FBI, DOJ to launch investigation in murder of Trayvon Martin!/CNNValencia/status/181932327151206400

Recently, this case has been spotlighted in the mainstream media for lack of action taken by local authorities due to a racially-motivated murder. Once news broke, civil rights activists became outraged. Even R&B music artist Janelle Monae has been pushing this Twitter message online in support of calling this case to justice:

I'm gonna keep sending this out until justice is served. Racial profiling on our people has got to end. #trayvonmartin

— Janelle Monae (@JanelleMonae) March 19, 2012

Anderson Cooper has also tweeted out this story in question of what actually happened:

What I question is why #trayvonmartin's shooter instantly called him "suspicious" and said "these a..holes, they always get away." @AC360 8p

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 19, 2012

Here’s the report from AP via CBS News:

The FBI and Florida state investigators released statements Monday stating that they would be looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida last month.

Martin, who was black, was shot to death by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, described by police as white, during a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has claimed self defense, but Martin’s parents and supporters claim there was a racial motivation to the killing.

In a statement, Department of Justice spokesman Xochitl Hinojosa said: “The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the FBI opened an investigation into the facts and circumstances of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation.”

In the statement, Hinojosa cautioned that proving civil rights violations require removing all reasonable doubt, and that “negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws.”

The federal government is now getting involved with #TrayvonMartin's murder. This is not a coincidence tweeps.

— AJ (@aj_simonton) March 20, 2012

"@MotherJones: "America is asking, 'When are they going to arrest Zimmerman for killing #trayvonmartin in cold blood?"

— Archbishop Molloy (@RAscion) March 20, 2012

Its abt time FBI & DOJ do their part in lookin into the #TrayvonMartin case! It shouldnt take a tragic death to finally get their attention!

— mhelissa (@just_lissa) March 20, 2012

There was cross cultural outrage at Kony. There should be cross cultural outrage at #TrayvonMartin's shooting.

— Sheila Carter (@revealingmia) March 20, 2012

"Racism is not just hating people. Racism is #GeorgeZimmerman killing #TrayvonMartin and the police calling it 'self defense'."

— Ayan.Margherita (@Ayan_MA) March 17, 2012

Twitchy will continue to monitor this case and update this post as needed.

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It’s the only way I can cope with pop music…

This Man Hadn’t Played The Piano For 23 Years. When He Finally Did, Magic Happened.

Fabio stopped playing the piano after his father died 23 years ago. He didn’t find the joy in it at the time, which is a real shame since he was so talented and even composed music. As time went on, he became more afraid of playing again since it had been so long.

His cousin, Prisco Vicidomini, recently visited Fabio, who told him that he found the courage to play the piano again and that he hadn’t lost his touch. Fabio sat down to show his cousin and decided to play a melody he composed. He played a dozen times since starting up again, so Prisco didn’t know what to expect. What he heard left him completely in awe.

(Source: Prisco Vicidomini)

That sounded beautiful. Prisco tells us that Fabio wants to finally fulfill his childhood dream of studying music, but is still afraid to do so after so many years. Prisco feels the moment they shared might push him to overcome his fears and to move in the right direction.

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What Does It Look Like After A Terrorist Attack For Locals? A Lot Like This

Since late last week, when the first news of terror attacks in Beirut, Baghdad, and Paris surfaced, we’ve been glued to our televisions, refreshing websites in search of more information.

But what’s it like for those who live in these cities? Wandering the streets, mourning their fellow countrymen.

For one woman who lives in Paris’ 10th and 11th arrondissements, it was a sobering experience to venture out the day after more than 100 people were killed just blocks from her home. Here’s what she shared with us:

“I live on boulevard Beaumarchais which was used to create a field hospital for the people who were lucky enough to make it out of the Bataclan last night.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“The Bataclan is just a couple blocks from here. Another ten minutes and you’re at the square of Rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi where two restaurants and a laundromat were sprayed with bullets.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“Two minutes from there and you’re at Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon. Apart from the attack at the Stade de France, these attacks were focused on a small neighborhood, just a few blocks from the Charlie Hebdo offices.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“These places would have been packed with people last night. At Petit Cambodge, it’s all glass, with nowhere to hide.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“They made terrific food.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“[At] the Bataclan […] flowers and candles were mixed in with latex gloves and medical supplies. A pair of shoes was left in the middle of the street. There were tons of reporters but you thankfully cannot get close to the theater, where work is clearly ongoing. I’m not sure how you do that work.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“From there I went to the restaurants.”

According to one Redditor, this is the massive shield that the French police used to enter the Bataclan.

Jemma Lohr McPherson

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“The area had been cleaned but bullet holes were evident everywhere. Crowds were growing as the sun set. When I was there, the crowd was absolutely silent.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

Jemma Lohr McPherson

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“But this is not Paris.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“Paris is about liberty and champagne and music and togetherness.”

McPherson went on to say: “These are things that were apparently beyond the understanding of the terrorists. I’ll leave speculation about motives to the experts and just quote a wise woman: Paris is always a good idea. Be with the people you love. Resist extremism. Take care of yourself and the ones around you.”

Let’s all take a moment to remember those we’ve lost…

But also hold those you love tight, call someone you care about, live life a little more brightly for those who cannot any longer.

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