Macy’s & Barneys Among Stores to Post a “Customers’ Bill of Rights”

Photo courtesy of Martin via Flickr.com

Photo courtesy of Martin via Flickr.com

 

As a black person, I was not at all surprised to hear recent complaints in the news of racial profiling in stores. Even as a child, I remember being followed around by store employees while walking through the aisles of a store. In fact, the black community in general has been aware of this for decades. The only real surprise is that people have finally taken the step to sue.

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Medical Examiner from Trayvon Martin Case Plans $100M Lawsuit

Dr. Bao in court - courtesy of WFTV.com

Dr. Bao in court – courtesy of WFTV.com

 

From the very beginning, the case against George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin was beset by the specter of racism. Even before the trial, Zimmerman was already enjoying the bonuses of being a non-Black criminal suspect when police declined to charge him with murder until after enough people started complaining and petitioning.

So it is little wonder that the medical examiner who testified in the case, Dr. Shiping Bao, has recently accused the medical examiner’s office (the head of the office, presumably), state attorney’s office, and the Sanford Police Department of bias against Martin, according to WFTV.com. The WFTV.com article goes on to say:

Attorney Willie Gary said Dr. Bao was made to be a scapegoat and was wrongfully fired from the medical examiner’s office. He said his client was prepared to offer proof that Martin was not the aggressor.

“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,'” Gary said.

What’s especially interesting is that the medical examiner’s office has never given a public statement as to why Dr. Bao was fired, which leads one to infer that he may have been fired for expressing his discomfort for testifying in a manner that helped the police and Zimmerman. He was the one who examined Martin’s body, so his testimony was meant to help the jury understand what happened the night Martin was shot.

It’s also important to note that his testimony took some twists and turns during the trial, as reported by WFTV.com:

On the stand, Dr. Bao changed his testimony about key statements he’d made and said he’d changed his mind about Martin only being alive for as many as three minutes after the shooting.

Dr. Bao and his attorney are now planning on suing for $100 million. The reports I read didn’t specify who they are suing, but it seems likely that it will be the current medical examiner’s office head, or the county the case took place in. There are very few news reports on this so far, which is strange since you’d think this story would be huge given it has to do with the Zimmerman trial.

There is also a video of the report at WFTV.com.

I’ll post any updates I find.

Parents of Trayvon Martin Reach Settlement With Homeowners Association

Trayvon Martin's parents - courtesy of www.chron.com

Trayvon Martin’s parents – courtesy of www.chron.com

 

From NewsOne.com

The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin have settled a wrongful-death claim with the homeowners association of the Sanford gated community where their son was gunned down by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, reports the Chicago Tribune.

According to numerous reports, the settlement is believed to be more than $1,000,000, but the amount was redacted on public documents and Attorney Benjamin Crump would not confirm when asked.

As previously reported by NewsOne, Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, filed suit against the Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision in August, 2012.

Under the heading “Neighborhood Watch,” the neighborhood’s newsletter’s recommended that residents first call police and then “please contact our Captain, George Zimmerman … so he can be aware and help address the issue with other residents.”

Their endorsement of Zimmerman, who claims to have been acting in that capacity when he profiled, stalked and ultimately killed the unarmed 17-year-old, left them vulnerable to legal action.

For the full story and a video, go to NewsOne.com. 

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