Prompted by growing public outrage and awareness, members of Congress, and the teen’s family, Monday night the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI announced that they have opened an investigation into the murder of Trayvon Martin, which may be looked at as a hate crime.

The DOJ statement read:

“The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation. The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident. With all federal civil rights crimes, the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person acted intentionally and with the specific intent to do something which the law forbids – the highest level of intent in criminal law. Negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws.”

This news comes on the heels of the full 911 tape of Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, being released. In the tape Zimmerman repeatedly describes Trayvon’s race, disparages his character, and many feel can be heard whispering “f*cking coons” as he disobeys the 911 operator’s orders and begins chasing Trayvon.

Mother Jones has authenticated the tape, and although they say the slur is “unintelligable,” many (including myself) believe Zimmerman refers to Trayvon as a “coon” (at the 2:21 mark).

Another startling development in the case is that we now know the teen was on his phone talking to a friend moments before he was murdered.

Trayvon’s girlfriend spoke to ABC news Tuesday morning and said the teen told her someone was following him and that he was going to try to get away. She also claims she heard the man confront Trayvon.

The girl told ABC News, “Trayvon said ‘What, are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”

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This story has touched many around the world. Despite flying under the radar for nearly a month, social media helped to spread Trayvon’s story and now the national media and DOJ is searching for answers.

But will there be justice for Trayvon Martin and his family? That remains to be seen, but one thing is sure: we will be watching.

UPDATE

The state attorney in Seminole County, Florida announced they will convene a grand jury to investigate the murder of Trayvon Martin. The grand jury will be called into session on April 10.

Norm Wolfinger, the local state prosecutor, released a statement: “I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin. The public is entitled to no less than a thorough, deliberate, and just review of the facts. We intend to honor that commitment.”

We will continue to keep you posted.

*Want to get involved? Here are 3 ways you can help get justice for Trayvon Martin.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    Will justice be served for Trayvon? I think everyone already knows the answer to this one. We all know how this story is going to end and we’ve seen it a hundred times before…

  • s.m.

    This is just so outrageous and disgusting! I don’t even have the words right now.

    You know, the funny thing is that “Zimmerman” isn’t white and wouldn’t be considered white by any of the white folks I know. As a matter of fact, some of them might refer to Zimmerman as a “dirty or f*cking spic” in private.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Sadly, I agree with PA! Right now, it seems there is sort of media momentum and global involvement, but he is no Natalie Hollaway, UNFORTUNATELY! Come summer time, another Trayvon Martin will be doing the rounds on black media sites.It’s a cycle that only the Most High can break….That being said, I am not saying we should not do something about it, because statistically it has been the case that after the hype dies, the case is closed.

  • Pseudonym

    I checked recent Sanford police records and both black and white people have been arrested/charged for recent break-ins, so the profiling of Trayvon simply b/c he’s black is inaccurate.

  • Buttons

    It’s just pathetic and I’m disgusted by it. I signed the petitiion and I encourage others to as well. I want this fool to be held accountable for what he did. Treyvonn Martin was no threat to him whatsoever. His motive was pure hatred. Also, people talk about how marching and Al Sharpton are irrelevant. But, he was one of the first ones on top of this story.

  • Mocha

    But how do we stop “it” from turning out to be the same thing? And how do we help the other Trayvon’s in our community who have been victims of this bullshit? That’s what I want to stop. I want people to be fear what will happen if this happens again, becasue it’s gone on too long. And I feel like some people are taking us a joke and I’m ready to get up and revolt or something!

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com Perverted Alchemist

    Being that the Black community is overrun by drugs, gangs, and excessive gun violence, we have to be more serious about taking a stand against these things that have permeated the community. Over the last 30 years, these fringe elements have ripped apart our neighborhoods- and in some cases, our families- and we’ll turn a blind eye to it…that is, until another tragedy happens.

    Also, another thing we need to do is start being more proactive in our communites. In layman’s terms, stop being silent when you see something going down. When the police come around and try to ask questions, their hands are tied primarily because they know there were witness to a particular crime, but no one is willing to come forward. This needs to stop immediately!

    Black people don’t realize that when it comes to matters like this, we cannot afford another life to be lost. We have to be as vocal about another kid killing our own as we are about law enforcement. Yeah Trayvon is a victim, but if this keeps up at the pace it does, tomorrow it will be your child, your brother or even your cousin.

  • Natalie

    You just don’t get it…

  • Dalili

    The more details emerge the more am convinced the Sanford police were in or are in CYA mode. They dropped the ball on so many minor details because they believed Zimmerman’s claim from the start. Alot bothers me about the handling of this case, chief among them the identification process at the scene. They could have identified Trayvon had they gone through his cell phone in an effort to figure out who he was; it’s one of the first things a homicide detective does at any crime scene. Finding the phone would have piqued any good detective’s interest and they would have noticed that he was on the phone just a few minutes before his death. Interviewing the girl would have poked holes in Zimmerman’s self defense stance. Talk about incompetence! I know that’s not a crime but it does speaks volumes about their prejudiced attitude that night. They made little effort on Trayvon’s behalf.

    I for one plan on doing as much as I can to keep this story alive. It may or may not make a difference but at least the Martin/Fulton families are aware that people stand with them in their outrage and profound sadness; that alone may bring some measure of comfort to them.

  • Sasha

    Very very VERY well said Perverted Alchemist. The ‘Snitches Get Stitches’ mentality is a serious disservice to the community.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    i hope we get the same outrage next time pookie down the block shoots jo jo at the local playground.

  • lostluv224

    i can’t listen to the tape because its really just too much. We’ve seen it time & time again BUT Trayvon’s case really resonates with me. Just the imagery surrounding it literally takes my breath. To know people heard him crying for help. To now know that that girl was on the phone & knowing what it was doing to her. Its just sad all around. To know his mom sent him to visit his dead and he is never coming back to her…..man, this case can build alot of hatred in ones heart if not careful

  • truthbetold

    i hope his family gets justice.. i heard “fkn coon”, “these assholes always get away”.. WTF is he talking about.. why was he following him?! he made this observation about him like he’s trained to do so and then took this boys life.. they need to lock his ass up and give him life..

  • Nic

    I’m a bit skeptical about this “newest development”. Why is the girl friend just now stepping up with evidence now…3 weeks later? This is too convenient that now we hear from her after 911 tapes have been released and its gaining national attention. Where was she the week of? I believe Zimmerman is a cold-blooded murderer and the SPD completely failed in their duty to serve and protect, but this is fishy. Does nobody care about that?

  • LAD86

    Maybe she was scared.

  • Nicole

    +1

  • http://www.clutchmagazine.com Clutch

    Trayvon’s phone records confirm he was on the phone right before the murder. What she said…well…a jury will hopefully be able to decide whether or not they believe her.

    ~britni

  • Kacey

    Idiot! What the h*ell does that prove??? He targeted this kid simply because he was black, not because he genuinely thought he was suspected of anything. Just go sit down!

  • Tonton Michel

    I want that police chief fired.

  • Isis

    Me too

  • Alexandra

    All the attention made me say the same thing.
    I can only hope.

  • opinionatedgal

    Pookie won’t have a license to carry a weapon and won’t be able to kill in the name of “The Neighborhood Watch.”

    Pookie will also be arrested and go to jail.

  • OMSS

    @opinionatedgal, ITA!!!

  • pink

    This guy should be in jail. If the tables were turned….the young black guy would definitely be in jail. They would have jailed him, and asked questions later. Such a double standard (but we all know that….always a double standard!!).

  • kissa

    Yessss..Thank you!

  • kissa

    Listening to what some law makers are saying in regards to this case..They are looking to push for a change to this “Stand Your Ground” law that Zimmerman is hiding behind..

  • jamesfrmphilly

    i want that police dept. to be tried for obstruction of justice!

  • jamesfrmphilly

    the truth is that black people kill each other all the time.
    i want to see the same outrage whenever a black life is taken.
    i want to stop black on black crime. i want our neighborhoods to be safe and secure.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    in philly pookie is seldom apprehended

  • MommieDearest

    Cosign James’ statement above. ^

    It really saddens me when black folks only get worked up when non-blacks commit atrocious acts against one of ours. But when a black life is taken by a black person, it’s all about “stop snitching.” And if a black girl or woman is victimized, you can just forget about anybody giving a darn. It still galls me when I think back to the Dunbar Village incident, and how Al Sharpton was quick to question why the accused rapists were not allowed out on bail, as some white boys were who committed a rape in a different case, but said NOTHING, NADA, ZILCH, about the black woman and her son who were brutalized by those ingrates.

    To bring it back to the topic at hand, Zimmerman is a loose cannon who is on an ego trip. I’ve read where he has an extensive history of calling the police on “suscpicious” people. He was on some John Wayne isht that night and he straight up murdered that boy. It is an absolute travesty that he has not been arrested already. I just pray that he doesn’t leave the country and avoid extradition (sp?) and prosecution.

  • apple

    oh white people …you try so hard
    maybe we could believe this had zimmerman not mention his race repeatedly to the dispatcher and then say “fucking coons” under his breath
    nice try though

  • Priceless34

    Well Jamesfromphilly…we had another shooting last night at a playground. Two innocent children were shot..of course no outrage..business as usual.
    It’s beyond disgusting. Our city it turning into a war zone but Nutter doesnt care until some black teems scares a resident down town.

  • alldawg

    its rather a good thing that the police flubbed this case, had he arrested zimmerman, he would have went to court and got off. now the case is under public watch, it will be handled more carefully, considering how the world views fl after casey anthony…

  • JenT

    TheTruth is on point. Just to add a little here. We can walk and chew gum at the same time. A boy was murdered for being a black male and some want to lessen the impact of that by bringing up black on black crime? You should be against black on black crime and you should be against this too. This is not an either/or scenario. I would add if you dig deep enough you might find that a lot of the black on black crime is rooted in racial violence and discrimination of the past which has done great harm to to minds of many people. I’m not going to excuse a bigot just because some black people, who have adopted the same atttiude as Zimmerman, do the same thing as zimmerman. If anything, Zimmerman demonstrates just how pervasive racism is in this country.

  • lizzylove602

    Omg, is this serious, everyone hates white now Mexican. on tv they are showing picture when
    he was youner. omg look at his facebook. he was a man not a little kid
    he had gold teeth, he was a gangster he looks like Nelly
    he broke his noise messed up his head. he was kicking his ass
    black kill each other ever day I see it on tv news & 48 hrs
    but a Mexican does and its a big thing ..he was getting beat
    up. he was not a little boy ..he was a man, even bigger then
    the man …

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