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TM was minding his business walking home from the store. GZ was looking for trouble and took a innocent child's life and his future all because of his own assumptions. GZ disobeyed the officer who clearly told him stop following TM and he did not listen. If he was in such fear for his life why didn't GZ take his ass home and wait on proper authorities? Being a neighborhood watchman don't give you the right to take matters of such kind in your own hands.

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@ Justice 4 TM

In reply to all the negative comments about Trayvon Martin. It doesn't matter about his background. Who he is as a person or who everybody is trying to portray him doesn't give anyone a right to kill someone. Zimmerman was a neighborhood patrol, he was not a cop. He was told multiple times to stop following Trayvon but he ignored instructions. Instead, he decided to take upon the situation. There was no physical evidence that Trayvon had done anything harmful to Zimmerman but he is tending to use self defense as his argument. If the situation was switched and Trayvon had killed Zimmerman prosecutors wouldn't hesitate to give him a harsh sentence. Why? because Trayvon is a BLACK Male. How many black males do you know get away with murder when involving a white person as a victim? How many whites do you know get away with murder? Who's chances are better? Regardless of what anyone thinks, Trayvon is still a human being and regardless where he is from or what his background is he still have rights just like Zimmerman. His Facebook profile or smoking marijuana does not define him. That's not even a useful argument. Shit. Zimmerman might smoke a lil' marijuana himself but would that make him a terrible person? If this was your son or child i'm sure opinions would be different. Why did Trayvon look suspicious? because he was a young black man in a black hoodie. Simple as that. I hope Zimmerman never see fucking day light. Prayers to his family and JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN!

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@ Brittany

Yes maaaaam!

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@ Brittany

Brittany, your poorly written and erroneous comment is only upstaged by your victim mentality.
George Zimmerman was not as you wrongly stated "told multiple times to stop following Trayvon" but he was not told to do so even once.
When the dispatcher asked if he was following Travon he said yes. The dispatcher who has no authority to order but only to suggest told George
" you don't need to do that".
George was only trying to keep Trayvon visual as an aid for the police to find him. If anyone is lurking around my home in the rain and I don't know who he is I'll be confronting that person.
But then I"m probably a bit more street wise than George Zimmerman and it's highly unlikely that I 'd get suckered like he did. I also carry a weapon and have for years. I do not know at what level of fear of death or grievous bodily harm I would have to be at before I made a decision to take a human life to save my own. I can only hope I'm never put in that situation.

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@ Yird

always insulting first its a little village not a house and we all know you need you weapon to confront if not you would be scared so just stay in your scary place and don't confront anyone unless you want the opportunity to get your ignorant killed!

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@ Yird

FUCK ANYBODY WHO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HIM HE WAS A TEENAGER HE WAS SUPPOSE TO SMOKE WEED OR DO THINGS TEENAGERS DO HE WASNT EVEN 2OYRS OLD ,,,GZ KILLED THAT CHILD FOR NOTHING HE JUST WANTED TO KILL HIM FLAT OUT..HE WAS TOLD TO STOP FOLLOWING HIM AND HE DIDNT END OF STORY...RIP TRAYVON MARTIN GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN ..IM TEARY EYED AND PISS IT WAS WRG.

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@ Yird

ird Your insults are only showing your ignorance, You feel the need to belittle people because you think your more educated possibly and you are exactly right " your victim" because he was a victim period. You say that " if anyone is lurking around your home" (and I am assuming you mean neighborhood because if he was lurking around your house It would be a different story) you would follow them because you do not know them and you feel like they do not belong there simply because it is unusually to see other people who do not have what you have in your neighborhood. Even if it's someone just walking down the street from a store. Wait let me rephrase that someone that is not on the same social level as you walking down the street you feel that they do not belong here so your going to confront that person. What gives your the right to violate someone's freedom to stroll around despite what they look like. TM was not engaged in any suspicious activity but because he looked different then the good people he saw everyday, ZM thought " oh well he looks like he is going to do something wrong so I am going to follow him". What gives another man the right to profile someone and follow them without the police being there. That is not his job, that is not your job, that is not my job.You want to be a hero, go join the police force and you can follow all the suspects you want. If someone tells you " you don't need to do that" especially an officer of the law, then why would you do it? What could he have possibly gained by following TM. If I am walking down the street minding my own business and you make it your business to disrupt that then yes I would confront him too. You have it all backwards, TM was not disobeying the law ZM was, so who was really wrong in the situation? The kid who went to a convenient store to buy snacks or the guy who saw someone and followed him with a loaded gun in his wast? ZM is a security guard right? Well when you become a security guard you learn how to defend yourself and how to fight, there is no way a 17 year old can overpower him to the point that he had to use a gun with the intent to kill. I don't care what you say, no one has the right to take another persons life and if you want to justify that then you should really start looking yourself in the mirror and finding out what type of man/coward you really are. Justice should be done, someone innocent died over nonsense and the man/coward responsible wont own up to it. Now does that really sound right to you and if it does and you can sleep at night, may god have mercy on your soul. Cowards use guns, real men either try to figure out the situation or fight if they have to and if they loose then its over and you go home but if you refuse to admit you were wrong and got beat so you use a gun, then ZM is a prime example you will live with it the rest of your life, because you just had to much pride.

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CLOSING ARGUMENT

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@ DURANE

You would be far better off just reading and not making any comments.
Honestly, I feel sorry for you.

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@ DURANE

Yird
Your insults are only showing your ignorance, You feel the need to belittle people because you think your more educated possibly and you are exactly right " your victim" because he was a victim period. You say that " if anyone is lurking around your home" (and I am assuming you mean neighborhood because if he was lurking around your house It would be a different story) you would follow them because you do not know them and you feel like they do not belong there simply because it is unusually to see other people who do not have what you have in your neighborhood. Even if it's someone just walking down the street from a store. Wait let me rephrase that someone that is not on the same social level as you walking down the street you feel that they do not belong here so your going to confront that person. What gives your the right to violate someone's freedom to stroll around despite what they look like. TM was not engaged in any suspicious activity but because he looked different then the good people he saw everyday, ZM thought " oh well he looks like he is going to do something wrong so I am going to follow him". What gives another man the right to profile someone and follow them without the police being there. That is not his job, that is not your job, that is not my job.You want to be a hero, go join the police force and you can follow all the suspects you want. If someone tells you " you don't need to do that" especially an officer of the law, then why would you do it? What could he have possibly gained by following TM. If I am walking down the street minding my own business and you make it your business to disrupt that then yes I would confront him too. You have it all backwards, TM was not disobeying the law ZM was, so who was really wrong in the situation? The kid who went to a convenient store to buy snacks or the guy who saw someone and followed him with a loaded gun in his wast? ZM is a security guard right? Well when you become a security guard you learn how to defend yourself and how to fight, there is no way a 17 year old can overpower him to the point that he had to use a gun with the intent to kill. I don't care what you say, no one has the right to take another persons life and if you want to justify that then you should really start looking yourself in the mirror and finding out what type of man/coward you really are. Justice should be done, someone innocent died over nonsense and the man/coward responsible wont own up to it. Now does that really sound right to you and if it does and you can sleep at night, may god have mercy on your soul. Cowards use guns, real men either try to figure out the situation or fight if they have to and if they loose then its over and you go home but if you refuse to admit you were wrong and got beat so you use a gun, then ZM is a prime example you will live with it the rest of your life, because you just had to much pride.

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@ wrongiswrong

Did you really graduate from grade school?

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@ Yird

I am a COLLEGE STUDENT, now what?

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GZ WAS A HOT HEAD LOOKING FOR TROUBLE...NOT A POLICE OFFICER.. JUST A IDIOT READY TO KILL SOMEONE...WHICH MEANS HE SHOULD GET LIFE...HE FOLLOWED WHEN TOLD NOT TO.

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Fact is NO cops are trained to shoot center mass. Which means the center of the chest because that's where a persons heart is. All police are trained this way. Local, state, or federal, I.e. FBI, homeland security etc.
Not the shoulder, not the hand, center mass. Next TM attacked GZ a felony of assault which means as GZ in fear of great bodily harm was by Florida law able to use deadly force. Fact is had TM once he lost GZ and took his ass home this would not have happened.

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@ mbrowusa

You are so wrong. TM had every right to be where he was. GZ definitely stalked and profiled TM. Accidental shooting yes but if you believe by any means that TM had anything to do with his death you are not looking at the big picture. No stalking no death!

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@ Roger Hammond

What about TM calling GZ a cracker? If GZ called TM the 'n' word this would have been blown out of proportion, but since TM said it, it was ok.

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No matter what GZ still gets to live unlike TM someone's child, brother, etc. I am so glad to know that we all will stand up and be held accountable for what we do.

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TM was clearly in the wrong for attacking GZ even is GZ was following him. This is what happen when you attack a white man with a Gun. The white people are tired of SOME black people thinking that they are owed something because they are black. White people are fighting back these days, the days when they were intimidated by blacks is over. Lets all pray it get better because a race war could ruin this country. We should all work for what we have not lay around and expect others to take care of the bill and smoke dope and commit crime.

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@ ForJustice

Ha you sound smart !

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@ ForJustice

I don't understand how you can say that white people are intimidated by black people...from the start of this country, the white man has held the black man down. So if anyone is intimidated its the black people... case in point: slavery. And not to mention racism and stereotyping people as you so did in your comment today. White people, brown people, black people, and yellow people all sit around and smoke dope and commit crime. And if you try to put that on one ethnicity, you're just aiding in keeping that group of people down. Don't be so ignorant, and maybe read up on all parts of the United States of America's history so you won't sound so stupid next time you want to give your opinion. Also, i'm sure if someone was following you, and you felt secure in yourself as a fighter, you'd take them down too. As a 17 year old, i'm sure it didn't go through his head as anything but self defense.

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@ Heather

Black on white crime has been increasing for some time now but the media doesn't like to talk about it. A black mob attacked two white reporters, a man and woman, leaving a theater in Norflok VA. and the police called it "simple assault". Had that been a mob of whites attacking a black couple the Department of Justice, Al Sharpton, and Jesse .Jackson would have been on the scene for starters. Then there would be the usual assortment of preachers, civic leaders and those who can do nothing more intelligent then scream threats and obscenities as loud as possible.
I see that you in typical fashion refer to slavery as if we still practiced it in this country. Are you aware that slavery is practiced to this day in Africa?
Since you profess to be somewhat learned in American history do you have any idea who caused the cessation of slave traffic to the Americas? Did you know slavery was legal in Saudi Arabia up until 1956?
I seriously doubt if you could correctly answer any of those questions.
Your accusation of another being ignorant or stupid seems to fit the comfort zone of one equipped with little real knowledge.

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@ ForJustice

ForJustice you are an idoit for that comment. You think black people are the only ones that lay around, smoke dope and committ crime. Ugh no you are wrong white people do just as much if not more of that than black people. The only diffenece is white pp rarely get caught. At the end of the day, a teenaged boy is dead, wouldnt matter if he was black or white. It was wrong. And justice should be served.

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@ Lindz

Your comment"The only diffenece is white pp rarely get caught"
. Are you suggesting that black people are not as smart as white people because they get caught more often?
That's not a very nice thing to say. In fact it's downright racist!

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TM was clearly in the wrong for attacking GZ even is GZ was following him. This is what happen when you attack a white man with a Gun. The white people are tired of SOME black people thinking that they are owed something because they are black. White people are fighting back these days, the days when they were intimidated by blacks is over. Lets all pray it get better because a race war could ruin this country. We should all work for what we have not lay around and expect others to take care of the bill and smoke dope and commit crime.

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@ ForJustice

Lets be real if you are being followed by a strange man that you dont know. He went from in a car to on foot you would do one of two things as a man 1) stand and fight your ground because you feel youre being threatened 2) flee the scene. However, if GZ felt Trayvon was indeed a threat why get out of your car period? Race has nothing to do with it. He was wrong. He did not listen to police instructions to stop following. He continued in the dark, where he knew he had just seen a suspicious person following him to obtain an "address"? Seriously? No. He got out of that car with the intent to "stand his ground". As far as SOME black people thinking they are OWED something WE DONT. We feel we DESERVE the same rights everyone else has. Yes on paper we have the same rights but do we really? And as far your STEREOTYPE that black people dont take care of bills, smoke dope, and commit crime you might want to take a trip to a real poor hood because right around the corner Ive seen black and white crackheads convene. I rest my case. Good Day, for "Justice" whatever your definition of that means.

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The bottom line is Trayvon shouldnt have been killed. Cops are trained to know where to shoot a suspect without the result being fatal. GZ had no such training because he was not a cop. Let's focus on that night. The fact that he had a previous record of fighting and using drugs is irrelevant. I can speak from an African American point of view, GZ stated he thought TM attacked him because he knew he had called the cops #pause Idk about anybody else but if I knew someone had called the cops on me Im fleeing the scene not going towards. So since we're profiling and stereotyping, I'm sure TM felt the same. GZ story is not consistent. He has his entire family and friends to back him up and what does TM have? ....

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Fact is this man followed someone a teen and profiled him with a loaded weapon. He also totally ignored the dispatchers instructions not to follow the kid. GZ is not law enforcement im black and I work with law enforcement daily and the fact is had he not followed the kid this would've never happened. It's funny how people ignore the fact that this guy was armed with a round chambered looking for trouble. Fact of the matter is walking from the store with a hoodie on in the rain note I said rain doesn't justify anyone of any color to be automatically called a thug. If we the people of the united states got followed by someone at night and you're a teen walking home and don't know this person what gives them the right to stop or question you. Did any 911 calls go out saying I got a kid lurking around houses or a home alarm go off notifying police. My answer is no damn all this race mess everyone's spewing bottom line is neighborhood watch doesn't make you a officer of the law. He stalked and pursued an unarmed teen cause he thought something was wrong with him. You damn right something's wrong you're following him at night hell id run too and fight for my life. Once again I don't care if it was a white teen Mexican any race it's not right it's wrong period. What kills me is that Americans automatically likes to stereotype people as a thug or gangbanger that's bullshit. Most teens experiment or try pot once in their lifetimes when has it not been popular. Every damn white person isn't apart of the KKK or a racist. America's problem is we need to sit down and deal with these damn stereotypes and social issues we cannot swipe them under the rug shrug our shoulders and say it didn't happen or doesn't exist anymore. I use to be very close minded because of history and society some of my best friends aren't black and a good part of my family aren't black. I don't see or meet a person and assume it's a criminal.

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I doubt even johnny cockran was, without that hat, as dramatic as this guy is at yellin! the offing punk does not rise to the occasion of a hateful murderer. this guy needs prozac!!

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@ joy

" What kills me is that Americans automatically likes to stereotype people as a thug or gangbanger that's bullshit" People who understand the full situation and understand who Trayvon Martin really was can make the logical assertion that he was in FACT a violent thug. His twitter handle, the photos of him with illegal firearms and drugs on his cell phone, his gold teeth, his demeanor, his theft of womens jewelry are all pieces of evidence in which one can draw a logical conclusion from that conclusion being that Trayvon Martin was a worthless street thug. You keep using the words "profiled" and "followed" neither of which should provoke anyone to viciously attack another human being. Which is exactly what TM did that evening, he was living out the his fantasies of being a thug rapper and died because he wanted to live out those fantasies. If you would like to hold someone accountable for the death of this "child" how about you hold the main stream media accountable for PROMOTING criminals and making their criminal and violent actions attractive to young people. Everything piece of evidence points to GZ acting lawfully, he deserves to be set free, Period.

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@ joy

Lady, you are so one way. You are leaving out a lot of facts. TM was a thug. A history of trouble and drug abuse. Fighting and bragging of fighting. As for a round in the chamber. That weapon is designed to be carried with a round chambered. It is clear that GZ was assaulted and was acting in self defense. Look up the use of deadly force.

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@ Jim

Did you not hear the GZ previously beat up a cop, or did you not hear of the domestic violence, or did you not hear about GZ scheme to get rich, now who is the thug?????

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@ Jim

@Jim
The fact is he was a humanbeing, moreover the fact that he was a minor..There is no gun made to already have a round prep in it..The real thug in this sad situation is ZG..How is there selfdefense to a fight u provoked...had TM took ZG gun and kill him that would have been selfdefense...ZG actions are premeditated, if not he woundnt reacted to TM minding his own..If we based things off history and what you assume of people then a white man cant be trusted based off the fact that slavery and rights has never been justified, but I know that cant be true...I would just be assuming based off personal feelings rather then the fact that you may not be like your ancestor...

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@ TM's Keeper

Why do so many of you geniuses keep talking about slavery. If it were not for blacks in Africa capturing and selling other blacks to the Portuguese and the Dutch primarily, the first black slave would never arrived here and you blacks living here now would still be living in primitive sub Saharan Africa. You should count your blessings that your ancestors were brought to these shores. I've been to Africa and it ain't pretty!

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@ TM's Keeper

Also, it is standard for someone carrying concealed to retain a round in the chamber. It allows for one to have maximum ammunition at their disposal if the need arises to protect oneself from danger, threat, or harm.

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@ Jim

What about the Fact that TM was on the phone minding his business walking home and was followed because he "fit a description". Did the police not tell GZ to stay, and not follow TM? Really?? self defense? Then TM was using self defense because he was being pursued...and he was unarmed! totally not a fair fight.

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