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March 21st, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Rep. Brown on why she's suggesting 'hate crime' charges in Trayvon shooting, says Zimmerman should have gun permit revoked

There's growing outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen in Florida.

The U.S. Justice Department is now investigating what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed.

NAACP president Ben Jealous says the call to action on Facebook, Twitter and the rallies through the streets shows the power of the people to make sure justice is heard for Trayvon.

Martin was shot to death by George Zimmerman in the Florida district of Representative Corrine Brown. She is asking the Justice Department to consider Martin's death as a "hate crime," and says failing to investigate the shooting leads people to think that the justice system isn't fair.

Brown talks with Soledad this morning on "Starting Point" about the investigation. In her interview, Brown says the state should review the "Stand Your Ground" law, which some say is the reason Zimmerman wasn't charged in the first place. The law states a person has the right to meet force with force, including deadly force.

"America is better than this," Brown tells Soledad. "We are better people than this. And we have to take this as a teaching moment and figure out what we can do to correct this. There's something wrong with this picture."

Resources:
Read Rep. Brown's letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on the Trayvon Martin investigation.
Press release from Rep. Brown's office stating that she will suggest hate crime charges be filed in the Martin shooting.


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    March 31, 2012 at 4:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Churchill

    The failure to arrest this murderer is suttle bait by the Police to instigate violence. Please people., resist the temptation and remain calm. There is no justification for the refusal to arrest Zimmerman.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. tom e

    The kid punched Zimmerman and got shot. End of story. Everything is now about race. People are getting tired of it. That and gas prices will doom obama.

    March 23, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. tom e

    Ever since Obammy was elected, race relations have gone downhill. White people are tired of everything being race. The kid punched Zimmerman and got shot period. He was visiting his dad and girlfriend yea right. where is mom. Another gansta gone.

    March 23, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. buddy

    Jacob,

    How come no one else can back up your unfound truth?

    March 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. angry in Philadelphia

    very upset! this is so clear it's killing me this WHiTE guy shot a black kid and looks like he may get away with it lets stop playing games and be realy he got shot because he was black and the police did nothing because the guy doing the crime was white and thats a fact. if it had been a white kid that got shot we all know we would be reading about some angry black man that had to be shot or put in jail for killing the white kid. there is a big problem here. look at all the police did say that not only does this zimm guy have a color problem but so does the police department...... sending a narcotics police to see what happen and not homicide come on...............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ugly Truth

    http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t3#/video/crime/2012/03/22/pkg-kaye-dooley-stand-ground-fl.cnn

    Funny when the races are reversed there's no Al or Jessie around.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. shae

    so lets assume that there was some altercation between the child and the adult. the point is zimmerman was told by the operator once he called for the police to NOT pursue the boy! he pursued the child confronted him with a gun. he had no badge, no authority over this young man. if it was a police officer then this would be a different case. how would you feel if your simply walking around in your neighborhood to be confronted by someone questioning what you are doing? They arent a police officer and have no authority whatsoever. I would be upset to! He murdered a child and Zimmerman is guilty beyond a doubt and he just be punished to the fullest extent of the law!

    March 22, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jonathan

    Absolutely this was a hate crime. Anyone with more than two functional brain cells who has looked into this case can see that this is a clear cut case of a grown man who saw a black kid on HIS street, and decided to do something about it. There is no way that a grown, armed man in an SUV is going to be afraid of a scrawny kid who is running away. This monster needs to be arrested, tried, convicted, and executed.

    Then, the police who have yet to do anything in this matter should all be arrested and charged with being accessories after the fact, dereliction of duty, obstruction of justice, and hate crimes of their own.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Anchorite

    I don't know if this was a hate crime, but it really doesn't matter. He incorrectly decided Trayvon was a criminal, and he became one himself by killing him over it. 2nd deg murder, and what Sanford PD has done, tried to protect the criminal instead of the victim, is even worse. Anyone who doesn't go and arrest Zimmerman today should be arrested for corruption and aiding and abetting a fugitive from justice.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. GrouchyKat

    Calling this a "Hate Crime" detracts from the real hate crimes out there. The crimes where people are tortured and then killed. This is a crime, but it's not a hate crime.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. rob

    It should be investigated as a hate crime, but only the courts can determine if it actually was a hate crime. We don't know that he was murdered because of his race at this point. But without a thorough 'hate crime' investigation how will we ever know? My intuition tells me it was race related, but that is an assessment only the courts and jury can make. There is also a question regarding hate crimes. Was he murdered because of his race, or was he stopped because of his race (profiling) whereas the murder occurred as a result of nonracially motived circumstances?

    March 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Taysha

    This Is A (HATE CRIME) This Man Should Be Put In Jail , This Is Really Sad , Im A Black FeMale Im Really UpSet , This Boy Cried For Help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT MAN NEED TO BE IN JAIL......... 😦 Reat In ParaDise TrayVon..........!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jacob

    People need to do their research before jumping to conclusions. Witnesses said Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman beating him up.http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/news/seminole_news/022712-man-shot-and-killed-in-neighborhood-altercation#ixzz1phFMGCu4 This is the very first news report of this incident.

    "The guy on the bottom, who had a red sweater on, was yelling to me, 'Help! Help!' and I told him to stop, and I was calling 911," said the witness, who asked to be identified only by his first name, John.

    John said he locked his patio door, ran upstairs and heard at least one gun shot.

    "And then, when I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on the top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point."

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    March 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anchorite

      If someone threatened me with a gun and started approaching and interrogating me, I would jump on him and attack him to save my life. Florida has a "stand your ground law" in case you haven't noticed, and it allowed Trayvon to be within his rights to respond if Zimmerman acted aggressively to him or displayed a weapon.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sherry macmanes

      This report also got some of the facts wrong, the point is that we don't know exactly what happened. But we do know that Zimmerman was following Martin (he admitted it), we do know that Martin was unarmed and that he is dead of a gun shot wound inflicted by Zimmerman and we do know that he was killed in a public place. An aggressor cannot claim self defense, what ever happened Zimmerman was the aggressor in following Martin and again in using a gun...if Zimmerman has a defense it needs to be presented to a JURY, AFTER he is ARRESTED.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. TBF1914

    This is definitely a crime. In addition, race is involved!!! However, I don't believe the written law is the issue here but the loose interpretation of the law by the police and Zimmerman. Don't take away law abiding citizens rights to defend themselves when someone is trying to harm them. This is America, we have the right to protect ourselves at all times. IT IS CLEAR IN THIS CASE, ZIMMERMAN WAS NOT DEFENDING HIMSELF!!!

    March 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Oregon

    What is wrong with the south?

    March 22, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • lnc

      Speaking as a white Southerner, I think we're afraid of people who don't look like we do. I don't think that's an attitude limited to the South though. When we lived in Washington state people were leery of our Texas accents. When we lived in Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina we were accepted with no questions asked. When we attened a Mass given in Spanish in Texas no one in the congregation sat on the row with us. We were the only non-Hispanics in the church that day for that Mass. I grew up around other white people and didn't have Hispanic or Black friends. I don't think Zimmerman is a victim of his upbringing though–I think he's paranoid and watches too many news stories in which the perpetrators are young Black men wearing hoodies!

      March 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • B Southfair

      First and foremost please remember there is nothing wrong with the South, it is the people which may up the South.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Antoinette

    This is unjustice and sad. George Zimmerman continue to be a free man. I have three son's of my own and I feel the greive for the Martin family. The media do you know why He is in hiding?????? he's probably making plans to fled to his country. The Sanford police need to take a stand and put this guy in jail. How and why....... would you take a life for no reason. Zimmerman needs to be in JAIL FOR LIFE.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Fred

    This is a new tourism experiment by the City of Sanford. Bring down anyone you want to eliminate, dress them in a hoodie with Skittles in the pocket, give them a can of iced tea, and let them go for a walk. Problem solved. Expect to see their ads in magazines shortly. Motel room, meals, welcome to the city all included.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Oregon

    He would not have questioned, harassed or killed the kid if he was white. No question about that. Therefore hate was clearly on the man's mind. He needs to be taken off the streets by a new set of local "peace" officers.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Logic

    Hate crime? No. Paranoid idiot with a gun crime? Yes. At best this should be negligent homicide. This person should not have been out carrying a gun.

    If you want protection without the danger, have TWO people patrolling WITH RADIOS/PHONES. I am sure the gated community gets quick police response, and if the kid gets shot, it won't be a citizen doing it.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Mark

    I am confused about a residents defense of Zimmerman. He feels that all the young teen needed to do was state what his business was in the area. The resident similar to Zimmerman forgets that Zimmerman is not an authority figure. Further, his vehicle that he was following Martin with was not official or marked in any way, why would one think to comply with a stranger in a car. Plus, Zimmerman never identified himself as to why he was making such inquiries. Zimmerman was clearly the aggressor. I'm not even sure how this can possibly be misconstrued? The police department has a lot to answer for and why another day has passed and Zimmerman is walking free is beyond me.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Angelica

    Hate Crime possibly. How much authority do the block watch captain have. I dont know any block watch captains that can gun down an unarmed male and NOT be formally question or detained. The hate is on the side of Florida police. i believe they were slow on this case and lackadaisical in their pursuit because it was a black youth. As much as people hate to admit America is still racist, it still is. No white honor student male can be gunned down and nothing happen. The fact is the police were dragging this out because as well all no the longer it takes the harder it is to get credible witnesses and that is what this case needs to be won

    March 22, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Retired Army

    Can't say whether this was a hate crime or not.....but it definately was a crime.

    This Zimmerman guy should be arrested, charged with murder.....and judged in a court of law. For the police to not charge or even question Zimmerman regarding his actions that night borders on Police Misconduct.

    This case is gonna get a lot worse befor it gets better.

    March 22, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Scott

    The "stand your ground" rule is not relevant if you persue someone and initiate the confrontation. Also, you do not think this could be a hate crime if one of them is not white? You are ignorant if you believe that, some of these comments are rediculous. The guy should be in jail.

    March 22, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. mom4life

    i think this is definitely a hate crime. I cannot imagine the feelings of these parents. You do everythimg to safeguard your child and he's shot down in the streets like a dog because of the color of his skin. This case raises the obvious issues, but RACIAL PROFILING is at the center of it. Racial profiling is common for those who argue it doesnt exist. Its not only hurtful or discriminatory, but can lead to dire events, such as incarceration and in this case, death. My son, half Latino and my husband, have been profiled so many times. The most ridiculous was when the state trooper talked to him as if he didnt understand English and made comments suggesting he had stolen the car. My son was an honor student, two miles away from his school.

    March 22, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  26. airman

    He'll be charged if only on the simple grounds of the public outrage and to appease the black community. If he's not there will be a riot for sure. I think Mr. Zimmerman made a huge mistake. A hate crime I think not. Paranoia yes. If any charges will come they will be manslaughter I'm sure.

    March 22, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Bobo

    Big surprise, Mr. Zimmerman is NOT WHITE!! He is HISPANIC!! According to the police, he was bleeding from the nose and the back of his head. Did he attack himself or did that poor innocent child decide to open a can of whoop a$$ on him?

    I'm not passing judgement in either direction...I wasn't there. However, the media and some members of the publid seem to skip right over that piece of information. Just saying....hmmmm?

    March 22, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wayne

      So if someone is to confront you with a weapon and threaten to shoot you after following you and getting out of a car, you wouldn't fight back. The boy was walking home. If Zimmerman didn't leave his vehicle, he would not have any bumps and bruises and Trayvon would still be alive today.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Mike in Florida

    From what I have read on Florida gun law . . .
    1. I should EXPECT to be arrested if I use a gun to protect my life. This did not happen in Sanford.
    2. "Stand Your Ground." is the LAST Resort if you can not retreat or need to stand your ground to protect your life or home. "Stand Your Ground" is being completely mis-represented. "Stand Your Ground" has NOTHING to do with an armed adult stalking someone from a motor vehicle then, exiting the vehicle to provoke a confrontation with an unarmed minor. I'm no lawyer but It seems to be a clear cut case of a hate crime and an execution.
    3. "Stand Your Ground" occurred INSIDE the automobile. . . . once Zimmerman exited the vehicle, he gave up his right to stand his ground and the stand your ground transferred to the teen who was shot. The TEEN had the right to stand his ground because he was not doing anything illegal.

    March 22, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Joe

    Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom were victums of a hate crime; this is more of a bad police investigation story.

    March 22, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  30. calvin

    This is such a sad tragedy no matter what way you look at it. A life was lost whether George is innocent or not. Whether this was racial or not, people do not realize the cause and effect it that sparks many other things. It is also sad to know that ignorant people like Mr Taffee- one of the neighbors is still racila profiling. In his interview with Vinnie Politan he refrenced that in 2006 the community was predominately white. His words because of the bad economy has caused the neighborhhod to now have a mixture of all races equally. It is so hard for some people to actually belive that there are people of all races that can afford what once what only afforded to the white race. No one race is superior to another no matter what is percieved for some to think. God made all people and his blessings rain on all-no matter what the devil triies to stir up. Racism is of the devil. God loves ALL

    March 22, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  31. trumpsahead

    On the other hand, this whole thing, this terribly tragic incident, may have been set up by the powers that be -
    An Association with ties to gangsters in politics hires a man as Neighborhood Watchman. They purposely get someone who is not the most disciplined and somewhat over-zealous, which is determined from his past experiences. They hire him but give him "no formal training" on how to present and confront guests or suspects and how to "obey" dispatchers when he calls 911. Okay, the topper is they do not give him a uniform to wear in order to set the stage for the eventual tragedy that happened that night.
    Now all America is watching this case very closely. While this is very tragic and I'm so sorry for the Martin's loss of their beautiful young son, our govt and media work together I believe to control the masses to a large degree. This story is designed to keep our attention glued to the Martin case while Obama is creating thousands of Executive Orders to take away our liberties even as I write this.
    Here's the kicker, a win-win for Obama. Govt lets the case build up 'til it's about to explode, then Bama "comes to the rescue" and investigates and finds Zimmerman guilty of wreckless use of a firearm or something. All the black families are happy that Obama decided in Martin's favor and vote for Obama in 2012 presidential election. The end of scam.
    Next scene: 2013, false flag attack on America; marshall law; civil unrest, riots, civil war, Revolution.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • LM1962

      Wow – you have serious issues. You should try creative writing or maybe Thorazine...

      March 22, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • geeq

      as a parent & grandparent, I cannot imagine how I would feel if this was my child or grandchild. all color is beautiful and I am a person of color, white. God bless this young man and his family and may all people of color rally to stop these crimes.

      March 22, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • mom4life

      I have taught my children to be aware of racists and to not trust police. I have also taught them not to brake the law. I find it ridiculous to talk about political gain in this tragedy, A civilian gunned down a teenager for no reason except he looked suspicious because he was black This is a parent's worst nightmare and a national tragedy. Its about RACISM. I wish all the evangelical churches would preach about the sin of racism.....

      March 22, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • looney tunes^

      Yes, everyone is out to take away YOUR freedoms, this is all about YOU, with the added bonus of somehow making Obama look good. Yes, of course this is the "liberal media" at it again...

      Get your head out of your a** or go back to your drivel that is Fox News. This is a tragedy and trying to blame it on "liberals" is about as pathetic as it gets.

      March 22, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Retired Army

      Wow.....you are the paronoid one......ain't ya?

      March 22, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • iconz

      wow!! did you make that story up all by your self??

      March 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. trumpsahead

    I read that Zimmerman was appointed Watchman for the neighborhood. Who appointed him? Was it the Association of all those Condominiums or something? If so, he should have been wearing a "special uniform shirt or jacket" which identifies him as a Neighborhood Watchman; also, a clearly visual "badge" and/or "name tag" should have been embroidered or pinned on his uniform shirt or jacket. I read he was wearing a "white t-shirt"; don't know if this is correct. But if it is so, then I must assume that the Association or whoever appointed this man as Watchman, is grossly negligent for the safety of the neighborhood citizens and guests because he was not wearing a uniform or special shirt or jacket that sent a clear signal he was "on duty as a guard or Watchman" for the neighborhood. So the Martin family should sue for $1Billion on those grounds alone.

    Zimmerman was told by the 911dispatcher "we don't need you to follow" the man, which meant "do not follow". Zimmerman disobeyed and took it upon himself to "apprehend". Also, I did not read anywhere that Zimmerman signaled by voice to Martin that he was "the neighborhood watchman", and if this is so, then that would be cause for another law suit against Zimmerman and Association in have an untrained and undisciplined watchman on duty.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • LM1962

      No one has an obligation to stop – talk to – or recognize the authority of a "neighborhood watchman" or even a uniformed "security guard" for that matter. These "faux cops" hold no authority over any other citizen. Their ONLY power is to call the real police unless they SPECIFICALLY have witnessed a crime – and then they can engage in a citizens arrest (just like anyone else). They cannot confront, question, apprehend, or impede anyone. This guard OBVIOUSLY exceeded his powers. He chased down a subject and confronted him. Uniform or not – he did not have that authority – much less the authority to pull a gun and shoot someone holding a bag of Skittles.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ellen M

      Clearly neighborhood watches need structure. Clearly the citizens who patrol should KNOW THEIR NEIGHBORS AND REGULAR GUESTS.Also,neighbors and guests ought to know the "watchmen" patroling. The irrational excuse that the man acted unwise/overzealous is because previous breakins were done by "blacks",as one of the neighbors in that community said. To men that statement alone shows how people only see color(racial profiling) and didn't pay attention(or didn't care to understand) the age,build, or other features of the robbers. That neighborhood watch should be dibanned in favor of a private ,trained,rational security co.

      March 22, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Weiss

      It is not mandatory to obey instructions given to you by a 911 operator. Many neighborhoods have watch programs, I don't think you can sue a group of volunteers because one of their members had a gun. This is a tragic event. He should be arrested, I cannot speak for what happened just before the shooting because I was not there.

      March 22, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  33. JP

    Now that news of Zimmarman not being white is out it should take the wind out of the sails of the liberal media and all the race baiting politicians. It is tragic that a young kid is dead, but it is more tragic that people will use this to push their agenda. Everyone needs to take a deep breath and wait for all the details to emerge.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • LM1962

      Because... one minority can't be prejudiced against another minority, right?

      March 22, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      Hate to burst your bubble but hispanic is not a race. Hispanic fall under the classification of caucasian. There are 4 races in the world and hispanic is not one of them.

      March 22, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Taysha

        Your Point Is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        March 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • owsla40

        traffic tickets in el paso texas have a box that says hispanic or not hispanic. I was always thought that odd

        March 22, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Ronald W.

    Zimmerman followed and unarmed minor with a weapon and shot him. How is that self-defense? I listened to the tape of him speaking to authorities, He looks suspicious.. " He is walking with his hand in his belt. He is a black male. These people always get away." The operator told him to stop following him. He didn't listen.. now that child is dead. I am a black male. Sometimes when I talk on the phone outside at night, I put my hand inside my waistband because its cold. If I was in that neighborhood I could've died that night.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. MILPOLICE

    REP Connie Brown sounds like she needs a drug test, she can hardly convey a logical thought and speak English. Second these are the same jokers who are afraid to call Muslims out when they chop off American Soldiers heads and now they demand justice when a Hispanic male shoots a black youth. The death is tragic and this moron shouldn't be carrying a firearm, give the police a chance to look into this, seems like the REP Connie Brown prefers mob rule. Then again the Socialist and the Communists we call them Democrats now-a-days prefer this racial division and class warfare. Top Down Bottom Up!!! Just another Jedi Mind Trick to keep us off the gas prices and 16 Trillion in debt.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  36. myklds

    There was suspicion, chase and struggle/wrestling. Paranoia? YES! Hate? I think, not! In other words, it could homicide, not hate crime.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Jay

    No one has right to kill. This is insult to self defense Law as a Kid who doesn't have any arm will be life threatening when cops already coming to that location. Why cops not arresting to that person, when they do not have authority to judge if he is innocent or not. A kid is dead at the spot, and police should arrest the guy, and let court decide if he is right or not. Cops definitely biased in this case.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  38. ED

    I think that it is a travesty that this young man Trayvon Martin lost his life for no reason but what is an even greater miscarriage of justice is the failure of the Sanford police department and the district attorney's office to properly investigate this homicide just because George Zimmerman said it was "self defense" my god the kid only had a bag of skittles and a soda pop i have always been a objective thinker, I am not the type of person to always cry racism with every situation, but in this instance our system of justice has not only failed Trayvon and his family but has failed society. For example, i personally though that OJ Simpson murdered his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman even though the leading detective Mark Fuhrman may have planted evidence, but the system still at least brought charges against OJ, and there was an investigation and trial the way the system is supposed to work even though he got off he was still due processed.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Naula

    If this is not a hate crime then I don't know what is. And I do believe that the police did not do much because Trayvon was another black victem.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  40. lp

    Did the teen live in that gated community?

    March 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  41. justawhiteguy

    the news said zimmerman called 911 some 46 times in 12 months – does anyone else find that interesting? – and did any of those calls result in arrests or any kind of confrontation? – I'd like to hear those calls.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  42. bob

    when does the riot start?

    March 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  43. PuMpKiN PiE

    Why is everybody so worried about if this guy is authorized to carry a firearm or not? It shouldn't even matter... A child was killed holding skittles! Regardless of race, why shoot him in the first place? When you have an answer, please respond...

    March 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Stephanie

    Anderson – the person you interviewed who spoke in defense of George Zimmerman's character stated something to the effect,"if only he (Trayvon) had answered (George) as to what he was doing..." – Why didn't you call him on that statement?! Did I miss something in the reporting of the story over the past few days that Trayvon was asked the question? I only heard George following Trayvon while talking to 911, neighbors when they called 911, Trayvon screaming and a gunshot. And, if Trayvon was asked and didn't responded "appropriately", is that justification?

    March 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  45. ran

    Any person defending this guy is crazy I have read some of these comments about what some people did and got away with, but those people went to the court of law to decide there fate this man was not even arrested or charged with anything and the kid was staying in the gated community he was walking home from the store and approached by a stranger with no authority at all to question him and was shot dead after the 911 dispatcher told him not to follow him come on if this was anyone son you would want at least in investigation and arrested, and him to be tried for this crime.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Jersey girl

    A crime has occurred black, white or indifferent. Stand down means to stop what you are doing plain and simple. What part of stand down did he not understand. Geez

    March 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Joe Blow

    Idiots jumping to conclusions on both sides of the argument....

    March 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  48. jonavark

    "Hate Crime" is a nonsense, unfairly implemented law that should go the way of the Dinosaur.

    What is worse is when websites like this immediately take a side and assume the incident went as they are portraying it. I say, let the law do its job for once without clouding the atmosphere with nonsense.

    CNN, you are using this to drive your agenda. If you actually worked black on black crimes as hard as you do these incidents everyone would be a lot better off.

    It SOUNDS to me like this kid was innocent. Why is that neighborhood so threatened that it would come to this? How did that happen? Excessive crime? From .. who? What put this neighborhood into the position that an armed neighborhood watch person, not a cop, would have the power to kill someone? Answer THOSE questions instead of trying to drive the story in the direction you desire.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Henry

    Is this a HATE CRIME by the true definition of hate crime? not sure but the fact remains that an unarmed teenager who was on his way home or to the residence he was staying was approached and accosted by an adult with a gun for no reason what so ever and eventually shot to death. There was absolutely no threat to this adult or to his home, property or body. He stalked stalked this frighten young man who cried for help. What kind of threat was this kid who had candy and soft drink in his hand to an adult with a gun? Would this has happen if this kid was white? I think not. This family who has lost their loved one and the community in general needs justice. @ Anna you are 100% correct in your assessment.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  50. T

    Some of these insensitive comments remind me of the comments mailed to Look magazine after killers of Emmett Till admitted that they murdered him. This was in 1955 and the killers were never put in prison. This case is quite similar to that thus far. Some people on this blog suggest that the killer was correct. I am disgusted and I cannot bear the thought that, in 2012, there are those who think that this is not a murder motivated by racial biases.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  51. MySay500

    It appears the problem is not only with the hateful idiot that shot him but with the police department. The child is lying in the street dead and the police gives him a drug test. The shooter was not tested. According to today's news, the shooter has a record of domestic violence as well as being arrested for for pulling his gun on someone else several years ago. The police chief needs to be fired for not investigating the shooter and simply doing nothing. He seems to be an idiot and needs to be replaced.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Dawn Jackson

    Dawn Jackson, Jacksonville, FL.– FL. Federal Investigators and the U. S. Justice Department should have no trouble declaring the Trayvon Martin shooting a hate crime. In his own words, George Zimmerman indicts himself, “These a**holes, they always get away.” Investigators and the attorneys on both sides owe it to the Martin family to ask Zimmerman: Who are “they”? What attributes do “they” have? For example, what does “they” look like. Trayvon Martin was never an innocent young man in Zimmerman’s eyes. He was profiled by Zimmerman and determined to be a member of the group “they”, and Zimmerman hated Trayvon because “…they always get away.”

    March 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Lee

    In live in Washington D.C., and every morning, literally every morning, the news reports at least one and oftentimes more than one killing of a young black man or woman by another black. Either in Southwest D.C. or Prince George's County. And in all my life, I have never, never once seen this Congresswoman Corrine Brown on t.v. condeming this or even calling for an investigation. In fact, I never heard of her before she stuck her nose in this "hate crime." Is the murder of blacks okay if it is done by other blacks? Apparently so, Ms. Congresswoman. Total self serving politician. Just trying to whip up racial hysteria for her own political benefit. What a piece of garbage. And by the way, her wig is a hate crime.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • hige

      What you, and many other bigots commenting here fail to realize is, those "BUT BLACKS KILL BLACKS EVERYDAY HUH HUH?" idiotic comments completely lacks insight to what actually happened. The icidents you mention, are dealth with the LEGAL system and the LAW ENFORCEMENT taking action.

      This is different. A child has been killed, and the law enforcement neglected to act properly.
      The cases you mention were delat with arrests. THEY ARE NOTHE SAME THING. How you people fail to see this difference baffles me. Do you have even a shred of intelligence in you?

      March 22, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  54. RTillery

    Take race out of this...it is still hate
    Mr. Zimmerman had contempt for this young man. He felt that Travon should not have the free will to walk in his neighborhood. He placed this young man in a category of people, that he obviously did not like...when he place Travon in that category, he place a value of less than worthy to walk in his neighborhood. Mr Zimmerman devalued the life of Travon Martin, and then killed him. That, my fellow countrymen constitutes a hate crime.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  55. Tracy

    So in florida , i can pick a fight with someone on the street , gated community or even in the mall and when they mouth back at me or even fight me back I as a non law enforcement officer can shoot them even if they are unarmed – this is good to know when I next visit disneyworld. i can lie in wait and anyone i deem suspicious I can pick a fight with and shoot. All those husbands and wives trying to hire hit men to kill their spouses on dateline and 20/20 should hire a hit man under this scenario after planning a trip to florida first.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  56. Michael

    Of course no one likes hearing of anyone dying, no matter their age or race. As of now, I don't see this as a hate crime. How many hate crimes start with the "agressor" calling 911? I am not sticking up for him cause we don't know exactly what happened. He is part of the neighborhood watch and on alert due to numerous recent break-ins in the community. The media keeps saying "black kid killed in gated community" yes it's gated but nearly half the residents are black and you can buy a nearly brand new 1600 sq ft house for less than $100K. A witness Mary Cutcher has now changed her original story that supported Zimmerman's self defense claim. (and original witnesses said Zimmerman was the one getting beat up and screaming help) Also, this case has been in the media for almost a month and we just now learned that he was on the phone with his girlfriend during all this? Again, I am not taking anyone's side and simply want to know the truth. With one of the only true witnesses dead, we may never know. The media isn't bringing awareness they are creating a firestorm of hate and finger pointing. I am sure Zimmerman's family has a cute baby picture of him but I have yet to see it. It's a sad situation regardless. Did Zimmerman's actions cause this? Yes, but I don't see this as a hate crime with the current amount of "evidence"

    March 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Linda Luttrell

    I have no doubt this is a hate crime. The 911 tape is clear. Zimmerman used foul language in talking with the police: "a**hole" (they always get away) and "S***." He already sounded irritated to me. He ignored police advice and pursued this unarmed kid anyway. I closed my eyes and carefully LISTENED to the tape. I definitely heard him mutter "f***ing c**n" under his breath as he was already walking after Treyvon. Later 911 tapes, I hear what sounds like a child screaming for help, and why wouldn't he??? This guy is older, bigger AND... he has a gun! The only mystery to me is WHYIS THIS KILLER NOT IN JAIL AWAITING TRIAL???

    March 21, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  58. tsarpov

    man calls 911, man says he is following a person he thinks is suspicious,the 911 operator ask him if he following the suspect. Man says yes. oerators tell him hiim not to. Man kills kid.
    We find that the boy was on the phone with his girlfriend who was a witness.
    She indicated:
    Boy went to buy candy from store. Boy sees man stalking him. Girlfriend says to run. Boy says he will not run.
    Man confronts boy, boy crys for help, boy get killed. Boy has no weapon and only has candy. Sounds like pre-meditated murder to me.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  59. Robert

    Another example of "corrupt" thinking within our government system... The police, in this case, seem to be incompitent and need to do more and start acting as if they really do care... Please lift up the victims family... They deserve justice!

    March 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  60. Thorstein

    "Hate crime"? Aren't all non-victimless crimes hate crimes? If Trayvon was white, would that somehow make his death not so bad? Then stop with the hate crime crap.

    On a side note, the facts of the case that have come to light so far support Zimmerman's claim of self-defense being.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Norma

      If Trayvon was white, he would have never been followed and killed by Zimmerman.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian

      If you kill someone because of their race that is a "HATE CRIME". If it was White teenager I'm sure Zimmerman would not have even bothered him.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Weiss

        If this is a hate crime, why does everyone seem to think that Zimmerman only hated "Black People?" Maybe he hated white kids too? This child should not be dead, period. However, trying to say that their is no racism towards white people or hate crimes toward white people is so ignorant. Racism exists in all races. Zimmerman was Hispanic, why are you assuming he only "hated" black people. In addition, maybe we should stop with all the what ifs and focus on what happened. A child was murdered, that is tragic. It would not be any less tragic if he was white, hispanic or asian. The face of our nation is changing, many of us have mixed backgrounds and families. I do not think that only black people are the targets of racism. The important thing in this case is to find justice for the family of this child, no matter what color he happened to be.

        March 22, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      Really – please make list of 3 things that shows this to be self defense ??

      March 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Henry

      @Thorstein: Is the victim was white we wouldn't be having this discussion because the shooting would not have occurred.

      Mr. Zimmerman being of another Mexican or white is irrelevant as the victim in this case is of a different ethinicity.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jersey girl

      What was he defending himself from a bag of skittles and a ice tea.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stephanie

      What evidence are you talking about? I haven't heard ANYTHING that tells me there was justification for the murder of a young man. Everyone is surprised that a community watch person would have a gun. Bet when they finally do a search of this man's home, that there is likely an arsenal!

      March 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carl Speed

      "On a side note, the facts of the case that have come to light so far support Zimmerman's claim of self-defense being."

      Thats a huge negative. Zimmerman was pursuing Martin against dispatch/police orders. Martin was unarmed, there was no justification for lethal force whatsoever.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lola

      If Trevon Martin was white we would'nt even be discussing this right now, but he is dead.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • psychopath

      Care to explain how??? support your claim please.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Thorstein

        http://www.sanfordfl.gov/investigation/docs/Twin%20Lakes%20Shooting%20Initial%20Report.pdf

        Read the police report. The "kid armed with skittles" was 17 years old, 6 feet tall, and left Zimmerman bleeding from the face and back of the head.

        March 22, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Stopthemadness

      People like you crack me up. You say it's not a hate crime get over it. Then support Zimmerman by saying there evidence supporting him. You obviously live on another planet the rest of us don't live on where the law is reversed to what it is now. where when you murder and use racial slurs is mandatory. Because here on this planet more and more evidence and criminal history is pointing to Zimmerman having a pure hate and vile filled rage while on 911 while stalking a 17 year old boy with full intentions of hurting or shooting him.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  61. David Sims

    Look back to Dec '10 when the homeless man was beaten in Sanford then you'll understand how they have a history of mis-handling investigations. Amazinly the then police chief retired during that fiasco. I've heard claims the police chief should be let go, Why is it that unless someone challenges the Police Dept nothing get's done? Why did someone have to die to bring this to light? Hope they see the truth behind all this.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  62. Airborne82

    The man was protecting not only his home, but the homes of others living in the same area...VOLUNTEERING non the less....Police have their hands full already, and I feel we need brave men and women who are sick and tired of allowing a lifetime of hardwork to be ruined by low life degenerants such as these....Point being, the kid probably would still be alive if Mom and Dad would have done a better job raising the boy and teaching life lessons of right and wrong...I would have done the same thing !!! NOT A HATE CRIME ISSUE....JUST A RIGHT FROM WRONG ISSUE !!!

    March 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Monica

      My formal education as well as any values that were taught to me must not have been well received as I personally do see how walking down the street was WRONG. The man had already contacted the authorities, so lets just assume that the child was 'up to no good'...how far could he have gotten or what could he have done considering he was being watched and the police were already en route. This man was completely and utterly wrong and the fact that he killed this child can not be justified any any way. (Shaking my head at the absurdity of condoning his actions)

      March 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian

      His parents should have told him not to buy Skittles? What are you saying?

      March 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Millie

      No one else in the community has said they needed help protecting their homes. zimmerman is a 'wanna be' policeman. He is a loser, a low life wanna be. Couldn't make the grade in college, so he puts on a gun and patrols the area, pretending to be a policeman, playing a game of policeman, calling 911 repeatedly because he thinks he is a hotshot policeman. Trayvon's mom and dad raised him well. It appears zimmermans parents failed to raise him well. The photo of zimmerman, his mug shot, speaks for itself. Where is zimmerman's weapon? Why hasn't someone taken it from him? He is still out there playing policeman. The next person he kills could be you.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ash

      Right and wrong???! Are you kidding me? The kid was walking back to the house he was visiting after buying skittles & an iced tea when he was shot! What was he doing that was wrong???

      March 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JustJustice

      Airborne82, your comments are just like Zimmerman's actions... Hateful, hurtful and racist! Trayvon Benjamin Martin was an A/B student, respected his parents, teachers and elders, was a high school junior who had NEVER been suspended or expelled from school, NEVER been in trouble with the police or ANY law enforcement agency. He loved his siblings and was a very typical teenager who loved sports, had a steady girlfriend as was being raised by his father to be an upstanding citizen and man.

      You say that, "The man was protecting not only his home, but the homes of others living in the same area...VOLUNTEERING non the less....Police have their hands full already, and I feel we need brave men and women who are sick and tired of allowing a lifetime of hardwork to be ruined by low life degenerants such as these." Well, sir, Trayvon was breaking into the home of George Zimmerman, he was walking home from the store, IS THAT A CRIME? He was profiled by Zimmerman because of Trayvon was Black. Just be honest with yourself... You know had Trayvon been TRAVIS, a white boy, Zimmerman would've given him a second look, but he locked his eyes on his prey, and preyed on him until he took his life with one shot to the chest. What lessons had Trayvon parents not taught him actually??? Hmmm.. not to run from strangers? Not to scream for help if your life is being threatened, afterall Zimmerman was the person with the gun. What lessons of right and wrong did his parents not teach him??? Trayvon is a citizen of this United States of America just as you are. When he was born into the country he was afforded the same rights of LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINSS. He falls under the United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights as you do. I am so disheartened by the comments that have been stated about a 17 year old that is no longer with us to defend what others are saying... What I do know is Trayvon begged, pleaded and screamed for his life and George Michael Zimmerman silenced his voice, but he will not, I repeat WILL NOT silence the voice of the thousands that believe in JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!

      March 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      Are you serious? Just trying to get a rise out of someone? You would not think that way if it were your son. Answer the question, what did he do to deserve a death sentence?

      March 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ms Kay

      Let's put aside the fact that Trayvon Martin was Black. So what you are saying is, a teenager who is walking HOME with nothing more than skittles and ice tea wearing a hoodie because it is drizzling out and has NO CRIMINAL RECORD is a "low life degenerant" and would still be alive if "Mom and Dad would have done a better job raising the boy and teaching life lessons of right and wrong"?????? ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME????? Your comment alone causes me to believe that you yourself are a LOW LIFE DEGENERANT. Zimmerman's parent obviously didn't raise him right if he's judging every people out of his own fear. He was nothing but a punk for using a gun on someone half his size who was also UNARMED! I pray to GOD you don't have children or else our future is more doomed than it will ever be with your ignorant way of thinking. And FYI, it IS a hate crime because he said a racial slur that can clearly be heard on the tape (maybe you need to listen again). RIP TRAYVON MARTIN

      March 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • 101st Abn (air assault)

      Protecting who, from who. A person walking down the sidewalk, what was he doing? Was he representing a threat, breaking any laws? No, he was not, so what was his crime? A black kid walking down the sidewalk. Police were on the way, Police told Zimmerman to stand down and not, I say again, not to follow him or engage him. I don't care if Zimmerman is white, Latino or pink and purple, he was wrong, he took justice into his own hands. You my friend are a racist, you might want to reread the rubbish that you wrote.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lee

      I have an 81 year old mother who lives alone and I very much appreciate that there are neighborhood watch volunteers who keep an eye on her. This kind of story will probably make volunteers think twice about getting involved. It would be easier to look the other way than to get involved and risk being vilified by the media and all these people who weren't there and don't know what happened. George Zimm may have made a terrible mistake but we don't know all the facts and he and his family have gotten death threats and their home address posted on CNN. I think CNN wants to see him beheaded Taliban style. The media is whipping up a frenzy of hate. Even if he screwed up, he's only 28 years old – born in the 1980's, but eveyone somehow thinks dumping the entire histroy of black's problems on this one guy will solve their problems. It won't. Blacks will keep on killing blacks and commiting crimes and living F**ked up lives. Crucifying Zimmermann won't save you from yourselves.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ddd2987

      He would still be alive if his parents had taught him better. What did they fail to teach him that he should not be outside after dark in an unfamiliar neighborhood because some trigger happy psycho may kill him. Your comment is ridiculous. Whether it was neigborhood watch or not Zimmermans job was to report the crime not jump out and kill an innocent person in cold blood. He should be prosecuted because in fact the boy was not doing anything wrong.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • T

      What do you mean raise him better? The child did NOTHING wrong, you sick, mean, unfeeling awful person.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alyse

      Protecting them from what? A kid walking home from the store after buying his little brother a bag of skittles and iced tea????? You obviously have not listened to the 911 call and if you have you are as dilusional as Zimmerman. He was subdued and cried for help...actually whimpered for help and that man shot an innocent kid in cold blood in the chest. A kid who was almost over 100lbs light than him. It IS a hate crime. You would have to be blind deaf and dumb not to understand that.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • WTF??

      The kid would be alive if his parents taught him right from wrong? Crazy talk. It's wrong to walk to the store? It's wrong to be frightened when approached by a grown man who outweighs you by 100 pounds carrying a gun. I'm sure you would have stood there patiently and answered any questions asked of you by some one who was stalking you in your own neighborhood. WTF!!!

      March 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jersey girl

      What was he doing wrong with a bag of skittles and a ice tea. Oh and a cell phone, in which the police failed to use to find out who this young mans parents where. I bet if it was the other way around the police would have used the phone to hunt down the killer.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • A Mother of Two Boys

      I don't know if you have children or ever will have children but if you do have them or when you do have them, I pray that they are not walking home from a story and sombody sees them and shoot them down because the color of their skin and the fact that they are wearing white shoes, jeans, and a hoodie. I pray that you and other people that don't feel this man should be punish never have to live to experience the pain that Treyvon family is goinn through right now.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Stephanie

      Since when is going to the store for ice tea and candy and then going home doing something wrong? What do you think his parents failed to teach him? I'm not even sure why I am responding to an ignoramus accept that I am soooo outraged.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • justawhiteguy

      so your saying parents should teach their sons never to walk down a street wearing a hood and eating skittles while being black.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tony

      What the hell are you talking about?

      March 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Apparently you are convicting this kid of a crime where theres no evidence of such.This is a classic case of profiling and stereotyping. The kid had a bag of skittles as his so called weapon. What type of deadly physical force is that. This Zimmerman is a want to be cop. The witnesses say he was on top of the boy straddling him. If the bullet isn't in his body it's probably in the ground underneath where he was killed. This is cold blooded murder! We all have to be responsible for our actions, this Zimmerman should be held responsible for his actions. Let a jury of twelve of his peers make that decision. Floridas' "Stand your ground" has a serious problem. Obviously! But really doesn't apply here.
      Put yourself in the shoes of the mother and father and then think about how you would feel, after your son was gunned
      down like he was nothing in this world we have to live in. You would probably be lookinng for Zimmerman yourself.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lindee

      What did the boy do wrong? I don't see it being a hate crime/racist crime. What I see is a man, letting the crime watch hero business go to his head. This was a little boy face down on the ground. How was that a threat to a grown man with a gun? I've been involved with our nieghborhood crime watch for years, and citizens on patrol too. Crime watch and citizens on patrol are a extra pair of eyes & ears. Police business is for police only, unless your life is truly in danger.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dell P

      OMG! To think that someone blamed this on a parent!!!!! You make me so sick. This white man murdered that black child in cold blood. Period. What was he protecting? You said the man was protecting his home and the home of others. Get a grip. This was a scene out of a kkk movie. I am a parent who lost his child to the hands of someone white. Only dif was she was driving a van. But what happen after was the same to a t. No charges, no real investigation. I had to do that all myself. What I found was shocking. non the less shes free right now. rather black or white. It is a shame to lose a life so young. even worse if its your child. @airborne82 either you have no children or you have no heart. That child is dead and you want to commend what was done. What if it was you child? and to think you have nerve to say how someone raised their child. Wake up, there's no room for people like you on earth. Its because of people like you that this families heart is broken. Point, ur a jerk! and this death was pointless. I hope they find a way to charge that murderer the way he deserves. Since you think he's correct why don't see if you can share a cell with him.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • dwj91

      Airborne82

      The man was protecting not only his home, but the homes of others living in the same area...VOLUNTEERING non the less....Police have their hands full already, and I feel we need brave men and women who are sick and tired of allowing a lifetime of hardwork to be ruined by low life degenerants such as these....Point being, the kid probably would still be alive if Mom and Dad would have done a better job raising the boy and teaching life lessons of right and wrong...I would have done the same thing !!! NOT A HATE CRIME ISSUE....JUST A RIGHT FROM WRONG ISSUE !!!

      WTH is wrong with you??? You are the obvious degenerate here??? Trayvon's behavior is not in question here you idiot!!!! And it is a hate criame when you here on the 9-1-1 tape he calls Trayvon a f******c**n!!! You people just don't want to face TRUTH and FACTS but it doesn't matter what you say. The person who actually wrote the Stand Your Ground Law, Republican Dennis Baxley, says, Quite simply the castle doctrine is a good law which now protects individuals in a majority of states. However, the castle doctrine does not provide protection to individuals who seek to pursue and confront others, as is allegedly the case in the Trayvon Martin tragedy in Sanford. The information that has been publicly reported concerning Trayvon Martin's death indicates that the castle doctrine may not be applicable to justify the actions of the attacker, Mr. Zimmerman. Zimmerman is toast!!!

      March 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Desi

      Earth to Airborne82....
      Stop...take a few seconds and read what you wrote and ask yourself if you would feel the same way if your brother was killed in the same manner-or any of your family members for that matter.
      Now....look at yourself in the mirror and think deeply..if your answer to this question is still Yes....I'll have nothing else to say to you.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NavyVet

      you comment lets me know that you don't know anything about what went on. how is he protecting by profiling the kid was on the side walk not doing anything, on the phone holdin Damn Skittles stupid and sweet tea where is the threat. The man looiks 200+ the boy was no more that 160lbs where is the threat.Zimmerman followed him and started the conflict didn't even ask question. I not a person who crys racisim I usually look at both sides of the spectum but this my good man is nothing but a slap to the face of open racism by another ignorant fool and you fall right in line with him because you shoot fist and ask questions later. Cant wait til this jerks sees his cell with big tony and hoepfully you will be the only one visiting his rotten fat A** in jail

      March 21, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • john

      wow that is the most ignorannt comment i have heard in my life..do you know the boy personally to make such claims about his personality, do u know that his parents did not raise him well

      March 22, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lola

      I wonder if youl would have the same opinion if one of your children was gunned down, from going to the store to buy candy on there way home.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • hopeinaction

      Oh, you would have done the same thing Airborne? Then you would be a murderer too. Don't be an idiot. Read the facts. This kid was walking back to HIS house. Zimmerman called the police who told him to stop following him. But despite the fact police were on the way Zimmerman decided on his own to PURSUE this child. There is nothing self defense about it. He was looking for a fight. He was looking for a reason to use his gun against a black kid with a hoodie. Sorry you want to go back to the days of vigilante murder, lynchings, castration and rape but we're not going back there. Because being black does not equal criminal, because being black does not equal probably cause, because being black does not equal threat, because black men and boys are human beings, because we deserve EQUAL PROTECTION under the law, because our ancestors shed enough blood, sign the petition for Trayvon, help us reach 1 MILLION signatures. http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin. Thank God there are more people with sense in this world than you Airborne.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anne

      So you would have stalked an unarmed teenager after the police clearly told you not to? Where is your compassion for this family. A mother and father has lost their child. Yes it is clearly a matter of right and wrong. A kid is dead and his admitted killer is free and that is wrong! This kid's upbringing had nothing to do with it. Think about that the next time one of your young loved ones goes out of the house for something as simple as candy.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • hige

      Airborne, if you feel threatened that a child went to a store to buy candies and tea, and walking down the street, you have serious issues. Or insane. Like this Zimmerman fella.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse | Reply

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