The Trayvon Martin shooting will not go to a Florida grand jury this week after all. Special prosecutor Angela Corey says people should not see this as meaning she will not file charges against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman who claims he shot the high-school student in self-defense. It’s just a question of what, if any, charges will be filed.
Corey’s decision rules out a first-degree murder charge against Zimmerman since Florida law requires a grand jury in such cases.
Comedian and social commentator Bill Cosby blames 'the gun' for the Trayvon Martin killing that has polarized America and made the hoodie the political and fashion statement of spring.
Cosby said in a newspaper interview that Zimmerman felt 'empowered' by his weapon, which gave him false courage that ended in death. Cosby says guns have no place in civilian neighborhood watch programs.
'We`ve got to get the gun out of the hands of people who are supposed to be on neighborhood watch,' said Cosby in his first public remarks about the shooting.
'Without a gun, I don’t see Mr. Zimmerman approaching Trayvon by himself,' Cosby said. 'The power-of-the-gun mentality had him unafraid to confront someone. Even police call for backup in similar situations.'
In Tulsa, Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, had their first court appearance today. Police are holding each of them on more than $9 million bond for first-degree murder and shooting with the intent to kill in a shooting spree on April 6 that ended with three people dead and two others wounded, all African-Americans.
As seen by Facebook postings, England apparently never got over the death of his father two years ago, shot by an African-American man.
Police are still trying to decide if these Tulsa shootings fall under the category of hate crimes.