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George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot an unarmed teenager last year after an altercation while the boy was walking home, has been denied the chance to delay his trial, which is set to begin in June.

Zimmerman claims he shot in self-defense after he approached 17-year old Trayvon Martin for looking “suspicious” as the boy walked home from the store. Zimmerman was a self-appointed neighborhood watchman at the time and had called police to alert them of a suspicious presence; they advised him to stay away from the boy, but he confronted him anyway and a fight ensued. If convicted, Zimmerman faces 25 years to life in prison.

Zimmerman’s attorneys originally asked for the trial to be pushed back so they could have more time to prepare and so they could raise money for his defense, but Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the trial would start on time.

“The state has virtually unlimited resources to prosecute George,” Zimmerman’s defense attorney Mark O’Mara said. “To finance his defense, however, George relies on the generosity of individuals who believe he is innocent.”

Outside the courthouse, supporters of Martin and his family gathered with candles and handmade signs featuring photos of the boy. Tuesday would have been his 18th birthday.

“The spirit of Trayvon Martin was definitely in the courtroom today on what would have been his 18th birthday. The judge ruled that the trial would not be delayed,” Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said.

Zimmerman Denied Trial Delay On Martin’s Birthday
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  • http://Yahoo Meriwether Lewis III

    I Believe that george zimmerman has been given ample time to prepare for his case. If his lawyers are so greedy as to need more money an attourney can be appointed for him as are his rights, he should not be given more time otherwise.

    • Chiron8839

      Exactly. I believe defense counsel are only interested in the postponement in order to rake in more cash from Zimmerman’s website.

  • http://none Stan

    Zimmermen should gwt the death penalty for shoot and un-armed teen, he a punk, he could not subdue this kid in hand to hand combat he sould not be working as a guard.

  • Doug

    Time to prepare? Wow, atty must be a bit slow! Relying on funds from people who believe he is not guilty??? Do all criminals (alledged) get time for the bake sale to raise funds? Get this trial started and put this “wannabe” in jail where he belongs.

  • UFB

    How can he get a fair trial the State has unlimited funds and the prosecuting attorney is going to make this her cross to bare.

    He should get a State represented attorney with equal resources to spend that would be a “fair trial”.
    What about police protection? Why is it that he has to be in hiding?
    What happen to innocent until proven guilty?

    I guess that’s what happens in South America

  • Doug

    If zimmerman can’t afford an atty, let the state appoint one for him, thats the law. Then he can have 2 15 minute meetings with his duely appointed atty before the trial begins, just the rest of the criminal world gets. Why is he any different? A killer is a killer!

    • Shannon

      AMEN

  • http://ZimmermandeniedtrialdelayonMartin'sbirthday Sharon

    The rightards are kissing and defending Zimmerman because they need the hispanic vote. Also, nice that Zimmerman’s dada was a white judge.

    • lou

      you must be black,, blacks are so racist you can smell it a mile away.

      • Nicole

        Why do all the racists try to say everyone else pulls the race card while they say racist things? Lou, you’re a piece of s**t! I can tell by all your comments. Hope you get what you have coming to you.

      • Nicole

        Why do all the racists try to say everyone else pulls the race card while they say racist things? Lou, you’re a piece of s**t! I can tell by all your comments. Hope you get what you have coming to you.

      • Nicole

        Why do all the racists try to say everyone else pulls the race card while they say racist things? Lou, you’re a piece of s**t! I can tell by all your comments. Hope you get what you have coming to you.

      • Shannon

        Yeah Lou, go F yourself.
        And how would you know the previous poster is Black? Maybe he/she is Asian.
        Fool!
        It’ll be a great day when justice os served upon that fat, RACIST, SOB Zimmerman.
        They want a delay because they know he’s going to prison FOREVER.

      • blck chik

        looked in the mirror lately? your comments are reflected who you are. where is your white sheet?

      • Sara

        How racist of you, Lou.

  • Timothy Cobos

    This wanna-be play-copper was told to stay away from the kid, and he did not. When you see a group of mentally handicap adults with a social worker, there is a good reason none of them are wearing fire-arms; this Zimmerman fool is just a rung above them on the intelligence scale. This is the reason Dog in Hawaii uses no gun. He’d hit a felon over the head with a coconut before he’d kill anyone, because it’s not his job to kill. Leave guns to the cops. I see a bunch of Brothers serving justice to this guy in prison, and I wont blame them one bit. Amen!

  • http://yahoo Gina

    I agree. Zimmerman should have thought about money when he was paying his person bills with the monery people donated to that fake trash. Now he worries about money and Lawyer.he woulf be getting a fair trial. Its called an Attorney appointed to you. In his situation he needs to stop whining abouty everything. Hre got himself in the mess. A wantabe cop.

  • Nunya

    It is a disputed fact on each side of this argument, but the media continues to report: “…they advised him to stay away from the boy, but he confronted him anyway…” The article should have said it is alledged that he was told to stay away. It is obvious to anyone that takes a hard look that we have a liberal media with their slanted reporting of so called facts. Liberal media meaning: anti-concealed carry, anti-guns, politically correct so as not to offend certain groups with pesky facts, etc. Yes, that kind of reporting happened in the past so as to work up the populace to a fevered pitch, but we should have learned that lesson and not try to right that wrong with a swing in the other direction. News should be reported in an unbiased way or otherwise you are just spreading gossip.

    • Read Much

      It is not a disputed conversation when you can read transcripts of the 911 call. Pay attention better to facts. Whether or not the news feels biased, this wannabe cop approached a teenager in his neighborhood, called 911, ignored them, approached him, had a gun and used it. This shouldn’t have ever happened. He has proven himself a liar already in court and he should be punished for killing a boy walking home to his father’s house.

  • lou

    why not delay???and why are they showing pics of Martin like he is 8 years old,, he was a thug,, not that he deserved to die but lets get real..If Zimmerman didn’t have a gun He would probably be dead..

    • Idiot

      He was a thug, why? Because while walking home he was approached by a strange man that harassed him for being in that neighborhood? Because this strange man wouldn’t stop following him? Because this strange man wouldn’t stop asking him questions that he didn’t have to answer? So when HE defended himself against this crazy man stalking him, he should not have died.

    • DARRYL DAMON

      GET REAL THEN, SELF APPOINTED neighbor hood watch man,stalking his victim after being told by a dispatch police woman not to. If he was the one hollaring,,,,really that’s what you get for stalking someone AND HE HAD THE GUN, treyvon was a kid. not a grown man.The grown man was told not to pursue. WHAT!!!! HE COULD’NT LISTEN. STUPID AND GUNS = PAIN. Not that guns are bad but no one told him to buy a gun and HUNT PEOPLE HE thought were suspect, WHILE,,,,, DRIVING THE POLICE VEHICLE THAT HE HAD NO BUSINESS DRIVING. WAS HE A COP????? I AM OF ETHIOPIAN DESCENT, COLOR DOES NOT MATTER EVIL INTENT IS EVIL INTENT AND OUT OF EVIL COMES MORE EVIL. TELL YOUR EX JUDGE STEPFATHER TO STEP UP STOP GIVING YOU A GO CARD,ONE DAY YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO STAND BEFORE THE SUPREME BEING AND BE JUDGED FOR ALL THE LIES.YOU SAY TRAYVON WAS A THUG BUT THUG DOES NOT MEAN EVIL. THUGS DON’T CARRY GUNS AND KILL WHITE KIDS COMMING HOME FROM THE STORE. FOR REAL, SPOILED WHITE KIDS AND THIER PARENTS CRACK ME UP.

      • TruthbTold

        Do your research

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyf2iPkQG1s

        Trayvon was not the kid on that pic. He was 6 3 and physically grown. DONT just say he right because he black. That’s not right!

        • Freckles

          How strange, “Truth”btold. The MEDICAL EXAMINER stated in his report that Trayvon was 5’11″ and 158 lbs., but apparently you have information the ME didn’t have? Remember, the ME was examining Trayvon’s BODY (because he had been murdered by Zimmerman).

          Apparently, it suits your purposes to try to make Trayvon a huge guy, even though, in reality, he was just a skinny kid.

        • iluvcops

          all that needs to be said…if everyone would see this vid..there would be no doubt what happened…good job linking this..all i need to see…ganksta-thug..bit off more than he could chew..too hard for his own good..now he’s dead..kharma is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • What?

            To think any teenager has the right to die because he acts like a teenager is wrong. Did you not think Zimmerman was acting too hard for his own good when he played cop that night? Yes, karma is awesome and will give Zimmerman what he deserves.

          • iluvcops

            srry kharma has allready taken care of the problem..haha

          • What?

            Maybe when you grow up or get more educated you will know the definition of karma..and the spelling.

          • iluvcops

            lool u mad bro? o0 no matter punk still dead and nothing that is said or done will change that!KHARA!!!! WINS…rofl<3 let me know when u got a point to make and not grammer comment…dummy teeheehee.. lool too funneh

          • What?

            Bro? Mad? Lol, no, I know you’re just trolling the comments! Sorry you missed the point. Better luck next time.

          • iluvcops

            o btw….look up asian spelling for KHARA…lool no big deal only the people who invented it whahahah..u have made me laugh soo hard..ty <3

          • iluvcops

            and remember don’t feed the trolls!

          • iluvcops

            guessing from the no response that u just found that spelling………..^_^

          • What?

            I’m applauding you that you can google! Good for you, you should feel accomplished!!! Yay! Sorty to have to busy your big moment though. Karma is from India! Lmfao! You almost sounded smart!!

          • iluvcops

            dumb azz lool ..india IS ASIA loooool derp…u are pretty stupid huh? whahahahahahahahahah points* laughs* whahahahahahahahha

          • iluvcops

            dude just give up..yer wrong…..no shame in that..just another victim of home schooling… u tard whahahahahah thanks again for the laugh ^_^

          • iluvcops

            anyway buddy, i am bored with proving you wrong soo many times…so i will be cool let you have last word ..so u can tell mommy you are smart. i’m gonna move on to the next dummy..peace out hope you will “know” what you are talking about before you try to make people look as stupid as you. lool thanks again..was super fun ^_^

    • Shannon

      It’s all about perception. Black kid + hoodie + skittles = thug.
      With that argument, Mark Zuckerberg should probably never travel to Florida and walk around at nightfall.

      Why was Zimmerman following the kid? I’d definitel be afraid for my life if some weirdo was following me.

  • http://www.swagster.com Nigel Ciera

    George “Killerman” should NOT have any more time to prepare. He is the one who is responsible for the situation that is now upon him. He was told NOT to approach Trayvon Martin and had he done like he agreed to, Trayvon would still be alive and Killerman wouldn’t be in this mess. I know he’s guilty, as American knows he is and after he is found guilty, they should strip him of his clothes, put him through a meat-grinding machine and pour his liquid body into the ocean for shark chum!

    • TruthbTold

      Trayvon SNUCK up on him! Learn the facts of the case before you take oneside. Do you’re research.

      • Chiron8839

        You should learn a bit about how to research and discern facts from unsubstantiated claims. The ONLY evidence that Martin attacked Zimmerman came from Zimmerman, and given his collusion with his wife to deceive the court at the bond hearing, along with his record of prior inconsistent statements, he won’t be believed at trial.

        • Yep

          I agree Chiron. If Zimmerman wanted more credibility, especially at a murder trial, he shouldn’t have lied to the court on more than one occasion. Taking Zimmerman’s word for it now is tainted with dishonesty about something not as serious as murder. If he can lie about small things, like his passport or his money, what makes you think he didn’t lie to save himself about all the circumstances that night?

      • Shannon

        LOL-your so-called facts came straight from the wanna-be pig’s mouth.
        I get it, you’re trying to justify a grown man killing a teenager armed with only an iced tea and candy.
        Tasting the rainbow is now considered deadly.

  • Donald Green

    no more right-wing special priviledges. It is a vile thing to defend murder. The punk is a racist murderer, and should be judged and executed as such. This is not your grandfather’s America

  • Donald Green

    no more right-wing special priviledges. It is a vile thing to defend murder. The punk is a racist murderer, and should be judged and executed as such. This is not your grandfather’s America

  • Donald Green

    Kill Zimmerman? why not? this is not the founding fathers america, and it’s time the right wing see that. To murder a child is wrong. even if he is black. Donald Green

    • TruthbTold

      If a “child” stumping you in the head and hitting you like Iron Mike Tyson, you would’nt fight back?

      Stop being deceived! Google Trayvon’s Twitter page and find out who he REALLY Was. He thought he was gangster. GET to see what he really looked like. Not some old pic when pre-puberty.

      http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/26/the-daily-caller-obtains-trayvon-martins-tweets/

      • Ha

        Did I stalk that ‘child?’ Did I try to make him answer questions I had no right to ask? Did I follow him because he was in his parent’s neighborhood? Did he hit me because I did harass him and stalk him for no reason? Or was it because I stalked him and harassed him AND acted like a cop? I KNOW, it was because I questioned him and then followed him in his dad’s neighborhood.

        • Vick

          You keep talking about his twitter page. I can have a twitter page with me cussing an saying crazy things but that does not mean that i deserve to die cause a regular person just like me does not like how i look. Sorry u cannot be a black woman or a woman period! because any real woman any race know killing someones innocent baby(dont care what age he is) is wrong!!! Even if he did give the killer a busted nose. Be a man learn how to fight instead of shooting a gun.

      • Shannon

        Ah yes, put the murder victim on trial.
        You should never leave your house. Ever.
        You’re seriously arguing that a teenager’s twitter page should have bearing on the fact that he was killed for looking like a gangster.
        If that’s the case, there are plenty of White, Hispanic and Asian kids that deserve the same fate.
        Get a clue. And a life.
        Stupid-defending a self appointed neighborhood watchman who shot a kid to death because he looked like he didn’t belong.

      • Bronz Beauty

        Mame I really don’t know what your issues are nor do I care, but it is rather apparent that you are not a mother nor a very bright individual. Why would it matter what Trayvon did as a child or even if he were an adult does anyone deserve to be gun down because they did’nt look the way you thought they should look. It should not matter if he had just gotten out of juvenile detention, he was someones child and at the time he was killed, he was minding his own business and never new a George Zimmerman.

      • iluvcops

        spot on..thank you..a wanna be thug for sure…people should really read these

  • Leann L.

    I am a white woman who believes that George Zimmerman is nothing but a prejudiced, gun happy, cold hearteed murderer. He does not deserve any privileges that other killers did not have. I think people were crazy in the first place to money for his legal fees in the first place. He had more than ample time to prepare for his trial and he should burn in hell along with Jody Arias.

    • TruthbTold

      Well…
      I’m a Black Woman who can tell you Trayvon was bad as H.E. double Hockey Stick! Don’t be fooled by the innocent picture floating around of Trayvon. Truth of the matter, that’s an OLD pic. They boy had a twitter page cussing and clowning with gold fronts. He had recently been suspended for attacking a bus driver. He was robbing people left and right. Zimmerman was the one screaming on that tape. Trayvon’s family needs to stop fronting their son was no victim. They are just collecting money over his death.

      Zimmerman had every right to defend himself. It’s sad that people are exploiting what blacks have gone through to condemn an innocent man. People like Trayvon’s family who use the “Race” card are WRONG! You cannot make Zimmerman be crucified for all the wrong that ever happen to a race. Right is Right and WRONG is WRONG! People are so brainwashed.

      Trayvon was no saint and this case is being used to promote a hidden agenda. Pay attention America. I bet money…the case will touch on gun control and racial profiling. All of this crap is to get Americans to argue with each other and relinquish their right to carry guns. Don’t be fooled by TV. I worked behind the scenes for a national TV show and I can tell you, “He, who produces the show, controls the viewer’s perception.” MOST stuff on TV is faker than a $3 bill!

      Please put God first in your life and DON’T fall for the O-KE-DOKE.

      Much LOVE!

      • Chiron8839

        So you’re saying you know Martin and Zimmerman personally, and in your opinion, Zimmerman is a good guy but Martin was bad?

        I believe that about as much as I do your claim that you’re black.

      • Whatever

        Zimmerman should never have approached him and this wouldn’t even be going on. Zimmerman was not a cop, he was told to not approach so that the real cops could get there, and he was not trained in confronting “suspects.” No matter how bad that kid was, he didn’t deserve to die because some guy was harassing him in his own father’s neighborhood.

      • http://yahoo.com Geria

        Speaking as a black woman to another with just this question…what does your same racial affliation has to do with this UNARMED young black man being gunned down by a very troubled man who killed out of racist intentions?

        Martin’s youthful coupled with teenage comming of age angst as expressed on social media doesn’t warrant a death sentence: Zimmerman was his judge, jury and executioner!

        Madame I would like you to try to study up on our history as a people and then maybe, just maybe your opinions would be much more informed and productive to the rest of the readers of this post.

      • TruthbTold

        I will no longer dispute this topic as it is just a distraction to the public so that we dont realize what is really going on in the world.

        May the Lord watch over each and everyone of you and your families. May God comfort both families in their time of need. May we all keep God first in our lives and not fall victim to the deception of this world.

        Be Blessed

        • Whatever

          May God hold you in His arms as well. I pray that you understand God’s words when he says NO ONE has the right to take a life, no matter the circumstances. I also pray that you understand the Lord’s book with so many passages about judging people (like how you judged Trayvon Martin)and that it is wrong. God bless you and your family.

      • Cris

        You’re not black…

      • karly haller

        Even if Travon had been a rapist and a murderer-Zimmerman had never laid eyes on him before that day. His fear was not based on anything other than what he saw that night, which was a 17 year old walking around with a bag of skittles. The stereotypes people are using to describe the child as a thug are disgusting.

  • Monique Richards

    I agree LeAnn L.

    Truthbtold: Even if you think Trayvon was a bad kid, which I seriousy doubt-he had the RIGHT TO LIVE A LONG LIFE. Zimmerman committed MURDER-plain and simple. He took a CHILD’s LIFE…no matter what you say about him it does not change the fact that his parent’s are grieving,he had the right to live to old age, he had the right to have chldren etc., etc.,

    My question is: how do you know what he was like? How can you as a Christian talk about that beautiful child like that? Have you manners to talk about the dead like that? Obviously, you have no home training.

    All those things that you mention don’t matter-there were remedies for his behavior, but HE DID NOT DESERVE DEATH!!! What you have done was to BLAME HIM FOR HIS DEATH. People like you ALWAYS BLAME THE VICTIM. What if it was you instead of Trayvon-would you be able to defend yourself.

    Your comments are uncaring, selfish, rude and WRONG!!! Seriously, don’t portray yourself as a Christian, don’t embarass yourself like that. God knows his own and you are not one of them. Peace to you, sista!!!

  • Velda Adams

    Why is every one attacking the Martin’s they lost there child Zimmerman plainly shot and killed a CHILD not an adult why should he not have to pay for his actions if and only if Trayvon was as bad as all of you say he was then the police should have put there sirens on and got there asap but they didnt so guess what STOP BLAMMING THE MARTIN’S AND START BLAMMING THE COLD BLOODED MURDER ZIMMERMAN.

    • Cris

      This is just another excuse for people to get on the internet and express their racist views without having to look anyone in the face when they say it.

  • Joseph

    The comments following this article make me fear even more for the future of our country. If people would take the time to research the available evidence rather than just reading biased and inaccurate articles like this one, they might not draw incorrect conclusions.

    Zimmerman was not “told not to follow him”. He was advised by a dispatcher, who is not a law enforcement officer and who has no legal authority to give anyone direction, that “we don’t need you to follow him”. The 911 tape indicates that Zimmerman acknowldeged this and then began looking for a street address to give the police. At this point the 911 call is over and Zimmerman stated that as he headed back to his truck he was confronted by Martin. There is absolutely no evidence, not one single shred, that indicates that Zimmerman wasn’t telling the truth. Plus, every single bit of evidence SUPPORTS Zimmerman’s story.

    There may be evidence that has not been releaed that implicates Zimmerman to the point that he’s guilty of manslaughter or worse. So far, NO evidence has been released that does anything other than fully support his statements.

    • Cris

      You do know he blatantly lied to a judge about his finances right?

      • styrgwillidar

        No, he didn’t. His wife stated she didn’t know how much money the website had raised for his defense and offered to contact the relative who was running it and standing by the phone during the hearing. The prosecutor and judge both declined to follow-up to find out the information. They did fail to disclose the full information, but they didn’t lie. In fact, since they couldn’t know the figure at the time they directed the court to the person who could supply the info.

        Which has nothing to do with the physical evidence of what occurred. And holding back the finances out of fear that a kangaroo court and racist media was going to convict him out of a lynch mob mentality– well, why participate vice run from a system more interested in politics than justice?

        By the way, at that same hearing the prosecutor’s investigator on the stand indicated he had absolutely no evidence contradicting Mr. Zimmerman’s story. Or indicating any problems or shortcomings with the lie detector test Zimmerman passed shortly after the shooting.

        This article is incredibly biased, doesn’t reflect the evidence or testimony at any of the hearings, and mistates those facts which have been verified.

        What we will never know, is who initiated the confrontation between the two as Zimmerman was heading back to his truck to meet the police. And what transpired between them. However, as stated above, even the prosector’s investigator admitted in court that he had nothing to contradict Zimmerman’s account of the events.

        • Wow…

          Wow… ignoarance truly is bliss in your case..

  • Rick Bailey

    Seriously… an urban black male, wearing a “hoodie’, in a wealthy neighborhood, refusing to cooperate with a citizen wanting to question him about his presence… I would shoot first, too. Maybe his parents should have tought this kid better. Racism is terrible, but it is a REALITY! Skittles or a gun, in the dark, the two are NOT indistinguishable. You want to look like a “thug”, then you die as a “thug”. Rap “artists” are a foul influance in our society!

    • Cris

      I’m an urban black male, I don’t dress like a thug, I make an honest living as a middle school teacher now, and I still find myself being profiled and questioned because I look like I don’t belong somewhere or in a certain neighborhood. No offense, but I find it disturbing that you’d have the nerve to shoot someone just for not cooperating with you? You’re not the police and you’re no ones judge, jury, or executioner. None of us truly knows what happened that night, and all you can do is assume. I just hate that race is still playing a big part in this whole thing.

      • Truth Hurts

        The only one you can blame for that is the black community. Its true. Rappers, actors, sports figures, etc. Yes they only make up a small percentage but they are the ones people see. The Lil Waynes of the world or the wanna be O Doggs! The statistics about jail populations. It is not just because of color. Indians are dark too but people judge them differently based on them as a whole. Black people need to work together to give society a different perspective of them. A white lady holding their purse tighter when they see a black man is just being cautious. They can’t worry about whether the black man’s feelings will get hurt. So don’t expect people to change for you, expect you and your kind to change what image your people give off.

        • ?

          So should we assume every white man is a trailer park piece of trash that beats his wife and sleeps with his sister? Every race has a stereotype. Maybe if everyone worked together as a whole, things can start to get better.

          • Truth Hurts

            You could assume that but you know the truth. Truth is the majority of races like white people and if they could, they’d live in white neighborhoods where they don’t have to lock their doors. Truth hurts yo.

          • ?

            I am white and I live in a neighborhood with all types of people. And, no, in this day and age, I would never leave my door unlocked. Especially since here, in Fl, there are home invasions (by stupid white kids in nice neighborhoods) on the news everyday.

        • white guy

          nods*

        • Be real

          Truth Hurts, you are stupid as hell with that racist comment. You are feel with hate. Please keep it to yourself.

          • white guy

            go listen to your cypriss hill..my ninja ^_^

          • Truth Hurts

            Are you kidding me? That’s what it is. Why then smart guy, are black people singled out to be causing crimes? Why? I’m Filipino. People think we are all nurses. Well we are not, I’m not, but its perceived that way. Your culture paints their own picture. Sad thing is people don’t see all whites as trailer trash. They see them as friendly people. Why else do people want to live in white neighborhoods. Blacks do it to themselves. Spike lee is black and makes moves that portrays blacks as criminals. Snoop and the Da Pound are black and they portray black males as womanizers who disrespect women. Deal with it yo! Even with a black president people don’t trust blacks and they are the only ones to blame.

    • Seriously?

      Are you kidding me? This kid deserves to die because of what he was wearing? Are you the same kind of dick that thinks a woman should be raped because of her clothing? He doesn’t have to answer some man’s questions because he’s walking in his dad’s neighborhood. And that is not any reason to kill him. What should his parents have taught him? To be careful of stereotypical idiots that want to kill you because of your appearance? That it’s not safe to walk in a neighborhood you live in because of his clothes? Get real.

    • Vick

      so wearing a hoodie makes u a thug? since when?

    • karly haller

      Zimmerman never claimed to have mistaken his skittles for his gun. The fact that you started off with the phrase “an urban black male” proves that you’re a racist. Being black and wearing a hoodie is not living like a thug. He had a good reason to be there. Walking while black is not a crime.

    • Freckles

      It is definitely NOT a “wealthy neighborhood.” Look up the facts before you make statements.

      If George had said, “Hey, I’m part of the Neighborhood Watch, and I’m just checking on people I don’t know.” Trayvon would have said, “I’m staying with my dad and his girl friend in (address).” And that would have been the end of it. But no, George, the wanna-be cop who couldn’t make it even through junior college, had to make it a life or death situation–and since Trayvon only had skittles and iced tea, and George was armed–Trayvon is dead.

    • Ridiculous

      Rick Bailey- what right does some random citizen have to question a child like he’s the police? My children are taught NOT to talk to strangers, especially ones following them when yhey walk home. Maybe his parents taught him that..don’t ALL parents teach their kids that?

  • doris

    Zimerman has already had one trial delay. It is time he went to trial for this murder. He has had plenty of time to work on his “defense”, so-called.

    • white guy

      but when u have a gun permit.. thats exactly what it means…go read the gun laws..3 to center mass is what they teach you.you are aparently not a gun owner

  • Truth Hurts

    I’m neither Black or White, I just have common sense. Trayvon ran from George. The housing complex isn’t that big. Trayvon could’ve just ran straight home. The recording makes it known that George stopped running to read street names. Are you telling me George then sprinted to confront Trayvon to go and shoot him? Trayvon must have confronted George instead of just going home. I’m sure that while we was on the phone with his girlfriend he wanted to act tough and look where that got him. A separate recording shows George screaming for help prior to a gun shot going off. You don’t have to Black or White, but just smart to know that its not common to yell for help right before you intend to just viciously kill someone. Kid messed with the wrong guy. Just a case of the wrong personalities colliding together at the wrong time. Both may be guilty to some extent but it is not all George’s fault. Common sense people.

    • jessy

      self defence does not mean shot to kill

      • Joe

        Tell that to the Police, they are trained to shoot center mass, that’s where the heart is.

        • Ok

          Point is, Zimmerman was not the police.

    • blck chik

      George was in a car and followed Travon, either way he was told by an authority figure not to follow or do anything. He disobeyed and another person is dead. are you justifying the killing because you think Travon was acting hard? the same thing could be said aobut Zimmerman! He was acting hard to impress the police dispatcher on the phone. How do you know it was George screaming before the gun wnet off? why would a man with a gun need to scream? He was the one that violated the law first by having a gun, second by pulling the trigger. but that seems to escape several peoples memory.
      Aseventeen year old is dead! race should not matter. he is dead. stand your ground laws do not seem to apply equally for everyone in Florida. A woman shoots an abusive man and gets time, self defense she happens to be black, but that appears to be okay. A man shoots an unarmed teenager, claims self defense and because he was in ” the wrong neighborhood” people are trying to justify the murder. So are you ( as a society) saying people need to stay in their place? His father lived in the neighborhood, paid for housing there so his children should have been able to talk the street there safely regardless of color, clothing or anything else.

    • kenziee

      What are you then? If you’re not American dont say anything about this case lmao go to your country & worry about Yall problems!
      You dont make any sense. The police told his to LEAVE the child alone, why didnt he? oh okay.

    • Thenry

      I dont know of many or any neighborhood watch programs that armed their members. Sad to say boundaries were crossed and a young man has perished. Race shouldnt play a part in this situation, but it does. I say let the justice system make that determination. And im sure once the verdict is read one side is going to claim justice wasnt served. Farther dividing us as a people. Remember, Lady Justice is blind.

    • Your “truth” doesn’t make sense

      Children with common sense generally run from a strange man following them in car and on foot. The fact that he didn’t go straight home like you think he should’ve, may be because he thought like a 17 year old not an adult. There’s a difference. Do you still think like you did at 17?

  • white guy

    when will black people stop using the race card? how long has it been? ALL people have “type” of person they are weary of. this has nothing to do with race and everything to do with a guy looking like a thug. besides..how could he have known he was black at night? did he smile…….^_^ enjoy

    • Shannon

      The race card will never go away because of ignorant people like you.
      The racce card exists due to racists like you. You’re not funny.
      I definitely wouldn’t be sad if someone stood their ground against you for being a plain idiot.

      • white guy

        rofl <3 shannon…you live in a trailer.. don't you? lool ^_^

        • Shannon

          No love, I’m not the trailer park redneck ;)
          I’m a Black attorney in Houston, TX. And I can definitely afford to live in something slightly more comfy and spacious than a trailer.

          I still think you’re an idiot. Charming, but still an idiot.

          • white guy

            typical h-town what what..no wonder lool

      • blck chik

        when white people stop getting privelges for being white!!!!

    • Sure

      Didn’t you just play the race card by describing him as a thug because he’s black and had on a hoodie? Would you call a white kid in a hoodie a thug too? Lol, moron.

      • white guy

        yes..i would nubcake lool get back at me rofl

        • Sure

          So hoodies should be banned because only thugs wear them? Man, we better alert all those college kids and young children and any adult that wearing a hoodie could result in death because they’re now affiliated with thugs. Lmfao, you are a moron.

          • white guy

            let me guess..you have a hoodie? lol..this ain’t about fashion homo rotflmao……..

          • Sure

            So if not the hoodie, why did he look like thug? Ohh, the race card? Because you think everyone black looks like a thug? I see. Doesn’t everyone have a hoodie or some type of apparel with a hood on it? Homo? Lol, good one. So you like to play the race card AND the gay card? Lmfao, you still sound like a moron!

          • iluvcops

            lol sure…i bet you are black and gay lool..go to walmart and get a new hoodie…or better yet..come walk in my hood with a hoodie..late at night..and please resist….wink*..then we can see who is a moron

          • Sure

            Lmfao iluvcops- you are quite mistaken. I am a white woman married to a man who just so happens to not stereotype people because of their clothes, especially kids. I probably do live in a neighborhood just like yours and I jog late/ early in the morning, usually in a hoodie from my Ivy League school. So wink* please approach me and then we can see why Trayvon Martin defended himself against morons like yourself.

          • Sure

            Lol iluvcops- I am a white woman married to a white man who doesn’t stereotype people, especially kids based on their looks. I jog early in the morning with a hoodie on from my Ivy League school probably in a neighborhood just like yours. So please wink* approach me for no reason other than my hoodie and the fact that I’m out when apparently I shouldn’t be and we will see what happens to morons like yourself when I resist.

          • iluvcops

            lool w/e you say puddin…<3 whahahahahahaha

  • Abe Block

    That picture of a young individual should be replace with a more current picture. The young man had changed a lot since the picture was taken. Being truthful is part of the American system.

    • Pay attention

      If you’ve been paying attention, idiot, then you would know that IS a recent picture. It’s not even a year old. You think because you see him in twitter with fake gold teeth he’s so much older? My white, 5 year old plays with fake gold teeth and finds it funny. The truth is out there, Zimmerman has already shown he’s the liar in this case. He’s saying anything he can at this point because he’s shitting himself knowing he could get the death penalty for murdering a minor.

  • Type

    To you who think that looking or “dressing” a certain way is a warrant for a bullet, you are just as “prejudice” as Zimmerman. He may not have been a “racist” but it’s definitely prejudice to see someone and automatically judge them. It’s not ok to go around shooting kids in hoodies, just like it’s not ok to rape every woman wearing a short skirt and high heels…..

    • white guy

      its not prejudice..its called being aware of whats around you….there are citys in this country where u must act before you are acted upon..you should go to shannon’s town..then get back to me lool ^_^

  • Starry-eyed

    I would like to bring up a valid point which needs to be addressed in this case. Why was he in that neighborhood late at night? Does he not have a curfew? Where was the parental supervision? Also, minors commit crimes. Law enforcement has to make judgement calls about threats to themselves and the public at large continually. It’s a shame that a boy lost his life. Pulling the race card is a pathetic tactic. Oh btw White Guy meet me for a drink? LOL

    • white guy

      <3

    • Wow

      The races of these people aside, there is a dead child because some man took his neighborhood watch patrol too seriously. He was in that neighborhood because his dad lived there. Curfew? I think a lot of kids at his age are in violation of curfew. Did that give this man the right to follow him and think him suspicious simply because he did not know he belonged in that neighborhood? What about the fact that he was told not to follow him? Had he listened and not provoked the situation, we wouldn’t be discussing this. I haven’t met a teenage boy yet, of all races, (and I’m a high school teacher) that doesn’t act ‘harder’ than he should at that age. Maybe he thought he had to protect himself from this man that obviously would not leave him alone.

    • blahh

      he was visiting his dad.

  • Starry-eyed

    I would like to bring up a valid point which needs to be addressed in this case. Why was he in that neighborhood late at night? Does he not have a curfew? Where was the parental supervision? Also, minors commit crimes. Law enforcement has to make judgement calls about threats to themselves and the public at large continually. It’s a shame that a boy lost his life. Pulling the race card is a pathetic tactic. Oh btw White Guy meet me for a drink? LOL

    • karly haller

      You clearly haven’t been following the case. His fathers girlfriend lived in the neighborhood. He had gone to the store to buy skittles and ice tea. Even if this hadn’t been the case does that make it O.K. for someone to confront (and end up shooting) him? His crime was walking while black. Zimmerman was NOT law enforcement, he was told by professionals to STAY AWAY.

    • kenziee

      Its none of your business why he was walking. I go jogging at 4:30-5:00 A.M. & the neighborhood watchman doesn’t say anything to me.If the police tell you to leave the boy alone they will handle the situation LEAVE HIM ALONE.

    • Freckles

      Trayvon was murdered around 7-7:15 pm. Is that late at night? It was raining, so he put up his hood to try to stay dry.

      Zimmerman was not “law enforcement,” but in an informal Neighborhood Watch group that had been informed in a training by the actual police officers not to follow anyone and not to carry a weapon–both of which are against Neighborhood Watch standards.

  • white guy

    this convo has become super lame…remeber burn your hoodies..go check out houston… stay out the trailer…and don’t go through the wrong neiborhood,…. that can work both ways!!!!!! useewhatididthere whahahahahahaha….nighty night loosers rofl this was soo fun..you guys have made my week :) :) :)

    • dontworryaboutit

      go take a nap jackazz!

  • Commentatoriii

    The article makes many assumptions as yet to be proven in a trial; we do not know that Martin was actually (innocently) walking home.

    And, as is popular, the picture is of an adorable little black boy, not the hooded thug Zimmerman confronted. If a politician used a picture several years old to enhance his chance at winning office, s/he would be taken to task for it but the non-stop use of this innocent-little-black-kid pic is designed to fan outrage when Zimmerman is found innocent. And he will be.

    • RBLKMSCORPIO

      GZ innocent??? Evidence doesn’t support the assualt he is telling. Injuries are not consistant with being punched 12-25 times and having head slammed into the concrete. No concussion or skull fracture or concussion symptons as noted by EMTs. Plus TM hands had none of GZ’s blood or DNA on them! How is that possible with the defense stating that GZ was bleeding from his nose and the back of his head. Location of TM’s body and the angle of the bullet disproves GZ’s story also. The only one that still believes his story are prejudice against blacks and are blinded by prejudice. Self defense will be shot down by the judge and send this to a jury trail.

    • karly haller

      Ok, so being a fully grown black man, or looking like one =thug? And yes we DO know that Martin was innocent. He did not commit a crime, and Zimmerman did not catch him in the middle of one.

    • Freckles

      The picture shown was taken six months before Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman.

      When Trayvon was murdered, he had only been 17 for two weeks.

      The ME report shows Trayvon was 5’11″ and 158 lbs., while Zimmerman was 5’8″ and at least 204 lbs.

      Zimmerman had a couple of tiny scratches on the back of his head (probably from falling) that didn’t even need a bandaid. No concussion, no fractures.

      Better Safe Than Sorry programs in schools teach students to be suspicious of someone who is following you for unknown reasons. Zimmerman followed Trayvon in his car and then on foot.

      • iluvcops

        rofl…better safe than srry works both ways..u fool!! wtf do think zimmer was doing? being safe wather than sorry!!!lol thats why he is alive and thug-life is not!! rofllmao!! hahaha

        • Stupid people

          No, Zimmerman put himself in a situation that he couldn’t handle because he didn’t listen to wait for the real police. Laughing at a child’s death will haunt you one day. Maybe when you grow up or have kids of your own. Karma, remember?

          • iluvcops

            lol no..he handled it lol.. thats why is is alive rofl!

    • Freckles

      Again, the picture shown above was taken six months before Trayvon was murdered by George Zimmerman.

  • Brian Wagner

    Good

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