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Tag: Florida

July
17th

Zimmerman verdict: Recognizing the injustice in the system

For all our disparate values, when Americans go to the movies we all crave one thing when the credits roll. A good end to the story.

The need to have loose ends wrapped up, to bring a sense of closure, is endemic. Perhaps the best evidence of this need is the collective response when people don’t get it. They generally don’t react well.

Such was the case when six Florida jurors acquitted George Zimmerman of all criminal charges in the death of Trayvon Martin last Saturday (TNT 7/14). When word of the decision spilled out,

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June
1st

Mythical monsters come to life – on drugs

On a busy street corner, in the fading light of a crisp autumn day several years ago, I witnessed a truly bizarre scene.

A man was sprawled on the ground, his limbs pinned by the four cops who arrived ahead of me. He was thrashing around, sweating and screaming incoherently, and I realized with a shock that his flailing limbs were actually lifting the four officers off the ground.

The surreal nature of this scene, reminiscent of Frankenstein’s monster rather than a real man, is no longer remarkable. Though at the time I was not aware of the physiological

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March
25th

Making the case for a civil rights case

The anger radiating out of Sanford, Florida, is palpable. The killing of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, has energized the country unlike any single death in recent memory.

The rising tide of anger has washed up in other parts of the country; thousands have gathered for protests against Martin’s killing in cities such as Los and New York City, Miami and Chicago. His death is largely seen as a racial issue involving a Hispanic shooter and a white police department that has so far failed to deliver justice in the form of an arrest. Groups such as the

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