Updated on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 7:10pm
www.facebook.com/JusticeForTrayvonMartin reports that George Zimmerman is in custody of the FDLE. They say, “Angela Corey has just announced that George Zimmerman has been arrested and indicted on the charge of Murder in the 2nd Degree!
Congratulations on the efforts of getting George Zimmerman arrested. My co-moderator Kevin Cunningham and myself, Djuan Wash, thank you for your support. This is only the beginning, now comes the trial. Long road ahead folks in gaining Justice for Trayvon Martin.”
ABC News reports that Zimmerman is being held in the Orange County jail in Orlando.
Corey said, she had spoken with Martin’s parents and “we told those sweet parents” that they would get answers.
The National Action Network hosted a press conference in Washington DC. Trayvon Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton said, “I just want to speak from my heart to your heart because a heart has no color—it’s not black, it’s not white, it’s red and I want to say thank you from my heart to you heart.”
“This is just the beginning we’ve got a long way to go. We will continue to hold hands on this journey—white, black, Hispanic, Latino—we will continue to march until the right thing is done.” said, Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin.
Reverend Al Sharpton said, “The Prosecutor and the Governor did not make a decision based on public pressure but I think they decided to review [the case] based on public pressure. I will say that I did not trust Governor Scott, I did not trust the appointments, but I want to congratulate him and the prosecutor being what they should be.”
Updated on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 3:30pm
44 days after George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, he will be charged in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to the Washington Post. NBC News confirms the report. Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will hold a news conference today at 6pm.
What could be the specific charges? Murder in the second degree (under Florida law, is defined as “the unlawful killing of a human being, when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual.”), manslaughter (Under Florida law, manslaughter is described as “the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or culpable negligence of another, without lawful justification and in cases in which such killing shall not be excusable homicide or murder.”)?
A conviction of murder in the second degree is punishable by life in prison under Florida law. A conviction of manslaughter is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
As of today at 3:30pm, more than two million two hundred thousand (2,256,994) people had signed the online petition.
“It’s 44 days later, and George Zimmerman is still walking free,” Martin’s father, Tracy Martin said at a news conference during a meeting of the National Action Network in Washington. He also said, “It’s 44 days later, and my son is in a mausoleum.”
Thursday, March 29th, 2012. New York City – As of today, more than two million one hundred thousand (2,167,738) people had signed the online petition asking Florida Attorney General (Pam Bondi), Sanford Police Chief (Bill Lee), US Attorney General (Eric Holder) and Florida’s 4th District State’s Attorney (Angela Corey) to call for justice for Trayvon Martin and his family.
Reports that Zimmerman was attacked and defending himself, and that he had a broken nose and a bloody head is not true. where is the evidence? Look at this video taken less than 1/2 hr after the incident.
The surveillance tape of George Zimmerman made barely half an hour after the shooting, obtained exclusively by ABC News from the Sanford Police Department, could be used as evidence, if Zimmerman is brought up on charges, sources tell ABC News.
Zimmerman’s attorney would not comment on the tapes, which show his client walking into a police station with no visible signs of blood minutes after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin following what Zimmerman claims was a life-or-death struggle with the teen.
“I’m not going to litigate this case in the media,” said attorney Craig Sonner. “It looks like it’s a standard booking video of when they brought him in. I can’t tell anything from this video.”
In Fort Lauderdale, Richard Burke, the funeral home operator who worked on Trayvon Martin’s body following his death said he did not find evidence of any particularly serious altercation.
“If he had been in a struggle, we should have seen signs of that. We look for things on the body that we need to cover up and make sure is not viewable for the public. If there were cuts and bruises, we would have covered it up.”
This contradicts what Zimmerman’s father said to an Orlando Fox affiliate, “My son was fighting for his life that night.”
There was a rally and march in New York City on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. Hundreds assisted.
There have been rallies, marches and other events in different cities across the United States of America and still not arrest. Trayvon was murdered on February 26th, 2012 and George Zimmermanon is still free.
Next events in NYC are:
The Faith Community Walk for Justice
SouthEast Queens, NY.
Saturday, March 31, 2012. 11:00am
Starts at the intersection of Francis Lewis & Linden Blvds.
The walk will end at St. Albans Park
Contact Vivian McMillian (917)620-8500 for more information
SLAIN YOUTH RALLY- A GATHERING FOR JUSTICE
Monday, April 9, 2012. 6pm.
For the rally, and because organizers want to honor various persons who have been murdered, they ask that you consider bringing/wearing any of the following as forms of remembrance and protest:
Trayvon martin – Skittles and hoodies
Tyisha Miller- Roses/bouquet
Rekia Boyd- Cell phone(s)
Aiyanna Jones – teddy bears
Amadou Diallo – African Pendant
Sean Bell – tuxedo blazer; wedding veils
Oscar Grant – skully cap/hat
Ramarley Graham – Jamaican flag
Troy Davis – anything you think represents him he was not a youth but he MUST be remembered, as he was a victim of the same system that is KILLING OUR YOUTH.
The Change.org petition created by Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton calling for the prosecution of their son Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, has become the fastest-growing campaign in the site’s history.
The petition called “Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin,” has gained over 2.1 million signatures since its launch on March 8. During its most viral stages, more than 1,000 people were signing the petition each minute.
Change.org released the image above Wednesday, detailing social media’s role in driving national attention toward the Trayvon Martin case. Becoming the site’s most viral cause was no small feat. There are over 100,000 petitions on the website to date.
When Kevin Cunningham read about the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin early this month, he turned to a platform he was just starting to experiment with – social media – to add his voice to the few that were expressing outrage about a Florida police department’s handling of the case.
Little did he know when he started an online petition demanding that authorities prosecute the shooter, that it would garner more than 2 million signatures and help draw international attention to the 17-year-old’s shooting death on Feb. 26.
“The fact that George Zimmerman is Latino is irrelevant to his actions. Personally that’s the media’s fault. Everything has to fit into a narrative and a paradigm. Initially it was a white guy who shot a black kid. Now they’ve split the difference.
Unfortunately, being Hispanic does not mean that you aren’t capable of bigotry or discrimination. It does not condone or preclude him (Zimmerman) from having acted in a discriminatory manner.” said Lisa Navarrete, a spokeswoman for The National Council of La Raza.
She also said. “We’ve been in touch with Rev. Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous at the NAACP, and as this continues we’ve offered our support to them.”
On March 20, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus released a statement asking for the Department of Justice to pursue the matter as a federal hate crime.
Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, D-Texas, leader of the caucus said, “The Department of Justice is sending a message to the Martin family and to communities of color that our children’s lives have value and deserve equal protection under the law.”
democracynow.org – Over a month after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Sanford, Florida, his gunman George Zimmerman remains a free man despite growing questions over Zimmerman’s claim that he acted in self-defense. A new witness has spoken out saying Zimmerman did not show any signs of injuries after he shot Martin, while another has reportedly alleged police pressured him to change his testimony to match Zimmerman’s story. Meanwhile Zimmerman’s family has launched a public effort to defend him, while a white supremacist has apparently hacked into Trayvon Martin’s email and Facebook accounts in an effort to tarnish his image. We speak to Natalie Jackson, an attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family.
1 Million Hoodies for Trayvon Martin
As Trayvon Martin’s family marches for justice on Saturday, March 31th, 2012 in Sanford, FL, keep up the call for justice online by changing your profile pic to a “million hoodie” photo. Take a picture of yourself in your hoodie. Make sure you put your hoodie up. Change your profile picture on facebook, twitter and other social media sites.
You can also post it on the facebook page in support of Trayvon Martin and twitter account.
More info on the Trayvon Martin’s website
What do you think is going to happen? Will the Sanford Police Department arrest George?