch Shooting Probe Reveals Questionable Police Conduct," ABC News, 03-13-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1219?akid=2383.1443032.3jif8I&t=9
3. "Trayvon Martin Case Salts Old Wounds And Racial Tension," Huffington Post, 03-14-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1220?akid=2383.1443032.3jif8I&t=11
4. "Police: No Grounds For Arrest in Trayvon Martin's Death," WESH-2 Orlando, 03-16-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1227?akid=2383.1443032.3jif8I&t=13
5. “Trayvon Martin Family Seeks FBI Investigation of Killing by Neighborhood Watchman,” ABC News, 03-18-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1221?akid=2383.1443032.3jif8I&t=15
6. "Ramarley Graham: NYPD Slays Unarmed Black Teen as Outrage over Targeting of People of Color Grows," Democracy Now!, 02-08-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1222?akid=2383.1443032.3jif8I&t=17
7. “Trayvon Martin would be alive if Neighborhood Watch rules followed,” Orlando Sentinel, 03-14-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1223?akid=2383.1443032.3jif8I&t=19
8. See reference 2.
9. "Teen's death suggests review of 'Stand Your Ground Law' needed," Tallahassee Democrat, 03-16-12
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1224?akid=2383.1443032.3jif8I&t=21
10. "Five years since Florida enacted 'stand-your-ground' law, justifiable homicides are up, Tampa Bay Times, 10-17-10
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/1225?akid=2383.1443032.3jif8I&t=23

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Da Chemi, hii inatia hasira sana. Despite all the talk about America being the leader of the free world, blacks in that country are still routinely treated as second-class citizens. That is the bitter truth. Natoa pole kwa familia ya Trayvon Martin.

Anonymous said...

Guy murders a 17 year old kid in a crowded Florida neighborhood and doesn't get charged. Surprise, surprise, it's a white male murdering a black child. This guy needs to go to jail or else. Who the hell was in charge of this investigation?

R J said...

If what Zimmerman did is legal, then a civil war in a crowded restaurant or a nice shopping mall can also become legal. I see lots of young folks with their hood on or hands in their pockets walking towards us, behind us, staring at us (while they might think the same about me). Does it mean anybody or everybody gets to shoot the other guy in the public place?

Once the kid was reported to run AWAY from Zimmer and Zimmer was pursuing him despite instructions from the 911 dispatcher, it is not self defense any more. It is cold blodded murder because one citizen was profiling another citizen. This guy should be in jail for life. Period.

Anonymous said...

From: Mrs Laura walker [mailto:cheflaureleaf@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:00 PM
To: MCAULIFFE, JAMES
Subject: Action Request Form Submital
Importance: Low


Phone:
Destinations: Police Department
Action: Please arrest George Zimmerman for the MURDER of 17 yr old Trayvon Martin. How is is that Zimmerman is still walking around? If Zimmerman had shot one of your children, he'd be in jail. This kid was armed with only a bag of skittles and soda pop. Absolutely ludicrous at best, and everyone in the U.S. is watching. And, I'm a white woman, married to a white man, with all white children and Zimmerman needs to be arrested ASAP!!!
PLEASE NOTE: Florida has a very broad public records law. Any written communication to or from City officials regarding City business is a public record available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail communications may be subject to public disclosures.
Sent from my iPad

Anonymous said...

The Title of this subject matter is very strong and destructive... "Murdered by White Florida racist".. Zimmerman is Spanish, Is not racist... Racism comes from the law enforcement class for not acting properly.