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May 19, 2012

Trayvon Martin’s Last Known Words.

“Get off, get off.”

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Let’s remember: he was unarmed.

Also from the NY Times article:

One police document contained in the discovery concluded, “The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement, or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialogue in an effort to dispel each party’s concerns.”

It added, “There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter.”

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We’ve shared this before, but Trayvon’s Mother’s message a positive takeaway from this tragedy: repeal Stand your Ground laws—they aren’t worthy of the great nation that America is and aspires to be.

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elephantjournal Jul 14, 2013 8:34pm

Via Kate Bartolotta: I agree 100% about the Stand Your Ground laws needing to be changed, but it's important to remember that Zimmerman did not invoke them, nor were they used in his defense.
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elephantjournal.com Great point. They certainly influence the confidence of those with weapons in Florida. He might not have had the gall to get out of the truck if that law didn't exist in the first place.

Don Jul 13, 2013 11:54pm

White people still upset over the OJ verdict, I see.

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