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Call for arrest of watch captain who shot kid

There are 29778 comments on the New York Daily News story from Mar 19, 2012, titled Call for arrest of watch captain who shot kid. In it, New York Daily News reports that:

ORLANDO, Fla. -- College students around Florida rallied Monday to demand the arrest of a white neighborhood watch captain who shot an unarmed black teen last month, though authorities may be hamstrung by a state law that allows people to defend themselves with deadly force.

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Rambler

Red Deer, Canada

#31045 Jul 20, 2013
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Are these protestors even old enough to vote? Sounds like they're enjoying a weekend camping experience...... If they want to be taken seriously a name like "Dream Defenders" is not going to make it happen.

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News > Crime news
Fla. protesters upset with verdict staying put
| July 19, 2013 | Updated: July 19, 2013 6:21pm

When the doors to the Capitol were locked on Friday roughly 85 people gathered in the rotunda. The group brought in board games, pillows, blankets and food in anticipation of being there for the entire weekend.

A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said the agency had decided to allow the protesters to remain in the Capitol.

http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Fla-p...
Rambler

Red Deer, Canada

#31046 Jul 20, 2013
xxxrayted wrote:
<quoted text>
Trust me, I know way more about our legislative process than you do in Canada.
A politicians first priority is to get into or remain in office. HIs or her second priority is to keep his or her party in power. That's the way it works here.
In Ohio, our greatest advances in gun legislation took place with Republican legislatures and a Democrat Governor who gave no resistance whatsoever in signing all of our gun bills. Our politicians know where their bread is buttered. He was a terrible Governor in every other regard, but ran a close election against our now Governor, John Kasich.
US citizens want their guns, and Floridians want their SYG law. It's that simple. And no politician is going to go against the will of the people. Politicians pay close attention to polls.
The repeal, removal or watering down of the SYG in Florida is nothing more than wishful thinking. IT ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN, so don't count your chickens.
I refuse to get into a childish debate over whether something I have no control over will happen. I c/p'd for you a half of dozen comments from people of influence indicating the law is not being used as it was intended. That should be an indication to you that ordinary law abiding citizens probably have no idea the SYG law can enable criminals to go scot free, and therefore at this point in time since focus is placed on the downside of the law, that's simply a starting point to what will occur in the future.

Is the reason you stand strongly behind SYG is that you support the rights of organized criminal activity?
Rambler

Red Deer, Canada

#31047 Jul 20, 2013
Your President raised a very interesting point......Would those of you who are adamently defending the SYG law still do so if TM had shot and killed GZ?

"And for those who -- who resist that idea, that we should think about something like these Stand Your Ground laws, I just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws."
http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/19/politics/obama-...
Rambler

Red Deer, Canada

#31048 Jul 20, 2013
How about if you were unarmed (even if because your gun was still under your pillow where you sleep at night) and a criminal with a concealed gun dashes out from the bushes at a parking place somewhere, attempting to steal your car as you are about to open the door. You physically attempt to prevent him from grabbing your keys and a scuffle occurs.

Under the SYG law it seems you've given the car thief the legal right to shoot you because he has the right to determine the physical altercation threatened his well-being. Furthermore he can even claim YOU attacked him, since you're dead and deadmen can't speak, and a couple of his buddies who just happened to say they were standing nearby can vouch for him.

Is that the type of scenario SYG supporters are defending?

It seems this type of legislation encourages EVERYONE to carry concealed weapons. Yeehaw, the days of the Wild West!
Rambler

Red Deer, Canada

#31049 Jul 20, 2013
Away from the media maelstrom, America talks about the Zimmerman verdict
By Michael Pearson, CNN
updated 6:41 AM EDT, Sat July 20, 2013

<snip>

I have a friend who lives in Denver and I live in Seattle. My friend, Roger, is of Caucasian descent, I am of African-American. When the trial was aired, I didn't realize his view was strong for Zimmerman until there was a tense moment between us both on Facebook. I actually had to stop our conversation because it was getting weird.......<snip>...... .I posted the other day, "How does Florida convict a black woman for 20 years for shooting her gun in the air because her boyfriend was beating her, but Zimmerman kills a black boy and he is set free?" Still no response from my friend.
-- Howard Russell, Denver; African-American

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/20/justice/zimmerm...
Rambler

Red Deer, Canada

#31050 Jul 20, 2013
The sliding scales of self-defense
By Tom Foreman, CNN
updated 11:01 PM EDT, Fri July 19, 2013

(CNN)-- To start with, Cordell Jude was hungry.

He was 22, the spring days were growing longer and the temperature in Phoenix had climbed to 80 degrees that Tuesday in April 2012.

It was not much cooler as the sun slipped behind the Sierra Estrella mountains, so shortly before 8 pm, Jude drove with his pregnant fianceé toward a suburban intersection crowded with fast-food restaurants, a Home Depot, a Starbucks, drug stores and gas stations.

Not far off, another man was headed the same way. Daniel Adkins was 29, older than Jude, but mentally disabled. His family described him as more like a 12- or 13-year-old. Adkins was walking his yellow Labrador retriever named Lady past a Taco Bell in the gathering evening, when he stepped around a blind corner and was nearly hit by Jude's vehicle.

Police say the two men exchanged angry words, the dispute rapidly escalated, and it ended when Jude pulled out a .40-caliber pistol and shot Adkins dead.

Jude, who was still in his car at the time of the shooting, told police it was self-defense, that Adkins had lunged at him with a bat of some kind. But investigators found no such weapon, and even if they had County Attorney Bill Montgomery says, "The threshold that people believe needs to be crossed when they brandish a weapon, never mind actually use it ... is a lot higher than what it actually is."

Jude is now charged with murder in that killing last year, and because he is black and Adkins was not, the case is drawing comparisons to the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

Why the comparison? If Jude is convicted, some would argue there's racism in the justice system. In the Florida case, a black teen is killed and an Hispanic shooter is acquitted. In the other, a black man who claims self-defense faces prison time.

Unstable ground: The fine line between self-defense and murder

The key questions being asked by many: If Zimmerman was acquitted because he felt threatened, shouldn't Jude also walk? And if he doesn't, will his race and that of the victim have played a role?

The nation has a long history of self-defense laws. Almost every state allows some version of the "castle" defense, as in "a man's home is his castle." These laws generally allow people to defend themselves, their family and their property against anyone who intrudes upon their living space, with deadly force if necessary.

CNN legal analyst Mark NeJame says, "If you walk into my house uninvited, odds are you aren't going to be walking out. And most people support that. You're going to protect your home and your family, and there's very little argument about that."

It gets trickier when we start talking about so-called "stand your ground" laws which exist in more than 20 states.

Those laws extend the castle principle so that if you are legally in some place --a parking lot, a mall, a football stadium -- it becomes like your home. Accordingly, if someone attempts to attack you there, once again you are free to fight back and are under no compunction to attempt to avoid the conflict.

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/19/us/zimmerman-se...

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Since: Feb 11

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#31053 Jul 20, 2013
xxxrayted wrote:
<quoted text>
Living in a country that has (for the past couple of decades) been wrestling with gun issues,
Living in a country that has to put up with parasites like you who haven't lifted a finger for this country, like many, I don't think anyone who has done nothing except take has a right to even have an opinion.

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Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#31054 Jul 20, 2013
xxxrayted wrote:
<quoted text>
Living in a country that has (for the past couple of decades) been wrestling with gun issues, I can assure you that I've heard, debated, and read all the doom and gloom predictions of more lenient gun laws. And guess what? None of them came true.
Guess what?

32,000+ fatalities a year and increasing.

At the current rate, more people with die from firearms than motor vehicles in 2015.

There is a mass killing on average every two weeks.

Gun gnutters insist they need assault weapons to feel same and the rest of us have to put up with their fantasies at a cost of Columbine, Aurora, and Sandy Hook.

Go the *k up, you worthless freeloading lying parasite.

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Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#31055 Jul 20, 2013
xxxrayted wrote:
In general, these laws benefit 99% of us.
Made up numbers mean nothing, you worthless m/f c/s lying parasite.

Like the ten seconds you claimed your pedophile hero followed the Martin boy.
Rambler

Red Deer, Canada

#31057 Jul 20, 2013
barefoot2626 wrote:
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Made up numbers mean nothing, you worthless m/f c/s lying parasite.
Like the ten seconds you claimed your pedophile hero followed the Martin boy.
Still waiting for that HIDDEN LOCATION where to you, pedophilia is legal.

Or perhaps you're not old enough to understand the definition of the word?

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Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#31060 Jul 20, 2013
Rambler wrote:
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Still waiting for that HIDDEN LOCATION where to you, pedophilia is legal.
I am not interested in responding to loaded questions and if you don't like Topix policy with regard to locations it displays, take it up with them but I expect they will laugh them selves silly knowing you use a proxy to post.

When someone brings up location in an international forum, we can all concede they be red herrings.
higgans

Marion, IN

#31061 Jul 20, 2013
ngrace wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for the links. I watched them but not sure what they mean. Did Tracy Martin mean that Trayvon had been sitting on the porch earlier in the day or did he mean Trayvon went home after being followed by Zimmerman and left again?
Or was this just a grieving father who was in shock and vocalizing a bunch of random/ unconnected thoughts trying to put the pieces together in his own mind?
I don't think it means much, though, or I would have expected O'Mara to bring it out during the trial to support his self defense theory that Trayvon hid in order to "attack" Zimmerman, OR, the State would have used it to support their theory that Trayvon was trying to lead his attacker away from knowing where he lived.
good lord, listen to YOUR logic: a 'scared boy' unable to plot an attack but mature enough to NOT want to let a 'creepy-ass cracker'(maybe rapist, now!lol) follow him home.... even though in that dark passageway, NO ONE could see more than 5-10 feet! in front of themselves... and TM was a black person dressed in dark clothes!!

this is not a racial issue...

because...

maybe GZ followed TM AGAINST 'orders' until he 'caught ' him... EXCEPT Rachel said TM WENT BACK TO GZ.

maybe GZ 'attacked' TM first... EXCEPT there is NO physical/witness evidence to back THAT theory UP.

the scared, innocent boy was just 'going home' from a snack run... EXCEPT that when he had 2-4 MINUTES of UNOBSERVED TIME to GO HOME, he did NOT.

TM was an innocent boy not guilty of committing ANY crime... EXCEPT Attempted Murder in the mind of HIS intended victim, who shot him IN SELF-DEFENSE.

those are the FACTS the Trial just PROVED, by BOTH sides, and are NO LONGER in dispute.

and yet??????

“always”

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Since: May 12

Ticklaw

#31062 Jul 20, 2013
Rambler wrote:
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The right of sell defense is separate to the SYG law.
Justifiable use of Force - Chapter 776 (Stand Your Ground)
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm...
Chapter 782 - Homicide (Self-defence)
782.02&#8195;Justifiable use of deadly force.—The use of deadly force is justifiable when a person is resisting any attempt to murder such person or to commit any felony upon him or her or upon or in any dwelling house in which such person shall be.
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm...
I was speaking to SYG failing George.

Apparently you were still jerkin to jodie when De La Rionda dared O'Mara to request a SYG hearing in order that George would have to testify before a judge and stand a rigorous cross examination.
higgans

Marion, IN

#31063 Jul 20, 2013
RuffnReddy wrote:
<quoted text>Osterman sat quietly in the SPD waiting room while George was interviewed by a lady who didn't know where The Retreat was at and had to use google earth to quiz George. No one at Sanford PD had a clue that a former Seminole County Deputy and current Federal Air Marshal was in the house? No one talked to him or cleared him as he entered the building while armed?
George didn't need to know sht about SYG or self defense so long as his pal Mark and he could sit down and craft a story that would pass legal muster. The guy and his wife wrote a book about Georgie...you can buy and read it. The guy and his wife appeared on Dr. Phil and told a different story than O'Mara offered during the trial and then got snotty with Trayvon's so called aunt.
How did the confrontation ignite into fisticuffs and wrestling around on the ground? That question was never answered...O'Mara, in closing explained that "somehow" the confrontation ended thirty feet from where it began. Where George said it began? George was walking back to his truck when attacked yet the contents of George's pockets began to spill out twenty feet away?
George was searching for the hooded stranger, found him and then at loss at what to do. He reached in his pocket for his phone.
Try that with a cop and see what happens.
A real thug would have sent George to ORMC on a helicopter...if the EMT's could have revived him.
EXCEPT a REAL thug WANNABE was trying his level best to do just exactly that.

isn't it ironic that most REAL thugs routinely attack the young, the elderly, the unawares and THE UNARMED.

"Oops!" may have been TM's last thought before the shot.

ya' think?

according to GZ, even TM new the TRUTH, "You got ME...".
Responsibility

Petaluma, CA

#31064 Jul 20, 2013
higgans wrote:
<quoted text>
TM was an innocent boy not guilty of committing ANY crime...
Unless it is a crime to be concerned about the motives of a man creepy crawling after him as he talks and walks on a street at seven in the evening.

“always”

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Since: May 12

Ticklaw

#31065 Jul 20, 2013
xxxrayted wrote:
<quoted text>
For all we know, Martin could have been hiding at an angle where he could watch Zimmerman for a while.
Or behind one of those 18" tall bushes lol.

George stated to police that he never made any attempt to communicate with the stranger, that the stranger spoke first.

George stated to police that as he was reaching into his jacket pocket the stranger popped him on the nose.

Are you saying that Trayvon was somehow supposed to know what Zimmerman was reaching for?

“always”

Level 5

Since: May 12

Ticklaw

#31066 Jul 20, 2013
higgans wrote:
<quoted text>
EXCEPT a REAL thug WANNABE was trying his level best to do just exactly that.
isn't it ironic that most REAL thugs routinely attack the young, the elderly, the unawares and THE UNARMED.
"Oops!" may have been TM's last thought before the shot.
ya' think?
according to GZ, even TM new the TRUTH, "You got ME...".
A real thug would have put the fat, lying phk into a coma.

Did you and webbie the moron ever solve the Kansas City missing baby caper? You're an idiot GFY.
higgans

Marion, IN

#31067 Jul 20, 2013
ngrace wrote:
<quoted text>
So much we don't know, yet so much we can clearly see that doesn't add up, from the little we do know.
Excellent post.
President O'Bama: "Now, the question, for me, at least, and - and I think for a lot of folks is, "Where do we take this? How - how do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction?"
I think his questions make it abundantly clear that the only way to take this is by re-examining all the evidence and allowing the public to see ALL of the pieces and ALL of the issues surrounding the death of this kid.
Only then will his death be "part of God's plan" because good always come from bad.
first, to have a MEANINGFUL dialogue from this TRAGEDY if for the side in denial to ADMIT a few facts and REAL possiblities.

fer instance:

the Jury did not know TM... really? the goody-goody version or the ENTIRE, warts-and-all version... like THEY want to bring out about GZ?

if the family persists in pursuing this thru the Legal System, GZ's defense WILL introduce TM's tweets, phone photo's, brags, school discipline records, etc....

the defense will NO longer be constrained by FEAR of a criminal verdict AND THEY WILL AGGRESSIVELY cross and depose the mother, father and Rachel... with NO 'kid gloves'.

no body is perfect or even the 'angel' that TM is currently portrayed as. the image will forever be altered... AND HIS MEMORY.

Tracy M's fathering abilities will be questioned... his veracity.

Sabrina's mothering abilities and the Step-mother's claims will be brought out AND UP.

so far, Rachel has 'modified' her story once or twice SINCE hitting the limelight. if she think's 'Don' was rough and 'disrespectful' before? wait and see....

you folks want the REAL story behind the story to come out? really??

do you really want the REAL Trayvon to be exposed? the boy looking for 'street cred', the REAL currancy in his world, by falsely claiming to have hit a school bus driver? a person with about the same authority rating as, say, a neighborhood watchman?

the ONLY people that kids like TM 'respect' are armed, uniformed cops and very, very possibly armed 'made' street dudes.

in my school, we have an ON-duty police officer, in uniform and ARMED assighned. last year, while subduing an 'unruly' 12-14 year old Alternative school boy, THE KID WENT FOR HIS HOLSTERED gun... in the hallway, AT SCHOOL, and in front of many witnesses!!

12-14 YEARS OLD. that kid, like TM, probably did not have AN OFFICIAL arrest record. he was kept IN school, IN Alt Sch... to 'save' him.

only he and his god knows what 'crimes' he had truly committed because the schools do NOT want to report'em... to have them prematurely labeled criminals or outcast or THUGS.

in the meantime, these kids''crimes' and victims keep mounting up, up and UP.

THAT IS THE NATIONAL CRIME: POOR PARENTING AND LACK OF SOCIAL DISCIPLINE AND VALUES.

that is what ULTIMATELY led to TM's Death.... the same thing that kills hundreds of poor, urban youth across our Nation.... AND THE CIVILIZED WORLD.

let's have THAT discussion... but FIRST, TM's family has to admit the possibility that Trayvon and his peers, like too, TOO many young, black males, 15-19 yrs old, are DESTINED to die violent, senseless deaths... the 'lucky' ones only go to jail.

that may be too hard for mom and dad to do ... and give up the high road and the law suits and fame and ?????
higgans

Marion, IN

#31068 Jul 20, 2013
RuffnReddy wrote:
<quoted text>A real thug....
... caper? You're an idiot GFY.
same to ya'!LOL

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#31069 Jul 20, 2013
higgans wrote:
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good lord, listen to YOUR logic: a 'scared boy' unable to plot an attack but mature enough to NOT want to let a 'creepy-ass cracker'(maybe rapist, now!lol) follow him home.... even though in that dark passageway, NO ONE could see more than 5-10 feet! in front of themselves... and TM was a black person dressed in dark clothes!!
this is not a racial issue...
because...
maybe GZ followed TM AGAINST 'orders' until he 'caught ' him... EXCEPT Rachel said TM WENT BACK TO GZ.
maybe GZ 'attacked' TM first... EXCEPT there is NO physical/witness evidence to back THAT theory UP.
the scared, innocent boy was just 'going home' from a snack run... EXCEPT that when he had 2-4 MINUTES of UNOBSERVED TIME to GO HOME, he did NOT.
TM was an innocent boy not guilty of committing ANY crime... EXCEPT Attempted Murder in the mind of HIS intended victim, who shot him IN SELF-DEFENSE.
those are the FACTS the Trial just PROVED, by BOTH sides, and are NO LONGER in dispute.
and yet??????
None of the "facts" you said were proved, were proved.

No one knows the facts of what happened that night, except for a bunch of eye/ear witnesses (who all gave conflicitng reports) about what happened when they heard someone yelling.

Trayvon Martin was unarmed. Trayvon Martin was doing nothing other than going home. And, hypothetically, even IF Trayvon Martin was caught red-handed in the act of breaking into someone's home/ assaulting some female/or even committing murder, George Zimmerman had no right to shoot and kill him!

It IS an undisputed FACT that George Zimmerman KNEW the self defense/SYG law. George Zimmerman knew exactly what to say, and he did.

As far as being in fear for his life based upon a completely IMPOSSIBLE scenario as to how he was able to get his gun out, his injuries (if you call them injuries), could have very well been self-inflicted. What better way to say you were being "beat up" than to hit yourself in the head with the butt of your OWN gun before cops arrived?

NO ONE, not even the defense's "star witness", John Good, could testify as to what happened between the time he heard the cries for help and the time when the fatal shot was fired, because in his OWN words, he was going to his upstairs window when he heard the shot.

Trayvon Martin was ALSO protected by the same Florida Statutes!

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