“We want an arrest, we want a conviction for the murder of our son,” said his father, Tracy Martin.
Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, who stood alongside Martin’s parents said, “We don’t need temporary relief, we need permanent change.”The parents made their remarks just hours after Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said he would temporarily step aside to let passions cool.
Lee said Thursday he had become a “distraction” in the case and that he would “temporarily remove himself” from his position. Sanford’s city manager said that he would seek an interim police chief.
Lee said he stands by his agency’s decision not to arrest Zimmerman, who claims the Feb. 26 shooting was self-defense.
Civil rights groups have been holding rallies, saying the shooting was not justified. The 17-year-old black teen was killed inside a gated Florida community on his way back from the convenience store.
Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has maintained he shot Martin in self-defense, which is permitted under Florida law if the shooter believes his life is in danger.
Martin’s parents met with Robert O’Neill, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, and Roy L. Austin Jr., who is deputy assistant attorney general of the department’s Civil Rights Division.
The State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case, which will be presented to a grand jury next month.
However, the Justice Department earlier this week agreed to open a federal civil rights probe into the Feb. 26 shooting.
At least Joe Jonas had a reasonable defense, there was a debate to be had! But this is just… blatant. ”This is plagiarism, this is stealing,” said Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, whose ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ was basically lifted. ”What’s rude about it is that they don’t even bother about hiding it. They seem to think they could do it because it’s a famous work.”
And to put it in no uncertain terms, here’s a side-by-side comparison of Beyonce’s latest video, “Countdown,” with clips shot by De Keersmaeker. The comparison itself has already received a million views. Beyoncé vs. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
The Beyonce camp isn’t admitting guilt. Instead, they’re admitting ‘inspiration’ from the famous work. ”Clearly, the ballet ‘Rosas danst Rosas’ was one of many references for my video ‘Countdown’,” Beyonce offered with a straight face. “It was one of the inspirations used to bring the feel and look of the song to life.”
Which translates into, roughly, “what are you gonna do about it?”
The singer and actress stopped in her home town Tuesday for the opening of “The Weight Watchers Jennifer Hudson Center.” Hudson, who lost about 80 pounds, is a spokeswoman for the company.
The new center, where walls are covered with posters of the svelte star, is in a strip mall on Chicago’s South Side, not far from President Barack Obama’s home.
“I never thought I would make it to have my own center,” said Hudson, who wore a fitted, ruffled black dress and high-heeled studded black boots. “I’m so honored to be here and see this day.”
Weight Watchers had pledged to donate a portion of the center’s revenue to a foundation that Hudson co-founded in honor of her late nephew, Julian King.
The body of the 7-year-old was found in a vehicle a few days after Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were found dead in the family’s Chicago home in October 2008. All three had been shot. The estranged husband of Hudson’s sister is charged in the killings and is awaiting trial.
Hudson, who started the foundation in Julian’s honor with her sister, Julia, said she was inspired as a child by seeing the success of others.
“I love to target children, because that’s the thing that makes a difference,” Hudson said. “We hope to do the same thing and start here at home in Chicago with health, with education, with dreams.”
Hudson, who first earned fame as an “American Idol” finalist, won a Grammy for her self-titled album and an Oscar for her role in “Dreamgirls.” Her album “I Remember Me,” came out this year.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who attended the ribbon-cutting, called Hudson “Chicago’s ambassador to the world at large.”