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Large crowds have gathered in Florida for a rally to mark a month since unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.

Civil rights leaders, the teenager's parents and crowds of well-wishers met in Sanford to urge city officials to arrest shooter George Zimmerman.

The rally was held details emerged of Mr Zimmerman's statements to police that he acted in self-defence.

One friend of Mr Zimmerman said he believed he was "about to die".

According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, Trayvon Martin punched George Zimmerman, knocked him to the ground and began bashing his head.

Orlando police did not dispute the version of events reported by the Sentinel, and Sanford's city manager said he would pursue whoever was responsible for a presumed leak.

The friend of Mr Zimmerman, Joe Oliver, told CNN on Monday evening that Mr Zimmerman was on his way back to his car when he clashed with Trayvon Martin.

"I do believe George Zimmerman was in fear for his life," Mr Oliver said, adding that he had heard Mr Zimmerman's own account of the night.

Mr Zimmerman has not been charged with any crime after maintaining that he opened fire in self-defence.

While thousands of people massed outside, Mr Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, addressed city commissioners in Sanford on Monday, urging them to pursue justice. Some 500 people were reported to have crammed into hear the exchanges.

American footballers Ray Lewis and Santonio Holmes were expected among the crowds.

"We're not asking for an eye for an eye. We're asking for justice, justice, justice," Mr Martin said.

Civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson also spoke, and a petition was presented which has gathered some 1.8m signatures calling for Mr Zimmerman to be prosecuted.

"The whole world is watching Sanford," Mr Jackson said. "The whole world is watching Florida today."

Earlier, it emerged that Mr Martin was in Sanford after being suspended from his Miami high school because traces of marijuana had been found in his bag.

Al Sharpton told media that the news was an attempt to destroy the dead teenager's reputation.

In another development, city officials named an African-American, Capt Darren Scott, as acting chief of Sanford police department.

The appointment came days after the former police chief, Bill Lee, who is white, temporarily stepped down amid scathing criticism over his department's handling of the case.

The department has cited Florida's "stand your ground" laws, which protect individuals from prosecution when deadly force is used as self-defence, as the reason Mr Zimmerman was not arrested.

Mr Zimmerman's lawyer, Craig Sonner, told ABC News on Monday that his client was assaulted during his fatal confrontation with Mr Martin.

"George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose, and had an injury to the back of his head," Mr Sonner said. "He was attacked by Trayvon Martin on that evening. This was a case of self-defence."

Mr Sonner also said that Mr Zimmerman had received death threats and that a group known as the New Black Panther Party had been offering a $10,000 (£6,300) bounty for him.

Friend Joe Oliver said the vilified 28-year-old - the son of a white father and Hispanic mother - was no racist.

"This is a guy who thought he was doing the right thing at the time and it's turned out horribly wrong," said Mr Oliver. "George had no intention of taking anyone's life. He cried for days after."

Monday's demonstrations were the latest in a string of rallies that have been held amid simmering public anger over the racially charged case, which has grabbed national headlines.

Over the weekend, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, an African-American, told MSNBC he considered the shooting to be "nothing short of an assassination".

A grand jury is considering whether to charge Mr Zimmerman and will hear evidence in the case on 10 April.

The Department of Justice and the FBI are also conducting civil rights investigations into the police handling of the case.

Mr Martin was carrying a bag of sweets and a can of iced tea when he was approached by Mr Zimmerman.

The neighbourhood watchman had told a police dispatcher he thought Mr Martin, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, looked suspicious.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17515792


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  • Stop the genocide???? Are you fucking serious? How many blacks were murdered by other blacks today and you don't say a fucking word! Hypocrites everyone of them!! And will any of these mother fuckers retract a word when the truth comes to light that the kid was the aggressor? Hell no...... well guess what? The man already shot one mother fucker in self defense.....one more or 10 more..... it will all be the same!

    Shut the fuck up, and quit condemning the man before the facts come out!

    Let's s More..

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    • @RockfordBull

      These idiot black folks trying to make a mountain out of a molehill here are so stupid they don't even see how idiotic they are. If they want a race riot, bring it on is all I can say.

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  • wtf.. genocide?

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  • Fuck trayvon-He was a punk--all this is bullshit meant to stir Blacks into an outrage, and probably riots--Trayvon ate lead-he is dead-so what
    I see his distraught mama wants to copyright his name and image-So she can make Mo money in da future

    here is the REAL trayvon
    http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/8665/trayvonmartin.jpg

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  • According to the report, on Oct. 21 staffers monitoring a security camera at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School spotted Trayvon writing “W.T.F.,” an acronym for “What the f—,” on a hallway locker, according to schools police. The security employee, who knew Trayvon, confronted the teen and looked through his bag for the graffiti marker.

    Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which descr More..

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  • The simple fact is there was not enough evidence to arrest Zimmerman at the time. They did do a crap job with investigating as far as I can see.(They could have investigated more than known, since you can only hold someone 48 hours without a charge) But, the evidence they do have suggests self defense and unless that can be somehow proven otherwise so be it. He had a broken nose, scraped up and other injuries.

    Should he have followed Trayvon as the neighborhood watch guy? No. Is it illegal to More..

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  • The more time that goes by, the more light is shed on the subject. The emotional reactionary race propaganda is washed away like cockroaches when the lights are turned on! The truth will come out, but when it does these race-baiters will disappear back into the woodwork and never have to answer for their treachery. Sharpton and Farrakhan have made millions perfecting it. Even our current ruler Obama has weighed in, and why not , he's a race-baiting community organizer himself!

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  • Ray Lewis; Conviction...... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Lewis_%28American_football%29

    Santonio Holmes; Legal trouble.......http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santonio_Holmes

    One million people attended øbama's inauguration......
    only fourteen missed work that day...........

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  • This movement is completely ridiculous.

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  • Mr Zimmerman is an innocent man from what bystanders and witnesses said.

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  • So they are sick of the genocide? So are the rest of us non-blacks. If you black people would stop killing each other, the national murder rate would drop to practically zero.

    Why are they so upset about this one kid being killed when there are thousands of black on black murders every year? I live near St. Louis, even closer to East St. Louis, and there are hundreds of black on black murders here every year. And no marches, no Sharpton, no Jesse Jackson. Why is that?????

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  • Glad "The whole world is watching"......now watch THIS, you ignorant fucks.

    http://patdollard.com/2012/03/was-trayvon-martin-a-drug-dealing-gangbanger/

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  • "In another development, city officials named an African-American, Capt Darren Scott, as acting chief of Sanford police department."
    "Mr Sonner also said that Mr Zimmerman had received death threats and that a group known as the New Black Panther Party had been offering a $10,000 (£6,300) bounty for him."
    Hopefully, this new acting chief will investigate and actively pursue and prosecute the people making the threats on zimmerman's life without the cry of RACISM being raised More..

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  • Again, it doesn't add up that this kid was a victim. More like a perpetrator and shit went wrong for him, he fucked with the wrong white dude (Hispanic actually, but the media and his supporters want this to be a race thing)

    When people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson come out for a cause, it losses all legitimacy because of those racists.

    He clearly acted in self defense

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  • Let all of the facts come out.


    Not looking good for Trayvon now.

    But the thug Black Panthers don't care.

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  • funny how Zimmerman is being portrayed and called a white-Hispanic now. SO this means that if a black person is mixed race, we can call them White-African Americans? Thay should cut down on the amount of hate-crimes. *rolls eyes*

    BTW, I think this was a self-defense issue

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  • Where were these people on December 11, 2005 in Newport News, VA when Raymond Cary was shot and killed by a "security guard" at an apartment complex in front of his mom and sister because his stereo was too loud? He was black, unarmed, and 16 years old. Oh yeah, now I remember.... the guy that shot him was black.

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  • It looks like the Wendy's crowd wants to expand operations.

    We've seen the "justice" of Watts riots and the LA riots and the New Orleans looting. It seems whenever "justice" is done, people help themselves to "free" items at shopkeepers expense.

    And it's all for a lie.

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  • They want justice, but they also want him persecuted, which under current evidence shows he shouldn't be.. double standard anyone!

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  • http://patdollard.com/2012/03/was-trayvon-martin-a-drug-dealing-gangbanger/

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  • Mob justice at its finest. The Rev Al wont be satisfied until there's a full blown race war in this country.

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    • @mikedelta12 The thing is Zimmerman is not even white. They failed at trying that route. There are people saying he called him a "coon" on t he phone, but it sounds like a multitude of things. Of course it wouldn't be hard to alter what you hear to go along with what preconceived notion you have prior to listening to it.

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    • @marinemp00
      I know that he is Hispanic. I also know that he had a broken nose and lacerations to the back of his head following the incident so he did in fact experience bodily harm as stated by at least one witness. Besides, being Hispanic has nothing to do with race, It is simply the language you speak. That dosn't detract from my statement on the motivation of race baiters like Sharpton and Farrakhan.

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  • People are so fucking retarded. I'm going to go jump off a bridge now

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  • Making this a race thing is ridiculous. Zimmerman says in the 911 tape he wasn't sure what color he was when he started following him.

    On a side note: One of my best friend's is African American. He's Caucasian but was born in Nigeria. African American isn't a race, neither is Hispanic.

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    • @nonad I have a white friend born in SA,he is an African American.People are idiots,the liberals only look at race and labels.

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  • http://patdollard.com/2012/03/was-trayvon-martin-a-drug-dealing-gangbanger/

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  • Hispanic/Latino is a race just in USA. I can't understand why USA is so discerning to label people with so many "races". In Latin America you can have white-nordic types, asians, and in Brazil we have people with nationalities ranging from italians to germans in Southern states. Latino "race" is pathetic label for me.

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