Petition for Investigation – Did George Zimmerman Violate Trayvon Martin’s Civil Rights?

Citizens Petition The White House, Asking That George Zimmerman Be Investigated for Violating Trayvon Martin’s Civil Rights. By Lonnie Starr

Petition for investigation of George Zimmerman for violations of Trayvon Martin’s Civil Rights

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December 04, 2012

Lonnie Starr announces the November 25, 2012, posting of a We The People petition to the White House. Lonnie Starr wrote the petition asking that George Zimmerman be investigated for civil rights violation in his killing of Trayvon Martin.

On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman called the non-emergency police phone number, reporting that Trayvon Martin looked “suspicious.” The recording of that call was released to the media and provides evidence that George Zimmerman got out of his vehicle to follow Trayvon Martin. About 80 seconds after George Zimmerman ended his non-emergency police call, residents called 911 reporting screams for help and then a gun shot. George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in the heart, killing him. Trayvon Martin was 17 years old, and unarmed. He was staying with his father in the community where he was killed.

“This petition is necessary because George Zimmerman impersonated or took on the authority of law enforcement when he voluntarily exited his vehicle with a loaded gun and followed Trayvon Martin,” says Xena, a blogger with Blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com. “After the dispatcher told Zimmerman that the police did not need him to follow, Zimmerman did not ask for directives. He acted as a deputized authority independently deciding what actions he would take, and his actions resulted in killing an unarmed, 17 year old. After shooting Trayvon in the heart, Zimmerman frisked Trayvon’s body, again, doing acts of deputized law enforcement.”

George Zimmerman has not been charged with committing a federal hate-crime. “His supporters seem to think that is exactly what Zimmerman did,” says Xena. “There are several websites filled with racially bigoted comments that applaud George Zimmerman’s actions while denigrating the African American race.”

“This petition is unique and creative. In this way, the petition is a very important social document and perhaps a sign of the times, “says Malisha, another internet blogger. “It says that our society wants a way to criticize the act and to say that it violates their standards.”

Lonnie Starr, Xena, and Malisha, met on Frederick Leatherman’s Law Blog where Leatherman, a former death penalty and felony criminal-defense attorney in state and federal courts, writes on law and legal procedure.

The petition can be read and signed at http://wh.gov/IXcy.

Contact : Frederick Leatherman, Esq.
http://frederickleatherman.com (email available on site)
Twitter: Frederick Leatherman @masoninblue

Posted on 12/09/2012, in Justice For Trayvon, Trayvon Martin and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. my god! can this trial get more freaken boring!!!!!!!! thank god they’re done with his toiletries!!LOLOL i know your watching it too!! 🙂

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    • Don’t forget the motion hearing tomorrow. Toiletries. LOL!! Yep. If GZ doesn’t have to pay the $8 per day fee for his GPS ankle bracelet, he might have enough money for toiletries — but O’Mara will still have to dole it out to him.

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  2. towerflower

    GPS and rest of the restrictions remain in place, no change to bond restrictions. GZ was shaking his head and was upset by the ruling. Defense said he needed to be free for his own safety. Prosecution said if he was so afraid why is he going on National TV and wanting to go on autograph sessions across Florida. They also brought up how he was freely walking into court via the front door so as to pass in front of all the cameras.

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    • Hi towerflower. Good seeing you again. I didn’t see the first hour of the hearing so thanks very much for the update. Trent Sawyer has the videos of the hearing posted to his stateoftheinternet Youtube channel, and I just reached the portion about the modification of release.

      GZ was shaking his head and was upset by the ruling.

      Judge Nelson is not going to bend or change rules for GZ and it’s about time he learned that he cannot always have his way. I just don’t get their safety argument. He leaves Seminole County to go to O’Mara’s office. If anyone wanted to do him harm they could find him there. If he doesn’t feel safe while out on bail, let him go back to jail.

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  3. towerflower

    Xena, Hi there, I watched all except the first few minutes. I found it funny on other boards that people are now crying for the replacement of this judge calling her incompetent to racist. Speculation on whether or not MOM will call for her replacement. If he does this really will be the Etch-a-Sketch of judges…..don’t like what you have, just shake it up and start over.

    A big waste of time was the motion for lifting of witness contact. GZ wants the ability to talk to friends and family that are listed as witnesses and MOM said the last ruling kept them from doing so. Judge said she read it and the only person that says he is not to contact was the Martin family, that the ruling said nothing about other witnesses. She said no need to change that order and did he now understand it to which MOM said yes. So that motion was a big waste of time.

    There was another slap down in his request of a file that he believes exists and that the FDLE has. She asked did he ask for a copy of it from the FDLE when he had access to all the evidence and he said no. She said go back and ask, just like she had done with him in the October hearings.

    She wasn’t even going to rule in his favor for the witness list of who gave an opinion of who was crying for help but the Prosecution took the high road and said he would give MOM one even though it can be found in all the witness satements.

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    • I found it funny on other boards that people are now crying for the replacement of this judge calling her incompetent to racist.

      That’s because they have no understanding of the requirements to have a motion to modify release granted. Nothing — absolutely nothing has changed for GZ since the last bond order. Before his bond was revoked, he was in a hidden location; unemployed; with security; and living off the money of others. Attorneys cannot circumvent a bond order by arguing that the conditions are inconvenient for the defendant.

      A big waste of time was the motion for lifting of witness contact.

      Yes, it was. I was waiting for Bernie to argue that GZ violated the terms of that order when he sat on Hannity’s program and made indirect contact with Trayvon’s parents — but maybe Bernie is holding that as an ace.

      She wasn’t even going to rule in his favor for the witness list of who gave an opinion of who was crying for help but the Prosecution took the high road and said he would give MOM one even though it can be found in all the witness satements.

      Bernie agreed to release information to the defense on those saying it was GZ screaming — not those saying it was Trayvon. Did you catch where Bernie said there are reports of two voices in the background on that recording? I posted the following on 9/19/2012. The reports are that the recording that captured the screams also captured GZ’s voice talking to Trayvon, and the FBI has the recording to enhance it.

      https://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/did-trayvon-martin-call-911/

      It was a good day for court. 🙂

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  4. I missed Bernie saying there are reports of two voices. I’ll have to go back and listen again. What I found interesting was how Baez contacted Bernie to give him more discovery. How there were two previous drafts of the document supporting an arrest that both showed the charge as 2nd degree murder, with email listings of who got the documents (others in the Sanford police dept). To me that blows out the theory of Serino blindsiding everyone with his final report…..which some cops have eluded to.

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  5. I also keep hearing about a motion from MOM, which wasn’t addressed today, where he wants to seal GZ’s twitter, email, and journal entries. I haven’t read this motion but I found reference to it in Frederick Leatherman Law Blog. Do you know where this motion is?

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    • IIRC, that is included in one of the motions he filed just before the last hearing. I’ll take a look and see if I can locate it.

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  6. towerflower

    Xena: New story in Central Florida, GZ is being sued by his former security firm for unpaid fees and breech of contract to the tune of $27,000. They claim payments stopped when an independent firm took over his fund. MOM also hired another company at $700 week where the other company charged $7,000 a week, breeching their contract.

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    • The last time O’Mara addressed money in the defense fund, he said it had about $36,000. When you figure in the cost of taking care of ShelLIE, depositions, and the $8 a day fee for the GPS, that’s not much money. Also, their safehouse might be an extended stay hotel room where they pay weekly.

      GZ made a big mistake profiling supporters, assuming there are thousands of them, and that they would send thousands of dollars daily. His bigger mistake was sitting like a potted palm while his wife lied to the court about her knowledge of the money. His biggest mistake was wrongfully profiling Trayvon Martin.

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