Road sign altered….Trayvon a Nigger

Road Work Sign Displays Racial Slur

April 9, 2012 2:33 PM

ALLEN PARK (WWJ) – A road work sign that normally carries messages about construction projects or lane closures was plastered with a hateful message in the overnight hours.

State police said an unauthorized person took over the sign along westbound I-94 near Livernois before the Southfield interchange.

The message in lights made a reference to Trayvon Martin, the teen killed by a neighborhood watchman in Florida, and included a racial slur.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi said that at around 1 a.m. Monday someone was able to get into the box attached to the portable sign and pull out the keyboard.

He said that whomever is responsible knew what they were doing.

“These signs, obviously, are in cabinets which someone has to break into. And then they have to be knowledgeable as to how to erase the message that’s on there, create a new message and activate it,” Morosi said.

Morosi said they sent a crew out to the scene to address the issue as soon as they learned of it. The sign is now back on message, warning drivers about a construction project ahead.

The WWJ newsroom had been receiving multiple calls about the message.

Area resident Ken Furgama of Melvindale wasn’t happy to hear about it.

“I’d just hope it was an isolated train of thought, you know, but I do believe there are a lot of ignorant people still out there,” he told WWJ’s Ron Dewey. “I’m just sorry it happened.”

Reverend Wendell Anthony, of the Detroit Office of the NAACP, said it didn’t surprise him.

“We know that we’ve got some foolish people in all communities, in all races, in all ethnicities. But it is up to us who are wiser, who know better, to stand up, speak out, call it out, and let’s try to fix it as long as we’re able,” Anthony said. “So, I am not discouraged. I am still very much encouraged.”

MDOT is investigating with the help of Michigan State Police.  Morosi said that whoever is responsible could face some pretty serious charges.
By phoebe53 Posted in Crime

Protest closes Sanford, Florida Police Station

Sanford Police Department reopens after Trayvon Martin protest

Arrest of George Zimmerman sought in fatal Sanford shooting

Published On: Apr 09 2012 11:15:06


A group of students protesting the Trayvon Martin shooting on Monday blocked the entrance to the Sanford Police Department by kneeling in front of the doors, forcing the department to close. It has since been reopened.

No arrests were made in the protest, which came a day after the students, who call themselves the Dream Defenders, completed a 40-mile, three-day march from Daytona Beach to Sanford, where Martin, 17, was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in late February.

[READ: No grand jury in case | Racial slur on road sign | LISTEN: 911 calls]

City officials and members of the U.S. Department of Justice observed the demonstration, which consisted of a handful of students — some wearing hoodies — blocking the entrance, with dozens of others standing nearby.   (Must not be much of a police dept if a  handful of students can make them run for cover.)

“The city of Sanford hopes the actions of the students will be as peaceful and orderly as the previous rallies and marches have been,” said city manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr.  “We want to be accommodating to all our visitors proving they act in a manner that is respectful to the people of the city.”

Special prosecutor Angela Corey, who announced earlier Monday that she will not bring the case before a grand jury, spoke to the students via a conference call.  Corey asked the students for patience and ensured that she is conducting a fair investigation.

After speaking with Corey, Bonaparte and other officials Monday afternoon, the students left the police station.  Sanford officials said the closing had a minimal effect on police and fire responses to emergency calls. Citizens who needed to do routine police business were told to go to Sanford City Hall.

City officials told the group of protesters that it would hold another town hall meeting to further address the shooting on April 19.

The Dream Defenders said they are composed of a diverse array of young leaders from across the country with one common goal — to work in solidarity to incite generational change and make global impact.

On Sunday night, the nearly 50 students made a call for non-violent civil disobedience while speaking at the Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford.

The students demanded Zimmerman’s arrest, an overhaul of the justice system and the ouster of elected officials.

“Do you know who (your elected officials) are?” asked Dream Defender and Florida A&M student, Ciara Taylor.  “I bet you do now.  I bet you didn’t know they would stand by idly while George Zimmerman has been on the loose for 40 days.”
Martin’s mom, Sybrina Fulton, spoke to the students via cellphone.
“This is not only about Trayvon, this is about your future as well, and we just want to say thank you.  We really appreciate you,” said Fulton.

The Dream Defenders took Fulton’s gratitude to heart as they passionately demanded a revolution.

“If Dr. (Martin Luther) King were alive today, he would know that his dream has not come true,” said Stetson University student Jelissa Conway. “Because if it had, we would not have to be here and Trayvon Martin would still be alive.”

Sanford police said Zimmerman, 28, shot and killed Martin, who was wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles, an iced tea and his cellphone, during a confrontation.  Zimmerman said he shot the teen in self-defense after Martin punched him and slammed his head against the sidewalk.

Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged, prompting numerous marches and rallies across the country.  Florida’s “stand your ground law,” which allows someone to meet “force with force,” has also come under fire.

Zimmerman is currently in hiding, according to his attorneys.

It remains unclear when Corey will announce her decision on whether charges will be filed in the case.


By phoebe53 Posted in Crime

Trayvon Martin death won’t go to Florida grand jury

Published April 09, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. –  Special prosecutor Angela Corey said Monday she will not take the Trayvon Martin shooting death before a grand jury.

Corey said she continues to investigate the case and will not involve a grand jury that had been set to meet Tuesday in Sanford, Fla.

Corey said her decision to skip the grand jury shouldn’t be considered a factor in determining whether charges will be filed against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has admitted to fatally shooting the unarmed Martin.

The announcement means the decision on charges now rests solely with Corey, who had a reputation for not presenting cases before grand juries if it wasn’t required. Under Florida law, only first-degree murder cases require the use of grand juries.

Corey took over the case last month after the prosecutor who normally handles cases out of Sanford recused himself. That prosecutor, Norm Wolfinger, had originally called for the case to be presented before a grand jury.

“From the moment she was assigned, Ms. Corey noted she may not need a grand jury,” said a statement from Corey’s office.

Martin was killed Feb. 26 during a confrontation with Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford.

The case has led to protests across the nation and spurred a debate about race and the laws of self-defense. Martin was black; Zimmerman’s father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, and Florida’s self-defense law gives wide leeway to use deadly force and eliminates a person’s duty to retreat in the face of danger.

By phoebe53 Posted in Crime

Delaware Attorney General, Biden, strips county sheriffs of arrest powers

Would this have anything to do with Sheriff Apaio’s investigation into Obama’s eligibility?

Delaware attorney general strips county sheriffs of arrest powers

By Pat Shannan

Sheriff Jeff Christopher of Sussex County, Delaware, when he was elected to the office in 2010, thought he was handpicked by the people to represent them as the highest-ranking law officer in the county. Instead, he has found himself in the middle of a fight for the future of American law enforcement as a result of a nationwide effort to abolish the sheriff’s office altogether. It is one more example of federal and state governments ignoring the will of the people as well state laws. In the case of Delaware, the state’s own constitution stipulates that the office of the sheriff is a constitutionally created position just like the secretary of state and the attorney general. Delaware’s Constitution states: “The sheriffs shall be conservators of the peace within the counties . . . in which they reside.”

This time it is Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, sending out mandates to commissioners informing them that their sheriffs no longer have arrest powers. In an opinion released Feb. 24, State Solicitor L.W. Lewis said that neither the state nor the common law grants arrest powers to the county sheriffs.

It would appear that Lewis is a little confused. The office of sheriff was created more than a century before the official founding of the United States. Delaware’s first sheriff took office in 1669.

Christopher tells AFP that the two administrations prior to his—as far back as 2000—began to notice a reduction in funding and the chipping away of powers of the office in general.

Grand jury to meet Tuesday in Trayvon Martin case

Monday, April 09, 2012


Tuesday marks a pivotal day in the ongoing investigation into Trayvon Martin’s death.

That’s when a group of citizens will make up a grand jury tasked with looking at all the evidence and deciding if that’s enough to arrest George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the 17-year-old in late February.

A lot of what happens in a grand jury is confidential, so it’s not certain when the public will learn what the grand jury decides.

The special prosecutor appointed to lead the investigation, Florida state attorney Angela Corey, can release the grand jury’s basic conclusion. But for the most part, the details about what witnesses had to say or the evidence presented to the grand jury will all be kept secret.

Already, there has been buzz on social media encouraging people to wear hoodies and show up at the Seminole County Courthouse Tuesday to show their support for Trayvon Martin.

The courthouse has begun preparing for possible protests. Officials said protesters and demonstrators will not be permitted within 100 feet from the courthouse’s front doors on days when the grand jury meets.
By phoebe53 Posted in Crime