Last week we reported about the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was killed while returning to his father’s Sanford home. Although the man who shot Martin surrendered to police, he has yet to be charged in the teen’s murder and now Martin’s family is asking the FBI to step in.

Many are outraged at the slaying of an unarmed black teen, and are wondering why Sanford police have failed to build a case against Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain.

According to reports, Martin was walking home from the store on February 27, when Zimmerman called 911 and reported a suspicious black man. Although the the 911 operator told the man not to follow the teen and allow police to handle the situation, Zimmerman confronted Martin and the unarmed teen ended up fatally shot.

Despite Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense, Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, thinks otherwise.

“He can make that self-defense argument. But that’s in court with the judge and the jury after he’s been arrested,” he told CNN.

Crump says police officials are giving the family the run around and aren’t doing a good job of investigating the case. Weeks after Trayvon’s death, the Sanford police have finally agreed to release the 911 tapes later today, but Crump isn’t satisfied with how slow things are moving.

“And now they are doing an investigation. So more nights go by where these parents go to bed knowing that their son is in a grave and the man who killed their son is sleeping his own bed,” Crump said

The family has asked the FBI to step in and take over the investigation, claiming they no longer trust local officials to handle the case appropriately, but Sanford police officials say they do not have enough probable cause to arrest Zimmerman.

“Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him,” Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. said Monday.

Since news of Martin’s slaying broke, many mainstream media outlets have continued to ignore his story. However, the family is thankful that some like MSNBC, CNN, Current TV and local news affiliates have kept Trayvon’s story alive.

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  • opinionatedgal

    @Real

    I think you have to look at the context of this specific story and try to remove race:

    1. An adult male has received legal license to carry a concealed weapon
    2. This adult male called the police and, despite the instructions given, pursued a child, without just cause and against the orders of the police, who he called.
    3. An adult male, who has received legal license to carry a gun, killed a child.

    Regardless of race, this is an example of someone who:
    – Used deadly force, without cause, under the guise of self-defense
    – Who has exhibited an extremely questionable mental state and the decision for gun permit should be reviewed and revoked.
    – Committed murder

    Where race comes in is that, if it was a white male, I don’t know if he would have felt so “threatened and suspicious” but either way.

    @Real, you had better hope this man doesn’t find you to be suspicious or threatening.

  • Simone L

    For some reason, the world that “Real” lives in is not so real; it’s behind the screen where he feels the need to go to a mostly black site and try to trivialize our emotions. It seems like your problem is with the news stations. Not black people. I’ve heard about all these stories and one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen was a white person say that the Newsom/Christian murders are the kind of thing that happen in Obama’s America. It happened in 2007…Obama wasn’t elected until the end of 2008. Many of you are so blinded by prejudice you can’t seem to get your head out of your asses. Me personally, I don’t hate black,white,asian or other. I hate stupid, whether it’s black,white,asian or OTHER. Right now, your misdirected arguments are ringing the stupid bells. All the black folk I know aren’t paying you people any mind. The person who would blame a white person for slavery and oppression would probably also blame another black person for something they themselves should have done. The victim mentality doesn’t discriminate. Now do us all a favor. http://www.stormfront.com. Go to hell.

  • Shirl

    To Real: There’s gonna be a march in Sanford today. Why don’t you swing by, print out your statistics to take with you so you and read them out loud to the folks there. I’m sure the attendees would be eternally great full. His mom and dad would probably give you a big old Bear hug. I know I would. Afterwards I’d just claim self defense.

  • Shirl

    Meant “grateful”…darned I phone : (

  • Nic

    From Florida’s Division of Licensing (for carrying a concealed weapon)

    Q. When can I use my handgun to protect myself?

    A. Florida law justifies use of deadly force when you are:

    Trying to protect yourself or another person from death or serious bodily harm;
    Trying to prevent a forcible felony, such as rape, robbery, burglary or kidnapping.
    Using or displaying a handgun in any other circumstances could result in your conviction for crimes such as improper exhibition of a firearm, manslaughter, or worse.

    Example of the kind of attack that will not justify defending yourself with deadly force: Two neighbors got into a fight, and one of them tried to hit the other by swinging a garden hose. The neighbor who was being attacked with the hose shot the other in the chest. The court upheld his conviction for aggravated battery with a firearm, because an attack with a garden hose is not the kind of violent assault that justifies responding with deadly force.

    Q. What if someone uses threatening language to me so that I am afraid for my life or safety?

    A. Verbal threats are not enough to justify the use of deadly force. There must be an overt act by the person which indicates that he immediately intends to carry out the threat. The person threatened must reasonably believe that he will be killed or suffer serious bodily harm if he does not immediately take the life of his adversary.
    —————–
    But apparently the “stand your ground” statute is so powerful that it allows you to ignore ALL of this and murder anyone you want as long as you claim self-defense (and of course the other person is dead so as not to refute your story)?

    Florida is truly backwards. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and they will surely reap the consequences of having such a broad law.