[UPDATE] Zimmerman's Family Wants Black Panthers Arrested

By: Danielle Eldredge; CBS News Email
By: Danielle Eldredge; CBS News Email

Zimmerman's Family Wants Black Panthers Arrested
by Danielle Eldredge

Tallahassee, FL -- April 10, 2912 --

George Zimmerman's family is speaking out. They're calling on Eric Holder to arrest members of the New Black Panther Party.

It comes after the NBPP put a bounty on Zimmerman's head in a recent conference call.

There's a YouTube video circulating posted by breitbart.com. It's reportedly an April 7th conference call hosted by Tampa's division of the New Black Panthers. In it, callers discuss impending violence.

The group's chief of staff, Michelle Williams says, in her words,
"My prize right now this evening is gonna be the bounty, arrest, dead or alive, for George Zimmerman."

She goes on to say, "To every brother, to every female, I'm calling for violence, if non-violence means we continue to postpone the solution to the American black man's problem just to avoid violence.

Amidst the threats, George Zimmerman is now without legal council. His attorneys announced at a news conference they weren't representing Zimmerman any longer.

They say Zimmerman hasn't been returning their phone calls and contacted the prosecutor's office directly earlier this week. They say the last time they spoke with Zimmerman, he was not doing well emotionally.

"I still believe that he was acting in self-defense that night, nothing that I've said about him or this case has changed in any way. I just can't proceed to represent a client who doesn't stay in contact with me," said his former defense attorney Craig Sonner.

As for Zimmerman himself, he's found his own way to speak out. He has a website so he can communicate with his supporters and they can make donations to his cause. A family member confirms that the real George Zimmerman is the site's administrator.

Or checkout Zimmerman's website for more info: www.therealgeorgezimmerman.com

Zimmerman's lawyers withdraw from shooting case

Attorneys Craig Sonner (left) and Hal Uhrig at a news conference announcing that they are no longer representing George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who Trayvon Martin, April 10, 2012. (CBS News)

(AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorneys for a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen have withdrawn as his counsel, saying they have lost contact with him.

Attorney Craig Sonner said Tuesday in a news conference they haven't heard from George Zimmerman since Sunday. They said that against their advice, Zimmerman contacted the special prosecutor who will decide if he should face charges.

Zimmerman is at the center of an investigation over the shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense after following him in a gated community in Sanford on Feb. 26.

Martin, who was unarmed, was black. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic. The lack of an arrest has inspired nationwide protests and some claims of racial profiling, which Zimmerman's supporters deny.


Special Prosecutor: No Grand Jury for Trayvon Martin Case

Tallahassee, FL 4/9/12

The Trayvon Martin case will not go to a grand Jury.

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announced her decision earlier today. This news just one day before the grand jury was scheduled to meet.

Angela Corey says she's still investigating the case. The difference-- the decision to indict Zimmerman now lies in her hands--not a grand jury's.

As it stands now, Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self-defense. Martin supporters say Zimmerman , a community watchman, racially profiled Martin because he was a black male.

In response to Corey's decision,The Martin family's lawyer Benjamin Crump says:

"We are not surprised by this announcement and, in fact, are hopeful that a decision will be reached very soon to arrest George Zimmerman."

Many are wondering what this means for the controversial case. Tallahassee defense attorney Alex Morris puts it this way. The message delivered today is unclear. He says it means one of two things. Either A, there's insufficient evidence to present to a grand jury ... or B, there's definitive evidence to charge Zimmerman for 2nd degree murder or manslaughter without the opinion of a grand jury.

Now, it's important to note, in the state of Florida, the only cases required to go to a grand jury are first degree murder cases.



TALLAHASSEE, FL- State Representative Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) released the following statement today on Special Prosecutor Angela Corey announced that a Grand Jury will not convene in the killing of Trayvon Martin:

“Attorney Angela Corey’s decision today is a positive step in seeking justice for the killing of Trayvon Martin. The purpose of a grand jury is to evaluate and decide whether or not a case has enough evidence to prosecute a suspect. While this does not tell us much, it also does not result as an end in seeking justice for Trayvon’s death.

“Her decision today will allow our justice system to fully investigate the unnecessary death of Trayvon Martin. I remain steadfast that Attorney Corey’s efforts will conclude the obvious – George Zimmerman had no right to play “cop” as to killing an innocent 17 year-old walking home with a bag of skittles and a can of tea. To the community, I urge patience and most importantly prayer as we await the prosecutor final decision.

“Today, we know there will be no grand jury, which also means that the prosecutor knows that at this point, the known evidence does not warrant a self-defense killing. For this reason, I am confident and very optimistic that Prosecutor Angela Corey will continue to investigate this matter, evaluate the evidence, and will arrest George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin.”


(CBS News) JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 9, 2012 -

State Attorney Angela Corey has decided not to use a grand jury in her investigation into the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The grand jury, previously scheduled by the former prosecutor, was set to convene on April 10.

A statement released by her office said that the decision "should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case."

Corey was appointed by Governor Rick Scott last month to take over the investigation. At that time she said she may not need a grand jury.

Corey, the state attorney for the Jacksonville area, was appointed to take over the case after the local state attorney, Norman Wolfinger, recused himself.

This morning's statement said that the investigation continues, and declined further comment.

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  • by Rob Location: Nevada on Apr 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM
    Yes, this is a landmark case. It's the first time I ever recall an organization publically threaten force & bodily harm against the American people. They have us under hostage. In other words if we don't kill George Zimmerman, they will. And who knows what else they will do to all of us. I am very scared to go out in the streets. It reminds me when 53 people were needlessly killed for no reason with Reginald Denny. I couldn't imagine being someone in Zimmerman's family. I don't believe any one of their lives is worth a wooden nickle with the Black Panthers out to get them. And if they don't get them, some nut cases will who are now emboldened by the Black Panther calls for bounty killing. This overshadows the Martin case now in importance. This needs to be quelled immediately. We need to bring them to justice to show others that this kind of pressure will not be tolerated by Florida nor the United States of America. What were they thinking? If this is not entertained... I don't think Obama has a legitimate chance to be re-elected. In effect... the Black Panthers are holding our country hostage, and waiting to see if they will be allowed to continue to do so. There is nothing holding them back as they have no fear. Something needs to happen.
  • by Isabel on Apr 14, 2012 at 02:33 PM
    I am terribly disappointed in Angela Corey. I never would have expected her to fold because of the danger of race riots, etc. Are we going to let the Black Panthers and their thugs take over our country?
  • by nancy Location: hanover pa on Apr 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM
    i think it is terrible the way blacks rise up in violence whenever they think a non-black does anything to a black. if white people rioted every time a white was hurt or killed by a black,we would be rioting every day. eric holder and obama are total racists. if a white kid were killed by a black, they would not have any comments. if the kkk put out a bounty on a black person, holder would have him/her arrested. when are white people going to fight back? the situationust keeps getting worse. blacks keep getting away with more and more and whites keep losing their rights. we must fight back? what has happened to the white race that they allow themselves to be treated so unfairly. i do not believe george zimmerman will get a fair trial. i do not know all of the facts yet, but i believe he probably acted in self-defense. i want him to know he has my support.
  • by Angie Location: NORTH OF TALLY on Apr 12, 2012 at 09:12 PM
    I only hope that George Zimmerman survives to go to trial. With the bounty on his head, and the threats to his family, things are getting danf=gerous. I am more than prepared to start reading of more attacks on non-whites in the near future, WAIT that won't make the news, only if a non-white attacks a black. And Holder will not charge the NBPP, they are "His people" as he has stated publicly.
  • by Just Wondering on Apr 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
    I wonder why Holder and Obama aren't calling for "civility" when it relates to this situation?
  • by realityking Location: fl. on Apr 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
    looks like michelle williams has been eating mighty good in this terrible country of ours probably with food stamps
  • by THE DIRTY Location: SOUTH on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM
    Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana are considered the dirty south because of racism : it is time-out for disliking and hurting others because of their skin color. We all will have to go before the judgment sit of GOD. There are alot of christians whom serve GOD on sunday and willing to kill their brother that same day. Lets all work toward treating others better. Truth Be Told : THERE's ONE GOD - ONE FAITH - AND ONE BAPTISM. THERE IS ONE GOD OVER ALL. NO MATTER WHAT RACE YOU ARE WE SERVE THE SAME GOD....
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      by Black flag on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM in reply to THE DIRTY
      You don't have to believe in a god to be a good person.
  • by Mellisa B. Location: Lakeland on Apr 12, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    I think what happened is horrible. But to here this black panther speak of blood shed on white people, just made me so mad. We have the right for freedom of speech, not freedom to threaten. Do you think the panther will be arrested ? Nope, I am so sick of black people always blaming white people for there misfortune in life or when something goes wrong. All races have good and bad.
  • by Buddy Location: Madison on Apr 12, 2012 at 08:00 AM
    The Black Panthers are all mouth just like most Africans. This bunch of idiots should be arrested but the Attorney General is too afraid of them. She needs to be replaced.
  • by Lakeliving05 Location: GA on Apr 12, 2012 at 06:18 AM
    These people literally sound crazy to me. It is so very sad that they feel so oppressed and put down that they have to lash out in violence. There is 100% no excuse for this and the double standard that these people (the people that made this video or anyone else that feels this way) has GOT to end. Please, don't stay here if you hate it so much-- I don't want someone who hates me for no reason around either. You should be so ashamed.
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