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  •  Some here say she was doing nothing wrong (8+ / 0-)

    not illegal to track Trayvon, I mean, your son, like prey, and following people is your right (sorry, still amazed that there are people here who think tracking people like this is not a matter for a jury to know, not relevant to why there was an altercation...)

    •  It's not okay according to the law, and our (13+ / 0-)

      son now knows the statute that applies and has his cell phone with him to call the police if anyone follows him, ever again.

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 10:11:31 AM PDT

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    •  It's WATCH not TRACK (5+ / 0-)

      Neighborhood Watch is not following folks around our neighborhood but being alert on behalf of our neighbors and calling if we notice something.
      Zimmerman and this woman both crossed the line that is clear in ALL Neighborhood Watch training that I've ever seen.

      Call the police and let them assess is what the drill is supposed to be. And, yes, we've discussed this in our small town watch program. Especially after a rash of break ins, we needed to support each other to not let our sense of violation devolve into fear. Took a week of talks, but I think we all grew stronger by seeing neighbors as folks who can help you get through the fear with community and friendship instead of supporting and feeding the fear with bigotry and isolation.

      And your NW folk should be calling each other on this crap, not just dropping out. IMHO

      Separate discussion about whether we should all always be prepared to show ID and answer questions from a Police Officer. Personally, I carry ID with me at all times ever since I first started reading about stop and frisk in NYC and more recently the "prove you're not undocumented" stuff in AZ and elsewhere.  Not saying I approve, just that this old white lady shouldn't get a pass or expect one as long as others can't.

      "Eating your seed corn is not a good business model." - FishOutofWater

      by saluda on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 02:23:14 PM PDT

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      •  Interestingly, our son is an immigrant. He's (5+ / 0-)

        from Romania.  Of he were to show his "papers," at the moment, he has a permanent resident pink card.  He is a citizen since we're citizens and we adopted him.  We just haven't bothered getting papers.  We'll be going through that when he turns 18 and registers for selective service and registers to vote.  

        We're kind of looking forward to what will happen at the county courthouse when we go to register him.

        Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

        by bkamr on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 03:43:44 PM PDT

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      •  A federal judge in our neighborhood was (6+ / 0-)

        arrested and taken to the downtown jail after being racially profiled while he was jogging and refused to show his ID.

        A FEDERAL JUDGE, no less.

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        by smokey545 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 08:32:41 AM PDT

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        •  Since when do we need to show an ID while we (1+ / 0-)
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          are walking or jogging down the street?

          Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

          by bkamr on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 04:25:36 PM PDT

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