Trayvon Martin's 911 Calls: New Tapes Trace Teen's Final Moments
1 year ago
Tapes are finally released, raising more questions ... and anger
After many requests, demands and media attention, 911 calls surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin have finally been released.
One call has the shooter George Zimmerman calling the police to report a "suspicious" individual walking through his neighborhood, staring into houses. After being told not to follow Martin, you can hear Zimmerman saying "these assholes, they always get away" and whispering what sounds like "fucking coons" or "fucking goons" at the 1:52 mark. Zimmerman and dispatch end the call after he asks that police call him when they arrive to the scene.
A separate call has a female neighbor calling 911 after she hears cries for help coming from outside her window. While on the phone, gunshots are heard.
Another neighbor calls in to report that he saw two men wrestling on his back porch. He then sees Trayvon lying on the ground and goes "the guys dead out here, holy shit ..."
Then in perhaps the most dramatic call, another neighbor can barely talk as she becomes overwhelmed after she sees Trayvon's dead body.
The long-awaited release of these tapes have only added more anger and stress into a situation that threatens to ignite simmering tensions as the relationship between the police and the black community continues to deteriorate. A black militia group has vowed to go to Sanford, Florida to attempt a citizens arrest on Zimmerman who has yet to be arrested or charged with any crime. Attorneys for Martin's family have strongly urged against such actions.
"They want justice at the hands of authorities and nobody else," says Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump. "Everybody has a right to peacefully assemble but we certainly want to leave any kind of arrests ... to the authorities."
The always peaceful Russell Simmons tweeted, "Trayvon Martin didn't die so we can create a race war he died so we can promote better understanding. We must start honest dialogue..."