Wednesday, April 11, 2012
George Zimmerman charged in death of Trayvon Martin.
Updated, 6:29 p.m. George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, according to the Miami Herald. Zimmerman is in custody at an undisclosed location, according to the Herald, after turning himself in without incident. Zimmerman, 28, shot 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, FL, where Martin was visiting his father. The story has been in the national spotlight for more than a month, prompting marches and vigils in Florida and across the country, including in Howard County and other parts of Maryland. On Patch, the discussion has taken on different angles, from the general: "Why the decline in civil society?" JH asked, to questions as to why local officials had to have a …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
"We need an independent investigation and we are going to get it" -Sen. Ben Cardin.
Hundreds gathered at St. John Baptist Church in Columbia to remember Trayvon Martin, who was killed in Florida in late February. Attendees included Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin. Read the full story here.
County Executive Ken Ulman called Martin's death a tragedy and Sen. Ben Cardin called for an independent investigation.
Howard County leaders called for justice for Trayvon Martin during a vigil at St. John Baptist Church on Monday night. “We have to have justice,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-MD. “We need an independent investigation and we’re going to get it.” Cardin drew loud applause during his speech as he took a strong stance in support of Martin, the Florida teen who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Feb. 26 in Sanford, FL. “We want to find out whether race was a factor,” declared Cardin. “We want to make sure justice prevails. It’s time to end racial profiling in America.” The vigil was attended by more than 200 people, many of whom wore hoodies—the type of sweatshirt worn by Martin at the time of his death. Howard …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Local organizations are holding the vigil to show solidarity with the Florida teen.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is scheduled to speak at a prayer vigil for Trayvon Martin on Monday, April 9 at St. John Baptist Church in Columbia. The vigil starts at 7 p.m. Martin’s death has become a national issue after the teen was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, FL. Zimmerman has said he acted in self-defense. He has not been charged under Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. The vigil organizers, the NAACP Youth Council, the African American Coalition of Howard County and the St. John the Baptist Community have invited the public to attend. St. John Baptist Church is located at 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia.
Friday, March 23, 2012
In the wake of Trayvon Martin's death, Howard County takes another look at community policing programs.
The premise behind Neighborhood Watch is simple. “Neighbors working in conjunction with law enforcement are the eyes and ears of their community,” said Pat Sill, president of the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute, which trains law enforcement and community policing organizations. “If they see something suspicious they report it,” she said of Neighborhood Watch volunteers. “They’re not to be anything more than eyes and ears.” In the wake of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, allegedly at the hands of a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, officials in Howard County may be taking another look at how community-policing organizations are operating. “It always bears looking at when you have any incident,” said C. …