Miami-Dade Fire Captain’s Private Post About Martin Case Draws Ire in Miami

Here is the latest TV report from Miami regarding a theGrio story chronicling a Miami-Dade fire captain who posted his opinions about the Trayvon Martin case on his own private Facebook wall.

According to original theGrio story, this is background to the story:

The Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Department is investigating a Facebook post by one of its captains that seems to blame the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on the "shi*tbag parents" of "our urban youth," and the "ghetto hoodie look" of young black men like Martin.

The entry was posted on the personal Facebook page of Miami-Dade fire captain Brian Beckmann. The Facebook page bears the same profile picture as the entry, which appears to have been deleted, but which was captured in a screengrab sent to theGrio. The page's profile entry lists Metro-Dade Firefighters Local 1403.

The entry appears to have been created on Wednesday, the night State Attorney Angela Corey announced she would file second degree murder charges against George Zimmerman over Martin's shooting death.

"Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman," it read.

"The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, sh*tbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth. They're just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn't have anything to do with why people wonder if they're about to get jacked by a thug."

Screen Grab: http://www.wsvn.com

The Day After George Zimmerman Gets Charged, Trayvon Martin’s Mother Says Incident Was an “Accident”

Here is an interesting interview from this morning, where Sybrina Fulton tells the "Today Show" that the death of her son Trayvon Martin was an "accident." She also said that anyone who commits an act like this should show true remorse. Last night, George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.

What do you think of the interview?

Howard University Students Launch Campaign in Honor of Trayvon Martin: “Do I Look Suspicious?”

Howard University students would like to educate the world about reality.

From YouTube:

A NEWMecca Movement Production, shot by John "JayDex" Ledbetter. A video depicting Howard University men standing against racial profiling and the killing of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. More information on the efforts of the Howard Community to raise awareness can be found at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/HUJusticeForTrayvonMartin/

Martin’s Mother: “They’ve Killed My Son, and Now They’re Trying to Kill His Reputation”

As developments continue to be reported by The Associated Press and other outlets about the killing of Trayvon Martin, Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, spoke to reporters today.

Screen Grab from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57404609/trayvon-parents-son-disrespected-even-in-death/

"Even in death, they are still disrespecting my son, and I feel that is a shame."

"They've killed my son, and now they're trying to kill his reputation"

The Rev. Al Sharpton also weighed in:

"As much as it will hurt, they will try to make your son a junkie, a thief, assaulter, everything else before this is over. If you want to discuss something relevant, discuss what Zimmerman might have had in his system. Discuss his past. "Why are we asking about what Trayvon is capable of, when you have records of Zimmerman assaulting law officers? You have domestic violence. No one asked his lawyer about his character that has been documented. He has the record of violence. … So why are we going out of our way to try and create something in Trayvon's background when you have documented stuff in Zimmerman's background and won't even question his attorney about it? Let's not play this double standard of trying to demonize who is dead and sanitize who was the cause of the death."

Our orginal report erronously aattributes the quote to Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father and not Sybrina Fulton. We have since corrected it.

Dear @GeraldoRivera: Hoodies Don’t Cause Hate Crimes

Looks like the Twitter account of Fox News contributror Geraldo Rivera has got some explaining to do.

Here is just a slice of what Twitter is saying about his Trayvon tweet.


CNN Runs Isolates Audio of Controversial Zimmerman 911 Call and Questions Still Remain

Last night, CNN's Anderson Cooper ran a segment that showed the network's enhanced audio technology to determine if in indeed George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin on February 26 but still walks the street, said the racial slur "f-ing c—ns" on the 911 call Zimmerman made just minutes before the shooting. Here is the segment:

 

Our take is pretty simple: even with all the audio enhancements, the evidence is still inconclusive. Is it possible that Zimmerman said the slur on the call? Sure. Do we think they he said it? Yes. Did he 100% without a shadow of a doubt say it? No one can confirm that yet, even the CNN reporters who carefully couched their comments to protect their opinions.

Of course, if proven (and basically, unless Zimmerman admits to it or if an eyewitness testifies saying that he did indeed say the slur), then a true "hate crime" charge can be brought against Zimmerman. However, outlets like CNN should know better. There is the reporting of fact, and then there is conjecture and circumstantial fact. We think that no outlet can actually prove that Zimmerman did indeed say the offending and racist slur, but they can sure speculate about it and use technology to advance their speculation. In the meantime, any competent defense lawyer would have plenty of information already to suggest that someone like Zimmerman is already being singled out. We also think that the Sanford police failed big time in missing the audio from the call in the first place, which leads to more serious questions about the investigation.

To all those who think we are defending Zimmerman, that is just not true. Believe us, we so wanted definitive proof of the call because then the DOJ would take like an hour to charge Zimmerman with a hate crime. However, we also think that there is enough of a case (Zimmerman's "paranoia" of young black men) to bring it to a case. This is not about what Zimmerman said, but can it be proven that he said it? We are just questioning the tactics of how the mainstream media uses "possibilities" and "alleged" in certain cases to raise issues. Of course, if there were definitive proof of a racial slur said, it would be huge. Nonetheless, even if everyone is 99.9% sure, there is still doubt, and that is why eventually this case will need to be brought to trail (we see no reason why it won't at this stage) and a real legal discussion begins.

As much as we despise the act and the tragedy, we think that major media outlets are just sensationalizing this part of the story. Is it an important part of the story? Yes. Can anyone right now prove that he said it defnitively by listening to it? No. Are there other parts of the story and case offering more compelling evidence that Zimmerman killed Martin and it was not in self-defense? Yes. And that should be the key issue here. If Zimmerman does admit to saying the slur, then it is a different story. Right now, it just makes for good old-fashioned razzle-dazzle news entertainment.

#MillionHoodies Demonstration and Social Media Push Martin Petition to Over 1.1 Million Signatures

Yesterday, the #MillionHoodies demonstration in NYC as well social media shares successfully achieved a goal of surpassing more than 1 million signatures of a Change.org petition created by the family of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, who was killed on February 26 by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, FL. The NYC protest also gained support from the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The protest began at 6pm EST and continued well into the night at Union Square, where eyewitness accounts and UStream sites (including TimCast) estimated the NYPD presence to be around 500 officers, including top-ranking NYPD officials. Accounts estimated that about 200 protesters were at Union Square late last night.

The official #OWS page provides a detailed account of the events, including a video of protesters that occupied the iconic Wall Street bull.

Additional video footage of last night's event and police presence were also streamed. Here are just a few video embeds that were recorded from streaming sites for news-gathering purposes.

The day did not have its controversy, as one #OWS protester was caught on tape and arrested for dumping excrement into a plaza on March 14.