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July 15, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, which acquitted him in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, activists took to the streets across the nation to stand up for civil rights. For many, this was a black-and-white case. A neighborhood patrolman was spooked by a black 17-year-old wearing a hoodie. He shot and killed the unarmed teenager, claiming self-defense. And he got away with it. Writing about the verdict, Gawker's Cord Jefferson lamented : “For people of color, it's a vivid reminder that we must always be deferential to white people, or face the very real chance of getting killed.” The following day, a woman at a demonstration in New York also addressed the dichotomy that still exists in our country.
April 26, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
One of the earliest public responses by a Clippers player following racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling didn't involve a single word. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan posted a picture to his Instagram account Saturday morning that was simply a square black image. Jordan then tweeted the link to his more than 426,000 Twitter followers without adding any commentary. The image seems to be similar to the blacked-out profile image that people used in support of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot to death in Florida by George Zimmerman in 2012.
July 16, 2013
Re "Zimmerman not guilty," July 14 I would love to believe that Trayvon Martin's death is not in vain. I would love to believe that his death will cause Americans to look inward and ask ourselves some hard questions. I would love to believe that Martin's death will force us to deal with race issues. I would love to believe that people of all colors, backgrounds and genders can put aside our differences and reach out to one another. I would love to believe that parents, no matter their ethnic backgrounds, will hug their children more and grieve with Martin's parents.
April 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
George Zimmerman's parents are picking a court fight with Roseanne Barr. The entertainer admitted in a court filing this week that she had posted the address of Robert and Gladys Zimmerman on Twitter during the heated controversy over whether their son should have shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin two years ago. The Zimmermans contend that her tweet forced them to flee because media and protesters descended on their neighborhood....
July 15, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall and Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department was bracing for protests Monday night over the not-guilty verdict in George Zimmerman 's murder trial. LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said police are hoping that any future protests are peaceful but will have officers out in force to make sure demonstrators don't get out of hand. One protest is planned for the Leimert Park area. Community leaders gathered at Leimert Park on Monday morning and pleaded with demonstrators to keep protests peaceful. "Let's make sure that it is safe, peaceful and calm," said Najee Ali, a community activist and head of Project Islamic Hope.
April 5, 2013 | By Michael Mello
The family of Trayvon Martin, the teen who was shot dead by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer last year in an Orlando, Fla., suburb, appears to have settled a civil suit claiming wrongful death against the subdivision's homeowners association. Citing Seminole County court records, the Orlando Sentinel reported on Friday that the settlement could total $1 million or more. A few pages of the document were made available to the public, but the amount of the settlement was blacked out. The agreement stipulated that those involved would keep the dollar amount private.
September 7, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Defense lawyers are seeking the school records of Trayvon Martin , the black teenager shot to death earlier this year by George Zimmerman in a confrontation at a gated community in Florida. Zimmerman is facing a second-degree murder charge in the celebrated case. In a post on the defense website, Zimmerman's lawyers said they have sent subpoenas to schools attended by Martin, 17, who was killed Feb. 26. Zimmerman has maintained that he shot the unarmed Martin in self-defense.
July 14, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested at least one person after a clash between officers and people protesting the Trayvon Martin verdict in South Los Angeles on Sunday night. LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said some demonstrator threw rocks and D-cell batteries at police near the corner of Washington Boulevard and 10th Avenue. Police responded by firing less-than-lethal rounds at the demonstrators. It was unclear if anyone was hurt. The LAPD called a citywide tactical alert after demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case blocked traffic on the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area Sunday evening.
August 3, 2013 | By Anh Do
Local civil rights groups plan to hold a rally Saturday in downtown Los Angeles in memory of Trayvon Martin and to protest what they say is institutional racism in the nation's criminal justice system. The gathering is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Pershing Square. A Florida jury last month acquitted George Zimmerman, who is a mixed-race Latino, on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 fatal shooting Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. The verdict set off angry protests and rallies across the country.
February 28, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The subtitle of legal pundit Lisa Bloom's new book, "Suspicion Nation," is a bit misleading when it claims to be "the inside story" of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the trial that followed. There are few, if any, behind-the-scenes revelations in "Suspicion Nation. " Anyone who followed the 2013 trial of shooter George Zimmerman will be familiar with Bloom's account of the case. And in a divided United States, millions followed the story obsessively, joining competing pro-Trayvon and pro-Zimmerman Greek choruses on social media.
February 19, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
A young man mouths off from the back of an SUV in a Florida convenience store parking lot - and Michael Dunn, sitting in the next vehicle, pulls a gun out of his glove compartment and opens fire , later claiming he felt threatened by a shotgun that he, and only he, saw. A group of teens pulls a prank by dumping eggs, mayonnaise and leaves on a parked car - and Willie Noble, whose car it was, allegedly storms out of his house and opens fire,...
February 16, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
George Zimmerman, the 30-year-old Floridian acquitted last year of murdering Trayvon Martin, says he's homeless, jobless and struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. Zimmerman made these comments in an interview with Spanish-language television network Univision that's scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Sunday, a week and a half before the second anniversary of the shooting. An English-language translation of the interview was released Saturday. Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch volunteer who encountered the unarmed 17-year-old at a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman said he suspected that Martin might have been the burglar responsible for a string of break-ins.
February 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A jury has found Michael Dunn, the Florida man accused of shooting an unarmed teenager to death during a dispute over loud music, guilty of four charges, but the jury was unable to reach a decision on the top count, first-degree murder. Dunn, who is white, fired 10 shots into an SUV, killing Jordan Davis, 17, who was black. The shooting in a convenience store parking lot in Jacksonville erupted after Dunn asked the teenagers in the vehicle to turn down their music. Dunn was charged with first-degree murder, three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of firing into a vehicle in the Nov. 23, 2012, shooting.
January 25, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
George Zimmerman's latest artistic endeavor may land him in a legal battle with the Associated Press. AP officials contend that Zimmerman's painting, titled "Angie," directly copies an AP photo, taken by freelance photographer Rick Wilson, of Florida State Atty. Angela Corey, who prosecuted Zimmerman for the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder in Martin's death, auctioned off his first painting, a signed, 18-by-24-inch blue American flag featuring a part of the Pledge of Allegiance, on EBay for $100,099.99 last month.
January 25, 2014 | By Cindy Chang
Kristina Wong has crashed Miss Chinatown pageants as a pimply, cigar-smoking, over-the-hill contestant. She has posed as a rabid Jeremy Lin fan, waving sexually suggestive signs at the NBA player's games. On a sewing machine in her Koreatown apartment, she makes vagina puppets out of colored felt. So when she found herself in front of television cameras discussing the popularity of Asian women on the dating scene, Wong was in her element. "Suck it, white ladies! I got it!
December 17, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The rumors are true: George Zimmerman is a painter now. And his first creation, which was listed on EBay this week, has sparked a bidding war that has pushed its price up from a starting point of $0.99 to almost $100,000 as of Tuesday morning. It's a blue American flag featuring part of the Pledge of Allegiance. "Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself," the EBay posting from user therealgeorgez reads. "I found a creative, way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors :-)"
December 13, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
After six months on the job, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to fly to Australia next week for a 15-day getaway. Garcetti, who vacationed in Belize in June, will travel with his wife, Amy Wakeland, and their 2-year-old daughter, Maya. City Council President Herb Wesson will serve as acting mayor, but Garcetti will remain in close touch with senior advisors by phone and email, spokesman Yusef Robb said. “We can hear his voice, see him face-to-face, and read his words, and vice-versa with the technologies we have today,” Robb said.
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