Trayvon Martin Case Goes To State Attorney's Office
1 year ago
Office will decide if George Zimmerman will be charged with teens death
New development in the Travyon Martin case. The Florida State Attorney's Office will be taking over and will now be deciding if Neighborhood Watch member George Zimmerman will be charged with Martin's death.
In late February, Martin was was visiting his father's home in suburban-Orlando when he left the gated community go get some candy from a nearby store. When he returned to the neighborhood, Zimmerman saw him and called the police saying that there was a suspicious figure in the neighborhood. Instead of following the police's orders, he confronted Martin and moments later the unarmed teen was shot dead.
Zimmerman has claimed self-defense and local police have dragged their feet investigating the matter, also refusing to release 911 tapes that could give insight into what happened exactly. Zimmerman remains a free man and has yet to be arrested, let alone charged with any wrong doing.
"I don't know if the whole thing was a racial issue, it may have been a 'Zimmerman wants to be a hero' issue. It becomes racial because Zimmerman thought that black males with hoodies are criminals," says attorney Natalie Jackson who is representing the murdered child's family.
Local blog LetzGetReal.com claims that a former resident of the community where Martin was killed says that Zimmerman frequently showed up to Neighborhood Watch meetings with his gun on him and that the rest of the committee were "drunks, trouble-makers and lunatics.”
Zimmerman himself was arrested in 2005 for resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. The case was dropped due to lack of evidence.
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