One Year After Being Acquitted for Trayvon Martin’s Murder, George Zimmerman Claims He’s Homeless

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One Year After Being Acquitted for Trayvon Martin’s Murder, George Zimmerman Claims He’s Homeless

George Zimmerman was acquitted nearly one year ago for the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. While he may have escaped prison for the teen’s murder, he’s living in a hell-hole of his own making. He is reportedly unemployed, broke and homeless. He now begins divorce proceedings with his estranged wife, Shellie. As they say, karma will catch up with you. It never fails. He has only to look at former NFL great O.J. Simpson.

According to a financial affidavit Zimmerman filed last month, he only has $650 in his bank account and $14,000 in assets, mainly his pickup truck. He is reportedly $2.5 million in debt. His brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., who sparked outrage with racist tweets about Trayvon Martin, said his brother doesn’t have a home, but moves around sleeping at the homes of friends and supporters.

I have to ask, how does George Zimmerman manage to spend more than $3,000 a month, and claim to be homeless and virtually penniless?

 

 

Black ASU Professor Dr. Ersula Ore Body-Slammed by Campus Cop Over Jaywalking Incident

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Black ASU Professor Dr. Ersula Ore Body-Slammed by Campus Cop Over Jaywalking Incident (Screengrab from ASUPD video)

POLICE BRUTALITY: Dr. Ersula Ore, an English professor at Arizona State University, was charged with assault and other violations after she fell to the ground after being body-slammed by a campus police officer Stewart Ferrin over a jaywalking incident. The officer said Dr. Ore kicked him.

new video of the incident, which occurred on May 20, was released on Friday.

Dr. Ore was attempting to walk across campus to a class when she crossed in the middle of a street to avoid a construction project underway at the intersection. ASU Police Officer Stewart Ferrin stopped her and demanded to see her identification.

Here’s the exchange between Dr. Ore and Officer Ferrin from Think Progress:

OFFICER: Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID

ORE: Are you serious?

OFFICER: Yes, I’m serious. That is the law. If you don’t understand the law I’m explaining the law to you...

ORE: …I never once saw a single solitary individual get pulled over by a cop for walking across a street on a campus, in a campus location. Everybody has been doing this because it is all obstructed. That’s the reason why. But you stop me in the middle of the street to pull me over and ask me, ‘Do you know what this is? This is a street.’…

OFFICER: Are you aware this is a street?

ORE: Let me finish

OFFICER: OK, put your hands behind your back

ORE: Don’t touch me, get your hands off me…

OFFICER: …Put your hands behind your back right now. I’m going to slam you on this car. Put your hand behind your back

ORE: You really want to do that? Do you see what I’m wearing? Do you see?

OFFICER: I don’t care what you are wearing.

ORE: Don’t talk to me like that. This entire thing has been about your lack of respect for me.

Dr. Ore faces charges of “assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification when requested to do so by an officer, and obstructing a highway or public thoroughfare,” Think Progress reports. Arizona State University sides with the officer in the incident, saying it determined there was “no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved.”

Donald Trump Blasts $40 Million Settlement for Central Park Five Exonerated of Rape

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Donald Trump Blasts $40 Million Settlement for Central Park Five

Carnival barker Donald Trump is blasting the settlement reached with the Central Park Five, the men wrongly imprisoned for the rape of a Central Park jogger, calling it the “heist of the century.” In other words, he has no qualms about these men sitting behind bars for the rest of their lives for crimes they didn’t commit. This is the man who has presidential aspirations and claims he has a good relationship with “the blacks.” The fact that they were singled out and arrested speaks to racial profiling. Plain and simple. The New York City Police Department is known for its many incidents of racial profiling and police brutality.

In an exclusive piece for the Daily News, Trump quoted an unnamed detective who called the $40 million settlement the city has agreed to pay the wrongfully convicted quintet “the heist of the century.”

“The recipients must be laughing out loud at the stupidity of the city,” Trump, who is worth about $4 billion, wrote. “Speak to the detectives on the case and try listening to the facts. These young men do not exactly have the pasts of angels.”

Trump, who fanned the racial fury against the five black and Latino teens a quarter century ago with full-page ads demanding the death penalty, also expressed no remorse for his actions.

Instead, Trump wrote, “The justice system has a lot to answer for, as does the City of New York regarding this very mishandled disaster.”

“As citizens and taxpayers, we deserve better than this.”

Contrast Trump’s bluster with the words of Matias Reyes, the violent felon who confessed to raping and nearly killing the Central Park jogger.

Reyes expressed remorse Friday for the brutal attack — and for the five innocent teenagers who did time for his heinous crime.“I am ashamed of what I did,” Reyes told The News in a prison interview. “Every day I have to live with what I did to her.”“Those boys didn’t do it,” Reyes said at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, N.Y.

Um, as usual, the sources Trump cites are unnamed, which means he is just bloviating. Trying to come across as important. I might also add investigators found no DNA on the victim, identified as Trisha Meili, belonging to Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana and Antron McCray, the five men who were accused of the heinous a crime. So, Trump, the leader of the Republican Party seems to think these guys should just walk into the sunset and pretend that this was just a bump in the road. Never mind the many years taken from them. So much for the GOP minority outreach.

So, yes, I agree with Donald Trump in that the city has to answer to its residents. But the reasons are different. The justice system in New York City and across the country,  has a lot to answer for. Questions such as why blacks and Latinos get longer and stiffer sentences for most crimes than whites and why there are many blacks in prisons for crimes they did not commit, need to be answered.. The justice system has to answer for why police officers racially profile black and Latinos and engage in police brutality. Donald Trump should be asking why nothing is being done to improve relations between the black community and the police department.

Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s Parents for “Hoodie” Comment

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Mark Cuban Apologizes to Trayvon Martin’s Parents for “Hoodie” Comment (Credit: Inc. Screengrab)

Mark Cuban found himself in hot water after saying he would cross the street if he saw a black kid wearing a hoodie. Cuban was making the point that beyond Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, everyone has their own inner prejudices that they instinctively and irrationally act on.

Cuban said, “If I see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, I’ll move to the other side of the street.” Of course, he was taken to task on Twitter and ended up apologizing to Trayvon Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin for his remarks. So, it’s okay to prejudge a black teen but not a white teen wearing a hoodie?

Um, I guess we know how he will vote over kicking Donald Sterling out of the league for his racist rant.

Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin

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Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin

Frank Taaffe, who staunchly defended George Zimmerman during his trial for the murder of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, now says he believes his friend racially profiled the teen. Um, no news there…we already knew Trayvon Martin was racially profiled by wannabe cop Zimmerman.

Taaffe, who was unceremoniously dumped as a regular guest on HLN’s “The Nancy Grace Show” after reports of his ties to a white nationalist radio show, told News13 he believes Zimmerman would not have followed Trayvon Martin if he “had been a white kid on a cell phone.” Again, we knew this…

Taaffe said, “What I know of George and his tendencies and also my opinion is that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin that night because if that had been a white kid on a cell phone, walking through our neighborhood, he wouldn’t have stayed on him the way he did and that’s a fact and I believe that in my heart.”

Gee, I wonder why Frank Taaffe is suddenly so apologetic to Trayvon Martin’s parents after trashing the teen on national television, night after night. Well, he credited the recent tragedies in his life for his change of heart.  He expressed his condolences to the teen’s parents saying, “I’m sorry that you lost your son. I know what that’s like and I wish things had been different.”

Taaffe said, “I can only ask the country to forgive me and today I believe that he racially profiled him based on the color of his skin. He said he has no book deal or a TV show, adding, “I’m just working on me right now and getting right with God.”

I am guessing Frank Taaffe owes George Zimmerman’s estranged wife, Shellie, an apology too for trashing her on Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew’s shows.

 

 Frank Taaffe Now Says Pal George Zimmerman Racially Profiled Trayvon Martin

NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance Unit After Widespread Outrage

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NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance unit After Widespread Outrage (Credit: Wikipedia)

The New York Police Department has disbanded its controversial Muslim surveillance unit, the NY Times reports. Community activists accused the department of violating the civil rights of Muslims.

In a series of articles that began in August 2011, the AP documented that police had systematically spied on Muslim neighborhoods, listened in on sermons, infiltrated colleges and photographed law-abiding residents as part of a broad effort to watch communities where terror cells might operate. Individuals and groups were monitored even when there was no evidence they were linked to terrorism or crime.

The investigation revealed that then-police Commissioner Ray Kelly had brought in a CIA official to help develop an intelligence division unlike that of any other U.S. police department. It assigned people called rakers to ethnic neighborhoods, infiltrating enterprises ranging from booksellers to cafes, and people called mosque crawlers to Muslim houses of worship.

The tactics disclosed by the series stirred debate over whether the NYPD was infringing on the civil rights of Muslims and illegally engaging in religious and ethnic profiling. Hundreds of Muslims staged rallies to protest the spying, and the disclosures prompted more than a dozen religious leaders to boycott then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast. Source: NJ.com

 NYPD Disbands Controversial Muslim Surveillance Unit After Widespread Outrage

Deadra Patton & John Marsden Strip Searched Over $3 Pair of Earrings Houston Beauty Supply Store

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Deadra Patton & John Marsden Strip Searched Over $3 Pair of Earrings Houston Beauty Supply Store (Credit: KHOU)

Shopping While Black:  Deadra Patton and her fiancé John Marsden said they were humiliated at Y Beauty Supply store in southeast Houston recently when they were overbilled for a $3 pair of earrings. Which Patton claims she never took. They were strip searched after the owner allegedly said blacks “always steal.” This is yet another case of “shopping while black.”

KHOU Houston: Deadra Pattum and her fiancé John Marsden have a bone to pick with Y Beauty Supply in southeast Houston. The couple said they were humiliated inside the store last week when they stopped by to purchase some hair extensions. “I’m not a thief,” said Pattum. They said they were over-billed for a pair of $3 earrings they never took. “I picked them up but I put them back,” said Pattum. “The owner said you people always steal,” said Marsden. “And he said give me the earrings and I call police. My rights were revoked.

The couple claimed they were threatened and forced to remain in that store. Marsden said he was intimidated by the manager and ordered to strip down and be searched. “So I took off my socks and shoes and I took off my pants,” said Marsden. “I was nervous.” Within minutes, a security officer showed up, and immediately looked at the surveillance video. “She never left the counter with those earrings in her hand,” the guard said. “There was no evidence of shoplifting.” Houston Police agreed. Their officers looked at the same video and found no evidence of shoplifting. Activist Quanell X is now involved.

“This was a classic case of racial profiling in its most humiliating form,” said Quanell X. “And something needs to be done about this.” The owners of the store refused to discuss the specific incident but said shoplifting is a big problem at their business. But Pattum insists she and her fiancé did nothing wrong.

“Everybody doesn’t shoplift,” said Pattum. “Everybody is not a thief. There are still honest people in the world.”

 Deadra Patton & John Marsden Strip Searched Over $3 Pair of Earrings Houston Beauty Supply Store

Poll: Majority of Americans Think Most Police Misconduct Cases Go Unpunished

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Poll: Majority of Americans Think Police Not Held Accountable for Misconduct (Credit: HNGN)

A new national poll conducted by Reason-Rupe reveals something most of us have known for a long time — a lot of Americans are concerned about police brutality and corruption.

The poll reveals while most Americans have a favorable attitude towards the police, the opposite is true for most minorities have. Reason: minorities are most likely to be subjected to racial profiling and discrimination by the police.

Half of the survey respondents believed that the police were generally not held accountable for their misconduct.  That number rose to 66% for blacks and 64% for Latinos.

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Reason-Rupe poll on police misconduct

The poll also found that the lack of confidence in the police is even more evident when participants were asked whether police interactions with civilians should be recorded. An overwhelming majority believe that arrests and other arguments with the police should be taped.

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Additionally, 41% of respondents believe police misconduct, involving the use of excessive force and corruption, has increased from the last 10 years. While 48% said police misconduct has remained the same, only 9% said it has decreased.

So, what does this all mean?

Considering a string of high-profile police misconduct cases, law enforcement agents have done very little to improve their public image. For example, James Murdough, a mentally-ill Marine vet, baked to death in his Rikers Island jail cell, after he was arrested for trespassing for trespassing in the enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem public housing project. He was only seeking a warm place to sleep to get away from the bitterly cold weather.

Another mentally-ill man, James Boyd, was shot in the back by Albuquerque police officers. The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the case.

D’Andre Berghardt Jr. was gunned down by two law enforcement officers on a Nevada highway. He was unarmed and could be seen on video trying to evade the officers, who responded with deadly force. Two men observing the police stop deemed the horror that unfolded before them as “redneck justice.”

Marcus Jeter was exonerated by a dashcam video after he was wrongfully arrested by two officers with the Bloomfield Police Department. He faced a myriad of charges, including eluding police and assault. He was cleared after the dashcam video contradicted the version of events given by the Bloomfield officers. The officers were indicted for falsifying reports. One has been charged with assault.

Technology has made it much easier to record and share violent law enforcement encounters with the general public. What’s more is that those videos are coming from law enforcement via cameras mounted on the officers or dashcams that allow the viewer to see the brutality.

Despite the negative attitudes towards police, the Reason-Rupe polls show that American still have faith in law enforcement. The system needs to be fixed and rogue cops weeded out. We can’t lose sight of the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of decent law enforcement officers out there who are serving their respective departments and the general public with dignity.

 Poll:  Majority of Americans Think Most Police Misconduct Cases Go Unpunished

Florida Stand Your Ground Law Expanded to Include ‘Firing Warning Shots’

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Florida Stand Your Ground Law Expanded to Include ‘Firing Warning Shots’

Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law is being expanded to include firing warning shots or displaying a weapon in self-defense. That’s thanks to a bill introduced in the legislature by GOP State Sen. Greg Evers, that was giving final passage on Thursday.

The bill would grant gun owners legal protection to fire warning shots or display their weapons. It is set to go to Gov. Rick Scott for his signature.

Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, said the bill “is about self defense.” People who meet threat with threat would be granted immunity under the measure, that says threatening use of force would be allowable if they felt their life, home or property were at risk of harm.

Evers said the bill would safeguard against mandatory minimum sentences and the courts would have to apply four findings when making a decision.

The House passed the bill on March 20. It was sponsored by representatives Neil Combee, R-Polk City, and Katie Edwards, D-Plantation. Source: Orlando Sentinel

Here’s a breakdown of how they voted in the Senate for the expanded Stand Your Ground law:

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Florida Stand Your Ground Law Expanded to Include Firing Warning Shots

 Florida Stand Your Ground Law Expanded to Include Firing Warning Shots

LA Lakers’ Star Kobe Bryant Under Fire for Trayvon Martin Diss

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LA Lakers’ Star Kobe Bryant Under Fire for Trayvon Martin Diss

Kobe Bryant is pulling a Tiger Woods on race and it’s not sitting well with #BlackTwitter. During an interview with The New Yorker, the Lakers star admitted he was not comfortable with the idea of being compelled to defend someone just because they are black. He was referring to the Miami Heat players who wore hoodies in honor of Trayvon Martin. Bryant said he would rather sit back and wait for all the facts to come out before taking sides.

ColorLines reposted Bryant’s exact remarks:

I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” he said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

Um, I recall when Kobe Bryant was appeared on television to issue a statement about cheating on his wife. He didn’t want anyone to judge him then and he shouldn’t be pointing fingers at the Miami Heat now. Seems to me, he could simply have expressed some sympathy for Trayvon Martin’s parents and moved on to the next topic.

The fact is, the protests in the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the teen’s murder wasn’t about racial solidarity. It was about an innocent teen being gunned down by a coward who hid behind the flawed and very controversial Stand Your Ground law. What if Kobe Bryant had been living in America during the height of the civil rights movement? Would he have questioned Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and others for taking a stand for what is right?

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