The death of Trayvon Martin.

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No, it's not. Criminal code always places a significance on the motivation of the accused. Killing someone with the motivation of saving yourself clearly results in a different penalty than >>> killing someone out of spite. <<<
And you (or someone else) knows that such-and-such killing was "done out of spite!?"

If you killed someone in self-defense, it's not murder. And while all murders are killings,
not all killings are murders.

Actually, I think Danger's just reading the 911 call transcript, where Zimmerman mutters "fu**ing coons" as he chases after Martin.

I wouldn't care if Zimmerman said those words then or not, as far as shooting goes.
It would form more of an image about his loves, hates, etc.

I suppose in that case, that axe-murderers should get the same penalty for making a person dead as a rape survivor acting in self-defense, a policeman stopping a crime or a soldier in a field of battle.

No, the "victim is just as dead" means the alleged mindset toward the victim shouldn't matter.

But why should any of that matter if the victim is just as dead?

They're apples and oranges, as that phrase is specific to this hate-crime
mind thing. What it boils down to is it being about or not the killing/murder of
this person by this other person.

I'm already clear that not all killings are murders. I don't demand the death penalty
for someone who kills my appetite.

Look who suddenly became the expert in reading minds!
I read your mind that you would type such a thing. You
thought you had read every intention of that remark by me
(about the mind-reading), instead of asking for clarification, etc.
 
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Updates.

Sanford, Fla., Police Chief Bill Lee is "temporarily" resigning amid widespread criticism of his department's handling of the Trayvon Martin case, he announced moments ago.

Sanford police have been criticized for not conducting an alcohol or drug test on Zimmerman, as is standard practice in a homicide probe, among other alleged missteps. And a witness has said that a law enforcement officer "corrected" her when she said she heard Martin screaming for help. Lee had emerged as a focal point of the criticism.

Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, was patrolling the streets of a gated community in Sanford on Feb. 26, when he spotted Martin and told a police dispatcher that a "black male" was acting "suspicious." Zimmerman, 28, ignored a warning from the dispatcher not to pursue Martin, and a violent confrontation ensued, leaving Martin dead.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/police-chief-trayvon-martin-case-step-down-194855481.html
 
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What makes this case newsworthy to me is:
1. A neighborhood watchman did it.
2. Perhaps because of #1, the police botched the investigation. This is probably the most serious part of the case.
3. This "stand your ground" issue appears to me to be a red-herring - I'm not sure if it originated from the media as speculation or the police as an excuse for not investigating, but either way it doesn't seem to apply. Still, it is a poorly conceived concept.

I'm also against the concept of a hate crime (but for better reasons :biggrin: ) but I don't think that is a key issue here and should be left to another thread.
 
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Apparently this isn't an isolated incident. The law that they have really needs to be changed. The law should not be protecting people who kill just because they're angry. Miami judge decides fatal stabbing was self-defense - even after seeing it on video.

I have a previously planned vacation to Florida coming this summer. If I chase after Zimmerman, call 911 to say that it looks like he's on drugs and feel threatened, do I have the right to shoot him? Added bonus because I've gone to neighborhood watch meetings also! I guess that I can as long as it's in Florida. Just kidding - but barely.
 
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1. A neighborhood watchman did it.
I'm also against the concept of a hate crime (but for better reasons :biggrin: ) but I don't think that is a key issue here and should be left to another thread.
While I didn't notice it in any of the stuff posted here, CTV news described him as "a self-proclaimed neighbourhood watch captain". That indicates to me that he isn't even a legitimate member of that organization, although I might be mistaken in that regard.
Whether in a new thread or by PM or e-mail, I would very much like to learn your opinions about the "hate crime" issue. People who know of our past interactions might see this as some kind of challenge, but I honestly don't mean it that way. It can help me to understand the differences between Yank (you) and Canuck (me), and also between Republican/conservative (you) and NDP/socialist (me).
Gokul and Evo, you saved me a lot of hassle trying to respond to Checkitagain, particularly since I was gone from 5:00 am to 11:30 pm today. I had indeed classified Zimmerman as racist based upon what was said to the 911 dispatcher.
One thing that I find ironic with his racism is that he is a member of either one or two visible minorities himself. He is definitely Hispanic as per the reports, and his name indicates to me that he has Jewish ancestry. All of which shouldn't matter a damn, other than the fact that he chose to pick on someone because of skin colour.
 
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I think the "stand your ground" law will make the whole thing harder for the prosecution though.
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Apparently not.

From the authors of the SYG law:
“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.”

Peaden and Baxley, R-Ocala, say their law is a self-defense act. It says law-abiding people have no duty to retreat from an attacker and can meet “force with force.” Nowhere does it say that a person has a right to confront another.

The 911 tapes strongly suggest Zimmerman overstepped his bounds, they say, when the Sanford neighborhood crime-watch captain said he was following Trayvon and appeared to ignore a police request to stay away.

“The guy lost his defense right then,” said Peaden. “When he said ‘I’m following him,’ he lost his defense.”
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/20/2703579/state-senator-calls-for-hearings.html#storylink=misearch [Broken]
 
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What makes this case newsworthy to me is:

3. This "stand your ground" issue appears to me to be a red-herring - I'm not sure if it originated from the media as speculation or the police as an excuse for not investigating, but either way it doesn't seem to apply.
This is indeed what the authors of the law contend.
 
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Dodgy Internet connection lost my last post - have to go back to composing in WordPad, I guess. Anyway, Geraldo Rivera (FOX commentator) has said that Trayvon is dead in large part because he was wearing a hoodie. I'm so glad that he wasn't wearing oversized pants that were low-slung and exposing his boxers, because that would have completely exonerated his killer instead of allowing some window of investigation and prosecution.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...trayvon-martin-hoodie-comments_n_1377014.html
 
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Dodgy Internet connection lost my last post - have to go back to composing in WordPad, I guess. Anyway, Geraldo Rivera (FOX commentator) has said that Trayvon is dead in large part because he was wearing a hoodie. I'm so glad that he wasn't wearing oversized pants that were low-slung and exposing his boxers, because that would have completely exonerated his killer instead of allowing some window of investigation and prosecution.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...trayvon-martin-hoodie-comments_n_1377014.html
The state of Florida also decided Fox News could legally lie about even egregious health hazards proving they just don't care about the truth. Small wonder the cops there don't either.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Akre
 
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The state of Florida also decided Fox News could legally lie about even egregious health hazards proving they just don't care about the truth. Small wonder the cops there don't either.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Akre
WTVT in Florida is not "Fox News"
 
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I doubt that Zimmerman will be charged with murder. Other lesser charges are certainly possible (manslaughter perhaps) since Zimmerman's handling of the situation led to the shooting, but I'm not even certain about that.

I don't know about Zimmerman being racist, either. I think "overzealousness" in performing his duties as the volunteer leader of the neighborhood's unofficial neighborhood watch program might have played a bigger part than race.

Zimmerman was a person that worked in a car wash for a while and worked at a car lot for a while, but hoped to become a policeman someday. He'd volunteered for neighborhood watches for quite a while and made 46 calls to police over the past 8 years for things ranging from actual alarms going off to kids playing in the street (actually, quite a few calls were pretty trivial). They go from all of his calls being to 911, to a one year hiatus with no calls, followed by a period of a mixture of calls to 911 and to the non-emergency phone line (in fact, his call about Martin was to the non-emergency phone number).

In the Martin shooting, I think it's pretty clear Zimmerman initiated the situation by following Martin. And, at some point, the two were definitely wrestling on the ground with http://www.theblaze.com/stories/report-witness-claims-trayvon-martin-attacked-george-zimmerman/ [Broken]. You can take that report for whatever you think it's worth, but it's at least possibly corroborated by the last call below (about the 33:30 mark). If that's the same witness, he doesn't leave an impression of being overly reliable (he was going to help, but then his dog got off the leash and he went to chase his dog, instead).

More 911 calls about the incident:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHMRwmGlKs8

Zimmerman had a license for his gun and hoped to be a "real" policeman, but he had no formal training. I think the bottom line is that he was a wannabe that created the situation through his own ineptitude. But that's not the same as murder.
 
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WTVT in Florida is not "Fox News"
Freedom requires responsibility and either Fox News takes responsibility for the actions of its subsidiaries or it should have no rights and be treated like the plague on society they have proven to be.
 
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Freedom requires responsibility and either Fox News takes responsibility for the actions of its subsidiaries ...
WTVT is not a subsidiary of "Fox News"
 
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And, at some point, the two were definitely wrestling on the ground with Martin reportedly on top of Zimmerman. You can take that report for whatever you think it's worth, but it's at least possibly corroborated by the last call below (about the 33:30 mark). If that's the same witness, he doesn't leave an impression of being overly reliable (he was going to help, but then his dog got off the leash and he went to chase his dog, instead).
I am wondering, even if Zimmerman pursued the kid, and the kid felt he was in danger so attacked Zimmerman, and was keeping up with the assault without stopping, is Zimmerman within his right to shoot him? If he felt his life was in danger enough to shoot, is he within a reasonable right to try and get the attacker off of him even if he instigated the confrontation? There is a law detailing unnecessary defense of self and from what it seems, it's plausible if what Zimmerman says is true and what that witness that goes by John has stated.

I can see how Martin was seen on his back if Zimmerman shot him from the ground and the kid was bent attacking him. But I am still reserving judgement on this case. And, Zimmerman's reaction to the shooting was also a bit surprising from what witnesses have stated. He seemed a bit ashamed or sad as he tried to cover up the wound to stop the bleeding.

It would seem as though he felt he needed to shoot the kid. He probably wasn't trying to kill him rather stop him from attacking. But that is just a possibility. He should not have followed Martin in the first place. There is also that call with Martin and his girlfriend. I would like to think if I were in Martin's shoes and seen a guy who has not identified himself, late at night following me and then approaching me in a hostile manner, I could defend myself without repercussion.
 
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From what I heard today, Zimmerman pursued and accosted Martin - with a deadly weapon. In that case, Zimmerman would forfeit the 'self-defense' argument - and 'stand your ground' wouldn't apply - especially after he was told not to do so by whomever (dispatcher) he had contacted. Apparently Zimmerman outweighs Martin by ~100 lbs.

It appears that Zimmerman was the agressor - and commited two criminal acts - 1) assault with a deadly weapon, and 2) murder.

It also appears that the police department was reluctant to provide the 911 tapes. I'd be looking into 'obstruction of justice'.
 
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Too many newscasters with agendas to suit me.

From police report
http://www.sanfordfl.gov/investigation/docs/Twin%20Lakes%20Shooting%20Initial%20Report.pdf [Broken]

One guy bleeding from nose and head, grass stains on back of his shirt.
Other guy shot dead.

I'll wait and see.
 
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Too many newscasters with agendas to suit me.

From police report
http://www.sanfordfl.gov/investigation/docs/Twin%20Lakes%20Shooting%20Initial%20Report.pdf [Broken]

One guy bleeding from nose and head, grass stains on back of his shirt.
Other guy shot dead.

I'll wait and see.
I guess if was was being chased by someone shouting racial slurs and pointing a gun at me, if he caught up, I would fight tooth and nail. You can hear in one 911 call the killer huffing and puffing in pursuit of the poor kid that was trying to get away from the maniac.

A witness reported that she could hear Trayvon's calls for help.
 
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I doubt that Zimmerman will be charged with murder. Other lesser charges are certainly possible (manslaughter perhaps) since Zimmerman's handling of the situation led to the shooting, but I'm not even certain about that.

I don't know about Zimmerman being racist, either. I think "overzealousness" in performing his duties as the volunteer leader of the neighborhood's unofficial neighborhood watch program might have played a bigger part than race.

Zimmerman was a person that worked in a car wash for a while and worked at a car lot for a while, but hoped to become a policeman someday. He'd volunteered for neighborhood watches for quite a while and made 46 calls to police over the past 8 years for things ranging from actual alarms going off to kids playing in the street (actually, quite a few calls were pretty trivial). They go from all of his calls being to 911, to a one year hiatus with no calls, followed by a period of a mixture of calls to 911 and to the non-emergency phone line (in fact, his call about Martin was to the non-emergency phone number).

In the Martin shooting, I think it's pretty clear Zimmerman initiated the situation by following Martin. And, at some point, the two were definitely wrestling on the ground with http://www.theblaze.com/stories/report-witness-claims-trayvon-martin-attacked-george-zimmerman/ [Broken]. You can take that report for whatever you think it's worth, but it's at least possibly corroborated by the last call below (about the 33:30 mark). If that's the same witness, he doesn't leave an impression of being overly reliable (he was going to help, but then his dog got off the leash and he went to chase his dog, instead).

More 911 calls about the incident:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHMRwmGlKs8

Zimmerman had a license for his gun and hoped to be a "real" policeman, but he had no formal training. I think the bottom line is that he was a wannabe that created the situation through his own ineptitude. But that's not the same as murder.
This seems like the most reasonable assessment of the situation so far. There are a number of wannabe enforcement personel in the population who are probably not emotionally or intellectually equiped to handle that sort of responsibility. A few police officers I've known come to mind.

When the details of the situation are sorted out, and it appears that they will be because of the national attention on this, then, hopefully, justice, according to what can be ascertained, or at least reasonably inferred wrt the truth of the matter, will be done.

Until then/that, then there really isn't much that any of us can say about it ... since we weren't there and we have no way of knowing what actually happened.
 
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This seems like the most reasonable assessment of the situation so far. There are a number of wannabe enforcement personel in the population who are probably not emotionally or intellectually equiped to handle that sort of responsibility. A few police officers I've known come to mind.

When the details of the situation are sorted out, and it appears that they will be because of the national attention on this, then, hopefully, justice, according to what can be ascertained, or at least reasonably inferred wrt the truth of the matter, will be done.

Until then/that, then there really isn't much that any of us can say about it ... since we weren't there and we have no way of knowing what actually happened.
That assessment leaves out the most salient facts that the police explicitly told him not to pursue the kid, he pursued him anyway, the kid was unarmed, the police refused to do a proper investigation, and the judge just let the guy walk out the door. Intent may be the hardest thing to prove, but the courts certainly do not demand iron clad evidence and the whole case smells like over up.
 
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That assessment leaves out the most salient facts that the police explicitly told him not to pursue the kid, he pursued him anyway, the kid was unarmed, the police refused to do a proper investigation, and the judge just let the guy walk out the door. Intent may be the hardest thing to prove, but the courts certainly do not demand iron clad evidence and the whole case smells like cover up.
I don't think any of us know the details of this thing. So it seems that it would be in the interest of justice to wait a bit till we render any judgements. Maybe the neighborhood watch guy was in the wrong. Maybe not. I don't think any of us have enough data to ascertain it one way or the other.
 
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I don't think any of us know the details of this thing. So it seems that it would be in the interest of justice to wait a bit till we render any judgements. Maybe the neighborhood watch guy was in the wrong. Maybe not. I don't think any of us have enough data to ascertain it one way or the other.
What we know is that the whole thing smells rotten and it is certainly within our power to at least protest and demand that justice be served. It certainly would not be the first time or last that the legal system failed to do its job, especially in the deep south when a black man is involved, without at least some prompting from the public.
 
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What we know is that the whole thing smells rotten ...
I don't know that, because I don't know the details. What I don't like is this upheaval because the guy who got killed was black and the guy who killed him wasn't black. It's like the OJ thing. OJ quite apparently killed those two people, but because of a predominantly black jury, he got acquitted. The point wrt that is that black's are just as, perhaps moreso, racist as whites. Blacks are racist. Whites are racist. Everybody is racist ... to a certain degree. Ethnicities are ethnocentric. This is a fact of humanity that's never, ever, going to change.

All I'm saying is to be patient and wait until you know more of the situation before you make judgements.

At this time, we don't have enough information to ascertain who was in the wrong.
 
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I don't know that, because I don't know the details. What I don't like is this upheaval because the guy who got killed was black and the guy who killed him wasn't black. It's like the OJ thing. OJ quite apparently killed those two people, but because of a predominantly black jury, he got acquitted. The point wrt that is that black's are just as, perhaps moreso, racist as whites. Blacks are racist. Whites are racist. Everybody is racist ... to a certain degree. Ethnicities are ethnocentric. This is a fact of humanity that's never, ever, going to change.

All I'm saying is to be patient and wait until you know more of the situation before you make judgements.

At this time, we don't have enough information to ascertain who was in the wrong.
Who cares about blacks possibly being more racist then whites. This is an unarmed 17 year old kid who probably weighed a hundred pounds less then the guy who shot him in the middle of a gated community. If they'd both been white I'd still be outraged that the judge just let the guy walk and the police refused to do a thorough investigation after warning the guy in advance not to pursue the kid. It smells as rotten as they come and his being black only adds to the stench.
 

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