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Investigator in Trayvon Martin Case Wanted Zimmerman Arrested at the Scene

Investigator in Trayvon Martin Case Wanted Zimmerman Arrested at the Scene

The shooting of Trayvon Martin has been floodlighted with media attention with rallies happening in cities from coast to coast and Martin’s parents appearing at Capitol Hill. There has been much controversy and debate over the case where experts are questioning the defense of “self-defense,” or the stand your ground law. At the end of the day however, an unarmed 17-year-old boy was shot dead by the neighborhood watch crime captain. The debate over the case is likely to escalate as tension increases and supporters demand the arrest of George Zimmerman. What is Stand Your Ground Law? Florida Statute 776.032 states: “A person who uses force is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person… […]

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MMA Fighter Charged with Using Hands as Deadly Weapons

MMA Fighter Charged with Using Hands as Deadly Weapons

There have been a few mixed martial arts fighters making headlines in recent years for breaking the law. As the sport grows in popularity, so does the amount of media attention the athletes are forced to contend with. MMA Fighter Fernando Rodrigues was recently arrested and charged with several crimes after a road rage incident where he allegedly pistol-whipped another person in addition to punching and kicking him several times and putting him into a wrestling hold. Palm Beach Post covered the details of the confrontation after the victim spoke out to the public. Road Rage in South Florida Anyone with experience driving in South Florida understands how difficult it can be to navigate the roads in this area. There are careless drivers a plenty, and there are also impatient… […]

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Assault and Battery Charges in West Palm Beach

Assault and Battery Charges in West Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach metropolitan area is the 13th most violent city in the country. There are many violent crimes committed in Palm Beach County and assault and battery are two of the most serious. Most people think “assault and battery” are the same offense but technically “assault” and “battery” are two distinct and separate crimes. A West Palm Beach man was arrested on Monday for aggravated battery, after his girlfriend accused him of beating her during an argument, reported by Cynthia Roldan, The Palm Beach Post Christopher Maurice Raphael, 24, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $26,000 bond. He is charged with aggravated battery, battery and criminal mischief. According to the probable cause affidavit, a West Palm Beach Police officer was dispatched to… […]

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What to do After being Charged with Aggravated Battery

What to do After being Charged with Aggravated Battery

Aggravated Battery is a Felony Aggravated battery is the crime of intentionally causing harm to another person using a deadly weapon. A deadly weapon can be considered a firearm, a knife, or even a vehicle. In this case, the deadly weapons used were poles and sticks. Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Aggravated Battery in Fort Pierce According to WPTV News, a Fort Pierce teenager is suffering in critical condition after witnesses said he was beaten with poles and sticks Thursday evening. Reports say the 16-year-old victim’s condition has improved since Friday but when authorities arrived on the scene, he was suffering from seizures after several blows that fractured his skull and caused bleeding in the brain. Authorities announced Sunday that three… […]

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Is Carjacking a Felony?

Is Carjacking a Felony?

Carjacking is a serious crime in the state of Florida. Recent carjacking numbers have increased along with the new “bump and rob” type of robbery. Carjacking is a first degree felony and is defined as the forcible or violent taking of a motor vehicle from the owner with the intent of either permanently or temporarily depriving the owner of the said motor vehicle. While it is serious, it is unfortunately very common in South Florida. Carjacking in Riviera Beach According to an article in WPTV News, a Riviera Beach city police officer said he was forced to shoot at an armed man. Robert Robinson, 19, is accused of fleeing on foot, evading police vehicles, and carjacking. The scene actually started out as a routine traffic stop but ended as an… […]

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Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

A West Palm Beach woman was arrested Monday after shooting her husband multiple times with a BB gun at a friends home. She called the police herself after an argument with her husband following the shooting. Spousal Aggravated Assault According to the Palm Beach Post, Darlene M. Garcia, 37 was arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies for allegedly shooting her husband in the face and body with a CO2 BB gun and stealing his clothes. She was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, and resisting an officer. Around 7 a.m. Monday, while her husband was at a friend’s house, Garcia entered the home and opened fire on her husband, according to the post. Her husband returned home and he and Garcia began arguing. She then called the police to their… […]

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How Buck Wild Trial Sets the Tone for Gang Related Crime

How Buck Wild Trial Sets the Tone for Gang Related Crime

Five alleged Buck Wild gang members are set to begin trial as of yesterday. Buck Wild was once known as one of the most feared gangs in Palm Beach County. The racketeering and conspiracy trial will conclude the April 2010 indictment that listed dozens of violent crime charges including guns, drugs, theft, and assault. Buck Wild Trial The five men on trial include Marquis Alfred, 20; James Anderson, 22; Larry Coe, 25; Quamaine Falana, 19; and James Roundtree, 22. Investigators and prosecutors continue to stress how monumental the takedown of these alleged gang members was. The investigation required the efforts of a specialized task force designed to mitigate gang violence. Palm Beach County sheriff’s Lt. Mike Wallace was head of the Palm Beach County Violent Crimes Task Force and led… […]

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How Does Aggravated Battery Turn Into A Hate Crime?

How Does Aggravated Battery Turn Into A Hate Crime?

Hate crimes are one of the oldest types of crimes throughout human history. The drive to inflict harm upon others specifically because of race, gender, or religious views has been a practice only recently punished by the law. However, these crimes do continue to exist and can happen right in your own backyard. In St. Petersburg, Fla., a man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly stabbing a man after learning the man is a Muslim. Before the September 11 attacks, there were about 400 to 500 hate crimes reported each year. One month after the attacks, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), received more than 700 reports of hate crimes. According to an article in WPTV News, 52-year-old Bradley Strott was speaking to Sam Ebadi about religion. Ebadi… […]

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How Police Abuse of Power is a Growing Problem

How Police Abuse of Power is a Growing Problem

Police brutality and abuse of power is a problem that has been around since the beginning of hierarchical society. However, the fact that it continues today is problematic because it makes people wonder whom they can trust. When law enforcement officers start breaking the law, who’s there to keep them in check? False Imprisonment in Boynton Beach According to an article in WPTV News, a woman in Boynton Beach, Fla. posted an internet ad offering her services as an escort. She called herself “Stephanie,” and was found bleeding in her Boynton Beach apartment, unconscious but alive, only hours after posting the ad. She had been shot twice. The man being held responsible for the crime is Jimmy Ho, a police officer at Florida Atlantic University. The incident was clearly a… […]

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Actor Michael Brea Kills Mother with Sword

Actor Michael Brea Kills Mother with Sword

According to multiple news reports, Michael Brea, a former actor that appeared on “Ugly Betty” and this summer’s “Step Up 3D,” has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He is accused of killing his mother with a 3-foot-sword. Brea was convinced his mother was possessed by Satan, according to police reports. Neighbors reported hearing screams of “Repent, repent, sinner, sinner!” and “You never accepted Jesus!” It was the neighbors who called the police early Tuesday morning. One neighbor who called the authorities stated: “I heard him chasing her through the house and I hear a loud scream, and so I have my father call the cops, call 911.” “His poor mother must have been terrified, and the cops just stood a few feet away,” one of… […]

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