Here's the videotape of the racial slur Zimmerman used seconds before he killed Martin.
The Sanford police department admitted to ABC News that they missed that.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1369414.htmlO'Donnell zeroed in on what is quickly becoming one of the more controversial aspects of the case: a portion of the 911 tape where shooter George Zimmerman can be heard muttering something many say sounds like "f-ing coons," a racial slur. On Wednesday night, investigators in Florida told ABC News that they had "missed" this portion of the tape.
Also, some more info on the responding officer on the scene.http://huff.to/GGNetdA few days ago, WFTV in Orlando reported that Anthony Raimondo, the first officer in charge of the scene the night Trayvon Martin was killed, had three validated complaints during his career and another pending complaint.
He was also involved in another local controversy two years ago. In 2010, Justin Collison, the son of a local police officer, sucker punched a homeless man and broke his nose. Raimondo declined to arrest Collison, and no charges were pressed until WFTV picked up the YouTube video of the incident. Collison, who is white, is the son of a local police lieutenant and the grandson of a former Florida judge. Collison was later ordered to pay the man's medical bills and to donate money to several nonprofit groups.
A town hall meeting was held for the Sanford police chief to respond to questions and concerns by the black community there. The police chief was a no-show--no explanation given for him not showing up.
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Apparently Zimmerman shot Martin twice. First time Martin was injured and he was crying for help. Then Zim went up to him and shot him again (to make sure he was dead?). It was quiet then, except for the 911 calls. MSNBC interviewed a 13 year old boy who lives in that neighborhood. He said he heard the crying and the shots.
Zimmerman makes me sick. I hope he gets locked up in prison for the rest of his life, without parole. He is a threat to society. If he gets away with it, Florida must be labeled as one of the worst/unsafe states for blacks.
Is this the 21st century? What does the rest of the world think of us? Barbarians?
According to wikipedia Greater Orlando is basically minority at 46% non-hispanic white, 26.9% hispanic, 20.8% black, 4.9% asian and the remaining 1.8% everyone else. Wiki does not give a breakdown of hispanics by country of origin but does state that Orlando has the largest population of Puerto Rican's in the state and that they are to Orlando like the Cubans are to Miami-Dade, where the Cubans make up over 40% of the foreign born population, and where the total population is 57%+ hispanic. Furthermore, the fastest growing segment of Greater Orlando's population is Puerto Rican.
Cubans are usually republican. Puerto Ricans are said to be usually democrat. Different areas, far different demos. Apples and Oranges.
Rubio sells well in north FL & Central FL because he pretty much sticks to the republican party line. That gives him much traction in parts of the state that might be a bit hesitant to vote for a hispanic candidate. If I remember, Herman Cain did much the same.
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This story in The Atlantic provides an overview of the issues the prosecution will face in this case. Their job has certainly not been made any easier by the shoddy police work in the case.
Absolutely sickening and heartbreaking.
There is more than enough evidence against him to not only charge him but convict him. The law doesn't protect actions like his.
Zimmerman had none of those things."'Stand Your Ground' is not a 007 license to kill," said Sean Caranna, founder of Florida Carry, a group advocating gun owners' rights. He stressed that shooting in self-defense requires " a real fear your life is in danger."
Justifiable use of force
776.012 Use of force in defense of person. — A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other's imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:
(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/...c-face-chargesNewly available documents reveal conflicting accounts of a violent relationship in the past of George Zimmerman, the Sanford man who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month.
The court records concern a conflict between Zimmerman and his ex-fiancé, who filed a petition accusing Zimmerman of pushing her during an argument at her Orlando home in August 2005.
The woman reported Zimmerman had arrived at her home Aug. 8 and asked to talk. Later, when she asked him to leave, she said, he insisted on staying and demanded documents she had.
The woman said she offered to drop the papers off the following day, but Zimmerman became upset, took her cell phone and shoved her. A fight ensued, she said, and her dog bit Zimmerman's cheek.
this NRO article are overwhelmingly (and rightfully) in favor of Martin. There are, unfortunately, a lot of online crazies, as you say. But there are still plenty of people on all sides capable of civil and respectful discussion.
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As for your question about one being a minority and how they could hate another minority, I'm not sure I know what you mean. History has shown time and time again that oppressive behaviour is not limited to the dominant group. It's like the old story of the boss yelling at the employee who goes home and hits his wife who yells at her kid, who kicks the dog who bites the cat... Any member of an oppressed group can act oppressively towards others who belong to different minority groups...
"When I was poor and I complained about inequality people said I was bitter, now I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm beginning to think they just don't want inequality on the agenda because it is a real problem that needs to be addressed." - Russell Brand
Some lawyer on CNN characterized it as "earwitnessing."
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