Fwd Article on Other Cases in Sanford
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Lisette Garcia From: Adora Sent: Friday, March 16, 2012 12:49 To: Carswell, Amy (Advocacy) Subject: Fwd: Article other cases Sanford Have you seen this article? The NAACP will have March Rally Saturday, March Sanford FL. This addition the March /Rally March 21. Sent from iPhone Begin forwarded message: From: "Dale Landry" Date: March 16, 2012 10:46:49 EDT To: Subject: Article other cases Sanford Madam President: Here the article: When Bill Lee Jr. took over police chief Sanford, Fla., last May, promised polish the forces image and clean agency that had lost the confidence many residents, particularly the black community. But last month's shooting death Trayvon Martin unarmed black teenager who police said was shot white neighborhood watch captain has reopened old wounds. The police have not arrested George Zimmerman, 28, who white, and who police said admitted shooting the teen self-defense. According the Sanford Police Department, Zimmerman called 911 before the shooting, identifying Martin suspicious person. was then told not follow the teen, who was walking from nearby store his fathers house the gated community. But Zimmerman trailed Martin, and had physical confrontation with him, police said. Moments later, Martin was fatally shot. Lee has said will not arrest Zimmerman because there evidence suggest the shooting was anything other than self-defense. But the Martin family's attorneys and black community leaders have said the teenager was profiled and targeted because was young and black. Sanford, hurt feelings over string past incidents involving black victims and white perpetrators have yet ease, and the shooting rekindled distrust over the way police and courts have handled such cases. Local college students are planning rallies over the Martin case, and this afternoon, ministers from number black churches the area gathered voice their anger. Clayton, president the local NAACP, told HuffPost Black Voices. When [Chief Lee] first started, seemed that things would get better, but with this Martin case, seems we're dealing with the same old Sanford regime. Lees predecessor, Brian Tooley, was forced from office last year following scandal involving lieutenants son who was captured video attacking homeless black man. Police officers reportedly questioned him but did not arrest him. The officers son, Justin Collison, 21, later turned himself after the video surfaced YouTube and was charged the attack. Collison's family paid undisclosed sum the homeless man, Sherman Ware, and Ware asked prosecutors drop the case. They didn't, and Collison eventually pleaded contest and received probation, according the Orlando Sentinel. But the 2005 killing black teenager, Travares McGill, two white security guards, one the son Sanford Police officer, drove city race relations modern low, according some black residents. Early one summer morning, security guards Patrick Swofford and Bryan Ansley saw McGill dropping off group friends the parking lot the apartment complex they were hired guard, according published reports. They claimed McGill tried run them down, and both fired, later claiming self-defense. McGill was pronounced dead the scene. Swofford was police department volunteer and Ansley the son former veteran the force. The pair was arrested and charged, Swofford with manslaughter and Ansley with firing into occupied vehicle. But judge later cited lack evidence and dismissed both cases. According autopsy reports, McGill suffered fatal gunshot wounds the back, and was unclear the pair was danger. People are outraged because they never recovered from the last shooting, recovered from the beating year ago with the policemans son, said Turner. All these things are escalating and simmering, and its going reach point where its going explode. The Sanford Police Department Tuesday turned the case over the Seminole County State Attorneys Office. The state attorney will now decide whether not Zimmerman will charged connection with the killing. Natalie Jackson, attorney for the Martin family and Sanford native, said that she has confidence Zimmerman will charged. Im eternal optimist, Jackson said. But history [in Sanford] has shown anything, they are not going anything. the year since Lee took over the department, change seemed within reach. Lee told the Orlando Sentinel June that, I hope focus developing partnerships with the community and continuing what they've started their efforts community policing: working areas that will enable officer get know the community he's working in; who that community not supposed there; work together with the community identify problems. All the men and women the police department that I've spoken are committed doing the best that they can and performing and bringing honor the profession and organization. But the way the police have handled the Martin case has been called into question more details surface. ABC News has reported that source inside the police department told them narcotics detective, not homicide detective, first approached Zimmerman and peppered him with questions, possibly leading his story. Another officer reportedly corrected witness after she told him that she heard the teen cry for help, according ABC. The officer told the woman that was Zimmerman who cried for help, not Martin. Shortly after the shooting, the police told the Martin family that Zimmerman had clean record, Tracy Martin, Trayvons father, told HuffPost.But public records search shows that was arrested 2005 for resisting arrest with violence and battery. The charges were later dropped. email HuffPost Wednesday, Lee refuted the idea that his officers would intentionally keep information about Zimmermans past from the public Martins family. I not know what Zimmerman told officers the scene about his background, wrote. Why would lie about the background Zimmerman that know exists? The investigator speaking with [Martins father] and relating the account given law enforcement Zimmerman told Mr. Martin that Zimmerman portrayed himself squeaky clean hearts out the family Trayvon and are sorry for their loss. added that his department, consultation with the state attorney's office, worked to complete thorough and fair investigation quickly possible. press conference Monday, Lee told reporters and spectators that though the Martin shooting may have set relations back the city, believed the community and police still could work together. We want build partnership, and since have been office for months were making good strides and this certainly huge stumbling block, Lee said. And tragedy for the community and for the city Sanford, too, because believe can truly have great partnership and get through all the ugly thoughts and all the disagreements and ill will and hard feelings and truly come together community. Dale.