We’ve been following the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen who was shot down by an overzealous neighborhood watch captain, since last week. With each piece of new evidence it’s hard to understand why the man who shot Martin, George Zimmerman, is still allowed to walk the streets freely and has yet to be charged with a crime. The recently released 911 calls from that evening are the most disturbing and damning piece of information yet — you can clearly hear police tell Zimmerman not to pursue Martin, him choosing to do so anyway, Martin’s screams for help, and the gunshots that ended his life. The audio, found here, is a heartbreaking call to action.
In addition to that call, witnesses have come forward to dispute the official version of events. One witness says that she was “corrected” by a police officer when she said that she heard Trayvon Martin screaming — he insisted that it was actually Zimmerman. Austin McLendon, a 13 year old black teen, told reporters that not only has he had a hard time moving past witnessing the incident, but he feels in his gut that racial stereotypes are at the root of the incident.
Mainstream news outlets such as CBS and NBC have finally picked up the story and are joining the public in wondering whether the Sanford police department covered up this crime and why Zimmerman has not yet been charged. The Martin family has been successful in attracting a response from the FBI, who told ABC News: “We are aware of the incident, we have been in contact with local authorities and are monitoring the matter.”
We will continue to keep you updated on this tragic case.