July 16, 2013 |
A string of misperceptions has driven the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy from the very beginning, including the public misperception that perfect justice can be found in a court of law. The misperception that propelled events from the very start was Zimmerman's assumption that a black kid in a hoodie did not belong in his neighborhood. If he had known Martin was the guest of a local resident with no other mission than to reach home with the package of Skittles he had just purchased, Zimmerman would not have followed the young man. In fact, if he had simply not held a stereotype in his head that a young African American in a hoodie is very likely a criminal, Martin would be alive today and Zimmerman would not have had his own life turned upside down.
July 1, 2013 |
Two police investigators outlined their interviews with George Zimmerman as the prosecution and defense in the murder case sparred over inconsistencies in the neighborhood watch volunteer's statements about how he met and shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin, 17, on Feb. 26, 2012, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman talked to police right after the shooting, then again after midnight at the police station.
July 1, 2013 |
Jurors heard the voice of George Zimmerman describe his fateful confrontation with unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin as police investigators who interviewed the neighborhood watch volunteer took the stand on Monday. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin, a 17-year-old African American, on Feb. 26, 2012, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense. Defense attorneys have not said whether Zimmerman will take the stand on his own behalf when the defense presents its case.
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May 3, 2013 |
A former Newport Beach police dispatcher claims in a lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by the police chief, discriminated against and wrongfully terminated. As is common, the city and police department are also named as defendants in the suit, but most of the allegations involve the chief. The city attorney, police chief and city manager on Thursday flatly denied the complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court. Christine Hougan alleges that Police Chief Jay Johnson made inappropriate comments and used his position to intimidate her after her husband, a former police officer, testified against department officials in a separate 2008 case.
December 12, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- A north Texas man is accused of carving a pentagram into his 6-year-old son's back, telling a police dispatcher that he did it because 12-12-12 was a “holy day,” police said. Brent Troy Bartel was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Wednesday, Richland Hills police Sgt. Nathan Stringer told the Los Angeles Times. Bartel was arrested shortly after he called 911 at 12:10 a.m., according to a statement police released to The Times. “What's going on there?
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June 21, 2012 |
The tip was an unusual one, especially in a city often ranked as the safest in the nation. The caller, who identified himself as a concerned parent, told an Irvine police dispatcher that he had seen a woman driving erratically, parking at Plaza Vista School, and hiding drugs in her car's back seat. He had more help to offer: He knew the culprit's name. And he had a license plate. Based on that call on the afternoon of Feb. 16, 2011, Irvine police pulled school volunteer Kelli Peters from the elementary school classroom where she was working and searched her car. They found a bag with marijuana, Percocet and Vicodin.