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What Don West fails to realize is the history of Black America. Chronologically;
In the 1600’s slaves were being shipped.
1787 The writers of the United States Constitution decide that slaves will count as three fifths of a person.
1863 Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t actually free any slaves because it related only to areas under the control of the Confederacy.
1954 In the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, KS, the Supreme Court rules that separate schools for black and white students is unconstitutional.
1955 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her seat in the front of a bus, helping begin the Montgomery Bus Boycotts.
1964 Civil Rights Act guarantees that all people will have equal access to hotels, restaurants, and other public places.
1968 Martin L. King is assassinated.
2003 In Grutter v. Bollinger, the most important affirmative action decision since the 1978 Bakke case, the Supreme Court (5–4) upholds the University of Michigan Law School’s policy, ruling that race can be one of many factors considered by colleges when selecting their students because it furthers “a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body.” (June 23)
2008 Barack Obama, Democrat from Chicago, becomes the first African American to be nominated as a major party nominee for president. On November 4, Barack Obama, becomes the first African American to be elected president of the United States, defeating Republican candidate, Sen. John McCain.
While this history is not included in everyday schooling in America, it is not forgotten by those who have endured Jim Crow and who lived in the time of Martin Luther King and other civil right leaders.
By looking at the timeline, Blacks, Hispanics, Chinese, and Native Americans have not been afforded the same rights as Whites. They were born with those rights no matter what. We had to fight for those rights.
Don West, his daughters and people on the internet who have tried to diminish Rachael Jeantel’s education, looks, and use demeaning comments that are cruel, choose to ignore this history.
We are not that far removed in time of the 60’s. While certain laws may have been passed to level the playing field, that doesn’t mean it is done and enforced. Most of America went kicking and screaming thru the Civil Rights era —- and still are.
While education was taken as a right to whites, it was a privilege for minorities. While voting was a God Given right to our counter parts, it was a fight to get the same privilege.
We have been playing catch up to more then 230 years of adversity in a relative short time span of 53 years. (1960’s to the current year of 2013)
While we may have a bi-racial President, it does not change racism. Bigoted racists only see the color of his skin. It does not change how people feel about minorities.
The case of Florida vs. Zimmerman proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that people still feel hatred. Still spew hateful language. Even still, think a black young teenager had no right to walk in the dark at 7pm in the rain, in a hoodie, along, carrying some snacks and a drink.
This case highlights all that is wrong with the system, laws, attitudes, and the so called rights of gun owners versus human rights and civil rights.
While Mr. West may have tried to make Rachel Jeantel look inferior, he only made himself look like a fool. He is the person with no class.
The latest hearing in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman was quite the circus to say the least. In my opinion the hearing was not just for O’Mara’s ludicrous sanction motion against the state for getting rip to shreds in Bernie de la Rionda’s response, but to put on a show for the dwindling support group for the Zimmermans.
I say Zimmermans to include the family as well. Their actions speak for themselves.
The hearing was yet another attempt to get at Mr. Crump, Ms. Sabrina Fulton and Witness 8, aka Deedee. This is the misdirection.
Misdirection is a form of deception in which the attention of an audience is focused on one thing in order to distract its attention from another.
Counsel for the defendant keeps failing to realize this is a murder trial with witnesses, forensic evidence, the defendant’s multiple statements, the defendant’s Hannity interview, bullet casing location, GPS data, phone records, text messages and DNA evidence.
Mr. Crump has done everything he can and will do legally in helping his clients Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, for the senseless shooting death of their son Trayvon Martin. Anything garnered by Mr. Crump’s efforts are protected by work product/attorney privilege.
What part of that statement/ruling made by the judge in the black robe do they not understand?
Don West starts off with his ongoing complaint of attorney Crump’s interview of Deedee. If the Sanford Police Department would have done their due diligence in finding her, they could have questioned her themselves. Law enforcement commonly obtains permission from the parents and or through a warrant to access data on phones. This case has been fouled from the very beginning. Many things were done wrongly and some rightly. More often than not the Sanford Police Department is responsible for a lot of the wrongs.
West continues to go on and on about the non-hospital visit of Deedee. It is a non-issue. Big deal! So what! What does that have to do with a man with a record of domestic violence, and anger issues, menacing Trayvon first by car, then on foot, chasing him in the dark, and ultimately killing him with a gun that is registered to his wife, Shellie.
What does Deedee making an excuse, (not a lie of not attending the funeral of a person she was in love with), have to do with the murder case filed by the State of Florida? Most human beings do not like facing the death of a loved one, let alone one that was murdered.
The other thing I noticed from the hearing was both attorneys, Mr. Mark O’Mara and Mr. Don West, used the hearing, not only to attack the State for their hurt feelings from the response by Mr. Bernie de la Rionda, but to also discuss, at length, depositions taken of Ms. Sybrina Fulton and Deedee.
Depositions are never a part of the case record. Not being a part of the case record means there is no requirement to seal or unseal. The court never sees depositions. Depositions are solely for discovery and not intended to address the facts of a case neither legal conclusions. They are maintained by the attorneys. Some depositions are never reduced to transcripts – that is, written out, because attorneys do not find any information in them that has merit in the case. When that happens, if opposing counsel wants a transcript of the deposition, they have to pay for them to be transcribed.
In essence, we the public, do not get to see transcripts of depositions because they are not a part of the case record.
The attorneys for the defendant found a way to talk about the depositions without getting in trouble with the court. For example, would we have known that the letter that was presented from Deedee to Ms. Fulton was not written in her own hand but was dictated by her and written by a friend named Francine? It doesn’t make the letter any less authentic because she did not pen it herself; they were her thoughts written by her friend. She signed the letter. By signing the letter she made it hers. The content of the letter could have not come from her friend, because she was not on the phone with Trayvon. Deedee herself was describing as best she could for Ms. Sybrina Fulton what happened that night. The audacity of the defendant’s attorneys to actually make this woman take a personal letter out of her Bible to prove she had the original goes beyond the limit of human decency.
It goes to show us the only strategy O’Mara and West are using is to keep attacking witness 8, aka Deedee, and Ms. Sybrina Fulton. This will not work. We have viewed the available evidence and data to date and all of it points to the absolute guilt of George Zimmerman.
Quite a few bloggers have painstakingly taken apart evidence, timelines, DNA data, police timelines, videos etc. that can put any experts that O’Mara employs to shame.
By the way we never have known the friend’s name if it weren’t for Mr. West’s big mouth either. This is why the identity of witness 8 is taken with the utmost care by the State. The lengths that some blogs (they know who they are) and the attorneys themselves have gone through to get information about her are enough to scare any person.
Bernie de la Rionda cross-examination of West was outstanding! He got Mr. West to answer when the existence of the letter to Ms. Fulton was discovered. There was no withholding of discovery. Bernie de la Rionda also revealed how long the defense team deposed Ms. Fulton – 7 hours; really, they actually asked her about her employment, and how much money she made in previous years. How relevant is this? The amount of time spent on witness eight and Ms. Fulton borders on witness intimidation.
I also noticed that Bernie didn’t fall for their crap either; he didn’t do a tic for tat by revealing any of the juicy details from his interviews.
The lawyers for the defense were trying, very badly I might add, to deflect from the real issue of the immunity hearing. O’Mara wanted nothing more than to crawl back under the rock he slithered from, than to have that taken right off the table. He had to eat those words previously said at interviews and in court that his client welcomes an immunity hearing. O’Mara said “His client wants to take the stand and plead his case”. When did Mark O’Mara know that he would not proceed with a pre-trial immunity hearing? Please see the video below.
Weren’t those the days, Counselor? (LOL)
As previously stated by Judge Lester, the case against George Zimmerman is strong.
There aren’t many days left till June 10th. We are already in the first week of May. As my good friend Lonnie says, Tick, Tock George, Tick Tock.
We are called True Warriors for Justice for Trayvon for many reasons. One of those reasons is our unwavering commitment of making sure that George Zimmerman faces a jury of his peers in the killing of Trayvon Martin. A gentleman referred as LLMPapa has produced several videos regarding the Trayvon Martin murder case. He has produced more than 300 videos on his YouTube channel. His videos are extremely informative by using visual and audio with the case evidence that has been made available to us, the general public. He has a unique ability of taking the evidence and putting it in context so the average viewer may understand the evidence. His videos are not limited to just evidence documents, but also what the defendant, the defendant’s family and lawyers have said in interviews, radio and social media. He has made some humorous videos as well.
Mr. Michael Knox, a forensic expert, was interviewed by Tony Pipitone, and put together a demonstration using 2 cardboard cut outs and two white T-shirts.
Mr. Michael Knox has also written a book called “Intermediate Range”. I admit I did buy the book. He presented his book as an unbiased view of the evidence. If I remember correctly, Knox also said he had a copy of GZ’s concealed weapons license in the book.
Fellow bloggers know that I love having links and have an extensive library of the evidence available. I share it with fellow bloggers when they need a quick reference. Thus, upon reading Mr. Knox’s interview and watching his demonstration, I was sadly disappointed to find that he does not take all available evidence into account. Also, in my view and in the view of many others, Mr. Knox did not conduct his experiments authentically and omits pertinent evidence in order to reach his conclusions.
Mr. Knox comes to the faulty conclusion and assertions based on his belief that Trayvon Martin was on top of Zimmerman when Zimmerman shot Trayvon in the heart. In Mr. Knox’s expert opinion, the position of the misalignment of the bullet hole through both garments is due to “sag” and gravity of Trayvon Martin’s hooded sweatshirt. However, in his demonstration, Mr. Knox stands while firing the shot and his cardboard substitution for Trayvon is upright.
We have found his conclusion to be flawed.
The Medical Examiner’s autopsy reports that the trajectory of the bullet was directly front to back.
Trayvon Martin was either flat on his back or standing when he was shot.
Either way, the bullet trajectory can be accomplished from both positions, but not from a leaning position as the defendant claims and Mr. Knox claims.
If Trayvon was leaning over GZ, as Mr. Knox asserts, then as an credible expert, Mr. Knox should have produced his demonstration that way and traced the path of the bullet.
Witnesses 5, 16,12 and 18 all said they saw GZ on top of Trayvon at the time or immediately following the shot. Mr. Knox apparently took the word of one witness, (wit-6) and GZ’s statements over the totality of all the witnesses statements and evidence. We are all aware that Witness 6 later changed his statements of what he saw. First claiming that he saw MMA style beating, he later gave an interview with State prosecutors that he saw no fists being thrown, nor heard sounds of flesh hitting flesh.
We have come to the conclusion, based on the evidence, that Zimmerman had a hold of Trayvon Martin’s hooded sweatshirt and his underneath sweatshirt, when he shot Trayvon in the heart. In his videoed statements, Zimmerman demonstrates this as well by reaching out his left arm and clasping his left hand.
Recently, LLMPapa made a series of videos challenging Michael Knox’s conclusions presented in his interview with Tony Pipitone of Channel Six news of Orlando, Fl.
The standards that we mostly use in defense of Trayvon Martin being murdered are to use the evidence we have available and reasonable speculations that can be backed up with data available to us.
According to Mr. Knox’s blog post dated May 18th 2012, he posted two scenarios.
Excerpt taken from blog post dated 5/2012:
“In order for there to be this much distance between the clothes and the skin, one of two things had to happen: either (1) the clothing was being pulled away from Martin’s body (presumably by George Zimmerman) or (2) Martin was on top of Zimmerman, chest downward, with his clothes hanging due to gravity.”
Fast forward to our present date, where we have more detailed information per discovery. Knox chose to conclude the second scenario was the best to present in his interview with Tony Pipitone, which was that “Martin was on top of Zimmerman, chest downward, with his clothes hanging due to gravity.” Mr. Knox does not say why he abandoned the aforementioned scenario number 1, for his scenario number two. Therefore, we must conclude that Mr. Knox chooses to believe Zimmerman’s narrative of being on the bottom when he shot Trayvon Martin.
LLMPapa addressed the Zimmerman being straddled story when he shot Trayvon in the following video.
A poster named Patricia postulated a long time ago that Zimmerman was on top of Trayvon using a painful restraining maneuver to keep Trayvon down. At the very, very, very beginning of witness-11’s 911 call, we clearly hear the words “I’m begging you, get offffffffffff”. We posted about that in September 2012.
I along with others firmly believe that those words screamed are from Trayvon Martin. Two independent audiologists confirmed that the screams heard on the 911 call are not the voice of George Zimmerman. They have been listed on the State’s witness list.
In all of the many statements made by Zimmerman, either by written statements or interviews with LE, FDLE, walk thru the next day, he has never claimed to say those words, “I’m begging you. Get off”. He only claims that he yelled for help.
I reiterate again; Mr. Knox, “the expert”, did not listen or review all the evidence to date, before going on National Television to claim conclusively in his expert opinion that the shot came from underneath Trayvon Martin.
We know the amount of effort that goes into LLMPapa’s videos and we all love and admire him for his continuing support for Trayvon Martin. LLMPapa has declined several interview requests from several newspaper reporters. In one video he explained his reasons why.
Our commitment is a shared one. After viewing the series I felt, as a True Warrior for Justice, I must get LLMPapa’s videos out to the general public for everyone to view and compare with Knox’s analysis.
Mr. Knox started a small Twitter war with LLMPapa, asserting that his measurements were off and used 5 syllable words on his blog to try to deflect his errors. He immediately tweeted Mr. Pipitone, Robert Zimmerman Jr, Charles Blow, and Benjamin Crump among others, apparently in effort to save his reputation. In one of his twitter responses, he wants to meet LLMPapa for a face to face. Our question to Mr. Knox is, how did you become aware of LLMPapa’s videos? Are you aware that there are Zimmerman supporters who instigate arguments and defame those disagreeing with them by using partial truths with malicious lies about their personal lives? Would you want to subject LLMPapa, or anyone for that matter, to massive cyber-harassment and illegal doxing?
Mr. Knox, you may not understand our reasons for being active in seeking justice for Trayvon Martin. While your reasons may only be to sell a self- published book, get a few new clients, get on TV, and maybe just maybe be called as an “expert”witness in the case of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, those are not our reasons. You claim things in your expert view that do not agree with all evidence. For instance let’s take gravity for an example. The back of Mr. Zimmerman’s head shows blood going towards his ears, indicating that GZ was leaning forward. The photo is time stamped at 7:19, 3 minutes after he shot Trayvon. In the photo, there is no dirt,grit from the pavement, debris, or grass on the back of his head to indicate he was on his back when he fired that fatal shot. Blood rivulets are going forward toward his ears. How is it possible that blood flows upward for Mr. Zimmerman, presumably on his back for a whole minute, while supposedly being beaten. Do the laws of gravity not apply to him?
Gravity does not lie.
But Mr. Zimmerman does.
The fact of the matter is you did not do your homework. You did not do due diligence in fact-finding and presenting a valid argument for your analysis. You got called out by a “layman “and you will not own up to it. Myself, along with others, shall continue to shed light on the darkness that you and others spread. Experts like Mr. Knox do a disservice to their profession and the judicial system. We shall continue our quest in keeping the public aware of people like you where the word of an “expert” can set a guilty man free, and send an innocent one to his grave without Justice.
Hello Team Warriors!!!
I wanted to touch base with everyone and put out a reminder of where we were at a year ago. Sanford Watch from YouTube has produced a lot of informative and expressive videos for Justice for Trayvon Martin.
Please view this video:
We have just past the first year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death.
While this milestone was something that was difficult to reach, we have and time marches on.
We have come a long way together in our quest for Justice for Trayvon, but that quest is not over yet.
We must redouble our efforts in our support for the family, friends, lawyers and all those who support Trayvon Martin.
The trial date steadily approaches, and while this is happening, the defense is steadily putting out more misinformation in the media, internet and radio.
We must keep informing people of what happened on February 26, 2012, the day that Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.
We, together, have made a difference in keeping the public aware by TV, Radio, and Social Media. Social Media has been the biggest component in keeping Trayvon Martin alive in everyone’s eyes.
Here is another video by Sanford Watch, the one year anniversary.
We’ve made a stand together, you and I, to make sure that the admitted killer is held accountable for his actions.
We shall continue to march on together till we get Justice for their son, our son, Trayvon Martin.
There are many supporters for Justice for Trayvon Martin. Those supporters include family members of Trayvon Martin, civil rights activists, bloggers, and anyone else who deems that the killing of Trayvon Martin was unjustified in every regard.
Mr. Mark O’Mara likes to tell his spiel of how the Martin/Fulton family hired a publicist named Ryan Julison to champion their cause in getting media recognition. The fact of the matter is that it was Natalie Jackson who sought him out and hired him for the family. She knows as well as all people of color, a case like this will not get the media attention it deserves without a publicist.
The shooting of Trayvon was on local TV in Florida. For two weeks, other than those locally in Florida, no one else knew about the killing of an unarmed teenager in Sanford, Florida. Considering the options left for the family, since no arrest was made, a publicist was an option to use. Tracy and Sybrina were interviewed on CBS News Morning. They have done what other parents do; get on TV and plead their case. I have often viewed news cast of tragedies happening to families, but the majority of those people who get to have their say on TV are generally white. Most news media outlets will put the face of a white child missing more often than a black child missing. Most media outlets will put the face of a killing of a white person more often than the killing of a black or brown person. This is the bias of the media outlets. This practice of media bias has been done for a very long time.
The sheer fact that a publicist had to be employed speaks to this mindset and recognition of media bias. A crime committed against a black person is not as newsworthy as a crime committed against a white person.
Which leads me to the power of the internet.
Through a law school linkserv, Kevin Cunningham learned about the killing of Trayvon Martin on March 8th 2012, 11 days after Trayvon was killed.
Kevin Cunningham, 31, of Washington, D.C., attended Howard University. The student body of Howard University today consists of 80% black and 1% white.
Kevin Cunningham used the power of the internet. He created the petition on Change.org. This petition garnered more attention than what the publicist was trying to do at the time.
O’Mara loves to rant and rave about how Martin/Fulton hired a publicist to get “their” message out. He is so wrong, I just had to call it out.
Granted the publicist did some work, but it was the petition that made it national and global news through the use of the internet.
The petition, from its inception garnered 100 signatures the first day. After a few days, it was 10,000.
A spokesperson, Megan Lubin from Change.org contacted Kevin Cunningham and suggested, which is a rare thing for this organization to do, would be to turn over the petition to Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.
Quote from Sybrina Fulton:
“When we heard about the petition, we were overwhelmed that someone we didn’t know would take the time and effort to raise awareness about our son,” Trayvon’s mother said.
She speaks not only for the efforts of Kevin Cunningham, but for all those who signed the petition.
The petition in its final tally was 2,278,303. It is currently, the largest petition in Change.org. history. On April 11, 2012, it was announced that a capias for the arrest of the neighborhood watch captain that killed Trayvon Martin was issued, charging him, George Michael Zimmerman, with 2nd degree murder. State’s Attorney Angela Corey said that they were not pressured by outside forces to arrest George Zimmerman. The results of the investigation give evidence of 2nd degree murder, but that investigation would not have happened if not but for the efforts of Tracy, Sybrina, lawyers, ordinary people, and Kevin Cunningham who posted a petition that let everyone know that George Zimmerman should be held accountable for the killing of Trayvon Martin.
O’Mara doesn’t like pointing out the fact that the petition and the will of the family did more in a matter of days than any publicist would or could have done in the same time frame.
O’Mara and company would like to have the American & Global Public believe that if not for the hired help of a publicist, the killing of Trayvon Martin and the pending case of Fl vs GZ would not have been in the public eye.
HE IS DEAD WRONG!
We are included in those 2,278,301. The public outcry on the streets and on the internet are the reason why the killing of Trayvon Martin is front and center. Not because of the sole work of a publicist.
We demanded Justice — this call came from everybody.
We intend to get that Justice for Trayvon Martin.
If not for people like Kevin Cunningham who had the courage and the idea of starting a petition, I believe this case would have never gotten to where it is now. It’s the people who spoke up against the injustice of it all that has gotten to where we are now, and a lot of those people are on the internet. We don’t have access to big media outlets. We don’t have the money to buy air time. But our voices are just as powerful if not more than the media and radio.
Case in point: The defendant’s family has been on TV an Radio. It has gotten them, nothing, nada, zilch.
No amount of TV coverage can speak as much as our signatures, petitions, marches, blogs, and our continued support for Trayvon Martin and his family.
The internet can be a powerful tool to use for creating awareness. I am proud to be a part of the positive work and continuing efforts in our quest for Justice for Trayvon Martin.
The one year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin is in three days. I thought it was appropriate to go back and look at who and when people got involved.
Kevin Cunningham was at the front of the line.
Kevin Cunningham, from our home here at BlackButterfly7, thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts.
#True Warrior Kevin Cunningham
True Warriors — You are PHENOMENAL!
True warriors analyze discovery documents, motions, statements and videos.
True warriors support the prosecution team in obtaining a fair and just trial.
True warriors take the pro-z camps to task.
True warriors make countless blogs in support of civil and intelligent conversations.
True warriors make supporting visual videos for us and others to interpret the evidence.
True warriors write beautiful poetry and music for Trayvon, DeeDee and their respective families.
True warriors marched peacefully in the streets and banded together in one voice. “We want Justice”
True warriors are committed to this case, it is not a hobby.
True warriors are the ones who can bear to hear Trayvons’ screams and cry out “That could have been my son”.
True Team Warriors are teachers with cats, mountain men who collect stamps, Papa’s, Mama’s, Hot Rod Champs. Butterflies of every color, disc jockeys, on a Journey to Justice with Kindhearts. Searching Minds looking at Grey Winter Skies, Groans loudly at the bright Starrs in the sky. Looking at Trayvon’s Truth, to Making Each Day Count; 3Chics with a BccList went to CrimeWatchers on a Justice Quest all together with Trained Observers working with Lurkers. They have various skin colors. Their race is human. They are true warriors, no doubt.
We the True Warriors for Justice for Trayvon Martin stand with you, beside you and around you.
They have shown us what true warriors are all about. The ability to turn the killing of their son into something positive. They’ve created a scholarship fund to help young people. They advocate for gun control, not to take guns away. They advocate for revising Stand Your Ground statute, not taking it away. They stand for a true and fair trial, not more violence, nor revenge.
Only Ultimate Warriors can do that.
I write today with the knowledge that Trayvon Martin’s birthday is coming up on February 5. He would have turned 18. He was killed on February 26, 2012 just shortly after turning 17. Sabrina Fulton said “He’s my son, but he’s your son too”. Her words echo in my head everyday. We have marched, petitioned, and blogged for Trayvon Martin. He undoubtedly became our son too. We, as the general public, have seen much violence being used against our children of any color. We want our children to LIVE longer than us and not be killed walking home with some snacks, or while sitting in a classroom.
We can only imagine what pain and sorrow the family has to endure to not have their child for Thanksgiving, then Christmas, and now his Birthday; a date that to some is just a date.
We, as the extended family of Trayvon Martin, will not forget that date: February 5. We, as the extended family of Trayvon, will not let justice slip away either.
Trayvon Martin in his own way continues to live through us and with us. The idea of his name living on is not understandable to the defense lawyers, George Zimmerman supporters and the like. They will never understand that Trayvon represents a “Stop what the hell is going on in America moment in history”. It is so sad that in these United States we are going back in time, instead of going forward.
It is without a doubt that more and more young black men are targeted by Police, Laws, Schools and people who think people of color have no rights whatsoever.
This is why we shall not forget Trayvon Martin’s birthday nor the date of his death.