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
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.
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