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Trayvon Martin A Thug? Cop Todd Snipes Loses Job Over FB Post, Files Lawsuit

Trayvon Martin A Thug? Cop Todd Snipes Loses Job Over FB Post, Files Lawsuit

When Trayvon Martin was publicly called a “thug” on Facebook by Volusia County police officer Todd Snipes, the cop was investigated for his actions and he lost his job. Now Snipes is fighting back, claiming his First Amendment and other constitutional rights were violated.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis are using the deaths of their sons to fight against Florida’s stand your ground law. These laws were also recently augmented to include a warning shot bill, which was created to address the situation in which a woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for accidentally killing her abusive husband with a warning shot.

Todd Snipes was fired after Volusia county officials discovered text messages and Facebook posts that included his personal reaction to the death of Trayvon Martin:

“Another thug gone. Pull up your pants and act respectful. Bye bye thug r.i.p.”

The former beach officer claims the county managers illegally searched and seized personal property in addition to denying due process. Snipes’ attorney, Jason Harr, says the issue is about free speech, even if the Facebook post did insult Trayvon Martin by calling him a thug:

“It was privately posted, and in no way was it ever attributed to the county. Nor did it make reference to the fact that he was employed by the county. Really, that’s what it comes right down to.”

Snipes is also claimed to have made comments in a group discussion that involves “racist” jokes about Paula Deen. One of the messages also included a cartoon of Trayvon holding a bag of Skittles and the punchline read: “Those Skittles were to die for.”

Whether or not Trayvon Martin is a thug has been a controversial topic that still echoes within political circles. For example, some reporters claimed Trayvon was a “knockout game king” and that George Zimmerman was the “victim” in the shooting. During the trial, some focused on Trayvon Martin’s drugs and guns photos found in his cell phone records and how a whistleblower named Ben Kruidbos revealed these phone records only to lose his job. Others pointed out how Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, became rich due to merchandising and million dollar lawsuits while George Zimmerman went heavily into debt. Zimmerman himself as been using his paintings to blast Florida prosecutor Angela Corey, who allegedly hates the free press and tried to hold back the negative information about Trayvon.

Do you think it was fair for Volusia county to fire Todd Snipes because he called Trayvon Martin a thug in a personal Facebook post? Or do you think the photo featured above is closer to the mark when it comes to assessing the police officer’s actions?

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121 Responses to “Trayvon Martin A Thug? Cop Todd Snipes Loses Job Over FB Post, Files Lawsuit”

  1. Anonymous

    I am black, and he should not have been fired over this. The comment was rude and offensive, but we have freedom of speech, and people have said much worse about Trayvon. However, it was not smart for a police officer to make such a comment knowing that it could cost him his job. Thugs DO need to pull their pants up and show some respect, but regardless if Trayvon dressed like a "thug" or not, he did NOT deserve to be shot. Zimmerman followed Trayvon for no good reason. He was not doing anything suspicious. And everyone knows that Trayvon would NOT be able to claim "self defense" if the shoe were on the other foot.

  2. Diane S Peace

    He should be fired. Any professional officer of the law would not have posted such ignorance. He brought it on himself.

  3. Anonymous

    I may not agree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to have that opinion.

  4. Kaamel Hasson

    A FB post by a law enforcement officer pointing a weapon at a child is very disgusting to its' core. A law officer is supposed to be a example of the community, not an executioner. The thought behind the FB post is to execute blacks they already believe is a thug. It appears to me something Hitler did when he found and excuse to attack Poland during the start of WWII. His behind should have been fired and he needs to be further investigated for other unsavory activities that relate to killing anybody that disagrees with his sick policies.

  5. Brian Gard

    I'm not sure it would make a difference whether this is "free speech" or not. Companies firing employees over FB posts is nothing new. By taking a position, he was tarnishing the reputation of his employer, the police dept. for which he worked. Impartiality is presumed to be woven into the fabric of a police department, so I'm not sure I'd agree with the ex-officer.

  6. Jethro Hooper

    The truth is the ultimate defense. I copied Trayvon's picture, that was on this FB page, giving the world the finger. Further, he had bragged about face punching another white man just a couple of days prior to the incident. He obviously was a thug. But even if he hadn't been, since when is insulting someone (who isn't your boss or co-worker) grounds for being fired?

  7. Zemma Williams Charles

    Brian, you are too correct. In the military we are told not to comment on anything that involves the US military because it can be twisted by anyone. Everything you wrote was spot on. Thank goodness for level headed people like you.

  8. Brad McDonald

    funny how all the people who thinks he should have been fired are all black, you people need to get over it, martin was a thug and i sleep easier now knowing he is dead and gone.

  9. Tom Dainty Sr.

    What heppened to free speech and freedom of the press. If Treyvon was white, it wouldnt have even been such a big deal. A lesson to all of you. Raise your kids correctly and teach them how to dress!!!

  10. Bryan Leach

    So……if your poor, ignorant, live in a bad neighborhood, don't wear shoes, not a professional, it is OK to make these statements???? If it is OK for one it is OK for the other. If he had done it on the cities website, fine, fire him. Doing it on your own FB page is not the same thing. I hope he gets a settlement from the city.

  11. Maurice Benton

    Free speech, this guy is an officer of the law and should stand up for everything that's righteous; at least on social media. He should be fired, dumbass. Police officers are not suppose to the way this guy is thinking which is why they have psychological exams before becoming a police officers, to avoid these types of guys.

  12. Anonymous

    Oh nigger please ! The photo to this story was just beautiful , keep the hatred going people , great job. I never use to have a racist bone in my body but after 50 something years on this earth and constantly having it shoved in my face that black people are all victims of the white man and that all white people are racist snow devils and should be on their knees begging the black man for forgiveness all that I can say is "F*** YOU NIGGERS" !…..the sooner you all kill yourselfs off the better !

  13. Robin Sue Call

    Dressing like a thug and having photos of thug behavior are two different things (for the most part, though those that dress like thugs are emulating thug behavior and are a step away from becoming one). Your boy Treyvon had both. He was a thug. Good riddance.

  14. Vember Judgement

    If Trayvon was a thug, how come he didn't have a police record and had a free ride to college? Most people forget the reason he was sent to be with his father was he was screwing up in school hanging with the wrong crowd and was gonna be set straight.

  15. Robin Sue Call

    Not so fast… ave you ever done anything "off protocol"? He posted this on his own time, on his private FB page. And he was speaking the truth. If anyone would recognize a thug,it would be a cop.They have to deal with those animals every.damn.day.

  16. Anonymous

    EVERYONE is entitled to freedom of speech, however 'slander' is not an acceptable form of that freedom. First, exactly 'what' is the definition of a THUG by today's standards? Is a thug a killer or a criminal of a lesser degree? Or, is a thug a trainee to be a gang member? I would like to see this case go to court and someone be made to prove that Martin was or was not a 'thug'. Everything we read is hearsay. Let's get this done and over with as to whether or not Martin was a thug. If it is proven that he was, that still doesnt mean anyone had the right to kill him, however it will prove that he wasnt the angel that his parents painted him to be. I would like to know the truth.

  17. Chris Larkin

    Whoever posted the photo of the police officer wearing a Klansmen's hood and holding the gun to the little African American boy's head is the one who should be fired!

  18. Tom Dainty Sr.

    Vember Judgement Yes it did many times. Like the 16 month old in Georgia that was whot in the head because two thugs were robbing his mom and she didnt have enough money! Never got news media attention. I have more

  19. Ryan Michele

    Thanks to the conceal carry law in Wis a janitor is alive by defending himself against 3 attackers with a baseball bat, hitting him while being held, pulled out his weapon a killed 2, no.3 was caught, the days of picking on someone ho appears helpless are over. Go ahead ! MAKE MY DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Anonymous

    Not sure what you being black has to do with anything. Martin was a scourge to society. Reasonable people of all colors can see that he was a "thug". Why is it not reasonable to follow someone who is not known in a neighborhood? Zimmerman was actually doing his job (community watch) by following Martin. Martin was trying to do damage to Zimmerman and Zimmerman was protecting himself. Wasn't it proven that Martin threw the first blow?

  21. Brittnie Brown

    Sorry but any adult would know that when you obtain a job, anything that you do represents that job, both inside and outside of work. That's the reality of it. I commend the police department for firing him. Think about how many fb friendsf his saw that post and immediately linked the post directly to his position and the police department. Had there not been any consequences… the media would have used that post as the voice of the entire department. We all know that. Whether we like it or not, image is everything when it comes to any type of employer… Law enforcement definitely does not want that time of negative publicity.

  22. Anonymous

    "Wouldn't have been such a big deal"? Do you really place that little value on a child's life? Any child's life being taken at the hands of another man with no reason is a tragedy….the color of this kids skin is not relevant. But your comment speaks volumes to the values of our current society. I guess we should go out and shoot all of the "thugs" with sagging pants b/c surely they will never be productive members of society….. Thanks for opening my eyes.

  23. Anonymous

    Robin Sue Call I hope your child doesn't decide to "post photos" of thug behavior and "dress like a thug"! Oh my!!! I guess then it would be okay to shoot him! Yes I hope so!

  24. Mel Wells

    I would love to meet up with you. Put my mossberg in your bitch mouth and squeeze thr trigger right in front of your mother before i send her to you. Lets make this happen tough guy.

  25. Steve Rosborough

    Funny. Do you know how many blacks have killed other blacks in Florida for no reason. since Travon. But you don't hear a peep from the black community about that. Black on black murders are out of control all over America and not a peep from the black race. Let one supossed white man who really was a Hispanic kill one black though and the black race acts like the world is ending.

  26. Tom Dainty Sr.

    janicehilary, someone had to. I never mentioned race. But if you raise children correctly, they will live that sort of life. You accused Martin but was he supposed to stand and take the thug talk that the news published? What if the shoe was on the other foot and Zimmerman was killed? Do you actually suppose that this would have made the news. No it wouldn't. But then again the caucasians dont have an Al Sharpton to start turmoil! No child is worth losing, but put yourself into Zimmermans position. I agree Zimmerman is a fool and a criminal but he was proven to fight in self defense! Yes our siciety is really going down hill especially with this leader we have. Oh well you just wouldnt understand

  27. Bobby Wain

    Robin Sue Call funny thing the "thug" had never been arrested, and the murderer now has been arrested 5 TIMES

  28. Anonymous

    But should a police officer post this and be expected to be a neutral fair party while on the street

    WELL, THE ANSWER HAS ALREADY BEEN GIVEN

    THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS, as one example, would argue that they hold their jobs and can act fairly despite their outright racism

    which the officer DID NOT EXHIBIT

    So the government has already stated that they can act fairly

    HE THEREFORE , BASED ON THIS, HAVE NOT LOST HIS JOB

    what a terrible left wing country we have become

  29. Sylvia Yvonne Domingue

    Robin, you're an asinine idiot! You have white boys that wear their pants on their hips exposing their undies also. Does that statement apply to them also?! Case in point, have you heard of Justin Beaver? OOPS! I meant Bieber!( With those buck teeth of his, he looks like a beaver! Pardon my error!) He acts like a raging thug, getting away with any & everything because he is a celebrity! I do not agree with our youths wearing their pants off their hips also, but I don't believe one should have to die for it! Jusin Bieber wears a hoodie, so does Bill Belichick coach of the New England Patriots, but certainly George Zimmerman wouldn't have given them a second glance, because they are white! And of course, white are not thugs, right? They are all serial killers like cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer & child sadist John Waye Gacy. Boy, the white race have much to be proud of! Sick, cannibalistic pediphiles!!!! All I can add to this is….. I would NEVER get in the car with a white man!! I probably would end up buried under his back yard barbeque pit!!! Nuff said!!!

  30. Jethro Hooper

    WTF are you talking about? There is nothing in that article that suggests that Snipes posted any such picture. The picture that accompanies this article is a bigoted addition by he publisher to sensationalize this issue. I wonder how supporters of Martin feel when they see such a photo. Anyone who knows anything knows that Trayvon Martine did not in any way resemble a small, innocent child like the one in the photograph. Further, the photo throws in the CSA battle flag and the KKK hood on the policeman, neither of which have anything to do with this, to further sensationalize and polarize opinions on this. Why are the actual facts never sufficient?

  31. DoestWell's Promise

    You guys are missing the point. I believe in freedom of speech and what this cop did obviously falls under that. But that doesnt mean he should'nt be fired. If I was a Doctor that performs Liposuction at a clinic and then go home and post how fat people are lazy pieces of garbage and how nasty they are, why in the world would I expect my boss to keep me on the job. Who in the right mind would want a cop that cracks racist jokes and then celebrates the death of even a thug. A cop should be professional and unbiased. Dont even act like this guys doesnt have his mind made up about who is guilty when he shows up to a crime scene. I love freedom of speach but since what you say represents who you are it should exclude you from certain jobs. PERIOD… by the way I am not black.

  32. DoestWell's Promise

    You guys are missing the point. I believe in freedom of speech and what this cop did obviously falls under that. But that doesnt mean he should'nt be fired. If I was a Doctor that performs Liposuction at a clinic and then go home and post how fat people are lazy pieces of garbage and how nasty they are, why in the world would I expect my boss to keep me on the job. Who in the right mind would want a cop that cracks racist jokes and then celebrates the death of even a thug. A cop should be professional and unbiased. Dont even act like this guys doesnt have his mind made up about who is guilty when he shows up to a crime scene. I love freedom of speach but since what you say represents who you are it should exclude you from certain jobs. PERIOD… by the way I am not black.

  33. Arthur Baisley

    Trayvon is dead; let him rest in peace. This appears like a weak attempt to revive racial tensions that do not need reviving.

  34. Nathan D Smith

    The George Zimmerman supporters won. He was not guilty. People have kept it moving. No one has tried to kill or harm Zimmerman. He is free to live his life. He's still in Florida giving out autographs. So what has Trayvon Martin done to people so bad that warrants them to still label him a thug? He has passed away from getting shot in self defense from a fight right? So life goes on. Why is a dead man who wasn't bothering anyone before this fight occurred being talked about like he's some type of serial killer thug? Did he do something that previously landed him in jail I don't know about? I'm confused. Zimmerman has no remorse. Felt he didn't do anything wrong. Does understand why people are still angry. So why with the comments with Travyon still?

  35. Anonymous

    The way somebody dresses doesn't determine what kind of a person they are.Having said that if you saw a Hell's Angel with his cut (club vest) on what kind of a judgement would you make about that person?Would you be suspicious of said person?Some groups of people don't understand the implications of their actions and appearance in society's eyes.It may not be fair but life is not fair it is not always about skin color alone.

  36. Dogie Doudou

    cops need to be fair and even tempered not like this dude, I dont want to hear that this cop cant arrest black people because he has made a possibly racist comment.

  37. John Bates

    Mel Wells. You are a violent thug just like Martin was. But I guess you can't help it. It is in the DNA of certain races.

  38. Dogie Doudou

    Mel Wells and I would love to pistol whip you in your front yard in front of your family before ,,,,nah I wouldnt do that i am not a racist coward like you

  39. Dave Cluck

    Mel Wells come on guy if you have the balls, It is Azz hole like you and obama that is making this country so bad.

  40. Ed Soltys

    He was a thug but those pics of his arent out there like his 12yr old ones were. lets have all the recent pics of him posted and see how he fairs. Also that pic at the top is a typical racist one where seems like it is ok to bash the whites but heaven forbid you say something against the blacks!! Any news about that white school teacher Coleen Ritzer that was killed and raped with a stick by the black youth?? Why isn't this front page news like the thug martin case was??

  41. Jethro Hooper

    I love this picture, which is a perfect example of the distortions practiced by certain individuals and groups in order to sensationalize and polarize opinions. Neither the KKK hood, nor the Star and Bars, have one frigging thing to do with the policeman's Facebook post. The idea of a policeman pointing his weapon at the head of a child is yet another egregious example of intentional distortion. Not to mention a rendering of a small black child in the guise of Trayvon, who was a muscular 6 footer. If you can't be right by telling the truth, throw in two, or three, or four complete fabrications so that people who don't know any better will be convinced.

  42. Dogie Doudou

    in the 500plus days between tray being stopped from trying to kill z and z's trial 15000 plus blacks were killed by blacks ,,,,listen you can hear their outrage, now thats a sad note,

  43. Robert Culver

    That makes no sense. He wasn't shot for looking like a thug, he was shot for beating the shit out of someone.

  44. Ed Soltys

    your right that is why you only saw photos of Trayvon when he was little the ones with the grill and tats just din't hold with his good little boy the media was potraying

  45. Robert Culver

    janicehilary LOL wow your comment is whats wrong with society. He wasn't shot for being a thug. He was shot for assaulting a man and pounding his head on the cement.

  46. Brittnie Brown

    It's you're*…and don't*….and portraying… I'll never debate with bad grammar/spelling.

  47. John Bates

    Where did you get that, "had a free ride to college" thing? He was failing high school and likely would never have graduated. It simply amazes me what garbage some people invent out of thin air to support their beliefs.

  48. Robert Culver

    Media love race wars. Media made this about race even though both parties were minorities.

  49. Cody Mitchell

    Martin was a racist with a peesonal history of theft who attempted to murder a man by pounding his head against pavement because he was caught scoping out homes to rob.

    That is the very definition of a "Thug".

  50. Cody Mitchell

    "All you know about him is what you've read and heard."

    As opposed to the legions of people who have turned Trayvon into some sort of twisted martyr-saint because they made a very conscientious decision to not follow the facts of the case and opted instead to invent and insist upon their own "truth" which was completely contradicted by all established facts and witness testimony, right?

  51. ChaznGwenie Gugins

    Sylvia Yvonne Domingue And what makes you think a white man would want you in his car anywya?

  52. John Bates

    @Kaamel. As Jethro so poignantly pointed out, that photo was NOT posted by Snipes. What he posted, according to the article was, “Another thug gone. Pull up your pants and act respectful. Bye bye thug r.i.p.” Snipes was correct and I couldn't agree more with that post.

    Apparently reading comprehension is not one of your strong points.

    As for the rest of your post, well it says a world about your mental state. Please, get some help and some strong prescription meds. Not that stuff you buy on the corner.

  53. Joe Alaniez

    Mel Wells – Tough talk behind a computer… look at the e-gangsta go!

  54. Cody Mitchell

    And there you have it. If this clearly mentally ill Mel were indeed to attempt to murder Brad and his mother with a gun, and Brad were to defend himself at the cost of Mel's life, we'd be hearing from MSNBC et al about how Brad was a white supremacist who tracked poor Mel down and murdered him in cold blood for the next decade.

  55. Joe Alaniez

    Mel Wells – In the military too… Smfh. Sad to see that the enlistees are all garbage now a days, and these are the people we put up 9on pedestals and cheer for?

  56. Judy Jet

    Michael Schimpf …with ALL blacks? so that would make you a child molester? aren't all WHITES?

  57. Robert Culver

    Wow don't think people understand why he was killed. Being a thug had nothing to do with it. He was assaulting Zimmerman. Zimmerman had the right to protect himself. All evidence suggests Trayvon was the aggressor. Its a shame a young man mind you not a child died. Theres plenty of times as a kid in a all white neighborhood I was stopped asked what I was doing there so late. You think I turned around and assaulted him cause I didn't like him asking no. So saying he was stopped because he was black is ridiculous I was stopped many times when I was younger walking out late at night. This is a media race war. What wrong with America.

  58. Judy Jet

    we should teach all Americans how to dress…if you the so called "thugs" pants pulled up then make these women wearing yoga pants so tight you can see their MONKEY stop wearing those also?

  59. Judy Jet

    we should teach all Americans how to dress…if you the so called "thugs" pants pulled up then make these women wearing yoga pants so tight you can see their MONKEY stop wearing those also?

  60. Don Cook

    brad; and Michael racist thugs will be racist thugs. shut up; take Your seroquel and go back under what crawled out from under Your rock :)

  61. Judy Jet

    Strange part of this story is that RACISM will hurt whites before it hurts blacks!!! Keep watching because when its said and done if you don't make well over 200k the 1% already has said it…YOU ARE A THUG…Carnegie…Rockefeller and now the Koch brother's plan on making white Americans slave because they are entrenched in race divisions and arguing whilst your pensions slip away into their pockets…LOL

  62. Troy Kocher

    Dave Cluck when people like you die off the world will be a better place.

  63. Jon Eisenfaust Rimmer

    and while your going for your mossberg i would have emptied the clip from my kimber in your black ass. people like you make me sick and paint a very negative sterotype for all black people.

  64. John Seibert

    janicehilary OMG you are a damn fool. Trayvon was a punk, plain and simple. They used the race card and it did not stop justice thank God.

  65. John Seibert

    janicehilary OMG you are a damn fool. Trayvon was a punk, plain and simple. They used the race card and it did not stop justice thank God.

  66. John Seibert

    Sorry Diane there is a thing called free speech, please read the Constitution and Bill or Rights sometime. It is apparent that you are too ignorant and have never done so.

  67. Robert Culver

    janicehilary Ignorant Statement. He wasn't shot for looking like a thug. He was shot for assaulting Zimmerman. Last time I checked I can ask anyone in America anything I want that dosent give him the right to assault me.

  68. John Seibert

    Sorry you are wrong about that. Again, you have freedom of speech just because you do not like it or agree with it does not mean you should be fired from your job…..please grow up.

  69. Andrew L. Barksdale

    I agree with Brittnie Brown. If you do something that places a negative impact on your job, then you should be fired. You try it and see how long you keep yours… if you have one.

  70. Lisa Collins Barnett

    The officer should of been relieved of his duties. A person has to be responsible for their actions. Trayvon Martin was someone's son, the color of his skin shouldn't even be an issue.

  71. Brittnie Brown

    Grow up? I actually have a full-time job and because of that I tend to watch what I say on social media because that would be a direct representation of the company that I work for. I feel that is a "big girl" decision don't you? And if we really want to get into legalities let's just hope that the police department isn't an "at will" employer.. if they are this "freedom of speech" nonsense is out of the window.

  72. Billy Miller

    """" YES FOR SURE"""" , BUT WHY CAN`T WE TELL THE TRUTH & NOTING BUT THE TRUTH ???????????? , THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE , SET THE WORLD FREE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. Milton Hardman

    Billy Miller How do you know, did you personally KNOW him? Do you know George Zimmerman? There is NO absolution in this case there is only speculation. You tell people they are wrong but you don't tell them WHY.

  74. Don Surf

    Zimmerman is the thug! Gun toting, red leather jacket wearing, non uniform having, felony arrest possessing, killer. He claims he couldn't defend himself that night now he wants to fight any willing celebrity.

  75. Bonnie Robb

    The picture at the top of this article is extremely offensive and racist . That being said it is a blatant lie . Trayvon Martin at 6'2" weighed 180 lbs was buying ingredients to make " purple drank " and blacks know it . I have never seen a worse case of blacks twisting the facts to fit their racist ideas . Martin's mother had sent him off to his dad because of Trayvon's stealing and school suspensions and drug use , but 3 days after her son's death hires a publicist . Before Zimmerman was even tried Maritn's mother got a million bucks from his death . Disgusting .

  76. Anonymous

    How sad…all I have to do is read the comments since this started and know everyone hates everyone. I do have an opinion about this but danged if I will share it. I did once to a friend like this, "Until I know the facts I won't decide what I think." My friend started getting angry and said he didn't NEED to watch the court proceedings because he and EVERY black ALREADY knew what happened!" I was a bit stunned and realized in that moment the divide is great and might never be breached.

  77. Timmy Tommy

    He was not only a thug but a sexual deviant who bullied a poor girl that he used and had sex with. They erased all of his MySpace and Twitter comments because showed that he bragged about being violent as well as the incident of him announcing on twitter that a girl he had sex with had a loose vagina. His arrest record was hidden from public because he was a minor. Minors records are protected by law. His Myspace also indicated that he was trying to sell a handgun he illegally obtained, there are pictures from his cell phone with him holding the gun. His arrest record or "detained" incident showed that back in October shortly before his death he was found with stolen jewelry and a watch from a ladies house who lived near by his school. They also found a screw driver in his backpack that they referred to as a burglary tool. Even his school record was closed to the public and may have indicated that he tried to assault his teacher. In the end he was the one who chose to violently attack a man who was calling the police on him, the incident needed no violence but it was how Martin was used to handling situations. So it was Martins own decision to use violence that got him killed not George Zimmermans actions to protect himself. Its not like Trayvon hit Zimmerman and ran home, he attacked him over and over to no end until he was shot for his savage behavior. Martin in NO way had any right to attack Zimmerman who was doing nothing more than reporting Martin's whereabouts to the police. Martin was not shot because he was wearing a hoody, he was not shot because he had skittles and an iced tea, he was not shot because he was black, he was shot because he savagely attacked a person who was not trying to harm him in any way, in fact the guy keeping his eye on him had already called the police. Lesson learned, keep your hands to yourself. A simple, "leave me alone" or "hey, I'm walking to my dads girlfriends house, please stop following me" would have done. But kids like Martin want to solve problems they have by using their fist, so that was the price he paid for punching a man, then getting on top of him, pummeling him and trapping Zimmerman in a position where he could not intelligently defend himself or escape Martins brutal assault. Even if you start a fight with someone, if you wind up on the bottom and cannot defend yourself, the person on top of you cannot lawfully assault you once they have stopped you from attacking them and can prevent you from doing so or controlling you in a manner which prevents you from harming them. A mutual fight has to stay on the feet, once one person cries for help, you have to heed their plead and stop fighting, otherwise the person ignoring the other persons wish to surrender then becomes the aggressor. Martin in this case was the aggressor from the start of Zimmerman being out of his vehicle which he had every right to do so without being attacked by someone he was keeping an eye on. We cannot go around attacking people who follow us from their car or even on foot. Besides the evidence showed that Martin back tracked to confront Zimmerman and George was also already out of his vehicle when he was told "we don't need you to do that" and that was for his own safety, it was not an order by any law enforcement officer, just a suggestion by a none emergency operator, which also happened to be a different person whom which he was speaking to before he called the first time. Because originally they asked Zimmerman which way did Martin go, since they wanted to get police to Martin. But don't tell this to black people, they believe they have the right to attack any person without any repercussion. Most black folks think Martin had a right to break the law and assault Zimmerman because Zimmerman was following him around telling the police where Martin was going. Most black folks do not understand that Martin was the sole aggressor as well as the person who broke the law. Those who support Martin will stick up for anybody who is black even if the person is in the wrong. Everything was against Martin, the physical evidence, the two eye witnesses that saw him on top of George while Zimmerman screamed for help, and the lack of any injuries to Martin plus the bruising on his knuckles. I truly believe Zimmerman called the police because he saw Martin peering into peoples homes that night.

  78. Robert Culver

    @ Sylvia nice, ignorance is bliss. Last time I checked Zimmerman wasn't white. So shouldn't this be a minority war instead of us white people who are all just racists? Media love the sheep.

  79. Brad Billings

    OK, Tom Dainty, Jesus is a homosexual. He blew all his disciples at the last supper. There is your free speech. He raped the Virgin Mary when he was 20.

  80. Janice Tillman

    YOU NEVER MET TRAYVON MARTIN, THE THUG WAS THE ONE THAT WENT AFTER THE KID…YOUR BOY AND YOU ARE TERRORIST…TRAYVON MARTIN MURDER WILL HUNT ZIMMERMAN FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE, SOME PEOPLE AFTER GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER WOULD HAVE GOTTON OUT OF THE LIMELIGHT, BUT OH NO NOT ZIMMERMAN, BECAUSE HIS SOUL IS BEING HUNTED AND HE CANT SIT STILL…

  81. Janice Tillman

    YOU NEED TO MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, LOOK AT YOU LOOKING A THUG YOURSELVE TERRORIST….YOU ALL REAP WHAT YOU SOW….BULLIES OF THE PLANET FOR THE LAST 100 YEARS…

  82. Samantha Myers

    Mel Wells your comment has been forwarded to the local authorites and the US Army where you are currently employed i hope you will think the next time you feel like threatening somebody's life. these things are not taken lightly and are punishable. i will be praying for you and hope you change the hate that is in your heart.

  83. Janice Tillman

    HOW MANY WHITE KIDS GIVE PEOPLE THE FINGER, I THINK THAT STARTED BY WHITE IN THE 70'S…THAT DOES NOT MAKE THIS KID BAD, YOU PEOPLE DEFEND EACH OTHER AND CLUP TOGETHER LIKE CRAP…WHILE YOU TERRORIST ARE BEING RACIST, WE AS BLACK PEOPLE ARE MOVING ON UP…NEVER MIND WHAT THE PRESS SAYS, I CHILDREN ARE FINISHING HIGH AND COLLEGE AT A ALL TIME RATE…TRAYVON WOULD HAVE FINISH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE..JUST LIKE HIS BROTHER…WHITES HAVE TRIED TO STOP US FOR 100 YEARS OR SO…ALSO THE BIG THING ABOUT ALL OF THIS IS WHITE MEN ARE KILLING KIDS, WHY DONT YOU COWARDS GO AFTER SOME REAL THUGS…THE HELL ANGELS ARE REAL THUGS, WHY DONT YOU GO AFTER ONE OF THEM…A YELLOW LINE WOULD GO UP YOUR BACKS SO FAST…(GO AFTER A REAL THUG) LEAVE OUR KIDS ALONE…

  84. Janice Tillman

    IT SEEMS SO FUNNY THAT YOU WOULD SAY TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO DRESS, WHITE KIDS DO EVERYTHING THAT BLACK HIP HOP PEOPLE DO.. ITS NOT A CRIME, ITS A FAD..JUST LIKE BELL BOTTOM'S AND WHITES WEARING THERE HAIR LONG, AND DRESSING COLOR FULL…AFRO'S…CARRYING BIG RADIO'S, COLOR FULL VANS…SOME MAY REMEMBER THOSE DAYS AND SOME OF YOU MAY NOT…BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE WAY SOME YOU DRESSED BACK THEN DID NOT GET YOU KILLED…LOUD MUSIC AND PROTESTING DID NOT GET YOU KILLED…THESE ARE KIDS AND THEY ARE DOING THERE THING TO…ZIMMERMAN LIED AND ONE DAY HE WILL TELL YOU SO….

  85. Ijeoma Okere

    Cody Mitchell If I came across someone doing that I would say the exact same thing. 99.9% of the country had no idea who this kid was but everyone has an opinion. Same goes for Zimmerman. So how about we all just stop talking as if a few witness testimonies dictate a person's life.

  86. David Williams

    If I were a young black male walking home through an upscale neighborhood to where I live part-time with my father because my parents are divorced, and I discovered a white man I don't recognize (and, by the way, Zimmerman looked like a thug himself) approaching me from behind with a gun (Zimmerman said "He took my gun away from me," which means he had drawn it on Martin; hard to seize a gun you can't see), I, too, would think it wise to beat the son of a bitch into the ground, especially since the "Stand Your Ground Law" says it's legal for me to kill anyone threatening my life. After all, who did that law apply to here? Martin was living in that neighborhood and going home on foot. Zimmerman lived somewhere else and had to get there by car. A car he had been ordered by the police dispatcher not to get out of, an order Mr. Zimmerman willfully disobeyed.

  87. Jethro Hooper

    WELL STATED BRITTNIE, BUT INCORRECT. As a federal employee, I had to be very careful not to issue my opinion publicly or privately, in such as way as to make it appear that I was speaking for the government. However, as a private citizen, without making any reference to my public position, I was allowed to, and did, freely express my personal opinion.

  88. David Williams

    brendashubby35 Zimmerman was "community watch" only because he declared himself to be. He was not appointed to any such position. He was a man who had fantasies of being a tough guy.

  89. Glenn Quiggly

    Nearly 11,000 blacks died at the hands of other blacks during the Trayvon Martin trial…funny how blacks don't address this fact considering they are committing genocide on a mass scale against each other in the inner cities yet fail to address the problem and instead focus on one thug punk who was proven to be nothing more than a worthless hood rat

  90. Glenn Quiggly

    Janice Tillman Yeah you blacks sure are moving on up…I see it every day in the inner cities, they move right on up to the front of the welfare line and to buy a new casket when their boo is shot by their homie. You're a moron, NAACP, Black Panthers are REAL THUGS.

  91. Doug Walshe

    Get off the Race Card and get rid of the chip on your shoulder's. It's getting old. Poor pitty me, I am Black and people pick on me….. GIVE IT A REST!!!!!!!!! Stop blaming others for your own problems. A Thug is a Thug; Ghetto is Ghetto, period.

  92. Janice Tillman

    I AGREE WITH SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU SAID, BUT THUGS COME IN ALL COLORS…NOT JUST BLACK…AND TRAYVON WAS MINDING HIS BUSINESS NOT OUT LOOKING TO ROB SOMEONE…TRAYVON NEVER TOUCHED ZIMMERMAN, ZIMMERMAN HAD THAT CHILD ON HIS KNEES SCREAMING FOR HIS LIFE..THE BULLENT WENT DOWN 90 DEGREES WHICH MENT THAT ZIMMERMAN WAS STANDING OVER TRAYVON WHEN HE SHOT HIM…AND IF ANY OF YOU WOULD HAVE LOOKED AT ZIMMERMAN CLOTHES THERE NO DIRT, MUD, GRASS STAINS OR WETTNESS…ALSO THE BLOOD ON HIS HEAD WAS RUNNING UP HIS NECK NOT DOWN…ZIMMERMAN DID THAT TO HIMSELF, BECAUSE IF TRAYVON HAD BEEN BEATING HIS HEAD AGAINST CONCERT, ZIMMERMAN WOULD HAVE BEEN KNOCKED OUT, AND COULD NOT HAVE REACHED FOR HIS GUN…I AM A NURSE..CONCERT IS VERY UNFOR GIVING TO THE HEAD…AND HOW WAS TRAYVON BANGING HIS HEAD AGAINST CONCERT, ZIMMERMAN HAD NO HAIR, NOOR WAS THERE NAIL MARKS ON HIS EARS…HOW DID HE BANG ZIMMERMAN HEAD AGAINST CONCERT( NO ONE NEVER ANSWERED THAT) AND ZIMMERMAN JUST LAID THERE LETING A 140 POUND KID HOLD HIM DOWN AND BEAT HIM…ZIMMERMAN NEVER TRIED TO FIGHT HIM BACK, AND WHAT ABOUT THE 45 DEGREE BOUNCE, ZIMMERMAN SAID THAT TRAYVON ATTACKED HIM AT THE T…WHY WAS TRAYVON BODY FOUND 45 DEGREE AWAY…WHAT DID SUPER KID TRAYVON DO, WALK OVER 45 DEGREE AND DIED…TRAYVON WAS ON TRAIL, THE DEFENSE SAID THAT HE WAS THE ONE THE CAUSED HIS OWN DEATH( WHAT!!!! TRAYVON WOULD HAVE NEVER ATTACKED A STRANGER WITH OUT A GUN OF HIS OWN…SO IT MAKES NO SENSE TO ANONE BUT YOU RACIST….I TELL YOU THE DEATH OF TRAYVON HAS WOKE A NATION…( PICK ON A GROWN MAN YOU COWARDS…

  93. Brittnie Brown

    With all due respect, Mr. Hooper I completely understand what you're saying. However, I feel that this isn't a matter of what is and is not allowed. It's a matter of a poor decision on the officer's part and a lack of tolerance with such expression on the police department's part. The department clearly fired him, not because they didn't agree.. but because they didn't want to be affiliated with the opinion that the office PUBLICLY expressed. If this was a private conversation amongst individuals fine. But this was posted for citizens to see. And as far as his position, families depend on men like that officer to be there when they are called on no matter what their appearance or past history is. After seeing a comment like that I personally (and again, this is my opinion) would not want that man defending my community simply because he is clearly biased as no officer should be (in a perfect world, haha). We all have rights but once you abuse them (which isn't up to you and I to determine) there should be consequences.

  94. Janice Tillman

    Robert Culver ZIMMERMAN DRIVING RECORDS SAYS THAT HE IS WHITE…AND ZIMMERMAN MADE THIS ABOUT RACE( WHEN HE CALLED THAT KID A FING COON…AND EVERYONE TRIED TO HIDE WHAT HE SAID…THE MEDIA WORKED IN THAT TERRORIST SWARM….STOP MAKING THIS ALRIGHT, BECAUSE IT IS NOT….

  95. Janice Tillman

    Jethro Hooper YOU OLD MAN, ARE ONE OF THE ORGINAL KLAN…PLEASE STOP COMMENTING…