Say hello to neighborhood watch in rural Georgia

AR15 Rifle White guys with guns in Newton County, Georgia. A mature couple from Africa minding their own business. Sounds like a recipe for trouble. See any similarities to a recent case we’ve been following? Two Newton County, Georgia men have been arrested after holding their new neighbors at gunpoint.  But if the victims in this case–who were the ones arrested to begin with–didn’t know high-profile attorney Don Samuel, we might never hear about this case. And what if the victims had stood by their rights to be on their own property? This incident could have ended up a lot worse than it did. Meanwhile, the victims are wondering what kind of neighborhood they’re moving into, and their assailants are asserting their “Second Amendment Rights.” By the…

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Zimmerman out on bond; Sanford police chief keeps his job

George Zimmerman left jail early this morning on $150,000 bond and apparently went immediately into hiding, most likely to another state, to await his trial on second-degree murder charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman can be tracked through his ankle bracelet that he’s required to wear at all times. Several hours later, Sanford City Commissioners voted 3-2 to reject the resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee. who had temporarily stepped aside following widespread criticism of the police department’s failure to properly investigate Martin’s death. Read more.

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Zimmerman says he’s sorry; bond set at $150,000

George Zimmerman took the witness stand during his bail hearing Friday morning and apologized to Trayvon Martin’s parents for killing their son. The Associated Press reports that Zimmerman stated that he was “sorry for the loss of your son” and didn’t know that Martin was unarmed during their fatal confrontation in Sanford, Florgia on February 26. Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, saying that Martin assaulted him. Zimmerman’s bail on the second-degree murder charge has been set at $150,000.

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Cumming Mayor Ford Gravitt vs. Open Meetings Act

There were some habeas corpus issues in Brambleman, but this is real. Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is taking a look at the actions of Cumming Mayor Ford Gravitt after he threw a local activist with a video camera out of a city council meeting Tuesday night. Nydia Tisdale, who runs the AboutForsyth.com blog (“Investigating Corruption in Forsyth County, GA”), has ruffled some feathers up there, and apparently she was up there doing some more ruffling the other night. She was there to record discussion about a water contract with Forsyth County; the mayor decided that she shouldn’t. He commanded the police chief to remove the camera (and her with it) from council chambers. You can see her Youtube posting of the incident…

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Trayvon Martin’s last words

The Daily Beast is reporting on the Trayvon Martin case. Specifically, what got George Zimmerman arrested and what—supposedly—were the fatally wounded teen’s last words: “You got it.” Zimmerman used hollow-point bullets in his gun, by the way. Here’s The Daily Beast’s account of Trayvon’s last moments alive and the short time following: As has been reported, Zimmerman told police officials that he lost sight of Martin and went around a townhouse to see where he was. Then he claimed Martin confronted him and punched him, knocking him down. According to The Daily Beast’s source, Zimmerman told police that when he was on the ground, Martin straddled him, striking him, and then tried to smother him. Zimmerman claimed that he yelled for help,…

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Interest in Brambleman crosses genres

One book reviewer has cleared out room on her list for Brambleman. She explains. My Thoughts:  I’m African American; and I grew up in the South.  The Lord has blessed me to have not experienced racism first hand.  I normally only read YA and paranormal books for this blog.  Yet in the light of the Trayvon Martin incident, books like this intrigue me.  So when I received the review request from the author, I accepted.  I received my paperback copy recently, so look out for my review within the next month or two.   Katrina blogs as Kindred Dreamheart. Visit her blog and check out the post.  

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