George Zimmerman Hit With Second-Degree Murder Charge In Death Of Trayvon Martin

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George Zimmerman could face life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.
A special prosecutor in Florida announced tonight that wannabe cop George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen fatally shot in February.

"Forty-five days after Trayvon Martin's life came to a violent end, the wheels of justice have finally begun to turn. This is an important first step toward bringing justice for Trayvon and his family," Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, says in a statement released following the announcement.

Authorities say Zimmerman shot Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black kid, on February 26 in Sanford, Florida, as Martin was on his way home from a convenience store.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, claims he shot Martin in self-defense, citing Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows a person to use deadly force if they feel their life is in danger.

Since the shooting, there have been seemingly endless protests calling for Zimmerman's arrest after Florida police initially released him.

"Trayvon's case moved the nation because it underscored the twin tragedies that affect so many of our young people: Trayvon was profiled because of his race--looked upon as a threat rather than the loving son he was," Jealous continues. "And then, once he became a victim, he was neglected by the very police department tasked with protecting our communities and families. As a nation, we've got to address the issues of racial profiling and the valuation of black mens' lives by law enforcement. In the months ahead the months ahead, the NAACP and our allies in the civil rights community will continue to take these issues on as well as the urgent need to repeal stand-your-ground laws."

Zimmerman turned himself into authorities this morning. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

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OneAmerica
OneAmerica

It's all partof the Fifth Column mentality that has permeated our country for the past four years born out of some innate fear of all Americans standing together shoulder-to-shoulder equally, regardless of race. We are all part of the human race.

JeffreyJSmith NewYork
JeffreyJSmith NewYork

Question-have the police completed a full investigation of what occurred. If so,Where is the report? Did they find criminal behavior? What was that exact illegal behavior?. See, we all have to see that before anyone takes a position on what happened. As far as this prosecution; charging someone in an atmosphere in which one side is demanding charges be brought and threatening violent actions if it is not Is always a very questionable. Is this prosecution fact based or is this another Lt. Calley type prosecution, mounted because a group of activists are howlingloud protests from many street corners. The very serious step of prosecution MUST be driven ONLY by factual evidence…not political or racial street carnival

JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com

Lawman
Lawman

This is a situation where Zimmerman is claiming self defense. Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law doesn't give someone the right to use deadly force, it just spells out what a person is or is not required to do before using deadly force when they fear for their life. "Stand your ground" just gives a person the choice of defending themselves without the requirement to "retreat" before using deadly force.Simply put: Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law doesn't have anything to do with this case. This case is about self defense, not Zimmerman standing his ground.

One America
One America

You are a moron and clearly have not been following the facts that have been presented since the incept of this terrible tragedy. This type of sentiment underscores what is wrong with our society when vigilantism and racial profiling are lauded and being murdered in cold blood on a street for the "crime" of "wwb" in an area where someone with the right corrections can appoint themselves judge, jury and executioner. This young man feared for his life after being stalked while walking back to his father's home after purchasing some snacks. All the while back he was talking to his girlfriend on the phone where he expressed his fear when aware he was being stalked. Once Zimmerman contacted 911 forhis expressed concerns and was clearly advised at that time to not continue to follow this young man which he disregarded. This is the point at which claiming to be protected nuder Stand Your Ground law ceases. He was the aggressor in this tragic series of events and caused the demise of this youg man.  If Zimmerman suffered any bumps or scrapes, which are really not evident, I pose the question. would you not also struggle and fight for your life if someone confronted you with a weapon and you felt your life was in danger. It's incredible in this day and age that we still only see a person and judge by their skin color. It's also amazing to me how the facts are being omitted in certain broadcast mediums. I may have my opinion and others may have theirs but the facts, in a timeline of event, speak for themselves. It's all partof the Fifth Column mentality that has permeated our country for the past four years born out of some innate fear of all Americans standing together shoulder-to-shoulder equally, regardless of race. We are all part of the human race.

JeffreyJSmith NewYork
JeffreyJSmith NewYork

Notice what has occurred here, because it’s exactly what is wrong with the entire treatment of this incident and not incidentally Mr. Zimmerman. We have observers like the above who, when someone in a calm tone simply asks that we suspend judgment Till the ENTIRE body of evidence is presented, either from a complete competent And unbiased Investigation, NOT done under pressure from groups who want the given predetermined verdict, you immediately have a response not of intelligent counter argument but of personal attack and abuse. Then you get the classic old racial agitation of the 1960’s which has made our society the “wonderful” and  “workable” place it is. Again, what REALLY happened in this incident? We don’t know. Certainly, you or I don’t know. Fragmented reports in the media or pronouncements by either side don’t not, sir, constitute evidence. ONLY verifiedevidence should EVER determine how someone who is suspected, let alone charged with wrongdoing is judged. None of this process should take place either in or as a result of a political or racial street carnival. Personal abuse or simple repeating of the fragmented “reports” of the various sides doesn’t move this process forward towards a just conclusion. But now, precisely because of the kind of public statements such as you offered, a just treatment of this issue is almost certainly impossible. How do you empanel any kind of jury in this atmosphere…almost impossible. So how does Mr. Zimmerman receive justice? The actions of the voices, such as yours, make this process more and more difficult.     

JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com

Yzzazz
Yzzazz

How dare you!!  MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD!?  The REAL facts of the case do not support that conclusion whatsoever.  Why do you perpetuate the LIES about Trayvon!?  He was a thug!  

He was on 10-DAY SUSPENSION for attacking a bus driver, and is father LIED about that to the media.  He bashed Zimmerman's (a hispanic) head against the sidewalk until the man defended himself.  

YOU are worse than a moron. You are joining a group lie and trying to blame white people for doing something that didn't even happen here. 

REAL Hate crimes and racial violence look like this:

http://www.examiner.com/charle... 

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