From Raw Story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/20/fmr-detective-illegal-to-kill-dogs-but-not-black-kids-in-florida/
By David Edwards
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
A former homicide detective says that with the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Florida has made it legal to kill black kids like Trayvon Martin but not dogs.
Former Washington, D.C. Police Department homicide investigator Rod Wheeler, now a Fox News contributor, explained on Tuesday that the “Stand Your Ground” law was really the “Make My Day” law, referring to a scene where Dirty Harry — played by Clint Eastwood — threatens to kill a man robbing a diner instead of retreating.
“The police department in [Sanford, Florida] oppose that law,” Wheeler told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. “What that law is saying in the state of Florida — and look at the case law — you can actually shoot a dog. It happens all the time. You can shoot a kill a dog and get arrested and put in jail, but if you kill a kid — and especially a black kid in Florida — you can walk away. That’s what that law means.”
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Trayvon Martin Final Moments Captured During Phone Call With Teenage Girl
From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/trayvon-martin-final-moments_n_1366697.html
Just moments before Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, he was on his cellphone talking with a 16-year-old girl. For the first time, the girl is speaking out about the last, horrifying moments of Martin’s life.
“He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man,” the girl told ABC News. “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.”
According to accounts gleaned from 911 audio recordings made the night of the killing and the teenage girl’s statements, Martin eventually did run. But Zimmerman wasn’t far behind, and soon the two would be face to face. Zimmerman, the self-appointed captain of the neighborhood watch, was armed with a 9 mm pistol. Trayvon had little more than a bag of candy in his pocket.
“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 headset just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”
The line went dead, according to the girl’s account.
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Trayvon Martin phone call contradicts killer’s self-defence claim, family says
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/20/trayvon-martin-death-phone-call
Pressure on Florida police to make arrest after Martin’s girlfriend tells how she heard teen walking away from George Zimmerman
Karen McVeigh in New York
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 20 March 2012
Florida police are under mounting pressure to arrest self-appointed neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot dead an unarmed teenager following dramatic new evidence from the victim’s girlfriend.
The family of Trayvon Martin, 17, say the account from his girlfriend completely contradicts his killer’s self-defence claim.
In a dramatic press conference on Tuesday, the Martin family’s lawyer Benjamin Crump detailed how the unnamed girl – a minor who was so traumatised by Martin’s death she was taken to hospital at his wake – was talking to him on his cell phone in the minutes leading up to his death, and heard the altercation with his killer.
Martin, 17, was shot by Hispanic volunteer watch captain George Zimmerman, who spotted the teenager while patrolling the neighbourhood on a rainy evening in February. Zimmerman, 28, claims he shot the teenager with his licensed 9mm handgun in self-defence during a confrontation.
The failure of local police to arrest Zimmerman in the three weeks since the shooting – and the release of 911 tapes that reveal he followed Martin, despite a warning by a police dispatcher not to – has fuelled a fierce debate on race, vigilante justice and a “stand your ground” law in Florida that allows people to defend themselves using deadly force.
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