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Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:21 AM

The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained (MoJo)

The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained

How did a kid armed with Skittles and an ice tea get gunned down by an overeager neighborhood watch captain? And why didn't police detain shooter George Zimmerman?
óBy Adam Weinstein
| Sun Mar. 18, 2012 10:42 AM PDT

On the evening of February 26, Trayvon Martinóan unarmed 17-year-old African American studentówas confronted, shot, and killed near his home by George Zimmerman, a Latino neighborhood watch captain in the Orlando, Florida, suburb of Sanford. Zimmerman has not been charged with a crime. Since Martin's death and the release of more details, the case has garnered national media attention and sparked a host of public debates over racial tensions, vigilantism, police practices, and gun laws.

What happened to Trayvon?

Martin, a Miami native, was visiting his father in Sanford and watching the NBA All-Star game at a house in a gated Sanford community, The Retreat at Twin Lakes. At halftime, Martin walked out to the nearby 7-Eleven to get some Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. On his return trip, he drew the attention of Zimmerman, who was patrolling the neighborhood in a sport-utility vehicle and called 911 to report "a real suspicious guy."
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"This guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something," Zimmerman told the dispatcher. "It's raining, and he's just walking around looking about." The man tried to explain where he was. "Now he's coming towards me. He's got his hand in his waistband. And he's a black male...Something's wrong with him. Yup, he's coming to check me out. He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is...These assholes, they always get away."

After discussing his location with the dispatcher, Zimmerman exclaimed, "Shit he's running," and the following sounds suggest he left his vehicle to run after Martin.

"Are you following him?" the dispatcher asked. Zimmerman replied: "Yep."

http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/what-happened-trayvon-martin-explained

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Reply The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained (MoJo) (Original post)
EFerrari Mar 2012 OP
chervilant Mar 2012 #1
Ken Burch Mar 2012 #4
chervilant Mar 2012 #8
AnotherDreamWeaver Mar 2012 #5
chervilant Mar 2012 #9
AnotherDreamWeaver Mar 2012 #10
chervilant Mar 2012 #12
libodem Mar 2012 #2
1620rock Mar 2012 #3
JDPriestly Mar 2012 #6
cojoel Mar 2012 #7
AnotherDreamWeaver Mar 2012 #11
EFerrari Mar 2012 #13

Response to EFerrari (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 02:43 AM

1. Yet again

a child has lost his life because of the color of his skin.

Please sign the petition to have his murderer brought to trial.

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Response to chervilant (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 03:03 AM

4. I will. But can you post a link to it here?

n/t.

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Response to chervilant (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 03:07 AM

5. I didn't see a link to a petition on the Mother Jones page.

Do you have a link, or did I just miss seeing it?

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Response to chervilant (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:34 PM

10. Thanks, I just signed it.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 03:18 PM

12. Great!

As of late last night, over 450,000 people have signed the petition. I remain hopeful that Trayvon Martin's killer will be brought to justice.

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Response to EFerrari (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 02:51 AM

2. Astounding

The shooter remains free. Ungodly.

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Response to EFerrari (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 02:57 AM

3. Cold blooded murder, yet this fat grease-ball knuckle dragger expects to become a hero. Sickening.

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Response to EFerrari (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 03:17 AM

6. It is raining, and an unarmed 17-year old boy runs from a big man with a gun.

Don't police officers have to pass psychological tests and rigorous training before they are hired?

This is the problem with private security and volunteer security. You can get mentally unstable people running around with guns.

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Response to EFerrari (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 09:56 AM

7. the family should file civil actions against Zimmerman and Sanford PD

The standards to meet are much lower (preponderance of evidence vs. beyond reasonable doubt) and there is no exclusion regarding a right to self defense. Put the whole OJ collar on the man, where if he comes into any money later, that gets taken away too.

The FEDs should file a Denial of Civil Rights criminal case. That is a Federal Law, which does not have an exclusion regarding the right to self defense. It has not ever been explained, for example, as to why the shooter did not fire into the legs or arms rather than the chest.

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Response to cojoel (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:41 PM

11. It has not been explained why he ran after the guy when he was advised not to by dispatch.

The kid has every right to walk in the rain if he feels like it. The guy gives away his prejudice in the recording with dispatch.

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Response to EFerrari (Original post)

Wed Mar 21, 2012, 12:42 PM

13. FYI: MoJo updates this explainer. n/t

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