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George Zimmerman waives right to speedy trial

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MIAMI — George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer accused of killing an unarmed black teenager earlier this year, on Tuesday waived his right to a speedy trial and asked for more time to prepare his case, according to court documents.

Zimmerman’s lawyer presented petitions in the Florida court for the 28-year-old, who faces second degree murder charges after being freed on bail on April 23.

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The motion showed the state of Florida did not oppose the request. The law allows people accused of serious crimes to be tried within 175 days, but that time frame can be waived to allow legal teams to prepare their defense.

Zimmerman, 28, has pleaded not guilty to the charges arising from the shooting of Martin, 17, on February 26 as he crossed a gated community in the Florida town of Sanford on his way home from buying sweets at a local shop.

The case has attracted national attention, including protests led by civil rights leaders, because police initially accepted Zimmerman’s claim that he shot Martin in self-defense.

They refused to arrest him until a special prosecutor finally brought second degree murder charges against him April 11.

He did not appear in court Tuesday, and has been out of the public eye since being freed on bail last month.

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Black man finds racist graffiti on his garage after emerging from house for the first after recovering from coronavirus

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After leaving his house for the first time in three months after recovering from a bout with coronavirus, a 74-year-old Washington man became the victim of a hate crime, Q13 Fox reports.

Walking out of his house for the first time on Tuesday morning, Robert Batie found his house vandalized by racist slurs.

“I’m 74 years old, I shouldn’t have to deal with this, so how do you describe how you feel when you come out of the bedroom and you’ve kicked the virus and you’re thankful that way, and you’re trying to mow the lawn and you see this?” he said.

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#BabyGate trends as Trump’s White House border fence gets a hilarious new nickname

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President Donald Trump has now overseen the construction of a perimeter fence around the White House that is nearly two miles in length -- and it's already getting mocked relentlessly on social media.

As construction of the perimeter fence continued on Friday, many Twitter users said it reminded them of a baby gate that new parents use to keep their infants from crawling into potentially dangerous areas.

"Aww isn’t this cute!" Twitter user @H0telr0meo wrote in one widely shared tweet. "Little #BunkerBoy now has his own #BabyGate."

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Minneapolis City Council taking first steps to ‘dismantle’ police department

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"We are going to dramatically rethink how we approach public safety and emergency response," said council member Jeremiah Ellison. "It's really past due."

Aiming to "dismantle" the Minneapolis Police Department, city councilors on Friday will vote on imposing a temporary restraining order for the city's police department in response to the killing of George Floyd last month, and plan to set a timeline for the state's investigation into racial discrimination by the police over the past decade.

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