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Trayvon Martin ‘murdered’ for his clothes: Barack Obama is weak on race

by | 23rd, March 2012

IN Fort Mellon Park in Sanford, Florida they are seeking justice for the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old shot dead by a vigilante,  captain of the neighborhood watch , named George Zimmerman. Martin looked “suspicious”. He was armed with bag of Skittles. Zimmerman says he was defending himself against an attack a right afforded to him under Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law an abused law. Zimmerman has been in hiding ever since.

Zimmerman, 28, is white. Although his family calls him Hispanic. Trayvon Martin was black.

The law, passed in 2005 by Jeb Bush, allows citizens to use deadly force in public places if they believe they are threatened.

Before the shooting, Mr Zimmerman had called the police. He told them he’d seen a man:

“He looks like he’s black, he’s wearing a dark hoodie.”

Zimmerman says the man is “up to no good”. George Zimmerman says the youth “looks like he’s… on drugs or something”. Zimmerman says: “These assholes always get away.”

Police: “Are you following him?..

Zimmerman: Yeah

Police: “Okay, we don’t need you to do that.”

Zimmerman says he was attacked from behind. Others claim Zimmerman chased down Martin and shot him dead as the tough pleased for mercy.

Another local calls the polilce:

“They’re wrestling right in the back of my porch. The guy’s yelling help and I’m not going out.”

Two shots are heard. Trayvon Martin is dead.
Martin’s 16-year-old girlfreind tells his lawyer, Benjamin Crump:
“He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man. I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run, but he said he was not going to run…Trayvon said, ‘What are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again, and he didn’t answer the phone.”

So. The police make no arrest. Nothing to see here. Move along. There will be no investigation. Zimmerman was not tested for drugs or alcohol. Zimmerman’s word was good enough for the police.

In Sanford the police do not always behave well they are accused of looking out for their own.

Sanford police chief  Bill Lee  said:

“Our investigation is color blind and based on the facts and circumstances, not color. I know I can say that until I am blue in the face, but, as

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  • ChristianVieri

    Its more of a gun control issue then a racial issue…what was the security guard doing with a gun?
    Like it or not the prison and crime statistic reflect that black people in the US are more likely to be committing a violent crime then a white person is.That is a socioeconomic issue that the civil rights ‘leaders’ would be better of challenging.Treyvon Martyn is a victim of lax gun control and criminal profiling based on the fact that a young black guy is more likely to commit a crime then a young white guy.

  • The real Stig

    The Bush brothers continue to leave a trail of bodies behind them. Iraq, Afghanistan, Florida….

  • Emma

    Firstly ChristianVieri, he was not a ‘security guard’. He was a self-appointed ‘neighbourhood watch’ vigilante.
    As for the ‘prison and crime statistics’, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that any statistics on crime need to be treated with immense caution – particularly when it starts to show one group of people is more disproportionately represented than another. All that may show is that a certain race may get caught more, or targeted more while immense leniancy is shown to a different race. It also tends to focus on a certain type of crime. So called ‘white collar criminals’ rarely get caught yet it could be argued the negative effects of their crimes on wider society are greater.

  • Emma

    On this ‘stand your ground law’, however, I think Edmund Burke would say it best – ‘bad laws are the worst form of tyranny’. I am a firm believer that a badly written law is worse than no law at all.

  • Cheryl

    Emma, children at the ages of 13 and up can be sentenced to prison for life without parole in Florida. Florida sentences juvenile offenders to life without parole for non homicide offenses at 19 times the rate of other comparable states. Those other non homicide charges are for burglary, battery or carjacking. 84% of those juveniles serving life without parole in Florida on non homicide charges are Black!

    Here is an interesting article “Young, Black, and Locked up: Florida Edition”.

  • Emma

    Shocking Cheryl. The sooner the US Supreme Court sorts out this Juvenile Life Without Parole thing the better (and I believe it will). Someone should just come out and ask the question; ‘so, with all these kids locked up for life from adolescence; does anyone actually FEEL safer?’ Strangely enough, one of the advocates of now ending life without parole for juveniles was formerly one of its defenders – Jeb Bush.