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Hand Off The Trayvon 2 (Trial Starts July 25)
Trial Begins Tomorrow For the Trayvon 2.
As many of you know, folks will be gathering at 8am outside the Wiley Manuel Courthouse
661 Washington St. Oakland 94607 (7th & Washington in downtown)
For those who don't know. The murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman was a defining moment in history. An 17 year old adolescent was murdered on his way home from the store by a self proclaimed "Neighborhood Watch" volunteer.
1. George Zimmerman called the police about a "suspicious person" and called Trayvon a "Coon" while speaking to the 911 dispatch who ordered him not to follow Trayvon.
2. Any self proclaimed "Neighborhood Watch" volunteer would know their neighbors. However this piece of trash didn't.
3. George Zimmerman cited the "Stand Your Ground" law in his defense which allows people to use maximum force when defending themselves from hostile aggressors. The only problem was, the child that he murdered was the only person who could have cited that law as a justification for force. Zimmerman attacked Trayvon, even after being ordered by the police to not follow him.
4. A grown man attacks an unarmed child and shoots him. It is clear who the threat was in this instance and it's clear who should have had the sense to stand down.
This murder divided the country. Racists and bigots on one side calling Trayvon a "thug". While the rest of humanity viewed this as the type of murder most often perpetrated by law enforcement personnel.
Enter the Trayvon 2.
Oakland California is a city where police murder and violence is rampant, but it is also a city where people fight back.
It is in that context that we have the Trayvon 2, Hannibal Shakur and Tanzeen Doha, who are both muslims, both organizers, and are the only two people the state has isolated for prosecution.
Aside from these two being innocent, the court has not even been able to fabricate evidence against them. Officers testimonies have contradicted each other, and not one video has been submitted to substantiate OPD's allegations. For those that don't know, Oakland Police have been in the longest decent decree in American history. They are that brutal and corrupt that they were nearly taken over the by feds last year. Oakland Police are mandated to wear body cameras, and are required to activate them when they engage with members of the public, yet only one of the arresting officers had a camera activated.
Like the George Zimmerman trial, the Oakland Trayvon 2 case has been muddled with racism and bigotry from the beginning, and tomorrow is the first day of Trial.
If you are in the bay, come support them, and if you are further away, be aware of this case as it is yet another tragic assault on black and brown people who are taking a stand for those who lives have been cut short by Police and Vigilantes. . .
For more about the Trayvon 2 check out http://thetrayvon2.wordpress.com/