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BY MADISON MACK

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


The Sanford police have released a series of 911 phone calls from the night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, adding more details to the debate surrounding his death. ABC provides some background.

“17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home after buying candy at a convenience store when he was shot and killed in this gated community.

“Police say this man, George Zimmerman shot Trayvon, they’ve known that since the shooting, but they have yet to arrest him.”

Zimmerman says he feared for his life and shot Martin out of self-defense. But Martin’s family claims Zimmerman harassed and shot their son without cause. The Miami Herald spoke with neighbors who describe Zimmerman’s activities as neighborhood watch captain.

“Zimmerman went door-to-door asking residents to be on the lookout, specifically referring to young black men who appeared to be outsiders …"

The Herald also notes…

“Zimmerman called police 46 times since Jan. 1, 2011 to report disturbances, break-ins, windows left open and other incidents. Nine of those times, he saw someone or something suspicious.”

During Zimmerman’s call to the police’s non-emergency line, he told a dispatcher he had spotted a suspicious man who -quote, “looks like he is up to no good.” Orlando’s WOFL has the tape.

Zimmerman: “S*** he’s running.”
Dispatcher: “He’s running which way is he running?”
Zimmerman: “Down towards the other entrance of the neighborhood.”

Dispatcher: “Are you following him?”
Zimmerman: “Yeah”
Dispatcher: “Ok, we don’t need you to do that.”

In several of the other released 911 calls, an altercation can be heard in the background followed by Martin pleading for help and a gunshot. Police maintain there is insufficient evidence to show Zimmerman did not fear for his life, but a defense lawyer tells CBS the community has questions about the investigation.

“...they feel the Stanford police has taken it upon themselves to decide that this case was a case of self-defense, but usually that’s what juries decide. And they’ve decided there’s no probable cause to believe a crime has been committed but that’s usually what grand juries decide.”

And MSNBC says this incident is not isolated.

“If you go to our blog you will see that too many young black men are losing their lives to mistaken identity and overzealous assumptions about their criminal intent. Trayvon’s case is now in the hand’s of the state’s attorney. They will decide whether or not to bring charges against his killer.”



Lawyers for Martin’s family are asking the Department of Justice to intervene.


 

911 Tapes Add to Debate Over Trayvon Martin’s Death

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Mar 18, 2012

911 Tapes Add to Debate Over Trayvon Martin’s Death

Image Source: Facebook

BY MADISON MACK

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


The Sanford police have released a series of 911 phone calls from the night Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, adding more details to the debate surrounding his death. ABC provides some background.

“17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home after buying candy at a convenience store when he was shot and killed in this gated community.

“Police say this man, George Zimmerman shot Trayvon, they’ve known that since the shooting, but they have yet to arrest him.”

Zimmerman says he feared for his life and shot Martin out of self-defense. But Martin’s family claims Zimmerman harassed and shot their son without cause. The Miami Herald spoke with neighbors who describe Zimmerman’s activities as neighborhood watch captain.

“Zimmerman went door-to-door asking residents to be on the lookout, specifically referring to young black men who appeared to be outsiders …"

The Herald also notes…

“Zimmerman called police 46 times since Jan. 1, 2011 to report disturbances, break-ins, windows left open and other incidents. Nine of those times, he saw someone or something suspicious.”

During Zimmerman’s call to the police’s non-emergency line, he told a dispatcher he had spotted a suspicious man who -quote, “looks like he is up to no good.” Orlando’s WOFL has the tape.

Zimmerman: “S*** he’s running.”
Dispatcher: “He’s running which way is he running?”
Zimmerman: “Down towards the other entrance of the neighborhood.”

Dispatcher: “Are you following him?”
Zimmerman: “Yeah”
Dispatcher: “Ok, we don’t need you to do that.”

In several of the other released 911 calls, an altercation can be heard in the background followed by Martin pleading for help and a gunshot. Police maintain there is insufficient evidence to show Zimmerman did not fear for his life, but a defense lawyer tells CBS the community has questions about the investigation.

“...they feel the Stanford police has taken it upon themselves to decide that this case was a case of self-defense, but usually that’s what juries decide. And they’ve decided there’s no probable cause to believe a crime has been committed but that’s usually what grand juries decide.”

And MSNBC says this incident is not isolated.

“If you go to our blog you will see that too many young black men are losing their lives to mistaken identity and overzealous assumptions about their criminal intent. Trayvon’s case is now in the hand’s of the state’s attorney. They will decide whether or not to bring charges against his killer.”



Lawyers for Martin’s family are asking the Department of Justice to intervene.


 

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