Police Set Up Two "First Amendment Zones" in Anticipation of George Zimmerman Verdict

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The verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman could come as early today, so in anticipation, the Miami-Dade Police Department has set up two "First Amendment zones" to try to corral protests and public gatherings.

Never mind, of course, that all of America is technically covered by the First Amendment.

Unfortunate name of the zones aside, the department has worked with local clergy members and community leaders to provide safe and orderly places for people to voice their opinions after the outcome of the case.

Here's where the two zones are located

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park 6160 NW 32nd Ct., Miami, FL 33142 (305) 633-2044

Goulds Park
11350 SW 216th St., Miami, FL 33170
(305) 255-2399

The first is located in Miami's historically black neighborhood of Liberty City; the other is in the Goulds neighborhood south of Cutler Bay. Surprisingly, no zone has been designated in Trayvon Martin's hometown of Miami Gardens.

Additional updates can be found on the department's Facebook page.

In the '80s, Miami erupted in riots of varying sizes after black men were killed by white and Hispanic police officers. And though Zimmerman was just a self-appointed police officer and the incident occurred in Central Florida, the media (and some race baiters) seem to think history will repeat itself if he's acquitted.

(Never mind the fact that no violence broke out two years ago when white and Hispanic police officers killed seven black men in a span of eight months.)

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Honest1
Honest1

Let's just ask a couple easy questions: (1) Am I supposed to believe PhD's/Pathologists with decades of Forensic experience & actual autopsys under their belt; or do I believe un-educated, in-experienced, emotionally clouded RACISTS? All the Forensics show NOT-Guilty, the only Racist comments came from Trayvon, and Black people are wearing shirsts with Kill Zimmerman or just any white people we can find! (2) Why now do the BIGGEST POLICE HATERS, the Black community, now want to call for Arrest & Justice? Now they believe in doing things the Legal way? (3) WHO'S WHOLE CULTURE IS BASED ON VIOLENCE FOR ANY MINOR PROBLEM, GLORIFY CRIME & MURDER IN THIER RHETORIC & MUSIC, & RACISM FROM THE BOTTLE TO THE GRAVE BY BLAMING THE CRACKERS FOR EVERYTHING! (4) DID WHITE PEOPLE THREATEN TO KILL O.J. IF HE DIDN'T GET FOUND GUILTY; OR JUST KILL ANY OLD BLACK PERSON? Ok now the intelligent, non-racists will be able to answer these questions. 

klenser
klenser

It is going to take hundred of years to fix the malice created in this country because of the many decades of slavery, peonage, segregation, murders, forced labor, servitude, and discrimination. Evilness is instill in this country until the end of time. But let us try to focus on some good things. http://t.co/pFPwirW9I2

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

I thought the name SAMIR seemed familiar and then I found this: ----------- Panthers: “This Time We’re Going Out To Whitey’s Suburbs and Burning Down HIS Community” ... In preparation for the possibility of an acquittal of George Zimmerman, The New Black Panther Party has reportedly begun a mobilization campaign to target white communities. According to a recent post on Sodahead, leader Samir Shabazz and the New Black Panthers are preparing to take the fight directly to those guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin – white people living in suburbs all over America. Shabazz, who previously made comments insinuating that he’d like to murder white babies and adults, recently made the shocking claim that he’d “love nothing more than to come home with a cracker’s head in my book bag.” Thousands of tweets and Facebook posts echo Shabazz’s comments, with many users taking to the social networks to proclaim their support for the random killing of whites should George Zimmerman be found innocent. ----------- I guess some folks never evolve. :/

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

I just want to understand something. . Mind you, I am not racist but the Jews that for most part of history have been subjects of horrible things, and what do they do. Pull together, educate themselves and most of them are living as solid citizens. But it seems like when there is a "black" issue, every black person feels like everything should go their way just because they feel like it's owed. Mind you 3 of my best friends are African American. .. And we have discussed this all the time without anyone getting offended. I guess its how we come across what offends people.

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

yeah, the history book of facts in my ass...

William Templeton Vasquez
William Templeton Vasquez

"Slave owners throughout history considered slaves subhuman animals" just pulling shit out I your ass.

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

Slave owners throughout history considered slaves subhuman animals...

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

William Templeton Vasquez you're right about that, it is an educational and economic issue as well, but that does not excuse using the term "subhuman" to describe poor people in general.

William Templeton Vasquez
William Templeton Vasquez

Oh yeah Samir just looked up subhuman (because I'm bored at work) it was used by Nazis to describe Jews and Slavic people. You just made up that shit about slaves.

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

Dana, I'm sorry if you have trouble understanding context. And sure there's more important shit going on, but you're here commenting on this story.

William Templeton Vasquez
William Templeton Vasquez

Race or education? An educated black guy from the suburbs would have more opportunity than a subhuman uneducated white person from the ghetto. You want to flip everything to race Samir.

Dana Hatred
Dana Hatred

No one has been disenfranchised, samir. Stop using big words you don't understand... It is the mistake of the prosecution for not making a solid case. He is guilty but the prosecution decided that they weren't going to try very hard. I was just angry CNN was shitty and had this going live the whole time when there are more important things going on in Egypt.

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

And yes, everything comes down to race... You cannot say a blackman from the hood as the same opportunities as a white boy from the suburbs. It's simply not true.

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

Ru Ru, no one is rioting.... You're obviously referring to those who align themselves with bringing justice to the terrible tragedy that occurred because of some wannabe cop trying to play hero. Most of those people are people of color, have been disenfranchised and have been failed by this system that punishes minorities with disproportionate sentences compared to whites. "Subhuman" is a term used to describe people of color since slave times, and you're using it now for cheap shock value. Do not act like it wasn't.

William Templeton Vasquez
William Templeton Vasquez

I'm with Ru Ru. Why does subhuman automatically mean to you SAMIR that he is referring to blacks? Liberals have you very touchy and looking for reasons relate everything to racism.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

George Zimmerman leaving the safety of his vehicle is a direct result of what transpired that night. He should be held accountable for his actions. I'm sure the police would have been able to find the clubhouse of a condo complex consisting of three streets. Please note that I'm not saying it was illegal for him to get out of his vehicle or walk around.
Whatever Zimmerman told police, however conflicting the statements, we have nothing at all from Trayvon Martin simply because he is dead and cannot speak..
 

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Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

No, your loser of a president only IGNITED it. Look at how you automatically linked subhumans with black when I was clearly referring to the the rioters. YOU, Samir, are the one who is despicable. You are the hate that the government thrives on.

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

Wow Ru Ru, subhumans??? You are a despicable individual, and proof that racism is not "cured" through the election of a "Black" president.

305dude
305dude

no where is race mentioned...  but shockingly :

 http://www.bustedmugshots.com/florida/miami/zachary-mcgriff/77284351

 Miami police have arrested the gunman who they say shot and killed a man who was sitting on a bus bench Wednesday.

...

Witnesses told investigators Lorenzo-Gonzalez was sitting on a bus bench Wednesday when a gunman wearing a white shirt and black shorts walked up, shot him and fled north.

A stumbling Lorenzo-Gonzalez stumbled tried to cross Northwest 36th Street but collapsed and died on the street. An autopsy later showed he died of a single gunshot wound.

A surveillance video obtained by Miami Herald news partner CBS4 showed a man in a white shirt skipping up 15th Avenue. Police say a witness followed the gunman and later provided them with the direction that he fled following the shooting.

When McGriff was arrested, his clothing matched witnesses’ description of the gunman. It is not known why he went to JMH’s Crisis unit.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/11/3496411/miami-police-arrest-man-21-in.html#storylink=cpy

Why does race only come into play when its not people of color?   media please answer this honestly. 

305dude
305dude

Why GZ profiled TM   

"Had Mr. Martin shot and killed Mr. Zimmerman under similar circumstances, black leaders say, the case would have barreled down a different path: Mr. Martin would have been quickly arrested by the Sanford Police Department and charged in the killing, without the benefit of the doubt." (Also, CNN could have dropped the "white" and referred to Zimmerman exclusively as "Hispanic.")

The people who say this are counting on the rest of us being too polite to mention that it is nearly impossible to imagine such a case in a world where half of all murders and a majority of robberies are committed by blacks. To reverse the races with the same set of facts, first, we're going to need a gated, mixed-race community, similar to the Retreat at Twin Lakes, that has recently experienced a rash of robberies by white guys. The only way to do that is to enter "The Twilight Zone."

There were at least eight burglaries in the 14 months before Zimmerman's encounter with Martin. Numerous media accounts admit that "most" of these were committed by black males. I'm waiting to hear about a single crime at Twin Lakes that was not committed by a black male.

Just six months before Zimmerman's encounter with Martin, two men had broken into the home of a neighbor, Olivia Bertalan, while she was alone with her infant son. She had just enough time to call 911 before running upstairs and locking herself in a room. The burglars knew she was home, but proceeded to rob the place anyway, even trying to enter the locked room where she held her crying child.

Bertalan had seen the burglars just before they broke into her house -- one at the front door and one at the back. They were young black males. They lived in the Retreat by Twin Lakes.

In another case, a black teenager strode up to Zimmerman's house and, in broad daylight, stole a bicycle off the front porch. The bike was never recovered.

Weeks before Zimmerman saw Martin, he witnessed another young black male peering into the window of a neighbor's house. He called the cops, but by the time they arrived, the suspect was gone.

A few days later, another house was burglarized. The thieves made off with jewelry and a new laptop. Roofers working across the street had seen two black teenagers near the house at the time of the robbery. When they spotted one of the teens the next day, they called the police.

This time, the roofers followed the suspect so he wouldn't get away. The cops arrived and found the stolen laptop in his backpack. This was the same black teenager Zimmerman had seen looking in a neighbor's window.

The only reason it's hard to imagine the Zimmerman case with the races reversed is that it's hard to imagine a white teenager living in a mixed-race, middle-class community, mugging a black homeowner. This is not a problem of society's reactions, but of the facts.

There is, however, at least one case of a black homeowner fatally shooting a white troublemaker. He was not charged with murder.

In 2006, the ironically named John White was sound asleep at his nice Long Island home when his teenage son woke him to say there was a mob of white kids shouting epithets in front of the house. The family was in no imminent danger. They could have called 911 and remained safely behind locked doors.

But White grabbed a loaded Beretta and headed out to the end of the driveway to confront the mob. A scuffle ensued and White ended up shooting one of the kids in the face, killing him.

White was charged and convicted only of illegal weapons possession -- this was New York, after all -- and involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 20 months-to-four years in prison, but after serving five months was pardoned by Gov. David Paterson.

http://news.yahoo.com/years-duke-lacrosse-case-230120699.html

305dude
305dude

QUOTE: And though Zimmerman was just a self-appointed police officer 

-Always good to see the journalist remain impartial, and report news, and not editorials .


Remember Media is a FOR PROFIT BUSINESS!  all this controversy is $ in their pockets...



frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

Officials with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence have pledged to use the case to fight proposed federal legislation that would force states with strict gun laws to recognize concealed weapons permits granted in other states that have fewer requirements.

"George Zimmerman is the NRA," the group's president, Dan Gross, said in a statement earlier this week. "And Florida's 'Shoot First, Ask Questions Later' law and the paranoid mentality it promotes are products of the NRA's vision for America, where just about anybody can get and use a gun just about anywhere."



Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/04/14/nra-weighs-in-on-trayvon-martin-coverage/#ixzz2Yr68OxTa

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.........ALSO don't forget to BUY your own personal "JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON" t - shirt for about $30 each to support the trayvon foundation..................

cha - ching !

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

This is all part of a planned, government-approved, taxpayer-funded race riot. Look it up. Didnt think America would ever sink to this. I pray that Zimmerman and the state of Florida are protected from these subhumans.

artythek
artythek

Uhh, journalists? Spellcheck maybe?

"Costumer" twice in article. I think you mean the simple common word, "customer?"

Many other grammatical errors. I do believe in free speech but I expect it to be literate....sad

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

Couldn't find one of his more recent pictures to post with your "article?"  Like his middle finger selfie

Charlie Greer
Charlie Greer

says, "Yeah ... George W. Bush started that. Where've you been ?".

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

They don't talk about this. It's always someone else's fault.

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

You tube has thousands of black on white crime. How come this isn't a national story Treyvon?

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

Endless amounts of similar videos on youtube. Why aren't these huge national stories Treyvon?

ProfSam
ProfSam

Whites never enslaved blacks, period. Read your history. Black tribes warred with and enslaved other black tribes. Whites traded goods for ALREADY EXISTING black slaves. Sure that wasn't moral and whites used this as a moral excuse, but the reality is it was blacks that enslaved blacks. Blacks have been more involved with enslaving other blacks for many many many centuries and their activities are magnitudes greater than anything the whites were involved with. It is sad that whites exploited the black culture of enslaving blacks, but blacks continue to this day to enslave other blacks and have done far far far greater harm to blacks than anything white have ever done.

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

@klenser Blacks enslave more blacks than any other culture. In addition blacks assisted the whites in the slave trade.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i was wondering when someone was going to include OBAMA as a factor here

i'm sorry but WHITEs and BLACKs will be going back and forth with racism and non-racism long after OBAMA is out of office

somehow others got it, ASIANs HISPANICs, ITALIANs, JEWs, and all managed to break through the rubicon of existing american prejudice of their day and flourish .............but BLACKs are in the same position today that they were in 237 years ago here in america

with so many BLACK kids killing other BLACK kids this really isn't about the life of a single BLACK kid - no - it's about venting frustrations and attempting to get some attention unfortunately this case is another TAWANA BRAWLEY situation and NOT another EMMETT TILL story

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

the only "cure" for racism ON BOTH SIDEs is being benign to the slants and bias

for example JEWs buy BMWs yet the MENGELE family benefits financially so i would suggest those JEWs have a .....................benign view towards germans today

another example is many HISPANICs do not learn english to live here yet the taunting question always arises as to why "real" americans have to press two for english on the typical customer service phone call BUT when we realize how less expensive tomatoes and lawn maintenance is because of illegal labor we come to have a ....................benign view towards HISPANICs and their language invading america

unfortunately BLACKs do not receive similar responses because they're generally perceived as a costly burden to society .......and an economic redundancy .................and if a wand were waved and all disappeared no one remaining would really miss them..................and racists would say we would be better off

problem is these people did not come here on their own - they were sold out by their african brothers for profit and shipped here to work for next to nothing and have no human rights and even our founding fathers owned slaves

so now what do we do ?

Amanda670
Amanda670

@Ru Ru H You are preaching to the land of the stupid. It does not matter to the people in this forum that Tracy Martin is a mason.

ZUBU
ZUBU

@Ru Ru H 

Protect Zimmerman?? Subhumans?? Only subhumans I see are Zimmerman and the likes of supporters like yourself son. What year did you drop out of school, you can't possibly be well educated!

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

@artythek Kyle = not a real journalist.  I honestly don't know how he's still employed, given his record with typos, grammatical errors, and lack of fact checking.

305dude
305dude

@citizencharlesfoster @305dude  also, answer this question.

 

did TM fit the profile of a criminal?    

drug use, found with 'stolen jewelry', suspended from school for fighting, trying to buy gun(s).  



305dude
305dude

@citizencharlesfoster@305dude

read this part of Ann Colter's piece: (again)

that's the thing....  when you watch evening news about armed robberies, who do you normally see on tv...  




 


There were at least eight burglaries in the 14 months before Zimmerman's encounter with Martin. Numerous media accounts admit that "most" of these were committed by black males. I'm waiting to hear about a single crime at Twin Lakes that was not committed by a black male.

Just six months before Zimmerman's encounter with Martin, two men had broken into the home of a neighbor, Olivia Bertalan, while she was alone with her infant son. She had just enough time to call 911 before running upstairs and locking herself in a room. The burglars knew she was home, but proceeded to rob the place anyway, even trying to enter the locked room where she held her crying child.

Bertalan had seen the burglars just before they broke into her house -- one at the front door and one at the back. They were young black males. They lived in the Retreat by Twin Lakes.

In another case, a black teenager strode up to Zimmerman's house and, in broad daylight, stole a bicycle off the front porch. The bike was never recovered.

Weeks before Zimmerman saw Martin, he witnessed another young black male peering into the window of a neighbor's house. He called the cops, but by the time they arrived, the suspect was gone.

A few days later, another house was burglarized. The thieves made off with jewelry and a new laptop. Roofers working across the street had seen two black teenagers near the house at the time of the robbery. When they spotted one of the teens the next day, they called the police.

This time, the roofers followed the suspect so he wouldn't get away. The cops arrived and found the stolen laptop in his backpack. This was the same black teenager Zimmerman had seen looking in a neighbor's window.

The only reason it's hard to imagine the Zimmerman case with the races reversed is that it's hard to imagine a white teenager living in a mixed-race, middle-class community, mugging a black homeowner. This is not a problem of society's reactions, but of the facts.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i really don't see it as racism to ask someone for identification and possibly what it is their business is................this residential property is PRIVATE PROPERTY and not an open public city street !

it CAN BE gated off and access denied to visitors and guest who CAN BE asked to leave

otherwise why wouldn't someone simply answer a few questions - IF THEY HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE ?

305dude
305dude

@citizencharlesfoster @305dude  

But what did he know?

That someone he didn't know in a gated community, was walking slowly at night in the rain, and it looked like he was casing the place.  

again, all it would have taken was a question

 "who are you, and what are you doing here"

 so yeah, GZ made that mistake.

OTOH, TM could have said HI my name's Treyvon and I'm staying here for a few weeks.


citizencharlesfoster
citizencharlesfoster

@305dude   @citizencharlesfoster Answer this:  did Zimmerman know anything at all about Trayvon Martin or observe him committing a crime?  Because all you're trying to do is impeach Trayvon Martin based on things Zimmerman *didn't* know.  All Zimmerman knew was that Martin was black.  End of story.  But hey, if racism is what you need to get you through your day, be my guest.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i was aware of the RETREAT by TWIN LAKEs crime stories from police reports filed and made public and a significant CLUSTER of report data did in fact indicate young BLACK males were involved in  illegal activity  and were either arrested or were being sought

the property does in fact have many units for sale as foreclosures or short-sales so their is a depressed and unsupervised and unmaintained overall cloud over it - leaving room for various miscreants and petty criminals to have an advantage over the residents

typical of many large low income housing units that the bloom of the rose has fallen off of

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