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.”

EXCLUSIVE Interview With Pastor Terry Jones About Qurans Burning on April 28 2012

EXCLUSIVE !!! Interview With Pastor Terry Jones About Qurans Burning on April 28 2012

Asking the questions one week before the burnings, that media will be asking the day after

Pastor Youcef Naderkhani is under the death sentence in Iran for apostasy. (Converting from Islam)  Where Pastor Youcef denies ever being Muslim, the accusations against him is that because Islam is in his “ancestry” any thing less then him publicly denouncing his current religion and declare himself Muslim, results in death by the state.

His death sentence has been delayed, and could happen any day.  Media outcry, a bill resolution in the congress and even a White House statement may well have been the reason for the sustaining of his life, but there also seems to have been a threat from Pastor Terry Jones’ church of burning Qurans and images of Mohammad if Pastor Youcef isn’t released.  Unlike any presidential statement or House resolution, this this comes with a deadline.  On April 28, 2012 at 5pm EST, if Pastor Youcef has not been released, multiple Qurans and even images of Mohammad will be burned by Terry Jones and his church.

Unlike uprisings against American soldiers by muslims after a Quran burning, cartoon drawing of Mohammad or any reason they deem justifiable to burn, destroy and kill,  this may have direct impact on Pastor Youcef’s life.  

This is what I wanted to get answers to. Our American soldiers have to deal with attacks all the time by muslims that didn’t require something to incite them, but Pastor Youcef is hanging on by a thread and this may be the tipping point for his life.  

In any “stand-off” where two sides have hostages, (Iran with Pastor Youcef and Pastor Terry Jones with the threat of burning Qurans and images) if one side “fires first” by taking out their hostage, there is no reason for the other side to keep their hostage with out penalty.  This is the very heart of the question I wanted Pastor Terry Jones to answer.

I was able to get an interview with Pastor Terry Jones and his son Luke Jones while they were holding a protest rally in Sanford, Fl about justice for George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin on Saturday April 20, 2012, one week before the rest of the media would be asking the same questions.

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.”

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

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.

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 !

National Socialist Movement (Neo Nazis) In Sanford, FL due to Trayvon / Zimmerman case? It’s appearing more as so.

National Socialist Movement (Neo Nazis) In Sanford, FL due to Trayvon / Zimmerman case? It’s appearing more as so.

It has been reported and blogged that the stories of Neo Nazis in Sanford is a hoax primarily because they aren’t marching down main street.  From what this blogger can report on, currently members of the Neo Nazi National Socialist Movement are in Sanford but are attempting not to have their presence seen.  At this time it appears that particular  business owners in the downtown area that contacted this group are having their businesses watched and secured by this group.

Photo taken at Sanford, FL Marina park

This blogger is going to attempt to get an interview and ask such questions as:

  • What is your purpose in Sanford?

  • If a riot takes place, what are you planning to do?

  • If a riot spills into the business district, will you only be “defending” the businesses your current securing?

  • Do you see Sanford, as a whole, worth your “defending” no matter who or race of the business owners?

I’m hoping to be able to update this story:

Sanford, FL police car shot near Trayvon Martin scene

Sanford, FL police car shot near Trayvon Martin scene

No officer inside car, authorities say

WKMG Local 6

Author: Kevin Wolkenfeld, Producer, kwolkenfeld@wkmg.com

SANFORD, Fla. -

A Sanford police car parked near the Trayvon Martin shooting scene was found Tuesday morning with bullet holes in it, according to authorities.

The cruiser was parked across the street from the Retreat at Twin Lakes apartment complex, near the front of Bentley Elementary School.

Police said no one was inside the cruiser, but gunfire knocked out at least one window on the car.  Witnesses said they heard six shots; at least two bullets struck the patrol car.

Sanford police said the cruiser had been parked in front of Bentley Elementary for the past couple of weeks at the request of school officials who had concerns about safety issues.

Police removed the car from the scene, and an investigation is ongoing.

Martin, 17, was shot and killed in late February by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who claims he acted in self-defense.

Zimmerman, 28, has not been charged with a crime in Martin’s death, a fact that has provoked demonstrations and calls that he be prosecuted for killing the teen.

On Monday, a group of students calling themselves the Dream Defenders marched to the Sanford police station. Six of the demonstrators wore hooded sweatshirts, as Martin did the night he was shot, as they blocked the department’s main entrance; others linked arms, sang and chanted as they stood facing the building.

The demonstration closed the Police Department headquarters, and City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. and Acting Police Chief Darren Scott met with leaders of the student group and community leaders.

Although details of the Feb. 26 incident remain murky, what is known is that Martin, who was African-American, ventured out from his father’s fiancee’s home in Sanford to get a snack at a nearby convenience store. As he walked home with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, and who had called 911 to complain about a suspicious person in the neighborhood.

No grand jury in Trayvon Martin case !!!!!!!!!

No grand jury in Trayvon Martin case !!!!!!!!!

*** Newly Added: Angela Corey’s Grand Jury Release in .pdf

What is a Grand Jury?

 

No First Degree Murder Charges can be brought against George Zimmerman without a Grand Jury

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case said Monday that the case won’t be taken to a grand jury.

State Attorney Angela Corey released the following statement in the shooting death investigation.

“The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case. The Grand Jury, set to convene on April 10, 2012, was previously scheduled by the former prosecutor.
Ms. Corey was appointed as the Special Prosecutor on March 22, 2012, by Governor Rick Scott. From the moment she was assigned, Ms. Corey noted she may not need a Grand Jury.
At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment from this office. You will be notified of any new developments via email.”

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 in a Sanford gated community. Zimmerman claims Martin physically attacked him after Zimmerman questioned why he was in the neighborhood. The two clashed in circumstances that remain unclear, which led to Zimmerman shooting the unarmed Martin, killing him. Though he was taken into police custody that night, he was never formally arrested and has not been charged with any crime.

-two cents from Wyld Goose

This defiantly appears like the investigation is on going and the canceling of this scheduled Grand Jury was to give more time for the investigation to conclude completely. Though, Ms. Corey noted she may not need a Grand Jury. This may not be taken well by the powder keg that is known as Sanford, FL

Daytona Beach News Journal-

ORLANDO — Special prosecutor Angela Corey said Monday she will not take the Trayvon Martin shooting death before a grand jury.

Corey said she continues to investigate the case and will not involve a grand jury that had been set to meet Tuesday in Sanford.

Corey said her decision to skip the grand jury shouldn’t be considered a factor in determining whether charges will be filed against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has admitted to fatally shooting the unarmed Martin.

The announcement means the decision on charges now rests solely with Corey, who had a reputation for not presenting cases before grand juries if it wasn’t required. Under Florida law, only first-degree murder cases require the use of grand juries.

Corey took over the case last month after the prosecutor who normally handles cases out of Sanford recused himself. That prosecutor, Norm Wolfinger, had originally called for the case to be presented before a grand jury.

VAN JONES: KOCH BROS TO BLAME FOR TRAYVON SHOOTING

VAN JONES: KOCH BROS TO BLAME FOR TRAYVON SHOOTING

“…listen, you’ve got the perfect storm building. You’ve got all the passion around Trayvon, and what a horrible injustice that was. And it turns out you can draw a direct line back to the Koch Bros, you can draw a direct line back to to mainstream corporations…”

From Breitbart-

The best response I saw in satire was from a poster named BLUJAY1524

YES FINALLY A TRUTH SAYER

Ok time to ride the stupid express everyone. ALL ABOARD!

9/11 = Thomas Jefferson
Pearl Harbor = Calvin Coolidge
The Holocaust = George W. Bush
The Spanish Inquisition = The GOP
The Sacking of Constantinople = Ronald Reagan

Why?…Uh well it’s clear that you can draw a direct line back to all of these individuals

Starts best at timestamp 3:45

New Black Panthers Call For Race War, Burn Florida, Blood Shed, Kill Crackers, For Trayvon April 9th Day of Action

New Black Panthers Call For Race War, Burn Florida, Blood Shed, Kill Crackers, For Trayvon April 9th Day of Action

On the organizing phone call for their Trayvon Martin April 9th National Day of action protest The New Black Panther Party engaged in violent, racist, hate filled speech.

The audio is a little rough at points, so The Blaze has transcribed the relevant statements (emphasis added).

Williams: I just want to say to all the listeners on this phone call, that if you are having any doubt about getting suited, booted, and armed up for this race war that we’re in that has never ended, let me tell you somethin…the thing that’s about to happen these honkies, these crackers, these pigs, these people, these motherf*er…it has been long overdue.”

Kweli: “Ya, what she said was right– we got to suit up and boot up…and get prepared for the war that we’re in…this stuff got to boil over, and all your great’s talked about that happened to be bloodshed involved with revolution- true revolution means some bloodshed, so there‘s blood being spilled because there’s a new life that is beyond this bloodshed.  There is a new reality that is built upon your original African principles and spiritualities and values and norms that is beyond this bloodshed.  But we gotta go do it.

“And as the Scripture said, you gotta to cross it.  We gon’ have to cross the Red Sea….I know y’all thought it was talking about some sea in some Middle Eastern part of the world- hell no.  We’re talking about some blood.  You’re gonna have to cross some blood, and go through some blood and some battles.

“And there are those who wish they could stand in this hour, to see the destruction of the devil‘s world and the devil’s society- and I‘m ain’t talking about no dude underneath the ground with a pitchfork and pantyhose.  I’m talking about that blonde haired, blue-eyed, sometimes brown-eyed, Caucasian walkin around with a mindset, a demonistic mindset, and a nature to do evil and brutality.”

Unbelievable Audio From the New Black Panthers: Suited, Booted, and Armed

Williams: “I say to everyone that is on this call right now, I‘m comin’ out of the gate…my prize right now this evening is going to be the bounty, the arrest– dead or alive– for George Zimmerman.  You feel me?  To every brother, to every female, I am for violence if non-violence means we continue postponing a solution to the American black man’s problem just to avoid violence.  You feel me?  It’s time to wake up, I don’t know how else...It’s in me to fight.  It’s in me to raise up soldiers.  It’s in me that every time my feet touch the ground the state of Florida- these crackers- they scared.

“I’m kinda pissed off right now that the state of Florida ain’t on fire.  This could not have happened in L.A. because them brothers up there are not scared to riot.  This could not have happened in St. Petersburg Florida, where the black man over there are ain’t scared to kill a cracker.”

Kweli: “This is real.  We’re attacked anywhere in the world and we would defend ourselves by any means necessary…You starve capitalism, since this racism that‘s being perpetuated and this brutality that’s being perpetuated, and this murder that’s being perpetuated, is built on the table legs of capitalism, you’ve got to starve capitalism.

An act of war has been declared on us and we have no choice but to fight…[But] we have to be trained how to fight.  See the whole purpose of the maneuver that’s happening in Sanford is to train in self-defense, because many of us think we’re prepared for a battle- just like many of us think we’re prepared for a fight- but if you are not training, if you are not stocking up water, if you are not stocking up food, if you are not stocking up weapons and artillery and survival books, and gas masks, and flashlights, and cantines, and ready-to-eat meals…if you are not stocking that up I don’t know how serious we are right now.

“Absolutely, we want the complete removal of capitalism.  Why?  Because capitalism sets up a class structure and a class society.  As I said in the beginning of the “haves” and “have nots,” [the] pivotal point is racism, it is racism that keeps them perpetuating a capitalistic motion.  So yes, we want capitalism completely eradicated, especially from the minds and hearts and dealings of black people.”

Announcement by [White Civil Rights] Neo-Nazis Group over Paroling Sanford, FL in Response to The New Black Panthers

Announcement by [White Civil Rights] Neo-Nazis  Group over Paroling Sanford, FL in Response to The New Black Panthers

The leader of the National Socialist movement said that up to 20 well-armed members are already in position in Sanford.  MARK RALSTON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Racial Unrest in Seminole County Florida
NSM to Respond with Armed Patrols

- Announcement -

March 2012

The National Socialist Movement is currently organizing patrols ARMED, with the knowledge of the racial violence that is taking place in the Orlando, Sanford, area’s of Seminole County Florida. We have been contacted by dozens of local citizens from the area whom are concerned for the safety of their families in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. The counter response by the New Black Panther Party was to put a $10,000. dead or alive bounty out against the alleged Mexican gunman by the name of George Zimmerman.

Some may question why this matter concerns those of us in the National Socialist Movement and the White Civil Rights Movement. The answer is simple, first off the New Black Panthers seemingly are getting a free pass from the Federal Government to openly call for the death of another person and charges against the individuals calling for the bounty have not been filed. Remind anyone of the Voter Intimidation matter that was pushed under the rug a couple years back? The NSM does not disagree with the Panthers on the matter of Racial separation, however their ability to openly and very publicly break the law and avoid prosecution is something that is of grave concern to the White Community, and those of us active in the White Civil Rights struggle here in the United States. If a White Citizens group openly called for the death of a specific individual, we would be locked up in a heartbeat! Beyond the obvious blind eye being offered by the system to these misdeeds, and miscarriage of justice, the concern of the White Community in this matter is exactly as follows. The lawless declaration which is fostering further Racial tension in the Community, is of serious concern to White citizens. As citizens and neighbors dissolve along Racial lines, the possibility of further Racial violence in the Melting Pot is brimming over like a powder keg ready to explode into the streets. The National Socialist Movement for many years has publicly called for Racial separation, the melting pot of forced integration in America is a massive failure, and this is just one more example of a Racial issue about to explode!

We (The NSM and our allies) have tackled Racial issues in the streets from the ongoing Flash mob attacks against White Citizens in Milwaukee and elsewhere, to Racial violence against Whites in St. Louis, virtually all across this Nation, not to mention our efforts on the Mexican Border fighting illegal immigration, and so many other important issues that effect our Nation. Our mission continues, the counter response begins this weekend as we organize patrols who will be armed (with knowledge), covering various areas in Seminole County to insure White Citizens will be safe from any potential Racial violence. The NSM Organized Citizen Patrols will be strictly operating in self defense, and within State and County laws.

In defense of America,
Jeff Schoep / Commander
National Socialist Movement

Deputies Called to Zimmerman’s Home

Deputies Called to Zimmerman’s Home

By Jennifer Bisram
FOX 35 News

“I woke up Saturday to Seminole county helicopters right above my sector of the community and I immediately felt very fearful,” said Frank Taaffe, who lives at the Retreat at Twin Lakes community where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.

“It was a scary, scary time,” he told FOX35 Friday.

“I ran out to the street and there were nine police cruisers out there – two Seminole and the other seven, Sanford.”

George Zimmerman went into hiding weeks ago – since he admitted to shooting Martin in self-defense – the reason why his neighbors were so surprised Sunday morning.

“Next thing you know I hear a big bang again, I hear helicopters, I go to my back window, there were about 15-cops ready to go into George’s house,” said another neighbor who did not want to be identified.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s office tells FOX35 more than a dozen of their deputies and officers from the Sanford police department responded to a 9-1-1 call that led them to Zimmerman’s home around six o’clock Saturday morning.

But it was a prank.

“They were strapped and ready to go inside his house,” said one neighbor.

Who made the call and what they said is now at the center of a new investigation, but the sheriff’s office says it was enough to deploy police helicopters and detectives.

“People who are out there doing prank calls need to stop, other people live in the community, other people have kids, other people get affected,” said another neighbor.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s office says if the prankster is caught, they will face felony charges and jail time.

NEW UPDATE: Boy, 17, hospitalized after being shot in Sanford Monday, April 2, 2012

NEW UPDATE: Boy, 17, hospitalized after being shot in Sanford Monday, April 2, 2012

Vickie Little said her 17-year-old son has no feeling from the waist down and little movement in his upper extremities after he was shot Monday. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel / Apr 06, 2012)

By Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel

SANFORD — Vickie Little stayed up a bit longer than she usually did Sunday night watching television and slipped into a slumber.

Her sleep was punctuated by a knock at her door from police officers who had found her 17-year-old son collapsed on the street from a gunshot wound just a block away from their new home.

Little’s hands trembled as she lifted them to the back of her neck, showing reporters during a news conference at Sanford Police headquarters Friday where the bullet entered her boy’s body and left him paralyzed.

“He didn’t realize he was shot,” she said. “Why would they want to hurt or shoot anybody?”

Her son, Jamison Knight, was walking home from his girlfriend’s house on 13th Place near Mangoustine Avenue at 2 a.m. Monday when someone inside a vehicle drove up behind him and opened fire.

He never saw the shooter.

The bullet is still lodged in the teenager’s vertebrae after doctors decided not to remove it.

Jamison has no feeling from the waist down and can’t move much of his upper body, Little said.

Police said the teenager is one of four victims injured by gunfire in two “random shootings” this week.

Sanford police Investigator Trekelle Perkins said they’ve received little to no cooperation from the community though they know there were witnesses to Jamison’s shooting.

He urged residents to speak up.

“Enough is enough,” he said. “Cry out against these senseless shootings.”

Perkins said they have identified persons of interest in the case but have no suspects.

They are looking for a silver or gray vehicle in connection with the crime.

His frustrated mother made a public plea for residents to step foward with any information that might help investigators.

“Just call, please. Just call the police,” Little said. “You don’t have to give your name. Anything helps.”

Anyone with information can call Crimeline at 800-423-8477.

Yes we have another community that relies on the police to protect them.  This is the type of communities that anti-gun protesters and legislators would have us all live in.  If you are not able to protect yourself, family and neighborhood, then you are a perpetual VICTIM.  Odd though, the criminals still seem to get a hold of weapons. hmmm

This is for Trayvon!! 78-Year Old Man Beaten by 6 Youths

“This is for Trayvon … Trayvon lives, white [man]. Kill that white [man]“; 78-YEAR OLD MAN BEATEN BY 6 YOUTHS

Here we go.  In a nation deprived of morals people act on impulse and have no compass to what is right.

-Source toledoblade.com

Six juveniles — the youngest 11, and the oldest 17 — nearly boxed in Dallas Watts, a 78-year-old man from East Toledo.

Mr. Watts was on his way home from the nearby Gas Express Mart at Starr Avenue and White Street about 4:45 p.m. Saturday when the boys approached him.

One pointed at Mr. Watts and said, “take him down,” the victim recounted in an interview Monday.

Mr. Watts, carrying home two small bags of pork rinds to dole out as treats to his three dachshunds, looked at the youth and said, “Why you picking on me?” Mr. Watts recalled. “Remember Trayvon. Why you picking on me?”

The boy, again, allegedly told his friends to “take him down.”

Toledo police charged two children — the 11-year-old and a 17-year-old — with robbery, Sgt. Roy Kennedy said.

The boys on Monday were ordered held in detention at the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center, prosecutor Lori Olender said.

The 17-year-old also faces a felonious assault charge from an unrelated shooting, Ms. Olender said. The teen allegedly shot Mark Bolling, 24, in the 600 block of Leonard Street in East Toledo on March 18.

Mr. Watts said one of the boys delivered a single blow to the back of his head during the incident Saturday, knocking the victim to the ground.

At one point, the victim recalled being lifted from the ground so one of the boys could “drop-kick” him in the chest.

One boy, he said, put his foot on the back of the victim’s neck, with another shouting, “Kill him.”

While Mr. Watts was down the boys kicked him, over and over, shouting, “[Get] that white [man]. This is for Trayvon … Trayvon lives, white [man]. Kill that white [man],” according to a police report.

The boys fled when a man shouted at them, according to the report.

Mr. Watts said it’s possible the assault was retribution for the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch captain in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26. Mr. Zimmerman has said he fired in self-defense and has not been charged with any crime.

For investigators, it’s unclear whether the assault was motivated by an attempt to avenge the Martin youth’s death or whether Mr. Watts’ “Remember Trayvon” message was misinterpreted as threatening or racist.

“It’s still up in the air who started the verbal confrontation,” Sergeant Kennedy said, adding that stories given by the suspect and the victim conflict and the investigation is ongoing.

When asked about the Trayvon remarks, Mr. Watts said, “All I meant by saying ‘remember Trayvon’ is to remember what happened to him, don’t duplicate it here,” suggesting that he was minding his own business as he walked home.

“The only reason I mentioned Trayvon, that was my defense,” Mr. Watts said. “Don’t pick on me. I am not your enemy.”

The assault occurred only a few hours after a peaceful rally, near the Thurgood Marshall Building, 420 E. Manhattan Blvd., to show support for the Martin family.

At his home Monday, Mr. Watts said he has never allowed weapons inside and that when his four children were growing up, they were not allowed to play “cops and robbers, to kill the Indians.”

During the Vietnam War, Mr. Watts, who served in the military from 1950 to 1961, refused to let his boys play GI Joes.

There would be no more killing, he said.

But now, Mr. Watts says he plans to buy a gun and obtain a permit to carry it.

“What happened to me … down here on the corner, that changed my perspective on humanity,” Mr. Watts said.

911 call of the Two teens in the Gruesome Hammer attack in Sanford, FL March 26, 2012

911 call of the Two teens in the Gruesome Hammer attack in Sanford, FL March 26, 2012

This article is an update to a mention I made about [Police: Teens Tried To Kill Man With Hammer – Pair Accused Of Beating Sanford Man] in the article UPDATED: Boy, 17, hospitalized after being shot in Sanford

I was going to write an entire article about the hypocrisy in the media and the lack of  basic ethics in journalism in that you tell the the truth, (facts) the whole truth (whole story) and nothing but the truth, (all of the facts nothing omitted) but before I could put keystrokes to screen I received a tip of a good article about the subject matter I was going to write on, that seems to sum it up.

I acquired the audio of the March 26 attempted homicide 911 call in Sanford and decided to make it easier to access by posting it to Youtube.  You can download the original recording here.

Tip from Laura, Thanks

Two teens arrested for gruesome hammer attack near Sanford, FL

by 

A horrible near fatal attack has occurred within about 6 miles of the site where Trayvon Martin was shot. However, the way the media is treating this crime highlights the racial bias and political agenda of the media.

In a previous article, I listed major media bosses who have publicly confessed to censoring black crime in their outlets. Here is an example of that censorship at work.

Two black teenage suspects have just been arrested for a horrific near fatal hammer attack on a fifty year-old white man. Initially the Orlando Sentinel wrote about the attack on March 27th. Seminole County deputy sheriffs provided the Orlando Sentinel with an incident report. Law enforcement withheld the man’s name, but did report that he was white. The Orlando Sentinel article censored the race of the victim. Police also provided a description of the attackers from an eyewitness.

The Orlando Sentinel asked the public to help police catch the at large suspects, but omitted the most obvious detail. Their description censored the race of the dangerous suspects. The paper wrote “both of the attackers are about 20 years old. One is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and was wearing blue denim shorts. He was not wearing a shirt. The second man was 5 feet, 10 inches tall.” Apparently political correctness is more important that public safety. Both the race of the black perpetrators and the white victims was censored in the article.

Today, April 2nd, the Orlando Sentinel reported that two teenage suspects had been arrested. The suspects are Julius Ricardo Bender, 18, and Yahaziel Isaac Israel, 19. Both face charges of attempted first degree murder. The article was published around noon and included mug shots of the perpetrators. Then, sometime during the next few hours, someone at the Orlando Sentinel erased the html link to the mug shots in the article. The article also censors the race of the victim. As I write this, the current version of the Orlando Sentinel article censors both the race of the suspects and the victim.

In an e-mail, the Orlando Sentinel writer says that the race of the victim was omitted on purpose. He says it is the policy of the paper not to mention race in a crime story unless there is a specific reason.

Compare this with weeks upon weeks of “George Zimmerman, a white man shot and killed Trayvon Martin an African-American.” Of course, Zimmerman is not even white, the media just wanted him to be. It seems that the newspapers censor race except when they feel they can use it to advance a political agenda.

A search on the Orlando Sentinel website reveals 371 articles contain the name Trayvon Martin. I clicked on several random ones and race was a major theme in every single one.