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07/15/2013

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Tex Lovera

I like the way you selectively choose which "facts" to include in your "story". You should be a fiction writer.

Oh wait...

Tex Lovera

Of course, what about the hundreds of blacks killed by other blacks every year in Chicago, DC, Philly, LA,... No civil rights prosecutions for them?

No justice, no peace as I am frequently told...

Peter Zinnia

“...I hate the way I'm feeling right now," he continuted. "I saw this white guy and I wanted to start swinging on him – and he didn't have anything to do with it.”
So in essence you want to continute the same attacking behavior that got TM killed? Why would you swing on a white guy? Zim is Hispanic! Profile much? If you pick the wrong white guy that had nothing to do with it and you swing on him he might continute to neutralize the threat you caused. Be careful you don't pick the guy with a CHL. Will you ever learn? It's all Whitey's fault right?

Really?

Did the author of the article even watch the trial? "The judge appeared to practically direct the jury to convict when HE allowed the lesser charge to be
considered." The judge was a female. The Blade has terrible writers, from Fred Martinez to this drivel.

Pee Wee

Attitudes will change when the minority of the population isn't commiting the majority of violent crimes. Plain and simple.

Barry

Let's not forget OJ...where was all the protesting and calls for justice back then? I guess Black on white crime is alright huh? Dpsht!

Cathy

I have been a Blade reader for 25 years. The quality of the writing has really deteriorated the last few years. Perhaps they are not paying enough to attract quality reporters and columnists? One of my family's new hobbies is to see how many spelling and grammatical errors we can spot in every edition! In addition, they do not even try and get the facts straight.

Pr0j3ctmayh3m

If you like stories that haven't been told, why are you rehashing the over told story of Zimmerman-Martin? Stick to the untold stories as those that know the stories point out your glaring mistakes. I did not realize that WalMart has a J school.

Dave

Tough situation all around. If Zimmerman was black, what is the story then? Bottom line is there is no witness to the whole thing, and what witness there is saw Travon on top punching Zimmerman. The injuries line up with the witness. I have been followed by people but managed not to throw done on them. Zimmerman could have walked away too, but does this mean when we see something in our neighborhoods we just wait half hour or hour for cops and the neighborhood is run by the thugs? This happens in some neighborhoods, people not being involved. Someone has to stand up, and if you are being asked questions and not doing anything wrong, talk it through.

Gerrie1541

See whats going on

Luke

What a numskull!!!! It's obvious that you did Not watch and/or read about the trial. FACT; martin's skin color did NOT have anything to do with his death.

You, along with thousands of others, are living like "victims" and the mindset that goes along with it.

Will you or have you ever comment(ed) on the attacks of white by blacks e.g. newsom/christian kidnapping, rape and murder of these two by 5 blacks?????

Having added you to write for the blade keeps it going backwards. smh

Bob

Maybe you should rename the column "248" the diary if you are going to keep interviewing Detroiters.

As for this piece, it is as balanced as the gun control piece in which you went back to Detroit of course, to buy an AR15 that you didn't intend to own personally.

Joe Nugent

Of course this would have been avoided if GZ would have stayed in his car. Of course this would have been avoided if TM didn't attack him. They profiled each other.

phil

@Pee Wee Right on

Roger Miler

@Tex Lovera

I like the way you selectively choose which "facts" to include in your "story". You should be a fiction writer.

Are you serious?
This is an opinion piece. An editorial. Mr. Gerritt talked with some friends and wrote a story about it. What facts should have been included? The "facts" that reflect your opinion.

Joy Biehler

Why bother trying to have a conversation with people who have already made up their minds before the trial ever started?

Richard Mitchell

judge gender mistake aside, and while ignoring the ignorant comments I read, its nice to see some substantive writing in the blade for a change. Welcome to Toledo and good luck. Very interesting series of articles.

Sean


Why was this not shown on the news as a Character reference to Frank Taaffe. He says Trayvon Martin was a THUG but he has a criminal record himself. Who was standing their ground/self defense when he was beating his X wife multiple times.... here are the facts you verify.

1997 Charged with battery on unknown party

March 1999 Charged with Domestic Violence, Supervised Visitation Ordered and Restraining Order.
April 1999 Wife finalizes divorce, but she still can't get rid of him. He beats her up again March 2000.
April 2002 He then starts terrorizing the daughter and son they get a temp restraining order and file DV charges.

1999 Failure to Pay Child Support

In 2008 the wife is still scared and files another domestic violence charge
Apparently he wont even pay tolls.


TAAFFE, FRANCIS BRUCE

DOB: 09/03/1956 DAVID SCOTT GLICKEN, Esquire

Retained


Plaintiff
STATE OF FLORIDA
Charge Information
Charges: TAAFFE, FRANCIS BRUCE
Statute
Level
Date
1. TRESPASS 810.08(2)(A) First Degree - Misd 03/11/2000
2. CR-PETIT THEFT 812.014(3)(A) Second Degree - Misd 03/11/2000

Sean

America says forget about this move on but her is a quote from above "Let's not forget OJ...where was all the protesting and calls for justice back then? I guess Black on white crime is alright huh? Dpsht!" what is the difference seems I hear this a lot lately I have even heard this the payback

Sean

should we let this go too.....
John Spooner is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting of Darius Simmons in May 2012 outside their homes on the south side. Another case in court of the same non sense

Sean

and for people ignorant enough to bash the typo I meant here is a quote from above

Sean

Kimani Gray


Sixteen-year-old Kimani was shot four times in the front and side of his body and three times in the back by two New York City police officers as he left a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn on March 9, 2013. The only publicly identified eyewitness is standing by her claim that he was empty-handed when he was gunned down.

Sean

Kimani Gray


Sixteen-year-old Kimani was shot four times in the front and side of his body and three times in the back by two New York City police officers as he left a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn on March 9, 2013. The only publicly identified eyewitness is standing by her claim that he was empty-handed when he was gunned down.

Kendrec McDade


Nineteen-year-old college student McDade was shot and killed in March 2012 when officers responded to a report of an armed robbery of a man in Pasadena, Calif. He was later found to be unarmed, with only a cellphone in his pocket. His death has prompted his family to file a lawsuit, in which McDade's parents argue that he was left on the street for a prolonged period of time without receiving first aid. According to court documents, McDade's last words were, "Why did they shoot me?" The officers involved were initially placed on paid administrative leave but have since returned to duty


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About Jeff Gerritt

I am the deputy editorial-page editor of The Blade. I recently moved to Toledo’s warehouse district, after spending 13 years in Detroit, where I was an editorial writer and columnist for the Detroit Free Press.

I’ve always walked the streets, writing about prisoners, addicts, homeless people, gang members -- and ordinary people with extraordinary stories.

I played drums professionally for three years, and I’ve also been a factory worker, security guard, house painter, janitor, landscaper, and construction worker.

Everyone has a story. I like the ones that haven’t been told.

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