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Miami Herald:

Prosecutors released a statement by Sanford Police Det. Chris Serino, in which he detailed the events the night of the shooting of Trayvon Martin and explained why he believed a manslaughter charge was appropriate. The police department announced Tuesday that Serino has been assigned to night patrol, but that the transfer was not a demotion.

A shorter statement had been released last month, with large sections blacked out.

Trayvon died Feb. 26 after a fight with Zimmerman. Zimmerman claims the unarmed teenager attacked him and he had no choice but to shoot, because Trayvon had reached for Zimmerman’s weapon.

But the records released Tuesday show Serino said Zimmerman’s injuries were only “marginally consistent with a life threatening violent episode described by him, during which neither a deadly weapon nor deadly force was deployed by Trayvon Martin.”

Serino said the relative sizes of the two fighters, coupled with the fact that neither had specialized training in hand-to-hand combat, meant Zimmerman was not at any “exceptional disadvantage.”

“Zimmerman, by his statements made to the call taker and recorded for review and his statements made to investigators following the shooting death of Martin, make it clear that he had already reached a faulty conclusion as to Martin’s purpose for being in the neighborhood.”

“His actions are inconsistent with those of a person who has stated he was in fear of another subject,” Serino wrote. “Investigative findings show that George Michael Zimmerman had at least two opportunities to speak with Trayvon Benjamin Martin in order to defuse the circumstances surrounding the encounter. On at least two occasions, George Michael Zimmerman failed to identify himself as a concerned resident or a neighborhood watch member to Trayvon Benjamin Martin.”
According to the documents, the Sanford police believed that the teen’s death was ‘ultimately avoidable,’ if his killer, George Zimmerman, had ‘remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement’ on that fateful night in February.
For some, there is complete disdain of the police department, even if Jesse Jackson was the police chief.

That odious little tidbit came from Sanford, Florida city commissioner Randy Jones upon Sanford’s refusal of the resignation of police chief Bill Lee. Followers of the blog recognize Sanford, FL as the location of the killing of Trayvon Martin and Chief Lee as the head of the police department that so botched the investigation the Department of Justice had to step in.

This little racist morsel of dreck, however, takes it to a whole new level of ugly.

Randy, you shmuck, STFU.

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1. What was the purported “conflict” that required the initial prosecutor to step down? On March 22 — after several weeks on the job — state attorney Norm Wolfinger stepped down from his role as prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case. Wolfinger relinquished his post after meeting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi. He said it was necessary for him to step aside to preserve “the integrity of this investigation,” adding he wanted to avoid “the appearance of a conflict of interest.” He did not explain why his continued involvement would damage the integrity of the case or explain the potential conflict he was seeking to avoid. Did anyone at the prosecutor’s office know Zimmerman or his family? [Orlando Sentinel]

2. Why did the prosecutor ignore the recommendations of the lead homicide investigator? ABC News reported that Chris Serino, the lead homicide investigator on the Trayvon Martin case, recommended that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter on the night of the shooting. Serino filed an affidavit that night stating “he was unconvinced Zimmerman’s version of events.” As the lead homicide investigator, Serino was: 1. In the best position to evaluate Zimmerman’s credibility, and 2. Intimately familiar with Florida law. Why was he ignored? [ABC News]

3. Why did then-Police Chief Bill Lee make public statements directly contradicting the official recommendations of the police department? On the day the Sanford Police concluded their investigation and handed over the case to the prosecutor, then-Police Chief Bill Lee stated publicly that there was no “probable cause” to arrest or charge Zimmerman. (Lee has subsequently “temporarily” stepped down from his post.) But the Miami Herald reports that on the same day the Sanford Police formally requested that the prosecutor charge Zimmerman, something known as a “capias” request. [ThinkProgress]

4. Who leaked Trayvon Martin’s school records? As public outrage increased, Zimmerman’s sympathizers launched a smear campaign against Trayvon Martin. This included details of several occasions where Martin was suspended for minor infractions (defacing a locker, possessing an empty “marijuana baggie.”) None of the information seemed to have any particular relevance to the night Trayvon Martin was shot to death. Was this a ham-handed attempt by the police or the prosecutor to defend their lack of action against Zimmerman? The Sanford City Manager announced he would launch an independent investigation into the source of the leak. [Miami Herald; NBC12]

5. Why was Trayvon Martin’s body tagged as a John Doe? The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart notes a police report “that was completed at 3:07 a.m. on Feb. 27 lists Trayvon’s full name, city of birth, address and phone number.” But yet, Trayvon’s body was reportedly “tagged as a John Doe” and his father wasn’t informed of his death until after he filed a missing person report later on the 27th. Why weren’t Trayvon Martin’s parents contacted immediately after the police confirmed his identity? [Washington Post]


  • Imagine where we would be right now if George Michael Zimmerman had listened to the 911 dispatcher and to those eight words.
  • Imagine where we would be right now if George Michael Zimmerman had thought nothing of a young African-American teen wearing a hoodie instead of finding Trayvon to be…


This will give you chills: HUGE CROWD demanding justice for Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. 

Looks like maybe a fifth of Sanford’s population of 53,570 might be here. 


Scores of people signed online petitions to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking the Justice Department to investigate the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer. The case shows the power of social networking to quickly mobilize advocates in sometimes volatile situations.

More on the Trayvon Martin case.

This is getting sadder and sadder.

When Trayvon Martin was killed, all he had were Skittles, iced tea…and a cellphone, authorities told the L.A. Times. The phone has been mentioned in multiplereports in recent days, and journalists and concerned citizens are starting to ask: Where is Trayvon’s phone? Why did the police on the scene of the shooting not use it to identify Martin, or contact his next of kin? ”Trayvon’s body was bagged and taken to the morgue, where he was tagged as a John Doe,” writes African American affairs blogger Sandra Rose. “No one contacted Trayvon’s family even though police had Trayvon’s cell phone in their possession.”




Hundreds of protesters in Sanford, Florida demand justice for Trayvon Martin, 3/18

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The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained

How did a kid armed with Skittles and an ice tea get gunned down by an over-eager neighborhood watch captain? And why didn’t police detain shooter George Zimmerman?

We are taking a beating over this. This is all very unsettling. I’m sure if George Zimmerman had the opportunity to relive Sunday, Feb. 26, he’d probably do things differently. I’m sure Trayvon would, too.

Police Chief Bill Lee, who is somehow accusing Trayvon Martin of being partially at fault for being murdered because he dared go to a 7-11 and buy skittles and arizona tea. To the police chief: the only person at fault here is Zimmerman, Trayvon did nothing wrong (via panimi)

This guy needs to lose his job. Forever.

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In addition to the outrageous suggestion that Trayvon should have done something differently, what kind of legal defense is it to say Lee is “sure” Zimmerman would have done things differently? Like, I’m sure plenty of murderers would have done things differently given the opportunity, our legal system isn’t based on intentions.

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I always thought intent mattered. Like if I killed someone in self defense that’s treated differently than killing someone in cold blood? Also, hate crimes. Intent is taken into account. 

What DOESN’T matter is “gosh golly if I could go back in time…”

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Wait… Trayvon should have done something differently? Trayvon Martin — the kid who was murdered by an overzealous neighborhood watch cop wannabe? Let me guess, what he should have done was not be a Black kid in a gated community. Is that it?

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Nearly three weeks after an unarmed teenager was killed in a small city north of Orlando, stirring an outcry, a few indisputable facts remain: the teenager, who was black, was carrying nothing but a bag of Skittles, some money and a can of iced tea when he was shot. The neighborhood crime watch volunteer who got out of his car and shot him is white and Hispanic. He has not been arrested and is claiming self-defense.

Beyond that, however, little is clear about the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17.

As criticism of the police investigation mounts, so too do the calls for swift action in a case with heavy racial overtones. Protests grow larger each week, and lawyers for the family are now asking the Department of Justice to intervene. The case also brings into sharp focus Florida’s self-defense laws, which give people who feel threatened greater latitude in defending themselves than most states.

The police in of Sanford, where the shooting took place, are not revealing details of the investigation. Late Friday night, after weeks of pressure, the police played the 911 calls in the case for the family and gave copies to the news media. On the recordings, one shot, an apparent warning or miss, is heard, followed by a voice begging or pleading, and a cry. A second shot is then heard, and the pleading stops.

“It is so clear that this was a 17-year-old boy pleading for his life, and someone shot him in cold blood,” said Natalie Jackson, one of the Martin family lawyers.



So we know that the cop who investigated the Trayvon Martin murder has a history of racial problems. We know that one of the cops changed a witness’s testimony. We know that Zimmerman fired a warning shot and Martin begged for his life. We know that the…




Please do not forget Trayvon Martin. His killer, George Zimmerman, still has not been arrested.

What you can do: Call, fax, or email the District Attorney’s office, Sanford Police, and political representatives to ask them why Trayvon Martin’s killer has not been arrested.

1.  State Attorney’s Office - Sanford

Attn: Florida District Attorney Norman Wolfinger

State Attorney’s Office
Criminal Justice Center
101 Bush Boulevard
PO Box 8006
Sanford, Florida  32772-8006
Telephone:  (407) 665-6000

2.  Sanford Police Department

Sanford Police Department, Attn: Police Chief Bill Lee, 815 West 13th Street, Sanford, FL 32771

Telephone: (407) 688-5070

3. Florida Governor

Office of Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Governor’s office Telephone: (850) 488-7146

4. Florida legislators

(a)  The Florida state senator for Sanford, Florida is David Simmons.

David Simmons, 251 Maitland Avenue, Suite 304,Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Telephone:  (407) 262-7578

(b) The Florida state representative for Sanford, Florida is Jason Brodheur.

Jason Brodheur, District Office, 114 West First Street, Suite 208, Sanford, FL 32771-1273

Telephone: (407) 302-4800

(c)  The US representative for Sanford, Florida is Corrine Brown.

Representative Corrine Brown, 2336 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 

Telephone: (202) 225-0123, Fax: (202) 225-2256

(d)  The US senators for Florida are Marc Rubio and Bill Nelson.

Senator Marc Rubio, 317 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510

Telephone: (202) 224-3041

Senator Bill Nelson, 716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Telephone: (202) 224-5274

Ah brilliant! I will write some letters tomorrow. 

Thank you for this. Writing letters to all of them…

The hysteria, the media circus, it’s just crazy. It’s the craziest damn thing I’ve ever seen, and it’s sad. It’s sad for the city of Sanford, the police department, because I know in my heart we did a good job.

Sanford, Florida police chief Bill Lee, trying to make himself the story as his department continues to fail to arrest or charge George Zimmerman for what’s beginning to look like a full blown execution style murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.

Chief Lee, eat a bowl of dicks, and STFU, you racist scumbag.

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I need those to be barbed dicks in that bowl. I want this guy to choke on them.

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It’s sad for the city of Sanford? It’s sad for the cops? Fuck you, you piece of shit. 

It’s sad for Trayvon’s little brother, who will be wondering for who knows how long whether or not Tray would have lived if only he didn’t ask him for Skittles. It’s sad for his mother and the rest of his family whose next time to see him will be in his casket. It’s sad for his friends who will never see him again, and just might be able to post on his FB wall about how they miss him. It’s sad for his neighbors back home, who will have to walk by whatever memorial they lay out for him in front of his house.

But it’s not sad for you, you piece of rancid trash. I’m sure you’ll be just fine.

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It’s important to realize, Trayvon’s parents have already buried him. He was murdered at the end of February. His funeral was March 3rd. Their child has been cold in the ground for two weeks and George Zimmerman’s ass is still walking around free as a fucking bird.

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