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April 3rd, 2012
07:05 AM ET

Starting Point live blog for Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This morning, "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" is live at 7am Eastern. This morning, Soledad talks with panelists TheBlaze.com contributor Will Cain, conservative commentator Abby Huntsman and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Today's stories include:

* Police: Shooter in California college attack killed victims execution-style
* Wisconsin primary looms large for Romney, larger for Santorum
* Kentucky beats Kansas to claim NCAA title

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[UPDATED 8:46a ET] Zimmerman neighbor Frank Taaffe tells Soledad Trayvon considered suspect bc other burglaries in area perpetrated by young black men.

[UPDATED 8:06a ET] Lisa Resler, Oikos shooting witness, said shooter looked sweaty, discombobulated.

[UPDATED 7:18a ET] Martin family attorney Jasmine Rand says multiple sources on the night of Trayvon's shooting suggest there was possibly improper actions on part of Florida State attorney.


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  1. Louis

    I watched Zimmerman's neighbor on the show earlier. I kind of thought he was trying to say in a really non-elegant and non-respectful way how many average white Americans feel. No one wants to admit it but yes we all stereotype. It's a fact proven by psychological experiments that we stereotype and categorize people. Its a natural process our brain does to help us process information. While stereotyping may be natural and not necessarily wrong, how we act on those stereotypes can be very wrong. I don't believe Zimmerman was racial profiling when we was patrolling that neighborhood, but I do think he had preconceived notions about African Americans (like many average Americans) that contributed to the "perfect storm" Zimmerman's neighbor spoke of. If it is true that 8 prior burglaries by 8 young black males occurred in the 15 months before the shooting, then those events only validated and sensitized those preconceived notions that young black males are dangerous. Perhaps we get these preconceived notions from the media that always show violent acts and burglaries perpetrated by young black males. The real facts will come out in the investigation, until then we should stop jumping the gun and castigating people from society.

    April 3, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Scott

    Has Ms. Huntsman made a single comment this morning? Watching, waiting, listening.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Aja

    The wounds on Zimmerman are also consistent for Trayvon putting up a defense from Zimmerman's stalking and ambush. Zimmerman's friend @ 8:39AM this morning shows he put his foot in his mouth of blck profiling and very telling of the racism! JEESH! BTW... SC has a law that if anyone other than a police officer, parent or the like detains a minor and the minor does not feel free to get away, it is a kidnapping charge. Does Florida have a law similar that can hold Zimmerman charged with that too? Can you clarify if Zimmerman was self proclaimed neighborhood watch or was this particular neighborhood watch even registered as all others are?

    April 3, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jay Hanig

    Soledad, I keep hearing you and earlier commentators referring to a 45 mm handgun. You do know that 45 mm is 1.75 inches across? The US Navy used 40 mm rounds as anti-aircraft artillery in WWII.

    I think what you want to say is "45 caliber". Caliber refers to diameter in percentage of inches so .45 would be almost half an inch across. Think of how many people have been shot by 9 mm handguns. How big would a 45 mm handgun then be? You'd need to roll it in on wheels.

    April 3, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. R Yancey

    Question – on the Spurlock segment it begins with a guy with a jersey shirt that says f**k you – is that really what we need to start the day – children should be able to watch this program – this was a egregious editing choice and not reflective of the standards of this program.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elizabeth Mayo

      The shirt didn't say a profanity – it said "puck" as in a hockey reference.

      April 3, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mike

    Hello my name is Mike and i live in Toronto Ont Canada. I'am a proud owener of an ice cream truck for 30 yrs. As a parent how can you not love ice cream trucks.I bet those parents who are upset at the trucks had a cone at one point in there lives so what is there problem.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse | Reply

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