Tuesday, May 15, 10:56 a.m.: Fire captain who posted about Trayvon on Facebook demoted: A Miami-Dade fire captain has been demoted to firefighter as punishment for a rant, posted on his personal Facebook page, about the Trayvon Martin case, the Miami Herald reports. Capt. Brian Beckmann criticized prosecutor Angela Corey, who charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in Trayvon’s death. In the post, Beckmann suggested “urban youth” were the products of “failed, sh–bag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents.”
Monday, May 14, 4:22 p.m. EDT: Trayvon Martin gun-range targets sell out: A Florida distributor who has selling gun-range targets meant to resemble slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin has reportedly sold out his entire stock within two days. The product description reads in part, “Everyone knows the story of Zimmerman and Martin. Obviously we support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug. Each target is printed on thick, high quality poster paper with matte finish!”
Monday, May 14, 9:48 a.m. EDT: Martin and Zimmerman families both receive outpourings of donations: Sybrina Fulton, who has worked at the Miami-Dade County housing authority for 23 years, collected $40,825 worth of donated vacation time, the Kansas City Star reports. The paid time off is in addition to the nearly $100,000 the family raised on wepay.com and at rallies, which will be used to launch a criminal-justice advocacy foundation in Trayvon’s name. Meanwhile, George Zimmerman, the man who shot their son, raised $204,000 in just three weeks with a PayPal account posted to a website. He spent about $50,000 before his defense lawyer ever learned of the fund’s swelling balance, his attorney, Mark O’Mara, acknowledged.
Monday, May 14, 7:50 a.m. EDT: Trayvon’s mom sends Mother’s Day message: On Sybrina Fulton’s first Mother’s Day without her son Trayvon, she used a video message to urge the public to continue to fight for children whose lives are cut short by senseless acts of violence. “I’m asking you to join Florida in calling upon the governor of your state to re-examine similar ‘Stand your ground’ laws throughout the nation to keep our families safe,” she said. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Mother’s Day.” Watch it here.
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