“George Zimmerman gets speeding ticket in Fla.”


By Stephanie Slifer

(CBS) LAKE MARY, Fla. – George Zimmerman was pulled over and ticketed for speeding Tuesday morning in central Florida.

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Police in Lake Mary say Zimmerman was stopped and for going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. He was given a citation for $256, CBS affiliate WKMG reports.

Zimmerman was previously pulled over in late July near Dallas, Texas, but was let go with a warning.

Earlier that month, the former neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.


“Mother of Trayvon Martin speaks out against ‘stop-and-frisk’


By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News


The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin spoke out against New York City’sstop-and-frisk” practice Sunday after a federal judge called the tactic unconstitutional and unfair to African-Americans and Hispanics who are disproportionately targeted for scrutiny by law enforcement officers.

“You can’t give people the authority — whether it’s civilians or police officers — the right to just stop somebody because of the color of their skin,” said Sybrina Fulton, whose son Trayvon was killed in a February 2012 altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

In July, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Zimmerman has said that he acted in self-defense after Martin assaulted him.

Benjamin Crump, Fulton’s attorney, argued Sunday that Martin’s death was the result of racial profiling similar to the system used for the “stop-and-frisk” practice.

“We know that Trayvon Martin was profiled for something that night, on February 26, 2012, and he had broken no law,” Crump said, adding that any form of profiling is a “slippery slope” that can endanger innocent minorities.

Zimmerman’s legal team has argued that Zimmerman did not target Martin based on race and that the neighborhood watch volunteer was made into a “scapegoat” as the case became the basis of national debate about race relations.

“I think that things would have been different if George Zimmerman was black for this reason,” attorney Mark O’Mara said after the verdict. “He never would have been charged with a crime.”

A spokesman for Zimmerman’s legal team was not immediately available for comment.



“Black boys denied the right to be young”


Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson
Opinion Writer

Justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised, that it failed him again Saturday night, with a verdict setting his killer free.

Our society considers young black men to be dangerous, interchangeable, expendable, guilty until proven innocent. This is the conversation about race that we desperately need to have — but probably, as in the past, will try our best to avoid.

George Zimmerman’s acquittal was set in motion on Feb. 26, 2012, before Martin’s body was cold. When Sanford, Fla., police arrived on the scene, they encountered a grown man who acknowledged killing an unarmed 17-year-old boy. They did not arrest the man or test him for drug or alcohol use. They conducted a less-than-energetic search for forensic evidence. They hardly bothered to look for witnesses.

Only a national outcry forced authorities to investigate the killing seriously. Even after six weeks, evidence was found to justify arresting Zimmerman, charging him with second-degree murder and putting him on trial. But the chance of dispassionately and definitively establishing what happened that night was probably lost. The only complete narrative of what transpired was Zimmerman’s.



“Eric Holder promises “compassion” and “truth” in Zimmerman case”


By Stephanie Condon


Attorney General Eric Holder promised that the Justice Department “will continue to act in a manner that is consistent with the facts and the law” as it considers whether to pursue criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin.

“We are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion – and also with truth,” Holder said Monday in Washington, D.C., at the national convention for the African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta. “We are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people, to prevent future tragedies and to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these too common incidents.”

After a Florida jury on Saturday found Zimmerman not guilty of state charges, civil rights groups have called for the Justice Department to weigh in on the case. The department is reviewing evidence and considering whether to take action. Zimmerman, while serving as a neighborhood watch volunteer last year in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., shot the 17-year-old Martin, who was unarmed.

Holder called Martin’s death “tragic” and “unnecessary.”



“We Lost the Battle, But the War’s Far From Over”

Rev. Al Sharpton

President, National Action Network


Two weeks after the inexcusable death of young Trayvon Martin, I received a call from the attorney representing the Martin family, Benjamin Crump. It was a plea for assistance as the person responsible for the 17-year-old’s death was walking around freely as if nothing had happened. George Zimmerman wasn’t arrested that fateful night. George Zimmerman wasn’t arrested the next day. George Zimmerman, in fact, wasn’t arrested for over 40 days after killing a teenager. It was only because of a rallying cry for justice that the Sanford police department had to do its job and place handcuffs around Zimmerman. It was only after tens of thousands marched and protested that a special prosecutor was assigned to the case, who then brought charges that they failed to bring. And it was only then that this case finally went to trial. After this weekend’s atrocious verdict, some are acting as if a trial was automatic from the beginning. Let’s not have amnesia. Grassroots activism and mobilization for truth are the only reason why we even know the names Trayvon and Zimmerman. And they will once again be the reason why we take the fight to a federal level. The jury’s decision has left us with an atrocity and a disgrace to any American who believes in freedom, equality and justice. Interfering with the right of a person to walk home having committed no crime or trespassing is an outrageous travesty and a violation of that person’s civil liberties. Trayvon Martin had a civil right to go home that night. He never made it to his destination because of the actions of one man, and one man alone who was not a member of law enforcement and had no authority to disrupt his right of movement.



“George Zimmerman Sues NBC for Portraying Him as a ‘Racist and Predatory Villain’ “ 1

Dec. 6, 2012

George Zimmerman, the man facing second-degree murder charges in one of the most racially charged and controversial cases in recent memory is seeking damages against NBC for portraying him as a “racist and predatory villain.”

The suit, filed this afternoon, claims, “NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy, but as an opportunity to increase ratings.”

An NBC News spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The suit claims the network pounced on the story in large part to help aid the ailing ratings of its morning program, “The Today Show.” It centers around “manipulated” exchanges between George Zimmerman and a non-emergency dispatcher shortly before unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. The audio aired a few times on several NBC platforms beginning March 19.

The suit blames NBC in large part for the media frenzy surrounding the case and hostilities against Zimmerman.  FULL ARTICLE

Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)