April 4, What Do We Know About Treyvon Martin That We Did Not Know Yesterday?

The commotion over the death of Trayvon Martin is slowly subsiding, as more and more Americans come to understand that there is more to the tragedy than the media has been airing and printing. Still, there is quite a bit of activity on several fronts. Starting with Zimmerman’s history.

The Daily Caller points out the fact that Zimmerman called for disciplining the same officers who investigated the Martin shooting. Briefly quoting this Daily Caller report:

The officers whom Zimmerman targeted for accountability in the Sherman Ware incident were all cleared by the Seminole County Sheriff’s investigation, despite Zimmerman’s repeated accusations that police gave kid-glove treatment to a white officer’s son who beat a defenseless, homeless black man.

But 14 months later, at least two of the same officers investigated the shooting death of Trayvon Martin — and cleared Zimmerman — even though his voice was the loudest calling for their punishment in the Ware case.

It is obvious that Zimmerman’s history has not penetrated the skulls of race hustlers in Congress. The Rom saying has it that “Those who beat their friends come to no good end.”

The Daily Caller has obtained a letter to the NAACP, pointing out the fact that, among other things, George Zimmerman was almost the only person “who spoke out publicly to condemn the ‘beating of the black homeless man Sherman Ware on December 4, 2010 by the son of a Sanford police officer.’

Briefly quoting the Daily Caller item linked above, the letter continues with:

Do you know who helped organize the City Hall meeting on January 8th, 2011 at Sanford City Hall??”

“That person was GEORGE ZIMMERMAN. Ironic isn’t it?”

There is much more, including the full text of the letter, at the link. And several NAACP officials have spoken out on the case, urging moderation and pointing out that we do not know what happened yet. But at the same time members of the Congressional Black Caucus have introduced House Resolution 612 calling Zimmerman’s actions a crime, calling for the repeal of Stand Your Ground legislation everywhere, and a “full investigation of all homicides.”

Sponsored by four Congressional Black Caucus Members Emanuel (“he spit on me”) Cleaver, Alcee (“concentration camp”) Hastings, Frederica (“can’t remember that victim’s name”) Wilson, and Corinne Brown, the resolution is more than a little inflammatory – at a time when wisdom calls for dampening the flames. Here is the full text of latest revision of the House Resolution:

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 612

Honoring the life of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, urging the State of Florida and others to repeal the Stand Your Ground law, and admonishing involved parties to pursue full investigations into all homicides, regardless of defenses asserted by the offender.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 30, 2012

Mr. CLEAVER (for himself, Ms. BROWN of Florida, Mr. HASTINGS of Florida, and Ms. WILSON of Florida) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

RESOLUTION

Honoring the life of 17-year-old, Trayvon Martin, urging the State of Florida and others to repeal the Stand Your Ground law, and admonishing involved parties to pursue full investigations into all homicides, regardless of defenses asserted by the offender.

Whereas on February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African-American youth, was horrifically shot and killed while walking from his local 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida, because he was viewed as `suspicious’ by George Zimmerman;

Whereas Zimmerman, a self-appointed, untrained neighborhood watch volunteer, admitted to police that he shot Martin in the chest;

Whereas Zimmerman raised a `self-defense’ claim and Martin, as the deceased victim, was unable to rebut such claim;

Whereas Zimmerman was never charged for the crime and was released by the Sanford Police Department soon thereafter;

Whereas despite the numerous pieces of evidence, including a 911 call made by Zimmerman, Martin’s final phone conversation which occurred during the course of the crime, the numerous calls made to 911 by nearby neighbors who heard the incident, and Zimmerman’s troubling legal history, the Sanford Police claimed they did not have enough evidence to detain Zimmerman and subsequently released him;

Whereas Zimmerman’s unfounded assumptions and racial bias led to the use of deadly force;

Whereas a month after the crime, Zimmerman remains free and still bears a concealed weapons permit and the legal right to carry a gun;

Whereas Trayvon Martin’s brutal death and the inconceivable fact that his killer remains free should not be ignored;

Whereas the Sanford Police Department and its Chief, who is on temporary administrative leave while the case is being investigated, have faced a firestorm of criticism over the handling of the shooting;

Whereas this case sets a horrific precedent of vigilante justice and compromises the integrity of the legal system;

Whereas the Department of Justice will investigate all facts and circumstances leading to Trayvon Martin’s death and consider Federal criminal prosecution of George Zimmerman based on Federal civil rights statutes;

Whereas over 2,000,000 signatures have been collected on an online petition demanding Zimmerman’s arrest and justice for Martin’s family;

Whereas Florida’s Stand Your Ground law has been criticized by both the legal and law enforcement communities;

Whereas 21 States have passed and implemented Stand Your Ground laws;

Whereas Stand Your Ground laws dramatically and recklessly expand the right of citizens to use deadly force in self-defense, and have been the subject of national scrutiny in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death;

Whereas the Stand Your Ground laws were drafted by organizations, corporations, and individuals that ignored advice from experts explaining that such laws would compromise public safety, disproportionately impact communities of color, and would result in offenders circumventing prosecution;

Whereas an attempted expansion of the Stand Your Ground laws doctrine has resulted in the collaboration of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which promotes conservative public policy by affecting change in State legislatures;

Whereas ALEC drafts model legislation for its members to champion and advance in their home States;

Whereas ALEC used Florida’s Stand Your Ground law as a template in its push to broaden the Castle Doctrine nationwide; and

Whereas the 2005 passage of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law resulted in similar statutes being passed in 16 other States: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

(1) admonishes any State, local agency, or official acting to obstruct an open investigation or failing to fully execute their official duties in the investigation of the events surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin;

(2) condemns all relevant parties for their roles in proposing Stand Your Ground legislation and similar legislation that compromises public safety and the integrity of the prosecutorial system;

(3) condemns unfounded reliance on Stand Your Ground laws to protect actions that extend far beyond historical use of self-defense;

(4) urges any State legislature considering Stand Your Ground legislation to reject such proposals; and

(5) urges the repeal of the Stand Your Ground law in every applicable State, including Florida.

I am reasonably sure this poorly thought out bill will not pass the House, but it is enough to make many who have worked for justice for minorities who have become victims of the privileged to think twice about doing so again. It takes massive public outrage to stop police shootings such as the shooting of young Kendrick McDade. This CBC effort will not help gather that support.

At the State level:

Florida State Senator Chris Smith (D Ft Lauderdale) has his own “task force on the Stand Your Ground Law.

This will almost certainly be the run up to the Democrats attempt to repeal the law. Since the major effect of the law is to eliminate civil lawsuits in the aftermath of justifiable homicides Smith will probably get a great deal of support from Florida’s underemployed lawyers – and gunslingng prosecutors. We should have no illusions, Castle Doctrine is next on the gun banners list. Gotta protect those home invaders, you know.

Comcast’s NBC division has admitted an “error” in editing the Zimmerman 911 call. It’s funny how often NBC makes these little mistakes that make people look bad – and how seldom they feel enough heat to admit a ‘mistake.’

That appears to be the crop for the day. We will have to keep careful watch on our own State legislatures as well as Congress. There is reportedly a massive amount of money available to push this campaign to deny Americans their gun rights, and your back yard could become the battleground.

Stranger

NOTE – this is part of a series. For earlier posts on this subject, you can scroll down, search for Trayvon Martin, or search for the date.

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One Response to April 4, What Do We Know About Treyvon Martin That We Did Not Know Yesterday?

  1. Robert says:

    fyi the purported ‘letter’ claiming Zimmerman was almost the only one who spoke up about the beating of that homeless black dude is almost certainly false.

    It cites a meeting, eg, on Jan 8 2011 that never took place. eg–
    http://www.sanfordfl.gov/right/audio-citycommission.html

    And though a meeting actually did take place on Jan 10 2011, there were no citizen speakers–
    http://www.sanfordfl.gov/media/pdf/city_commission/regular_meeting_minutes_011011.pdf

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