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  •  Has anyone been able to confirm... (0+ / 0-)

    ...whether or not there really has been a "lot of recent burglaries" as Zimmerman claims in at least two of his 911 calls?

    Has this gated community become a high crime area?

    Or was that just his excuse to call 911 whenever he saw somebody that looked different from him...

    "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

    by ARS on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 09:10:21 AM PDT

    •  Good article, residents say peaceful. (1+ / 0-)
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      ARS

      This is a good article. It has interviews and background of events. After three burglaries, Zimmerman began to focus on black males.

      http://www.tampabay.com/...

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      After the break-ins, Zimmerman's calls to 911 seemed to shift, zeroing in on black males. Were black males actually responsible for any of the crimes reported in the Retreat? Impossible to say. Morgenstern, the police spokesman, said last week that he was too overwhelmed with media requests to get the arrest records on individual cases.

      In police argot, anyone Zimmerman called about was a "suspicious person," but of course it was Zimmerman who was suspicious.

      Aug. 3, 2011: "Black male with white tank top and black shorts … (Zimmerman) believes subject is involved in recent (burglaries) in the neighborhood."

      Aug. 6, 2011: "Two black males, one wearing black tank top … are near the back gate of the neighborhood."

      In September, the Sanford police helped the Retreat start a neighborhood watch program.
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      More interviews of residents:

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      "It is a peaceful place. We don't have problems here," Tito Ortiz, 62, said the other day beside his mailbox. A former minister, Ortiz remarried five years ago and bought a house in the Retreat for his new bride. Somewhere they would be safe to grow old together.

      "I don't know what happened with that boy. I'm so surprised that happened here," he said. But he doesn't worry about staying in the neighborhood and has no intention of moving. "We are still going to find our peace here."
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