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Trayvon Martin: Racist Cop Says Black People ‘Should Be Drowned At Birth’

Trayvon Martin Racist Cop Says Black People 'Should Be Drowned At Birth'

Trayvon Martin became the target of a racist cop who is under investigation for making an alleged racially derogatory comment during a Winter Park police briefing in February.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Trayvon Martin family sued the homeowners association for the sub-division where Trayvon was shot and the lawsuit was recently settled. The Trayvon Martin family settlement is estimated to exceed $1 million. Reaching a settlement does not necessarily mean that the homeowners association is admitting any guilt, but lawyers say it’s typically less expensive to settle rather than carry the lawsuit all the way through.

George Zimmerman’s brother Robert went on a Twitter rant against Trayvon Martin, with some people alleging that Zimmerman’s Trayvon Martin comments were racist.

Lt. Ron Johnson of the Winter Park police department was discussing the Trayvon Martin shooting case’s one-year anniversary with fellow officers when he remarked, “This [Trayvon Martin] is why they should be drowned at birth.” An internal investigation is saying the Trayvon Martin racist comments were in reference to black people in general. The police briefing was supposed to be about readying for any Trayvon Martin demonstrations in the area.

Ron Johnson was not fired and is instead being allowed to retire with full benefits after being a police officer for 27 years. The police department says this is the first time there has been a racially related complaint about Ron Johnson.

Police Chief Brett Railey spoke about one of his police officers making a racist comment about Trayvon Martin:

“Lt. Ron Johnson has been a part of our police family for many years and to have this occur after an otherwise distinguished career with our department is regretful. However, regardless of the individual and years of service, statements of this type are unacceptable in order to maintain the public’s trust.”

Do you think Ron Johnson should have been fired for his racist comments on Trayvon Martin and black people in general?

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123 Responses to “Trayvon Martin: Racist Cop Says Black People ‘Should Be Drowned At Birth’”

  1. Diana Petersen

    While I don't agree with those who think black folk are any less than anyone else but this is the US and we all have the right to think and say what we want. Though here lately it's illegal to say what we want if it offends some one. See how wrong that is? I don't agree with it, but I will argue to my death that idiots have the right to be idiots and open their mouths to prove it.

  2. April Renee

    It's sad to see any police officer express that mentality however it is his right per the 1st admenment.

  3. Sharon Kyro Garcia

    he's a cop, should not be racist, should be against policy, everyone is innocent until proven guilty… he's already thinking he's the judge and jury WRONG.

  4. Sharon Kyro Garcia

    he's a cop, should not be racist, should be against policy, everyone is innocent until proven guilty… he's already thinking he's the judge and jury WRONG.

  5. Mechele Lee Lucas

    Free speech true but with that kind of thinking imagine how many times in his 27 Yrs of service did his racism show its ugly face highly doubtful this is truly the first time…..

  6. Mechele Lee Lucas

    Free speech true but with that kind of thinking imagine how many times in his 27 Yrs of service did his racism show its ugly face highly doubtful this is truly the first time…..

  7. Augie Malagon

    Dumb, offensive thing to say but free speech rules. Did anyone make any noise when rapper Common rapped about killing cops? Probably not.

  8. Augie Malagon

    Dumb, offensive thing to say but free speech rules. Did anyone make any noise when rapper Common rapped about killing cops? Probably not.

  9. Mary Bullock

    thank you. It seems they are the only one who has the right to speak out or use racist comments any more and i think that is wrong.

  10. Mary Bullock

    thank you. It seems they are the only one who has the right to speak out or use racist comments any more and i think that is wrong.

  11. Nancy Petersen

    unacceptable in order to maintain public trust? hells bells they are unacceptable at all, period.

  12. Nancy Petersen

    unacceptable in order to maintain public trust? hells bells they are unacceptable at all, period.

  13. Randee L. Sellers

    I think they are making something out of nothing. It could have been racial, but it may not have been. I understand he was a young thug…criminal gang type…unfortunate remark
    in any case. I

  14. Ron Roppo

    He's lucky he didn't lose all his benefits. Talk like that is not acceptable and they say the south has changed.They got a little better only because they got no other choice.

  15. Connie Russell

    Fear is the parent of hatred and hatred is the parent of violence. Free speech does not mean you can shout "fire" in a crowded theater or talk about bombs in an airport. If people in law enforcement speak ill of their constituents whether they are talking about whites, blacks, Hispanics, Chinese, Muslims etc. they create an environment that feels unsafe to the community. Would you worship with a priest that swears, go to a doctor who makes fun of your illness or hire a lawyer that is rude to the judge? People in any service industry are held to a different standard than the man on the street. This police officer was lucky he was allowed to retire.

  16. Dee Hope

    What made him a criminal? His color because his killer is the one with the criminal record…not him.

  17. Doreen Vick

    He should have been fired and no retirement benefits.Why should the tax payers pay for his pension? There are black people who pay taxes, they should not have to pay for that. I wish people would stop all this racist crap, If your racist your a dumb ass! Freedom of speech!

  18. Patty L Johnston

    Since it was said on the job and during a meeting he should have been fired!! Its not free speach on the job wth!?But birds of a feather stick together

  19. Stephen Bellinger

    Only a fool would think that a man, esp a police officer that expresses this kind of bigotry, has been a professional in his dealings with black citizens.

  20. Kozette Cookie Toe-Bells Blackmon

    @ RANDEE WHY ARE YOU CALLING HIM A THUG? IS THAT WHAT YOUR PARENTS TAUGHT YOU? CRIMINAL GANG TYPE? YOU ARE THE REASON WHY FOLKS OF YOUR RACE WILL ALWAYS THINK THAT WAY! GET GOD IN YOUR LIFE LADY OOOPS YOU'RE NOT A LADY YOU ARE JUST A PLAIN OLD DUMB AN WICKED HUMAN
    CREATURE!

  21. Lisa Wilson

    He's a f-in racist and no person in that position should display such disgusting conduct

  22. Wanda Morales

    Your remark shows how ignorant you are. Why is he a thug? Because he wore a hoodie? I'm so sick of white people looking down on the minority race. All races/nationalities have a few bad apples. But for you to say that about a young kid that was killed who had no weapon on him a thug is ridiculous.

  23. Diane Hadden

    I don't give 2 rats asses how many years of service this subhuman has put in with the force. Free speech sure…but, sorry once you put that uniform on and swear to uphold justice..you need to watch your damn mouth. If he's a racist that's on him but he should not allow that to come into play when it comes to the public. This is why it's so damn hard to raise our children to trust those in uniform…because subhumans such as this are wearing that uniform. He's a disgrace to that badge…a total disgrace to other officers who have lost their lives protecting the public and doing the right thing regardless of race and a complete disgrace to the human race if he is this ignorant to really believe in his words. Let him go live the rest of his unatural born life away from the public and not soiling the honor of the badge. May one day he need help and it's a black cop that answers that call…let's see how he feels then.

  24. Wanda Morales

    Free speech or not, no one should say anything like that. It's horrible and degrading. And the sad part of all this I see a lot of white folks here saying "What about us?" "What about when black people say this and that?" That's wrong too but let's keep it real black people have suffered in the hands of white people for hundreds of years so because of that they display animosity. And another thing, with law enforcements racism is so high. I have heard racist remarks and seen racial profiling coming from them. So for you that want to complain about song lyrics, think about all the things blacks and minorities go through at the hands of racist law enforcements. Wrong is wrong! Regardless of race!

  25. James Dwyer

    free speech wheres your empathy when black polictians do the same thing

  26. Jackie Rippy

    An unfortunate remark? They were preparing for crowd control related to the Trayvon Martin case. Do you think any person with that mentality could be fair?

  27. Kim Kakez

    This cap should be fired for such remarks. End of story.

  28. Charlene Mambretti Wrisley

    what you don't think that there is a code of conduct that police officers are suppose to follow, i say suppose to because they don't always but for heavens sake he said it in a meeting where it was heard by all, i think it is wrong for them just to look the other way and pretend it was not said,and while we do have freedom of speech most people at least try to not sound like a complete idiot!

  29. Sandrica Fisher

    Mary Bullock, who is they? Are you referring to black people? Not all black people speak that way. Before you say they think about how you word things. I'm assuming you are white. Some white people are trailer trash. How would you feel if someone puts you in a group based on the color of your skin. When you are a public service employee you should NOT be a racist. You can NOT effectively do your job if you are.

  30. James Dwyer

    Maxine Waters for 1 let me know if you want more names

  31. Bonnie Bearly Means

    How sad. We should be way past all of this. We are all Gods children. The officer should not get anything and be fired. It makes you wonder what else he's gotten away with. Shameful. I just hope that our black brothers and sisters don't think this is how all white people feel. We should just see everyone as our fellow humans without regard to race or color. May God bless, and help us be what we're all supposed to be, loving, peaceful fellow sojourners on this road of life.

  32. Letty Concepcion

    Could not have expressed it better myself! Right on!

  33. Letty Concepcion

    It's us not free speech when you are to protect and serve the very people u say should be drowned. That dies not fall under free speech at the workplace. Let me see you say that to a meeting full of people at work and see if your boss and the people attending believe its free speech.

  34. Tiny Smith-jackson

    Steven hit it on the head!! In his so-called professional carreer how many black people did he mistreat while he thouht nobody was watchin!?!?! Yep another burge thats y he n prison now!!

  35. Nicole Minor

    Sorry but I'm not going to rely on a rapper to help me when I'm in trouble and need there help, but a Cop I would have to, wouldn't I?? I wouldn't want be in a situation where I need help from a Cop that is white and all I can think about is," does he even want to help me, because the color of my skin?

  36. Tiny Smith-jackson

    Guess its not2hard2tell who's an in the closet racist in these comments is it?!yes we hve the freedom of speechbut does that mke it rite2subject others2your filthy racist rants?! "idiots are unfortunately seen but do we hve2hear u as well?! Food4thought!!

  37. Tiny Smith-jackson

    One more thng….its truly interesting2hear people yell about oh freedom of speech…..if the shoe was on the other foot&this whole story was reversed by a black cop sayn drown all caucasion people@birth! How many of you would be so quick2yell out freedom of speech then!? Hmmmm?

  38. Tiny Smith-jackson

    Well therr u hve it! Since he was a wat usay young thug gang type then its just an unfortunate remark was unfortunate is your mentality!!!

  39. Patricia Stidham-Burns

    Anyone that wants to use "Free Speech" as an argument. Go ahead and go to work and talk that way. Speak freely at the next company meeting. Go ahead…make some nasty racist remark. Then enjoy your nice little chat with your Boss! He should have been FIRED! There is no way there isn't a History of this with him. He deserves NOTHING!

  40. Comrade John Thorpe

    Free speech? Can I walk in and call my boss a nigger and expect to keep my job?

  41. Jerilyn Pletsch

    even though we have the freedom of speech we are also to be held accountable for what we say.! If we abuse our freedom of speech and threaten some one or something yes we should be held accountable.

  42. Halima Nelson Krause

    Augie Malagon Why the hell are you talking about the Rapper Common? What does that have to do with this cop, his statements and a dead child? WTH are you talking about??? Stay In School Son…

  43. Halima Nelson Krause

    Please give 1 example… a quote, a link, anything. You cant sir. You are making up things to feel better about your white guilt. Just admit this is wrong for anyone, and move forward. It's ppl like you Mr. Dwyer and this cop, that have weakened our country. This white sense of entitlement has caused your politicians to lose elections by land slides-TO A BLACK GUY. AMERICA says NO! Just stop…

  44. Freddie Jones

    All of the case he has handled should be reviewed. He has made a racist comment. If there were any cases involving different ethnic backgrounds. They should be retried.

  45. Kalena Kenny

    Yes he should be fired, he certainly handed George a guilty verdict. He hurt his brothers chances of anyone believing he not racist

  46. Bill Nivens

    First of all, I don't know if you have ever been to Winter Park Fl. but if you have you should know that it is only the "south" due to geography. I have seen very few native southerners in the city of Winter Park and you are much more likely to hear a New York accent there than a southern accent! My wife has a very strong southern accent and everywhere we went in Winter Park people would comment on how strange it was to hear such an accent. It was even hard to find a glass of sweet iced tea down there, btw sweet tea is more common in the south than Baptist churches! Secondly, I have been in the south all of my life and I can tell you that the most "racist" people that I encounter are transplants to the south from up north. Please stop sending your racists down here! Most of us in the south could care less about skin color, we are much more interested in a person's character! I wish ignorant people like you would keep your bigoted comments to yourselves!

  47. Rachelle Bealhen

    I'd have fired his racist ass. Yes, I believe in free speech, but it should not be allowed to be 100% in the work place.

  48. Vickie Harrell-daniels

    That is why Black americans do not like the police. That statement should have gotten him fired without benefits. He is job is to protect and serve everyONE!

  49. Roger Capoccia

    dont be nice diane. tell us how you REALLY feel.

  50. Kathleen Zimmerman

    This kind of thinking is disgusting at best. I hate to think that we have law enforcement officers that are so blatantly racist. The article doesn't say he was briefing the other officers or in an official meeting, so it sounds like this was a private conversation, which I think falls into another category. It's regrettable, even shameful, but perhaps not grounds for being fired. I wonder how many of us would be out of work if we spoke the awful things that go on in our heads. On the other hand, I'm ashamed that a man with a "distinguished" record could be so ignorant and callous, and can't help but wonder about that record. I agree with both Connie Russell and Mechele Lee Lucas. Sorry, Lt Johnson, but pretty is as pretty does.

  51. Peachez Jackson

    The racist ba(sta)rd should be stung up by his b(al)ls and beaten with a baseball bat. That mofo should have been aborted. But he gets off with forced early retirement and full fecking benefits. But Trayvon Martin wont ever be able to collect benefits of ANY kind. TheSORRYSONOFAB(IT)CH!

  52. Leah Jayne Sell

    The police are not obligated to protect us. They are about maintaining the order and peace for the 1% elite. I'm not going to condone ignorance in any form- sure we have the freedom to say what we want, but that doesn't make it right.

  53. Debbie Watkins Taylor

    the man should have been fired and denied all benefits, he is a police officer and is to protect and serve, he really reinforced my confidence in the police, NOT, WHAT A SHAME!

  54. You Bertina

    NOT SURPRISE PPL… THESES BASTARDS are so forward and don't give a dam.. He AINT THE ONLY ONE… IT'S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

  55. Subrina Montgomery

    Too bad his mother didn't think the same way

  56. Subrina Montgomery

    Too bad his mother didn't think the same way

  57. Andrea RC Bella Cloutier

    Not just a shame, but a travesty that we have these kinds of people on our police force. smh. :(

  58. Andrea RC Bella Cloutier

    Not just a shame, but a travesty that we have these kinds of people on our police force. smh. :(

  59. Rusty Garrett

    When the black panthers are allowed to say, and I quote, "Kill all white babies"…….Eric Holder's response to the black panther comment was, "I am not going to prosecute my people". It's way past time for all of us to become civilized and grow up! We all ain't going anywhere so why not give peace a chance? Oh that's right….There isn't any money to be made in peace time.

  60. Donny Scott Breal

    Shocking! A cop saying derogatory things about black people! Oh My!

  61. Rick Nuzzy

    funny no one say anything about Obama and his comments about Christian or white people…or anyone who don't agree …all you people are hypocrits here

  62. Michael Mondelli

    Lets not take the focus off the real issue here. Martin was the one that lost his life. The racist cop shouldn't even be a conversation. People focus on petty things like this rather than real issues. The cop was still forced to resign his commission. Lets face it most people haves dr a racist comment or two in their life, so lets not be hypocrites. In the end the racist cop will get his, but the focus is Trayvon Martin and his murderer.

  63. Dee Hendrickson

    @Ron Roppo I take exception with your comment regarding the South.I am from the South ,I dont care if someone is black ,white, brown,peach ,blue,or pink w/ polka dots ,fat ,skinny, etc etc and have known many many people from the South that are the same way. Stop the stereotyping of the South,of blacks ,of any…this country is a melting pot we should learn about and enjoy each others "flavor". There are ignorant people from all over! geez.

  64. Diane Hadden

    Yes Rick….let's place blame or pull the name Obama out everytime something goes wrong. It's grown old already !!! People need to give it a rest. This isn't about Obama…this is about what spewed out of this individuals mouth. When you hear Obama state all Christians or caucasians should be drowned at birth…then by all means come back with an arguement.

  65. Cie C Gooden

    THIS IS WHY CUBE STARTED THE FUCK THE POLICE MOVEMENT!

  66. Randee L. Sellers

    He was a THUG. My stance doesn't change because of politically correct bullying. Was the shooter right? IMO he was doing his job. Don't agree? Tough.

  67. Randee L. Sellers

    I do not think that the police officer should have made the remark that he did. I do understand his reasons for it though. for 28 years he has seen people victimized.

  68. Randee L. Sellers

    By thugs, such as your golden boy, by burglars rapist drug attics and who knows what all. This did not have anything to do with color in my opinion. I believe that he was speaking of the dregs of society that prey upon innocent people. I have said it I stand by it. and by the way having an opinion that doesn't match yours or that goes against the flow of the politically correct idiots does not make me stupid.

  69. Randee L. Sellers

    By thugs, such as your golden boy, by burglars rapist drug attics and who knows what all. This did not have anything to do with color in my opinion. I believe that he was speaking of the dregs of society that prey upon innocent people. I have said it I stand by it. and by the way having an opinion that doesn't match yours or that goes against the flow of the politically correct idiots does not make me stupid.

  70. Randee L. Sellers

    Trayvon’s online accounts and sources close to the Martin family shine some light on this question.

    The media has reported on multiple instances that Trayvon was currently at his father’s house because he was suspended for ten days from school. On Monday, a source close to the Martin family states “Trayvon was suspended because school officials found a baggy in his school bag with marijuana in it.” Suddenly this “innocent little boy” in the media does not seem so innocent.

    Upon researching Trayvon, the internet is flooded with photographs of Trayvon with gold teeth and tattoos on his arms.

    Multiple pictures were also released showing Trayvon’s Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter accounts where friends are asking him for drugs, or displaying pictures of Trayvon with blunts to “smoke in his memory.”

    His Twitter account name @No_Limit_Nigga is also displayed with instances involving drug use and violence against a bus driver.

    This would shine a light on Zimmerman’s report of a “suspicious person… I think he is on something.” However, Trayvon’s family and the media portray Martin as an innocent victim. We do not know what happened between the end of the 911 call from Zimmerman and the fight between the two, which still prompts many individuals to question exactly what happened.

    Zimmerman claims he was walking back to his truck when Trayvon attacked him from behind. The media says that Zimmerman chased after Trayvon and attacked him. Still, there are too many unknown aspects of this story for any one to claim they know exactly what happened.

    Trayvon's mother announced "the only problem is… they killed my son, and now they are trying to kill his reputation." Another speaker says the suspension is irrelevant to the issue on February 26, 2012.

  71. Randee L. Sellers

    For every account your liberal screaming media carries, I can show you three that says this almodt adult was a thug. The issue was the remark the police officer made. It WAS an unfortunate choice he made to speak out his thoughts. Was it racial? I dont believe it. Stop falling for the crap the media is trying to stir up. His opinion wis no more racist than mine. A thug is a thug, red, white, or yes…even BLACK!

  72. Randee L. Sellers

    George Zimmerman’s brother Robert went on a Twitter rant against Trayvon Martin, with some people alleging that Zimmerman’s Trayvon Martin comments were racist.

    Lt. Ron Johnson of the Winter Park police department was discussing the Trayvon Martin shooting case’s one-year anniversary with fellow officers when he remarked, “This [Trayvon Martin] is why they should be drowned at birth.” An internal investigation is saying the Trayvon Martin racist comments were in reference to black people in general. The police briefing was supposed to be about readying for any Trayvon Martin demonstrations in the area.

  73. Clyde Higginbotham

    Yes he should have been fired! Just because he his nothing on his record don't mean anything when the whole police department is covering up for him.

  74. Anonymous

    People are sick. I just don't understand racist people. They are ignorant. There are good and bad people in every race. People should be judged on a individual basis. Not based on their race.

  75. Andre Slater

    Its amazing to me that the freedom of speech part of the constitution is the only part people remember and when things like this happen they always go to it.

    The bad part is if you actually read the constitution and understand it, you would know that the constitution does not guarantee you freedom of speech. Let me repeat it does not guarantee you freedom of speech.

    Meaning you can't say whatever you want when you want…

    Its only unconstitutional for the government to suppress speech.

    Under the constitution, the courts are allowed to regulate or ban by law "dangerous speech" look it up people.

    Also employers do not have to allow people to say whatever they want. The constitution only protects people from government suppression of speech.

    This means that there are consequences to what you say and your actions…

    So yes you can say whatever you want when you want… Just like this guy did…

    You can say whatever you want to the president…

    You can say whatever you want to your boss…

    and you can say whatever you want to your parents…

    but there are consequences and since the constitution only protects you from government suppression, it doesn't stop the law enforcement, your boss, or your parents from suppressing or dishing out consequences.

  76. Harold Espy

    I agree with Dee and Bill,I was born in NJ and stiil live here,my Dad and Mom were both born in GA and they spoke of racisal acts back in the 20's and beyond,but it was no different when they went into a restaurant in south jersey and were told they could not eat there but had to take out their food and then had to throw it all away/ black and white fought right there in manhattan,ny and brooklyn,ny. I'll say,at least southern whites will let you know how they feel about black and white issues where as northern whites will use the back door and blind side you with their stuff.

  77. Harold Espy

    i agree 100% all it takes is a second to blast something stupid out of our mouth,but it just maybe a life time to take it back (once out,its gone)

  78. Harold Espy

    Hey, if they drowned them before they grow up to become cops then common would have to rap about someone else and the way we,you, they might just make sense of racist comments/// one thing will stand the test of time (recism is something we all have a little of/like it or not. but it can be fixed if we truly want it fixed. this might be in the next life,not to sure about this one.

  79. Mike Mangum

    The pent-up evil and hatred could not continue to stay inside him. The Truth finally came out. Now we all know, thank you God!!

  80. Guy Pratt

    The Truth Hurts! Check out this new Book called (White Girls Bleed Alot) I support freedom of expression!

  81. Jonathan Gustafson

    You are all so stupid. I'm pretty sure everyone has said something racist in their lives and 1statement does not take away 27years of service that was more then likely a satisfyingly good career if he was a bad cop he would have been fired years ago. and why is everyone judging this man. isn't god the only one who is supposed to judge?

  82. Aiden Kruskov

    The LibDem Media hasn't been able to get much on George lately, so they throw out stuff about his brother and some cop hoping that the dirty water runs back to George. So what if a cop is racist, or what his brother says… George is still innocent!

  83. Sharon Raine

    Oh oh oh! It's people like him who should get what they call for!

  84. Sharon Raine

    We have to be active and help change this country for the better ! Get out and vote, in every election no matter what it is! Know who you are voting for by checking their voting records and investigating all you can about their character. No one is perfect, but there are things to look for when it comes to a persons past that will give clues as to what kind of heart people have. To me, character outweighs experience by far. And we have to be vigilant about voting no matter if its for justice if the peace, a school board member, the local sheriff, a state rep, or the president of the United States.

  85. Sharon Raine

    Sorry about invading your page Debbie. Was looking up people from the group who are not on my friends list. Would love to add you.

  86. Anonymous

    No its racist remakes that keep the theme alive. Us pointing it out is just not letting you get away with it. No more"sorry mister bossman, fogeves mes for speaking out of turn." Hey if you do not want people to think you are a racist, try not saying all their babies should be drowned.

  87. Anonymous

    Harold Espy —You mean some whites don't you? Or are you one of those bigots who slanders all of one group because of what one of their kind says the wrong thing.?

  88. Anonymous

    Sandrica Fisher —-you may be the ignorant one. Think about it.