The Sanford, Florida Treyvon Martin killing has taken a turn today. Martin was 17 years old, left a sporting event on television to buy Skittles for his little brother. He left the house unarmed. That much has been confirmed. Today there is a report of a witness who saw the confrontation from his home, and says Martin attacked Zimmerman. For several days, the news has been of “racist” police and a “racist” 28-year-old Neighborhood Watch Captain, George Zimmerman. He is half White, half Hispanic and some of his relatives are Black. The police report recorded that Zimmerman had a bloody nose and blood on the back of his head. His attorney says he has a broken nose. He was not arrested. The Sanford Police Captain stepped down over the calls of racism, and says there are threats against his life and his family. The Black Panthers have a Bounty on Zimmerman, offering $10,000.00 for is “capture.” Zimmerman is not “missing,” or “on the lam,” but is surely in hiding in fear for his life. In addition to the Bounty, the Black Panthers are forming an army 10,000 Black men to hunt down Zimmerman.
UPDATE: Apparently the photo of Martin above was taken several years ago, when he was 12 or 14 years old. The following is a more current photo – UPDATE:Â Dan Riehl on altering the photo of Martin at 17Â Â AND Martin being a “model student”
The media also characterizes Trayvon as a “model student.” In fact, he under a five day suspension when the shooting took place. That is why he was staying at a house so far from his school on a school night. A laywer for Trayvon’s family has blocked access to his school records. However, you have to do something pretty bad to get suspended for five days.
SANFORD â€” Members of the New Black Panther Party are offering a $10,000 reward for the “capture” of George Zimmerman, leader Mikhail Muhammad announced during a protest in Sanford today.
When asked whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad replied defiantly saying: “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
The bounty announcement came moments after members of the group called for the mobilization of 10,000 black men to capture George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shotÂ Trayvon MartinÂ last month.
Muhammad said members of his group would search for Zimmerman themselves inÂ MaitlandÂ and Jacksonville — where the 28-year old worked before the shooting, employees there told the Orlando Sentinel. But he declined to say when they will begin their hunt.
Muhammad said the group’s national chairman, Dr. Malik Zulu Shabaz ofÂ Washington, D.C.Â is receiving donations from black entertainers and athletes. They hope to collect $1 million by next week, Muhammad said. Read the entire story at the Chicago Tribune.
American Power Blog has the latest, despicable, actions taken against Zimmerman, by Progressives across the Nation. Dangerous. Read it here.
The Raw Story is reporting that while Martin was on the phone with 911, he told the Operator Martin was approaching him.
From the video:
WITNESS: The guy on the bottom, who I believe had a red sweater on, was yelling to me help, help. I told them stop and I was calling 911…
REPORTER: Trayvon was in a hoodie. Zimmerman was in red. He only gave his name to us as “John,” and he didn’t want to be on camera that night after the shooting, but his statements to the cops were instrumental, because Sanford Police backed up Zimmerman’s claims, saying those screams you hear on this 911 [two screams are heard in the video below] are those of the Neighborhood Watch Captain, not Trayvon Martin.
WITNESS: and when I got upstairs and looked down, the person that was on top, beating up the other guy was the one laying in the grass. I believe he was dead at that point.
REPORTER:…Zimmerman said he was going back to his SUV when he was attacked by the 17-year-old.
American Power has the latest, despicable, actions taken against Zimmerman,Â by Progressives across the Nation. Dangerous. Read it here.
The Raw StoryÂ is reporting that while Martin was on the phone with 911, he told the Operator Martin was approaching him.
Martin was apparently on the phone with his girlfriend, telling her someone is following him. She told him to run. Reportedly, Trayvon said he didn’t want to run:
ABC News was there exclusively as the 16-year-old girl told Crump about the last moments of the teenager’s life. Martin had been talking to his girlfriend all the way to the store where he bought Skittles and a tea. The phone was in his pocket and the earphone in his ear, Crump said.
“He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man,” Martin’s friend said. “I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run, but he said he was not going to run.”
Eventually, he would run, said the girl, thinking that he’d managed to escape. But suddenly the strange man was back, cornering Martin.
“Trayvon said, ‘What are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again, and he didn’t answer the phone.”
The line went dead. Besides screams heard on 911 calls that night as Martin and Zimmerman scuffled, those were the last words he said.
But…police say the screams were the screams of George Zimmerman.
The Stand Your Ground Law in Sanford, allows anyone to “stand their ground,” even off their own property, if they feel threatened.
So why has the Sanford Police Chief stepped down? You don’t ‘step-down’ because you’re being called a ‘racist.’ Â And you don’t step-down when you have honestly analyzed evidence and are still investigating. And what can be done about the Black Panthers offering a Bounty. Is it legal? Bet it isn’t. Bet not a thing will be done about it.
We don’t know all the answers, and the eye-witness story has to bring legitimate questions to the fore. What the final answer to this murder investigation will show, I don’t know, but Police must be allowed to investigate without being intimidated.
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