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George Zimmerman made threats with hand on gun, wife says
Orlando Sentinel: George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, was under investigation Monday afternoon after his wife told police that he’d threatened her family, police confirmed.In a 911 call released by police, Shellie Zimmerman tells a dispatcher that her husband had “his hand on his gun and he keeps saying step closer.”Later police said that Zimmerman was no longer detained and was not in custody. The spokesman added that Zimmerman has been cooperating with police.  - @orlandosentinelPhoto: George Zimmerman, seen here with his wife Shellie, in court in June. Joe Burbank/pool via AP file

breakingnews:

George Zimmerman made threats with hand on gun, wife says

Orlando Sentinel: George Zimmerman, the Florida man acquitted of murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, was under investigation Monday afternoon after his wife told police that he’d threatened her family, police confirmed.

In a 911 call released by police, Shellie Zimmerman tells a dispatcher that her husband had “his hand on his gun and he keeps saying step closer.”

Later police said that Zimmerman was no longer detained and was not in custody. The spokesman added that Zimmerman has been cooperating with police.  - @orlandosentinel

Photo: George Zimmerman, seen here with his wife Shellie, in court in June. Joe Burbank/pool via AP file

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jayrosen:

Should bullshit be called out on air, or would that be that “unprofessional? Touré battles Piers Morgan.

This divide isn’t going away. Rarely does it bust into prime-time network television, though. Rarely do see anything this raw, in fact.

I’m not behind everything Touré says in the clip, and if you watch the interview they’re arguing about—Piers Morgan questioning Robert Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s brother—it’s not nearly as lame as Touré paints it. I don’t think it’s wise for Touré to rage on about Morgan’s inability to understand America because Piers has been here only a few years. Sometimes outsiders and newcomers see us better.

But… There is a big question on the broadcast journalism table. It involves what a television interviewer should do when he simply doesn’t believe what a guest has just said. Piers Morgan thinks he should ask skeptical questions and let that stand as his “statement.” Touré thinks that’s not good enough. A more direct confrontation is required.

For a long time the journalism world was sold on Morgan’s view. But I don’t think that’s true any more. Views on what counts as “professional” can shift. (See this and this.) It’s conceivable to me that letting a guest make wildly implausible claims will one day fail the Serious Broadcaster test.

Piers Morgan keeps telling Touré that at no point did he signal that he believed Robert Zimmerman. To him that means he’s off the hook. But that’s an old hook. The new one is when to signal the audience that this guest cannot be believed. If I had a prime time show, that would keep me up at night.

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think-progress:

George Zimmerman’s version of events vs. surveillance footage of that night. Judge for yourself.

think-progress:

George Zimmerman’s version of events vs. surveillance footage of that night. Judge for yourself.

mohandasgandhi:

Colorlines: Trayvon Martin’s Shooter George Zimmerman ‘Focused on Young, Black Males’, Says New Report

More details are emerging of George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old Miami man who’s making national headlines for killing unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin a month ago and running free. Zimmerman, who admitted to shooting the teen, said he fired in self-defense and has not been arrested in the case.
A look at the local police department’s history includes two other cases in which the Sanford Police Department was accused of giving favorable treatment to relatives of officers involved in violent encounters with blacks.
In a Miami Herald profile published on Saturday, Zimmerman was described by neighbors as a “mild-mannered neighbor who fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.” The Herald also reportsZimmerman called police 46 times since Jan. 1, 2011. (For reference, there were eight burglaries, nine thefts and one other shooting in the year prior to Trayvon’s death in the neighborhood.)
According to 911 recordings released on Friday by Sanford police, Zimmerman was following Martin because he looked like a “suspicious person” who was “walking slowly,” looked “drugged” and appeared to be looking at people’s houses.In the recording the 911 operator is heard telling Zimmerman to stop following the young man.
But according to multiple neighbors, Zimmerman didn’t follow orders and continued to follow Martin until the teenager was killed.
Police would later learn that Martin was walking back to a family member’s home after having gone to 7-Eleven during the NBA All Star game halftime to get Skittles and Arizona iced tea.
“This case is disturbing to say the least,” Rev. Al Sharpton told Huffpost last week. “This is appalling, to think that this guy admitted to initiating the conversation and that there was no crime other than the killing of this young man. Yet, [Zimmerman] is walking around with no threat of an arrest.”
The HuffPost has received updates from a man living in the gated community where Martin was shot that details Zimmerman’s history of aggressive tactics: 

At an emergency homeowner’s association meeting on March 1, “one man was escorted out because he openly expressed his frustration because he had previously contacted the Sanford Police Department about Zimmerman approaching him and even coming to his home,” the resident wrote in an email to HuffPost. “It was also made known that there had been several complaints about George Zimmerman and his tactics” in his neighborhood watch captain role.
The meeting was attended by Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, the detective assigned to the investigation and an unnamed member of the city council, according to the homeowner’s association newsletter. The chief couldn’t immediately be reached for comment about the complaints. A member of the homeowner’s association board, who asked not to be quoted by name, said she “hadn’t heard about any complaints” about Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s phone number is disconnected and efforts to reach him have been unsuccessful.

The Miami Herald also provides more context on how on at least two prior occasions, the Sanford Police Department was accused of giving favorable treatment to relatives of officers involved in violent encounters with blacks:

In 2010, police waited seven weeks to arrest a lieutenant’s son who was caught on video sucker-punching a homeless black man.
In 2005, two security guards — one the son of a longtime Sanford police officer and the other a department volunteer — killed a black man they said was trying to run them over. Black leaders complained of a lackluster investigation. The guards ultimately were acquitted.

Zimmerman’s father has issued a statement last Thursday declaring his son is Hispanic, comes from a multiracial family and is not racist.
The Sanford Police Department has moved Martin’s case to the State Attorney’s office. The state of Florida will now determine if Zimmerman will be charged in his death.

Perhaps the most tragic part of this case is that there are thousands, if not millions, of George Zimmerman’s out there and that many individuals, such as myself, were not surprised to hear about Trayvon Martin’s death in the first place because of the frequency of such cases. Now would be as good a time as any to have an open and honest discussion about the prevalence of racism and prejudice in our law enforcement agencies. It would be terrible to see no good come out of Martin’s death no matter what the ultimate outcome be. Now that this situation has reached a national audience, why not have this discussion that’s long overdue? 

mohandasgandhi:

Colorlines: Trayvon Martin’s Shooter George Zimmerman ‘Focused on Young, Black Males’, Says New Report

More details are emerging of George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old Miami man who’s making national headlines for killing unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin a month ago and running free. Zimmerman, who admitted to shooting the teen, said he fired in self-defense and has not been arrested in the case.

A look at the local police department’s history includes two other cases in which the Sanford Police Department was accused of giving favorable treatment to relatives of officers involved in violent encounters with blacks.

In a Miami Herald profile published on Saturday, Zimmerman was described by neighbors as a “mild-mannered neighbor who fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.” The Herald also reportsZimmerman called police 46 times since Jan. 1, 2011. (For reference, there were eight burglaries, nine thefts and one other shooting in the year prior to Trayvon’s death in the neighborhood.)

According to 911 recordings released on Friday by Sanford police, Zimmerman was following Martin because he looked like a “suspicious person” who was “walking slowly,” looked “drugged” and appeared to be looking at people’s houses.In the recording the 911 operator is heard telling Zimmerman to stop following the young man.

But according to multiple neighbors, Zimmerman didn’t follow orders and continued to follow Martin until the teenager was killed.

Police would later learn that Martin was walking back to a family member’s home after having gone to 7-Eleven during the NBA All Star game halftime to get Skittles and Arizona iced tea.

“This case is disturbing to say the least,” Rev. Al Sharpton told Huffpost last week. “This is appalling, to think that this guy admitted to initiating the conversation and that there was no crime other than the killing of this young man. Yet, [Zimmerman] is walking around with no threat of an arrest.”

The HuffPost has received updates from a man living in the gated community where Martin was shot that details Zimmerman’s history of aggressive tactics

At an emergency homeowner’s association meeting on March 1, “one man was escorted out because he openly expressed his frustration because he had previously contacted the Sanford Police Department about Zimmerman approaching him and even coming to his home,” the resident wrote in an email to HuffPost. “It was also made known that there had been several complaints about George Zimmerman and his tactics” in his neighborhood watch captain role.

The meeting was attended by Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, the detective assigned to the investigation and an unnamed member of the city council, according to the homeowner’s association newsletter. The chief couldn’t immediately be reached for comment about the complaints. A member of the homeowner’s association board, who asked not to be quoted by name, said she “hadn’t heard about any complaints” about Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s phone number is disconnected and efforts to reach him have been unsuccessful.

The Miami Herald also provides more context on how on at least two prior occasions, the Sanford Police Department was accused of giving favorable treatment to relatives of officers involved in violent encounters with blacks:

In 2010, police waited seven weeks to arrest a lieutenant’s son who was caught on video sucker-punching a homeless black man.

In 2005, two security guards — one the son of a longtime Sanford police officer and the other a department volunteer — killed a black man they said was trying to run them over. Black leaders complained of a lackluster investigation. The guards ultimately were acquitted.

Zimmerman’s father has issued a statement last Thursday declaring his son is Hispanic, comes from a multiracial family and is not racist.

The Sanford Police Department has moved Martin’s case to the State Attorney’s office. The state of Florida will now determine if Zimmerman will be charged in his death.


Perhaps the most tragic part of this case is that there are thousands, if not millions, of George Zimmerman’s out there and that many individuals, such as myself, were not surprised to hear about Trayvon Martin’s death in the first place because of the frequency of such cases. Now would be as good a time as any to have an open and honest discussion about the prevalence of racism and prejudice in our law enforcement agencies. It would be terrible to see no good come out of Martin’s death no matter what the ultimate outcome be. Now that this situation has reached a national audience, why not have this discussion that’s long overdue? 

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