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DOJ to Florida: Don't return Zimmerman's gun

By United Press International

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The Sanford, Fla., Police Department said Thursday it won't return George Zimmerman's gun after the FBI requested evidence be preserved from his murder trial.

The Justice Department's investigation into whether Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin's civil rights when he shot and killed the unarmed teen requires evidence to be preserved, even though Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday in his criminal trial.

"The evidence is just in a hold status, pending their DOJ investigation," the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel quoted Sanford police spokesman Capt. Jim McAuliffe as saying.

Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara had said earlier this week his client would get his gun back.

Meanwhile, Martin's parents said they were shocked and disgusted when the Florida jury of six women found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of their son.

"I really didn't believe that he was not guilty," Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "My first thought was shock, disgust."

A six-person, all-female jury Saturday found Zimmerman, a 29-year-old Hispanic-American, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter for shooting Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black teen, Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. He said he shot Martin in self-defense.

"I think people are forgetting that Trayvon was a teenager so he probably thought as a teenager," Fulton said. "I really do believe he was afraid because he did call George Zimmerman creepy. So he was afraid and if you are 17 years old and you are afraid, you may not know what to do."

The verdict prompted a wave of public outcry, including protest marches across the country.

Demonstrators held a peaceful rally in Beverly Hills, Calif., against the verdict, but 17 people were arrested during a rally that turned rowdy in Victorville Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Protesters marched along busy Wilshire Boulevard during rush hour, carrying signs in support of Martin, police said.

In Victorville, 17 people, including eight juveniles, were arrested Wednesday night, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. Most of the arrests were for unlawful assembly.

"As parents understanding how they reached the verdict, I'll never grasp that concept," Martin's father, Tracy Martin, said on "Good Morning America." "Just as loving parents and God-fearing people, we just continue to pray that whatever was in their heart was what they intended to do. But we didn't feel it was fair and, of course, it was devastating."

Zimmerman has been in hiding since the verdict. In an interview with ABC News, his parents, Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr., said they would tell Martin's parents they are sorry about what happened the night their son fatally shot the teenager, if given the opportunity.

"There's no winner in this situation," Martin said. "Obviously, we are devastated more."

Martin and Fulton have started a foundation named after their son and say they hope his death and the trial can serve as a catalyst to bring the country together.

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  1. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    July 19, 2013 @ 9:02 am

    If that gun is ‘evidence’, then keep the gun. But give Mr.Zimmerman a duplicate replacement … mmediately!

    He has been cleared of ALL charges, and deserves to be made ‘whole’ again. And that includes every item of personal property.

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    • rrg51Comment by rrg51
      July 19, 2013 @ 11:26 am

      Buckeye Firearms Association has already started a drive raising contributions to buy Zimmerman a handgun, holster, and any other equipment needed. Oohrah!

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  2. curmudgeon2Comment by curmudgeon2
    July 19, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Looks like the Politician, Erik the Red, does not want any of his Goon Squad, Black Panther’s taking a risk apprehending Zimmerman, an innocent man with a price on his head because he is Hispanic and not Black.
    Erik is in Solidarity with those Big, Bad, RACIST, BLACK PANTHERS and has been for 43 years now.
    George Zimmerman needs to come to Texas.

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    • 1389ADComment by 1389AD
      July 19, 2013 @ 9:30 am

      I think he’d be better off requesting political asylum in Latin America.

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    • davebnmComment by davebnm
      July 19, 2013 @ 9:50 am

      Go to Wyoming. Almost no blax and plenty of back up.

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  3. 1389ADComment by 1389AD
    July 19, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    “Martin and Fulton have started a foundation named after their son…”

    Yeah, right.

    For these “parents,” it’s all about the Benjamins.

    The real reason Trayvon attacked Zimmerman had nothing to do with race.

    Did Rachel Jeantel incite Trayvon Martin to attack George Zimmerman – and was Trayvon a gay basher?

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  4. curmudgeon2Comment by curmudgeon2
    July 19, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Where were the Skittles and Drink set down for safe keeping?
    They were completely intact.
    Did the bully, Trayvon, need both hands free to attempt to beat the life out of this Community Watch Captain, who was trying to keep a location on him?
    Had Zimmerman attacked Martin the items carried by Trayvon, would not have been found intact.

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    • rrg51Comment by rrg51
      July 19, 2013 @ 11:29 am

      Martin “didn’t know what to do.” How about something like “yes, sir, I just bought some snacks and am going back to my Father’s home.”

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  5. bpetersonComment by bpeterson
    July 19, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Very stupid. He is innocent give him his property. It is all political.

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  6. curmudgeon2Comment by curmudgeon2
    July 19, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Have no doubt this Political Assult on Zimmerman by this Administration and the Democrat Pit Bulls, will take it’s toll on them in the next election.

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  7. cxComment by genesal
    July 19, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    They don’t mean it, Zimmerman’s lawyer said he knew Zimmerman would never get that gun back but he could get another. That was days ago.

    All this is just instigation, talk to keep people stirred and riled up , don’t fall for that trap!

    I think it’s just about time to invoke The Rico Act against the WH and Justice Department!

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  8. p3driverComment by p3driver
    July 19, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Yo, Holder. It’s Friday, you ain’t got squat to charge George. Your pathetic “tip line” soliciting ammo to use against him in a civil rights charge tells us that. If you have something, do something. Otherwise, the person committing the Civil Rights violation is YOU, az$hole.

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  9. diamondjimComment by diamondjim
    July 19, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    No surprise there–Obama brought up the gun issue again right after the verdict. No problemo, though, as long as they don’t rescind his carry permit. If Zimmerman cannot afford another piece, I’ll buy him one. What make and caliber would he like? Sending him out unarmed with so many blacks after his scalp is like sending a sheep into a wolf’s den!

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