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A Call To Arms: The African American Community Declares War On U.S. Justice System In Wake Of Martin Teen Killing

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's department will head up the Federal inquiry into the killing of Trayvon Martin.

In just a little under 24 hours from now the largest protest for social change in America since the Civil Rights Era will unfold as thousands of citizens from across our nation will descend upon the small Southern Florida Town of Sanford. The event which many have dubbed a movement for social change, justice, and a fight against racial profiling, began as Black Media affiliates pushed the controversial case in Social Media, and as a result sparked a grassroots campaign among various church organizations around the country. The Black Church is the largest single organization within the black community, and is also the birth place of the 60’s demonstrations which led to the signing of the Civil rights Act of 1964. The scheduled march in Sanford, Florida is expected to reach in excess of 100,000 protestors, but other protest have been planned in cities across the country on March 26, 2012 as well. Rochester, N.Y., New York, N.Y., Philadelphia, PA, Kansas, MO, Los Angeles, CA , Chicago, IL and other major U.S. Cities have held 1,000,000 hoodies marches to protest the Martin killing. At issue sparking International outrage is Sanford’s controversial “stand your ground law”. The night of this tragic event when George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed, Sanford Police ignored standard homicide crime scene protocol by not administering a gun powder chemical test nor any drug test to determine whether Zimmer was under the influence. Both are normally done as a standard operation procedure in shooting cases for police agencies nationwide. It is not only unclear why such test were not conducted on Zimmerman, it’s suspicious, and extremely alarming that a drug test was in fact conducted on the Deceased Martin teen. The crime scene forensics is not the only thing Sanford cops allegedly botched in this case, but they apparently attempted to sway eyewitness accounts of at least two citizens who initially told cops that “it was the teen boy who we heard crying out for help”. The complete ineptness of Sanford police was established from the beginning, and the questionable police work was exacerbated when Sanford Mayor and Police Chief agreed to release the 911 tapes from the Martin killing. Perhaps the shocking tapes which included the desperate cries for help by someone who many believe was in fact Trayvon Martin, the sound of gun shots (yes you can actually hear 2 gun shots) capturing the actual shooting on 911 audio recordings, and just may be the most difficult portion of the entire ordeal for many to grasp. Witness accounts in the 911 audio describe a struggle between to people and one caller even said the guy with a white t-shirt on is on top. This is a very crucial piece of information, because Zimmerman had reported to 911 dispatch earlier that Trayvon was wearing a dark hoodie. In short all of the circumstances surrounding the Martin killing from the alleged self-defense claim by George Zimmer, the 911 audio tapes, and the poor crime scene investigation by Sanford P.D. points to a potential cover up at the very least. However, what has sparked such outrage is the fact that Zimmerman was allowed to go home the exact same night that he killed the Martin teen. Sanford P.D. didn’t even hold him for at least 72 hours which they legally had the right to do, until more information was gathered related to the shooting. Sanford police simply accepted his account of events that night and was readying to close the book in the shooting. Police officials in Sanford in short did what many against “stand your ground” had feared, by allowing an innocent person to be killed based on only perceived fear alone, and without establishing any serious threat as justification for defending themselves. Witnesses have since come forward and fingered Sanford Officer Anthony Raimondo a SFPD officer with a storied past, as the person who tried to sway the eyewitness account of citizens who actually heard Trayvon screaming for help. Raimondo assigned to the Narcotics Division was the first police officer on the scene of the Martin shooting (homicide detectives are normally required to respond to all shootings) and has raised eyebrows, because he was recently disciplined departmentally for failing to arrest a suspect while witnessing him beat a homeless man. In that incident Raimondi was aware that the beating was being captured on video recording by onlookers, and he was also aware that the suspect in the beating was the son of a fellow Sanford police officer but failed to arrest him. Rimondi’s presence as the primary officer at the scene of Trayvon’s killing is very troubling due to his obvious reputation of integrity issues within the Sanford Police. Moreover, ABC-7 out of Chicago, Illinois are reporting that the United States Department of Justice has uncovered that Trayvon Martin had made a call to 911 moments before he was killed. These facts are currently developing and many within the black community are watching intensely. Also, many of those who have been on the ground in New York, Philadelphia, and in Florida during protest have said that America should now brace for a movement that will not go away. It appears to be a constant theme within the African-American Community that this is “the last straw”. CNN Analyst & TV One “Washington Today” host Roland Martin has even called the Martin shooting “A call to arms”, and stated “no longer will black people in America accommodate the fears of white people simply based on the way we dress”. Many of those from my generation are probably too young to remember demonstrations, protest, and the riots that came in the 60’s during the Civil Rights Era. Today’s generation have never actually witnessed the struggles for social change other than what they may have learned in history classes. The volume of protest in such a short period of time indicates that something is about to happen in America, and our social landscape may never be the same. The determining factor that change is imminent is demonstrated by the massive involvement by the black church, who rarely take a stand on politics and social inequities in our country. It was the black church that sparked the Civil Rights Movement, but will there be a call for nonviolence in the wake of outrage for the constant unjustified killing of black children? Justice for Trayvon Martin!

 

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's department will head up the Federal inquiry into the killing of Trayvon Martin.

In just a little under 24 hours from now the largest protest for social change in America since the Civil Rights Era will unfold as thousands of citizens from across our nation will descend upon the small Southern Florida Town of Sanford. The event which many have dubbed a movement for social change, justice, and a fight against racial profiling, began as Black Media affiliates pushed the controversial case in Social Media, and as a result sparked a grassroots campaign among various church organizations around the country. The Black Church is the largest single organization within the black community, and is also the birth place of the 60’s demonstrations which led to the signing of the Civil rights Act of 1964. The scheduled march in Sanford, Florida is expected to reach in excess of 100,000 protestors, but other protest have been planned in cities across the country on March 26, 2012 as well. Rochester, N.Y., New York, N.Y., Philadelphia, PA, Kansas, MO, Los Angeles, CA , Chicago, IL and other major U.S. Cities have held 1,000,000 hoodies marches to protest the Martin killing. At issue sparking International outrage is Sanford’s controversial “stand your ground law”. The night of this tragic event when George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed, Sanford Police ignored standard homicide crime scene protocol by not administering a gun powder chemical test nor any drug test to determine whether Zimmer was under the influence. Both are normally done as a standard operation procedure in shooting cases for police agencies nationwide. It is not only unclear why such test were not conducted on Zimmerman, it’s suspicious, and extremely alarming that a drug test was in fact conducted on the Deceased Martin teen. The crime scene forensics is not the only thing Sanford cops allegedly botched in this case, but they apparently attempted to sway eyewitness accounts of at least two citizens who initially told cops that “it was the teen boy who we heard crying out for help”. The complete ineptness of Sanford police was established from the beginning, and the questionable police work was exacerbated when Sanford Mayor and Police Chief agreed to release the 911 tapes from the Martin killing. Perhaps the shocking tapes which included the desperate cries for help by someone who many believe was in fact Trayvon Martin, the sound of gun shots (yes you can actually hear 2 gun shots) capturing the actual shooting on 911 audio recordings, and just may be the most difficult portion of the entire ordeal for many to grasp. Witness accounts in the 911 audio describe a struggle between to people and one caller even said the guy with a white t-shirt on is on top. This is a very crucial piece of information, because Zimmerman had reported to 911 dispatch earlier that Trayvon was wearing a dark hoodie. In short all of the circumstances surrounding the Martin killing from the alleged self-defense claim by George Zimmer, the 911 audio tapes, and the poor crime scene investigation by Sanford P.D. points to a potential cover up at the very least. However, what has sparked such outrage is the fact that Zimmerman was allowed to go home the exact same night that he killed the Martin teen. Sanford P.D. didn’t even hold him for at least 72 hours which they legally had the right to do, until more information was gathered related to the shooting. Sanford police simply accepted his account of events that night and was readying to close the book in the shooting. Police officials in Sanford in short did what many against “stand your ground” had feared, by allowing an innocent person to be killed based on only perceived fear alone, and without establishing any serious threat as justification for defending themselves. Witnesses have since come forward and fingered Sanford Officer Anthony Raimondo a SFPD officer with a storied past, as the person who tried to sway the eyewitness account of citizens who actually heard Trayvon screaming for help. Raimondo assigned to the Narcotics Division was the first police officer on the scene of the Martin shooting (homicide detectives are normally required to respond to all shootings) and has raised eyebrows, because he was recently disciplined departmentally for failing to arrest a suspect while witnessing him beat a homeless man. In that incident Raimondi was aware that the beating was being captured on video recording by onlookers, and he was also aware that the suspect in the beating was the son of a fellow Sanford police officer but failed to arrest him. Rimondi’s presence as the primary officer at the scene of Trayvon’s killing is very troubling due to his obvious reputation of integrity issues within the Sanford Police. Moreover, ABC-7 out of Chicago, Illinois are reporting that the United States Department of Justice has uncovered that Trayvon Martin had made a call to 911 moments before he was killed. These facts are currently developing and many within the black community are watching intensely. Also, many of those who have been on the ground in New York, Philadelphia, and in Florida during protest have said that America should now brace for a movement that will not go away. It appears to be a constant theme within the African-American Community that this is “the last straw”. CNN Analyst & TV One “Washington Today” host Roland Martin has even called the Martin shooting “A call to arms”, and stated “no longer will black people in America accommodate the fears of white people simply based on the way we dress”. Many of those from my generation are probably too young to remember demonstrations, protest, and the riots that came in the 60’s during the Civil Rights Era. Today’s generation have never actually witnessed the struggles for social change other than what they may have learned in history classes. The volume of protest in such a short period of time indicates that something is about to happen in America, and our social landscape may never be the same. The determining factor that change is imminent is demonstrated by the massive involvement by the black church, who rarely take a stand on politics and social inequities in our country. It was the black church that sparked the Civil Rights Movement, but will there be a call for nonviolence in the wake of outrage for the constant unjustified killing of black children? Justice for Trayvon Martin!

 

The People’s Champion

I’m David Adams

David Adams

Self proclaimed geek, Advocate for the homeless, Social Change, Crime Blogger, and mobile technology enthusiast. A recognized Journalist and Human Interest Writer championing the plight of the masses whom are without a voice of their own.

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