It’s Father’s Day, a time sons and dads get together and reminiscence fondly of their good times together. Or if you’re Robert Zimmerman Sr. whose son George faces second-degree murder charges for the killing of Trayvon Martin last February and you think he got a raw deal, what you do is dash off a $3.99 e-book on Amazon and you lay fault for all the woes of your family squarely on nearly every prominent Black politician and organization for being “the true racists.”
Who is it that has that knives out for George? Daddy Zimmerman has it all figured out and naming names:
- Congressional Black Caucus. “[A] pathetic, self-serving group of racists… advancing their purely racist agenda.” He later adds that “all members of Congress should be ashamed of the Congressional Black Caucus, as should be their constituents.” And finally: “They are truly a disgrace to all Americans.”
- The NAACP. “[S]imply promotes racism and hatred for their own, primarily financial, interests” and “without prejudice and racial divide, the NAACP would simply cease to exist.”
- NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. “[W]hat I would expect of a racist.”
- Trayvon Martin’s funeral director. A “racial activist and former head of the local NAACP.”
- Benjamin Crump, Natalie Jackson and Daryl Parks, attorneys for Travyon Martin’s family. “The scheme team.”
- The National Basketball Players Association.
- Black Chamber of Commerce.
- National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers.
- National Black United Fund.
- United Negro College Fund.
Pretty much everybody but The Harlem Globetrotters is gunning for Boy George Zimmerman. The old man also claims the Boston bombings could have been averted if the FBI wasn’t busy investigating the Martin murder.
The positive reviews on Amazon praising Zimmerman Sr., are just as eye-opening.
This book gives you a glimpse into what actually happened in February of 2012, without the lies and politics. Don’t be put off by other people who disparage this man and his family without bothering to find out what actually happened. The truth will come out during the trial, and the Zimmermans will be vindicated.
I have believed all along that this case was a travesty propelled by financial and personal gain by those whose interest is benefited from this being a criminal & race issue…Those of you that think this isn’t financially motivated read the book and then ask Trayvons grieving mother when & where she got those huge multi carat diamond earrings she was sporting on her media campaign?
To the Zimmerman family, I support your family, and I wish the Martin family would have recognized the signs for their son to get help. It’s a tragedy, and I wish we could bring Trayvon back, and have given him some guidance before he decided not to stop beating your son’s head into the pavement. A couple more poundings, and George would possibly have brain damage, and been a vegetable. If Trayvon would have kept his hands to himself, he still would be here for his family.
Okay, you get the picture. There’s a lot of sick, twisted bastards and far too many of them have computer access.
In the foreword of “Florida v. Zimmerman: Uncovering the Malicious Prosecution of my Son, George” Daddy Z declares, “Everything stated in this book is true to the best of my knowledge and my belief (You really believe that?). However, given the media’s egregious and misleading reporting (Because I certainly couldn’t be biased in favor of my son), I would certainly encourage readers research any and all information they may question (And if you’re expecting an impartial account to come from the father of a guy facing hard time behind bars you’re out of your mind).”
The only ones who could be interested in slanted, self-serving trash like this are the same fools who are making contributions to George Zimmerman’s defense fund. It’s a neat little Jedi mind trick Daddy Z has pulled off here. He appeals to racists by denouncing every African-American who has chosen justice for Trayvon over freedom for George as the real racists.
This strategy should do well with morons and Stormfront members.
Zimmerman, Sr.is engaged in two of the oldest defenses in the world: deflection and projection. Blaming others for the sins of racism that he and his family perpetuates continually and repeatedly.
Can I say with 100 percent certainty George Zimmerman was motivated by racism when he murdered Trayvon Martin? No. But what I can say is if he is he got it honestly.
Today is Father’s Day and there is no doubt Robert Zimmerman Sr., loves his son George very much . He loves him so much he would lie for him. He loves him so much he would spread his race-baiting venom to others to feed the seething racial resentment his son started with his reckless and criminal behavior . George is a killer and that reflects poorly upon how the elder Zimmerman raised him. His love is no excuse for being a lousy parent. The stupid and selfish actions of George took Trayvon away from his father and that’s why he’s on trial for murder, not because of anything the NAACP or the NBA did.
Today is Father’s Day and Robert Zimmerman Sr. shows his love by spewing hate.
- The Nerve of This Man (thoughtprovokingperspectives.wordpress.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Father Says African-American’s Are The ‘True Racists’ (djsdoingwork.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Father Says The ‘True Racists’ Are African-American (soulbrotherspeaks.com)
- George Zimmerman’s dad lashes out at ‘racist’ Black community in e-book (rawstory.com)
When the character of the defendant is less than sterling if you’re a smart (and somewhat unscrupulous) defense attorney the next best option if your client’s reputation is less than pristine is to dirty up the victim instead.
The trashing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman‘s attorneys and family has been brutal, ruthless, systematic and ugly. They are playing hardball. They are showing no mercy. Zimmerman’s lawyers began in earnest last week when they released text messages from Trayvon in trying to depict him as a punk kid with violent tendencies. Zimmerman’s mother did even worse to the teenager. She made him invisible and irrelevant in a letter she released to her son’s supporters.
Today, April 11, 2013 is the anniversary of the most unfortunate arrest of our son George. I am writing from my heart and with incalculable gratitude to our family members, dearest friends, and those we have not personally met but who have nonetheless offered their unwavering moral and spiritual support. Those who read this letter should do so of their own free will, and do so because they are interested in its message. If you read this letter with the hopes of finding material to mock or rebuke–please stop reading now, because this letter is not intended for you.
April 11 2012 will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses. George was charged with murder. By confusing the public and manipulating perception in order to sway the “court of public opinion”, Benjamin Crump & co. finally achieved their “first base” victory.
A year later, we find ourselves–as Mr. Crump put it–in “third base” posture: we are awaiting trial. Throughout the past year, as evidence came forth and was later published, we have fought at every turn to be certain George is afforded a fair trial and equal protection under the law. It is imperative now more than ever that George receive fair treatment by the judicial system, as this is the quintessential birthright of every American.
From the beginning, this case has been heavily publicized and a false narrative was developed surrounding a very real tragedy when there was little evidence available to the public. It is astounding that despite the vast amount of information and evidence now available that supports George’s self-defense claim, the majority of the media avoids its publication. It is indeed alarming that even more media outlets do not regret misinforming the public and have not taken steps to retract the fabrications they are responsible for perpetuating.
The media, with the help of social media made it their prerogative to judge and sentence George before and after his arrest. Even members of Congress and self-proclaimed “activists” used and routinely use to this day the term “murderer” when they speak of him–in effect they are re-enforcing the only acceptable judicial outcome in their eyes. Many have seen to it that he be judged by the public, the very public they were keen on misinforming.
It is for these reasons I share my thoughts and heart with you today. Despite the mythological monster the media created, those who knew George did not abandon him, and those who have become familiar with him throughout the course of this ordeal have prayed daily for him, his wife, his parents and siblings. Without your constant prayer, words of comfort, and endless search for truth–our family would not have made it this far.
After reading Gladys Zimmerman’s letter and its total absence of decency or humanity I understand where George’s racism comes from. It is more than misleading, self-serving and selfish. It is inhumane. Not once is Trayvon Martin’s name mentioned. No one in the Zimmerman family has a shred of compassion in their cold hearts.
“For the Zimmerman family to allege that the justice system doesn’t work simply because they are unhappy their son was arrested in the first place is disingenuous and disrespectful to the very system that is currently affording him every available opportunity to defend himself. The arrest of an admitted killer is not a violation of due process, it is due process. “Most will agree that no one has been given greater consideration by the justice system for killing an unarmed child than George Zimmerman.”
The Zimmerman family is waging a public relations war on the behalf of their murderous son and nobody has been vocal in his unwavering son than kid brother Robert. His recent rampage of Tweets to slime Trayvon will likely have no effect on the upcoming trial, but it does show how low Bobby Z. is willing to stoop to.
The Zimmerman defense team released a series of photographs and text messages from Trayvon on their website depicting the teenager discussing guns, being suspended from school and smoking marijuana. In a text message sent 12 days before Zimmerman gunned him down Martin tells an unnamed friend he was suspended from school for fighting.
“Why you not in school?” a text he receives asks.
“I thought you was going out with ur friend,” the reply says.
“Naw my ol g say she dont want me home caus she think ima get in mo trouble,” he texts back.
Martin’s texts also indicate he may have been curious about guns.
“U gotta gun?” reads a text from Martin’s phone, sent on Feb. 18, 2012, to a friend of his who was on the phone with him on the night of the shooting.
“You want a 22 revolver” asks someone in a text he receives that day.
Three days later, Martin mentioned a caliber of gun while asking a friend in another text, “U wanna share a .380 w.[redacted]?”
Other texts released allude to problems Martin was having at home and with authorities.
“My mom just told me i gotta mov wit my dad,” says one from Nov. 22, 2011. “She just kickd me out.”
“Is the defense trying to prove Trayvon deserved to be killed by George Zimmerman because of the way he looked?” Benjamin Crump said, “If so, this stereotypical and closed-minded thinking is the same mindset that caused George Zimmerman to get out of his car and pursue Trayvon, an unarmed kid who he didn’t know. The pretrial release of these irrelevant red herrings is a desperate and pathetic attempt by the defense to pollute and sway the jury pool.”
From what I’ve read from legal experts none of this crap will probably ever be heard by a jury and will not be admissible. Certainly Team Zimmerman would like to put Trayvon’s character on trial as he is already dead and cannot defend himself. Perhaps there is also the hope that painting Martin as wannabee thug, doper and gangsta will play to the worst fears of potential jurors.
Of course, anyone with the brain power of a house plant should ask, “What does this have to do with why Zimmerman shot Trayvon? He didn’t know any of this.” But the defense is going to muddy the waters as much as they can to get their client off. If they have to trash Trayvon in the process, you’d better believe they’re gonna do it.
It doesn’t make it any less disgusting. Mark O’ Mara wants to “niggerize” Trayvon Martin as a wannabee gangsta and future criminal. That’s understandable since its his client who is a killer with a prior criminal record. Writing in his legal blog, attorney Frederick Leatherman denounced the tactics of Zimmerman’s defense team saying, “This is quite possibly the sleaziest tactic that I have ever seen. To intentionally poison a jury pool a couple of weeks before trial with false and misleading information about the victim of a homicide calculated to incite and unite White racists to approve of the execution of an unarmed Black teenager is astonishing.”
“These two lawyers are fortunate that I am not Judge Nelson because I would jail them for contempt of court and file complaints against the bar association requesting their disbarment from the practice of law.”
In a series of rulings that were described as favorable to the prosecution, Judge Debra Nelson denied the defense’s motions to admit Martin’s marijuana usage, disciplinary records from school, possible interest in guns and fighting. Robert Zimmerman called upon the prosecution to drop the second degree murder charge against his brother. The defense asked for a delay in the trial which Judge Nelson also rejected. Jury selection begins June 16.
What we’re witnessing now is simply the public relations spin and the preliminaries. When the trial actually begins that’s when the circus will really start.
- Statement From Trayvon Martin’s Family and Their Attorneys (tmwarriors.wordpress.com)
- Zimmerman’s mom thanks supporters (abcactionnews.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Attorney Trying To Put Trayvon Martin On Trial (blackamericaweb.com)
- Zimmerman Lawyers Smear Trayvon (boomantribune.com)
- Judge denies delay, bars evidence in George Zimmerman trial (usnews.nbcnews.com)
Trayvon Martin should be alive today, but of course he isn’t. He’s dead because a scared little creep named George Zimmerman shot and killed him a year ago to the day.
And all hell broke loose…
When we talk about race in America those conversations are often nervous, dishonest, awkward and less than candid. Too often we end up saying things we don’t really mean but sound right. When Whites and Blacks and other races talk about race, we’re either put on airs as we struggle to be on our best behavior and not offend. However, there are occasions where the false fronts and fake faces are dropped and we stand toe-to-toe and just let the bullets fly. We don’t get polite. We get real.
For a year now that’s what I’ve sought to do as I write about the Trayvon Martin case. I try to bring the real. I’m not trying to be impartial. I’m not claiming I don’t have a bias. I’ve chosen a side and I am on Team Trayvon, not Team Zimmerman. I’m not a vigilante. I leave that sort of thing to frightened rabbits like Zimmerman. Nor do I want anything bad to happen to him or his wife and co-conspirator, Shellie Zimmerman. I want them to be safe as houses right up until the day they are both convicted of their many crimes and are sent to prison.
I’m also preparing myself for the distinct possibility they both walk.
Do you move on? Do you put it behind you? Does your once inflamed sense of outrage cool until it grows as cold as the corpse of Trayvon?
No. Of course you can’t allow that. Not if you have the slightest sense of justice. There’s been no justice here. All we’ve seen so far is how skillful lawyers with no conscience or scruples will go to murder the truth. Why does Zimmerman’s defense team need access to a teenager’s social media? Who exactly is on trial here?
We know the answer to that, don’t we? We know it is Trayvon who is on trial. It is Trayvon, not his killer, who must prove he wasn’t some sort of thug. Some punk who went out in the rain not for a bag of candy and a can of iced tea, but looking for trouble.
After all, he was a bad kid, right? He shouldn’t have been out at 7:00 pm roaming around in the dark. Right? Just because some fool he didn’t know was chasing him in the dark and confronted him with a loaded gun he wasn’t supposed to be carrying, doesn’t mean it’s not his fault? Why, he practically made poor George Zimmerman shoot him! Zimmerman was fighting for his life. He had every right to defend himself!
That only makes sense if you concede one point. You must concede Zimmerman was correct in his conclusion that a Black kid walking around at night in his neighborhood and wearing a hoodie justifies racial profiling. Justifies ignoring police instructions not to follow and engage. Justifies hunting Trayvon through the apartment complex. Justifies terrifying an unarmed young man who had done nothing and wanted nothing more than to get home and out of the rain.
Justifies confronting an unarmed young man, fighting that unarmed young man, and pulling out a gun and shooting to death that unarmed young man once it became clear he was winning the fight.
The problem for Zimmerman is there is no justification. The Stand Your Ground law is not a license to kill. Putting your own dumb ass in a potentially dangerous situation is not a justification. Fearing for your life because you’re getting your dumb ass kicked is not a justification.
Being a coward, being an arrogant wannabee vigilante? That might be a justification. If you’re a murderous coward, that is.
On the anniversary of the murder, CNN published excerpts of letters provided to them by his lawyers sent to Zimmerman from both supporters and detractors. They illustrate how wide the racial schism is and how raw the emotions are between how Black and White America view this case .
“Murderer,” one e-mail’s subject line said.
“Please shoot yourself, you racist piece of sh-t,” read the body of another e-mail. “You killed an unarmed teen that you stalked.”
And several dictated the same, succinct line: “Hope you die in prison.”
These venom-drenched words are just a smattering of at least 400 e-mails and letters, all sent to George Zimmerman over the past 10 months.
Some applaud his lawsuit against NBC over the altering the recording of his police call, allegedly to “create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.”
Other missives — many packed with vitriol and anger — provide a glimpse into the emotion that overcame the nation when Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, a black teen, in Sanford, Florida, exactly one year ago.
Like the friendly letters, there are recurring themes: condemnation of Zimmerman’s conduct that night, mocking the website he established to collect donations for the legal defense and even ridiculing the physical appearances of him and his wife, Shellie.
Zimmerman is vilified as a predator in these letters, while Martin is portrayed as a “baby” or “child.” Dozens are riddled with profanity and crude anatomical references.
In contrast, others saw the racial controversy as a ginned-up conspiracy to condemn Zimmerman and made references to “the race-baiting media” and “threats by the black community and their leaders.”
“Black people take every opportunity to claim they’ve been wronged,” said one letter, while another encouraged Zimmerman to keep his head high: “Don’t let the damn blacks hold you back.”
It’s a bitter laugh when Zimmerman’s supporters say “race has nothing to do with this.” On what planet are they living on? Not the same one I’m from. Race has everything to do with this and it always did. Only a deliberately blind idiot can’t see how Martin’s race, and to a lesser extent, Zimmerman’s as well factors into how the sides have been chosen and whose cause is being championed.
For many, Zimmerman is a hero defending his hood from a thug in a hoodie. For the rest of us who only have to know the facts, not twist them, we know it is Trayvon Martin who was the only innocent victim here and the only one who was minding his own business not looking for trouble.
Trouble found him and cowardly ended his life. The story of Trayvon lives beyond his brief 18 years. He has become both a symbol and a martyr for this country’s pathological fear and scorn for young Black men. We can’t ease up, can’t let up, can’t give up. Not until this murdering piece of trash pays for his crime. But if Zimmerman doesn’t pay for his crime (and it’s not only possible he won’t, it’s likely) and he walks out of a Florida courtroom declared “not guilty” by the law, that won’t be an end for the pursuit of justice.
The law and justice are two separate things. The law may set Zimmerman free. Justice never will.
It’s a year gone by. My hoodie is on and up in support of Trayvon Martin and his family who say they will let the jury decide. That is how it should be. We must allow the justice system to go forth and hope it finds its way to the truth.
It’s slow. It’s frustrating. At times it’s infuriating, but that’s how it has to be. In the meantime, me and my hoodie say ” Geraldo Rivera can kiss my ass.”
No forgiving. Not forgetting. Justice for Trayvon.
The job’s not done. Trayvon sleeps, but I pray justice doesn’t sleep on Trayvon.
- Trayvon Martin: One Year Later, Justice Remains Elusive (ideas.time.com)
- Trayvon Martin: TrayDay ~ Hoodies UP 4 Trayvon ~ (theobamacrat.com)
- There will be more Trayvons (salon.com)
- One Year Ago Trayvon Martin Was Murdered..What Have We Done Since Then? (aboriginalpress.wordpress.com)
Here’s a fun activity for you fans of Cops who enjoy doing your own reenactments. . Hide a gun on your body. Get a buddy to handcuff you with your hands behind your back. Then have him search you. Twice. Make sure you stash it somewhere good so he can’t find it, but you can get to it when you need it. Now sit down in the backseat of your car. Now with your hands cuffed behind your back, retrieve the gun and since you’re left-handed, shoot yourself in the right side of the temple.
According to the police department of Jonesboro, Arkansas, this is exactlywhat 21-year-old Chavis Chacobie Carter did.
… Chavis Chacobie Carter had been a passenger in a pickup truck when Officer Ron Marsh found “some marijuana” and plastic baggies in his possession. Marsh also determined that Carter had been wanted on a warrant after he missed a court date for drug charges in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
Marsh then had Carter “exit the patrol unit, placed him into handcuffs, searched him a second time then placed him into the back seat of the patrol unit.”
Jonesboro Police Sergeant Lyle Waterworth told WREG that Carter had been “handcuffed behind his back and double locked, and searched.”
At that point, Officer Keith Baggett believed a passing car ran over a piece of metal in the road because he heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound.” Baggett said he then heard “several thumps” after Marsh released the two other suspects. Marsh motioned Baggett over to the patrol car and said the 21-year-old had shot himself.
The two cops have been put on desk duty. Standard operating procedure. Carter’s mom says her son wasn’t suicidal and since he was left-handed but the bullet struck him on the right side of the head, she wants answers. Standard operating procedure.
Most of us will read the details of Carter’s “suicide” and come to a one-word, two-syllable response: bullshit. Why would Carter kill himself over a bullshit drug bust. How incompetent were these two hick cops that they could miss a gun Carter stashed after two searches? How stupid would you have to be to shoot a suspect in the back seat of a cruiser. There are much easier ways to make it look like Carter was trying to escape and justify shooting him. That’s the only reason I’m not ready to say these two cops aren’t guilty as hell.But I’m not going to listen to any “experts” on the news cautioning how we must reserve judgment and not reach any conclusions before the facts are all in. If this all sounds familiar it’s because we just went through this in February with Trayvon Martin. Yet it’s not the tragedy of Trayvon, but the case Carter’s mysterious death echoes is the killing of Oscar Grant who was handcuffed and lying face-down when a transit cop shot him in the back.
What comes next is the what always comes next. Some expert who used to be in law enforcement will agree we need to get to the bottom of what happened in the back of that Jonesboro police cruiser and that everyone needs to chill and let the system go forward. Or to put it another way, “Y’all be cool and while we try and put the lid back on this mess.”
The problem with leaving things up to the system is the system is much more effective in exonerating the killers of young Black men than they are punishing them especially when they wear a badge. If only George Zimmerman had been successful in his attempts to become a cop. He could have blown Trayvon Martin away and be up for a medal of valor instead of facing a murder rap.
Like I said, not enough of the facts are known to assess blame in the Carter case, but there are limits to how many “experts” I can defer to when I know how often interactions between cops and African-Americans end badly.
Maybe Carter was a contortionist or double-jointed or into yoga, but I have no dobuts that this “internal investigation” noise is bullshit. Why should anyone trust Billie Joe to interview his buddy Jim Bob, and get to the bottom of what really happened?
Billie Joe: Hey, Jim Bob. How’d Carter get ahold of a gun and shoot himself?
Jim Bob: Beats me.
Billie Joe: Okay. Investigation’s over.
“Internal investigation” is just an euphemism for “wait until the heat is off and we’ll slide you back out there after a few weeks off with pay.”
This case needs to be investigated, but not by Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney Fife. The FBI, Justice Department and state law officials need to take over this “investigation” before it turns into another just another dead Black suspect in custody whitewash (which is where it’s headed).
The police chief himself says the shooting is “bizarre and defies logic at first glance.” Needless to say, the autopsy results will be very interesting.
We’ve been here before and here we go again.
- Chavis Carter: Dead From Gunshot To Head While Hands Are Cuffed Behind His Back In Rear Of Police Cruiser (theobamacrat.com)
- How Did 21-Year-Old Chavis Carter Get Shot In The Head While Handcuffed In A Police Car? (thinkprogress.org)
- Handcuffed Marijuana Arrestee Shot, Killed in Police Car (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)
There were some Intriguing conclusions made public this week from reports filed by Chris Serino, a detective with the Sanford Police Department and the lead investigator in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Serino, who unsuccessfully argued there was sufficient evidence to arrest George Zimmerman for manslaughter, placed the responsibility for the incident squarely on George Zimmerman’s shoulders.
Prosecutors released more documents, photos and audiovisual files on Tuesday afternoon from the case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, accused of murder in the second degree in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26.
Zimmerman told police that he saw Martin walking, followed him in his vehicle, passed him without identifying himself, called the police non-emergency line, lost sight of Martin as Martin ran toward his father’s home, followed Martin on foot, and then was confronted by Martin, who attacked him when Zimmerman reached into his pocket for his cell phone to call 911.
The report shows that Zimmerman passed a “lie detector” test, called a computer voice stress analyzer. Such tests are popular with police departments but usually are not admissable as evidence in court.
The police detective concluded that Zimmerman’s actions were “inconsistent” with someone who was afraid of Martin, and that Zimmerman had several chances to end the encounter without violence.
“Investigative findings show that Zimmerman admitted avoiding a confrontation with Martin while Zimmerman was observing Martin from his vehicle, because, as he told investigators, was afraid of Martin,” Det. Chris Serino wrote. “Later in the encounter, Zimmerman exited his vehicle, in spite of his earlier admission to investigators that he was afraid of Martin, and followed Martin in an effort to maintain surveillance of him while Zimmerman awaited the arrival of law enforcement officers. His actions are inconsistent with those of a person who has stated he was in fear of another subject.
“Investigative findings show that George Michael Zimmerman had at least two opportunities to speak with Trayvon Benjamin Martin in order to defuse the circumstances surrounding their encounter. On at least two occasions, George Martin Zimmerman failed to identify himself as a concerned resident or a neighborhood watch member to Trayvon Benjamin Martin. Investigative findings show the physical dimension of Trayvon Benjamin Martin, and that of George Michael Zimmerman, coupled with the absence of any specialized training in hand to hand combat between either combatant, did not place George Michael Zimmerman in an extraordinary or exceptional disadvantage of apparent physical ability or defensive capacity.
“Investigative findings show the physical injuries displayed by George Michael Zimmerman are marginally consistent with a life-threatening violent episode as described by him, during which neither a deadly weapon nor deadly force was deployed by Trayvon Martin.”
The report continues:
“The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement, or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog in an effort to dispel each party’s concern. There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter. Zimmerman, by his statements made to the call taker and recorded for review, and his statements made to investigators following the shooting death of Martin, made it clear that he had already reached a faulty conclusion as to Martin’s purpose for being in the neighborhood.” (emphasis added)
Despite his self-serving account, the lead investigator concluded it was Zimmerman who initiated the tragic events of February 26, 2012 and he could have–SHOULD have—avoided the escalation that led to Martin’s death.
The events of that night were never in Trayvon Martin’s control. The responsibility for everything that occurred rests entirely with George Zimmerman.
Which is exactly what many of us have said all along.
In other news, Serino was skeptical of Zimmerman’s story that it was he, not Martin who was crying for help as was recorded during some of the 911 calls to police that night.
When Zimmerman returned to the crime scene to walk-thru the incident the cops also had him repeat the phrase “help, help” as some 911 callers had heard.
He sounded like a little dog yapping for a Milk-Bone. It was pathetic. Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart points out the inconsistencies in Zimmerman version of the events and wondered why there are no sounds of Martin cursing and screaming at him.
Serino noted that during the yelling “nobody came out to help you and I can’t pinpoint where you were smothered. That’s the problem I’m having. And nobody’s sayin’ they saw him smothering you. People are sayin’ they saw him on top of you, but they didn’t see the smothering part.”
Singleton pointed out that the screaming is continuous and that if Zimmerman were being smothered it should stop. “[W]e don’t hear it stop.”
“We don’t hear him at all, either,” Serino added. “Is he being quiet? Is he whispering to you or something? Is he calm?”
“He’s angry,” Zimmerman said.
“I don’t hear him, though,” Serino responded.
Singleton asked if Martin was showing anger. “He’s on top of me and he’s telling me, ‘Shut the [expletive] up! Shut the [expletive] up!”
Serino raised a good point. Why don’t we hear Trayvon? Why don’t we hear “Shut the [expletive] up!” as loudly as we hear the heart-wrenching screams for help?
This week Serino requested and was granted a transfer out of the investigative unit to the patrol division. The reasons for Serino’s request were not disclosed.
Zimmerman was back in court on June 29 for another bail hearing. The judge has not said when he will decide whether Zimmerman goes free again.
- Document reveals detective’s doubts about Zimmerman’s story (miamiherald.com)
- Police: Zimmerman Could Have Warned Teen (personalliberty.com)
- Police Found George Zimmerman’s Account Of Trayvon Martin Shooting “Inconsistent” (hiphopwired.com)
t’s never a good idea to go into a courtroom and lie under oath, but it’s an awful idea to lie to a judge. It’s really a terrible idea when you have made said judge so angry he says you lack respect for the law.
Most judges take their jobs extremely seriously. It ain’t no joke, so when Judge Kenneth Lester, who is presiding over the case of George Zimmerman released his written order of why he revoked the accused killer of Trayvon Martin’s bail and returned him to jail, he was scathing in his remarks about Zimmerman and they weren’t complimentary.
The judge who revoked George Zimmerman’s bond did so after he determined that it was “apparent” that Zimmerman’s wife had lied under oath, and clear that Zimmerman “does not properly respect the law.”
The judge sent Zimmerman — the man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin — back to jail after prosecutors alleged that Zimmerman and his wife conspired to hide from the court about $135,000 Zimmerman had collected in donations to his website.
The Zimmermans spoke about the money “in code” during recorded jailhouse phone calls, prosecutors said. Then, Shellie Zimmerman told the judge during her husband’s bond hearing that the couple was essentially destitute.
“It is apparent that [Shellie] Zimmerman testified untruthfully at the bond hearing,” the judge writes in his order. “The Defendant also testified, but did not alert the Court to the misinformation.”
“Had the Court been made aware of the true financial circumstances at the bond hearing, the bond decision might have been different,” Lester wrote. After finding out about the discrepancy, the judge said he was left with two options: Increasing Zimmerman’s bond, or revoking it.
The judge writes that his considered several factors, most of which weighed against Zimmerman.
Among them, “this is a serious charge for which life may be imposed; the evidence against him is strong; he has been charged with one prior crime, for which he went through a pre-trial diversion program, and has had an injunction lodged against him” for domestic violence. (emphasis added)
“Most importantly, though, is the fact that he has now demonstrated that he does not properly respect the law or the integrity of the judicial process,” Lester wrote.
I’ll leave the expert analysis to the legal minds in the audience, but even a layman can hazard a guess it’s NOT a good thing to tick off the judge who can decide to turn you loose or leave you cooling your heels in jail until your trial begins.
Then the other shoe dropped and George Zimmerman’s week from bad to terrible.
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin, was arrested Tuesday on one count of perjury, the Seminole County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department said.
Deputies arrested Shellie Zimmerman, 25, about 3:30 p.m. ET, after they were advised by the office of State Attorney Angela Corey that a warrant had been issued.
The affidavit against Shellie Zimmerman charges that the couple had collected more than $100,000 in internet donations and Mrs. Zimmerman transferred more than $74,000 into her personal account during conversations with her jailed husband on a recorded phone line. The Zimmermans spoke in code about the money transfers, but authorities easily determined George instructing Shellie to use the money to pay off personal bills including their America Express and Sam’s Club accounts.
CBS News reported what may have tripped up the Dumb-Ass Duo. ,Jeffrey Neiman, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, said cash transactions in excess of $10,000 usually trigger a reporting requirement by the bank to multiple government agencies — including the IRS.
“If Mrs. Zimmerman intentionally structured the financial transactions in a manner to keep the offense under $10,000, not only may she have committed perjury in the state case, but she also may have run afoul of several federal statutes and could face serious federal criminal charges,” Neiman wrote in an email to The Associated Press.
Some experts watching the case say Shellie Zimmerman’s arrest may not affect her husband’s chances to convince Judge Lester to release him on bail a second time, but indicates the prosecution is serious about going after George and now has the threat of locking up his wife as a possible bargaining chip.
Wouldn’t it be funny if George Zimmerman gets out of jail at the same time Shellie Zimmerman is going in?
I know I’d laugh.
- New George Zimmerman Credibility Blow? Zimmerman’s Wife Arrested, Charged With Perjury (themoderatevoice.com)
- George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie Zimmerman arrested on perjury charges (thegrio.com)
- Zimmerman case: judge orders new evidence released (thegrio.com)
Remember when Trayvon Martin’s mother put her son’s name under copyright protection and was roundly criticized for doing so? Maybe now we can understand why.
Not a day goes by in America where some two-legged maggot isn’t trying to connive some way to make a buck off of the most tragic of situations.
A person selling gun range targets modeled after slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin says that their “main motivation was to make money off the controversy.”
WKMG’s Mike DeForest reported on Friday that the unidentified seller told him that the targets “sold out in 2 days.”
“The response is overwhelming,” the seller said.
While the item appears to have been removed from GunBroker.com, a cached version of the page was still available at the time of publication.
Photos of the item, which was titled “10 Pack Trayvon Martin Targets,” showed crosshairs over a hoodie similar to the one Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in February. The figure has a bag of Skittle in his pocket and is holding what appears to be a can of iced tea, similar to what Martin had purchased before being gunned down. The pack of 10 targets was being sold for $8.
“Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin,” a description on the targets reads. “Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with a matte finish! The dimensions are 12″x18″ This is a Ten Pack of Targets.”
Let he or she who fears possible violence coming from Trayvon Martin’s supporters worry as much about the hatred coming from George Zimmerman’s supporters.
Now the relevant question is whether it is helpful or even desired support and Zimmerman’s attorney makes it pretty clear that he doesn’t want that kind of support for his client. Good for him, but even with his disclaimer there is no doubt Zimmerman has become a cause celebre for racist turds trying to make a dirty dollar off of a dead kid.
They are Zimmerman supporters too. The wrong kind, but there are always those types looking to slither out from under their rocks to exploit a bad situation and make it worse.
I can discern the difference between the bottom-feeders and those who earnestly believe Zimmerman is innocent and deserves his day in court, but let’s not be naive and think it’s only nice people backing this guy.
ABC News reports Zimmerman’s doctor says his patient was diagnosed with a “closed fracture” of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin. Zimmerman’s defenders have seized upon this as evidence he was fighting for his life when he gunned down the unarmed teenager.
However, other aspects of the ABC News story seems to have been glossed over. The report also notes that Zimmerman had been prescribed mood medications Adderall and Temazepam before the shooting, ABC News reported. The doctor added that Zimmerman refused to go to the hospital the night of the shooting and added that it was “imperative” that he see his psychologist.
Some fun facts about Temazepam:
What should I avoid while taking temazepam?
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking temazepam. It can increase some of the side effects, and could possibly cause a fatal overdose. Temazepam can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Temazepam side effects
- weak or shallow breathing;
- fast or pounding heartbeats;
- confusion, slurred speech, unusual thoughts or behavior;
- hallucinations, agitation, aggression;
- thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
- pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
- amnesia or forgetfulness;
- muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination;
- headache, blurred vision, depressed mood;
- feeling nervous, excited, or irritable;
Here are some more fun facts about Adderall:
Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
What should I avoid while taking Adderall?
Adderall may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Adderall Side Effects – for the Professional
Central Nervous System
Psychotic episodes at recommended doses, overstimulation, restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, euphoria, dyskinesia, dysphoria, depression, tremor, headache, exacerbation of motor and phonic tics and Tourette’s syndrome, seizures, stroke.
Zimmerman had been prescribed two powerful drugs with multiple side effects and clear warnings not to consume alcohol. However, the Sanford Police Department, whose work Zimmerman’s defenders say did not make a botch of the investigation, did NOT test Zimmerman for drugs or alcohol (though they did test Trayvon’s corpse).
It might have been important to know if Trayvon’s killer was high as a kite when he stalked and shot the unarmed teenager. Thanks to the inept bungling of the idiot Sanford cops we never will.
- Evidence: Trayvon Had Bruised Knuckles, Zimmerman Broken Nose (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Trayvon Martin Autopsy Shows Wounds on His Hands (theatlanticwire.com)
- ABC News Exclusive: Zimmerman Medical Report Shows Broken Nose, Lacerations After Trayvon Martin Shooting (givemeliberty01.wordpress.com)
I have never been to Los Angeles. I don’t know anyone who lives in Los Angeles. Everything I know about Los Angeles comes second-hand. Yet it was 20 years ago my first gig as a paid freelancer came when I wrote about the 1992 L.A. riots after the acquittal of the police officers who beat motorist Rodney King.
I can’t read that article now without wincing. It’s earnest and sincere, but it’s overwrought, poorly thought out and badly written. It’s not that I regret what I said when I was in my mid-Thirties, and I am not afraid of being angry, I’m not that angry young man anymore.
I’m gratified former Time magazine correspondent Sylvester Monroe who covered the uprising in L.A. wrote a remembrance of where he was 20 years ago and what has changed since then.
The 1992 Los Angeles riots were one of the biggest stories of my career and among the most personal. I wasn’t just a reporter covering the worst civil unrest in modern U.S. history. I was also an African-American man and father of an adolescent son ever mindful of close encounters of the worst kind with the police.
Reporting on the six days of deadly violence and vandalism following the acquittals of four white L.A. police officers tried for the brutal, videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King resonated with me even more than the trial itself. In nearly 10 years as a Los Angeles correspondent for Time magazine, I was never stopped by the LAPD. As a young teenager, my son, Jason, was ticketed once for jaywalking. We paid a $50 fine and that was the end of it. But we both were always wary.
Twenty years later, relations between the Los Angeles police and the city’s black citizens are light-years beyond the tinderbox atmosphere that once prevailed, thanks to extensive police reforms, including a much-touted commitment to community policing, increased external oversight and more enlightened department leadership. Many black Angelenos now believe there has been so much progress that what happened in 1992 could not happen again. At least not in the same way.
One reason is that despite some ongoing racial tension, the people of Los Angeles generally get along much better than they did at the time of King’s famously plaintive plea: “Can we all just get along?”
“I do not feel it could happen again because [the police] are now accountable to us and want to be,” says Lawrence Tolliver, also black, who owns a popular barbershop just blocks from the infamous intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues where white truck driver Reginald Denny was dragged from his truck and almost beaten to death by young black men right after the King trial verdicts. “If something like [the King beating] did happen today, it would be a lot different than in 1992. They would investigate it, and the current police chief would not let it get to that point. We have a lot more impact on the department now.”
That may be true for L.A., but not for every city around the nation. As Los Angeles marks the 20th anniversary of its riotous past, national attention is now firmly fixed on yet another racially charged assault. In the Trayvon Martin case, the Sanford, Fla., police did not shoot the unarmed 17-year-old black teenager. But police handling or mishandling of the case and how it is resolved in court could make Trayvon this generation’s Rodney King. For what has not changed in two decades is continued excessive force against black males (and females) by law enforcement officers and others who claim they were afraid for their lives.
If George Zimmerman is exonerated and rioting does occur, that would be unjustified and unfortunate, but not wholly unexpected. When there is one standard of justice for Whites and a separate and unequal one for Blacks and it is shrugged off as no big thing it breeds the lack of respect for the American system of justice and all its representatives that is decried by its most ardent defenders. If peaceful civil disobedience is denigrated as rabble rousing and counter-productive, then once legitimate means of redress are choked off, violent reactions become inevitable.
Americans are not people who quietly suffer their lot in life with hand-wringing and hushed voices. They raise hell about everything from high taxation without representation, unjust wars, government that becomes too big, bloated and intrusive and for civil rights and equal protection under the law. Faith in, and compliance with the rules and laws of a civilized society can only be maintained as long as they are equally and fairly applied regardless of race, color, creed, orientation, power, influence or connection.
If no one should be considered above the law then no one should be considered below the law. That includes Trayvon Martin as much as it does George Zimmerman.
King was everything Martin wasn’t. A large Black man with a criminal record who was breaking the law and might have been stoned then. King was a victim of police brutality while Martin faced off with an overzealous vigilante-slash-police-wannabee and.though King was a victim, he wasn’t entirely innocent. .
No one else should be hurt or die due to what happened one night in Sanford, Florida. The hope is justice will prevail and everyone involved will be treated in a fair and equitable way. But if anyone believes what happened in 1992 can’t happen again they have not paid attention to the bitterly learned lessons of Los Angeles very well.