Presented ByThe Distinguished Gentlemen’s Club Class of 2012
A 17 year old African American male and Florida high school student named Trayvon Martin, was found shot and killed in Sanford, Florida in a community north of Orlando. Trayvon Martin Story with 911 calls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYgNvMMExgw&feature=re lated
A 17 year old unarmed teen was shot and murdered George Zimmerman, admits he killed Trayvon Martin, yet remains free. It makes you question the workings of the “Justice System”.
What if Zimmerman was Black and Trayvon Martin was White? What if they both were White? What if they both were Black?
The stand-your-ground law states that a person may use deadly force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat. Do you think it was rightfully used?
Opinion based Some people believe that the 911 calls have been edited Fact - George Zimmerman is Hispanic and Jewish.
Scarborough from MSNBC (liberal news) speaks on media and Trayvon Martin case. "some racist websites, but also sadly some fairly mainstream websites are actually going into Trayvon Martin’s social media pages, be it Twitter or MySpace, and theyre trying to find ominous looking pictures while skipping over pictures of him holding up a birthday cake smiling, him fishing with his dad, him standing outside proudly of his home dressed in a tux ready to go to prom”• HLN (conservative news) showed pictures of Trayvon Martin trying to portray him as a “thug”• They also bring up that he was suspended from school.
Robert Zimmerman (George Zimmerman’s father) served as a full-time Virginia magistrate from 2000-2006. Please be advised that in Virginia magistrates are judicial officers, but they are not considered "judges" and do not possess trial jurisdiction. Some have speculated Zimmerman’s father may have used that position to get a 2005 charge against his son thrown out (although, while the charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer was dropped, there is no proof Zimmerman’s father played any role in making that happen).
Yusef Hawkins James Craig Anderson Emmett Till James Byrd Jr.
• 16 year old African American who was shot to death in Bensonhurst, an Italian American neighborhood in the New Yusef Hawkins (March 19, 1973 – August 23, 1989) York City borough of Brooklyn.• Hawkins and three friends were attacked by 10 to 30 white youths wielding baseball bats. Joseph Fama, armed with a handgun, shot Hawkins twice in the chest, killing him.• This event was one of three known/publicized killings in NYC in the 1980s. The others being Willie Turks (June 22, 1982) and Michael Griffith (December 20, 1986) in Queens.• Fama was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Keith Modello, another main defendant in the case, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges, but was convicted of 12 other smaller charges which include rioting, unlawful possession of a weapon, and menacing. • On June 26, 2011 49 year old African American was beat, robbed, and ran over by Deryl Dedmon, 18, and a group of white teenagers (Jackson, Mississippi) • Dedmon was heard saying racial slurs and boasted about murdering Anderson • This event generated a high-profile civil-rights investigation by the FBI; Anderson’s death was deemed intentional and “racially motivated.” • Dedmon was sentenced to two life sentences for murder. James Craig Anderson
Emmett Till • 14 year old African American killed by Roy Bryant(July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) and J. W. Milam in Mississippi for flirting with Bryant’s wife • Bryant and Milam, kidnapped Till and beat him to death. • His body was discovered and retrieved from the river three days later. • Bryant and Milam were acquitted of kidnapping and murder charges; months later, they confessed about the events that took place, but could not be convicted due to protection from double jeopardy. • 49 year old African American killed in Jasper Texas by James Byrd, Jr. (May 2, 1949 – June 7, 1998) Shawn Berry, Lawrence Brewer, and John King. • Brewer and King were known white supremacists, and Berry later asserted that he was one as well. Murder of Byrd, Jr. was then considered a hate crime. • This event and the case of Matthew Shepard (Wisconsin 1998) led to the passing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevent Act in 2009 • Major stipulation of Act: gives federal authorities greater ability to engage in hate crimes investigations that local authorities choose not to pursue