Released by the Seminole County Court (18th Judicial Circuit) and the State’s Attorney’s office (4th J.C.) earlier today after the arraignment of George Zimmerman.
as well as the released text of S.A. Angela Corey’s press conference speech:
…announcing the ARREST of George Zimmerman for 2nd degree murder
(and lesser included charges) in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
and thorough to the last jot and tittle.
4 weeks after the birth of this website….
From The Washington Post….
George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch vigilante who fatally shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin 45 days ago, was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday, marking a turning point in a case that has provoked nationwide debate over racial profiling.
Florida special prosecutor Angela B. Corey, who announced the charge in Jacksonville, said that “the search for justice has brought us to this moment.” Zimmerman turned himself in and was brought Wednesday evening to the Seminole County jail.
Criminal justice lawyers said Corey faces an uphill battle in persuading a jury to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder. Zimmerman told police he was fighting for his life in an altercation with Martin, who was 17 and unarmed, before he fired in self-defense.
By NBC News and msnbc.com staff
Updated at 2:34 p.m. ET: The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case will announce criminal charges against George Zimmerman Wednesday afternoon, a law enforcement official told NBC News.
The nature of the charges weren’t immediately known, the official told NBC News Justice Department correspondent Pete Williams, speaking on condition of anonymity. But because Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to re-examine the case, previously announced that she wouldn’t take the case to a grand jury, first-degree murder is not an option.
Authorities in Sanford, Fla. — where Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 — also began preparing for an announcement from Corey, NBC station WESH of Orlando reported. Seminole County sheriff’s deputies spent Wednesday morning setting up barricades along the booking area for new inmates at the county jail.
Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, said he was looking forward to Corey’s announcement.
“It’s 44 days later, and George Zimmerman is still walking free,” Martin said at a news conference during a meeting of the National Action Network in Washington. “It’s 44 days later, and my son is in a mausoleum.”
Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father, thanks supporters and vows he won’t let his son’s death “be in vain.”
Benjamin Crump, their attorney, urged people to “remain peaceful” after the expected announcement.
Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Peruvian, says he shot Martin, who was black, in self-defense after following him in a gated community in Sanford. Police questioned Zimmerman but decided against pressing charges.
The lack of an arrest or charges has sparked protests nationwide, with critics alleging that Zimmerman confronted Martin because of his race. Zimmerman’s supporters deny that.
Corey said Tuesday that she wouldn’t convene a grand jury probe. That announcement came before Zimmerman’s attorneys said they had lost touch with their client and were withdrawing from the case.
A federal civil rights investigation is also under way, but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Justice Department had to meet a “high bar” to bring any charges.
The main federal role is to “support the state in its ongoing investigation,” Holder told reporters Wednesday morning in Washington. At the same time, he said, the Justice Department is conducting its “own thorough and parallel investigation” to try to resolve the case “in as fair and complete a way and as quickly as we can.”
Nicole Paultre Bell, the fiancee of Sean Bell – The NYC native gunned down and killed by NYPD officers in a 51-shot firestorm on the eve of his wedding day – penned an open letter of support to Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin.
Here is the FULL TEXT of that letter
Dear Sybrina and Tracy:
As the great Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail,
“Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever — the United States Negro is moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice. If one recognizes this vital urge that has engulfed the Negro community, one should readily understand why public demonstrations are taking place. The Negro has many pent-up resentments and latent frustrations, and he must release them. So let him march; let him make prayer pilgrimages to the city hall. If his repressed emotions are not released in nonviolent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history.”
I must believe the above paragraph, it is what gets me through the day, especially when I look down at my two little girls. One of which doesn’t know her father personally, although; when his picture comes on the television she yells out “Daddy”. It is truly a living nightmare to see another innocent young man’s life senselessly taken away over his demeanor. It leads me to one question only, how far have we really come since Dr. King’s speech, on the steps of the Lincoln memorial in 1963?
This injustice continues to plague our country almost 5 decades later, but it must stop now. The question you might want to ask yourselves is how can I help to diminish these tragedies? The answer is you have already begun. Your voices are being heard all across this nation as peacemakers. People are standing up for Trayvon because they feel your pain, and understand that this could easily have been their son, husband, father, brother, cousin or nephew and we are out right tired of it. Please don’t give up the fight for the pursuit of justice.
Over the past five and a half years, what I have learned throughout protest after protest, rallies, a criminal trial, the independent investigation of the federal Department of Justice, along with civil proceedings and the departmental charges hearing almost six years later of the police officers who killed my husband-to-be back in 2006, faith and endurance are the keys to everything. God will not forsake you, and through his grace and mercy you will find the strength to continue please remember this.
Trayvon’s death is not in vain, and yes, I know these words may find you a bit too soon in your mourning process to clearly grasp my intentions.
Then again, five and a half years from now, we must not let anyone forget the terrible night your lives changed forever. And in the end, God will have his way. I pray for your strength and well being during this unyielding time.
I would hear all the time “the men who killed Sean weren’t white”, I’m sure you’ve been hearing the same thing re: George Zimmerman, I believe this is the exact definition of internalized racism. We along with other minorities are conditioned to believe that it’s OK to kill us. This has been the primary means by which we have been forced to perpetuate and “agree” to our own oppression. It has been a major factor preventing us, as black people, from realizing and putting into action the tremendous intelligence and power which in reality we possess.
Sincerely your sister at heart,
Nicole Paultre Bell
Read more here.
One of the over 46 calls that George Zimmerman made to 911 during the course of 24 months from 2010-2012 involved Zimmerman reporting a “7-9 year old african-american child” whose only apparent crime was walking in George Zimmerman’s neighborhood.
via The Daily Beast:
Did Trayvon Shooter Abuse 911?
…A reworking of her 2007 song Super Life remade specifically for Trayvon Martin. A great song and video with tons of cameos from celebrities in hoodies supporting the cause. I really appreciate efforts like this. Look for appearances from:
Angela Bassett and family.
The Big Muscle Bound Guy from
the Spice Deodorant commercials.