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    Stand your ground fathers: Trayvon Martin's killer should likely be arrested
    The fathers of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law implicated in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin say the man who shot him to death probably should be arrested and doesn’t deserve a self-defense claim of immunity.
    Former state Sen. Durell Peaden and current state Rep. Dennis Baxley say the law they passed in 2005 was designed to protect citizens by giving them the right to “meet force with force.”

    Both men say they don’t know all the facts of Trayvon's case. But, they say they believe the law would not allow a person like George Zimmerman to pursue and confront a person like Trayvon and then use deadly force. Zimmerman has not been charged.
    “They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid,” said Peaden, a Crestview Republican who sponsored the deadly force law in 2005. “He has no protection under my law.”
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    "Fake" Trayvon Martin picture cirulates on the web
    As public outrage over the shooting of a Florida teen by a neighborhood watchman grows, so too has a backlash against 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
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    Girl on phone with Trayvon cuts shooter's self defense claim
    A girl who overheard part of an incident involving Florida teenager Trayvon Martin can help prove he was killed "in cold blood" by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, an attorney for Martin's family said Tuesday.

    The girl, who was dating the 17-year-old, "completely blows Zimmerman's absurd self-defense claim out of the water," lawyer Benjamin Crump told reporters.
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    The trouble with Florida's 'stand your ground' law
    Once again Florida's "stand your ground" law is making headlines that demonstrate its dangerous consequences. George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, is claiming self-defense after shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26. Zimmerman is free under "stand your ground" as a police investigation drags on. Meanwhile a young man who was carrying nothing more than iced tea and Skittles is dead and his parents justifiably want answers. The racial elements of the shooting, Martin is black and Zimmerman is not, add another troubling layer to the lack of an arrest. But it is the "stand your ground" law that gives legal immunity to people who come to an argument with a hot temper and a ready gun.
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    Five prosecutors who warned of the law protecting Trayvon Martin's killer
    George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who confronted, shot, and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has not been arrested or charged with any crime after pleading self-defense. While critics have pointed out that this claim is dubious given that Zimmerman was both much larger that Martin and armed, legal experts say that Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law could prevent him from ever being successfully prosecuted.
    McClatchy Newspapers reports that "legal experts say Zimmerman, if arrested, would probably be charged with manslaughter and not murder -- and would have a strong defense under Florida's law, with a judge needing to decide first whether he is immune from prosecution." As Mother Jones points out, Florida courts have found that under that statute, "defendant's only burden is to offer facts from which his resort to force could have been reasonable" while "the State has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant did not act in self-defense."
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    Trayvon Martin's mother cannot eat, while lawyer expresses concerns over grand jury
    As state and federal authorities join the probe into the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, his mother, Sybrina Fulton, said that the investigation won't matter unless the result is the arrest and prosecution of George Zimmerman, who police said confessed to shooting Martin.
    “I think it’s progress that so much is being done and I think they are starting to open their eyes,” Fulton told Huffington Post BlackVoices, in reference to the Justice Department and the FBI. “I truly believe they are going to arrest him.”
    “Until they do, I cannot eat, I cannot sleep and I cannot relax. Not until he’s arrested,” she said.
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    Florida's problematic gated communities
    Be as paranoid as possible!"

    The screed from our homeowner association manager arrived in our mailbox printed inside a cheery holiday border. The message continued: "Our neighborhood is as safe as we make it. Make no mistake about it, you must be on your guard! Report suspicious behavior or individuals that do not belong in our community."

    The call to arms echoed the strident sentiment of neighbors left nervous by the robbery of our home the day before. While we slept unaware at the back of an upscale gated community in Windermere, Florida, intruders came through the front door, took our big-screen TV, laptops and all of the presents from under the Christmas tree.

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    Trayvon Martin's killing shatters safety within Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford
    These days, Cheryl Brown has to walk the dog. • For a month — ever since her son heard someone screaming for help and her daughter called 911 and everyone heard the loud snap of a gunshot — Brown's children have been afraid to go outside. • Her youngest daughter, who is 9, won't even look out the window. She keeps seeing the dead teen's body. • "That could have so easily been my son," said Brown. "He wears hoodies all the time."

    Brown, a 40-year-old single mom who says she is "mostly black," moved into the Retreat at Twin Lakes last year. She chose the gated subdivision of identical townhomes because it is racially diverse, lots of children live there and, she said, "it seemed so safe."

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    Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin
    As thousands of people gathered here to demand an arrest in the Trayvon Martin case, a more complicated portrait began to emerge of a teenager whose problems at school ranged from getting spotted defacing lockers to getting caught with a marijuana baggie and women’s jewelry.
    The Miami Gardens teen who has become a national symbol of racial injustice was suspended three times, and had a spotty school record that his family’s attorneys say is irrelevant to the facts that led up to his being gunned down on Feb. 26.
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    http://www.sanfordfl.gov/investigati...n_shooting.pdf
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    Sanford Police Dept. partial report

    Sanford Police Dept. Report


    City of Sanford - Important Notice - Trayvon Martin
    Dear Citizens:
    There has been a lot of media attention to the recent incident where George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. This is indeed a tragic situation and has caused a flood of questions and strong emotions from within our community, the region and nation. On behalf of the employees of the City of Sanford, Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family and friends of Trayvon Martin. As a father, I can only image the pain Trayvon’s family must be going though. In an effort to continue to be as responsive as possible to the public seeking information on the incident, I have asked Chief Lee to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this matter. Below are his responses. . . Read More . . .

    ABC Enhanced video of George Zimmerman
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    Fox Orlando Interview with Robert Zimmerman, George's father
    "It's my understanding that Trayvon Martin got on top of him and just started beating him," the 64-year-old Robert Zimmerman said.
    He said he felt his son has been portrayed in the wrong way. He also said he and his family have received death threats and asked that we not show his face on camera.

    *snip*

    Robert said Trayvon, "continued to beat George, and at some point, George pulled his pistol and did what he did."
    When asked about the screams for help which were heard on a 911 call, Robert replied, "All of our family, everyone who knows George, knows absolutely that is George screaming. There's no doubt in anyone's mind."


    CBS News: Video Shows Zimmerman Without Blood/Bruises

    AP Story: Video Shows Handcuffed Shooter
    Sanford police Sgt. David Morgenstern on Wednesday confirmed that the video being shown by ABC News is of Zimmerman. The 28-year-old's head and face are visible throughout.
    . . . A lawyer for Martin's family says the video clearly shows that Zimmerman's nose wasn't broken and he had no noticeable blood on his head and face.

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    Homicide detective Chris Serino wanted George Zimmerman slapped with Manslaughter


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    I'm the proud mother of a new attorney!
    It's better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. ~ James Thurber
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing ~ Edmund Burke
    Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense. ~ Mark Twain

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    Trayvon Martin Killing: 911 tape reveals possible racial slur
    The Florida police department handling the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a self-appointed neighborhood watch leader admitted to ABC News tonight that investigators missed a possible racist remark by the shooter as he spoke to police dispatchers moments before the killing.
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    Trayvon's parents: Trust friends' account
    Trayvon Martin's parents appeared on the "Today" show Wednesday morning.
    Matt Lauer asked Sybrina Fulton and Tracey Martin about the recent testimony of a 16-year-old girl who was talking over the phone with Trayvon just moments before he was shot to death.
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    George Zimmerman dreamed of being a cop
    When a rash of burglaries and other crimes broke out in and around a gated community in Sanford, Fla., residents wanted some form of protection. Someone raised the possibility of a neighborhood watch group. But only one resident seems to have come forward for the duties: George Zimmerman.
    Zimmerman, 28, is the focal point for national outrage over the fatal Feb. 26 shooting of an unarmed teen, Trayvon Martin. The 17-year-old was returning from a sugar run -- he'd bought a bag of Skittles and an iced tea at a local convenience store -- and was reportedly talking on a cellphone to his girlfriend when he crossed paths with Zimmerman. Zimmerman, meanwhile, had spotted the teen and called police to report a young black male acting suspiciously, according to phone logs.
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    Interview with Trayvon Martin's friend
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    Who is crime watch volunteer George Zimmerman
    George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who fired the shot that claimed the life of Trayvon Martin on a rainy night in Sanford last month, has been painted as a racist, a vigilante and a murderer.
    More than a half-million people have signed an online petition calling for his arrest. He is in hiding, driven from his home by threats.
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    Trayvon Martin's shooter had a domestic violence altercation in 2005
    George Zimmerman, the Sanford man who shot and killed a Miami Gardens teen in a case that has sparked racial tension, was once part of a messy domestic violence case in Orlando.
    In 2005, his ex-fiáncée, hair salon employee Veronica Zuazo, filed for a restraining order against Zimmerman — whom she called “Georgie.”
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    Neighbor comes to defense of Trayvon Martin's shooter
    A neighbor of George Zimmerman and fellow neighborhood watch captain in their Florida gated community came to his defense Tuesday, saying Zimmerman shot Miami teenager Trayvon Martin after numerous burglaries at The Retreat at Twin Lakes.
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    Outrage, protests grow over shooting of unarmed Florida teen
    Outrage over the killing of an unarmed Florida teenager grew nationwide Wednesday as at least 1,000 supporters of Trayvon Martin took to the streets of New York and a petition demanding the shooter's arrest amassed nearly 1 million signatures.

    Members of Martin's family were among demonstrators in New York for a "Million Hoodie March," a reference to the attire the 17-year-old was wearing when he was shot.

    "A black person in a hoodie isn't automatically suspicious," an online protest page says. "Let's put an end to racial profiling."
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    Sanford commission votes 'no confidence' in police chief

    Sanford city commissioners have voted "no confidence" in police Chief Bill Lee Jr., who has been publicly lambasted for his department's handling of the fatal shooting of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin.
    Commissioner Mark McCarty made the motion that could lead to the ouster of the chief, who has been on the job just 10 months. Mayor Jeff Triplett and Commissioner Velma Williams voted with the majority.
    "I take no pleasure in a public flogging of our police chief," McCarty said before a packed council chambers. "But he really should turn in his resignation."
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    Was Fla. shooter a vigilante or good neighbor?
    George Zimmerman once took criminal justice classes at the community college and was practically a one-man neighborhood watch in his gated part of town, calling police close to 50 times over the past eight years to report such things as slow-driving vehicles, strangers loitering in the neighborhood and open garages.
    Now, suddenly, people are wondering if the 28-year-old Zimmerman is an earnest if somewhat zealous young man who was just looking out for his neighborhood, or a wannabe cop who tried to take justice into his own hands.
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    03/22/2012
    Atlantans head to Fla. to call for George Zimmerman's arrest
    Even in a hoodie, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin could not hide his baby face.

    At 140 pounds, few believe the unarmed teen could pose much of a physical threat to the much larger 28-year-old self-styled neighborhood watchman who fatally shot the teen in February. George Zimmerman told police it was self-defense. He has not been charged with a crime, but federal investigators are now looking into the shooting.
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    03/22/2012
    Anthony Raimondo, first officer in charge of scene, involved previous cover up
    Sergeant Anthony Raimondo, the patrol officer who was initially in charge of the scene on the night Trayvon Martin was killed, was also involved in an alleged police cover-up in 2010. Raimondo was at the center of a controversy that ensued when Justin Collison, the son of a Sanford police lieutenant and part of a prominent family, punched a homeless black man but was not arrested.
    Local news station WFTV broke this story, which revealed that preferential treatment had been given to Collison by police after he attacked and broke the nose of his African-American victim, Sherman Ware.
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    Parents of slain Fla. teen to meet with Feds
    The parents of a black teen fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain will meet with U.S. Justice Department officials hours before a rally expected to draw thousands of protesters.
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    Sanford city manager says police were barred from arresting Trayvon Martin's killer
    The city manager of Sanford, Fla., says George Zimmerman wasn't arrested despite his confession that he fatally shot Trayvon Martin because police were legally barred from doing so.
    "Zimmerman provided a statement claiming he acted in self defense, which at the time was supported by physical evidence and testimony," Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. wrote in a letter released publicly Wednesday evening. "By Florida Statute, law enforcement was PROHIBITED from making an arrest based on the facts and circumstances they had at the time."
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    S. Fla. students march for Trayvon
    Hundreds of students walked out of a South Florida high school, and thousands of protesters are expected in Sanford on Thursday to call for the arrest of a neighborhood watch captain accused of fatally shooting an unarmed 17-year-old South Florida boy.
    Police said George Zimmerman, 28, fatally shot Trayvon Martin last month. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and was not arrested or charged in the case.
    Hundreds of students left Carol City High School, which Martin once attended, and walked down streets in the area in support of Martin and in protest of the lack of an arrest.
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    Trayvon Martin case: A collision of race, guns and Florida law
    Sanford, Fla., on Thursday braced for what could be its biggest day of demonstrations over the death of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot by a neighborhood watch officer, George Zimmerman, last month. For those just catching up to the case that has galvanized the nation -- raising legal and social issues about race, guns and self-defense -- here's some background.
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    Sanford police chief under fire in Trayvon Martin case
    Initial police reports never mentioned that Zimmerman had a bloody nose or a wet shirt that showed evidence of a struggle. Attorneys for the dead teen’s family believe the information was added in a second report to justify the lack of an arrest.
    • Police said witness statements supported Zimmerman’s account. But several of the witnesses expressed surprise, telling The Herald that they reported hearing someone crying for help just before a shot ended the cries. The 911 tapes of witness calls bolstered their claims.
    • One of the witnesses who heard the crying said she called a detective repeatedly, but said he was not interested because her account differed from Zimmerman’s.
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    Sanford police chief temprarily steps down
    The police chief at the center of the Trayvon Martin shooting death says he is stepping down temporarily because he has become a distraction.
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    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/video...-confrontation
    Video: Teen witnessed part of Trayvon-Zimmerman confrontation
    Teen recounts what he saw of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman confrontation
    (Austin and his sister are audible on one of the 911 recordings)
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    When Benjamin Crump got his first call from Trayvon Martin's father last month, the attorney counseled patience.
    It had only been two days since a neighborhood watch volunteer had fatally shot the 17-year-old, and surely an arrest was imminent, thought Crump, who has pursued several civil rights cases against law enforcement agencies.
    Another day passed. Nothing.
    Two more days passed. Still nothing.
    "I believed in my heart of hearts they were going to arrest him," Crump said Thursday in an interview. "I said, 'Oh, they are going to arrest him. You don't need me on this.'"
    More than a month later, there still has been no arrest.


    Read more: http://www.myfoxla.com/dpps/news/tra...#ixzz1qc9kfouF

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    Zimmerman's Father worked as Virginia Magistrate
    Robert J. Zimmerman served as a full-time magistrate from 2000-2006. Please be advised that in Virginia magistrates are judicial officers, but they are not considered "judges" and do not possess trial jurisdiction. More detailed information on the role of the magistrate in Virginia is available on Virginia's Judicial System Website .”

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    George Zimmerman's Brother Says Medical Records will Prove Story
    Robert Zimmerman Jr. spoke to CNN's Piers Morgan Thursday night saying he wanted to correct some of the "mythology" and untruths that have been spread about the controversial shooting.
    "We're confident the medical records are going to explain all of George's medical history," Zimmerman Jr. said. "His nose looks swollen in that video. I'm his brother."

    Official Trayvon Martin Song released
    Trayvon Martin's parents have established the official Trayvon Martin Justice Foundation in honor of their slain son and will be releasing a single dedicated to the teenager which will be made available on iTunes on Friday, March 30th, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

    Martin Family Lawyer Known for Civil Rights Cases
    (Benjamin) Crump and his law partner, Daryl Parks, are Tallahassee-based personal injury attorneys who primarily handle wrongful death and negligence cases. But their everyday work often involves civil rights issues.
    "Daryl and Ben look at things in a broader perspective," said James Messer, a Tallahassee attorney who serves on the board of the Tallahassee Bar Association with Crump. "While there may be a wrongful death issue, it involves, in their eyes, more than anything a civil rights cause ... (Crump) has a passion for issues that have something to do with civil rights violations."

    Mayor Says Police Resisted Release of 911 Tapes
    He described how, on March 16, he invited Martin's family and lawyers to his office at City Hall to listen to the 911 calls prior to the public release. Natalie Jackson, an Orlando civil rights lawyer, was also present.
    Triplett played the calls on his office computer. Someone was heard crying for help. Martin's mother wept and ran from the room, convinced it was her son, Jackson said. Everyone was moved to tears.
    Not everyone approves of Triplett's actions. Sanford City Commissioner Patty Mahany said she thought he meant well, but that he had drawn more attention to the case and the calls could influence jurors in any trial.

    College Newspaper in Texas Apologizes for Cartoon ~ Artist Resigns
    The controversial cartoon that appeared this week in the University of Texas at Austin's Daily Texan showed a mother sitting in a chair labeled "the media" reading to a child from a book titled, "Treyvon [sic] Martin and the case of yellow journalism.” The mother says: “And then the big bad ‘white’ man killed the handsome, sweet, innocent ‘colored’ boy.”

    Spike Lee Apologizes for Tweeting Address of Wrong Zimmerman
    David and Elaine McClain, a couple in their 70s whose home is about four miles from where Martin was killed, told CNN that besides apologizing as they requested, Lee agreed to pay the cost of them having to leave their home temporarily.
    ...The mistake by Lee, who has 250,000 Twitter followers, forced the McClains to flee to a hotel when reporters and hate mail began showing up at their home.
    Elaine McClain has a son named William George Zimmerman who previously lived at the address.

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    Funeral Director confirms Autopsy and Saw No Fight Injuries
    Richard Kurtz told CNN's Nancy Grace on Wednesday that Martin had a gunshot wound to his upper chest, but any other injury would have been difficult to detect because an autopsy was performed on the teen's body before he received it.
    "As for his hands and knuckles, I don't see any evidence he had been fighting anybody," Kurtz said.
    A Volusia County spokesman, Dave Byron, has confirmed that an autopsy was performed by them, but those results could take more than 30 days to be released. Results will not be unsealed until the investigation becomes "inactive."

    Co-Worker: Zimmerman Lost Security Job for Being Too Aggressive
    The source said Zimmerman, who made between $50 and $100 a night, was let go in 2005.
    “He had a temper and he became a liability,” the man said. “One time this woman was acting a little out of control. She was drunk. George lost his cool and totally overreacted,” he said. “It was weird, because he was such a cool guy, but he got all nuts. He picked her up and threw her. It was pure rage. She twisted her ankle. Everyone was flipping out.”

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    State Attorney Angela Corey Stops Public Release of Information

    The statement from Corey’s office:

    “It has been one week since the Governor’s appointment of State Attorney Angela Corey, of the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Her team of prosecutors and investigators are diligently working to investigate the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
    In the last couple of days, numerous media outlets have reported a variety of information from a variety of sources. Some of that information is protected by Florida’s public records laws, sections F.S. 119.071(2)(c)1 and 119.011(3).
    At this time, we are asserting an active criminal investigative information records exemption for any documents, videos, or factual information regarding the case.
    We appreciate both your interest in the case and the public’s desire to know more details. However, in order to protect the integrity of the case, there will be no further comment at this time.

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    Rev. Al Sharpton Warns of More Protests and Economic Sanctions Against Florida
    ...If George Zimmerman is not arrested in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin soon, the Rev. Al Sharpton will call for an escalation in peaceful civil disobedience and economic sanctions.
    Saturday's scheduled 11 a.m. march from Crooms Academy of Information Technology to the Sanford Police Department headquarters was organized by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Coordinators said people will be bused in from other states to participate.
    ..."I will speak about how the National Action Network will move to the next level if Zimmerman isn't arrested," Sharpton said, who founded the organization. He added that it was the Martin family and lawyers who first asked him to get involved and nationalize this story.
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson is also expected to participate in the event.

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    03/22/2012
    George Zimmerman withdrawn from Seminole State College
    George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has been withdrawn from school at Seminole State College by school officials, citing safety reasons.
    SSC officials released a statement saying, "Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving this student, Seminole State has taken the unusual but necessary step this week to withdraw Mr. Zimmerman from enrollment. This decision is based solely on our responsibility to provide for the safety of our students on campus as well as for Mr. Zimmerman."
    Zimmerman first enrolled at Seminole State in 2003, earning a vocational certificate in Insurance Agent, General Lines, officials said. He then was enrolled in 2009 – 2012, working toward an Associate in Arts degree, General Studies.
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    Gov. Scott appoints special prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case
    Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi have appointed a special prosecutor to take over the investigation of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, responding to increased pressure from national civil rights leaders outraged over the killing of the unarmed black 17-year-old by a neighborhood watch volunteer whom local authorities have not charged with any crime.

    Scott and Bondi asked State Attorney Angela Corey of Jacksonville to take over for Seminole County State Attorney Norman Wolfinger. The appointment came the same day Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee temporarily stepped down amid outrage over his failure to charge George Zimmerman with any crime in the Feb. 26 shooting. Wolfinger said in a letter to Scotthe was stepping aside “in the interest of public safety” and to “avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.” The U.S. Justice Department is also investigating the case.
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    Florida shooter George Zimmerman not easily pigeonholed
    The shooter was once a Catholic altar boy, with a surname that could have been Jewish.
    His father is white, neighbors say. His mother is Latina. And his family is eager to point out that some of his relatives are black.
    There may be no box to check for George Zimmerman, 28, no tidy way to categorize, define and sort the man whose pull of a trigger on a Sanford, Fla., street is forcing America to once again confront its fraught relationship with race and identity. The slain victim, we know, was named Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in a hoodie.
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    03/23/2012
    Neighborhood watch scrutinized after Trayvon Martin shooting
    Last August, Wendy Dorival got a call about setting up a local neighborhood watch. As the volunteer coordinator for the Police Department here, she gets such calls regularly, and the city already had at least 10 active watch groups. So she thought nothing of this call, from George Zimmerman.
    She set up a visit for the next month at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a gated community that had been dealing with a string of burglaries. When 25 residents showed up, a decent turnout, she had the residents introduce themselves; after all, people join the groups to look out for each other. She then gave a PowerPoint presentation and distributed a handbook. As she always does, she emphasized what a neighborhood watch is — and what it is not.
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    Prosecutors subpoena Trayvon Martin's girlfriend to appear in front of Grand Jury
    The Florida State Attorney's Office has prepared a subpoena for Trayvon Martin's girlfriend, who was on the phone with him in the moments before the unarmed African American teen was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, to appear in front a grand jury that will be impaneled on April 10, to determine if the neighborhood watch captain should be charged with murder, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
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    Rallies set over Trayvon Martin shooting
    The national controversy that accompanied the killing of an unarmed black teenager in suburban Orlando showed no signs of abating Friday.

    Demonstrators plan to march to the state capitol in Tallahassee, Florida on Friday to protest the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer while walking home from a convenience store.

    The death has sparked outrage nationwide.
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    More Trayvon Martin walkouts at Miami schools
    Hundreds of students at several South Florida high schools staged walkouts Friday morning in a massive protest against the lack of an arrest in the Trayvon Martin shooting.
    Students from Miami Central, Miami Edison, Miami Norland, American Senior, William H. Turner High and Southridge High in Miami and Blanche Ely High School in Broward held walkouts.
    Click here for a complete list of Miami-Dade County schools that held walkouts.
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    Slain teen's friends say he never picked a fight
    Wearing a hoodie. Listening to music and talking on his cellphone. Picking up Skittles for his soon-to-be stepbrother. Friends say that’s how they would have imagined 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on a Sunday afternoon.

    Starting a fight? Possibly high on drugs and up to no good? No, friends say that description of Martin from the neighborhood crime-watch volunteer who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager doesn’t match the young man they knew.

    “There’s no way I can believe that, because he’s not a confrontational kid,” said Jerome Horton, who was one of Martin’s former football coaches and knew him since he was about 5. “It just wouldn’t happen. That’s just not that kid.”
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    Pres. Obama: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon"
    During a morning briefing at the White House, President Barack Obama was asked about the Trayvon Martin case that has become a nationwide conversation since he was gunned down on February 26th in Sanford, Florida.
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    Geraldo Rivera blames hoodie for Trayvon's death; critics tell him to zip it up
    Zip it up. That was a common reaction Friday on the Web and elsewhere to Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera’s comments that the hoodie was as much to blame for Trayvon Martin’s death as the shooter.
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    Shooter silent and slain teen's family cries for justice
    People across the country have had something to say about the death of Trayvon Martin, but the man at the center of the case — George Zimmerman — remains silent.
    The neighborhood watch volunteer told police he was acting in self-defense when he shot Trayvon last month. Zimmerman has yet to be charged with a crime — or to speak publicly about what happened, leaving others to speak for him.
    There's been a lot of scrutiny of the call Zimmerman made to 911 moments before his collision with Trayvon. But that was hardly Zimmerman's first call to the police in Sanford, Fla.
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    In Arlington, Jeb Bush says 'stand your ground' invalid in Trayvon Martin case
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that the “stand your ground” self-defense law he signed while in office should not apply to the case of a teenager who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in his home state.
    “This law does not apply to this particular circumstance,” Bush said after an education panel discussion at the University of Texas at Arlington. “Stand your ground means stand your ground. It doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back.”
    He was referring to last month’s incident in which 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was pursued by the volunteer and fatally shot in a scuffle.
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    Trayvon Martin shooting timeline leaves many unanswered questions
    Smith says that while canvassing the area, he came upon Zimmerman, bleeding from his nose and the back of his head, standing near Trayvon's body. Zimmerman told the officer he had shot the person lying face down in the grass, and that he was still armed. The officer handcuffs Zimmerman, and removed a Kel Tek 9mm PF9 semi-automatic handgun from Zimmerman's waistband.
    Smith's report says at some point, police determine that the man in the red jacket is the same person who called police.
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    Attorney for Zimmerman denies claims of racism
    A lawyer advising the Florida man who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin continued to deny Saturday that racism motivated the deadly confrontation, as the teen's parents spoke about learning of their son's death.

    Attorney Craig Sonner told CBS's "This Morning" that he was representing George Zimmerman, who is now in hiding, in an "advisory" position since there have been no formal charges filed against him.

    Sooner said that "there are facts that will come out as the investigation goes on" but that his client maintains he was acting in self-defense when he shot the black teen.
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    Witness: Martin attacked Zimmerman
    A witness we haven't heard from before paints a much different picture than we've seen so far of what happened the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.
    The night of that shooting, police say there was a witness who saw it all.
    Our sister station, FOX 35 in Orlando, has spoken to that witness.
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    Friend of Martin shooter: I'd do the same thing
    It was an extraordinary moment at the White House Friday. President Obama made his first public comments about Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. He spoke not only as the president, but as an African-American parent. He said, "When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids."
    "I think all of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how did something like this happen," said Obama. "And that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident. But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin: You know if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
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    NBC obtains George Zimmerman voice mail
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    Lawyer: Family of Trayvon Martin to pursue civil case
    Attorneys for the family of an unarmed Florida teen shot to death last month plan to pursue a civil case against a homeowner's association, the family's lawyer said Saturday.

    Daryl Parks, attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, spoke to board members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) about the case.

    He said there is evidence that the Twin Lakes homeowner's association told residents who saw suspicious activity to call George Zimmerman if they could not contact the police, according to an NABJ statement.
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    Trayvon Martin's parents recall his last night
    In his quiet moments, Tracy Martin keeps replaying the night of Feb. 26, when his son Trayvon Martin died, allegedly at the hands of neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.

    "I had gone out for dinner," says Tracy, "and when I got home, Trayvon wasn't there. I tried calling his cell phone several times, and it went straight to voicemail. I wasn't that worried, because he had been spending time with my 20-year-old nephew who was a responsible young man. There wasn't a panic that he wasn't at home. I figured that they had gone to the movies, because they had said they might. So I laid down, thinking they would show up later."

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    FAcing the nightmare: Trayvon's parents relive fatal night
    Across the nation, across the sea of black hoodies, across the minds of millions of Americans runs the same question: Why did the innocent Trayvon Martin have to die a senseless death?

    In addition to asking himself this question in every waking hour, Trayvon's father Tracy Martin replays the last day he saw his son alive in his head over and over again, searching for the one answer that we all want to know: Why?
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    Zimmerman was not following neighborhood watch rules
    Neighborhood Watch evokes scenes of get-to-know-you barbecues and folks keeping an eye on neighbors' homes while they're out of town or working late.
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    New Black Panthers offer $10,000 bounty for capture of George Zimmerman
    Members of the New Black Panther Party are offering a $10,000 reward for the "capture" of George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin.
    New Black Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad announced the reward during a protest in Sanford Saturday. And when asked whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad replied defiantly: "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
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    Trayvon Martin cases myths, half truths
    There is a great deal of misinformation surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting. Here are some of the most prominent misunderstandings:

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    Man arrested after written death threats made on Chief Lee
    A Melbourne Beach man was arrested on Friday and charged with making written death threats to Sanford police Chief Bill Lee, who announced a day earlier that he would step down temporarily after public outcry in the Trayvon Martin case.
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    Zimmerman's attorney comments on Martin shooting
    The attorney representing George Zimmerman, the admitted gunman who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, speaks publicly about the deadly incident.
    More... Video included...

    03/25/2012
    Opinion: Welcome to Florida. Beware of gunmen standing their ground
    Almost a quarter-century ago — in the halcyon days when human life was seen as more precious than property and people were regarded as something more than impoverished and non-influential corporations — I happened to be present at the tragic and needless shooting death of a black teenager.
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    Attorneys in Trayvon Martin case makes arguments
    Attorneys for the family of Trayvon Martin and the Florida neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot the unarmed teen joined the national chorus of voices calling Saturday for justice in the case.

    As demonstrators took to the streets in major cities such as Washington and Chicago to voice outrage over Martin's death, an attorney for the Martin family told board members of the National Association of Black Journalists that federal and local officials have assured the family that the case is a priority.
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    03/25/2012
    Trayvon Martin: Family lawyer says no HOA lawsuit 'at this point'
    Despite reports suggesting an imminent lawsuit, an attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents said Saturday night that the family won't be suing the Retreat at Twin Lakes homeowners association anytime soon.
    "At this point, we haven't looked at that at all," said attorney Ben Crump late Saturday.
    Martin, 17, was fatally shot during a confrontation with neighborhood watchman and Retreat at Twin Lakes resident George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 inside the gated townhouse community.
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    New photo, details of George Zimmerman's employment
    George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month, remains a mysterious figure as the controversy surrounding him continues to grow.
    In hiding since the shooting, little is publicly known about him. However, new details have emerged, shedding light on Zimmerman's religious upbringing and his employment before the shooting.
    Two sources have confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel that Zimmerman is, or until recently was, an employee at the Maitland office of Digital Risk, LLC, a mortgage risk-management firm.
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    Trayvon Martin: a typical teen who loved video games, looked forward to prom
    Trayvon Martin spent his 17th birthday, which would be his last, with his family. He ate a home-cooked meal followed by cake, opened presents that included Levis jeans, Adidas sneakers and a bottle of Issey Miyake cologne.
    He would be 17 for 21 days. He died Feb. 26, a bullet in his chest, shot by a neighborhood crime watch captain patrolling a suburban gated townhouse community in Sanford, 250 miles from his home, where he had gone with his father after a school suspension. George Zimmerman, the shooter, has not been arrested, sparking a growing wave of outrage manifested in daily rallies, petitions, speeches and media scrutiny.
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    Jesse Jackson discusses Martin case
    Nearly one month after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, renowned Civil Rights activist Jesse Jackson talked about the controversial case Saturday.
    Trayvon Martin is the 17-year-old who has become a household name across the nation in the wake of his death.
    "A kid was shot down in cold blood by a vigilante who is not even a guard," Jackson said. "We know right now that the child who was killed was drug tested and the killer was not, so we are humiliated by that."
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    Gun that killed Florida teen was fired once not twice by crime watch volunteer
    The handgun that killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, was fired once — not twice — by a neighborhood crime watch volunteer, according to new information obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

    Police found a single shell casing at the scene, and when they seized George Zimmerman’s handgun, a Kel Tel 9 mm, its magazine was full, according to a source close to the investigation. The only bullet missing was the one in the chamber, the source said.
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    Friend says Zimmerman cried for days after shooting Trayvon Martin
    One of George Zimmerman's closest friends is now speaking out and defending one of the most controversial people today.

    "He's a good man, who was trying to do the right thing and it turned out horribly wrong."

    Joe Oliver gets emotional when talking about his friend of 10 years, Zimmerman. He's speaking about the man now widely hated for saying he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in an act of self-defense.

    Oliver said Zimmerman is being portrayed as someone he's not.

    "He's extremely remorseful, he cried for days after it happened, okay. He's just now realizing how big this is," Oliver said.
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    03/26/2012
    Trayvon Martin leaks claim teen attacked first was suspended for pot
    Pressure continues to mount for police in Sanford, questions continue to go unanswered, and there looks to be some dissension amongst the ranks.

    An internal investigation has been launched after someone inside the Sanford Police Department leaked information about the Trayvon Martin case to the media.

    The information revolves around the statements made by George Zimmerman, 28, in the moments before the shooting.

    According to the report, Zimmerman said he was on his way to the grocery store, when he spotted Trayvon Martin. He said he stopped to talk to the teen, but then lost track of him.

    Zimmerman then told police Martin came up from behind and attacked him, punching him in the nose.
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    Trayvon Martin shooter couldn't stop crying after shooting
    After fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, Florida community watch captain George Zimmerman "couldn't stop crying,'' according to a family friend who spoke with him Saturday.

    "After this started -- the reports I got -- [Zimmerman] couldn't stop crying,'' Joe Oliver told "Good Morning America" today.

    Oliver, who described himself as a close friend of the family, said Zimmerman has gone into hiding, fears for his life, and is "just now becoming aware of how big this has gotten."

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    Witness: Zimmerman never... tried to help Trayvon Martin
    A woman who says she and her roommate witnessed the final moments of Trayvon Martin's life told Dateline NBC that George Zimmerman had "his hands pressed on his back" and "never turned him over or tried to help him."
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    Sybrina Fulton seeks to trademark Trayvon rallying cries ~"We keep getting called about trademarks and this kind of thing," Crump said. "There are so many people out there doing things with Trayvon's name and some inappropriate people, so without that trademark they did not have the right to tell them to cease and desist."~ more at link

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    Report: Zimmerman told police teen punched him before fatal shooting
    The core of Trayvon Martin's story has been told again and again in recent days -- about how the 17-year-old went out to a Sanford, Florida, convenience store, only to be killed on his way back to his father's fiance's home.

    Yet one month later, questions persist as to exactly how and why that happened. The man who admitted shooting the teen has not been charged in connection to the case, much to the dismay of Martin's parents and thousands of strangers nationwide who've rallied behind them.

    On Monday, the story continued to gain both complexity, and clarity, thanks to details of the account that Martin's shooter gave to police after the shooting.
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    Trayvon Martins parents to turn to petition for George Zimmermans arrest

    The parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin spoke at a news conference on Monday afternoon at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Eatonville.
    It's been one month since the shooting death of Martin, and the lack of arrest in the case has sparked national outrage.
    Trayvon's family is expected to deliver a petition with 1,000,000 signatures, during a rally, demanding the arrest of gunman George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Martin as he was returning from a 7-Eleven.
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    Friend: Watch captain would say he's sorry
    A man identified as a friend of the Florida neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager said Monday the man would tell the teen's parents he's "very, very sorry" if he could.

    Speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America," Joe Oliver said George Zimmerman is not a racist and has virtually lost his own life since the shooting.

    "This is a guy who thought he was doing the right thing at the time and it's turned out horribly wrong," Oliver said.
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    Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head
    With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk, leaving him bloody and battered, law-enforcement authorities told the Orlando Sentinel.
    That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say. There have been no reports that a witness saw the initial punch Zimmerman told police about.
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    Witness: Martin attacked Zimmerman
    A witness we haven't heard from before paints a much different picture than we've seen so far of what happened the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.

    The night of that shooting, police say there was a witness who saw it all.

    Our sister station, FOX 35 in Orlando, has spoken to that witness.

    What Sanford Police investigators have in the folder, they put together on the killing of Trayvon Martin few know about.
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    Trayvon Martin shooter told cops teenager went for his gun
    George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch crime captain who shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, originally told police in a written statement that Martin knocked him down with a punch to the nose, repeatedly slammed his head on the ground and tried to take his gun, a police source told ABC News.

    Zimmerman had claimed he had called police about Martin, whom he found suspicious, then went back to his car when Martin attacked him, punching him.

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    Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin
    As thousands of people gathered here to demand an arrest in the Trayvon Martin case, a more complicated portrait began to emerge of a teenager whose problems at school ranged from getting spotted defacing lockers to getting caught with a marijuana baggie and women’s jewelry.
    The Miami Gardens teen who has become a national symbol of racial injustice was suspended three times, and had a spotty school record that his family’s attorneys say is irrelevant to the facts that led up to his being gunned down on Feb. 26.
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    Convicting George Zimmerman may not be easy
    The Florida prosecutor chosen to investigate the Trayvon Martin case told ABC News that convicting his killer, George Zimmerman, may not be easy.
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    Marijuana beating claims put slain Florida teen's supporters on the defensive
    The family and supporters of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin found themselves on the defensive Monday following revelations he had been suspended for marijuana before he was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Police also confirmed a report that the watchman claimed Martin was the aggressor, punching him in the nose and smacking his head on a sidewalk.
    Martin, 17, was suspended by Miami-Dade County schools because traces of marijuana were found in a plastic baggie in his book bag, family spokesman Ryan Julison said. Martin was serving the suspension when he was shot Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, who was patrolling the neighborhood that Martin was visiting with his father.
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    New Orleans Police Officer Suspended For Saying Trayvon Martin Was A '****' And Deserved To 'Die Like One'
    The New Orleans police department has suspended an officer under who is currently under investigation for a fatal police-involved shooting for posting that Trayvon Martin "acted like a ****" and deserved to "die like one" in a comment on a news website.
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    Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman report says
    Trayvon Martin, the boy whose death has sparked a national outcry, hit his shooter in the face and left him bloodied and battered on the sidewalk, according to a new report from the Orlando Sentinel.

    That is the account the shooter, George Zimmerman, 28, gave police, and, according to the Sentinel, authorities say much of it has been corroborated by witnesses.
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