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A white police officer in New Orleans has been suspended from the force for saying Trayvon Martin deserved to die.
Officer Jason Giroir posted the comment “Act like a Thug Die like one!” on a local television station’s website regarding the case of the unarmed 17-year-old Florida student who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer a month ago.
The officer, who was suspended indefinitely without pay, was already under investigation for the fatal shooting on March 1 of Justin Sipp, a 20-year-old Black man. In addition to Sipp, two police officers were wounded. The case remains under investigation.
Meanwhile, the lead homicide investigator in the Trayvon Martin shooting apparently recommended that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot the teenager, be charged with manslaughter on the night of the shooting, ABC News reported.
However, another investigator in Sanford, FL, the suburb of Orlando where the shooting took place, was instructed to refrain from pressing charges against the 28-year-old shooter. That investigator, Chris Serino, determined that the state’s attorney’s office had concluded there was insufficient evidence to lead to a conviction, the network reported.
Zimmerman claimed he shot the Trayvon Martin in self-defense. His lawyer has stated in the last few days that it was Zimmerman who was the object of attack by the teenager and that Trayvon Martin had bloodied his nose and beaten him.
Zimmerman has not been charged with a crime, and the calls for his arrest have grown into a national movement, characterized by protest marches and rallies from coast to coast.
Serino is said to have filed an affidavit on the night of the shooting saying he was unconvinced of Zimmerman’s version of events.
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