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The Empire

State electeds hold hoodie protest over Trayvon Martin shooting

Monday, March 26, 2012

Karen DeWitt / NYS Public Radio

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, holding a bag of Skittles candy, is joined by other elected officials to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Comments on Trayvon Martin

Monday, March 26, 2012

At a White House press conference on Friday, President Obama was asked to comment on the Trayvon Martin case. Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist says President Obama overstepped in his remarks. Xilla, an editor at Global Grinder, says the president's remarks were appropriate — and deeply moving.

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WNYC News

Hoodies Worn at City Church in Memory of Slain Teen Trayvon Martin

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Manhattan pastor took to the pulpit Sunday to argue that the fatal shooting of an unarmed black Florida teenager demands secular action from the faithful, since Jesus was a Jewish rabbi who challenged the rule of the Romans in Palestine.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Final Chapter of the Sean Bell Shooting

Monday, March 26, 2012

Murray Weiss, DNAinfo columnist and criminal justice editor, discusses the final decision in the Sean Bell shooting and what it tells us about the NYPD's disciplinary process, as well as what the case means in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

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The Takeaway

Thousands Rally in Florida for Trayvon Martin; Sanford Police Chief Steps Down

Friday, March 23, 2012

In Sanford, Florida, thousands of people rallied on Thursday night in support of the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed in late February by a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who thought the black teen looked "suspicious." Valerie Houston, Pastor at Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford, Florida, joins us to discuss yesterday's developments.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Trayvon Martin Case: Perception and the Law

Friday, March 23, 2012

Columbia University Law School professor, and columnist for The Nation magazine, Patricia Williams discusses the difficulties when perceptions of threats are protected under the law--in the context of the Trayvon Martin case and the Stand Your Ground law in Florida as well as in the Dharun Ravi conviction. 

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Schoolbook

Are There Lessons in the Trayvon Martin Tragedy?

Friday, March 23, 2012

As the days go on, reaction has been building nationwide to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was killed by a self-anointed neighborhood watchdog in Sanford, Fla. Surely the case is playing out in classrooms and over dinner tables in New York City. So parents, teachers: what impact has the shooting had on you, and what lessons, if any, can be taught out of this unspeakable tragedy?

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The Takeaway

Friday Follow: Trayvon Martin, Shooting in France, March Madness, "Etch A Sketch" gaffe

Friday, March 23, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway assembles a panel of cultural and political experts to chew over the past week's stories. This week's panel includes Latoya Peterson, editor of Racilicious.com, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Takeaway sports contributor, and Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist.

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The Takeaway

Audio Essay: The Lone Gunman

Friday, March 23, 2012

In the past few weeks we've seen the power of a single person wielding only the weapons he could carry: in Toulouse, France, in a village in Afghanistan, in a peaceful gated community in Florida. In our age of instant communication a single armed person IS an entire army, with a power sometimes greater than that of a traditional army. In an audio essay, John Hockenberry talks about lone gunmen.

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The Takeaway

Co-Sponsor of Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Discusses Trayvon Martin Shooting

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In Florida, there have been growing calls this week for lawmakers to revisit the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law — a piece of legislation that figures prominently in the story of the story of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's shooting. We speak with Florida state Republican Representative Dennis Baxley, one of the original sponsors of the “Stand Your Ground” legislation in the Florida House of Representatives in 2005.

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WNYC News

Hundreds Rally in Union Square in Memory of Trayvon Martin

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The parents of a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida told demonstrators in New York they will keep fighting to get justice for their son.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Neighborhood Watch

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida, WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang and Robert McCrie, professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice department of security, fire, and emergency management and an expert in community policing, join us to look at the role of neighborhood watch groups and citizen law enforcement.

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WNYC News

Hundreds March in Union Square for Fla. Teen Shot Dead

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A few hundred people are marching in New York City in memory of a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Trayvon Martin

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor for The Atlantic, discusses the killing of a Florida teenager, and what it says about race, fear, and gun laws in America.

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The Takeaway

Shooting Death of 17-Year-Old Trayvon Martin Puts Scrutiny on Florida Self-Defense Laws

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On February 26th, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black high school student was visiting his father in Sanford, Florida and watching the NBA All-Star game at a house in a gated community. At halftime, he walked to 7-Eleven to buy Skittles and Arizona Ice Tea. He was on his way back to the house when a neighborhood crime watch volunteer named George Zimmerman noticed him. Zimmerman was patrolling the neighborhood in his SUV. He called 911 to report "a real suspicious guy," and then took off after Martin. The details of what happened next are unclear, but other 911 calls from neighbors record screams for help and a gunshot. Martin was discovered dead with a bullet to his chest.

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