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Police video shows Zimmerman with no visible blood or bruises

A police surveillance video of a handcuffed George Zimmerman arriving in a police cruiser shows the shooter of Trayvon Martin as being leaner than he was in the standard photo we’ve seen. More importantly, Zimmerman does not appear to have visible blood or bruises on his face and head, despite his claim that Martin had punched him in the nose, knocked him down and slammed his head into the ground.
Matt Guttman reports for ABC World News, March 28, 2012, that the surveillance video, which was obtained exclusively by ABC News, shows Zimmerman arriving in a police cruiser. As he exits the car, his hands are cuffed behind his back. Zimmerman is frisked and then led down a series of hallways, still cuffed.
Zimmerman, 28, is wearing a red and black fleece and his face and head are cleanly shaven. He appears well built, hardly the portly young man depicted in a 2005 mug shot that until a two days ago was the single image the media had of Zimmerman.
The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and after medical attention it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning. His lawyer later insisted that Zimmerman’s nose had been broken in his scuffle with 17-year-old Martin.
In the video an officer is seen pausing to look at the back of Zimmerman’s head, but no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and he did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.
Zimmerman was not arrested although ABC News has learned that the lead homicide investigator filed an affidavit urging Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter. The prosecutor, however, told the officer to not file the charge because there was not enough evidence for conviction.
For the factual details of the Martin shooting, see my post of March 26.
The deputy manager of Obama’s reelection campaign is now accusing the Republicans of “politicizing” the Trayvon Martin shooting. That is laughable, given the shameless race hustling of political figures such as Jesse Jackson; Representatives Bobby Rush, Maxine Water, Frederica Wilson, Hank Johnson; and Barack Obama himself — all Democrats.
Most egregious of all is the $10,000 reward that the racist New Black Panther Party has offered for the capture of George Zimmerman, wanted dead or alive,” and the call for the mobilization of 10,000 black men to capture Zimmerman. The New Black Panthers are most certainly NOT Republicans.
The Obama reelection campaign’s accusation that Republicans are politicizing the Martin shooting is a classic example of psychological projection. We can now add “political party hustling” to the race hustling of Obama and his fellow Democrats.

UPATE (March 30):

Still photos from the video do show Zimmerman with a head wound. Go here.

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Doing the Trayvon race hustle

The dictionary defines “race hustler” as “individuals of a particular race who project themselves into the media spotlight as spokespersons whenever there is an alledged racial incident which involves their race. The use of the word ‘Hustler’, included as a part of the term, also implies that these individuals exploit a racial situation to serve their own interests.”
Jesse Jackson is a race hustler who is exploiting the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Jackson calls Trayvon a “martyr” and says “blacks are under attack.”
Barack Obama is a race hustler, saying on March 23 “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Imagine the hue and cry if a white President had said that about a white victim of a black shooting.

Here are more race hustlers:

Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a former Black Panther, was removed from the House of Representatives this morning for his hoodie grandstanding “in honor” of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot last month.
A visibly frustrated Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), the speaker pro tempore presiding over the morning session, said: “The member will suspend. The member is no longer recognized. The chair will ask the sergeant-at-arms to enforce the rules on decorum.”
Clause 5 of House Rule No. 17 prohibits the wearing of hats on the House floor.

Congresswoman Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Florida) calls the shooting “racial profiling.” She said, “Trayvon Martin’s murderer is still at large. It’s been one month, thirty days, with no arrest. I want America to see this sweet young boy who was hunted down like a dog, shot in the street, and his killer is still at large […] even though we all know who the murderer is. This was a standard case of racial profiling. No more! No more! We will stand for justice for Treyvon Martin.”
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) says Trayvon “was executed for ‘WWB’ in a ‘GC.’ Walking While Black in a Gated Community.” Johnson is the genius who, in a House Armed Services Committee hearing in 2010, expressed his trepidation that moving 8,000 marines to Guam would tip over the island.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) calls the Trayvon shooting a “hate crime.” A Marxist, Waters is among the most corrupt of Congress, named by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to its list of corrupt members of Congress in its 2005, 2006 and 2009 reports, and by Citizens Against Government Waste as its June 2009 Porker of the Month. Waters has also been accused of stealing from funds donated for Haiti’s earthquake relief.

Most reprehensible of all is director Spike Lee.
Last Friday Lee retweeted to his 240,000 followers a tweet containing the purported address of Trayvon’s shooter George Zimmerman. But the address on Edgewater Circle in Sanford, Florida, is actually the longtime residence of an elderly white Florida couple, David and Elaine McClain.
The McClains, who are both in their 70s, have no connection to Zimmerman and are now living in fear. Elaine McClain is a school-cafeteria lunch lady and has a heart condition. The couple have received hate mail, unwanted visits from reporters and fearful inquiries from neighbors. They’ve fled their home and have temporarily moved to a hotel to avoid the spotlight and possible danger.
Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor contacted Spike Lee’s production company “40 Acres and a Mule.”  Instead of issuing a statement or an apology, the executive office said Spike Lee had “no comment.” Although Lee’s tweet has been removed, it continues to be retweeted.

Where’s the outrage by these race hustlers about the all-too-prevalent black-on-black murders?

According to a U.S. Department of Justice report surveying homicide statistics between 1974 and 2004, 52.2% of the offenders were Black, 45.8% were White, and 2% were Other Races. Of the victims in those homicides, 50.9% were White, 46.9% were Black, and 2.1% were Other Races. The report stated that “most murders are intraracial” with 86% of White murders committed by Whites, and 94% of Black murders committed by Blacks.


Late Wednesday (Mar. 28) night, Spike Lee finally apologized to the McClains with this tweet, “I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was a Mistake. Please Leave The McClain’s [sic] in Peace.”

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Big mob of Trayvon protesters ransack store

80 to 100 high school students demonstrating in support of Trayvon Martin ransacked a Walgreens store in Florida.
WPLG Local10.com reports from North Miami Beach, Florida, March 27, 2012, that the students conducted a “walkout” protest from North Miami Beach Senior High School, calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, who had fatally shot Martin on the evening of Feb. 26 in a gated community in Sanford, FL. Claiming self-defense in the shooting, Zimmerman has not been charged, but the incident is under investigation by both Sanford police and the FBI.
Minutes after walking out of their school Friday, a large group of students walked through the streets of North Miami Beach. Along the way, they stopped at a Walgreens at 163rd Street and 15th Avenue at about 10:40 a.m.
Surveillance video shows dozens of teenagers running through the store. Police said about 80 to 100 students stormed in, ransacking the shelves, before the school’s vice principal ordered everyone outside.
North Miami Beach police said students damaged items worth about $150. No injuries were reported.
Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said, “We do not accept any type of violation on the part of our students. There ought to be consequences, and we’ll be collaborating with whatever law enforcement entity is investigating that issue.” The School Board said the students involved could be prosecuted and face disciplinary action at the school.
Student Jenny Sincere said, “I don’t think they were doing it, like, to be malicious or whatever. They were just in the moment where they weren’t really thinking right because they were so angry.”
Another student Eric On-Sang said, “It showed bad character because that’s not what we were out there for. A few just made us look really bad.”
Some students admitted Tuesday to being part of the rampage. One student said, “I’m not going to lie. I was one of the people that was pushing in there because I was mad.” When asked whether the incident may have hurt their cause, student Christopher Paul said, “Yeah, it kind of did, yeah. I was just angry. I don’t know what the rest of them were doing. I was just trying to make a point for Trayvon. That’s it.”
Police said some of the students dropped their IDs on the way out of the store, so investigators have an idea of who was inside.
So, if you’re mad or angry, then it’s OK to destroy someone else’s property? These narcissistic students are the products of an indulgent society. To top it off, they’re also stupid, having dropped their IDs on the way out of the store.
And who stoked the anger of the students?
Race hustlers like Jesse Jackson who calls Trayvon a “martyr” (martyr to what?) and declares “blacks are under attack”; and Barack Obama who adds fuel to the fire by saying “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
Imagine the outrage if, say, Pres. George W. Bush had said that about the white victim of a black shooting.

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Florida Trayvon shooting – Racist or Race hustling?

Race hustler:
A term coined to describe those individuals of a particular race who project themselves into the media spotlight as spokespersons whenever there is an alledged racial incident which involves their race. The use of the word “Hustler”, included as a part of the term, also implies that these individuals expliot a racial situation to serve their own interests.

Trayvon Martin (l); George Zimmerman (r)

Photo of Martin is deceptive because it was taken when he was 12 years old

The Incident:

George Zimmerman, 28, Latino-white mixed race, shot to death an unarmed black male Trayvon Martin, 17.


Evening of February 26, 2012.


The Retreat at Twin Lakes, a recently-built electronic-gated private community of condos and townhouses in Sanford, Florida. The community reportedly experienced numerous instances of burglary, theft, and one shooting during the previous year, with 402 calls made to the police.

What happened:

Martin was walking to the home of his father’s girlfriend from a convenience store. Zimmerman followed him, after calling the Sanford Police Department’s non-emergency number at 7 p.m., saying he witnessed what he described as “suspicious” behavior — of a man “just walking around slowly looking at houses” in the rain with his hand in his waistband and holding something in his other hand . The police dispatcher tape recorded Zimmerman saying, “This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something.”
The dispatcher recommended that he not take any action, and informed him that police were on the way. Zimmerman reported that Martin had started running. The dispatcher asked him if he was in pursuit and he affirmed that he was. The dispatcher informed him that pursuit was not necessary, saying “We don’t need you to do that.” Zimmerman affirmed “OK” and made arrangements to meet with police when they arrived.
Soon afterward, Zimmerman fatally shot Martin.
When the police arrived, they reported finding Martin face-down and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound in the chest. The police report states that they attempted CPR, paramedics arrived and continued CPR, finally declaring him dead at 7:30 p.m.
Invoking Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman described the shooting to the police who arrived on the scene as self-defense, telling police he had stepped out of his truck to check the name of the street he was on, when Martin attacked him from behind as he walked back to his truck. Zimmerman said he fired the semiautomatic handgun because he feared for his life.
But Martin was unarmed, and was carrying a bag of Skittles candy and a can of Arizona brand iced tea.
Statements by the police say Zimmerman had grass on his back and his back was wet. Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and the back of the head; subsequently his lawyer stated that Zimmerman’s nose was broken. However, the police report does not indicate that Zimmerman required medical attention.
The police took Martin’s body and stored it in a morgue, calling him “John Doe”. The morning after the incident, Trayvon Martin’s father Tracy called missing persons and the police to report his son as missing. Officers were dispatched to the home, where they showed the father a crime scene photograph of Martin for identification purposes.
The responding officers did not arrest Zimmerman, saying on March 12 that they did not find evidence to contradict his claim of self-defense. Sanford police chief Bill Lee stated, “Mr. Zimmerman was not acting outside the legal boundaries of Florida Statute by carrying his weapon when this incident occurred.”

Photo of an older Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin:

  • 17 years old; 6″ 3″; 140 lb.
  • Parents are divorced; Trayvon lived with mother; was visiting his father at father’s fiancee’s rented townhome in Sanford.
  • Had no criminal record , but had just been suspended from school for 10 days for being “late too many times,” according to Trayvon’s English teacher Michelle Kypriss. According to Trayvon’s father, the suspension was because Trayvon was “in an unauthorized area on school property.” Father gave no additional clarifying details.
  • Update (Mar. 27): New information has emerged that paints quite a different picture of Trayvon:
  • He’s been suspended from school three times.
  • He was on suspension when he was shot in February, after officials caught him with a ‘marijuana pipe’ and a baggie with drug residue.
  • Martin was kicked out of school in October for graffiti after he was allegedly caught with a ‘burglary tool’ and a bag full of women’s jewelry.

George Zimmerman:

  • 28 years old; 5′ 9″; 250 lb; married; a registered Democrat and self-identified “Hispanic American”.
  • Son of a Peruvian immigrant mother and a physician and U.S. military veteran father.
  • Licensed to carry a firearm.
  • Respects and admires law enforcement officers and aspires to be one. In 2008, Zimmerman enrolled in the 4-month Seminole County Sheriff’s Office citizens’ law-enforcement academy.In 2009, he re-enrolled in Seminole State College and was working toward an associate degree with the goal of becoming a police officer. Seminole State College withdrew Zimmerman’s enrollment because of the shooting controversy.
  • Criminal record: Zimmerman clearly is a pugnacious man. He was charged in 2005 of “resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer” while interfering with the arrest of a friend. Zimmerman entered a pretrial diversion program, so the charge of resisting arrest is not considered a conviction on his criminal record. Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence by an ex-fiancee who filed for a restraining order against him. Zimmerman counter-filed for a restraining order. A judge eventually ordered them both to stay away from each other for at least one year.
  • A vigilant crime watcher: Zimmerman was chosen as a watch coordinator by his neighbors.Some neighbors call him “strict” while others say he’s “normal,” “helpful” and “passionate about neighborhood security”, having thwarted a previous burglary attempt. According to the Miami Herald, Zimmerman had placed 46 calls to the police since the beginning of 2011, “to report disturbances, break-ins, windows left open and other incidents; nine of those times, he saw someone or something suspicious”.
  • His father said that, in the wake of the controversy, George Zimmerman has received death threats, disconnected his phones, and moved out of his home. Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said Zimmerman had cooperated with investigators. Zimmerman eventually retained an attorney by March 24.

Disputed cell phone calls:

Both Martin and Zimmerman made phone calls during the incident, some of which were recorded. Recordings of 8 calls to the police made on the night of the shooting were released by the Sanford police on March 17, 2012.

  • Early press reports incorrectly indicated that the recordings included the sound of a single shot followed by a voice pleading or begging for help, and then a second shot is heard, after which the voice immediately stopped. Later reports indicate that gun was fired only once. Zimmerman told police at the scene that he was the one crying out for help.
  • According to phone records provided by T-Mobile,Martin was speaking on a cell phone to his girlfriend at the time of the incident. She was interviewed by an attorney, who has made a statement. According to the girl, Martin expressed concern about a “strange man” following him, and she advised him to run. She claims to have heard Martin say “What are you following me for?” followed by a man’s voice responding “What are you doing here?” She said that she heard the sound of pushing and that Martin’s headset suddenly went silent, leading her to believe that he had been knocked down. She attempted to call him back immediately, but was unable to reach him.
  • A portion of what Zimmerman said in the call to police is disputed. Some have suggested the disputed words were “fucking coons”, an ethnic slur used against black people, while others suggest it was “clueless”, “course”, or “punks”. Joe Oliver, a Zimmerman family friend, claimed he heard the word “goon”.

Contradictory witnesses:

  • An eyewitness to the physical altercation just prior to the shooting stated that Martin was on top of Zimmerman and beating him up, while the older man yelled for help.
  • Another witness, who had only heard but not seen the events, believed Martin was the one calling for help, and claimed that the police tried to “correct” her into changing their assertion to Zimmerman as the one calling for help.
  • Yet another witness who also heard but did not see the events, Mary Cutcher, claimed that she believed the cry was from Martin and said that she did not believe that Zimmerman acted in self-defense, contending that she and her roommate heard Martin cry out, followed by a gunshot, whereupon they saw Zimmerman standing over his body.

How the shooting became a racist cause célèbre:

The shooting death of Trayvon Martin has ignited into a racial conflagration, with George Zimmerman and Sanford law enforcement being accused of racism. Zimmerman is accused of racially profiling Martin. Allegations were also made that the Sanford police were protecting Zimmerman.
Thousands of people attended rallies around the country to demand Zimmerman’s arrest,including a gathering on March 22 of civil rights leaders including Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, Dick Gregory, and others.
A petition by the left-wing Change.org has gathered more than 1.3 million signatures demanding Zimmerman’s arrest. The NAACP sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stating that they “have no confidence that, absent federal oversight, the Sanford Police Department will devote the necessary degree of care to its investigation” and requesting that personnel be detailed to Sanford to review the case without bias.
Many people, from self-styled civil rights leaders to public officials, are piling on with incendiary comments and statements about the shooting. They include:

  • Al Sharpton, one of the most outspoken activists in the Martin case, has devoted entire hour of his MSNBC show “PoliticsNation” to coverage of the shooting and interviews with Martin’s parents. On March 22, he participated in a rally in Sanford, Florida with Martin’s family and friends. CNN’s media watchdog Howard Kurtz questions Sharpton’s role as both reporter and activist.
  • Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi vowed that no stone would be left unturned in finding justice in the Trayvon Martin killing case.
    She praised Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to set up a task force to find the truth about what happened, and appointment of a replacement prosecutor for the case, Angela Corey.
  • Jesse Jackson, who called Trayvon a “martyr” and said “blacks are under attack.”
  • And Barack Obama, who on March 23, briefly addressed the Martin killing in response to a reporter’s question. Obama said, “Obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids…. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Imagine if a white President had said that about a white victim of a black shooting!

The racist New Black Panther Party has offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of George Zimmerman. On the steps of Sanford City Hall, New Black Panthers (NBP) handed out wanted dead or alive” fliers that had Zimmerman’s picture. When asked whether he was inciting violence, NBP leader Mikhail Muhammad replied defiantly saying: “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
The bounty announcement came moments after NBP members called for the mobilization of 10,000 black men to capture Zimmerman. Muhammad said members of his group would search for Zimmerman themselves in Maitland and Jacksonville — where Zimmerman had worked before the shooting.
Muhammad said the group’s national chairman, Dr. Malik Zulu Shabaz of Washington, D.C. is receiving donations from black entertainers and athletes.
Sanford police chief Bill Lee repeatedly defended the investigation, stating that the Sanford police did not feel they had conducted a racially biased investigation and welcomed a review of their efforts. Lee stated to reporters that they could not arrest Zimmerman because no evidence contradicted his story, and that to do so would leave them open to litigation. He also stated that though a 911 officer did instruct Zimmerman not to pursue Martin, those instructions are only recommendations that do not carry a legal obligation to comply with them.
Three out of the five members of the Sanford city commission, including the Mayor, passed a motion of no confidence in regards to Lee and his handling of the case. One member of the council, Mark McCarty, then asked for Lee to step down. On Mar 22, 2012, Lee announced publicly that he temporarily stepped down from his position as chief of police, stating “my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process.”

Defense of Zimmerman

  • In an open letter, Zimmerman’s father, Dr. Robert Zimmerman, defended his son against allegations that his actions were racially motivated, stating that Zimmerman was part Hispanic (his mother is a Peruvian immigrant), was raised in a multi-racial family, and “would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever,” claiming that the portrayal of his son as a racist “could not be further from the truth.”
  • Zimmerman’s lawyer Craig Sooner stated that Zimmerman is not a racist, that he had mentored black youths in the past, and that only one side of the story is being told.
  • Zimmerman’s friend, Joe Oliver, 53, a former television news reporter, noted “I’m a black male and all that I know is that George has never given me any reason whatsoever to believe he has anything against people of color.” Oliver said it was Zimmerman’s voice on the 911 tape calling for help.
  • A new witness, known only as John, has come forth telling Sanford police that he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman shortly before the fatal shot.


Florida’s Stand Your Ground law:

Florida law, as of 2005, includes a “stand your ground” provision, under which a person can use deadly force if they reasonably believe it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm, in most circumstances. In many states, such laws protect people in their own homes, but Florida’s version extends the no-retreat premise to vehicles and public places.
Since its passage, shooting deaths with claims of self-defense have nearly tripled.Durell Peaden, a member of the Florida Senate until 2010 and one of the authors of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, said that based upon his understanding of what happened, Zimmerman should be prosecuted. According to Peaden, the law does not say that a person has a right to confront another. “The guy lost his defense right then,” said Peaden. “When [Zimmerman] said ‘I’m following him,’ he lost his defense.” But Zimmerman claimed that he was returning to his SUV when attacked, telling police he had stepped out of his truck to check the name of the street he was on, when Martin attacked him from behind as he walked back to his truck.
[Sources: Wikipedia; Daily Mail; NewsMax; America Conservative 2 Conservative, EUR Web.com]

H/t beloved Tina, Grouchy, Terry, and Wendy.


Former NAACP leader and conservative black pastor C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.” Rev. Bryant said today in an interview with The Daily Call: “His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions.” Bryant, who was once the chapter president of the Garland, Texas NAACP, calls Jackson and Sharpton “race hustlers” who are “acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy.”

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