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George Zimmerman arrested on domestic violence charges | www.wftv.com

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George Zimmerman booking mugshot 11/18/13

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

Channel 9 has confirmed George Zimmerman has been arrested on domestic violence charges in Seminole Countyon Monday.

The disturbance was at a residence on Topfield Court in unincorporated Apopka, although authorities haven’t said what exactly happened.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said Zimmerman will be booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

No other details have been released.

George Zimmerman has made national headlines several times since his acquittal in July in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Stay with WFTV.com and tune in to Eyewitness News at 4 p.m. as we work to uncover more details.

Over the summer, authorities were called to a domestic dispute involving Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, shortly after she filed for divorce.

Shellie Zimmerman accused her estranged husband of punching her father and threatening them at the father’s home on Ridgewood Road.

In the end, no charges were filed against Zimmerman in the case.

Zimmerman was also accused by his wife’s mother of stealing property from her Lake Mary home, where Zimmerman had been staying.

Police are reviewing the case to determine if it will be a civil or criminal matter.

Zimmerman was also pulled over twice for speeding, once in Texas where he was let off with a warning and another time in Lake Mary, where he was issued a $256 ticket.

And he drew controversy for visiting the Kel-Tec gun manufacturing company in Cocoa, where he toured the facility and posed for a photo with a worker at the plant.

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Marissa´s Case | colouredjustice.wordpress.com

9357806550_565c4d69b6_mNew poster I designed. Free Marissa Now! Stop the legal lynching of a Blackdomestic violence survivor by Florida’s racist mandatory minimum sentencinglaws. #blacklivesmatter #freemarissanow#dignidadrebelde (Photo credit: dignidadrebelde)

 

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New poster I designed. Free Marissa Now! Stop the legal lynching of a Black domestic violence survivor by Florida’s racist mandatory minimum sentencing laws. #blacklivesmatter #freemarissanow#dignidadrebelde (Photo credit: dignidadrebelde)

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Week of deadly violence rocks Detroit | The Detroit News

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Detroit— In a week the city elected a new mayor and the state’s governor appeared on national TV news shows touting its revival, residents were dealing with the stark realities of crime in the city — nine dead in seven days.

The incidents began Sunday when a baby girl was delivered after her mother and a companion were killed in the 9200 block of Meyers Road, on the west side near Joy and West Chicago.

On Wednesday, three men were killed and six were wounded in a shootout in a barbershop on Seven Mile near Keystone in northeast Detroit.

Early Friday, three people were found dead on the living room floor of a west side house. Later in the day, at 5:05 p.m., a man’s body was discovered in a garbage can in northwest Detroit. Police said they would await autopsy results from Wayne County Medical Examiner to determine whether it was a homicide.

According to the police, these latest homicides bring the total in Detroit for the year to 292, including the addition of 17 slayings in the past 10 days.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig was unavailable Friday for comment on the spate of killings, but his spokesman, Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody, said the department is doing what it can to respond to the violence. But police cannot do it alone, he cautioned.

“The reality of it is we’ve had a violent week of crime,” Woody said. “Everyone in this department is very cognizant of it. But at some point, the public has to take culpability and be a part of the solution. It’s not just a Detroit Police Department problem, it’s a city of Detroit problem, and we all need to stand together.”

Bill Nowling, a spokesman for Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, said the week’s violence highlights the dire challenges facing the city.

“It underlines to a certain degree what we’re up against in terms of restructuring,” he said. “It emphasizes why public safety and delivery of services need to be the top priority for the city.”

Nowling called the crimes “tragic and senseless,” but noted that most were committed in the presence of other illegal activities. “That’s why it’s important that we’re able to get through this restructuring process so we can make investments in increasing police activity,” he said.

Ron Scott, director of the Coalition Against Police Brutality, said the examples of violence plaguing Detroit are based on myriad issues that include substance abuse, domestic violence and other crimes.

“Every battle or argument is not meant to be a battle that ends a life,” Scott said, whose group also emphasizes conflict resolution in neighborhoods to curtail crime before it happens. “It becomes easy to resolve something and not even know the consequences. We have allowed ourselves to be desensitized to black on black murder. But we can get a grip on it.”

Malik Shabazz, a longtime activist who has been working to empower residents to fight crime, said crime is a “bigger and more pervasive problem than any of us realize.” It will take a massive effort from every resident to cure Detroit’s violent ills, he added.

“The city of Detroit is a microcosm of a macrocosm of our nation. It’s a violent nation that we live in,” Shabazz said. “We as a society, as a nation, as a city, we are failing to create good human beings. Good human beings have to be molded, have to be taught, have to shown.”

Shabazz said his Marcus Garvey Movement, which has been going block to block in an attempt to stop crime before it happens, reports some successes. But “the city can’t be saved by one organization,” he said. “Everybody’s got to get involved. Everybody’s got a role to play in fighting this crime and grime that takes place.”

He made the comments later Friday after reports that police had been called to the 3200 block of West Philadelphia where the bodies of a woman, 22, and two men, 32 and 35, each with gunshot wounds to the head, had been found on the floor in a lower unit of a house.

Only a day earlier, the police chief had described the shootings at the barbershop as an act of “urban terrorism.”

One local minister warned Friday the violent death of an African-American in Detroit “has become normal.”

“The challenge is how to sensitize people to the fact that this is not normal that we live in a war zone,” said the Rev. David Bullock, pastor Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church.

Scott said he believes city residents can start paying attention to stopping crime if they are properly engaged. He cited an incident in which members of his organization interceded last year and helped convince a man who had his bicycle stolen by some youth from getting into an altercation. Scott said that same evening his group was putting on a play about curtailing violence.

“We can’t just react,” Scott said. “We have to focus on the sanctity of life.”

Week of deadly violence rocks Detroit | The Detroit News.

 

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Florida Stand Your Ground law: black mother who fired a warning shot at abusive husband gets 20 years in prison

Marissa Alexander

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Marissa Alexander, the 31-year-old Florida woman who fired what her family calls a warning shot at her abusive husband, was sentenced Friday morning to 20 years in prison.

Alexander was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for firing into a wall near her husband and his two young children at their Jacksonville home in 2010. Alexander has maintained that she wasn’t trying to hurt anyone and that she was standing her ground against a man who had over the course of nearly a year punched and choked her on several different occasions. Alexander says that she believed she was protected that day under the state’s Stand Your Ground Law, which gives people wide discretion in using deadly force to defend themselves.

A judge and a jury disagreed.

 

The State Attorney‘s Office offered a plea bargain that would have sent Alexander to prison for three years, but she rejected it, hoping to convince a jury that she had been defending herself when she fired the weapon.

Alexander’s case has become the latest battleground in a fight against what Alexander’s supporters call the misapplication of the Stand Your Ground Law and Florida’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which offer stiff sentences for crimes involving guns.

According to Florida’s 10-20-Life statutes, anyone who pulls a gun during a crime receives a mandatory 10-year sentence. Firing a gun during the commission of a crime equals a mandatory 20-year sentence. Anyone convicted of shooting and killing another person during a crime is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Alexander, who did not have a criminal record before the shooting, was convicted of felony assault with a gun.

“Florida’s mandatory 10-20-life gun law forced the Court to impose an arbitrary, unjust and completely inappropriate sentence,” said Greg Newburn, Florida project director for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a group that fights to repeal such laws. “As long as Florida keeps its inflexible gun sentencing laws, we will continue to see cases like Ms. Alexander’s.”

Alexander, a mother of three, and her family have vowed to keep fighting.

“It’s like a nightmare that we can’t wake up from,” Helen Jenkins, Alexander’s mother, told HuffPost shortly after the sentencing. “But we just take it one day at a time. Emotionally we are spent, but every day we start over because we have to fight for Marissa.”

Jenkins said the family is currently raising funds to hire another attorney to appeal Alexander’s case.

Angela Corey, the state attorney who oversaw the case against Alexander, said that justice was indeed served and that Alexander was angry and reckless, not fearful, on the night of the shooting. Just because no one was harmed in the incident doesn’t make the shooting any less a punishable crime, Corey said.

“I feel like when someone fires a loaded gun inside of a home with two children standing in the direction where the bullet was fired, we have to have tough laws that say you don’t do that,” Corey told HuffPost. “Justice, with the laws of the state of Florida, was served. But I don’t believe her supporters will ever believe that.”

The Jacksonville courtroom in which Alexander was sentenced was packed with Alexander’s family and supporters. At one point, according to news reports, a group of young supporters stood up and sang or chanted, “We who believe in justice will not rest!”

One by one, Alexander’s family members addressed the court, including Alexander’s mother and father, a sister and a brother who broke down in tears as they talked about their sister and how they believe the system had wronged her.

Alexander’s daughter, Havelin, 11, read from a letter she’d written and questioned “how my mom could be beaten but she’s the one arrested,” according to Lincoln Alexander, the girl’s father and Marissa’s ex-husband.

“That’s the reason why I’m fighting,” Lincoln Alexander told Huffpost. “I’m fighting for my kids … I knew this day was coming and my thoughts were on them. Would they be strong enough?”

If Alexander’s future appeals are unsuccessful, and she serves her full 20-year term in prison, her twins will be 31 years old when she is released. Her youngest will be 22.

“Today was another tough day for them,” Lincoln Alexander said of his kids. “Once they took Marissa away and we walked out of the court and everything was over, that’s when it was toughest.”

On Aug. 1, 2010, a fight between Alexander and her husband, Rico Gray, 36, left her cornered in the couple’s home. She fled into the garage to escape but was trapped behind a jammed door, she stated in court documents. She said she grabbed the gun she kept in the garage, returned to the house and, when Gray threatened to kill her, fired a single shot to ward him off.

Gray ran out of the house with his two sons and called the police. Alexander was arrested and charged. She unsuccessfully invoked her right to stand her ground in court. Alexander’s sentencing comes 435 days after the shooting. It took a jury 12 minutes to find her guilty.

Gray himself admitted in a deposition to abusing “all five of his babies’ mamas except one,” and to hitting Alexander. Alexander’s family and supporters say that Gray’s testimony should not be trusted, because he perjured himself by changing his account of events on the night of the shooting between his early depositions and later court hearings — a claim that was not disputed by Corey, the state attorney.

Alexander’s case has drawn comparisons to the case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot to death in February by a neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed he shot Martin in self-defense. The shooter, George Zimmerman, was initially released after the police said he was within his legal rights to defend himself. He was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder more than 40 days later.

Both the Martin and Alexander cases have stirred controversy around Florida’s self-defense and gun laws, but it wasn’t until some media pivoted from the Martin case to Alexander’s that her name became known outside of Jacksonville.

Her family has set up a website and has appeared on cable news shows and nationally syndicated radio programs to spread the word about the “injustice” that they believe Alexander has suffered.

But in the past week, Angela Corey, the state attorney (who also is prosecuting Zimmerman in the Martin case), has launched a media offensive to combat what she has called “misinformation” being spread by the family about the circumstances of the shooting.

Shortly after the sentencing, Corey echoed comments she made to HuffPost earlier this week, saying that Alexander’s own actions on the night of the incident and in the following months have landed her in the position that she is in.

While Alexander’s family has portrayed her as a victim at the end of her emotional rope and in fear of her life, Corey says Alexander fired in anger and not in fear. Corey disputes the so-called warning shot into the ceiling with photographs that show bullet holes much lower, going through a kitchen wall and into the living room where Corey said Gray and his boys were.

“The fact that nobody got hurt has to be balanced with the fact that someone could have gotten hurt,” Corey said. “The kids being right next to him changed everything.”

About four months after Alexander was released on bail, on orders to have no contact with Gray, she got into an altercation with him at his home that gave him a black eye, Corey said. Alexander was arrested and charged with battery, to which she pleaded no contest.

Corey said that Alexander’s actions — engaging with a man of whom she claimed to be deathly afraid, and assaulting him — “didn’t show much of her being remorseful” or “being a peaceful person.”

“Everybody is still ignoring that she got out on bond and chose to go back over there and hit him a second time,” Corey said. “That was kind of an indication of where putting her on probation, where you might have been able to do that before, was off the table since she disregarded a judges order.”

Alexander’s family said the second incident took place just days before her newborn would have been dropped off of her insurance, and that she went over to Gray’s home to have him sign paperwork that would have kept the baby insured. The family say that he attacked her that night and provided HuffPost with her medical records, which show that she suffered minor scrapes and bruising on her face, hand and arm.

After the altercation, Alexander left Gray’s house, and Gray called the police.

On Friday Corey’s office provided a police report, photographs and a 911 call that counter Alexander’s claims.

In the police report, Gray claimed that Alexander came over to drop off their daughter, and that when he rebuffed Alexander’s request to spend the night, she “became enraged and began striking him on the face.” Gray said he raised his hands, the report continues, and he yelled out to his sons to call the police. The responding officer wrote that Gray’s children corroborated that account.

When the police contacted her an hour or so later, according to the report, she said she didn’t understand why they were contacting her and that she had an “alibi.” The police noted swelling and a cut under Gray’s left eye and no visible injuries on Alexander. But on the way to the jail, Alexander said she felt light-headed and became unresponsive.

An officer then “observed that there was a small cut under the suspect’s eye that was not there prior to her being placed in my back seat.”

Alexander was rearrested that night and has remained in custody ever since.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/11/marissa-alexander-sentenced_n_1510113.html

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Neo-Nazi US sheriff candidate guns down toddler and three adults in suicidal killing spree

Jason Jason J.T. Ready, a reputed neo-Nazi has been identified as being responsible for the lethal shooting of four people in Gilbert, Arizona, including an 18-month-old toddler

 
Amber Mederos with daughter Lilly
Amber Mederos with daughter Lilly
 

Victims: Amber Mederos with her daughter Lilly, two, were shot and killed as was Ready’s girlfriend Lisa Mederos, 47, who had been living with him at the time

 
 

Slaying: Amber Mederos, 22, and her boyfriend Jim, also 22, were killed in the shooting, as was their two-year-old daughter LilySlaying: Amber Mederos, 22, and her boyfriend Jim, also 22, were killed in the shooting, as was their two-year-old daughter Lily

Although not officially confirmed by police in Gilbert, it is thought that J.T Ready shot and killed his 47-year old girlfriend, Lisa Mederos, Lisa’s daughter 22-year-old Amber Mederos, Amber’s 22-year-old boyfriend Jim and Amber’s 2-year old daughter Lilly.

The little girl was initially found alive at the property but later died in hospital.

Listed as the treasurer of the J.T Ready for Sheriff of Pinal County, Lisa Mederos had been living with Ready at her home for the past two years.

Distraught: A police officer walks with a man who said he had a child inside of the home where five people were shot yesterdayDistraught: A police officer walks with a man who said he had a child inside of the home where five people were shot yesterday
 

Dispute: Police have said that there had been a reported incident of domestic violence between Ready, pictured left, and Lisa Mederos earlier in the dayDispute: Police have said that there had been a reported incident of domestic violence between Ready, pictured left, and Lisa Mederos earlier in the day

 
Amber Mederos, Jim Hiott, Lilly
Amber Mederos, Jim Hiott, Lilly
 

Family: Amber Mederos, boyfriend Jim Hiott and daughter Lilly were all shot. Lilly was still alive when police arrived but died later in the hospital

While it is known that Ready is among the dead, it has not been confirmed whether he turned the gun on himself.

‘There were a few weapons in the house and we don’t know if there was a gun battle or if it was a murder-suicide,’ said Sgt Bill Balafas of Gilbert Police.

Police have said that there had been a reported incident of domestic violence between Ready and Mederos earlier in the day.

It has also been revealed that Mederos’ other 19-year-old daughter was not at home at the time of the killings and is now being interviewed by police.

Explaining the scene that confronted emergency workers, Sgt Balafas said that the toddler was taken to hospital by the first responders.

‘There were signs of life, that’s why we transported her,’ said Sgt Balafas.

‘This is a domestic situation. We do have witnesses that our investigators are interviewing.’

 

Horror: Gilbert police officers walk inside the police tape outside a crime scene on Wednesday after four people, including a toddler, were fatally shotHorror: Gilbert police officers walk inside the police tape outside a crime scene on Wednesday after four people, including a toddler, were fatally shot

Tragic loss: Neighbours in the residential street have expressed their shock at the massacre with some saying they feel sickTragic loss: Neighbours in the residential street have expressed their shock at the massacre with some saying they feel sick

Jason 'J.T.' Ready, a member of the notorious Minuteman Civil Defense Corps apparently turned the gun on himself after killing four people today in Gilbert, ArizonaJason ‘J.T.’ Ready, a member of the notorious Minuteman Civil Defense Corps apparently turned the gun on himself after killing four people today in Gilbert, Arizona
 

In January of 2012, he even announced his candidacy to run as a Democratic Candidate for Pinal County Sheriff.

In January of 2012, he even announced his candidacy to run as a Democratic Candidate for Pinal County Sheriff.

Neighbours in the residential street have expressed their shock.

‘I am sick to my stomach, as you can tell everyone driving by is absolutely shocked,’ said DeAnn Rawson.

Another neighbour who witnessed the police and emergency services reaction to the crime was equally upset.

‘There’s no excuse for taking a child’s life,’ said Gary Davis.

‘Nothing ever happens in this neighbourhood. It’s a shock to us.’

Police in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert say a man shot and killed four people, including a toddler, before killing himselfPolice in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert say a man shot and killed four people, including a toddler, before killing himself

Gilbert police Lt John Lyle told The Arizona Republic that authorities aren’t looking for a suspect in Wednesday afternoon’s shooting at the home.

Identified as the killer, Ready is a former Marine and the founder of the prominent, Arizona-based nativist extremist organisation ‘Americans First’.

He has stated in the past that ‘I firmly believe in having a minefield across the border,’ he says in a widely distributed video.

‘This is 100% effective.’

Police officers look over the scene of a shooting in a residential area of Gilbert, Arizona May 2, 2012. Local newspapers reported five people killedPolice officers look over the scene of a shooting in a residential area of Gilbert, Arizona May 2, 2012. Local newspapers reported five people killed

Ready has in the past spoken at National Socialist Movement rallies in Omaha and is a vocal opponent of unchecked immigration in to the United States.

The former military serviceman had recently set up the U.S Border Guard, a militia-style group that routinely patrolled the southern Arizona desert searching for illegal immigrants.

And in January 2012, he announced his candidacy to run as a Democratic candidate for Pinal County Sheriff.

A statement of organisation filed on January 11 has an Amber Maderos listed as the treasurer of the Committee to Elect J.T Ready.

However, her name was not mentioned in amended paperwork filed by Ready on March 12 of this year.

An investigator walks in front of the house, where it is thought that neo-Nazi JT Ready opened fire and killed four people including a toddlerAn investigator walks in front of the house, where it is thought that neo-Nazi JT Ready opened fire and killed four people including a toddler

Part of the burgeoning volunteer militia scene in Arizona, neo-Nazi Ready was known around Phoenix as a man who was keen to take matters into his own hands.

Declaring war on ‘narco-terrorists’ and illegal immigrants, Ready’s reputation made local law enforcement officials nervous, especially given his association with the National Socialist Movement (NSM).

Subscribing to the belief that only non-Jewish, white hetro-sexuals should be American citizens and that all non-white people should leave the country, Ready readily admitted identifying with the NSM.

‘We’re not going to sit around and wait for the government anymore,’ said Ready in an interview with the Associated Press in 2010.

‘This is what our founding fathers did.’

Twice court martialed, Ready received a bad-conduct discharge from the Marines in 1996 for conspiracy and assault.

 Police officers stand outside a Gilbert, Arizona house after a shooting where it is thought that notorious militia volunteer J.T Ready killed four people before turning a gun on himselfPolice officers stand outside a Gilbert, Arizona house after a shooting where it is thought that notorious militia volunteer J.T Ready killed four people before turning a gun on himself

In 2004, the Arizona native decided to adopt a career in politics and ran for a seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.

One of his main campaign pledges was to defeat the threat posed to America by undocumented immigrants.

He told a reporter during the run up to the election that Arizona could improve its education if it would ‘deal with this mass illegal influx of foreign students who not even embrace the same language and culture as Americans and who spread tuberculosis, whooping cough, lice, and other third-world biological diseases to other children.’

He lost the election.

And in March 2006, Ready made headlines when he opened fire at a Latino man with a BB gun when running for the Mesa City Council.

 It is thought that the former National Socialist Movement member was heavily armed for the afternoon attackIt is thought that the former National Socialist Movement member was heavily armed for the afternoon attack

No charges were pressed over the incident and his second run for office was derailed when he volunteered to act as master of ceremonies at the Mesa Veteran’s Day parade.

It was revealed before hand that he had been twice court-martialed and kicked out of the Marines.

Creating the anti-immigration group ‘Americans First’ in 2006, Ready marched on the Mexican consulate in Phoenix.

‘We are advocating that the government of Mexico should be designated a ‘threat nation’ because they are openly subverting our laws and sovereignty,’ said Ready at the time.

Finally in 2006 running as the only candidate Ready became the Republican precinct committeeman in a west Mesa district.

But in September 2007, he marched under a swastika banner in Omaha, Nebraska with brown-shirted NSM leaders.

Coming to the attention of the Arizona legislature, attempts were made to expel Ready from his position as a committeeman, but these failed.

Claiming to have left the NSM in 2010, Ready had indicated to the media that he was concentrating on his volunteer militia work and his personal life

A Gilbert police officer stands outside the police tape outside a crime scene Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Gilbert, ArizonaA Gilbert police officer stands outside the police tape outside a crime scene Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Gilbert, Arizona

The shootings occurred after 1pm Witnesses say a SWAT team sealed off part of the area and investigators told residents to remain indoors.

A middle school near the scene of the shooting was locked down and students weren’t allowed to come in or out of the campus.

Gilbert is a quiet bedroom community south-east of Phoenix that was named the safest city in Arizona, and one of the safest in the whole country by CQ Press.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2138639/Gilbert-mass-shooting-Jason-JT-Ready-guns-toddler-3-adults-Arizona.html#ixzz1tqM03ANW

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