Twitter Account of @SpikeLee RT’s Zimmerman’s Home Address… Twice

We know people are angry and people are emotional, and Twitter is literally going frenetic the last few days when it comes to the tragic events of February 26, when George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.

Take the case of @MACCAPONE, who on March 23, started tweeting (most Twitterati would say "spamming") an address for Zimmerman to as many high-profile accounts. @MACCAPONE tweeted the same tweet over and over again to different people and did it about 80 times in a very short time period.

@MACCAPONE's tweet got the attention of Spike Lee's Twitter account, which RT'd the original tweet, sending it out to Lee's more than 245,000 followers.

Not only did Lee RT it once, he did it again.

Now, we have written a lot about the Trayvon case and we have expressed our outrage and we have also tried to do our homework and read actual first-hand information about the vase. But this Twitter fiasco is just wrong. We know that people are pissed, but someone like Lee HAS to realize that RTing Zimmerman's address will indeed reach people. You don't think so? Just check out how many people saw Lee's last 50 tweets.

Which then leads to tweets like these:

Which reaches other people and pisses more people off, and then the cycle of hate continues.

You can fight the power, Spike, just don't get caught up on Twitter and let your emotions get the best of you. Focus on Trayvon's loss, not a vigilante quest for Zimmerman. In the end, you think just like Zimmerman, and we know that is not something you would like to be.

Gingrich Calls President’s Comments on Trayvon Martin “Disgraceful” and “Appalling”

Mediate ran the following segment from The Sean Hannity radio show where GOP candidate Newt Gingrich took offense to President Obama's comments about the  death of Trayvon Martin.

Here is the Mediate embed:

 

This is the text of what Gingrich said:

“What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful,” Gingrich said on the Hannity Radio show. “It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background.

“Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him. That’s just nonsense dividing this country up. It is a tragedy this young man was shot. It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian American of if he’d been a Native American. At some point, we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American, it is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.”

Well, Newt, let us explain, since you once again miss the point. Here goes:

  • The President spoke as a parent and tried to connect his feelings as a parent to the tragedy of what happened to Trayvon Martin and his parents.
  • It is interesting that you actual mentioned "Puerto Rican" or "Cuban" because psst, Newt, you are mixing ethnic group with racial makeup. Guess what? A Puerto Rican or a Cuban could also look like Trayvon, and while we are at, so could others from other ethnic groups.
  • The President did not turn it into a "racial issue" as you claim. We heard remorse, honesty, speaking from the heart, and being a dad.
  • While we are on the topic of race, where is your outage, Mr. Gingrich? Why did you wait to say something about this tragedy only AFTER the President spoke? Why do you as a national leader continue to create this image of the President as being a "race baiter?" Do you not even accept that a person of color might have had a different experience growing up than you?
  • You, Mr. Gingrich, are the one dividing Americans for this very simple reason: you would rather speak of children of color becoming school janitors because they have no work ethic. You talk about Spanish being the language of the ghetto and not the language of prosperity because you quite frankly are afraid of a changing America. You cling to a past (yes, a racial past) where power was held by a select few of white people. Is that being racist on our part? No, that is just being factual. Yet, the moment when intelligent and eloquent men and women of color or those who didn't grow up in an American mythical place you still cling to, you actually express intelligence and class, you, Mr. Gingrich, incite fear and division. You are the one afraid of change of a browner America because it is a country you do not want, nor does the base (all 8% of it) that supports you. And instead of standing WITH the President as a parent, as a grandparent, as an American, you scream race-baiting and suggest white oppression, which, last time we checked, is kind of an oxymoron.

You, Mr. Gingrich, don't have the cojones to speak from your heart, to express your authentic outage about a senseless tragedy where a boy gets killed and a man who had a gun on him is still scott free. Instead, you are offended by the President of the United States for expression the very radical concept of love (we think that is what the guy who inspired your Catholic Church preached?).

And you wonder why, Mr. Gingrich, you are like the Seattle Mariners right now: eternally in fourth place.

City of Sanford Publishes February 26 Trayvon Martin Police Report

The City of Sanford posted a version of the Trayvon Martin police report. We posted a few screen shots of the report and a video embed as well (you can see the whole report here.)

 

 

 

 

Sanford City Manager Post Official Responses to Some Key Trayvon Martin Questions

The city of Sanford's web site posted the following March 23 letter from City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr.:

 
 
Fellow Citizens:
 
There has been a lot of media attention to the recent incident where George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. This is indeed a tragic situation and has caused a flood of questions and strong emotions from within our community, the region and nation. On behalf of the employees of the City of Sanford, Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the family and friends of Trayvon Martin. As a father, I can only image [sic] the pain Trayvon’s family must be going through. The City of Sanford is committed to insuring that justice is served and, therefore, the City of Sanford has contacted the United States Attorney General’s Office for assistance in this matter.
 
In an effort to continue to be as responsive as possible to the public seeking information on the incident, I have asked Chief Lee to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this matter. Below are his responses. Please understand that since this is still an ongoing investigation, the Police Department is limited in what information it can publicly release.  
 
The men and women of the Sanford Police Department extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Martin family. This is indeed a tragic situation. The death of anyone due to violence, especially a 17 year old young man, is morally appalling. As this incident has generated a lot of media attention, we wanted to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.  
 
Why was George Zimmerman not arrested the night of the shooting? 
 
When the Sanford Police Department arrived at the scene of the incident, Mr. Zimmerman provided a statement claiming he acted in self defense which at the time was supported by physical evidence and testimony. By Florida Statute, law enforcement was PROHIBITED from making an arrest based on the facts and circumstances they had at the time. Additionally, when any police officer makes an arrest for any reason, the officer MUST swear and affirm that he/she is making the arrest in good faith and with probable cause. If the arrest is done maliciously and in bad faith, the officer and the City may be held liable.  
 
According to Florida Statute 776.032 :  
776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.—  
(1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.  
(2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.  
 
Why weren’t the 911 tapes initially released? 
 
There are exemptions to the public records laws for active criminal intelligence and for ongoing investigations. In this instance, the 911 calls made by neighbors in the subdivision, and the non-emergency call made by Mr. Zimmerman are all key to the investigation by Sanford Police Department. In consultation with the Office of the State Attorney, the Sanford police department had decided not to release the audio recordings of the 911 calls due to the ongoing investigation. Many times, specific information is contained in those recordings which is vital to the integrity of the investigation. At the time, it was determined that if revealed, the information may compromise the integrity of the investigation prior to its completion. The 911 tapes have since been released. 
 
Why did Mr. Zimmerman have a firearm in his possession while acting in the role of a neighborhood watch member? 
 
Mr. Zimmerman holds a concealed weapon permit issued from the State of Florida. He is authorized to carry the weapon in a concealed manner wherever Florida Statute dictates. Neighborhood Watch programs are designed for members of a neighborhood to be “eyes and ears” for police and to watch out for their neighbors. They are not members of the Police Department nor are they vigilantes. Training provided by law enforcement agencies to Neighborhood Watch organizations stresses non-contact surveillance of suspicious situations and notifying police of those situations so that law enforcement can respond and take control of the situation.
 
Mr. Zimmerman was not acting outside the legal boundaries of Florida Statute by carrying his weapon when this incident occurred. He was in fact on a personal errand in his vehicle when he observed Mr. Martin in the community and called the Sanford Police Department. 

If Zimmerman was told not to continue to follow Trayvon, can that be considered in this investigation? 

Yes it will; however, the telecommunications call taker asked Zimmerman “are you following him”. Zimmerman replied, “yes”. The call taker stated “you don’t need to do that”. The call taker’s suggestion is not a lawful order that Mr. Zimmerman would be required to follow. Zimmerman’s statement was that he had lost sight of Trayvon and was returning to his truck to meet the police officer when he says he was attacked by Trayvon. 

Why was George Zimmerman labeled as “squeaky clean” when in fact he has a prior arrest history? 

In one of the initial meetings with the father of the victim the investigator related to him the account that Mr. Zimmerman provided of the incident. At that time the investigator said that Mr. Zimmerman portrayed himself to be “squeaky clean”. We are aware of the background information regarding both individuals involved in this event. We believe Mr. Martin may have misconstrued this information.

What about media reenactments of the shooting incident? 

Any media reenactments of the shooting incident are purely speculation. To date the Sanford Police Department has not released any rendition of the events of the evening to anyone other than the Office of the State Attorney. The renditions we have seen are not consistent with the evidence in this case. 

The Sanford Police Department has conducted a complete and fair investigation of this incident. We have provided the results of our investigation to the Office of the State Attorney for their review and consideration for possible criminal prosecution. Although the Police Department is the target of the troubling questions, let me assure you we too feel the pain of this senseless tragedy that has dramatically affected our community. Therefore, as we move forward and strive to answer the questions that are a point of controversy in the community, we ask for your patience, understanding and assistance in getting the correct information to the community.
 
We trust that this information is helpful to you. 
 
Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr., ICMA-CM  
City Manager  
March 23, 2012 
 
 

Our Latest Takeaways About the #Trayvon Martin Tragedy

So much has been written, so much as been dissected. What we think about one of the Internet's most talked about stories of 2012 (anyone still talking about Kony now?).

  • Focus

 

Protection of Persons and Property: Authorizes a person to use force, including deadly force, against an intruder or attacker in a dwelling, residence, or vehicle under certain circumstances; creates a presumption that a reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm exists; creates a presumption that a person acts with the intent to use force or violence; provides that a person is justified in using deadly force under certain circumstances; declares that a person has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force in certain circumstances; authorizes a law enforcement agency to investigate the use of deadly force but prohibits the agency from arresting the person unless the agency determines that there is probable cause that the force used was unlawful; provides for the award of attorney's fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and other expenses to a defendant in a civil suit who was immune from prosecution for justifiable use of force.

Protection of Persons/Use of Force authorizes person to use force, including deadly force, against intruder or attacker in dwelling, residence, or vehicle under specified circumstances;provides that person is justified in using deadly force under certain circumstances; provides immunity from criminal prosecution or civil action for using deadly force;defines term "criminal prosecution", etc. Creates 776.013,.032; amends 776.012,.031.

  • And yes, America, racism is a part of all this. Wake up. Stop "defending" and "overthinking" and start realizing that unless we don't start looking as to WHY George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death, we will never heal or unite as a country.

March 24, 1976: A Day That Changed Argentina Forever

On a day like today, 36 years ago, Argentina suffered a military coup. 'While everyone was sleeping, life became a nightmare." The Dirty War had begun. Today March 26 has now become a day to never forget this seven-year period that led to more than 30,000 lives lost all in the name of "order."

As the following clip explains:

The return of the democracy in the Argentina in 1973 marks the beginning of the countdown towards the following coup d'état. On March 24 1976 the worst dictatorship of the history of this country is established, as a result of a conspiracy carefully planned for months. 

El regreso de la democracia en la Argentina en 1973 marca el comienzo de la cuenta regresiva hacia el siguiente golpe de estado. El 24 de marzo de 1976 se instaura la peor dictadura de la historia de este país, como fruto de un complot cuidadosamente tramado durante meses.

So Instead of Being Humble, @GeraldoRivera Keeps Trying to Justify His “Hoodie” Comments on Twitter

Dude, just take a moment and breathe, Geraldo. Your initial comments about how Trayvon Martin's hoodie caused his death were poorly said. Your logic is off base, and you make a huge mistake in trying to use the case to "guide" parents about how to keep their children safe.

This was one of the original tweets Rivera made on March 22

Dear Geraldo, you could have just listened to the criticism and tweeted something like, "Hey, in hindsight, I didn't explain myself in the right way. I am truly sorry if people misunderstood what I meant. I have actually learned from you all." But no, what do you do? You keep tweeting your defense of your comments. Flaco, being humble goes a long way. Good luck trying to stem this firestorm. We are just being honest: for every 1 tweet we see someone defending you, we have seen about 99 that totally crap on you. You decide how to handle it. Here is just a sampling of what Twitter is saying about you today after your tweets from last night trying to defend yourself.


Why We Love The NBA: Last Night’s Instant Double OT Classic in Oklahoma City

Last night in Oklahoma City, the Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves produced an instant classic. 2 OT. 289 points scored. Some of the game's best players showing up (Durant, Westbrook, Love, Barea, etc.) How good was it? JJ had a triple-double and he was the 4th top story of the night. Here's hoping NBA TV replays this game today!

Screen Grab ESPN.com

 

HIGHLIGHTS HERE (or click on Image for NBA.com recap)