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Motorcyclists ride 2 hours in Valley to honor Trayvon Martin



Published: Sun, April 8, 2012 @ 5:03 p.m.

Motorcyclists ride 2 hours in Valley to honor Trayvon Martin

By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

They didn’t know Trayvon Martin, and they live more than 1,000 miles from where he was shot and killed, but that didn’t stop members of area motorcycle clubs from joining a national ride of support to honor his memory.

Members of about seven clubs met Sunday at the Joker’s Wrath Motorcycle Club on Market Street for a two-hour ride. There was no fee to participate, but many bikers paid $10, with the money going to Martin’s family.

Martin was killed Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, a member of a block watch, who contends he was assaulted by the unarmed teen and shot him in self-defense.

The issue has sparked protests nationwide. Zimmerman has not been charged with a crime.

“Everybody here is a parent,” said Tyla “Sixtwo” Smith, secretary of the Joker’s Wrath club. “Nobody wants to get that call in the morning. We’re just here to raise awareness, just for justice.”

If the shooting “was right, it was right, but if it was wrong, it was wrong,” she added. “So we just want to make sure that we pay attention. This can happen to any of us; it can happen to any of our children. And we just want to let the family know that we’re here for them, no matter what the outcome.”

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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1redvert(2042 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Question- Will the same bikers ride for and donate money to the family of the next white person killed by a black?

Answer- Probably not since it will not get the publicity that this incident has enjoyed!

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2CountryGirl51(189 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Redvert ~ These Motorcycle clubs have done runs for many of Charities, events, fallen Officers, and people. Race is not a issue with them . Why do you make it so !!

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3excel(276 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Guns make mental midgets feel like giants. Let's get all of the guns off the streets for a real tribute to Trayvon Martin.

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4jimmyd123(196 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Why don't they put something together for the kid that was shot at YSU???? No one did anything for his family.. Maybe because it was black on black crime. Just saying.

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5sam_carter(87 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

redvert, why do you have to say stuff like that? Same to all your bigoted buddies that will surely post. How about posting something that YOU participate in that benefits the community.
Vindy, how about some pics.
If it wasnt Easter sunday i would have liked to ride there and check it out. I heard that club has nice custom bikes.
excel, gun laws that make sense is what is needed. I wish the NRA would come out and say something like, "dont do something stupid like this...

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6sam_carter(87 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

jimmy, im sure that if someone in that kids family, or a family friend, was a biker, and/or in a biker club, they probably would have. Was there other things that the community did, like prayer services, bake sales, spaghetti dinner, walk-a-thon?
Come on, whats with the black on black distinction. Thats silly. White on white stupidity doesnt automatically have a bike run either.

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7300(553 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

They're not riding because the shooting took place, I'm pretty sure they're doing so because the cops knew who did it and had no intentions of ever arresting him.

Every time people like Redvert post their drivel, they fail to point out that arrests were made in the Repchik shooting just like they were for the YSU one.

The Martin one, though, still hasn't had the murderer arrested.

PS. It can NEVER be self-defense if you're the one who instigates it.

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8DAL(90 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

It really disgusted me with all the hatred that is still going on in this world!!! These biker groups have supported many causes. Just because they ride for something you don't agree with, doesn't mean you can spew your mean comments. This day is a day for rejoice where people are supposes to come together, but of course you still have certain people that are spending hatred

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9redvert(2042 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Why do I seem so nasty about this issue, let me tell you.

1) We don't know yet what really took place yet the media went out of their way to convict. How, first they showed a 5 year old picture of Martin to make him look like a little kid. And made sure that Zimmerman looked life a murderer.

2) NBC played a doctored 911 tape to sway public opinion.

3) The two black scumbags, Jackson and Sharpton saw a opportunity to get in the limelight and practically encouraged rioting.

4) obowser talked of how a son of his would look like Martin. Did he mean the recent picture or the little kid picture.

5) Martin's parents took steps to trademark statements designed to honor him. Of course any money left over after a monument would not be a bad thing.

6) Did you know that there were other killings in Central Florida since then. Most of them black on black but that didn't get any press other than local. Why is that?

6) No comments about how many times Martin was suspended from school for various reasons. Does this matter, yes because it shows character and is a good indication of what the future would hold. Note, he was suspended at the time of the shooting.

Am I a racist, no, I am a realist!!!

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

HAPPY EASTER ALL

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11Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

redvert

forgot about #8, which no one can answer:

8.) Why did the media portray Zimmerman as a "WHITE HISPANIC".

No sense in debating about this story, because the masses are all "brainwashed" by the Media and the 2 biggest racists in the World (Sharpton and Jackson). The media is there bible and there is no stopping how much harm they can do to a person.

You are a "racist" if you say anything bad about the blacks or simply disagree with them. That is the definition of a "racist" in today's society. Such a shame.

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12redvert(2042 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

It just irritates me to no end how the race card is used when it seems to be beneficial. Yes, this issue has to be WHITE versus BLACK, not HISPANIC versus BLACK. No mileage in HISPANIC versus BLACK!

To all of the posters here that are ragging on me, which is your right, I respect that but answer this question. Why don't Jesse and Al come to ytown and work hard to stop the black on black killings and turn things around for the blacks in this area? Because there is no big time publicity for them. The Vindy can not showcase them in the way they are accustomed to. And bottom line, there is no money in it for them.

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13sobeit(98 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

100% agree with Redvert!

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14300(553 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Did he shoot Martin? Yes. Did he instigate the confrontation? We know by the 911 calls that he did. That equals murder, or in the very least voluntary manslaughter.

You say we don't know what happened, but we do. We know that he pursued Martin, we know that he shot him. You can't pick a fight with someone, and then claim self-defense. Even if we assume that Martin started to get the best of him, Zimmerman can't claim self-defense.

Ironically, it's Martin who would be covered by the "stand your ground" law, not Zimmerman.

It's funny that Conservatives have been so homogeneous in their opinions. It also proves how much racism plays a role in their world view. In my opinion, I don't believe that Zimmerman was acting out of racism, but his supporters are.

Redvert's a racist. I've read enough of his posts to know that for sure. The fact that he wouldn't see a difference between these other killings where someone was arrested and brings Jackson and Sharpton into the conversation, proves as much. I'm not saying that he's the sharpest tool in the shed, he clearly isn't able to understand nuance and he needs things to be absolutist in nature to comprehend them. That's where his racism comes from, an inability to differentiate between different situations.

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15cambridge(2949 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

300....I agree with your post completely. Anytime a person points out the very worst in a race or nationality and paint the entire race or nationality with that same brush that makes them a bigot,

When someone has to say time after time "I'm not a racist"....they're a racist..
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16300(553 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree with you, Cambridge, about the "I'm not a racist, but....."

I find Sharpton and Jackson to be irritating, but no more irritating that Santorum or the people on the 700 club. In other words, if you find Al Shaprton more irritating than Pat Robertson, then you're most likely a racist.

We've all got certain opinions that may be construed as prejudices. I don't care for Southerners. White, Black, that dirty in between where you have dark complected rednecks who claim to white but look like gypsies, I don't care for any of them if they've got that Southern slowness about them. But, when someone's got a different opinion between 2 races that share the same cultural aspects, that's racism. If you think OJ got away with murder, but Zimmerman is innocent until proven guilty, you're probably a racist. Same goes for that Youngstown woman who killed her neighbor over electricity. If you're ready to say "fry her", but you're waiting to pass judgment on Zimmerman, you're a racist.

All you need to be is consistent. Then you won't have to worry about people calling out your racism.

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17redvert(2042 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

cambridge I also state many times that I am a "realist" I would say that I am a person that looks at things the way they are and draw my opinion based on what I see, not what others or the media try to paint. And we have seen what the media and the twin scumbags can attempt to pull off haven't we?

If I am a racist in your opinion, then I could care less!

Signed "RR"

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18300(553 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Toycannon, I'm not on any side. Only the truth's side, and we know all we need to for this case. Christ, there are 911 calls that prove that Zimmerman was the instigator. The only thing that should be up for debate is whether it was manslaughter or murder, and to which degree. For it to have been self-defense, Martin needed to be the instigator, but we know from Zimmerman's own account that he pursued Martin.

Also, this was media-driven because the cops down there were trying to sweep it under the rug. Without the media, this case would've been forgotten.

When it comes to racism, projection is often the tool of racists.

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19excel(276 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The real issue is guns on the streets. Zimmerman had no need to be carrying one. Recently in Youngstown one group of people confronted another that had guns. Four people got shot. There is no need for guns on the streets for any reason.

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20Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Excel, and everyone for that matter,

Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, founding fathers of the Constitution, agreed of many things. One of the most distinguished things they both believed in was that everyone has the right to bear arms. America and it's citizens is an army, the largest in the world. Once you take that right away, we become a police state, and socialism/communism ensues. Both Jefferson and Franklin agreed that, "If you give up freedom for security, you shall receive neither."

The bottom line is if you took all the guns off the streets, which has a zero probability, you still wouldn't be safe. From a utilitarian perspective, better we all be armed than not for situations involving civil unrest, protection, and war.

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21excel(276 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

There is no need for guns on the streets. We have Police Forces,a National Guard, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and a Coast Guard. Are we being invaded? Not a chance.

Demonstrators also known as civil unrest have no need to be gunned down. Criminals are handled by our penal system. Their life or death is decided by their crime with a judge and jury.

Trayvon Martin giving Zimmerman a beating was judged and executed by Zimmerman. We have no death penalty for giving someone a beating. If concealed carry gave him that right then it should be taken away.

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22300(553 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Toycannon, the reason I think racism plays a role in most of Zimmerman's supporters is the way they keep referencing Sharpton or Jackson.

What do you think of OJ? Guilty, not guilty? What about the recent YSU shooting, the church shooting, the Repchik shooting, the electricity-stealing shooting?

If you're willing to say that you were of the opinion that we shouldn't judge until after a verdict is rendered, then I'll admit that you've been consistent. But I doubt that's been the case. Most of the people I've heard in Canfield saying sympathetic things about Zimmerman are the "try 'em and fry 'em" crowd. In fact, this is the first time I've ever seen them being soft of crime. I have to ask myself why.

Then it becomes apparent.

We know by voice evidence that Zimmerman instigated this confrontation, that alone cancels out any claim of self-defense. Were there mitigating circumstances? Probably, but that is why there's a jury to decide that, but the fact that he should have been arrested is beyond any credible argument.

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23cambridge(2949 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Billy_Bob....Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and pretty much the rest of the founding fathers of the Constitution were slave owners and slave traders. It doesn't seem they were interested in "freedom" for everyone. Just say'n.

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24doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Voice evidence what a joke.How do you explain the funeral director saying Martin no bruises but Zimmerman is treated at the scene by paramedics and a doctor the next day for a head wound, fat lip and broken nose.Unlike the fairy tales spun by Nancy Grace, NBC etc this fact is in the original police report.Thug attacked Zimmerman.

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25redvert(2042 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

" A armed society is a polite society" Hope that didn't sound too racist!

What do you think cambridge?

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26redvert(2042 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

#1 What exactly did the police report say and why have they not arrested Zimmerman? The media posted a 5 year old picture to gain sympathy and immediately called Zimmerman "White" to get the black versus white thing going. Don't see what your reply is supposed to mean.

#6 Yes, the media did report that Martin was on suspension at the time but then would say no more since it was not supporting their sympathy plan.

'I draw my opinion on what I see" I draw my opinion on everything I see in life whether it be in the media or in real life. So when I see that the media is trying to make the news rather than just report it, how does that make the media correct?

Not sure what the purpose of your your desperation post was but I applaud your efforts!

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27Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

300

"Only the truth's side, and we know all we need to for this case. "

And what TRUE hard evidence facts are there? The Medias? Anything Official come out yet? Key word: OFFICIAL. I haven't seen anything from the investigators have you? You should really stop thinking you know everything that happened that night. And your lame audio BS is just that, lame. The media has you so brainwashed. A crying shame.

""Toycannon, the reason I think racism plays a role in most of Zimmerman's supporters is the way they keep referencing Sharpton or Jackson.""

That has to be the most asinine comment I have seen in a long time. Are you really serious? smh

As far as your racist meanings, like I said before, you disagree with anyone or say something bad about a race your a racist. Society is getting way to soft about this Politically Correct garbage and really need to quit being so sensitive about the most stupidest things. Pitiful.

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28walter_sobchak(1831 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

300,
What voice evidence? Get your facts correct. Zimmerman did not call 911; he called a non-emergency Sanford police phone number as he had 45 times before. He was watching out for his neighborhood as a good citizen should and reported the suspicious behavior. Why didn't he ever shoot anyone prior to this if he is a vigilante. There was definitely a confrontation and every law-abiding citizen has the right to protect their life and their property. Now, while I don't believe I own any property that is worth someone's life, the reciprocal is not necessarily true. If someone else wants to abscond with my property, they most assuredly believe it is worth their life!

But, let's be honest. The media are the reason race was brought into this. They had a young black man shot to death and the circumstances were hazy. They see initial reports that the shots were fired by a man named Zimmerman. Now, that is most assuredly a white person's name. Then they find out that Zimmerman is as hispanic as Barry is black.

The 911 calls indicate that a shot or shots were fired with one eyewitness providing a statement to police that he saw one man on top of another man and the man on the ground was wearing a red coat. Police arrive and the man wearing a red coat admitted he was the shooter, explained his side of the story, and had injuries consistent with his statement. The police gathered their evidence, contacted the local prosecutor with the facts, and she decided not to show up to the scene of the crime. This was in the original police reports thatwere posted by Sanford PD which have been now taken off the web. Zimmerman was taken into custody by police, questioned, and had to be released under FL law as they are prohibited from detaining a person who claims self-defense and there is evidence to support the fact.

Now, we have Jackson and Sharpton (Ohh, ohh, I'm going racist) show up to do their traditional shake-down ploy. If they didn't have the racism drum to beat, they wouldn't have a job. Where are these "Reverends" churches and congregations at? I'm not so naive as to believe there isn't white man's justice and black man's justice, especially in the south. But, these race baiters don't provide any solutions. It is appropriate that a special prosecutor has been appointed to examine the evidence but there has been such senationalism around this case, it is doubtful that the total truth will ever be obtained and no one will be satisfied except for the likes of Sharpton and Jackson, who will continue their racism drumbeat.

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29JME(801 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

There's a reason why Zimmerman wisely chose to carry a weapon and was concerned for his neighborhood; Sanford is one big ghetto.

If you want to get a better idea, read the posted comments from the locals following each storey. Sanford makes Youngstown look like a nice place to live.

You won't here about this from the liberal media, Al, Jesse or Oblama

"Shots fired at Sanford Police cruiser"

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2...

Couple of drive-by's last week at 2am, including a 17 year-old (nothing wrong with a teenager out at 2am on a school night?)

"Teen struck, seriously injured in Sanford shooting"

"Pregnant woman, two others shot in Sanford drive-by"

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2...

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2...

I wonder if the Vindy writers will solve these cases, just as they did with Trayvon's.

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30RobertH(50 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

All the babble in this is trying to get around what 300 said in their first post.

I quote: "It can NEVER be self-defense if you're the one who instigates it.".
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I'm guessing the people babbling are the same people crying about not taking responsibility for ones actions and decisions.
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Zimmerman decided to get out of his car, follow then chase Martin, confront Martin and for whatever reason, Shoot martin, but whatever is done we shouldn't hold Zimmerman responsible for those actions and decisions.

What a joke.
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31Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

robbie

""Zimmerman decided to get out of his car, follow then chase Martin, confront Martin and for whatever reason, Shoot martin, but whatever is done we shouldn't hold Zimmerman responsible for those actions and decisions.

What a joke.""

And wouldn't you want to protect your neighborhood?? Or just stand around and do nothing like the majority of people.
So if you saw a suspicious person walking through the houses in your neighborhood you'll just hide behind your curtain and cower in the corner, huh?
And if you were brave enough and confronted said suspicious person, should be end of story, you go your way and the other person goes there way, everyone happy.
But if said suspicious person comes at you, and you not knowing if he's armed or not, and if said suspicious person starts attacking you, you would just take it, huh?
Of course you wouldn't, because you wouldn't even leave your house and have the nerve to confront said suspicious person. I feel sorry for your neighbors.

(The gated community, dotted with foreclosures and unfinished homes, had been ""plagued by burglaries and thefts in recent months.""" Zimmerman frequently called police to report everything from loitering young men to stray dogs.)

Notice the """ """" ......

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/san...

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32JME(801 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Robert,

Zimmerman lost Martin and retreated to his truck. At some point the two met back up and we all know the end result.
Now, where you there? Nobody but the authorities know if there is any/enough evidence to contradict Zimmerman's story.

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33palmer16121(115 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Folks...there are two people who know the truth of what happened that night. Trayvon, and George. Trayvon's dead...and George is invoking his fifth amendment rights to self-incrimination. I won't make my thoughts known, but will like to offer a little bit of caution. We'd be wise to let the system work for better or for worse. I do blame the Sanford Police Department for doing a piss-poor job in handling it. As many had posted, if that'd happened the first time...this wouldn't had exploded into a pissing match between sides. However, I do pray that the courts and the Jury have a just decision...as any misperceptions can make the 1992 Los Angeles Riots seem like a tip-toe through the tulips.

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