Zimmerman trial medical examiner: Prosecutors, police threw the case!

Zimmerman trial medical examiner: Prosecutors, police threw the case

Volusia and Seminole County associate medical examiner Shiping Bao MD stands while testifying during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

Volusia and Seminole County associate medical examiner Shiping Bao MD stands while testifying during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

The medical examiner who testified in the George Zimmerman trial says his office, state prosecutors and police had no interest in convicting the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin and set him up to take the blame for a failed prosecution. (Updated with new remarks from The Sanford, FL police department.)

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter July 14th. The then neighborhood watch volunteer said he shot the unarmed Miami teen in self-defense.

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When its ok to kill

Press Buries Black-on-Hispanic Hit while Killer Hires Trayvon Martin Lawyer

M Catharine Evans

On September 12, Miami-Dade police arrested a 17-year-old black teenager, Jamal Jackson, for the August 21 execution-style murder (see shocking video) of Hispanic-American Miguel Pilotos.

The black-on-Hispanic killing in Opa-Locka, Florida didn’t get much press when it happened.  Only after the suspect was arrested three weeks later did various news outlets release more details of the crime.

Within those reports a familiar name appeared: Rod Vereen.

Vereen was Trayvon Martin’s pal Rachel Jeantel’s lawyer in the Seminole County trial of George Zimmerman.  Now he’s representing the Opa-Locka killer.

Seminole County and Miami-Dade are 225 miles apart geographically, but symbolically, in the Martin and Pilotos cases, they are practically next-door neighbors.

Before Trayvon Martin went to his dad’s girlfriend’s place in Sanford right before his death, he lived in Miami Gardens, a couple of miles from the Pilotos killing.

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s parents, resided in Miami Gardens before and after their divorce.

Fulton was a long-time Miami-Dade County employee up until the time her son’s death became a political and legal circus.  It soon became apparent from a plethora of media profiles that Fulton had strong connections to the community. 

So far, this is all just coincidence.  Miami’s full of criminals, and Vereen is a criminal defense attorney.  But how did a juvenile who’s already got a long rap sheet end up with a high-profile lawyer connected to the Trayvon Martin firestorm?

The Story

Seventy-one-year-old Pilotos was shot at point-blank range at 4:20 in the afternoon, according to the Top Value Supermarket surveillance tapes.  Police records confirmed that the alleged perpetrator had a long criminal record.

Jamal Jackson had been arrested for burglary in Miami Gardens in May and aggravated battery in Opa-Locka the same month.  In 2011, he was arrested for possessing cocaine and by the School Board Police for battery on a law enforcement officer. 

On Friday, September 13, the day after his arrest, a court hearing at the Juvenile Justice Center announced that it was taking the case to the Grand Jury.  Jackson’s mother, sister, and lawyer Vereen were in the courtroom.  His family offered no comment to the court or the press; however, a photo of Rod Vereen comforting Mother and Jackson’s sibling did surface on Twitter. 

Though some reporters, like NBC News, wrote that “robbery appears to be the motive behind the shooting,” county investigators refuted that claim.

From CBS local:

Police say nothing was taken from him even though they say Jackson had cased the parking lot looking for a victim.

Police say the gunman rode up to Pilotos’s car on a bicycle and pulled out his weapon and shot him. It happened in the parking lot of the supermarket at Northwest 137th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue.

Only after Miguel’s wife of 25 years pleaded for the public’s help on September 5 did an anonymous tipster contact Miami-Dade Crimestoppers.  The information led to the arrest of Jackson.

The Press

It should be noted the same media that fueled the Trayvon Martin controversy did little to help a heartbroken widow of color.

The Miami Herald‘s editors and reporters, who had devoted over 450 articles to the February 2012 Trayvon Martin shooting, marked Mr. Pilotos’s chilling, cold-blooded murder on August 21 with a sparse 70 words.

The Herald headline on August 22 actually read: “Two men killed in 24-hour period in Opa-locka shootings.”  The same paper that had cried out for Justice for Trayvon less than two weeks after his death treated Mr. Pilotos’s murder like a non-event.

The fact that the killer was black and Pilotos Hispanic, that he was still on the loose after 17 days, and that Pilotos was gunned down in a grocery store parking lot, for no reason, didn’t move the paper to call for direct action by civil rights activists from La Raza.

Lance Dixon of the Herald even went so far as to call the hit-like slaying “the second incident” of the day occurring “about 4:30PM.”  Dixon then described the alleged shooter as riding a bicycle and “wearing a black shirt and gray camouflage shorts,” with no mention of race or approximate age.

The Attorney

But what makes Pilotos’s murder more than just another possible hate crime the mainstream media loves to ignore is the fact that Rod Vereen is representing the killer.  Vereen happens to be best friends with Tyrone Williams, who, in turn, was instrumental in getting Benjamin Crump to represent Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father.  

Vereen’s run for Congress in 2010 and state attorney for Miami-Dade County in 2012, as well as the Trayvon Martin case, has endeared him to friends like Jesse Jackson.  The bloggers at Conservative Treehouse have included a photo of Vereen and Jackson on their website in an extensive bio of Jamal Jackson’s attorney.

Vereen also has a connection to Miami attorney Patricia Jones.  Tracy Martin contacted Jones in March 2012.  Tracy referred to her as his sister-in-law.  Tracy and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, wanted Zimmerman arrested for the death of their son, and Jones, like Williams, rang up Crump.  

Coincidentally, Patricia, the sister-in-law, was married in 1989 to Rod Vereen’s brother, Harris Vereen.  The two divorced later on.

In 2000, Harris Vereen was also in trouble in Miami-Dade County.  According to the Sun-Sentinel, Harris Vereen was one of two suspects shot by police following an alleged robbery.

From The Sun Sentinel

… the suspects shot by [Officer] White were identified as Harris V. Vereen, 34, of 3961 NW 191st St., and Rudolph Silas, of 18410 NW 43rd Court.

It gets more interesting.  Vereen says he’s a friend of the killer’s mother, Andrea M. Jones of Opa-Locka, Florida.

From CBSLocal:

Vereen said he was taking the case because he was a friend of Jackson’s family and mother, who was identified in court records as Andrea M. Jones. She declined to say anything about the charges against her son.

In the same report, Vereen offers a defense of his client suggesting that the killer is “mentally ill” and that “there was nothing in Jackson’s past to lead him to believe that he would commit such a crime.”  Vereen also claimed that Jamal told him that police officers “beat him up while in custody.”

So Vereen happens to be “friends” with Jackson’s family.  Is this Miami-Dade or Mayberry?  Among Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin, Patricia Jones, Andrea M. Jones, Benjamin Crump, Tyrone Williams, and Jamal Jackson, this is one very strange group. 

Some questions for Vereen: how do you know the Jamal Jackson family?  Has Andrea M. Jones ever been arrested?  Is that how you know her?  Why did you take such an obvious open-and-shut case?  Why did it take three weeks to bring the killer to justice?  Was someone in his family harboring the alleged killer?  If he had only a bike for transportation, he had to have someone covering for him; who was keeping him under wraps?

Meanwhile, amidst these bizarre associations, the love of Mrs. Pilotos’s life is dead at the hands of another violent, soulless teenager, who I might add has had the nearly impossible good fortune of retaining a lawyer with friends in very high places.  After all, the Trayvon Martin case, which catapulted Vereen’s client, Rachel Jeantel, into short-lived fame, went all the way to the FBI, the DoJ, and the White House.  It doesn’t get higher than that.

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Sherman Ware

In order to understand how horribly obvious was the creation of this false racism, including lies by omission, you must (re)familarize yourself with the former Sanford Florida case of a black homeless man named Sherman Ware. Ware was beaten by 21-year-old Justin Collison, outside a local Sanford Bar on December 4th, 2010:

Collison was captured on a YouTube video leaving a Sanford bar Dec. 4, walking up behind an unsuspecting Ware and punching him in the back of the head. That drove Ware’s face into a utility pole, and he then hit the pavement.

He was taken to a Sanford hospital, where he was treated for a broken nose.

Sanford police questioned Collison that night and had possession of the video but did not arrest him. He was arrested one month later after news organizations began airing the video. – Orlando Sentinel

Justin Collison’s father is a Sanford police lieutenant and his grandfather is former Circuit Judge Kenneth Leffler, one of several heirs to a land fortune in Volusia County. Collison was not arrested on the night of the beating. The non-arrest created a considerable stir in the community as it was perceived he was given favorable treatment due to his father’s status within the police department, and his powerful family connections.

The publicity surrounding the beating of Sherman Ware, and the cries for justice, were driven by the Seminole County NAACP, and by the actions of George Zimmerman himself. Zimmerman was personally involved in attending multiple small group community meetings, and organized the black community to rally behind Ware and seek justice.

(Daily Caller) Every Sunday, Zimmerman would stroll through Sanford’s black neighborhoods handing out the fliers demanding justice for Sherman Ware, and calling for the police to hold their own officials accountable. Zimmerman would also place the fliers on people’s cars outside churches.

“I challenge you to stand together and to have our voices heard, and to hold accountable all of those officers, and officials whom let this atrocious attack pass unpunished until the media revealed it,” one of the fliers reads in part. “This animal could have attacked anyone of us, our children or loved ones in his alcohol fueled rage.” (more)

After the Trayvon Martin shooting, when the institutional media was screaming racism, many voices within the Sanford community knew that Zimmerman was active in the case to help Sherman Ware find justice. This did not reconcile with screams of racist intent.

Unfortunately the voices of the Zimmerman defenders were drowned out by the megaphones of the institutional media, and the forward marching of the race-baiting class who saw an opportunity for notoriety, financial gain, power, prestige and influence at any cost.

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George Zimmerman’s family pleaded with the community and even wrote a letter to local NAACP President, Clayton Turner, outlining their shock and disbelief. The very people George had tirelessly worked to help, with the specific example of the Sherman Ware case, were now turning on him. It just didn’t make sense:

“Do you know the individual that stepped up when no one else in the black community would?” the family member wrote. “Do you know who spent tireless hours putting flyers on the cars of persons parked in the churches of the black community? Do you know who waited for the church‐goers to get out of church so that he could hand them fliers in an attempt to organize the black community against this horrible miscarriage of justice? Do you know who helped organize the City Hall meeting on January 8th, 2011 at Sanford City Hall??”

“That person was GEORGE ZIMMERMAN. Ironic isn’t it?”

“The main point for this letter is to explain to you that the black community has labeled George a racist without any investigation at all,” the letter continued. “Regardless of the fact that George personally spoke to many of your constituents, not one has stepped forward and said, ‘Hey I know that face. That is the Hispanic guy that was standing up for Sherman Ware. That was the only non‐black face in the meetings for justice in this case.’”

“You know as well as I do that there are many NAACP followers that recognize George from the Ware case as well as many other good things that he’s done for the black community.”

FULL LETTER HERE

However, NAACP’s President Turner Clayton had an agenda of his own, and he was not the least bit interested in the feeble pleas for honesty and support from the Zimmerman family. The New York Times would call them the “White-Hispanic” Zimmerman family:

NAACP leader cites complaints of uninvestigated Sanford killings Turner Clayton, longtime resident of Sanford, Florida and NAACP leader in that community, joins Brooke. Clayton discusses an NAACP gathering in Sanford the previous night in which several citizens voiced their complaints with the Sanford Police Department. He goes on to describe several complaints from citizens regarding killings that were improperly investigated and unprosecuted. (Video)

Orlando Sentinel – The shooting death of the unarmed Trayvon, also black, became “the boiling point,” said Turner Clayton, president of the Seminole County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

“Right now there is no trust. There is no faith in the department,” said Clayton, a former Seminole County deputy sheriff. “It’s probably a good idea that the interim chief come from the outside and not be part of the good-old-boy system.”

Turner Clayton knew how hard Zimmerman worked to help in the Sherman Ware case yet he did nothing. Perhaps the visibility of National NAACP President Ben Jealous arriving with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton were too challenging to face with divergence. But there is another player within the NAACP officers club who might have been an influence in the decision to turn away from Zimmerman. More on that in a moment.

Shiping Bao, Medical Examiner In George Zimmerman Case, Fired

ORLANDO, Fla. — An attorney for the medical examiner in the George Zimmerman case whose testimony was challenged by defense attorneys says his client plans to sue for wrongful termination after being fired.

Shiping Bao was let go as an associate medical examiner in Florida’s Volusia County last week, officials disclosed Tuesday. County spokesman Dave Byron declined to give a reason.

Shiping Bao

Bao performed Trayvon Martin’s autopsy in February 2012 and offered conflicting testimony at Zimmerman’s murder trial last July about how long the 17-year-old Martin could have lived after being shot in a struggle with the former neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges.

Bao’s attorney, Willie E. Gary, said he plans to file suit shortly for wrongful termination, discrimination and job harassment against the medical examiner’s office and others.

I can give a reason….. he was evasive, innacurate, changed his statements, and has no idea what a court case means……….. pompous and arrogant.

He is the first to actually fall in this case…. more to come.