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thelastblackman:

Medical Examiner In Zimmerman Trial Sues For $100M, Claims Prosecution Threw Case

In a bombshell allegation, Florida medical examiner Dr. Shiping Bao (pictured) claims that Florida state prosecutors were biased against Trayvon Martin and purposely threw the case, and he is suing the state for $100 million, reports WFTV.com.

According to Bao, the medical examiner, state attorney’s office, and Sanford Police Department all felt that Martin “got what he deserved.” Bao also claims that he received the strong, though subtle, message not to speak on certain things:

“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,’” said Bao’s legal counsel, legendary Attorney Willie Gary.

Bao’s allegations come swiftly on the heels of him being fired from his position as associate medical examiner.

Volusia County released a letter on Tuesday, stating that Bao was fired last week. Spokesman Dave Byron declined to give a reason for Bao’s termination, citing “county standard personnel practices,” reports CBS News.

you go medical examiner Bao, you go!

SLOW CLAP FOR THIS HERO OF COLOR PUTTING HIS NECK ON THE LINE TO GET THIS DONE FOR OTHER CHILDREN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR.

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socialistworker:

The determined message of Martin Luther King’s famous speech will be as important as ever as people from across the country travel to Washington to protest racism.

Protesting Trayvon Martin's murder and the targeting of young Black men

FOUR-AND-a-half years ago, an enormous crowd packed into the Capitol mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama. The first African American president took the oath of office in front of a Capitol building built by slaves.

Among the crowd on that January day, there was a sense of bearing witness to progress—not only because of the historical significance of the first Black president in a country founded on slavery, but also the seeming sea change in contemporary politics after eight long years of George W. Bush and the Republicans in power.

This weekend, another crowd—smaller, but likewise dominated by African Americans—will gather on another part of the mall. They will be commemorating a different historical moment: the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

But they will also be protesting—expressing their anger at the continuing grip of racism in so many forms, even as an African American sits in the Oval Office.

By virtually every measure, the conditions and quality of life for the majority of African Americas have declined during the Obama years. More than other parts of the population, Black America has borne the brunt of the economic and social crisis of the Great Recession years. The March on Washington is an opportunity to focus a spotlight on this reality, while the cameras of the media are rolling—and on the need to do something about it with, as King said 50 years ago, “the fierce urgency of now.”

Not only is racism still with us—despite the claims that we are, since Obama’s election, living in a “post-racial society”—but the first African American president has done nothing about the crisis of Black America. On the contrary, for the last five years, Obama and his administration have explicitly avoided being identified with “racial issues.”

This posture changed somewhat over the summer. Last month, Obama made one of the only public statements of his presidency about racial profiling and racism in the U.S. justice system—but only because of the wave of outrage after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the murderer of Trayvon Martin. Likewise, Attorney General Eric Holder promised changes in the Justice Department’s policies on drug prosecutions and mandatory minimum sentencing—after years of upholding the federal injustice system.

Obama and his administration will get credit they don’t deserve for these statements and promises—among liberal leaders of mainstream civil rights organizations and unions who will speak at the March, and also among the crowd in general. Those committed to building the antiracist struggle should take the opportunity this weekend to talk about the real record—and about why liberal leaders who apologize for that record, rather than challenge it, are making the situation worse.

Still, even if Obama and Holder are taken completely at their word, it won’t be news to anyone at the March that much, much more needs to be done—and that the initiative for doing it is going to have to come from outside the Washington political system, as it did after the Zimmerman verdict.

That’s a sentiment to build on—with the aim of using this national mobilization against racism to advance local struggles around a wide range of questions that marchers will return to on August 25.

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When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African-American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often. […]

The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case. […]

We understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor Black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history. And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. […] Folks understand the challenges that exist for African-American boys, but they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it or that context is being denied.

President Barack Obama, in a surprise appearance at today’s White House press briefing, delivering remarks without notes.

(Please note, this is not a partisan post or blog; I’m not taking any position on the President’s words, which I heard only minutes ago and haven’t even fully processed; this is that rare occasion where I’m just passing along something I find newsworthy without editorializing.)

President Obama made four major suggestions in his remarks, beyond the protests and vigils, in the aftermath of this tragedy:

  1. He encouraged governors and mayors to implement racial profiling legislation at the state and local levels, similar to legislation then-Senator Obama passed in Illinois, collecting data on police stops and providing training against racial bias in law enforcement.
  2. He suggested revisiting and perhaps amending or eliminating "Stand Your Ground" laws which he said encourage rather than diffuse altercations, adding: I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.”
  3. He proposed some sort of nation-wide civic initiative, still rather ambiguous and unformed at this point, gathering together “business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes” to figure out how to "do a better job helping young African-American men feel that they’re a full part of this society and that they’ve got pathways and avenues to succeed.”
  4. Finally, he advised “all of us to do some soul-searching”. He dismissed the idea of a politically-organized “conversation on race” as being ineffective, but suggested having conversations “in families and churches and workplaces” to ask oneself, "am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can?"

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imma put this on my blog and sit on it. i’ve been mad at him and still am and still will be but this is interesting considering the convos we’ve been having recently

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black-culture:

Watch Martin Bashir Sum Up The Trayvon Martin Travesty In Under 4 Minutes

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post-colonial:

think-progress:

Less than nine months after Trayvon Martin was killed, another black teenage student was killed under suspicious circumstances.

The accused murderer is now claiming the same “Stand Your Ground” defense, over loud music. 

“Jordan Russell Davis, 17, and several other teenagers were sitting in a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music, [Jacksonville sheriff’s Lt. Rob] Schoonover said.

Jordan and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice, Schoonover said. Jordan was sitting in the back seat. No one else was hurt.Dunn’s attorney Monday said her client acted responsibly and in self-defense. She did not elaborate.”

FUCK THIS COUNTRY!!! YOU SHOT A DUDE AT A STOPLIGHT OVER SOME MUSIC!! 

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brashblacknonbeliever:

Forensic tests made public Wednesday show that George Zimmerman’s was the only DNA that could be identified on the grip of the gun used to fatally shoot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The results rule out Martin’s DNA from being on the gun’s grip. Zimmerman’s DNA also was identified on the gun’s holster, but no determination could be made as to whether Martin’s DNA was on the gun’s holster, according to the report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin during a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford in February. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

A delay in Zimmerman’s arrest led to nationwide protests.

The question of whose DNA is on the gun and holster could play a role in Zimmerman’s defense.

Zimmerman says Martin had been on top of him, slamming his head against the ground and smothering his mouth and nose with his hand and arm when he grabbed his gun from a holster on his waist before Martin could get it. He shot the teenager once in the chest.

So What story will Zimmerman and his attorneys make up next?

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darkjez:

A SHADE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES!—
Barbara Walters Rejects George Zimmerman’s On-Air Interview Demand

JEZEBEL—

Yesterday onThe View, an obviously perturbed Walters relayed “an odd and disappointing” experience she had with Zimmerman this week in which she rejected his last-minute demands that ABC News put him and his wife up for a month in a hotel room in exchange for an interview. He must’ve been watching, because he promptly phoned into the live show—a call that she pointedly would not take, as she threw some major shade down on him.

As Walters explained it, the Trayvon Martin shooter had “promised” her an interview, for which she, her producers, and a camera crew all flew down to Florida to conduct on Wednesday. However, when Zimmerman arrived, he refused to film unless she met certain demands that Walters would not divulge, saying only that it was something she could not grant “being a member of ABC News.” (The network has a policy against paying for interviews.) The New York Post, however, says that Zimmerman had demanded that ABC News pick up a month-long hotel tab for him and his wife. Walters was reportedly “appalled,” particularly after she had already agreed to his prior demand that she play second fiddle to Sean Hannity and air her interview with him after his Hannity interview aired.

Walters went on to reveal that Zimmerman—who is presumably unemployed as he remains in hiding—has blown through the $209,000 intended for his defense fund, which he’d raised through strangers’ donations on his website. (His wife Shellie is currently facing perjury charges regarding the cash.) She described him as “polite, soft-spoken, and stubborn” as well as “desperate for money.”

In a later segment, Zimmerman called in to the show, and was patched through to Walters’ earpiece, but she refused to speak to him, saying only, “Mr. Zimmerman, if you could not do the interview yesterday, I don’t think we should do a quick one today,” adding, “We will now continue with our program with the people who agree to interviews and then come here.”

[JEZEBEL]: Barbara Walters Refuses to Take George Zimmerman’s Phone Call Live on The View
[HUFF PO]: Barbara Walters Rejects George Zimmerman’s Interview Demands

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staycoldintheheat:

So when black people, like Troy Davis, are murdered by the State even though there is a lot of reasonable doubt they even committed a crime…

Liberal white people are mostly silent.

When black people point out how inherently racist the criminal justice system is and how it is made to criminalize and even kill people for being black, like they did to Troy Davis….

Liberal white people are still silent.  They might give an occasional commentary about how it all makes them feel bad, but otherwise, they say nothing.

But when George Zimmerman could possibly be facing the death penalty (for now, it’s not even certain!) for undoubtedly murdering Trayvon Martin…

Liberal white people are like, “BUT THE DEATH PENALTY IS WRONG OMG YOU’RE MONSTROUS FOR THINKING THIS IS OKAY IT WON’T BRING TRAYVON BACK AND HOW WILL IT REALLY BRING JUSTICE OMG LET ME SPEW OUT SOME MORE PATRONIZING-AS-FUCK COMMENTARY OMG WHITE JESUS WHERE ARE YOU”

yep

i see what you’re doing, white people

i see it very clearly

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If a survivor of domestic violence uses a gun to warn an attacker, not kill him, and that survivor now faces a prison term of twenty years, then what purpose does Stand Your Ground serve?
Melissa Harris-Perry on the case of Marissa Alexander, a mother of three, who fired a warning shot into her kitchen ceiling trying to keep her abusive husband away. No one was hurt, but she now faces up to twenty years in prison. (via thenationmagazine)

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thecurvature:

The headline itself makes me angry — while the deal involves pleading “guilty,” coercively accepting the best of bad options in a terrifying situation where you are being aggressively prosecuted and likely to face a hostile jury that is NOT made up of your peers is not the same as “admitting” that the whole self-defense line was bullshit — this is the first time I’ve actually seen Freeman make his argument about why prosecuting CeCe was necessary:

“This is not a self-defense case, because if you have a weapon, you have a duty to retreat,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

McDonald did not try to walk away, Freeman said, nor did she act reasonably toward Schmitz. He said McDonald was beating up the woman who threw the glass when Schmitz pulled McDonald away.

“There was no indication in that point in time that there was any weapon about to be used against Ms. McDonald. Nor was there any evidence that she was in any threat of harm by the victim,” Freeman said. “She pulls her scissors out and stabs him in the chest. That’s not self-defense.”

1. CeCe had ALREADY been attacked with a weapon. How is it “reasonable” to assume that they did not have an additional weapon when they had already used one against her?

2. How, exactly, do you “walk away” from a group of white supremacists who have smashed your face in?

3. In what universe is being grabbed by the guy who just made violent threats against you (shouting racist and transphobic slurs at a person walking down the street is a threat) an example of “no evidence” that she was about to be harmed? How is that NOT a threat?

4. Notice the differences and similarities between this case and that of Trayvon Martin. CeCe was arrested immediately over a death in a fight where she was not the aggressor, had been attacked with a weapon, and received threats against her safety. George Zimmerman was free for over a month after a fight in which he was the aggressor and was the only one who possessed a weapon. BOTH CeCe and Trayvon were expected to “retreat” from their aggressors rather than fight back. George Zimmerman got to “stand his ground” in a fight that he started, while CeCe McDonald was expected to somehow walk away from a group of people who had used a weapon against her … because she had a weapon, too.

I know that someone is going to say something about different states, different laws, and good for them. That might be the “technical” “explanation.” But what this comes down to is that white folks are allowed to assault and even kill Black folks as much as they damn want to, and Black people are not allowed to defend themselves.

(via iamthecrime)