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March 28th, 2012
03:49 PM ET

Rep. Brown: Trayvon investigation 'a disaster'

Brooke is joined by Florida Rep. Corrine Brown to discuss the controversy surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin.  Brown expresses frustration with both the Sanford Police Department and the media's coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.  She also addresses recent developments in the story that suggest that the police initially wanted to charge George Zimmerman in the case, but were stopped by the district attorney.  Brown says this is not about race, and hopes the new developments don't represent an attempt at a "cover-up" on the behalf of the Sanford Police Department.

Programming note:  Be sure to tune in for CNN's special town hall event, hosted by CNN's Soledad O'Brien.  "Beyond Trayvon" airs Friday night at 8:00 pm ET!

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  1. aeriellej

    This is absolutely rediculous! Zimmerman should be behind bars as we speak! Regardless of the claim about this not being about race, it is inevitable that if Zimmerman were African American he would have been incarcerated by now This insanity must end. No one needs to protect Zimmerman, the person who needed protection is dead!

    March 28, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  2. Bill Watrous

    No, what is absolutely ridiculous is this: When asked if Rep. Corrine Brown would have injected the same determination for a white individual as she has shown in this case, she replied of course she would, in fact she had done this for a white woman recently and blah blah blah. Then when Brooke asked the woman's name, Rep. Corrine Brown looked like she was about to get hit by a train, stumbled and looked to her left for an aide's help, but none was coming. After several seconds of total DUH she replied she did not. SCORE ONE FOR BROOKE.

    March 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  3. Omar

    I have to agree with Bill Watrous, it was great to see Rep. Brown stumble when she couldnt answer Brooke's question about the slain white woman in Florida and if she could remember her name!! People like Rep Brown, Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are only exploiting trayvon martins death for their own agenda!! Once everything settles and the case is old news sharpton, jackson and rep brown wont remember trayvon at all!!

    March 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  4. Louis Farakhan

    What an absolute embarassment this congresswoman is...in one breath shem mentions the mother saying it isnt about black and white and in the next breath she describes Trayvon as a black male.

    March 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  5. Louis Farakhan

    Rep. Brown: "I'm just as concerned about the white female that was murdered in my area".
    CNN: "What is her name congresswoman"?
    Rep. Brown: "I forgot".
    I can't stop laughing at the hypocracy of black politicians. What a joke!

    March 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
  6. Eric

    Brooke Baldwin gave a great interview to the congresswoman. I wish the congresswoman could have held her emotions back during this professional interview so that the conversation could be elevated by the viewers instead of critiqued for her unprofessional but dedicated cause.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
  7. Tammie

    THIS WHOLE SITUATION IS HORRIBLE!! Two people lost their lives the night Trayvon Martin was killed. Mr. Zimmerman will never have a normal life again. Trayvon's life has ended. This is about race, gun laws, inequality, inadequate police departments, and people trying to protect themselves and their homes, etc. This icident should not incite riots, looting, and bounties on people's heads; it should incite self-examination, better gun laws, training law enforcement and better dialogue between parents and their children. Even though we have a black president in the white house; we still have a long way to go. God bless America because we need you Lord!!!

    March 29, 2012 at 12:49 am |
  8. Val

    I am so sad that a person with this platform does not understand the problem here. Yes, race IS an issue here. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Did they let the killer of the white child, whose name the congresswoman could not recall but attended rallies for, back out onto the street with his gun? Is there video of the killer with not a scratch on him while he and his father say the little girl armed with a beverage and candy attacked him first? Did they have physical custody of the little girl's killer and just let him go? Every death of a child is a tragedy, but these the two cases are apples and organges. Maybe Brooke got the CNN memo to approach this case with less empathy for the victim. That she did, and with remarkable coldness. Well, I am sure the racists are happy but I see this broadcast is not for me.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  9. Gary

    Barring all thats happened, What it comes down to is what happened that night. Under the Fla "stand your ground" law,, Trayvon was in the right for attacking Zimmerman if he did ) because he was being pursued and was confronted by him. Whats good for Zimmerman should also be good for Trayvon. Their pasts shouldnt be considered in this,only what happened that particular night. What I see now is a lot of attempts by the media and legal consuels for both sides trying to muddy the waters. This would never have happened if Zimmerman hadn't pursued and confronted Trayvon in the first place,, since he did, he has no standings under the "stand your ground " law, as that he wasn't standing his ground, he was actualy creating the situation.
    I do agree that a person has a basic right to stand his/her ground and defend him/herself in situations when confronted, but to go out and cause the incident to begin with,then they have no legal defense .

    March 29, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  10. Kim

    Brooke asked Mrs. Brown would her fellow African Americans colleagues care if Trayvon was not black. Is it wrong for black people to stand up for another black person???? What kind of questions is that? So white people can stand up for each other but black people should stay in their place and except everything we are given????? If this was a family member of yours you would be very upset.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  11. Wow

    CNN – Please do not interview Corrine Brown anymore. She is an embarrassment to our political system and poorly represents the state of Florida.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  12. Hugh

    Sorry, Brooke, you just removed yourself from the candidates for the NCAAP's annual Puffball Reporter award. You really nailed the congresswoman with your pointed questions. How did you suppress laughing at her answers?

    March 29, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  13. Kim

    How dare black people make anything about race MEANWHILE white ppl want to justiy being scared of blk men in hoodies ....OK.K.K

    March 29, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  14. Tango

    ENOUGH... about this Treyvon's case.. CNN please broadcast news that more important to people daily lives.. like health care, unemployment, gas prices etc.. what is a big deal when a black kid got shot and killed accidently.? what about a white, or a hispanic or an asian kid got shot and murdered by a black dude huh.? and i'm pretty sure it happens almost everyday in America.. where are the protesters and demanding justice for that huh.? and if you pay attention most of those demonstrators are blacks.. and Don't they have jobs huh.? they are the most prejudiced people and i'm so sick and tire of them calll themselves minority and have all the rights and can do whatever they want.. and these black politicians are totally out of whack and they all need to be voted out of the office by Nov.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  15. Arthur Kapit

    If Zimmerman was beaten as badly as claimed there would be soft tissue damage, swelling etc. which couldn't be washed away or cleaned up. Has he been examined by an independent doctor? The video didn't show any signs of a beating regardless of how long after the incident occured. Both Zimmerman and the pokice involved should be thoughly questioned and even polygraphed to see if they aren't lying.

    March 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  16. Marwan Sidani

    What is truly needed is a private attorney's general statute whose scope allows "officers of the court"(attorneys) to prosecute cases that the District Attorney decides not to pursue.
    The Martin killing is a case in point the cops handcuffed i.e. arrested Zimmerman, then called the D.A. who said to release him... why?
    Because even if they had a colorable claim that Zimmerman DID NOT act in self-defense the D.A. has a conflict of interest relating to the standard of evidence required to show self-defense.
    The D.A. does not want to set precedent creating a high burden of proof for self-defense that will later be applied to officer involved shootings!!

    March 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  17. john tomlin

    The Congress Woman got spanked. Yeah she was there for her constituent execpt she couldnt remember her name.

    Nice.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  18. Helu

    are* so active

    March 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  19. local63

    Brown you are a disgrace to this countries congressional leadership, If this was an issue about a Black shooting and killing a white or a hispanic it would just a murder in your book, but every time its a white or hispanic or asian shooting and killing a black its automatic "RACISM". Thanks Brook for doing the right thing and being a fair reporter.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  20. Marguerite Dickey

    My question to Brooke was what was the point of the question?? What did you hope to find out/reveal? That the Congresswomen was biased, hypocrite or worse?? To get brownie points for looking like a touch interviewer?? It takes more than a silly question to establish real credentials as a jounalist and not just another pretty news reader.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  21. Leah

    I rarely post comments but I have to say, I was severely offended by your line of questioning. A crucial component underlying the Trayvon Martin tragedy is race and racial profiling and the cultural inequities demonstrated by the police. To ask a representative if she would be this interested had it been a white child is absurd and disrespectful, not only to the elected official but to the issue at hand. The outrage of the Martin case is not only about his tragic loss of life, but also the manner in which it was lost and the lack of equal treatment under the law that the investigation has so obviously taken. Where was this line of questioning when the airwaves were flooded over Chandra Levy or Caylee Anthony? Did anyone ask any person who spoke out in solidarity of the victims' family if they were doing so because they where white? I find your question to be arrogant, malicious and beneath CNN. I am truly disappointed.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  22. Rodney Chalfant

    PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE ONE OF THEM IS NEXT:

    Our community is less than 10minutes from where Trayvon Martin was gun down. I keep hearing that this isn't a racial issue over & over or is it? We have 6 teens & 2b children 2, 11b,15b,18g,18g.19b,19b, & 21g. We are a mixed black & white couple as our children reflects from my spouse 1st marriage black. Do I need to have my spouse take my boys & girls to the gun rang as well as buy them a 9mm weapon to protect themselves? Heaven, yes! Since the incident if followed by a stranger like TM was approached they will be trained to use common sense first, but if their lives seem to be threatened they are to take down the threat with the 9mm immediately to protect themselves.
    Yes, they will be licensed as George was licensed, and yes even though we live in mostly a White community if they feel threaten even by unmarked government officials which tend to follow them around the community they are to shoot first in order to protect themselves from these well trained & heavily armed unmarked government officials who are usually not working at that time for the government, but a private contractor in which they bend the rules.
    HEY, THE DOOR JUST OPENED FOR MY CHILDREN, MY WIFE, & I TO PROTECT OURSELVES AT ALL COST. WE WILL SHOOT FIRST, AS GEORGE DID, BUT THIS TIME AT A STRANGE ADULT & ASK QUESTION LATER AS THE STANFORD POLICE DID. BEWARE IF YOU COME TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD (AVALON PARK) & APPROACH MY CHILDREN AS THEY WILL BE ARMED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES SINCE THE OFFICIALS WE HAVE ELECTED HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO DO SO. THIS ISN'T A THREAT, BUT A FACT OF LIFE.

    Wounded Warrior
    U.S. Army

    March 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  23. Marguerite Dickey

    Correction: Meant to say tough interviewer - not touch interviewer. Will proof my next comment before sending.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  24. Stephanie

    Brooke does not realize that her creating an argument to compare Congresswoman Brown's memory of the late slain girl versus her speaking out against racism, makes her (Brooke) appear racist. Brooke use to report on Rick Sanchez's show about 2 years ago. She is going down the same path and may suffer the same fate as Mr. Sanchez. Brooke was very rude. This was not a fair comparison to remember Summer's name from a 2009 incident that Brown raised $150,000 for. Brooke should be ashamed of herself. Racism is also a hesitation, refusal or a desire to not speak about obvious racial and unfair situations. Sorry, Brooke. But you appear very racist.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  25. Michael Fortner

    Brooke is extremely racist here. Her serious journalistic inquiry? Has Rep. Brown been concerned about tragedies that befall white children? The answer: Yes. The evidence supports the Rep. Brown's response. But, because Brooke is unaware with her own racial ignorance and ambitious, she hangs her hat on the fact that Rep. Brown couldn't remember the girl's name. The assumption is that the memory lapse reveals something (although the implication is undermined by the evidence that the representative actually did a lot for the case involving the white child). A better test (though not dispositive because Rep. Brown's memory of the Trayvon case could be influenced by more than her individual concern) would be if Brooke, in three years, during an interview on a different topic asks Rep. Brown for the name of Trayvon (but Brooke doesn't realize this). The other reason Brooke's response reveals her racial ignorance is that she did not understand Rep. Brown's response: Rep. Brown and the congressional black caucus actually spends a lot of energy trying to raise awareness of issues concerning the poor and women. If Brooke interviewed Rep. Brown about women's issues, would she ask, "Do you also focus on issues affecting people of color?" Finally, the saddest part of this is that Brooke will never ask a white representative: "Have you ever done anything for people of color?" I hope CNN realizes that one of their anchors is so invested in white privilege that she can't be a fair reporter.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  26. Rodney Chalfant

    Ps. Our family is also training our children through self-defense techniques away from weapons to protect themselves first. The gun is their last resort as their hands can be more of a weapon to fend off those who threaten their lives including strangers, private contractors, who normally work for the government off duty, following my children in the name of these wealthy corporations who would rather see their father dead than alive since it takes over 1 million dollars a year to maintain my state of being medically, mentally, physically due to my wounds received from serving our country along with the cancerous illness which military doctor's discovered. The insurance companies rather see me died than alive. Thus, they are waiting for the perfect opportunity (perfect storm) to carry out their plan in taking my life as I'm a large BUDGET CUT in the eye's of these private and public industries which fuel our government. Yes, I feel as though I'm living in a Nancy Drew novel verse real life as these teams of contractors daily watch our home, car, and every move. We have started our own investigation since the attempt on my life March 26, 2010 by these so called contractors connected to these large corporations which pull the politicians in Washington's strings to do whatever they want. Maybe you have heard of them (a secret group called the "Illuminati").

    March 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  27. Lynne

    This is a very emotional issue for anyone who has been the victim of profiling. Brooke's question is valid to ask as a reporter but profiling of any group is wrong. African American men have historically been targeted and this is just another example. One of my sons who is a college educated law enforcement officer is often stopped by police when he is out of uniform. He has made an oath to serve and uphold the law but when he is in dressed in casual clothing driving his sports car, he's stopped. One question for Brooke is,, what are the statistics of white males killed in similar situation of Trayvon and the person with the weapon not charged by police.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  28. Stephanie

    We need to talk about guns–but we still have a racial profiling and racial stereo type problems! All needs to be addressed together. I got used to Brooke, and began to appreciate her reporting style, however my respect has been lost. She did not catch a black congresswoman in a trap. She asked an unfair, and racially biased question and then patted herself on the back like she really accomplished something. Testing a middle aged woman's memory from a 2009 death. How pathetic. Anything though Brooke, to tamper down the Trayvon rhetoric. Congratulations, you successfully brushed the injustice of the Sanford Police Department "under the rug" during your interview. Get her an award!

    March 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  29. Victor Flores

    Dear Ms. Brooke Baldwin: Have you ever stop to think that when one is put on the spot, one gets angry and one can forget certain things, But, never mind that. Your question had several premises, and Cong. Brown read into them fast, and so did millions of us who are not of the ruling group, WASPs. FACTS: you want facts to back up what one is saying. Read these three: SLAVERY FOR 400 YEARS; THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, over 100 years after liberation of slaves; AND that there is still RACISM and POVERTY in the world's richest country. In top of those facts, 31 states have laws that are saying to us minorities "shoot now, and ask questions later". The role of reporters is to report, and never in their reporting influence anyone at all, or try to see a point that only helps to divide rather than unite. WRITING IN THE WALL: Wether we like it or not, there will be a racial/rich vs. poor CIVIL WAR in America soon. And we poor and minorities are like elephants, we do not forget. So unless CNN and other networks don't want to end in the wrong side of that war, I strongly feel that you should curb your words, just like we curb our dogs. We don't consider America to be too free for us, and not too fair in many cases. Please! Report and say things that can make a positive difference. Thank you. Hope you don't put me in a anti-Communist blacklist.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  30. Art in WV

    The question you should be asking is not "would you be as concerned about this case if he wasn't black?"; it's "would Zimmerman have shot the kid if he wasn't black?"

    I'm not saying I know the answer to that question, which is for a jury to determine. None of us can answer that question right now except perhaps for Zimmerman himself.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  31. Michael Fortner

    Also, many white politicians are also concerned about this case. Is Brooke going to ask them whether or not they have tried to help white people? Of course, she isn't. Black members of Congress spend so much time working on issues of concern to all Americans (i.e. opposing the war, trying to pass a job's bill, trying to end the war on women), but Brooke believes that only their activities on behalf of people of color warrant critical scrutiny. Brooke believes that black politicians should have to defend their pursuit of racial justice. But they don't need to explain why economic issues or women's issues matter to them. Her performance here is so disgusting, but, again, she is so invested in white privilege that she doesn't even realize this. CNN needs to take note.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  32. mdemmons

    I am embarrassed about this interview – FOR BROOKE.

    The question that was asked "Would you feel the same if this was a white child?" was completely uncalled for. Let me, a white, 42-year old man living in Atlanta explain why:

    The young white girl who was murdered died a horrible death and we should all be outraged. She died at the hands of an evil man. And this could have happened to any baby.

    HERE'S THE DIFFERENCE:

    Trayvon Martin was most likely killed BECAUSE HE WAS A BLACK KID that George Zimmerman didn't want in the neighborhood. So we have a young man who was likely killed by a murderer. That's sad enough, as I'm sure you will agree. But what makes this even worse is that he was probably targeted for NO OTHER REASON than his skin color.

    White people get murdered every day in America. But they almost NEVER get murdered because they are white. The same is NOT true for black people.

    So I'll forgive Rep. Corrine Brown for being doubly-pi$$ed about this one. She and her black brothers and sisters have had to put up with this crap for decades, and for Brooke Baldwin to ask such a stupid question demonstrates a complete lack of ignorance about the topic.

    Brooke is a very smart woman. I hope she realizes that there is a VERY BIG DIFFERENCE between killing someone randomly and killing someone because of the color of their skin.

    We can all walk around safely thinking we'll probably never be the target of a random killing. But when a young black man ventures into a white neighborhood, particularly in the South, he has to be very cautious.

    So there's a BIG difference. And Brooke should apologize to Rep. Corrine Brown for asking such a thoughless question.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  33. marilyn

    Brooke, you now can go in the annals of "gotcha media" with Couric. I would so totally be in your camp if you yourself did not have to admit today that indeed the Congresswoman had provided significant financial support to the investigation of the white child's case. Yes, when asked to state the name, the congresswoman could not. I'm sure she was terribly embarassed. Perhaps dear heart, with a few more years under your belt you will experience what others have on occasion, a memory lapse. If your investigation had proven otherwise, I would be singing your praises. You posed your question based on the assumption that she was being a hypocrite. Karma is something else.I pray you have no live air omissions of key names, particularly when under stress. Ironically, you advised us to watch the specal on race. Will you join us watching?

    March 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  34. curious

    Asking the congresswomen about a victim’s name of a 4 year old case on a live interview was not the smartest thing, really. I am disappointed. Brook, I guess you have an amazing memory and can name every single person’s name that you have encountered.
    Curious, are there any non-black politician that are concerned about this case? If not perhaps your line of questions should go there.
    Based on what I heard in my own ears of the 911 calls, Zimmerman decided to get out of his car (after being told not to) and something happened. Given that Zimmerman wasn’t a uniformed officer, martin has the right to stand his ground and fight this weird guy who was following him by car then decided to get out of the car. Marin has the right to fight back, and even kill Zimmerman to defend himself, and be out free on self defense and based on the law that is the legal. Because Zimmerman was the initial aggressor (just by the fact that he got out of his car) and followed, even if martin fights him, and as the result Zimmerman killed martin during the fight, Zimmerman is still at fault and is not protected by the stand your ground law. Mind you, I haven’t injected any race to this paragraph. I am just arguing based on the stand your ground law. Now if you want to inject race to this, then Zimmerman, in addition to being guilty of killing someone, it appears that he killed based on his hate to certain group of people and his choice words show that.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  35. Russell

    First I would like to express that because we are discussing this so much reflects it being a racial issue on all basis and here is what I mean. 1st I do believe that the congress women should have her facts straight when opening her mouth about what she has supports, but look, every politician I have seen does what she did and in some cases worse bottom line no matter who you are have your facts together or just don't bring the subject up. 2nd I have watched CNN and FOX faithfully (by the way I'm conservative now more moderate) in case you're wondering; I have yet to see any of the reporters ask other white public officials "would you do the same if the individual were black?" This is not a common or standard question asked by ANYONE, so why ask her? You can say what you want but here are things we need to question and ask ourselves, are you giving the same attention when there are similar situations to all Americans regardless of their race? Why would you ask different questions in similar cases based off their race? Even when we mention the President they say Obama not President Obama like they have with previous Presidents why? (just so we're clear...I didn't vote for him!) But I'm retired military and there is a discipline we maintain. I don't believe in anyway Brooke is a bigot or prejudice I just want to express the things I see and sometimes question in saying "Why?" why would you question the intentions of someone who wants justice for something that is clearly wrong, but not ask anyone else that same question? I just believe the standards are different for certain people. If we can't trust the media to be impartial on all issues then who do you trust? And last we have a branch in the military called Psyops (Psychological Operations) their job is to create a reality that is false, but look so real or appears so true to those who are looking at it, it causes the enemy to make bad or wrong decisions based off what they "Perceive" is right verses what is real, let's hope the media doesn't adapt this concept.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  36. Joe Cox

    I'm sorry that Brooke feels she is right in this situation. To me, her unusual, and rather condescending mood in questioning, seems a bit racist in and of itself. It certainly stirred up a bit of racism in a few of the other comments. Up until the "What was her name?" screw up, the interview was going great. Rep. Brown was expressing her genuine anger regarding Trayvon's disheartening murder at the gun of George Zimmerman. I was glad to see that Brooke brought up the issue of gun control, which does need to be addressed more seriously in the near future. As for Brooke's poor choice in afternoon broadcasting conduct, she could have ended as she left it with Rep. Brown, but no, she immaturely decides to further attack Brown with a later segment in which she belittles Rep. Brown about the simple issue of a forgotten name. Everyone knows what it's like to have difficulty calling up certain specifics on the spot from time to time, and that's in everyday situations. I can only imagine how easy it would be to blank on a person's name while being interviewed lived on national television. Obviously Brooke is more concerned about furthering her career as a witchy newscaster, much like the kind seen on Fox News. CNN isn't the greatest in news, but it's one of the best we've got. Please keep it that way. Brooke, have a heart. Seriously.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  37. Madinah

    If Zimmerman was beaten as was claimed where are the proof? Where is the evidence taken? Why wasn't Zimmerman taken to the hospital undressed and pictures taken of his body for bruises to use later as evidence?
    Why haven't the people seen any bandages on a bruise head, broken nose, or finger anything to show he was beaten? Where was the blood stained clothing ? Why because there was no beating this was a cold – blooded murder. The voice that was heard on the tape was Tayvon Martin cry for his life and then shot dead, his life snuff out just like that. Why do people think some people are stupid throw mud in their face and try to convince them it is rain, when it is clear to what happen. Zimmerman murder Tayvon Martin, the media, Zimmerman and the police department is trying to cover it up. Zimmerman should be arrested tried and convicted for this crime and all black mothers should have a great concern for the life of their children here in a America until these racist criminals are brought to justice. Soon they shall see their punishment and we will have peace on this earth once again. The "Dooms day is hear" help will come from all over and this will be their end.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  38. Boxerbabe1127

    Brooke Baldwin should be reprimanded for her line of questioning of Congresswoman Brown. She was arrogant and rude and even referred to her as Congressman Brown at the end. Congresswoman Brown was right to be upset at this self serving, smug, so called professional. I heard Brooke today talking about the negative blogs regarding Congresswoman Brown not remembering the child's name. What she failed to say is that most of the negativity on the blogs are directed toward her. There have been many times when I'm asked a person's name and can't think of it right away to save my life. Brooke's interview was a disaster, so she decided to engage in a little "gotchaism". First, when Congresswoman Brown mentioned that the media kept referring to Zimmerman as the "captain" of the neighborhood watch and that he was self proclaimed with no training, Brooke did not adequately respond. She said something stupid like "oh we've talked to people". Who?? Maybe Brooke should have been put on the spot.Then she totally missed the point that the Congresswoman was making that when a police officer engages in a shooting, he has to give up his gun and step down until an investigation takes place. What she was referring to is that the police didn't do to Zimmerman what they would have had to do themselves. Brooke said "the police chief has stepped down". She did not get it. Then she talks about, "why not wait until the facts are known??". Incredible!! I think a month is way too long to wait. The Congresswoman was right to say if it were not for the marches and activism, what has come to light would not have. It was as if Brooke's true biases regarding this case came out in full force, with the waiting, moving on to a broader discussion about violence and guns, etc. We need to be talking about exactly what the issue is. Trayvon Martin is dead and his killer has NOT been arrested. THAT is the issue. Brooke, your question to Congresswoman Brown was racist and demonstrates that you are far from understanding the real issues here. CNN, you owe Congresswoman Brown an apology. Your employee is out of control.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  39. Ruth Peterson

    The more I hear from the witnesses, the more i believe this may have been murder.....not manslaughter.
    On the 9 1 1 tapes, Zimmerman said he was following a person weraing SHORTS.
    Trayvon was wearing JEANS. He apparently lost his first "suspect" and picked Trayvon as a substitute for the first guy. As in "Any port in a storm"
    The 13 year old witness was not contacyted by police until 5 days after he made the 9 1 1 call to police.
    He said on tape, that he did not see anything it was too dark, but he heard someone crying. The the gunshot and the "WHIMPERING" stopped.
    Two women said they heard a child, or young person crying, then the gunshot and the crying stopped.
    Two women said they saw Zimmerman straddling Trayvon, who was face down on the ground, Zimmerman had both his hands on trayvon's back, but he did not appear to be helping Trayvon.

    This is SO crazy....I think this guy may have done a murder, not manslaughter.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  40. windy

    Brooke did not ask any question that wasn't already brought up in earlier conversations with the press, media, etc. I don't think Brooke was being racist, I just think she was trying to prove that if Rep Brown was just as concerned about this girl a couple of years ago she would remember her name. When you put your heart and soul into a case for someone, you would THINK you would remember the person's name, because it's just as important to her as the Trayvon case. In a couple of years from now will Rep Brown remember Trayvon's name? But I do think Brooke could have acted in a different manner. I've heard worse questions from other reporters, and asking a girls name is far from being inappropriate.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  41. Patricia

    The white female was a 7 year old girl named Somer Thompson. She lived in Clay County, in the city with the name of Orange Park. Had Corrine Brown really been paying attention in 2009 when a truly defenseless child was thrown in the garbage, she would not have been stumped by Brooke's honest question. Had Brown paid attention to a map, she'd know that Orange County is in central Florida. Does she not even know the geography of her own district?
    And for Brown to say that it's not about black or white, but it's wrong to disvalue a black youth's life – MAKES it about race. How about "It's wrong to devalue ANY life" instead, because then you're making a valid statement that does not make it about race.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  42. windy

    It's sad that race is still in today's society. God says to love only one race – human :)

    March 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  43. Melvin Slade

    Is a congressperson not to be expected to remember the name of a young girl she professes to have aided in a murder investigation about? It is now racist to even ask her? Okay, the congresswoman lost me when she made the incredible claim that the congressional black caucus is the conscience of congress. Was she implying that only blacks in congress have a conscience? That sounds quite a bit bigoted to me. As for the Trayvon killing, I have two questions I have yet to see even asked. Supposedly, Trayvon had been to a local convenience store to make a purchase, and was on his way back to his father's fiance's townhouse when the killing took place. We have seen interviews from many people involved but I have yet to see an interview with the store clerk or the fiance'. I have heard nothing about them. What are their names? Does the clerk recall Trayvon? Where is this fiance'? I think both parties can be vital in such a case to demonstrate confirmation of starting point and intended stopping point of Trayvon's trip. Just saying.

    March 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  44. James Salter

    To Brooke Baldwin...THANKS! Thanks for asking questions that NEED to be asked. Stand firm.

    March 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Gloria J. Thompson

    I watched you interview the Congresswoman.Ms. Brooke,you thought you were
    being funny,you caught her off gaurd.I am quite sure,if you were asked some thing's,
    you'd be in the same position.I live in a very large city,it hurt's me deeply,whether it's a
    white,black,and any other race get's killed!how do you expect the Congresswoman to
    remember the child's name right off the cuff?I am sick and tired of the unfairness, that
    a lot of black's have had to go through.You have not walked in our shoe's,Ms.Brooke.
    I will write to you again.My heart goe's out to all of the Trayvon Martin's of the world.There
    are so many killing's,I am praying about this case.I heard the adult's say ,when I was a kid,
    "IF YOU ARE WHITE ,YOU ARE RIGHT,IF YOU ARE BLACK,GET BACK!".
    MS.GLO

    March 30, 2012 at 2:17 am |
  46. clemen

    I can't believe Zimmerman had assaulted a police officer and he was afterwards allowed to walk around with a gun. Zimmerman should not have been allowed to have a gun in the first place if he had already assaulted a police officer. What was the race of the police officer he assaulted? black.

    March 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  47. Jason Tolpin

    Trayvon was killed due to two factors. A guy playing cop and a young man who thought he had to save face.

    Race had nothing to do with the killing. The Hoodie had nothing to do with the killing. There is not one shred of evidence to suggest that race played a part in this killing. The only reason race is mentioned is so that back Americans can keep pretending to be discriminated against. We have a black President, what more do you want?

    This is a story of bad decisions, bad attitudes, and professional leaches who feed off of other people's tragedy

    We have a criminal justice system in America that is far better than most. It's time for everyone to keep their pie holes shut and let the system do it's thing.

    When this story first broke, I was much more sympathetic to this young man and his family, but now, with all the media pandering and irrational people putting bounties on Zimmerman, DEMANDING arrests be made.... I'm getting pretty annoyed and starting to just not care anymore. Let's move on people. No laws were broken. Two people just were in the wrong place at the wrong time and made some very poor decisions. Zimmerman for being a wannabe cop and Trayvon for attacking Zimmerman and trying to kill him.

    March 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  48. Rob Haas

    Dwayne, listen to the police tape: Zimmerman had been observing and following Martin but had lost him and was returning to his car when Martin came to him. Martin's tweets indicate he had hit a bus driver previously, if so he may have also hit Zimmerman first after being asked what he was doing there (it was Zimmerman's job to watch the neighborhood, remember?) then Martin started the fight and what happened is the result. Since, in reality we don't really know what happened yet why not back off and let the police do their job first? Or maybe we should just hang Zimmerman now so you guys will be satisfied.

    March 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  49. Wolf

    Great job by the interviewer. Anytime any politician is in the chair, nail them. They are all despicable and trying to get their lopsided message out. Good job here. An interviewer's job is to play devil's advocate, not to provide a free forum for one-sided comments.

    March 31, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
  50. Galabe

    The issue is not about protection for all , we cant deny there is color divide in this country but whereas the system protects other races, it seeks to disregard the black race

    April 1, 2012 at 2:22 am |
  51. mike

    Congresswoman.Ms. Brooke, where were you when the Jena 6 kicked the crap out of a white student, where was your protests in favor of punishment, no it was just the opposite. If that had been a black student by 6 whites that kicked the crap out of a black student, your bunch would have been there yelling hate crime. Your not only alienating white people but Spanish as well. When bounce a mans head off concrete, it has a tendency in some cases to kill and individual. Stand your ground or not if someone did that to most people, one bullet would been a minimum. Just like the proffessor that was black and the cops came to his house, Obama got involved. I am so tired, like so many the "Race Card" It is time to start playing the reverse race card. You have worn it so thin people can see through it.

    April 5, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  52. richard j levert

    Please investigate the Sanford police Department attempt to cover-up the Trayvon killing; why were the clothing destroyed; Cold Case everyday on TV keep evidence of 20 Years; are someone is telling a lie on TV.

    Has the ground area been removed and kept for investigation?

    April 14, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  53. richard j

    how many times was Trayvon shot; and where was he shot; in head? back?...etc..........

    April 14, 2012 at 11:44 am |

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