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Bruce Springsteen dedicates song to Trayvon Martin

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:25 a.m. HST, Jul 17, 2013

NEW YORK » Bruce Springsteen dedicated his protest song "American Skin (41 Shots)" to teenager Trayvon Martin during a concert in Limerick, Ireland.

In a video posted online, the 63-year-old singer told the crowd Tuesday: "We'll send this as a letter back home for justice for Trayvon Martin" after noticing a fan's sign that read "American Skin (41 Shots)."

George Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin's death. Zimmerman said he fired his gun in self-defense during a February 2012 confrontation with the 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla.

Lyrics in the song include "you can get killed just for living in your American skin." Springsteen wrote the song about the 1999 police shooting death of Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo.



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Masami wrote:
My opinion only, but when these celebrities do this kind of stuff they're basically disrespecting the justice system and the jurors who sat on the trial IN THE COURTROOM every day and heard all the evidence that we, the general public DIDN'T. To say that the verdict is "wrong" without going through the process makes them look ignorant as they obviously had a "verdict" made up already without hearing the WHOLE STORY.
on July 17,2013 | 07:27AM
hanalei395 wrote:
That juror who was on CNN sounded like she already made up her mind about "George" BEFORE she heard the WHOLE STORY.
on July 17,2013 | 10:23AM
cojef wrote:
In her interview witness B37 stated that after exhaustive examination of the law and rules of evidence presented at the trial, plus the defense witness, who happened to be the lead detective, when cross-examined by the defense counsel answered he believed Zimmerman was telling the truth, it convinced her that he was innocent of the crime, he was charged for. This is her statement.
on July 17,2013 | 11:32AM
scooters wrote:
This guy must be on drugs! Typical Leftist "Celebrity" mentality ..
on July 17,2013 | 07:41AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Bad move Bruce! Stay away from this issue. It will hurt your image in some ways.
on July 17,2013 | 07:55AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Play music - nothing more nothing less. Bashing the American Judicial System in another country; not the way to go. Very sick and tired of the race baiters who continue to perpetuate the going back in time mentality. Sure the U.S. has its fair share of ugly history, but I believe most of America follows the philosophy of MLK and not Al Sharpton, et al...........
on July 17,2013 | 08:14AM
newsjunky1 wrote:
Wrong move , Bruce. I wonder what Chris Christie now thinks of his BFF ?
on July 17,2013 | 10:07AM
false wrote:
Bruce who?
on July 17,2013 | 11:07AM
cojef wrote:
"Born in the USA" fame. Never cared for him, altough like his song.
on July 17,2013 | 11:34AM
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