Posts tagged ‘racial profiling’

July 19, 2012

George Zimmerman: “I’m Sorry”

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, said during his first televised interview: “I’m not a racist. I’m not a murderer.”

Zimmerman, joined by his defense attorney Mark O’Mara, sat down with conservative Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity and discussed the events that unfolded the February night Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old Martin, the national outrage the shooting caused and what he perceived as the media’s rush to judgment.

“Is there anything that you regret? Do you regret getting out of the car to follow Trayon that night?” Hannity asked. “Do you regret that you had a gun that night?”

“No, sir,” Zimmerman, 28, replied. “I feel that it was all God’s plan and not for me to second-guess it or judge it.”

At times Zimmerman seemed to eke out a nervous smile, with sweat gathering on his upper lip. He spent much of the one-hour interview recounting the moments just before and after the shooting. But he also addressed Martin’s parents. When asked what he would say to them, he answered, “I would tell them again that I’m sorry.”

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June 26, 2012

Two Laws Every Black Man Should Know

I’ve been meaning to write about this article for so long. With African-American males being arrested at a disproportionate rate and black females having the fastest growing incarceration rate, I figured it was time to impart some much-needed knowledge into the community. However, it wasn’t until my colleague posted an intriguing post about the importance of knowing your Fourth Amendment right that I decided to pursue this PSA completely.

Through my career experiences within the criminal justice system, I’ve seen too many brothas taken advantage of simply because they did not know their rights. Most people think they understand their protection from searches and seizures because they watched a few Law & Order episodes and listened to verse 2 of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” But after reading this law article breaking down the nuances of the song, I see that Jay-Z has a good grasp on the idea but misconstrued a few concepts.

To be honest with you, it is rarely in your favor to speak to the police. Every individual is entitled to “plead the fifth.” The Fifth Amendment gives you the right to shut up. If exercised in the right way you can protect yourself from a lot of trouble. Telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth will have you on First 48 snitchin’ on everybody and trust me it has its consequences. However, if you lie you can be charged with perjury (just ask Lil’ Kim).

In order to successfully manuever the country with the most incarcerated citizens, you may want to know your Fourth and your Fifth. Trust me you are going to need it!