Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin killed in the USA


This video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

The Death of Trayvon Martin

A compilation and interpretation of concrete video and audio evidence from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, FL. Security camera footage from The Retreat at Twin Lakes clubhouse is synched to George Zimmerman’s 311 call, and to selections of the 911 calls reporting the shooting. After an introductory set-up, the video proceeds in real time. Animated maps are provided to illustrate the movement of George Zimmerman’s truck and the arrival of the police, as revealed by the “light events” in the security footage, and the comments of the 911 callers.

This evidence combines to establish that George Zimmerman was untruthful in a variety of his statements to the police regarding the shooting.

There is a long stretch of the video where not much happens. I have left it unedited to preserve real time both a) for evidenciary purposes – it establishes that traffic inside RATL was minimal that evening other than Zimmerman’s driving around, and I didn’t want to be accused of editing anything out :-), and b) I want to provide viewers the opportunity to feel just how long Trayvon Martin was standing under the mailbox awning before Zimmerman showed up, to understand just far fetched some of Zimmerman’s claims are in terms of the passage of time.

The research and analysis presented in this video is a collective project of contributors to BCClist.com.

Note: The little box on the right mis-identifies the music used on the soundtrack. It links to the correct artist and album — ‘Half Mute’ by Tuxedomoon — but the track in the video is “KM/Seeding the Clouds” not “Midnite Stroll.”

From the Jamaica Observer in Jamaica:

Trayvon Martin déjà vu in Ferguson

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ON Monday, a United States grand jury decided that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted on any charge for the fatal August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Wilson was never arrested, charged or subjected to any disciplinary action.

The grand jury announcement further jangled nerves already frayed by police killing of a 12-year-old black boy holding a toy gun in a playground in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, and the unpunished killing, earlier, of Trayvon Martin who was armed only with candy and a soft drink. The widely expected verdict in this sordid affair reignites the unresolved debate about racism in policing in America.

The announcement came after the St Louis County Grand Jury met in secrecy 25 times and heard from 60 witnesses before deciding. In a CNN poll, 32 per cent of Americans thought Mr Wilson should be charged with murder and another 25 per cent that he should be charged with some kind of crime. It comes as no surprise that in the latest round of HuffPost/YouGov polling, 64 per cent of black Americans said Mr Wilson was at fault, compared with just 22 per cent of whites.

The whole process has been handled badly, starting with the mayor and the governor whose primary concern was to maintain law and order. Immediately after the Martin and Brown killings, the respective police departments started to supply the media with information suggesting that both youngsters were gang members and were so stupid that they attacked armed officers. Yet no weapons of any kind have been found.

Irrelevant and insensitive comments were made by people, including former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani who said that the shooting was an exception, because 95 per cent of African-Americans are killed by other blacks.

Some 74 per cent of black Americans saw the Brown shooting as part of a larger pattern and not as a freak accident. The number is probably higher in Ferguson, Missouri. The Attorney General’s Office, in a report on racial profiling, found that 86 per cent of traffic stops in Ferguson targeted African-Americans in 2013. The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world with 707 per 100,000 and African-Americans make up 40 per cent of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in prison, although they account for 12 per cent of the American population.

Wilson has expressed no regret, claiming that his life was in danger and that he acted in accordance with his training. Some eyewitnesses have stated that Brown had his hands up at the time of the fatal shot. If the “no remorse, I have done nothing wrong, I was defending myself” justification seems familiar, it is because neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman used it to exculpate himself in the killing of Martin.

Racial profiling is not only in the former confederate states. In Oakland, California, it is reported that 37 out of 45 officer-involved shootings between 2004 and 2008 were of blacks. None was white. One-third of the shootings resulted in fatalities. Although weapons were not found in 40 per cent of cases no officers were charged. One report claims that there is an extrajudicial killing of African-Americans by police and security guards every 28 hours in the US.

Something has to be done about the killing of unarmed young African-Americans by white cops, and it must start by holding them accountable.

Ferguson Thanksgiving: A Former Slave Proposed the Holiday 55 Years Before Lincoln. Why His Version Matters Today: here.

More than 300 arrested in Los Angeles during Ferguson protests: here.

Cleveland police released a video Wednesday of the shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy killed by a police officer this past weekend. The video clearly shows that a police officer shot Rice within two seconds of pulling up to a park gazebo where he was sitting: here.

The Obama Justice Department announced Tuesday that it will not press federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the February 2012 slaying of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin. Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement declaring that “a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here.” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, criticized the decision in comments to reporters following the announcement, which came on the eve of the third anniversary of the killing of the 17-year old in the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida: here.

Murdoch’s Fox News’ euphemism on nazis


This video is called Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps.

From Democracy NOW! in the USA:

Fox Criticized for Calling Neo-Nazis a “Civil Rights Group”

In media news, a Fox affiliate in Florida is facing criticism after it referred to a neo-Nazi group as a “civil rights group” in a report about Trayvon Martin’s killing. Here is part of the Fox report that includes an interview with Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement.

Anchor Jennifer Bisram: “There’s another civil rights group in town: the National Socialist Movement.”

Jeff Schoep: “A lot of people in the community, in the white community down there, had been contacting us out of concern for their safety just because of racial tensions.”

Anchor Jennifer Bisram: “Racial tensions after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is claiming self-defense and has been in hiding now for weeks.”

Jeff Schoep: “We’re a white civil rights organization, and we go into areas where we’re needed and where white citizens need our help.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Socialist Movement has its roots in the original American Nazi Party. It is now one of the largest neo-Nazi organizations in the country. The group openly idolizes Adolf Hitler and calls for the deportation of every non-white person in the country.

Alan Maass, Jeremiah Cleghorn and Joe Richard report on new protests in Sanford as the legal case against George Zimmerman takes another turn: here.

An affidavit filed Thursday outlines the prosecution’s second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman: here.

Why the Racist Tulsa Killings Are Just as Important As the Death of Trayvon Martin: here.

Murdochalypse Comes to America: Is Fox News Next to Fall? Here.

Talking about the Murdoch empire: Britain’s police watchdog tore a chunk out of senior Scotland Yard officers on Thursday who had taken “imprudent decisions” and shown “poor judgement” in their dealings with a former News of the World executive.

Study: Watching Fox News Makes You Less Informed Than Watching No News: here.

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Trayvon Martin killing, new evidence


This video from the USA says about itself:

Via NPR.org: “Now that 911 recordings show how a white Florida man continued to follow a 17-year-old black boy even after police advised him not to — and captured the sound of the man killing the unarmed youth with a shot to the chest — Trayvon Martin‘s family wants the FBI to take over the investigation into his killing…”.* Cenk Uygur, former prosecutor Steve Oh, and Misty Kingma break down the shocking 911 audio with shooter George Zimmerman on The Young Turks.

Trayvon Martin Case Spotlights Florida Town’s History Of ‘Sloppy’ Police Work: here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

New evidence against shooter in death of Trayvon Martin

3 April 2012

Newly released audio and video recordings have strengthened the case against the neighborhood watch vigilante who shot to death Trayvon Martin, further exposing the refusal of local and state officials in Florida to take any action against the killer.

The 17-year-old black youth was shot February 26 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in the town of Sanford, near Orlando, as Martin walked back from a local 7-11 to the apartment where he and his father were staying. Martin was unarmed, carrying only a can of iced tea and a pack of Skittles, when Zimmerman opened fire.

Recordings of the fire rescue dispatcher on the night of Martin’s death, made public Monday, revealed that a second ambulance was called to the scene. It was canceled after police determined that Zimmerman did not need medical attention.

Zimmerman told them he shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman’s father and brother have claimed that Martin attacked him and knocked him to the ground, then pounded his head into the sidewalk pavement, inflicting cuts and bruises, before he fired his weapon. The cancelation of the ambulance suggests that police saw no serious injuries when they arrived on the scene.

A spokesman for lawyers representing the Martin family said there was “not a chance” the ambulance would have been canceled if Zimmerman’s account of a “life and death” struggle with the 17-year-old boy were true.

CCTV footage taken inside the Sanford police station also undermined the shooter’s account. The footage shows no visible injuries to Zimmerman’s face or neck.

An eyewitness account of the attack also contradicted Zimmerman’s claims that he had been badly roughed up by Trayvon Martin before pulling the trigger. According to press reports, the witness saw Zimmerman walking away from Martin’s lifeless body with no blood or other injury visible.

Expert analysis of the 911 call about the incident also discredits Zimmerman’s account. The call was placed by a resident of the Twin Lakes subdivision, where the killing took place, who heard the encounter between the gunman and the youth, and called police. During the call, a voice can be heard screaming for help, followed by the fatal gunshot.

Zimmerman has reportedly claimed that he, not Martin, was the one calling for help. The Orlando Sentinel commissioned two experts in audio analysis to compare Zimmerman’s voice to the voice on the tape of the 911 call: Tom Owen, chair emeritus for the American Board of Recorded Evidence, and Ed Primeau, a Michigan-based sound engineer. Both agreed that the voice calling for help was definitely not Zimmerman.

‘Long Live Zimmerman’ painted on Ohio State’s black cultural center: here.

Unarmed Black Woman Shot and Killed by Chicago Police Officer Less Than a Month After Trayvon Martin Shooting. Rania Khalek, Truthout: “Sutton and Boyd have been independently canvassing the neighborhood where the shooting took place to hear what witnesses and neighbors have to say. According to Sutton, witnesses say the officer appeared intoxicated that night and was known by neighbors to have been drunk most of the time. Witnesses also say the off-duty officer approached the park in an unmarked car dressed in plain clothes while yelling belligerently at the crowd to ‘shut up.’ More importantly, they say he never identified himself as a police officer”: here.

Teacher Fired for Organizing a Fundraiser for Trayvon Martin: here.

Woman Accuses George Zimmerman Of Molesting Her For Years: here.

40 Years on, 1960s Black Radical Still Suffers Racial and Political Injustice. Rania Khalek, Truthout: “The consequences of America’s racist history still linger deep into the present. No one understands this better than Gary Freeman, a 1960s black civil rights activist whose life has been turned upside down by the racial and political injustice perpetuated first by the United States and now by Canada. Freeman has spent the last four years separated from his Canadian wife and four grown children due to false allegations that he is a former member of the Black Panthers Party. This accusation stems from an incident that took place in 1969, when Freeman, just 19 at the time, shot a white police officer in the arm, which he claims was in self-defense”: here.

Trial of killer of Trayvon Martin nears conclusion: here.

We cannot remain silent after George Zimmerman’s acquittal of the killing of Trayvon Martin: here.

Zimmerman has previous instances of domestic violence, including a restraining order from his ex-fiancee: here.

George Zimmerman arrested after he allegedly pointed shotgun at girlfriend, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says: here.

Trayvon Martin’s death, Florida reactions video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Central Florida workers and students speak on killing of Trayvon Martin.

The killing of Trayvon Martin and the social crisis in the US: here.

Thousands of US citizens marched at the weekend through the Florida town where an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by a neighbourhood watch volunteer: here.

In an interview on Sunday night with Trayvon Martin’s parents, Geraldo Rivera looked to make amends for his controversial comments surrounding the death of their son: here.

Henry A. Giroux | Hoodie Politics: Trayvon Martin and Racist Violence in Post-Racial America. Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: “The killing of a young African-American boy, Trayvon Martin, by an overzealous white Hispanic security guard … has devolved into a spectacle. While there is plenty of moral outrage to go around, a recognition that racism is alive and well in America, and that justice has been hijacked by those who can afford it, the broader and more fundamental questions and analyses are not being raised”: here.

Florida serves as proving ground for pro-gun laws: here.

Trayvon Martin’s parents’ interview, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

28 March 2012

In this video, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin, speak to the World Socialist Web Site about their son’s death and legacy.

More troubling facts emerge in the Trayvon Martin shooting: here.

Hoodies rally in New York after death of black teen Trayvon Martin: here.

Unlike Trayvon Martin, Gun Lovers Can Carry More Than Skittles in Their NRA Hoodies. Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “The National Rifle Association (NRA) never misses a beat on capitalizing on paranoia or profiting from the gun industry. Call it utterly tasteless and macabre, but as ThinkProgress points out, the NRA sells hoodies in its online retail store that are specially designed to hide handguns”: here.

Trayvon Martin’s Email And Facebook Accounts Allegedly Hacked By White Supremacist: here.

Michael Dawson on the Biggest Gulf in American Life. Rakim Brooks, Truthout: “Whether we’re talking about what the role of the government is, what you think of the United Nations, political leaders – Ronald Reagan, Jesse Jackson, Bill Clinton, President Obama – or how to respond to [Hurricane] Katrina and whether it had anything to do with race, across a wide variety of issues we see differences between mainstream black and white American opinion that dwarfs anything in American public opinion, period. Democrat versus Republican, men versus women, conservative versus liberal, the black/white divide is the biggest, one of the biggest in the world, and certainly the largest gap in the United States”: here.

The Corporations Bankrolling ALEC, Which Has Promoted the “Stand Your Ground” Gun Law as a “Model” Bill. Brendan Fischer, PRWatch: “The National Rifle Association (NRA) is not the only special interest that has funded ALEC’s operations over the years. Kraft, Wal-Mart, State Farm, and other well-known corporations are ALEC members and give thousands of dollars a year to ALEC to support its work, sit on its board, have a vote on its task forces, and access lawmakers through ALEC meetings at fancy resorts”: here.

After Trayvon Martin in the USA


This video from the USA is called Trayvon Martin Case: Students Rally, Demand Arrest.

The killing of Trayvon Martin is a consequence of the dominance of political reaction in the United States for more than 30 years: here.

“Stand Your Ground,” “Shoot First,” “Make My Day” — state laws asserting an expansive right to self-defense — have come into focus after last month’s killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin: here.

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group: “The ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws in Florida and other states should all be repealed. At best, they are redundant. At worst, as in the Trayvon Martin killing, they are nothing but a license to kill. Police in Sanford, Fla., cited the statute as grounds for their decision not to file charges against Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. Martin, 17, was strolling home from a convenience store, armed with an iced tea and a bag of Skittles, when Zimmerman – a Neighborhood Watch volunteer and wannabe police officer – spotted him and decided he looked suspicious”: here.

Florida’s now-infamous Stand Your Ground law, which lets you shoot someone you consider threatening without facing arrest, let alone prosecution, sounds crazy — and it is. And it’s tempting to dismiss this law as the work of ignorant yahoos. But similar laws have been pushed across the nation, not by ignorant yahoos but by big corporations: here.

7-to-9 Year Old Looked Suspicious Enough for Zimmerman to Call Police in Earlier Incident: here.

Trayvon Martin Case: Police Video Shows No Blood, Bruises On George Zimmerman After Killing: here.

Did Fox News Stop Selling Hoodies After Trayvon Martin‘s Death? Here.

Tens Of Thousands Expected Today At Florida Rally For Trayvon Martin: here.

Trayvon Martin Case: Teen’s Friends Say He Never Picked A Fight: here.

Across the US, many fear that Martin’s “crime,” for which he received a death penalty ordered by neither judge nor jury, was walking while black: here.

One month after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, nearly three out of four Americans say the police should arrest the neighborhood watch volunteer who pulled the trigger, according to a new national survey: here.

Congressman Gets Kicked Off House Floor for Wearing Hoodie for Trayvon: here.

Had Bob Dylan not written a song about it, the death of Hattie Carroll might have been long forgotten: here.

After Trayvon Martin’s death in the USA


This video from the USA is called EPIC FAIL by Police in Trayvon Martin Investigation.

ALEC Ratified NRA-Conceived Law That May Protect Trayvon Martin‘s Killer. Brendan Fischer, PR Watch in the USA: “A Florida law that may protect the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February is the template for an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) ‘model bill’ that has been pushed in other states. The bill was brought to ALEC by the National Rifle Association (NRA), and fits into a pattern of ALEC bills that disproportionately impact communities of color”: here.

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “Let’s face the racial politics simmering in the Trayvon Martin murder head-on: if Zimmerman were black and Martin a local white high school teenage athlete, then Zimmerman would be in jail facing a homicide rap, regardless of Florida’s license to kill”: here.

Thousands of protesters rallied in Sanford, Florida, 30 miles north of Orlando, on Thursday to protest the murder of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager, who was gunned down by a neighborhood watch captain on February 26: here.

Sanford, FL’s history includes a moment of intolerance and bigotry that almost derailed Jackie Robinson: here.

Frances Robles, McClatchy Newspapers: “The aftershocks of Trayvon Martin’s killing continued to reverberate Thursday from Sanford to South Florida, as the embattled police chief and state attorney overseeing the investigation stepped down hours after more than 1,000 Miami-Dade high school students staged a walkout to protest the lack of criminal charges in the case”: here.

Over 1,000 US citizens rallied peacefully in Sanford, Florida, on Thursday to demand justice for the family of a black teenager who was shot dead by a neighbourhood watch captain: here.

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Writers Group: “For every black man in America, from the millionaire in the corner office to the mechanic in the local garage, the Trayvon Martin tragedy is personal. It could have been me or one of my sons. It could have been any of us. How many George Zimmermans are out there cruising the streets? How many guys with chips on their shoulders and itchy fingers on the triggers of loaded handguns? How many self-imagined guardians of the peace who say the words ‘black male’ with a sneer?” Here.

Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: “Racist whites are coming out of the woodwork now. The fear of the other – blacks, Muslims, Mexicans – has now become a virulent public cancer destroying our civil society and democratic principles”: here.

Trayvon Martin and the history of lynching: here.

Miami Heat pay homage to Trayvon Martin by donning hoodies: here.

Newt Gingrich Condemns President Obama’s Thoughtful Words About Trayvon Martin, Calls Them “Appalling”: here.