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If you look suspicious, you can be murdered legally in Florida


By Dan8267   Follow   Wed, 21 Mar 2012, 4:30pm PDT   44,530 views   501 comments   Watch (2)   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

Some racist follows an unarmed 17-year-old African American boy. The boy buys candy and iced tea at a convenience store and continues walking home. The neighborhood watch scumbag stalks the boy, murders him with a gun, and then claims he was acting under Florida's stand your ground law, which states that a person can defend himself from an attacker rather without fearing legal prosecution.

The law was intended so that victims of violent crimes like rape, robbery, and attempted murder could fight back without risking prosecution. It was not intended to give a person the right to pro-actively engage someone in battle, and if you win -- which isn't hard when your armed with a gun and the other person is a minor with no weapons -- then you get away with murder. However, the police didn't arrest the murderer. After all, the victim did look suspicious. He had suspicious skin tone.

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/20/10775671-trayvon-martin-case-to-go-to-grand-jury-fla-state-attorney-announces

And that is why I hate social conservatism. A boy with his entire life ahead of him, snuffed out because of some stupid reptilian xenophobia.

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thunderlips11   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 12:56am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 102

Dan8267 says

Some new evidence...

Shooter George Zimmerman appears uninjured in police video on night of shooting

Interesting. Was he taken to the hospital at all? Even if he was, doesn't look like he stayed there very long, considering he calims to have had a "broken nose" and likely a suspected concussion.

Bap33   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 1:37am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 103

that's an odd position you guys have taken ... it is now "Zimmerman wasn't harmed enough to defend himself from the suspect!" How interesting. The police that responded said he was beat up and bleeding .... but the blood thirsty race-baitors want to add fuel to the flames of hate ... progressivism at full stride folks, nothing more.

Zimmerman carried out his duty as a citizen. I would rather live in a neighborhood full of Zimmerman's than a 'hood full of 17 year old drop out thugs that prowel around in the dark. But hey, that's just me.

Bap33   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 1:47am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 104

marcus says

I think we all know, that if he didn't have a gun, he wouldn't have confronted the kid. How can it not be murder ?

really? How is it "we all know" that? I don't feel that is true at all. Unless "we all" read minds. After this, lets play the "what if" game. You know, like, "what if" Zimmerman was a golden gloves fighter, then he would have whipped the kids ass, held him for police, and been the vicitm of a drive-by a few days later (yes, that exact same thing has happened a few times, so go ahead and argue against it). I suspect that you have never, not once, defended yourself or someone else against being harmed or victimized. It is not fun, planned, or satisfying, but it is worth doing. Zimmerman was doing a good deed. The suspect was prowling around in the dark. If you lived next door to Zimmerman, and walked outside at night, who would you rather find at the end of your walkway? Lord Barry's own grandma would rather find Zimmerman walking his beat than a 17 year old negro prowler. Right? So would you.

thunderlips11   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 1:55am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 105

Bap33 says

that's an odd position you guys have taken ... it is now "Zimmerman wasn't harmed enough to defend himself from the suspect!" How interesting. The police that responded said he was beat up and bleeding .... but the blood thirsty race-baitors want to add fuel to the flames of hate ... progressivism at full stride folks, nothing more.

Yeah, why should we trust our lying eyes!

Dan8267 says

Shooter George Zimmerman appears uninjured in police video on night of shooting

leo707   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 2:07am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 106

Dan8267 says

The primary cause of violent crime is poverty. Eliminate poverty and violent crime will be rare.

True, true, eliminating poverty would be the most effective way of reducing crime (violent or otherwise).

thunderlips11   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 2:08am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 107

leoj707 says

True, true, eliminating poverty would be the most effective way of reducing crime (violent or otherwise).

Yeah, this Zimmerman guy would've be at work, rather than looking out for trouble.

leo707   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 2:25am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 108

Bap33 says

does teen mothers happen much in rich hoods?

Yes, but not at the same rate as in a poor neighborhood.

Bap33 says

does dropping out happen much in rich hoods?

Yes, but not at the same rate as in a poor neighborhood.

Bap33 says

does grandma have to raise the grandkids becasue Shaneeskra just can't seem to stay off the pipe, in rich hoods?

Yes, but not at the same rate as in a poor neighborhood.

uomo_senza_nome   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 2:58am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 109

leoj707 says

eliminating poverty would be the most effective way of reducing crime (violent or otherwise).

Poverty is a crime .

There is a cause for this poverty; and, if you trace it down, you will find its root in a primary injustice. Look over the world to-day—poverty everywhere. The cause must be a common one. You cannot attribute it to the tariff, or to the form of government, or to this thing or to that in which nations differ; because, as deep poverty is common to them all the cause that produces it must be a common cause. What is that common cause? There is one sufficient cause that is common to all nations; and that is the appropriation as the property of some of that natural element on which and from which all must live. - Henry George.

leo707   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 3:21am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 110

Having been both a teenage "prowler" (with 2-3ish school suspensions) and a 20 something with a license to carry a concealed weapon I have been somewhat on the fence about this situation.

The funny thing (weird, not haha) about the whole debate on the "stand your ground" law is that in any state you can legally shoot and kill someone who you feel threatens you or others. Usually when it comes to that "retreat" is not an option. If either Zimmerman's tale is true or the Trayvon boosters version of events is true it does not seem like "stand your ground" plays a role. However, I am not too familiar with the "stand your ground" laws so I am not sure what they add to this.

Anyway, as the evidence comes in I am increasingly convinced that Zimmerman should be arrested for at least manslaughter.

Is Zimmerman a racist? Probably, based on the way he seemed to profile people, but the 911 call does not seem to include a racist slur. I finally got around to actually listening to it last night, and any claims of a racist slur are silly.

Is Zimmerman's version of events true? No. Clearly from the police security footage Zimmerman was not damaged in anyway close to what he and his lawyer described. Having been on both-ends of repeated head-blows resulting in broken noses and blood loss they leave clear marks. A broken nose needs to be set if you don't want it to look like putty. Setting your own nose is not something you do on your own unless you are the type of person who cauterizes your own wounds with gun powder or sews them up with a fishhook and line.

Also, this may come as a shock to some, but police do indeed lie in reports in order to keep things tidy.

1st degree Murder? Very unlikely. Murder in the 1st degree is a premeditate plan to kill someone, usually someone you already know. In order to prove 1st degree, one would have to show that Zimmerman planned for killing someone -- anyone -- that night. That is not only very difficult to prove, but also unlikely that he even planned on killing Trayvon after seeing him.

With Zimmerman's history of violence it seems likely that he stalked Trayvon then bullied him provoking a fight.

Yes, so far I am more or less going to ignore the eye witness accounts. It was dark, the accounts are contradictory and eye witnesses are notoriously unreliable.

Bap33   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 3:43am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 111

leoj707 says

eye witnesses are notoriously unreliable.

leoj707 says

Clearly from the police security footage Zimmerman was not damaged in anyway close to what he and his lawyer described.

let me quess .... your eyes work better than anyone who backs up Zimmerman? Or, is your eye whitnessing just better because you didn't have to make a really important choice in a very tense situation? Cmon!! You can't have it both ways. You cant suggest visually gathered info is crap and then base your position on visually gathered info!!! Arggg!!!

Bap33   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 3:45am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 112

leoj707 says

Bap33 says



does teen mothers happen much in rich hoods?


Yes, but not at the same rate as in a poor neighborhood.


Bap33 says



does dropping out happen much in rich hoods?


Yes, but not at the same rate as in a poor neighborhood.


Bap33 says



does grandma have to raise the grandkids becasue Shaneeskra just can't seem to stay off the pipe, in rich hoods?


Yes, but not at the same rate as in a poor neighborhood.

I did not ask , "does it happen ever?" I asked, "does it happen much?" (I used "much" to match the previous poster, but should have went with "alot"). My bad.

Bap33   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 3:54am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 113

leo707   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 3:58am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 114

Bap33 says

let me quess .... your eyes work better than anyone who backs up Zimmerman? Or, is your eye whitnessing just better because you didn't have to make a really important choice in a very tense situation?

Are you saying that a video recording makes anyone viewing the recording an "eye witness"?

C'mon!!!

Bap33 says

You cant suggest visually gathered info is crap and then base your position on visually gathered info!!!

Apples and oranges.

Studies have show that "visually gathered" evidence from and "eye witness" then verbally relayed to others is unreliable. Even "flash bulb" memory is known to be fallible.

While video can be edited, it is a recording of an event unaffected by human bias, memory error and/or lies. Anyone can view it and see what actually happened.

Are you saying that on the video you see a man that has suffered from a bleeding wound on the back of his head, caused by blunt trauma, as well as a broken and bloody nose?

leo707   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 4:00am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 115

Bap33 says

I did not ask , "does it happen ever?" I asked, "does it happen much?" (I used "much" to match the previous poster, but should have went with "alot"). My bad.

OK, fair enough.

thunderlips11   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 4:23am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 116

Zimmerman looked hunky-dory to me. Throughout, you can see his face, no broken nose there. At the tail end of the video, you can see about 2/3 of the back of his head, no visible damage, and with his buzzcut, it would be hard to miss.

Nice job with Atkins or 90X though, or he lost all his baby fat since his first mugshot years ago.

Bap33   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 5:17am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 117

The nose may have been suspected to be broken, and if it was not broken it would stop bleeding pretty easily, and thus no bloody face for those on the Prowler's "side" to cheer about. Have none of you ever been popped in the snoz? It blurs your vision and hurts like a dickens, even without breakage. And my point stands, you feel Zimmerrman needed to be victimized to a higher degree BEFORE he could defend himself, and that is nonsense. THe whole idea of personal safety is to not be a victim. Geeez.

leo707   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 5:42am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 118

Bap33 says

The nose may have been suspected to be broken, and if it was not broken it would stop bleeding pretty easily, and thus no bloody face for those on the Prowler's "side" to cheer about.

Bap you are really starting to stretch here. A blow to the nose strong enough to cause bleeding, and be suspected of being broken is going to be accompanied with heavy swelling and one probably two black eyes.

Broken noses are usually pretty easy to identify. Massive swelling is one thing that can make a non-broken nose look broken.

It is very clear that Zimmerman lied about a life threatening assault before he chose to kill Trayvon. That really makes me question his entire story.

I doubt there is any law in Florida that allows one to kill in self-defense after pursuing, harassing, and bullying someone leads to a physical altercation. That scenario seems to be more consistent with the evidence, than Zimmerman's story.

Bap33 says

you feel Zimmerrman needed to be victimized to a higher degree BEFORE he could defend himself, and that is nonsense. THe whole idea of personal safety is to not be a victim.

No, I feel like Zimmerman was probably never "victimized". He seems to have instigated the situation.

I am all for personal safety and victims using deadly force when necessary. There are plenty of incidences where people have used guns/knives/fists to deter or kill aggressors. That's great, I for one would prefer that there were less victims in this world. However, Zimmerman does not appear to be one of those people.

Bap33   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:03am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 119

leoj707 says

after pursuing, harassing, and bullying someone leads to a physical altercation.

well ... at least you are fair and balanced, using only hard facts for your position and zero guessing.

Bap33   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:05am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 120

leoj707 says

No, I feel like Zimmerman was probably never "victimized". He seems to have instigated the situation.

how do you place the prowler out in the night doing his prowling ... while a neighborhood watchmen is doing his watching .... and somehow make the watchmen the instigator?? That is right, in Oppositeville.

leo707   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:05am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 121

Bap33 says

leoj707 says

after pursuing, harassing, and bullying someone leads to a physical altercation.

well ... at least you are fair and balanced, using only hard facts for your position and zero guessing.

Oh, no in this situation there is more guessing than not, but what facts there are do not support Zimmerman's story. They do however seem to indicate the story I mentioned.

Bap33   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:13am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 122

Dude .. have you looked at a street map that shows the Prowlers home base, the store he was going to or from (no vid yet), and Zimmerman's neighborhood? I suggest you make that effort, as it blows the Prowlers claims apart in a HUGE way. There will soon be some other location given by the Prowlers family to cover his location.

Why no comment on the actions of the 18 year old in the vid I posted?

thunderlips11   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:21am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 123

Bap33 says

Prowlers

What is Prowling? If it's to go to the store, then I'm about to Prowl for Camel Filters and some half n' half.

Dan8267   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:22am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 124

Bap33 says

it is now "Zimmerman wasn't harmed enough to defend himself from the suspect!"

That's a strawman argument. We're not saying a person has to be harmed X amount before defending himself. The article states quote "The security camera footage shot inside the police station directly contradicts a police report written that night." and continues that the video also contradicts the statements to the press by Zimmerman's attorney. Then the article goes into detail about how.

Look, I know you want Zimmerman to be found innocent, but the evidence shows guilt. If you ignore all evidence that shows guilt, then you are not exactly an unbiased judge.

Dan8267   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:23am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 125

thunderlips11 says

Bap33 says

Prowlers

What is Prowling?

Prowling is walking while black. It's just as illegal as driving while black.

Dan8267   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:28am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 126

leoj707 says

He seems to have instigated the situation.

Exactly, and this is why the stand-your-ground law cannot apply. Think about it.

Image that some guy, let's call him Punchy McAsshole, decided that he wanted to get into a bar fight. So he walks up to some random guy, calls his girl a whore, and then punches the guy. The guy, let's call him Average Joe, punches back several times.

Now, Punchy McAsshole feels that his life is in danger so he pulls out a gun and shoots Average Joe. Let's say Punchy legitimately fears for his life because he realized he picked a fight with the wrong guy. Should Punchy be held liable for killing Joe? Of course, he should. Punchy created the situation. He's not a victim.

Oh, and this allegory applies regardless of the skin tone or sexual orientation of any of the players.

leo707   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:29am PDT   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 127

Bap33 says

Prowlers

Yeah, what thunderlips said.

Bap33 says

have you looked at a street map that shows the Prowlers home base, the store he was going to or from (no vid yet), and Zimmerman's neighborhood? I suggest you make that effort, as it blows the Prowlers claims apart in a HUGE way.

Have you ever walked much? I walk a lot, and often take various routes that are not always the most direct. Often when on the phone -- as was Trayvon -- I will go quite a bit out of my way to finish the conversation.

Anyway, I will look at the maps when I have time.

leo707   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:30am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 128

Bap33 says

Why no comment on the actions of the 18 year old in the vid I posted?

Probably because it is entirely unrelated to the thread. Perhaps if it was a video of Trayvon doing the attacking that would be relevant.

BTW, any videos of when Zimmerman attacked that cop? Or, how about a video of the altercation that prompted Zimmerman's fiance to file domestic abuse charges against Zimmerman? Ether one of those videos would also be relevant.

Dan8267   befriend   ignore   Thu, 29 Mar 2012, 6:35am PDT   Share   Quote   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 129

I think the difference between the pro-Zimmerman group and the pro-Ma