Thursday, March 22, 2012
Trayvon Martin killing sparks debate, 'Million Hoodie March'

Florida teen Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, an armed community watch officer, in an Orlando suburb last month. The killing sparked an intense debate over whether racism was a motivation in the shooting.

 

Last night, demonstrators undertook a "Million Hoodie March" in New York City, calling for formal charges to be filed against Zimmerman. iReporters were on the scene filing photos and videos of the rally, and several sounded off on the topic with passionate commentary.

 

 

Robert Espier has made a name for himself on iReport photographing various Occupy events in New York City, so the convergence of an Occupy rally in Union Square with the Million Hoodie March afforded him the opportunity to catch these two groups of activists joining forces. He witnessed Martin's parents and several New York City councilmembers giving impassioned speeches on the shooting. "One of the council members said 'We aren't asking for different rights, we are asking for the very same rights as everyone else,'" he said.

 

 

Longtime iReporter Omekongo Dibinga believes that Zimmerman now has a responsibility to turn himself in to the police. “If he feels his good name is being tarnished, he should come forward now. I think that would make the most sense if he truly believes he’s innocent,” he said. “The longer he stays quiet, the situation can only get worse, for his situation and his safety.”

 

 

Filmmaker Rene Carson was documenting the Occupy rally in Union Park when he saw the marchers for Trayvon Martin join forces with the Occupiers. Intrigued by this development, he started snapping more photos as the protesters spilled into the nearby streets, blocking traffic.

 

“Overall, it was a very positive and peaceful experience,” he said. “There was lots of confusion because many of the people who came to the march didn't know the full details of the shooting, but people started coming up to the protesters and talking to them, and then more people started joining in the march.”

 

What's your take on the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and the intense debate that has ensued? Share your opinion with iReport.

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March 23, 2012
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Justice for 8-year-old Danielle James

As I have read all the news and media reports about justice for Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old of Sanford Florida, makes one wonder about people. Justice needs to happen for Martin and the 'New Black Liberation Militia, the Justice Department and demonstrations led by Al Sharpton are certainly focused on seeing it done. I am sure Nancy Grace and other media will get a lot of miles out of this tragedy.

What about 8-year-old Danielle James who had gone to the park with David her dad as they always did and enjoyed. She saw her dad shot to death in a confrontation over kids skateboarding on the basketball court. Trevor Dooley who lives across the street came over to confront the kids skateboarding on the court carrying his gun which was the weapon that killed David James. Dooley is claiming the stand your ground defense.

Where is the demand for justice for Danielle in the sensless killing of her father. I doubt the Justice Department, Al Sharpton and the outraged citizens will be demanding justice for this 8-year-old girl. My question is why the difference? Could it be because Trev Martain was African American shot by a Latino and David James is a white American and shot by a African American. Is this the kind of justice for all that America has come to?

Watch the TV news and read your paper and see if anyone is demanding justice for Danielle James. Don't hold your breath as many will find some excuse to ignore her.

March 24, 2012
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JUSTICE FOR RAMONE

 

My son, Ramone Mansfield aged 16 at the time, resident of Sanford was charged as an adult with felony battery with bodily injury 3 counts. On Father's Day 2008, my son was visiting his girlfriend at her house. While they sat in the front yard of her house located a few blocks from Trayvon's MURDER, 2 white girls jumped into my son's girlfriends yard & began to beat her senseless. My sons girlfriend was a month pregnant at the time, so in defense of their unborn fetus & in defense of his girlfriend my son pulled & punched each girl once in an attempt to get them off of his pregnant girlfriend. The 2 attackers uncle aged 58 weighing 275 lbs. my son was about 125 at the time,ran into the yard & tackled & punched my son. My son fought with him vigorously. When the police showed up they arrested my son for felony battery w/ bodily injury & allowed the 3 attackers to leave without any penalty. The man, Daryl Stewart & his nieces happen to be the husband & nieces of Nancy Stewart to happens to be the Clerk of Court in Sanfords courthouse where my son was sentenced to 5 1/2 yrs. prison time. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE STAND YOUR GROUND LAW WHEN MY BLACK SON WAS ATTACKED BY 3 WHITES. THAT LAW IS A WAY TO LOCK UP BLACK CHILDREN & SET FREE WHITES. THEY PICK & CHOOSE WHEN TO APPLY IT.. MY SON WAS WRONGFULLY CONVICTED OF A CRIME & SITS IN JAIL TIL THIS DAY THANKS TO THE SANFORD POLICES BIASES!!!

March 24, 2012
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Nicky Plaza oh yeah, 2 white girls ran up in his girls yard nonetheless & tried to jump her, he got into it, than the girls' uncle aged 58 ran into the yard & tackled Ray, Ray got the better of him although he was about 275 lbs & Ray was 16 & about 120 .. when the cops came they charged Ray w/ felony battery w/ bodily injury for busting the 3 of them up .. his girl was pregnant w/ his baby & they was in his girls family houses yard, but that didn't matter .. he got sentenced 5 1/2 years & its been 4 yrs .. crazy shit like that has been happening in Sanford for the longest time .. if not for the 911 tapes & all the info coming out it wouldn't of brought any awareness to Sanfords ills against young black children ..

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Nicky Plaza the uncle, Daryl Stewart, happened to be the husband of Nancy Stewart, Clerk of Court for the courthouse (Seminole County Courthouse) which sentenced Ray to 5 1/2 yrs .. the 2 white girls Courtney & some bitch (don't remember her name now) happened to be the nieces of said Clerk of Court!! How fair was that ???????

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Nicky Plaza it's been 4 yrs so imagine how many more travesties have occurred since Rays incident to this one thats finally shed a light on that town called Sanford ...

March 24, 2012
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There was a case in Duval Co. of a young man, Martinaz, that was hounded by a known criminal and he shot him while chasing him down a stairwell from his mother's apt, Martinaz was given a life sentence.   The attorney TRIED  the self defense stance.    He didn't just go after the kid, and the guy he shot was a known raper and convicted felon.  Someone needs to research all the Florida appeals and convictions on the "Stand you Ground" law.  The police are playing with it and Angela Cory is know to take the side of the police in every case.

March 28, 2012
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And now we know why George Zimmerman didnt get arrested.......According to court records George Zimmerman is the son of retired Supreme Court Magistrate Judge Robert J Zimmerman, his mother Gladys Zimmerman is a court clerk....He has three closed arrests 7/18/05 for resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer div 10........8/9/05 for domestic violence div 44..... And again on 8/10/05 domestic violence div 46 *** Why isn't this on the news?

April 5, 2012
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What are guns used for in this country ?  Without the basic sense of security, people will feel more danger and unfairness with their gun permit.  This is not a problem about the color of black or white but the safe distance between human bodies is still in need.

April 25, 2012
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Zimmerman should be arrested for 2nd degree murder, killing a man who didn't even hurt you is not right!

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