Zimmerman lawyer bullies Trayvon Martin’s mother to say her son “caused his own death”
July 5, 2013
Alleged murderer George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara coldly questioned Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton on Friday, going so far to suggest her slain son was responsible for his own death. Fulton had testified that she heard her Martin’s voice screaming for help on a 911 call, and O’Mara suggested that she only said so because she wouldn’t want her son to have been acting badly.
“If it was your son, in fact, screaming as you testified, that would suggest that it was Mr. Zimmerman’s fault that led to his death,” O’Mara said to Fulton, “And if it was not your son screaming, if it was, in fact, George Zimmerman then you would have to accept the probability that it was Trayvon Martin that caused his own death, correct?”
“I don’t understand your question,” Fulton replied, “I heard my son screaming.”
Then, O’Mara took it a bit further, saying “You certainly had to hope that was your son screaming even before you heard it, correct?”
“I didn’t hope for anything,” Fulton said, “I just simply listened to the tape.”
O’Mara tried to discredit by saying, “I don’t meant to put you through this any more than necessary, but you certainly would hope your son, Trayvon Martin, did nothing that could have led to his own death, correct?”
“What I hope for is that this wouldn’t have ever happened and he would still be here,” Fulton replied to the callous remark, “That’s my hope.”
O’Mara’s questioning nods to the notion that “Zimmerman’s innocence rests on the notion of Trayvon’s criminality,” Mychal Denzel Smith writes in the Nation, adding that, ”And in this country, it’s not that difficult to convince six people of the criminality of a 17-year-old black boy.”
Mark O’Mara is a piece of shit, pass it on.
Something unexpected happened last week in George Zimmerman’s trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Rachel Jeantel, Martin’s friend who took the witness stand this week, became the center of mockery and criticism about her dark skin, her speech, and her weight. The gist of it is probably summed up best by Lolo Jones’ idiotic and uninformed tweet Thursday night:
Crunk Feminist Collective paid tribute to Jeantel’s “unbought and unbossed” posture on the stand by compiling a list of encouraging messages from supporters.
Make Demands, Try the System
George Zimmerman will go on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. But let’s be clear, within the defense’s opening arguments, for many who follow the trial—which will be televised!—it will be Trayvon Martin who will be on trial.
He in fact already is. On May 23, the Orlando Sentinel offered the following news:
New evidence in Zimmerman case: Trayvon texted about fighting, smoking marijuana about a week before he was killed.
The evidence that George Zimmerman’s attorneys have uncovered on Trayvon Martin’s cell phone paints a troubling picture of the Miami Gardens teenager: He sent text messages about being a fighter, smoking marijuana and being ordered to move out of his home by his mother.
And photos from that phone offer more of the same: healthy green plants—what appear to be marijuana—growing in pots and a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.
So here we go again with a script deep in the white American psyche: the impossibility of Black innocence.
My first experience with the horror of racism was the murder of Emmett Till in 1955; he was only a year older than me when he died. It was alleged that Till, a 14-year-old Chicago black boy visiting Mississippi for the summer, did not know his place and whistled at a white woman in a store. That evening, the husband of the woman and his friend came to the house of Emmett’s grandfather, kidnapped Emmett, beat him beyond recognition, and then drowned his body. When his mutilated body was found, Emmett’s Mother, Mamie Till, insisted that his casket be left open because, in her words, “I wanted the world to see what they did to my baby.” The images shocked the black community and attracted great anger and sympathy from anti-racist people all over the world.
And yet, for some, the debate focused on whether Emmett had or hadn’t made any flirtatious advances toward a southern white woman—with many believing that if so, he had brought his murder on himself.
When I worked in the Newark Community Union Project in 1966-1968, in the city’s black south and central wards, we worked on many community issues including police brutality. In each case, we worked to identify the facts of the story and document the specifics of the brutality. I still remember George Richardson, a militant, black, political figure explaining to us his views on the realities of police brutality cases as if it was yesterday. You know, Eric, in these police brutality cases, we are always looking for the perfect, black, victim, the completely “innocent” black man, but he doesn’t exist. In our ideal case, a white cop beats or shoots a black man, and it turns out it was a black doctor walking down the street doing absolutely nothing when a white cop comes up to him and beats him badly. But that is never the way it is. The guy usually is poor or working class, has a criminal record, he was drinking, he talked back to the cop, he ran a traffic sign, he shoplifted, he ‘resisted arrest’, he yelled at the cop, he raised his hand whether in self-defense or even to fight back. But that has nothing to do with the fact that he was beaten half to death for being black. In every case, the black man is on trial, guilty until proven innocent and you know what, for most of these folks, even our hypothetical black doctor could never be innocent enough. Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black, manchild leaving a gated community and shot down in cold blood was as close in reality to that hypothetical black doctor as one can imagine, but it did not save him from an early grave.
So now, in this important test case, it’s essential that the civil rights movement and organizers in communities of color put the system on trial—for this trial is not about George Zimmerman alone, but also about how a system that sanctioned the murder of an un-armed black teenager until mass national and international pressure forced a trial. We have to win the argument that there are no extenuating circumstances in the stalking and murder of unarmed black men, and while we are there, we have to win the argument that a pen, or a knife, or a shopping cart, or a parked car or “something that looked like a gun” are not lethal weapons at 15 feet, and that lethal force is not an option.
Every time someone raises any questions about Trayvon, and we can be assured that as the trial goes on, the character assassination of Trayvon Martin will escalate, we have to counter with the most radical and structural demands on the system possible, to shift the terms of the debate and put the system on trial. This tactic—what’s been called “counter-hegemonic demand development”—was the great contribution of the civil rights movement and is rooted in Frederick Douglass’ advice: “Power accedes to nothing without a demand.”
We have to roll back all the stop-and-frisk laws, all the “hold your ground laws,” all the “war on drugs” laws, the endless web of laws that have put one million black people in prison and millions more in probation and parole. We have to demand President Obama enforce the 1964 Civil Rights Act and use his statutory power to withhold federal funds from any agency using those funds in a racially discriminatory manner—from Los Angeles to Chicago, from New York to Houston and everywhere else in between. We need to demand the social welfare state, not the police state—1,000 more buses, 1,000 more teachers, 1,000 more nurses, 1,000 fewer police. When we say Trayvon Martin did not die in vain, we have to fight for the maximum program that his life and his death and his innocence deserve.
The whole truth.
With 12 days remaining until George Zimmerman goes on trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman’s lawyers are pleading for more money, insisting that they’ve somehow burned through almost all of the more than $300,000 in online donations the public somehow have to an alleged murderer. “We’ve calculated that we need another $120,000 to give George the defense he deserves…
It’s the shit that keeps on shitting.
If his ass can’t afford lawyers, he needs to have a public defender like the rest of us and face the same shit judicial system the rest of us have to go through.
who are the fucking racists donating $300,000 to this racist fucker??
Sybrina Fulton is the mother of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old high school student who was shot and killed on Feb. 26, 2012.
***The trial of Trayvon’s accused killer is expected to begin on June 10, 2013. For the latest update in the Trayvon Martin case (as of Feb. 14, 2013) please click: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/14/1594051/whats-happened-in-the-trayvon-martin-case-since-you-stopped-paying-attention/?mobile=nc
THIS IS WHAT THEY DO!! THEY PROLONG THE TRIAL SO EVERYONE FORGETS AND THE KILLER GETS FREE!!! DON’T LET YOUR WILL GO TO WASTE!! PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE!!!
oh that’s my birthday
for my birthday i would like the start of a trial that gets some fucking justice seen
“Darius Simmons was by all accounts a good kid. The fun loving 6th grader was simply moving a garbage can in front of his home when his neighbor, 75 year old John Henry Spooner confronted him with a shotgun and accused him of stealing from his home. Darius, who was in school the time of the robbery, denied being involved with the theft. John Henry Spooner then proceed to shoot Darius in his chest, while he had his hands raise showing Spooner he was unarmed. His mom, who was watching in horror, ran to Darius to see if she could find a pulse, she couldn’t. Darius, 13 years old and unarmed, was murdered in cold blood in front of his mother.”