Reuters Does a Great Article; George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

Reuters Does a Great Article; George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

(Reuters) – A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.

The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.

“Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.

“Get a gun.”

That November, the Zimmermans completed firearms training at a local lodge and received concealed-weapons gun permits. In early December, another source close to them told Reuters, the couple bought a pair of guns. George picked a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, a popular, lightweight weapon.

By June 2011, Zimmerman’s attention had shifted from a loose pit bull to a wave of robberies that rattled the community, called the Retreat at Twin Lakes. The homeowners association asked him to launch a neighborhood watch, and Zimmerman would begin to carry the Kel-Tec on his regular, dog-walking patrol – a violation of neighborhood watch guidelines but not a crime.

Few of his closest neighbors knew he carried a gun – until two months ago.

On February 26, George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in what Zimmerman says was self-defense. The furor that ensued has consumed the country and prompted a re-examination of guns, race and self-defense laws enacted in nearly half the United States.

During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old.

But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman’s past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

Based on extensive interviews with relatives, friends, neighbors, schoolmates and co-workers of Zimmerman in two states, law enforcement officials, and reviews of court documents and police reports, the story sheds new light on the man at the center of one of the most controversial homicide cases in America.

The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.

A criminal justice student who aspired to become a judge, Zimmerman also concerned himself with the safety of his neighbors after a series of break-ins committed by young African-American men.

Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.

“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”

“MIXED” HOUSEHOLD

George Michael Zimmerman was born in 1983 to Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, the third of four children. Robert Zimmerman Sr. was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam in 1970, and was stationed at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, in 1975 with Gladys Mesa’s brother George. Zimmerman Sr. also served two tours in Korea, and spent the final 10 years of his 22-year military career in the Pentagon, working for the Department of Defense, a family member said.

In his final years in Virginia before retiring to Florida, Robert Zimmerman served as a magistrate in Fairfax County’s 19th Judicial District.

Robert and Gladys met in January 1975, when George Mesa brought along his army buddy to his sister’s birthday party. She was visiting from Peru, on vacation from her job there as a physical education teacher. Robert was a Baptist, Gladys was Catholic. They soon married, in a Catholic ceremony in Alexandria, and moved to nearby Manassas.

Gladys came to lead a small but growing Catholic Hispanic enclave within the All Saints Catholic Church parish in the late 1970s, where she was involved in the church’s outreach programs. Gladys would bring young George along with her on “home visits” to poor families, said a family friend, Teresa Post.

“It was part of their upbringing to know that there are people in need, people more in need than themselves,” said Post, a Peruvian immigrant who lived with the Zimmermans for a time.

Post recalls evening prayers before dinner in the ethnically diverse Zimmerman household, which included siblings Robert Jr., Grace, and Dawn. “It wasn’t only white or only Hispanic or only black – it was mixed,” she said.

Zimmerman’s maternal grandmother, Cristina, who had lived with the Zimmermans since 1978, worked as a babysitter for years during Zimmerman’s childhood. For several years she cared for two African-American girls who ate their meals at the Zimmerman house and went back and forth to school each day with the Zimmerman children.

“They were part of the household for years, until they were old enough to be on their own,” Post said.

Zimmerman served as an altar boy at All Saints from age 7 to 17, church members said.

“He wasn’t the type where, you know, ‘I’m being forced to do this,’ and a dragging-his-feet Catholic,” said Sandra Vega, who went to high school with George and his siblings. “He was an altar boy for years, and then worked in the rectory too. He has a really good heart.”

George grew up bilingual, and by age 10 he was often called to the Haydon Elementary School principal’s office to act as a translator between administrators and immigrant parents. At 14 he became obsessed with becoming a Marine, a relative said, joining the after-school ROTC program at Grace E. Metz Middle School and polishing his boots by night. At 15, he worked three part-time jobs – in a Mexican restaurant, for the rectory, and washing cars – on nights and weekends, to save up for a car.

After graduating from Osbourn High School in 2001, Zimmerman moved to Lake Mary, Florida, a town neighboring Sanford. His parents purchased a retirement home there in 2002, in part to bring Cristina, who suffers from arthritis, to a warmer climate.

YOUNG INSURANCE AGENT

On his own at 18, George got a job at an insurance agency and began to take classes at night to earn a license to sell insurance. He grew friendly with a real estate agent named Lee Ann Benjamin, who shared office space in the building, and later her husband, John Donnelly, a Sanford attorney.

“George impressed me right off the bat as just a real go-getter,” Donnelly said. “He was working days and taking all these classes at night, passing all the insurance classes, not just for home insurance, but auto insurance and everything. He wanted to open his own office – and he did.”

In 2004, Zimmerman partnered with an African-American friend and opened up an Allstate insurance satellite office, Donnelly said.

Then came 2005, and a series of troubles. Zimmerman’s business failed, he was arrested, and he broke off an engagement with a woman who filed a restraining order against him.

That July, Zimmerman was charged with resisting arrest, violence, and battery of an officer after shoving an undercover alcohol-control agent who was arresting an under-age friend of Zimmerman’s at a bar. He avoided conviction by agreeing to participate in a pre-trial diversion program that included anger-management classes.

In August, Zimmerman’s fiancee at the time, Veronica Zuazo, filed a civil motion for a restraining order alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman reciprocated with his own order on the same grounds, and both orders were granted. The relationship ended.

In 2007 he married Shellie Dean, a licensed cosmetologist, and in 2009 the couple rented a townhouse in the Retreat at Twin Lakes. Zimmerman had bounced from job to job for a couple of years, working at a car dealership and a mortgage company. At times, according to testimony from Shellie at a bond hearing for Zimmerman last week, the couple filed for unemployment benefits.

Zimmerman enrolled in Seminole State College in 2009, and in December 2011 he was permitted to participate in a school graduation ceremony, despite being a course credit shy of his associate’s degree in criminal justice. Zimmerman was completing that course credit when the shooting occurred.

On March 22, nearly a month after the shooting and with the controversy by then swirling nationwide, the school issued a press release saying it was taking the “unusual, but necessary” step of withdrawing Zimmerman’s enrollment, citing “the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman.”

A NEIGHBORHOOD IN FEAR

By the summer of 2011, Twin Lakes was experiencing a rash of burglaries and break-ins. Previously a family-friendly, first-time homeowner community, it was devastated by the recession that hit the Florida housing market, and transient renters began to occupy some of the 263 town houses in the complex. Vandalism and occasional drug activity were reported, and home values plunged. One resident who bought his home in 2006 for $250,000 said it was worth $80,000 today.

At least eight burglaries were reported within Twin Lakes in the 14 months prior to the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to the Sanford Police Department. Yet in a series of interviews, Twin Lakes residents said dozens of reports of attempted break-ins and would-be burglars casing homes had created an atmosphere of growing fear in the neighborhood.

In several of the incidents, witnesses identified the suspects to police as young black men. Twin Lakes is about 50 percent white, with an African-American and Hispanic population of about 20 percent each, roughly similar to the surrounding city of Sanford, according to U.S. Census data.

One morning in July 2011, a black teenager walked up to Zimmerman’s front porch and stole a bicycle, neighbors told Reuters. A police report was taken, though the bicycle was not recovered.

But it was the August incursion into the home of Olivia Bertalan that really troubled the neighborhood, particularly Zimmerman. Shellie was home most days, taking online courses towards certification as a registered nurse.

On August 3, Bertalan was at home with her infant son while her husband, Michael, was at work. She watched from a downstairs window, she said, as two black men repeatedly rang her doorbell and then entered through a sliding door at the back of the house. She ran upstairs, locked herself inside the boy’s bedroom, and called a police dispatcher, whispering frantically.

“I said, ‘What am I supposed to do? I hear them coming up the stairs!'” she told Reuters. Bertalan tried to coo her crying child into silence and armed herself with a pair of rusty scissors.

Police arrived just as the burglars – who had been trying to disconnect the couple’s television – fled out a back door. Shellie Zimmerman saw a black male teen running through her backyard and reported it to police.

After police left Bertalan, George Zimmerman arrived at the front door in a shirt and tie, she said. He gave her his contact numbers on an index card and invited her to visit his wife if she ever felt unsafe. He returned later and gave her a stronger lock to bolster the sliding door that had been forced open.

“He was so mellow and calm, very helpful and very, very sweet,” she said last week. “We didn’t really know George at first, but after the break-in we talked to him on a daily basis. People were freaked out. It wasn’t just George calling police … we were calling police at least once a week.”

In September, a group of neighbors including Zimmerman approached the homeowners association with their concerns, she said. Zimmerman was asked to head up a new neighborhood watch. He agreed.

“PLEASE CONTACT OUR CAPTAIN”

Police had advised Bertalan to get a dog. She and her husband decided to move out instead, and left two days before the shooting. Zimmerman took the advice.

“He’d already had a mutt that he walked around the neighborhood every night – man, he loved that dog – but after that home invasion he also got a Rottweiler,” said Jorge Rodriguez, a friend and neighbor of the Zimmermans.

Around the same time, Zimmerman also gave Rodriguez and his wife, Audria, his contact information, so they could reach him day or night. Rodriguez showed the index card to Reuters. In neat cursive was a list of George and Shellie’s home number and cell phones, as well as their emails.

Less than two weeks later, another Twin Lakes home was burglarized, police reports show. Two weeks after that, a home under construction was vandalized.

The Retreat at Twin Lakes e-newsletter for February 2012 noted: “The Sanford PD has announced an increased patrol within our neighborhood … during peak crime hours.

“If you’ve been a victim of a crime in the community, after calling police, please contact our captain, George Zimmerman.”

EMMANUEL BURGESS – SETTING THE STAGE

On February 2, 2012, Zimmerman placed a call to Sanford police after spotting a young black man he recognized peering into the windows of a neighbor’s empty home, according to several friends and neighbors.

“I don’t know what he’s doing. I don’t want to approach him, personally,” Zimmerman said in the call, which was recorded. The dispatcher advised him that a patrol car was on the way. By the time police arrived, according to the dispatch report, the suspect had fled.

On February 6, the home of another Twin Lakes resident, Tatiana Demeacis, was burglarized. Two roofers working directly across the street said they saw two African-American men lingering in the yard at the time of the break-in. A new laptop and some gold jewelry were stolen. One of the roofers called police the next day after spotting one of the suspects among a group of male teenagers, three black and one white, on bicycles.

Police found Demeacis’s laptop in the backpack of 18-year-old Emmanuel Burgess, police reports show, and charged him with dealing in stolen property. Burgess was the same man Zimmerman had spotted on February 2.

Burgess had committed a series of burglaries on the other side of town in 2008 and 2009, pleaded guilty to several, and spent all of 2010 incarcerated in a juvenile facility, his attorney said. He is now in jail on parole violations.

Three days after Burgess was arrested, Zimmerman’s grandmother was hospitalized for an infection, and the following week his father was also admitted for a heart condition. Zimmerman spent a number of those nights on a hospital room couch.

Ten days after his father was hospitalized, Zimmerman noticed another young man in the neighborhood, acting in a way he found familiar, so he made another call to police.

“We’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy,” Zimmerman said, as Trayvon Martin returned home from the store.

The last time Zimmerman had called police, to report Burgess, he followed protocol and waited for police to arrive. They were too late, and Burgess got away.

This time, Zimmerman was not so patient, and he disregarded police advice against pursuing Martin.

“These assholes,” he muttered in an aside, “they always get away.”

After the phone call ended, several minutes passed when the movements of Zimmerman and Martin remain a mystery.

Moments later, Martin lay dead with a bullet in his chest.

Nero Obama Caesar and His Own Colosseum Games to Focus the People’s Attention from the Destruction of the State

Nero Obama Caesar and His Own Colosseum Games to Focus the People’s Attention from the Destruction of the State

Class warfare, war on women, war on corporations, Occupy, Trayvon Martin and black on white attacks, Obama has given the people “the games” in much like Nero Claudius Caesar did to the Romans as Rome burned.  Where each one of these examples is fueled by pure hatred rather then the cause it declares, and shouldn’t be ignored, look to is pulling the strings to cause the society to burn down.

During his Tuesday evening broadcast, Glenn Beck took a deeper look at the disturbing trend of violence being perpetrated against whites in the name of “justice for Trayvon.”

40 Yr Old White Man Beaten to Critical Condition by 20 Blacks on His Own Porch

40 Yr Old White Man Beaten to Critical Condition by 20 Blacks on His Own Porch

I guess I’m going to be able to post at least one of these type of stories per day now, it seems.

Get armed, stay armed. Better to be judged by 12 rather then carried by 6.

How, oh how is this one going to be spun to become justified?  Was he “profiling”? Was he “following”, against the orders of a dispatch officer?

From local15tv.com-

MOBILE, Alabama –

Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he’s in critical condition.

According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.

Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.

Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. “It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.” Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”

Police will only say “multiple people” are involved.

What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said..

“Now thats justice for Trayvon.”

Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.

Police canvassed the area, but did not find any suspects. They’re asking anyone with information to call them at 251-208-7211, Crime Stoppers at 251-208-7000, or text a tip to 274637 and include the keyword CRIME 411.


local15tv.com

fox10tv.com

Yet Another Attack On an Innocent Black Male by White Youth in the Name of George Zimmerman

Yet Another Attack On an Innocent Black Male by White Youth in the Name of George Zimmerman

No wait that heading is wrong.  If fact there have been not reports of such. But, we have yet another in a long string of attacks PROFILING a white person by a group of blacks, then FOLLOWING, then proceeding to attack and beat the white person all while screaming it’s in the name of Trayvon or admitting it to cops later.

myfoxchicago.com

Suspect: I Beat Up White Man Because I Am Mad About Trayvon Martin Case

Sun-Times Media Wire

Maywood, Ill. – Alton L. Hayes III, a west suburban man charged with a hate crime, told police he was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida that he beat up a white man early Tuesday.Hayes and a 15-year-old Chicago boy walked up behind the 19-year-old man victim and pinned his arms to his side, police said. Hayes, 18, then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man and said, “Empty your pockets, white boy.”

The two allegedly rifled through the victim’s pockets, then threw him to the ground and punched him “numerous times” in the head and back before running away, police said. Hayes and the boy are black; the victim is white.

After being arrested, Hayes told police he was upset by the Trayvon Martin case and beat the man up because he was white, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said, citing court records.

Martin, 17, was fatally shot Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was charged April 11 with second-degree murder. Zimmerman is Hispanic, while Martin was black.

Hayes, 18 of the 1200 block of North Woodbine Avenue in Oak Park, was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated battery and a hate crime, all felonies, Oak Park police Detective Cmdr. Ladon Reynolds said.

Hayes was ordered held on $80,000 bond and remained in the Cook County Jail on Friday. He will next appear in court May 11. The boy was referred to juvenile court.

Shooting in Sanford, FL – White Victim Called a Racial Slur, Shot At, Then Pistol Whipped, But then Arrested For 1st Attempted Murder: Attacker is Black

Shooting in Sanford, FL – White Victim Called a Racial Slur, Shot At, Then Pistol Whipped, But then Arrested For 1st Attempted Murder: Attacker is Black

From http://www.clickorlando.com

SANFORD, Fla. -

Witnesses say a shooting at a Sanford apartment complex that led to one man being arrested and the other critically injured, could have started from a racial comment.

Police said Corey Michael Rose, 30, was in an altercation with Brandon Long at the  Cedar Creek Apartments around 5 p.m. Monday.

Witnesses said Long, who is African-American, according to police reports, called Rose, who is white, a racial slur before hitting Rose in the face with his .40 caliber Glock.

“He came from behind the guy and pistol-whipped him and the man was bloody,” said witness Browdy Smith.

Police said Long pointed the gun at Rose. Rose pulled out a gun from his pants and the two hid behind cars. Rose then sought out Long and shot him multiple times, according to the police report.

Long was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds.

Rose has been charged with attempted first degree murder, criminal attempt to solicit conspire and carrying a concealed weapon.

The altercation comes on the heels of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Martin was unarmed when Zimmerman shot Martin, claiming he was attacked and it was in self-defense.

Witnesses said from what they saw, Rose acting in self-defense.

“I hate to see him go to jail, because that was self defense,” Smith said.

But Sanford Police Sgt. Dave Morgenstern said the chain of events doesn’t exactly point to a self-defense claim.

“It’s not really self defense whenever you go chase the person down who’s hiding behind a car, you go around the car and fire more shots at the person, that’s not self defense,” Morgenstern said.

It’s not clear what Long’s condition is. Rose was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder, criminal attempt to solicit conspire and carrying a concealed weapon.

From http://www.wesh.com

SANFORD, Fla. — A 30-year-old man in Sanford is accused of shooting his neighbor in the chest.

Corey Rose told officials he was being nosy when he heard his neighbor, Brandon Long, arguing outside.

The shooting happened at Cedar Creek Apartments, and Rose’s neighbors said the shooting could be a self-defense case.

“The guy (Long) ran up on him and hit him with the gun,” said Rose’s neighbor. “His gun fell apart, basically, and everyone was warning him (Rose) ‘Turn around, turn around! He’s trying to get you!’ That’s when he (Rose) defended himself and shot back.”

The neighbors said as Rose walked away with a gash on his head, Long tried to shoot Rose.

“The guy was obviously going to shoot him first,” said Rose’s neighbor. “He was in the process of trying to put his gun back together.”

Rose told authorities Long did shoot at him, and that’s when he got his own gun and fired at him.

Police said Rose went too far by shooting and then going after Long and shooting multiple times.

“To turn around and chase someone and turn around and fire shots, then follow them around a car and fire more shots — that’s not self-defense,” said Morgenstern. “You’re actually chasing the person down.”

Rose is being held on no bond, and the judge said she needed to know more before she could find probable cause on the attempted murder charge.

Rose is being held for 24 hours for illegally being in possession of a concealed weapon, while the state figures out its paperwork.

From http://www.wftv.com

SANFORD, Fla. —

Sanford police said an overnight shooting is not a case of the “stand your ground” law.

Detectives said Corey Rose was pistol-whipped at the Cedar Creek apartments on Hartwell Avenue, and he then shot the man who attacked him.

However, Rose is the one facing charges.

Police said 30-year-old Rose was outside his apartment when he heard two people yelling.

According to an arrest affidavit, Rose “wanted to be nosy and see what the altercation was about.”

That’s when police said one of the men in the argument, Brandon Long, pulled out a gun.

“He was trying to fire at him as the white guy was walking away and everybody was yelling at him, ‘Turn around! Turn around! He is trying to shoot you!'” Cedar Creek resident John McCrone said.

Investigators said Long called Rose a racial slur and pistol-whipped him, breaking the gun.

However, the reason why Sanford police said it’s not a case of “stand your ground” is because Long ran away and hid behind a car, but Rose, who also had a gun, followed him and shot him until Long collapsed.

“That’s not ‘stand your ground.’ That’s attempted murder,” said Sgt. David Morgenstern of the Sanford Police Department.

Long is in stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center and Rose is behind bars.

But residents said Rose shouldn’t be in jail because Long pointed the gun first.

Police disagree.

“If you are standing your ground, you are standing your ground. You are not running after somebody,” said Morgenstern.

Rose is in jail with no bail on charges of attempted murder and not having a concealed weapons permit.

I’m sorry for having to link the videos. I much prefer to grab videos and post them through Youtube, because videos tend to just disappear.

You have a man (white) walking outside of his house to check out a noisy altercation, when he sees the situation decides to turn around and not get involved.  You then have another man (black) seeing a white man being nosy and proceeds to pull a gun and aim it at the back of the white man who is walking away.  It is questionable whether the black man fires at the white man based on witnesses.  The black man proceeds to rush the white man from behind, call him a racial slur (what on earth could that be? If it was a white guy calling a black man a racial slur, we would all know what he said) and then pistol whip the white man.

At this time the white man does pull an illegally concealed gun (no concealed weapon permit) from the waist of his pants and proceeds to defend himself.  Both men hide and take bunker positions. Witnesses say that the black man’s gun fell apart when he hit the white man. How a gun falls apart, I’m not sure. I would guess that witness saw the gun lose it’s clip.  At which time witnesses say the black man, hunkering, was putting his gun back together (putting the clip back in). The white man decides to not hide and be gunned down by a black man that has already pointed a gun his way, possibly shot at him once already and pistol whipped him, by leaving his bunker position to neutralize the black man before the black man can do the same.

White man is arrested for 1st degree attempted murder because he survived and self defended

Does something seem messed up about this to anyone else?

Granted, Rose (the white guy) isn’t in the military or is a cop, but the concept of neutralize before your are neutralized is a universal concept.

Where is the reports that Long (the black guy) is being charged with pointing a weapon at someone, firing at someone, racial profiling, assault and battery with a gun (felony) and let’s not forget a federal hate crime?

No?

DERSHOWITZ BLASTS ZIMMERMAN PROSECUTION: ‘NOT ONLY IMMORAL, BUT STUPID’

DERSHOWITZ BLASTS ZIMMERMAN PROSECUTION: ‘NOT ONLY IMMORAL, BUT STUPID’

by BREITBART NEWS

With ABC News’ release of the George Zimmerman photo showing blood flowing freely from his head, the question becomes whether Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the case, had access to the photo before charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

The arrest affidavit did not mention the photograph, or the bleeding, gashes, and bruises on Zimmermans’ head. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School stated upon release of the arrest affidavit that it was “so thin that it won’t make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge … everything in the affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of self-defense.”

After the release of the photo, however, Dershowitz went much further, telling Breitbart News that if the prosecutors did have the photo and didn’t mention it in the affidavit, that would constitute a “grave ethical violation,” since affidavits are supposed to contain “all relevant information.”

Dershowitz continued,

“An affidavit that willfully misstates undisputed evidence known to the prosecution is not only unethical but borders on perjury because an affiant swears to tell not only the truth, but the whole truth, and suppressing an important part of the whole truth is a lie.”

When asked if it made a difference whether the prosecution had the bloody photograph at the time they charged Zimmerman, Dershowitz responded, “We do know that there were earlier photographs before the affidavit was done that strongly suggested blood on the back of the head, and we know the police had first access to him, so if there was blood they [the prosecution] would know about it

“I’ve had cases in Florida against prosecutors,” Dershowitz said, “and this is not the first time they have willfully omitted exculpatory evidence. It’s a continuing problem. Here, it’s not only immoral, but stupid. The whole country is watching. What do they benefit from having half-truths in an affidavit?”

Dershowitz added, “I’m not taking sides, but I’m insisting that both sides play by the rules, and so far the prosecution is not playing by the rules.”

Just a Little Rant From a Goose About the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin Case

Just a Little Rant From a Goose About the George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin Case

I am getting fed up with this “Zimmerman was at fault because he followed” argument. Lets really look at what your claiming.

Trayvon Martin was justified in attempted murder because Zimmerman followed him.  Zimmerman made Trayvon attack Zimmerman.

Please, next time you feel that someone may be following you or possibly “eyeing” you from across the room, turn to them, sucker punch them in the nose, then proceed to tackle them and slam their head into the floor. Let’s see if the courts justify your actions.

This is the ONLY argument being put forth by those who want to see Zimmerman hang

As for those justifying there views of Zimmerman because of questions like: “Where are the pictures”, “Where are the medical records?”, “Where is the autopsy report?” or “Where is the evidence in general?”, why don’t you ask the state of Florida’s prosecutor’s office.

Today’s bond trial gave the first opportunity beyond the evidence-lacking affidavit to put forth evidence damaging against Zimmerman’s account. The state provided zero, na da, zilch, absolutely no evidence. Do you really think that the state wants Zimmerman on bond? We can surmise that the state has no evidence at all (which is untrue) or that any and all evidence that the state has corroborates Zimmerman’s account.

The state is only running with the “Zimmerman profiled” and “Zimmerman followed” arguments.  These also seem to be the only responses you get from anyone on the street that has convicted Zimmerman.

What We Can Expect as the Steps to the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmerman Case

What We Can Expect as the Steps to the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmerman Case

STEP 1 – Now that Zimmerman is in custody, he has a “first appearance” before a judge

* Zimmerman had his first appearance at 1:30 p.m. Thursday April 12, 2012.
* First appearance hearings have to happen within 24 hours of someone’s arrest.
* The judge read the charges, so Zimmerman is clear about the crimes he is accused of.
* The judge addressed Zimmerman’s right to counsel.  Zimmerman has hired Mark O’Mara.

STEP 2 – Zimmerman’s bond

* Second-degree murder is considered a “nonbondable” offense because the maximum penalty is life in prison.
* Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, asked for an “Arthur hearing” in an attempt to get bond set.
* At the “Arthur hearing,” the burden was on the prosecutors to show that Zimmerman should not be given bond.

To meet that burden, they had to present evidence to support no bond.
If the prosecutors fail to meet the burden, the judge will look at other factors to decide whether to set bond. Those factors include Zimmerman’s ties to the community, whether he’s a flight risk and whether he’s a danger to the community.
* This hearing was an opportunity for the defense to see the prosecution’s evidence against Zimmerman.

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The Defense has yet to have discovery, so any evidence that the state is sitting on hasn’t been shown to the defense.  This was the first opportunity for the state to use any evidence they have that incriminates Zimmerman to keep him from being bonded out.  The state provided no evidence but rather relied on the affidavit which also provides no evidence.  The judge even said as much that he is more familiar with affidavits having more substance.  At this point every and any evidence that has come to light backs up Zimmerman’s claims.  The state, if it had damaging evidence against Zimmerman’s claims, had the opportunity to put Zimmerman’s bond request in jeopardy.  The state provided no evidence.  Why? Because the state was being nice?  Or, the state has absolutely no evidence that doesn’t actually support Zimmerman?  It seems the prosecution is standing on “Trayvon is dead because Zimmerman followed him, and caused Trayvon to attack Zimmerman.”  Lunacy!

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STEP 3 – Arraignment

* The arraignment appears to have been set for April 29, 20012.

* Zimmerman may or may not appear in open court for his arraignment.

Often the defendant will waive the appearance at the actual court hearing and his attorney can enter a written plea of not guilty on his behalf.
* Zimmerman will be arraigned and must enter a plea on the charges, most likely “not guilty” (at this stage, defendants almost never plead guilty).

In fact, O’Mara has already indicated that publicly.

STEP 4 – Defense files a motion to dismiss based on “stand your ground” law

* Zimmerman is entitled to a pretrial evidentiary hearing on whether he can use the stand your ground immunity.

* The burden at that hearing is on the defense to prove by “a preponderance of the evidence” (meaning it’s more likely than not) that Zimmerman was justified in using deadly force.

In Florida, an individual can use deadly force anywhere (with no duty to retreat) as long as he/she:
– is not engaged in an unlawful activity;

– is being attacked in a place he/she has a right to be; and

– reasonably believes that his/her life and safety is in danger.

* The judge decides whether Zimmerman’s actions were justified and therefore entitle him to the stand your ground immunity.

If the judge finds the force was justifiable, then the charges are dismissed and Zimmerman is immune from further criminal prosecution and, possibly, civil liability.
If the judge finds the force was not justifiable, then the charges against Zimmerman move forward (see steps 5 and 6 below)
* If the judge rules Zimmerman is immune, the prosecution can appeal that decision to a higher court.

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Zimmerman will probably not be found immune to prosecution due to ‘stand your ground’ due to a loophole the prosecution will attempt to create.

Florida Statutes:  JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE 776.013 

(3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

Here is where the loophole may be attempted. From the Defense argument, Zimmerman was returning to his vehicle and with Trayvon’s attack, prevented Zimmerman’s retreat.  In this scenario every aspect of the Stand your Ground statute has been fulfilled.  I suspect the prosecution will actually attempt to use the facts that Trayvon WAS on top of Zimmerman, so no ability to retreat was present, therefore Zimmerman couldn’t have “stood his ground”, and therefor this is a self defense case instead.

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“Stand your ground” vs. self-defense:
possible legal arguments in the case of State of Florida v. Zimmerman

Incident

Self-defense argument

“Stand your ground” argument

Neighborhood watch co-captain George Zimmerman sees a stranger in the Sanford community. He calls 911, pursues Martin to “keep eyes” on the suspect so to be able to relay proper information to the police and the operator cautions him not to follow. 

Partially relevant. Following Martin may  weaken the self-defense argument, but only if evidence is provided that shows Zimmerman initiated a confrontation with Martin. Prosecution also has to provide evidence that Zimmerman continued pursuit of Martin which is not currently supported by the 911 call, in that Zimmerman can clearly be heard ceasing his pursuit seconds after being suggested to do so and responds with “ok”.

Not relevant. Following somebody is not provocation to get punched.

Zimmerman is carrying a concealed weapon.

Not relevant.

Not relevant. Outside of Zimmerman’s legal right to carry a firearm, Zimmerman was also not “on duty” in the capacity as a neighborhood watchmen when this situation occurred. If he had been “on duty”, it would have been a violation of Neighborhood Watch code of conduct, which may have resulted in Zimmerman’s dismissal from the Neighborhood Watch, but would still not have been a crime.

Zimmerman allegedly confronts Trayvon Martin.

Relevant. Under Florida law if you are the first aggressor in a confrontation, you forfeit the right to self-defense. The prosecution would have to provide evidence that Zimmerman was the first physical aggressor. Again, following some one doesn’t fulfill the definition as being the first aggressor. Following somebody is not provocation to get punched.

Relevant.

Zimmerman claims he was returning to his truck when Martin confronted him, then punched him.

Relevant. According to George Zimmerman’s version, he was punched without provocation. Following somebody is not provocation to get punched. While  on the ground being pinned and having his (Zimmerman’s) head slammed into the concrete, he couldn’t retreat even under the old law if he wanted to.

Relevant. This is where Martin can stand his ground and not retreat into the car.

According to Zimmerman, Martin punches him and brings him to the ground.

Relevant.

Relevant. “The real issue [in Stand Your Ground] is what happens around the 60 seconds prior to the shooting.” (Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office,Tampa Bay Times)

Someone is heard in the 911 tapes calling for help.

Relevant. If it’s Zimmerman, it bolsters self-defense. If it’s Martin, it undermines self-defense.

Relevant. If it’s Zimmerman, it bolsters self-defense. It presents Zimmerman using deadly force as a last resort, in that, in the 911 tapes a person can be heard screaming for help for 45 seconds.  This doesn’t include the amount of time that preceded the beginning of the recording, that caused the caller to make the 911 call.  This would not support a claim that Zimmerman hunted Martin down.

If it’s Martin, it undermines self-defense.

Aspects of the prosecution’s arguments that George Zimmerman pursued Trayvon Martin do not meet the required “First Aggressor” standards that would void ‘stand your ground’.  Furthermore the argument that following anyone deletes a person’s ability to self defend is ridicules.  This would mean that Zimmerman would’ve had to have fore-knowledge that Trayvon was going to attack him and that he was choosing to place himself in peril.   All citizens have an expectation, if legally within property, not to be attacked by another person.  Just as words or an argument has never been a justification for physical aggression in the courts, so too is pursuing a person not justification.  If this was so, there would be a lot of cases dealing with a member of the media being physically attacked because they asked questions that angered the attacker and/or pursuing the attacker in attempt to gain an interview or answers.  The cases would be thrown out because the media person basically “had it coming to them”. This is obviously not the case. In a nut shell, no matter what your “feelings” are, no one has justifiable rights to attack someone because they are annoying, saying things that anger you or following.  Trayvon Martin meets none of the aspects of ‘stand your ground’ besides having the right to be where he was. 

Zimmerman’s police call: The “pursuit” starts at 2:05

911 calls before the shot:

STEP 5 – Pretrial

* Both the prosecution and defense could file a slew of pretrial motions in the case that deal with anything and everything from turning over documents and evidence to keeping certain evidence out at trial. It is too early to tell.

STEP 6 – Trial

* Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder.

To convict someone of second-degree murder prosecutors have to prove several things beyond a reasonable doubt.
– First, that Trayvon Martin is dead.

– Second, that George Zimmerman’s criminal act caused Trayvon Martin’s death.

– Third, that Zimmerman knew his actions were reasonably certain to kill, that he committed the act with a depraved mind and the act itself was indifferent to human life.

NOTE: Prosecutors do not have to prove that Zimmerman intended to kill Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman could assert self-defense at trial, but the burden is on the prosecution to prove that it wasn’t self defense beyond a reasonable doubt.

The jury will have to consider the circumstances surrounding the killing and decide whether it was second-degree murder or a justifiable use of deadly force.
The jury could also look at lesser-included offenses. At some point during or after the trial, the attorneys will meet with the judge in what is called a “charging conference” to argue which legal instruction the judge will give the jurors. We will not know which lesser-included offenses will be given to the jury until then.
* It is too early to tell what lesser charges the evidence may support, but one possibility is manslaughter.

To convict someone of manslaughter, prosecutors have to prove two things beyond a reasonable doubt:
– that Trayvon Martin is dead AND
– that Zimmerman’s acts caused Trayvon Martin’s death

NOTE: Manslaughter does not require that it be an intentional killing, only that the act that caused death was intentional and not justified or excusable.

Zimmerman could assert self-defense at trial, but the burden is on the prosecution to prove that it wasn’t self defense beyond a reasonable doubt.
The jury will have to consider the circumstances surrounding the killing and decide whether it was manslaughter or a justifiable use of deadly force.
NOTE: In the charging document, Corey alleges that Zimmerman killed Martin with a gun. That is important, because if the jury does convict Zimmerman of the lesser charge of manslaughter, using a gun increases the penalty that Zimmerman would face on a manslaughter conviction.

If convicted of second-degree murder, Zimmerman faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison without parole.

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Now if and when Zimmerman is acquitted, Eric Holder and the full force of the United States Attorney General’s office will come down upon Zimmerman with racial profiling charges.  This, like many other lawsuits  from the government with unlimited funds, is meant as a ceremonial crushing and punishment of Zimmerman for being found not guilty. Zimmerman will be required to put forth a defense against Federal charges that is meant to drain any and all funds, as it will be dragged out as long as possible. 

Zimmerman has been found guilty in the media and by some high ranking members of government so he will be punished by one mean or the other, even if is found not guilty in criminal, civil and federal courts.

Excerpt sources:

Y! Big Story: After Zimmerman arrest, questions about ‘stand your ground’ By Vera H-C Chan Trending Now

http://news.blogs.cnn.com What’s happens now that Zimmerman is charged in Trayvon Martin death?

The 2011 Florida Statutes CHAPTER 776 JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE

Rallies of ‘Justice for Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’ hosted by Terry Jones and the New Black Panthers Armed Rally Scheduled for the Same Day in Sanford, FL

Rallies of ‘Justice for Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’ hosted by Terry Jones and the New Black Panthers Armed Rally Scheduled for the Same Day in Sanford, FL

as SPLC has reported:

Militant Black Groups Plan Armed Rally, Call for Vigilantism

The New Black Panther Party (NBPP) and New Black Liberation Militia (NBLM) are planning an armed rally in Sanford, Fla. later this month, Hatewatch has learned.

Speaking via phone from Jacksonville, where his group was holding a press conference with NBPP area spokesman Mikhail Muhammad, NBLM head Minister Prince Najee Shaka Muhammad today told Hatewatch that the armed rally, planned for April 21, is part of a crusade to obtain “justice” for Trayvon Martin…

...His hope is that today’s press conference will help mobilize “our people,” with the intent of “building up a black army and black militia” to “protect” the black community from aggression by “white supremacists” – which is, he said, “a trend.”

April 21 is the key date in this. Also on April 21 Pastor Terry Jones will be holding a rally at the Sanford, FL Courthouse as I have posted previously : Pastor Terry Jones to host George Zimmerman rally in Sanford, FL

This blogger honestly doesn’t expect to see this Armed Militant Black group rally, because on two other occasions where the New Black Panthers were supposed to make their presence known at a rally, they were no-shows.  I do believe there will be counter protests to Pastor Terry Jones, completely ignoring the message of Terry Jones rally of “justice to both Zimmerman and Trayvon”, but rather, attacking the pastor instead and calling for the death of Zimmerman.  As for the rally by Terry Jones his “Stand up America” group, that is defiantly going to happen.

…more to come

..And we Race-Baiters Would Have Gotten Away With It, If It Wasn’t For Those Meddling Kids…..Oh and the Evidence;Zimmerman Bloody Head Picture Surfaces

…And we Race-Baiters Would Have Gotten Away With It, If It Wasn’t For Those Meddling Kids…..Oh and the Evidence;Zimmerman Bloody Head Picture Surfaces

On Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America offered an exclusive look at injuries allegedly sustained by George Zimmerman the night of his struggle with Florida teen Trayvon Martin — a struggle that ultimately ended in Martin’s death. Zimmerman, those close to him, and his legal team have maintained that the 17-year-old had knocked him to the ground and proceeded to bash the back of his head against pavement that February night in a Sanford, Florida neighborhood. [...]

The person who took the photograph at the scene says a dazed Zimmerman asked him to call his wife and tell her he’d just shot someone. The photographer also claims to have seen gun powder on Martin’s hoodie, an indication that the shooting allegedly occurred at close range.

This case is beginning to appear more and more like any debate between a common sense conservative and an irrational-lie weaving liberal.  The concept of “tell enough lies, over and over again, and people start believing them to be true” is being revealed.  The only response that can be done, when light is shown on the lies and revealed to to be that… lies, is to back track to more irrational arguments.  

“Where are the wounds?  Where is the blood?”  hmmmmm “Oh well, ok so Zimmerman did have blood and wounds.  Ok, well then we now argue that Zimmerman made Trayvon start beating on Zimmerman.”

“Zimmerman Made Trayvon do it!”  I kid you not, That is the new stance after more and more evidence begins to trickle out that Zimmerman had the wounds to back up his story of the events and that Trayvon, except for the gunshot wound, had no injuries.

“Had Zimmerman not profiled Trayvon that night, had he not followed him, had he actually listened to the advice of a police dispatcher, there wouldn’t had been a fight, there wouldn’t had been a bloody head and there wouldn’t had been a death.”

Had Zimmerman not profiled a person slinking around the buildings appearing as someone up to no good. “Had he not followed him”.   This is all they have.  They know Trayvon beat the crap out of Zimmerman but they need it to be Zimmerman’s fault.  So Zimmerman made Trayvon turn into a raging monster.

SMELL THE BOVINE FECAL MATTER!!

How many times as a kid did the excuse “he made do it” work for you?

Can we some how tie Zimmerman eating corn flakes for breakfast to the killing? “If only he hadn’t eaten corn flakes for breakfast”  or  “had he only decided to go the the grocery store an hour later”  or how about this gem (that lets face it, this is really what they believe) “If only Zimmerman hadn’t fought back and just allowed Trayvon to kill him”

Pastor Terry Jones, the infamous Quran burner, will be in Sanford, FL Saturday (tomorrow) for a rally in support of justice for both Zimmerman and Trayvon.  This blogger will be there in a media format to capture as much as possible.  I predict a mad, frothing counter protest, expressing the truth of their motives. We’ll see.

…more to come

Link: Pastor Terry Jones to host George Zimmerman rally in Sanford, FL

From the People’s Cube: 1912 Titanic Disaster: Was Racism To Blame?

1912 Titanic Disaster: Was Racism To Blame?

Brought to you by the world of the Anti Propaganda The People’s Cube

This is just to good!

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As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches, new shocking evidence has surfaced that a racist vendetta was at the epicenter of the disaster.

NBC News is about to release a mostly unedited Morse Code transcript of messages between the Newfoundland Emergency Operator and the Titanic’s Captain, George White, moments before the fatal altercation:

Operator: Newfoundland SOS, what is your emergency?

Titanic: This is George White, skipper of the Titanic. I’m on neighborhood watch in the North Atlantic. It’s dark out and I think I see an iceberg.

Operator: An iceberg? Can you describe it?

TitanicIt’s big…. there’s no moon out tonight… It looks black!
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President Barack Obama: 

“This is evidence of a GOP ‘War on Ice,’ which is an attempt to exacerbate global warming. We can’t allow the forces aligned with Big Coal to sabotage our invest-ments in newest sailing technologies, such as wind.”


VP Joe Biden:

“NOW I know why Herbert Hoover was laughing when he announced this disaster on television!”


It is believed the enraged White, who happened to be white, pursued the iceberg instead of turning the ship to avoid it as the operator suggested. The situation deteriorated quickly and within hours, the Titanic had sunk taking with it thousands of passengers, many of them wealthy people who deserved it.

White’s defenders will probably argue that it is almost impossible to turn a large vessel quickly and the confrontation was unfortunate but unavoidable. However, the historical record indicates White was driving the ship too fast and was in an area it shouldn’t have been in to begin with, as other neighborhood watch craft in the area had broadcast iceberg sightings earlier in the evening.

It is likely that White, harboring deep-seated hatred for ice, deliberately sought out a large iceberg in an attempt to provoke a quarrel and incite violence.

Experts fear the new revelations will lead to an anti-ice backlash and warn against citizens refusing ice in their drinks or de-frosting refrigerators too often in a display of disrespect to the iceberg community.

Reaction from other concerned parties to the new evidence has been swift and pointed.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg: 

“We must increase government ship controls. Most of the ship disasters in New York Harbor are caused by ships from other places, and this terror ship was heading for New York as well. In fact, the only way to protect people from sinking is to lock them in their houses. They can come out when I say it’s safe to come out.”

Special Prosecutor Angela Corey:

“I intend to charge White with second-degree ice-breaking as soon as I can rent a scuba tank.”

 DPRK Leader Kim Jung Un:

 “At least when we launch stuff, it hits the water, not icebergs.”

The late Ted Kennedy, speaking through a psychic: 

“I have a piece of advice for White: publicly support pro-ice causes and then you can make chopped ice whenever you want in your private life.”

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton: 

Have announced plans to charter boats and picket the site of the fatal encounter, and Spike Lee vowed to tweet the location to all his followers as soon as someone relays to him the exact point in the Pacific Ocean where the ship sunk.

The People’s media will have more on this story as we develop it develops.

Neighbors: George Zimmerman showed signs of injury

Neighbors: George Zimmerman showed signs of injury

By Chris Francescani

SANFORD, Florida

(Reuters) – Neighbors of George Zimmerman say he had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot dead Trayvon Martin, supporting statements by the neighborhood watch volunteer that he was beaten in a confrontation with the black Florida teenager.

The extent of Zimmerman’s injuries could be crucial to his legal defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law, which allows the use of deadly force when someone has the reasonable belief he could face death or great bodily harm.

Police said Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the racially charged case, was bleeding from the nose and the back of his head and was treated by medics before being taken to Sanford police station after the February 26 shooting.

But public doubts were later raised by the release of a grainy surveillance video from the police station in which no injuries were readily visible.

Zimmerman later sought medical treatment for injuries including a broken nose, his former lawyers have said.

Jorge Rodriguez, Zimmerman’s next-door neighbor, told Reuters that when he saw Zimmerman the day after the incident, “he had two big, butterfly bandages on the back of his head, and another big bandage…on the bridge of his nose.” He was talking to a police detective in his driveway.

Rodriguez’s wife Audria also said she saw the bandages and a third neighbor, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, agreed with the Rodriguez couple’s account. “I saw two bandages on the back of his head, and his nose was all swollen up,” said the witness, who had watched from a nearby second-floor window.

The neighbors spoke to Reuters on Sunday and Monday, saying they felt they owed him their public support after he was charged with second-degree murder.

The neighbors said they spoke to Sanford police and the FBI in their investigations but did not recall speaking to the office of special prosecutor Angela Corey, who charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

Corey’s office and Sanford police declined to comment on the matter and Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara did not return calls for comment.

Media censored seven hate crime mob attacks in Grand Rapids

Kyle Rogers' photo  

Charleston Conservative Examiner

You didn’t hear about this is the media, but on the weekend of March 24th and March 25th at least seven white people were brutally beaten by mobs of blacks in Grand Rapids, MI. Five of the victims filed police reports. At least two other victims exist, and there are probably others. The local media has refused to report the cruel attacks and the authorities are resisting any serious charges.

I talked with one of the victims, 37 year old Jacob Palasek. He is a full time student and does computer work part time. He was attacked by a wolf pack of thugs on the corner of Sixth Street and Broadway in Grand Rapids, Michigan just after midnight on March 25th. The location is a mix of stores, offices, and residential neighborhoods. Jacob lives near where he was attacked.

As he was walking to his apartment, he saw three black males loitering. One was on a bicycle. The suspect on the bicycle rode up beside him. Suddenly the thug smashed him in the side of the head with a chain. He was hit two or three more times in the head with the chain before he broke loose and ran to the nearest home. He knocked on the door, hoping the owner would call the police.

All three of the black males then attacked him on the porch. They yelled “this is what you deserve you white piece of shit.” Jacob was hit in the head with the large chain more times. Jacob broke free again and hid behind a dumpster. The attackers initially chased him, but broke their pursuit and walked away. There were some cars driving by and the thugs may have thought a driver was calling 911.

All seven known victims were attacked within about six blocks of where Jacob was attacked. The victims were in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Some of the victims were attacked during the day in broad daylight.

Jacob believes he could have died if he was hit with the chain more times. He still has bad headaches and has not been able to work since the attack. Jacob doesn’t have insurance and can’t afford the correct medical treatment. His landlord is now threatening to evict him from his apartment. Since he was not able to work, he has missed a rent payment. A victim’s relief fund is planning to give him a small amount of money. However, police did not even tell him the fund existed so he applied very late. He is still waiting on the help.

The police listed aggravated assault with a weapon and ethnic intimidation, Michigan’s state hate crimes law, on the police report. Jacob identified two of the perpetrators. However, police have told Jacob that the thugs will get off easy because they are only 17. Police told him that the thugs will not serve time in prison for the brutal hate crimes.

Police said that the suspects will not be tried as adults. They will only face juvenile boot camp instead of prison. A detective told Jacob that they believe all the attacks were racially motivated. The detective also told Jacob that he believed the Trayvon Martin media frenzy is what prompted the attacks. Jacob also believed that the thugs were seeking revenge for Trayvon Martin before the detective confirmed this belief.

To add insult to injury, not a single media outlet in all of Grand Rapids reported the brutal hate crimes. Jacob has contacted the local paper and his local news affiliates repeatedly. None will report the story. He has also contacted numerous politicians, none of whom has helped.

He even wrote to US Rep. John Conyers. Conyers is a black US rep from Detroit who was a co-sponsor of the Federal Hate Crimes Act. The exact stated purpose of the Federal hate crimes act was to help people like the victims in Grand Rapids. When someone is a victim of a violent racially motivated attack and the local authorities won’t pursue serious penalties, the DOJ is supposed to pick up the slack and apply Federal hate crimes charges.

Eric Holder, who heads the DOJ, says he is investigating ways to charge George Zimmerman with a Federal crime. Think Eric Holder will concern himself with the white victims of horrific hate crime mob attacks in Grand Rapids?

For the past two years black on white racially motivated mob attacks have been occurring in the United States weekly. Local media outlets typically only have little blurbs about them and censor all mention of race. Numerous major media outlets now openly admit to having a policy of censoring black crime, so as not to “stigmatize” black people. Political correctness supersedes public safety. The response from the authorities has been one of constant downplaying. None of the perpetrators are ever charged with a hate crime.

Now it has reached a point where the media in some markets are refusing to even report black on white hate crimes. How many other horrific black on white hate crime mob attacks are going on that we have never heard about?

H/T MoonBattery

Arm yourselves. Better to be Judged by 12 rather then carried by 6 Pallbearers.  Because when seconds matter, police are only minutes away. 

What does “I am George Zimmerman” mean?

What does “I am George Zimmerman” mean?

   

By  at Moonbattery

Liberals have stridently wondered just what George Zimmerman thought he was doing, patrolling his neighborhood at night, poking into the business of put-upon Saint Skittles (who as it turns out had gotten in trouble at school for having a bag full of women’s jewelry and a burglary tool).

The answer: attempting to prevent stories like this !!

A mother and son who were found shot dead in their Florida home were killed for less than $400 by a pair of teenagers.

Police have revealed robbery as the motive for the deaths of the Amy Ann Lorah and her 16 year old son William Haley.

Lorah,43, and her teenage were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside their home in Lehigh Acres, Florida, a week ago.

Haley had been shot dead first while his mother was shot and wounded in her bedroom.

She managed to stagger into the kitchen where she was shot twice more. Police found spent bullet casings and a blood trail across the house.

Police said their investigations led them to 16-year-old Justin D. Wirth and 17-year-old Clayton T. Combs.

Good thing the kids didn’t encounter any community watch captains. They might have gotten hassled.

<WyldGoose> My only complaint is why are we not seeing pictures from the media of these fine upstanding young men when they were 12 years old?

‘Trayvon’ shouted as group attacks Good Samaritan……..Yet Again!

‘Trayvon’ shouted as group attacks Good Samaritan……..Yet Again!

From The Gainesville Sun

The name of Trayvon Martin was invoked again Wednesday night in Gainesville during an attack by a group that police say stomped on a white man who was scuffling with a black robbery suspect on the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. The robbery suspect, Carl Milton Babb, 50, had been released from prison earlier in the day after serving more than two years in prison for the same crime he is accused of committing Wednesday — snatching a purse from a woman near the downtown plaza.

According to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report, Babb approached a woman eating dinner at the Lunchbox on the plaza at about 8:50 p.m. and asked her for a light.

When she said she didn’t have one, Babb took off with her purse, which contained her $500 cellphone, according to the report.

The woman’s dinner companion and another person took off after Babb.

When her friend caught up with Babb, according to the police report, Babb punched him in the face and grabbed his hair, but he was able to keep Babb pinned down, according to the report.

The scene attracted a crowd, and a number of people on the plaza approached Babb and the Good Samaritan, who tried to explain that Babb had just stolen his friend’s purse.

GPD spokeswoman Cpl. Angelina Valuri said some members of the crowd shouted “Trayvon!” and that at least three of members of the crowd began stomping on the hands of the woman’s friend to force him to let go of Babb.

Babb, who was listed as homeless, was arrested by police a few blocks away.

Valuri said some witnesses to the robbery tried to calm down the crowd, affirming the victim’s story that he was trying to stop a man accused of a crime and retrieve his friend’s purse.

“The crowd was acting off of emotion without knowing all of the facts of this case,” Valuri said, adding that investigators didn’t immediately know the names or races of the men or women who stomped on the victim.

It was the second attack in the past week in Gainesville in which assailants yelled the first name of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black 17-year-old who was shot and killed by crime-watch volunteer George Zimmerman as the teen walked back to his father’s girlfriend’s apartment in Sanford on Feb. 26.

State Attorney Angela Corey had announced at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Jacksonville, less than three hours before the incident on Gainesville’s downtown plaza, that Zimmerman had been charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death.

H/T Pat Dollard

The State of Florida’s court affidavit Against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin Self defense Shooting is Literally Paper Thin.

The State of Florida’s court affidavit Against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin Self defense Shooting is Literally Paper Thin.

The Wyld Goose article is below in Green

UPDATE!!

Actual Court Affidavit in PDF format

As per an article by http://www.breitbart.com

CASE AGAINST ZIMMERMAN CLAIMS SCREAMING ON 911 CALL IS TRAYVON

by LEE STRANAHAN

According to a court affidavit revealed today, the state of Florida’s case against George Zimmerman hinges in part on whether the screams for help heard on the 911 call were coming from Trayvon Martin, as well as evidence–possibly inadmissible–about what Martin told a friend on the phone.

Multiple eyewitnesses have claimed that they saw Martin on top of defendant George Zimmerman as Zimmerman was on the ground and one eyewitnesses claimed that Zimmerman was yelling for help.

Initially, Trayvon Martin’s father said that the screams heard were not from his son, but later recanted. Now, as the Orlando Sentinel reports, the state of Florida makes a number of claims in their affidavit that contradict Zimmerman’s story.

The document says Trayvon’s mother identified the screams for help heard in a 911 call as those of her son. It also reveals that investigators interviewed a “friend” of Trayvon’s who was talking to him in the leadup to the shooting.

Based on the description, it appears the friend was the girl described by Martin family attorneys as his girlfriend.

“During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening,” the affidavit said. “The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn’t know why.”

The decision by the prosecution to include the information about the alleged cell phone conversation between Martin and his friend is an interesting one, because that conversation might not be allowed into court. Any attempt to introduce evidence about what Trayvon saidwould liklely be ruled inadmissible under the hearsay rule, unless it fit within one of several exceptions, such as one that applies when the defendant has made a witness unavailable.

If no exception applies, the most that Trayvon’s friend would likely be able to say in front of the jury is that she, in fact, had a conversation with Martin. But she likely could not testify about what he had told her.

The prosecution is certainly aware of this, which makes the inclusion in the affidavit of the information about the conversation Trayvon allegedly had with his friend puzzling, especially if the prosecution’s goal is actually winning a criminal conviction against Zimmerman based on facts and the law.

Martin tried to run home, the affidavit says, but was followed by Zimmerman.

“Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin.”

The affidavit goes on to say that “Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher” who told him to stop, and “continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home.”

Zimmerman, the affidavit says, “confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.”

According to the affidavit: “Trayvon Martin’s mother has reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as Trayvon Martin’s. Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest.”

If the voice on the 911 calls is Trayvon Martin’s, it would cast serious doubts on Zimmerman’s.entire story. If Zimmerman told investigators the truth, it would make no sense that Trayvon Martin would be yelling for help as he beat up Zimmerman.

No audio has yet been released of what Trayvon Martin’s voice sounds like.

“During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening,” the affidavit said. “The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn’t know why.” 

As anyone else that watched the Casey Anthony trial everyday on their computer or TV saw, well over 50% of the “evidence” the state of Florida attempted to introduce into the case was objected against and then subsequently found to be inadmissible due to it being out of the scope, slipped in with out discovery or because it was hearsay.  The state of Florida, at least with the Casey Anthony case, seems to throw as much they can against the wall to see if anything will stick when the prosecutors tend to have little to work with.  Between “new science methods” that have never been admissible in any other court to entrepreneurs attempting to “sell” their new programs/products that can detect smells or scan audio that will give a percentile averages of who a scream belongs to from the background of a phone call, not only are these products not truly introduced from an independent lab, they usually need the creator to show how they work and then tend to see high sales of their product if the defendant is to be found guilty.  Thus they are about as unbiased and independent as asking Trayvon Martin’s mother as to what happened.

Asking the “girlfriend” anything beyond what she heard on the phone call is hearsay.  Anything she can state about what Trayvon described to her is pure hearsay.

“Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin.”

The affidavit goes on to say that “Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher” who told him to stop, and “continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home.”

Both Zimmerman getting out of his vehicle and “disregarding” the police dispatcher are weak arguments and have no bearing. First there is no way that the prosecution can tie Zimmerman leaving his vehicle directly to Trayvon’s death as much as they couldn’t tie Zimmerman eating corn flakes for breakfast that morning to Trayvon’s death.  As for “disregarding” a police dispatcher’s (order)…. first there was no order given. “We don’t need you to do that” is not an order, nor could it have ever been an order.  What is being ignored or at least  being misrepresented, is that a police dispatcher is not deputized. Outside of the few dispatchers that take their jobs as a mission, most are glorified telemarketers. (or at least came from that field, thus having the phone and people skills required)  A 911 dispatcher will no longer instruct you how to perform CPR if you declare that you are not trained, and simply tell you to turn the victim on to their side and basically watch them die and wait for police, because of past lawsuits.  In a nutshell the dispatcher never had the authority to give and order in the first place.

According to the affidavit: “Trayvon Martin’s mother has reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as Trayvon Martin’s. Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest.”

As per arguing a mother’s ability to recognise her child’s scream, this could hold weighted merit if there were not Zimmerman’s statements that the cries for help were from himself as well as the witness(s) who saw Trayvon atop Zimmerman and clearly identify Zimmerman as the one crying out for help.  Trayvon’s father even said that it wasn’t the screams of his child and then recanted his statements. We can not also ignore evidence suggesting Zimmerman was on his back, and wounds to both his nose and the back of his head.

As for the suggestion that is was actually Zimmerman that attacked Trayvon there were no wounds except for a bullet wound on Trayvon’s body. This was even backed up by the mortician’s statements that Trayvon had no wounds suggesting he was in a fight.  No wounds!

At this point all this blogger sees is a continuation of passing the buck by the state of Florida.  The state attorney disregarded the Grand Jury in fear that they would dismiss the case thus causing instant riots.  She then took the case upon herself and declared the highest charge she could against Zimmerman to appease the race-baiters and torch-bearing mobs ready to riot. Now this weak case has to pass the mustard test of a judge to even allow it to continue.  If this judge dismisses the case, the State of Florida Attorney’s hands are clean from the ensuing riots.  If this judge decided to pass the buck to 12 jury members, it will be up to them to decide if this case has zero merit or find a man guilty based on clear evidence he is not, to avoid having their names tied to the riots that will ensue across this country.

What if George Zimmerman was Black, and Trayvon Martin was White(Hispanic)? No Need to Ask Anymore, There is a Case Exactly like That !

What if George Zimmerman was Black, and Trayvon Martin was White(Hispanic)? No Need to Ask Anymore, There is a Case Exactly like That !

The hypocrisy of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder an Barack Hussein Obama are on full display.  What was that we kept hearing?  If Zimmerman was black and Trayvon was white (Hispanic),  then it would have all went down differently.  Because cops are such racists they would have thrown the “black Zimmerman” in jail, no questioned asked.  The white (hispanic) Trayvon wouldn’t have simply been ignored because it wasn’t just another black killed?

Well now I’m going to call you on this: BULL  !!!!

So how many of you are familiar with the story out of Phoenix, AZ of a 22-year-old black male, who as of yet hasn’t been arrested for shooting 29-year-old Daniel Adkins (white-Hispanic) in “self defense”?

No?  You haven’t heard anything of this?  How can that be?  The similarities between this Phoenix shooting and the Zimmerman/Trayvon shooting are eerily close, except we are literally switching the races involved in each role.

So let’s get to the story and you judge for yourself.

PHOENIX (CBS5) -Tuesday night police said Daniel Adkins was walking across the Taco Bell drive-thru lane with his dog, when a driver came around the corner and almost hit him leading the two men to start arguing.
“He felt like he was going to get run over and he must have told him something and then words got exchanged and then my brother went up to him and I believe he swung,” said Reyes.

The driver told police he shot Adkins in self-defense, but Adkins’ family said that is impossible.

“He is not threatening in any way. There is no way that anyone could be threatened by Daniel, he is just not that way he has the mentality of a 12 or 13-year-old,” said James Adkins, Daniel’s uncle.

Mentality of a 12 or 13-year-old?? So we see pictures of Trayvon Martin as a 12 or 13 year old to falsify the situation that he was a poor defenseless child, and Adkins was mentally impaired with the mentality of a 12 or 13 year old.  How interesting.

Police are still investigating if this was self-defense. So far, all they can say is that they did not find a weapon on Adkins.

No weapon found that was suppposed to have been used by Adkins.  So Adkin must have been beating on the driver placing the driver in fear of his life?

It is very upsetting to know that this person is not in jail yet. How would they even let him go while confirming up to now that he never had a weapon? All he had was his dog and holding a dog leash,” said Reyes.

The driver has not been arrested nor charged at all in this case. Police said they are still investigating and as of right now no recommendations for charges have been given over to the county attorneys office.

Wow…

myfoxphoenix.com- LAVEEN – Police are saying more about a shooting at a Taco Bell Tuesday night in which one man died.

They’re also identifying the victim as 29-year-old Daniel Adkins.

About 7:30 p.m., a 22-year-old man and his girlfriend ordered food at the Taco Bell drive-thru and were told to pull up while their order was prepared.

At the same time, Adkins stepped around a corner into the path of the vehicle and angry words were exchanged between he and the driver.

They got into an altercation and Adkins was shot once by the driver. He died at the scene.

The driver, a 22-year-old black male, called police but has not been arrested.

At first, the couple claimed that Adkins had a metal pipe that he swung at them — but it turns out he was holding a dog leash with his yellow lab on the other end.

Wow, interesting that the shooter’s and his companion’s story changes, and the physical evidence at the scene doesn’t corroborate their original story.   Zimmerman’s story has changed how many times?  That’s right…ZERO.  What evidence at the Zimmerman/Trayvon scene has poked holes in Zimmerman’s story?   ZERO!  hmmmm

Family members want that driver arrested, but he’s claiming self-defense.

“He needs to be behind bars. I’ll never see my brother again,” says sister Marina Reyes. “If he felt that my brother was threatening him, he could have easily just rolled up the window and called the cops.”

A metal pipe or bat was never located. An independent witness did say Adkins swung his fists in the driver’s direction.

“He swung his fist towards the driver window, and at some point the driver shot him,” says Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson. “Just because we don’t book a person immediately does not mean we don’t charge a person at a later date.”

A metal pipe or bat was never located – He (Adkins) swung his fist towards the driver window – swung his fists in the driver’s direction??  “In the the driver’s direction”??!   Adkin didn’t punch the driver in the face to incapacitate and then proceed to slam the drivers head into a hard surface?  The only witness says Adkins swung his fist towards the driver window, may have actually made contact with the window?

The witness didn’t see Adkins on top of the driver on the ground slamming the driver’s head into the concrete? hmmm

“This person is still on the loose and I don’t agree with that. So he’s saying self defense, then where’s the weapon? Where’s the pipe? They didn’t find anything on my brother,” says Reyes. “He was just too aggressive, you don’t need to go that far.”

The shooter’s name has not been released. The investigation is still ongoing.

WTF??!!  The shooter’s name has not been released because the investigation is still ongoing??!!    Who shot Trayvon Martin???   Do you know the name of his shooter while there was still an on going investigation?

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Ok, so what have we learned here?  

  • A black person claiming to have shot an attacker in self defense wasn’t arrested on the spot simply because he was black. Unlike what we have been told would have happened by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder, Barrack Hussein Obama and every other race-baiter vomiting out their agendas.

  • In the Zimmerman/Trayvon case, Trayvon was a 12 year old looking, black child and Zimmerman was a big bad angry white guy…err… Hispanic guy….err… (white) Hispanic guy.

  • In this case Adkin is a Hispanic 28 year old (with the mental capacity of a 12 year old) [but not a white Hispanic] and the driver, who’s name hasn’t been released due to an ongoing investigation, was a 22 year old black male.

  • Zimmerman’s name was released during an ongoing investigation, as well as a 13 year old witness, to be allowed to be terrorized by groups like the New Black Panthers, while the 22 year old black driver’s name has not.

  • Zimmerman’s story, and the evidence supporting his story, as well as witnesses has never change nor been in conflict with how Zimmerman described the scene. On the other hand, the driver and his companion began with a story that Adkin had a weapon, (possibly bat or pipe) but between the lack of evidence and an eye witness saying that Adkin swung his fist at the car window and “may have made contact with the window”,  their stories have fallen apart.

  • Swinging your fist at a car window and possibly making contact with said window equates with being punched in the face and then pummeled to the ground having your head slammed repeatedly into concrete, when it comes to self defense.

Where is Al Sharpton?

Where is Jesse Jackson?

Where is Eric Holder threatening to be looking into hate crime charges?

Where is Barrack Hussein Obama telling us that Adkins looks like his son?

Where are the Rallies?  Where are the marches demanding this black driver’s arrest?  

Where are the cries for justice?

Where are the bounties for this black driver’s head “Wanted Dead or Alive”?  

Where are the threats of escalation in civil disobedience and economic sanctions that would be imminent unless the black shooter was apprehended immediately?

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Eric Holder, Barrack Hussein Obama, New Black Panthers and all of the other interested parties that pushed race in the Zimmerman case……….

…You are hypocrites, you are liars, you are criminals due to your incitements !

The Face of the Man, The Mugshot of George Zimmerman

The Face of the Man, The MugShot of George Zimmerman

This is the mugshot of the man that is being charged with  the “crime” of protecting your home, protecting you vehicles, guarding your children from danger and exposing crime in your neighborhood.  This is a man who stopped his own murder from an attacker.

 

A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation,…are of higher obligation.

-Thomas Jefferson 20 Sept. 1810

No word yet from New Black Panther Party leaders if they’re upset at not being able to exact their particular brand of justice.

Well, It’s about time. Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder. This is the only way all of the evidence can come out to vindicate the legal self defense.

Well, It’s about time. Zimmerman charged with second-degree murder. This is the only way all of the evidence can come out to vindicate the legal self defense.

In a no-win situation, the Florida State Attorney’s office has decided the only way to potentially curb the oncoming tidal wave of riots, was to take this case to trial.  In allowing a long period of time before the trial begins, as these cases tend to take, hopes that tensions may subside.   Having an open forum court room for all of the evidence to come to light should provide all of the answers to the questions that have been raised and put down rumors and false stories that have been circulated.

Will Zimmerman get a fair trial?  Will there be 12 persons that can be selected for the jury that can judge this case without bias?  Will 12 persons actually be allowed to make a judgement, one way or the other, without having there names exposed to the media, like eventually happened in the Casey Anthony case?  How can a juror vote “not-guilty” knowing that their name will be exposed and themselves as well as their family will be put at risk by the same groups placing bounties on Zimmerman’s head?

As I said, this is a no-win situation. The State Attorneys Office has passed the buck to 12 jury members in hopes that the evidence that comes to light will be enough for some groups to recognize that this wasn’t about race and the shooting was justified.  This isn’t going to happen.  He will either be convicted by a scared jury group not wanting to see riots, or he will be exonerated from the charges and we will see cities burn.

All that has been done now, is the purchase of more time.

SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announced at a news conference in Jacksonville.

Corey announced that Zimmerman surrendered to authorities on Wednesday and is in custody in Florida.  Cory would not disclose Zimmerman’s whereabouts citing concern for his safety.

The decision to bring charges comes over 40 days after Zimmerman told police he shot and killed Martin in self defense while acting as a neighborhood watchman in a gated community in Sanford.

The lengthy interval between the shooting and the charging announcement sparked a series of demonstrations across the nation by civil rights activists who claim race has been a factor in the investigation.

Corey says that authorities did not come to the decision lightly, nor was it based on public pressure.

“It is the search for justice for Trayvon that has brought us to this moment,” said Cory. “Let me emphasize that we do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition,” she added.

Corey announced earlier this week that she was not convening a grand jury in the case, meaning the decision on whether to charge Zimmerman was hers alone.

Without a grand jury indictment, Corey cannot pursue a first-degree murder charge but can go forward with second-degree murder.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Second-degree murder is typically charged when there is a fight or other confrontation that results in death and where there is no premeditated plan to kill someone.

The unarmed Martin, an African-American, was shot and killed in a gated community in Sanford by neighborhood watchman Zimmerman, who claims he was acting in self-defense.

The decision to charge Zimmerman comes a day after his lawyers said they could no longer represent him because their client had not returned their calls in days.

The lawyers, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, also said their former client had fled the state of Florida.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott selected Corey to replace Norm Wolfinger as the lead prosecutor in the case on March 22, the same day Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee temporarily stepped down amid sharp criticism of his department’s handling of the case.

Lawyers for Martin’s family have accused Wolfinger of disregarding a police recommendation that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter. Wolfinger has vociferously denied the allegations.

Early Wednesday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office placed a long metal barrier in front of the intake area at the Seminole County Jail.  National media outlets have stationed crews outside of the jail in anticipation of Zimmerman’s arrest.