Student Protest Forces Closure Of Sanford Police HQ

SANFORD (CBSMiami) – Due to the large number of student protesters outside the Sanford Police Department calling for justice in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the department was forced to temporarily close its doors on Monday.

“We have successfully shut down the Sanford Police Department for today,” said Ciara Taylor.

“The city of Sanford hopes the actions of the students will be as peaceful and orderly as the previous rallies and marches have been. We want to be accommodating to all our visitors proving they act in a manner that is respectful to the people of the city,” said City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr.

The students occupied the space in front of the police department blocking the main entrance.

“When I heard what happened to Trayvon, I felt it,” said Gabriel Pendas.

Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman on Feb. 26th as he walked through a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman reportedly told police that Martin attacked him and he fired his gun in self-defense. The Sanford Police did not charge Zimmerman citing the state’s ‘Stand Your Ground” law which allows for the use of deadly force if you feel your life is threatened.

Pendas, who lives in Miami, joined a group of about 40 Florida college students and alumni who undertook a three-day march from Daytona Beach to Sanford.  The students called themselves the Dream Defenders. They walked by day and slept in churches by night hoping to draw attention to the case.  When they arrived Sunday evening at a Sanford church triumphant, they recognized their quest for an arrest in the Martin case is far from over.

“So we’re here to hold them accountable, to hold the police accountable, because we’re tired, I’m tired, of this kind of behavior in our communities,” said Pendas.

In talking with Bonaparte, the students were able to convince him to hold a meeting with the community next week.

“We want to use this, as tragic as it is, to make out community a better community,” said Bonaparte.

Also on Monday it was announced that Florida State Attorney Angela Corey would not be using a Grand Jury to decide if Zimmerman would be charged.

“The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case,” said Corey in a statement.

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Also on Tuesday, George Zimmerman turned to the web for support. He created the website, asking for donations for living expenses since he is in hiding.

  • Sandtra Davis

    Zimmerman, a self appointed community atch, was in an unmarked car, no uniform, and no badge. He was told by police (911?) to stay in his car and stop following Trayvon. He disobeyed those orders and therefore became the agressor in this matter. END OF STORY.

    • F McAvoy

      You’re either misinformed or lying, Sandra Davis.

      Zimmerman was appointed by his neighborhood to be the watch captain. This “self-appointed” nonsense is nothing more than fabrication to make him look like a zealot.

      He is not a police officer, he has no need for markings on his privately owned automobile, nor is there a need for him to wear a badge or a uniform when performing the civic duty he volunteered to take up. A neighborhood watchman is not a cop, but rather a private citizen of a particular community who takes on extra responsibility to help keep their community safe.

      He was never told by police to stop following Martin. A 911 OPERATOR told him “we don’t need you to do that” in response to Zimmerman saying he was following Martin. 911 operators do NOT have any authority to give out orders and they especially do not have the authority to order a neighborhood watchman to stop following a person whom he finds suspicious, within the private property of the gated community in which he lives.

      Now if you would care to refer to the actual facts of this case you would be able to see that Zimmerman appears to be the victim of an overly aggressive Martin who seems to have had a chip on his shoulder from the beginning.

      In fact, all available evidence points overwhelmingly to the idea that Martin was the aggressor, Martin initiated the attack, and Martin lost his life in an attempt to rob someone else of their own.

    • ByteRider

      What a spew of lies you just spun, Sandtra… every bit of what you said was wrong and even the liberal media agrees.
      You can always move to Liberia, ya know.

    • Peter

      Zimmerman was part of the neighborhood watch, which is all volunteer, was in his own vehicle so why would it be marked?, had no uniform because he does not work for anyone requiring one, had no badge because he did not apply for a job that issues one, and was told to stop following a suspect on a public street which any member of the public has a right to be and which the dispatcher who is not a cop has no authority to give orders to. He was under no obligation to take orders from a phone operator. The aggressor was the criminal Trayvon who was looking for someone to steal from and who approached another person and attacked them because he thought he could get away with it. The criminal didn’t win this round hurrah for the good guys! THIS IS THE END OF THE STORY.

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  • John

    That’s one way of getting yo brothas to breakin more easily. Just block the poleeze office so they can’t do their jobs!

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  • Charles

    …END OF STORY…in all caps’?!

    Are you sure you’re not oversimplifying the case here, Sanda, or Sandtra?

  • Fred

    Sandtra, you are just like all the other ignorant folks who believe the original biased media reports and then keep repeating the same untruths. Your “FACTS” are basically all proven wrong. Zim was not self-appointed, he was part of a neighborhood watch organized by the homeowners association. He was not “ordered” to stop following Tray-punk. He was told by a dispatcher that he didn’t need to follow. And he didn’t. He was returning to his vehicle to wait for the cops when Tray-punk followed and confronted him.

    Spend a little time listening to all of the 911 tapes and look at the map diagramming where things took place. Don’t ignore the witnesses who saw Tray-punk ON TOP OF Zim during the fight. As yourself why the swell, sweet, innocent kid has an armful of tattoos, gold veneers, and a web site full of gansta messages. As yourself how he was earlier found with a load of women’s jewelery he couldn’t account for. As yourself why he went out in a pouring rain, on foot, to get a bag of skittles and an ice tea-with no ID. Ask why he jumped the fence both times, rather than going through the community’s manned gatehouse. Ask yourself why his lovely, dedicated parents didn’t realize he was missing for full 72 hours after he was killed. Really responsible parenting for a kid already in trouble multiple times. And he’s carrying an untraceable, pay-as-you go cell phone, so with no ID the cops don’t know who he is.

    Sorry Sandtra, but you and your kind still won’t admit that a punk is a punk.

  • F McAvoy

    We should make sure every single one of these brats gets a lesson in civil disobedience by arresting them all and making their absentee parents fork over the cash to get them loosed.

  • Peter

    Each and everyone of these young fools should have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at an absolute minimum. Assuming there were further charges to be made, then they should have been made as well. So while I support their right to free speech and assembly, they don’t have a right to block off a police department and interfere with its operations and the rest of the public’s access to it.

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