Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old junior in high school was gunned down last month by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman. Even though Zimmerman has confessed to shooting Martin, he still remains free.
Martin was staying with his father and step-mother in their gated community in Florida. According to the family’s lawyer, Ben Crump, Martin was going to the store during halftime of the NBA All-Star Game to buy some snacks for him and his little brother Chad including some skittles. As he was walking back from the store to the gated community his father resides in, the Sandford police received phone calls of a suspicious person walking around the neighborhood. Even though the name of the caller had been blacked out on police reports, Crump states that it was Zimmerman who made the call.
Instead of waiting for police to arrive, Zimmerman took it upon himself to confront Trayvon. No one knows the conversation between the teen and the self appointed “Neighborhood Watch Captain,” but when police
arrived on the scene Trayvon was on the ground dead from a gunshot to the chest. When they checked his body, they found an Arizona Tea and a bag of skittles. Trayvon was very much unarmed.
The family has requested the 911 tapes to get an understanding of what happened but the police refuse to release them. Police Chief Bill Lee said that the 911 tapes have not been releases because they contain critical information. Detectives feel that they will influence the testimony of possible witnesses.
Many family members as well as residents of the neighborhood are upset that no arrest has been made.
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