|1A: Two Black males rob a store in Sanford, Florida. Friends of Trayvon? Courtesy of Sanford Police Department Web site|
The FBI, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida will investigate the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old Florida high school student, who was shot by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman.
"The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation," a statement released by the Justice Department this evening said. "The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident."
1B: More Black crime in Sanford; courtesy of SPD Web site
George Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense in shooting Martin, has not been charged with any crime in the fatal shooting of the teenager on Feb. 26.
But the real question is this: what is life like in Sanford, Florida? Of 57,000 residents, 57 percent are white and 30 percent are Black. And according to a report by the AP, the town has a history of racial division:
|7 of the 11 "Career" criminals listed on the SPD|
Web site. 9 of the 11 are Black
Before the charges that police botched the investigation of the shooting of an unarmed black teen, there were complaints that they went easy on an officer's son who beat a black homeless man, or that officers pull over black kids for wearing the wrong color hat because they suspect gang associations.
The furor over the failure to charge a neighborhood watch captain for shooting Trayvon Martin to death is the latest episode to inflame racial tensions that have simmered between police and blacks in this Orlando suburb for years. And on Thursday, the department's chief temporarily stepped aside.
Stanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. acknowledged the problems on Friday."The issues that have been brought to my attention regarding the black community and the Sanford police department go back 10 years," he said. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done there."
Bonaparte noted Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. took over the department less than a year ago and said he had made improvements but added, "Certainly that has changed as of right now in terms of the relationship between the black community and the Sanford police department."
Turner Clayton Jr., president of the Seminole County's NAACP, agreed."There is no trust," he said. "There is no confidence."The article is never quite clear on why exactly there is no trust between the police and the Black community, but the answer shouldn't be hard to surmise. Black people - though 30 percent of the population of Sanford - commit a majority of the crime, leading the Black community to identify the police as the aggressors.
Why not take a quick look at the Sanford Police Web site to verify this claim?
|1B: Why do they all look like Obama's son? Repeat|
offenders in Sanford, Florida
- In the "Do you know me" unidentified section of the site, three youth who look suspiciously like what Barack Obama's son would look like are pictured robbing liquor stores. We took the liberty of taking screenshots of the site (figure 1A and 2A).
- In the Criminal Repeat Offender Program (CROP) section, seven people are profiled. Six of them are Black; the other appears to be Zimmerman's amigo. (figure 1B)
- In the Sanford's Career Criminal List, nine of the 11 people profiled are Black, with the other individuals oddly not looking like Obama's son.
Black people in Sanford have a monopoly on crime; hard to deduce how you can engage in bias-based policing off of the facts presented by the SPD at their Web site. If you see a Black person in Sanford, odds are they'll be the person engaging in a crime.