Trayvon Martin’s family attended a vigil last night in new York City. Yesterday marks the one year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s brutal shooting. Trayvon was stalked and gunned down in cold blood. Trayvon suffered a fatal gunshot wound at the hands of George Zimmerman a wannabe police officer/town watchman.
Travon’s family joined a number of approx 200 attendees in a candlelight vigil to remember Trayvon and to protest against national gun laws and racial profiling.
Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were joined by actor Jamie Foxx and a crowd of about 200 people on Tuesday evening in Manhattan’s Union Square Park. They lit candles and held a moment of silence at 7:17 p.m., the time Martin was fatally shot on Feb. 26, 2012.
“I’m the mother of two boys,” Fulton said. “I have one son on earth and one son in heaven.”
The 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, who had been wearing a hooded sweatshirt, was killed by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman after the two got into a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Civil rights leaders said that if Martin had been white, Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Hispanic, would have been arrested immediately instead of weeks later.
Jacksonville prosecutor Angela Corey took over the investigation and filed second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman a month and a half after Martin’s shooting. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense, and his trial is set for June.
Martin’s shooting set off a national outcry over race issues and stand-your-ground laws, which allow people to use deadly force if their lives are in danger.
At the vigil, the crowd members were told “Hoods up!” and were asked to put up their hooded sweatshirts, which have become symbols of the outrage over Martin’s death.
“This day, until the day I die, will always be Hoods Up Day for me,” Tracy Martin said.
Foxx told the crowd that when he met Fulton after her son’s death, it made him think about something happening to his own teenage daughter.
“I just started to think: What would I feel like if she wasn’t there with me?” he said.
George Zimmerman’s donation have spiked since his return to jail, for lying about his finances. It’s being reported that Zimmerman is clearing approximately a thousand dollars a day. Who in the hell is giving Trayvon Martin’s killer money?
According to the news source, Zimmerman has about $193,000 in his defense fund, of which $20,000 has been spent on living expenses, hotels and security. Since being ordered back to jail, Zimmerman has seen an increase in contributions upwards of $1,000 a day.
It’s not again like they were trying to hide the money or leave with the money,” Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, told ABC. “They just had it… and felt like they needed to secure themselves.”
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of second degree murder in the killing of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin reported back to jail in Seminole County, Florida, after a judge revoked his bond for misleading the court about his finances.
According to a press release from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Zimmerman “was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at approximately 1:45 p.m. today pursuant to a court order issued by Judge Lester ordering him to be remanded into custody.” The release further states that Zimmerman will be housed in administrative confinement, separated from the general population from the jail in a cell designed for two prisoners due to the volatile nature of his case. Zimmerman is on “no bond” status, and there is no information available about the date of his next bond hearing from the sheriff’s office.
George Zimmerman’s bond revoked in the Trayvon Martin Case, Go Directly to jail DO NOT Pass GO. All his lies are coming to surface, if Zimmerman will lie about something small to gain his freedom, what about the Ultimate lie, the King of lies….. I shot in self defense lie. His liawyer couldn’t slick talk his client out of this one, a brilliant stroke of un luck.
Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. said that Zimmerman engaged in “material falsehood” about money in issuing his ruling.
About an hour before the ruling came, prosecutors in the second-degree murder case again Zimmerman had filed a new motion requesting the bond revocation.They contended Zimmerman’s wife knew about the donations he had collected through a PayPal account, but didn’t mention the money at his bond hearing.
Zimmerman’s PayPal account collected more than $200,000, his attorney later revealed.
“Defendant has intentionally deceived the court with the assistance of his wife, Shelley Zimmerman. During the jail phone calls both of them spoke in code to hide what they were doing,” the motion read.
The judge said Zimmerman had misled the court at his bond hearing.
The defense says the finances are an innocent misunderstanding.
Prosecutors also argued that Zimmerman has a second passport in addition to the one he surrendered.
Zimmerman was previously released after making a bond that had been set at $150,000. On Friday, Judge Lester gave the 28-year old Zimmerman two days to turn himself in.
The defendant has repeatedly claimed he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense on the night of Feb. 26 as the teen was walking in Zimmerman’s Sanford, Fla. community.
Mediajuicejoint- Back to the clinky clink he goes………..
Trayvon Martin had the drug THC in his system proves what? My 69 year old grandmother has THC in her system due to her medicinal use for her glaucoma, does it defame her character, does it make her a criminal, a deviant, does it cancel out all of her good deeds?
I don’t believe so, and it should NOT be used to cast a shadow on Trayvon Martin’s character either. So let’s jump into this new, so called discoveries found.
New evidence released in the murder case of Trayvon Martin reveals issues that delve more deeply into what happened the night the teen was killed, although it does not seem to shine a brighter light on him or his killer, George Zimmerman.
Martin’s autopsy shows that he had the drug THC in his system, which is the active ingredient in marijuana, ABC News reported. The autopsy also revealed that the fatal gunshot wound in Martin’s chest was fired at close range, which may be consistent with other evidence that the two got into a fight of some kind. Zimmerman claimed to police that Martin attacked him and bashed his head into the pavement repeatedly. The autopsy showed a cut on one of Martin’s fingers, also indicating a struggle.
Martin was visiting his father in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., while serving a suspension from school for being caught with a bag containing marijuana residue. However, the traces of THC in his system does not mean he used the drug the night he was killed. Tetrahyradcannabinol can stay in the human body for as long as 30 days or more depending on the potency of the individual plant, how much was used and the physiological makeup of the user.
The autopsy report is just one piece of a trove of evidence released by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey, who has charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the case. Other evidence includes 911 call recordings, video of both Martin and Zimmerman, 67 compact discs filled with documents related to the case, and a photo taken by one of the police officers at the scene which shows Zimmerman’s bloodied nose.
The photo, taken by officer Michael Wagner and downloaded to his computer, had not been seen before; Wagner hadn’t shown it to anyone until he found out there were no other photos of Zimmerman taken at the scene, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The report also includes the statement of a witness who says he observed Martin on top of Zimmerman, punching him as he lay on the ground, then hearing a “pop” — which is consistent with Zimmerman’s claims of being in a fight with Martin, then firing his weapon and killing him. Still, police have no witnesses who actually say how the fight started, or whether Zimmerman provoked the incident as prosecutors have charged.
Still, a portion of the report also says police believe the entire altercation could have been “completely avoidable” if Zimmerman had stayed in his car and waited until police arrived.
“The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog to dispel each party’s concern,” the Sanford Police Department’s report says. “There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter.”
The police report goes on to state that there was probable cause to arrest George Zimmerman for the shooting, although Seminole County prosecutor Norm Wolfinger later declined to do so citing that he believe that probable cause did not exist.
Mediajuicejoint- Anything to deflect from the fact that Trayvon Martin, a black teenage boy was shot and murdered because he was walking in the wrong neighborhood. Due to the fact that he was a young black male he was deemed a suspicious character that needed to be stalked and killed.
Trayvon Martin had THC in his system means nothing, I wonder what George Zimmerman had in his system that night…..oh I forgot he was never tested for drugs or alcohol. He received a high five and go sleep it off, but wait don’t forget to self inflict wounds, and then go see your doctor later …….The Good Ol Boy Network took care of the finer details that would have a made a difference SMH.
So THC in his system, defines his character and makes it alright to stalk him and chop down his life in cold blood?
Zimmerman, dressed in a brown jacket, jeans and carrying a brown paper bag, walked out of the John E. Polk Correctional Facility just after midnight. This was minutes after posting bail and meeting other conditions set for his release at a hearing Friday.
Another man then met Zimmerman and they quickly quickly climbed into a white BMW sports utility vehicle that drove off. He made no comments to a handful of reporters gathered outside the jail.
Under the conditions set by Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., Zimmerman must wear an electronic monitoring device and he may be allowed to leave the state. He also must observe a dusk-to-dawn curfew. He is also prohibited from consuming illegal drugs or alcohol or possessing a firearm.
Attorney Daryl Parks, who represents Martin’s parents, said the family respected the judicial process that allowed Zimmerman to be released from jail but was “devastated by him being able to walk the streets.”
“It’s with a very, very heavy heart that they’ve seen him walk freely late last night back into the public,” Parks said on CNN.
Meanwhile, Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer, told CBS’s “This Morning” that there had been no recent threats against his client but his whereabouts still are expected to remain a closely guarded secret until his next appearance in court.
O’Mara also apologized for the apology his client offered to Martin’s parents during his bond hearing Friday.
At that hearing, Zimmerman took the stand and, speaking to Martin’s parents, said, “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not.”
“We had reached out to see if we could do it privately,” O’Mara said.
Benjamin Crump, another lawyer for the Martin family, told the press that Zimmerman’s apology was poorly timed and disingenuous.
“The apology was somewhat of a surprise because we had told them this was not the appropriate time, but they just disregarded that, and he went and pandered to the court and the media and gave a very insincere apology,” Crump said.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense under Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which eliminates a person’s duty to retreat under threat of death or serious injury
Brooke Harris loved her job teaching eighth grade at an inner-city charter school in Michigan — but Brooke says she was fired for teaching her kids about Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen who was recently shot and killed because someone thought he looked suspicious.
Brooke’s kids had heard about Trayvon, and she saw they wanted to know more in part because they identified with him: “They are young, black and brown kids who walk to the corner store after school every day,” Brooke says. “They’ve been stopped by police because they ‘looked like’ some kids who did something illegal.”
Many of Brooke’s students wanted to go beyond writing essays and classroom discussions — they wanted to raise money for Trayvon’s family. For helping the kids plan the fundraiser, Brooke says that she was suspended and eventually fired, and that she was told, “you’re a teacher, not an activist.”
Now there’s a petition on Change.org demanding that Brooke’s school, the Pontiac Academy of Excellence, give Brooke back her job, and her students back their teacher. The folks at the Southern Poverty Law Center — a group that does a lot of work to combat racism — started the campaign because they think it’s wrong to fire someone for teaching about Trayvon Martin.
Brooke brought the idea for a fundraiser to the school superintendent, Jacqueline Cassell. Rather than embracing the students’ idea, Brooke says, Superintendent Cassell rejected the fundraiser, then refused to meet with Brooke’s students when they wanted to appeal her decision.
It gets worse: Brooke says she was suspended for two days just for asking for the meeting, and that when she tried to clarify what she had done wrong, she was suspended for two weeks, and then fired.
“I just feel bad for my kids,” Brooke says. “I hope I haven’t let them down.”
If thousands of people speak out for Brooke by signing the petition to get her job back, Superintendent Cassell won’t be able to sweep the issue under the rug. Pontiac’s next school board meeting is in one week, so Brooke says it’s especially important to gather as many signatures as possible before then.
George Zimmerman is in custody in Florida and will be charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, authorities announced Wednesday. His attorney said he would plead not guilty.
“We did not come to this decision lightly,” Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to re-examine the case, said at a news conference in Jacksonville.
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Corey had previously said she wouldn’t present the case to a grand jury, which took first-degree murder off the table. Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara — who took the case late Wednesday after Zimmerman’s previous attorneys withdrew — said Zimmerman would plead not guilty and that he would seek Zimmerman’s release on bond. Zimmerman was scheduled for an initial hearing Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announces that she will seek a second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.
“I think he’s troubled by the fact the state decided to charge him,” O’Mara said. “I would think anyone charged with second-degree murder would be scared.”
Corey said she decided last week to seek the charge but needed several days to make sure all details were in order. She said she had informed Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.
‘A heart has no color’
In a brief statement in Washington at a news conference at a gathering of the National Action Network, Fulton said: “We just wanted an arrest, and we got it, and I say thank you. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus.”
“I just want to speak from my heart to your heart, because a heart has no color. It’s not black, it’s not white. It’s red. And I want to say thank you from my heart to your heart,” Fulton added, according to NBC News.
(The National Action Network is a project of the Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC-TV’s “PoliticsNation,” who has played a prominent role in advocating for charges against Zimmerman.)
“I think they decided to review it based on public pressure,” Sharpton said, according to NBC Miami. “Had there not been pressure there would not have been a second look.”
“Tonight maybe America can come together and say only the facts should matter when you’re dealing with a loss of life,” he added. “This is not a night for celebration. This is a night that should not have happened in the first place.”
On NBC’s Rock Center Wednesday evening, Fulton said that she found Corey professional.
“I believe there is a human side to her,” she said. “I believe she looked at the evidence, spoke with the witnesses and determined what (Zimmerman) should be charged with.”
Kerry Sanders and Pete Williams of NBC News and NBC station WESH of Orlando, Fla., contributed to this report by M. Alex Johnson of msnbc.com. Follow M. Alex Johnson on Twitter and Facebook.
Ben Crump, the attorney for Martin’s parents, said the decision was about “justice, justice and only justice.” He said it was important that Zimmerman have a fair trial, even though “we believe in our hearts that he was wrong to kill Trayvon Martin.”
Corey refused to discuss details of the case, saying she was committed to protecting the interests of both Martin and Zimmerman.
“So much information on this case has gotten released that should never have been released,” she said.
Zimmerman, 28, arrived in a police caravan at the Seminole County jail about 8:20 p.m. ET. Under Florida law, he must be taken before a judge within 24 hours of his return to the county, where he has acknowledged he shot and killed Martin, 17, in the town of Sanford on Feb. 26. Corey wouldn’t say where he was being held to protect his safety.
Scott, who appointed Corey after Seminole County authorities declined to bring charges, said in a statement that the matter “is now in the hands of the judicial system and I am confident justice will prevail.”
Attorney doubts fair trial
Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Peruvian, says he shot Martin, who was black, in self-defense after following him in a gated community in Sanford. Police questioned Zimmerman but decided against pressing charges.
The lack of an arrest or charges had sparked protests nationwide, with critics alleging that Zimmerman confronted Martin because of his race. Zimmerman’s supporters deny that.
Trayvon Martin’s parents say they’re thankful there was an arrest but that ‘this is just the beginning.’ NBC’s Ron Allen reports.
The decision whether to arrest Zimmerman was delayed for several weeks because Zimmerman had indicated that he would argue self-defense under Florida’s so-called Stand Your Ground law, which shields subjects from prosecution if a judge determines that the shooting was justified to protect life or property.