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One rainy night on February 26, 2012 a 17 year old African American high school student by the name of Trayvon Martin walked to the store to get a can of tea and a bag of skittles for his brother. Trayvon was spotted by a neighborhood watchman by the name of George Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman called 911 and complained that there was a black male just walking around in the area looking suspicious. The operator took the report and advised Mr. Zimmerman that they were going to send police out to investigate. Later on George Zimmerman and the teenager got into some type of altercation in result Travyon died from a gunshot wound. The teenager was taken to the morgue and Mr. Zimmerman was brought to the police station for questioning at this meeting he claimed self defense and was released. Trayvon family tried to locate him for three days. On February 27, 2012 Police released their names to the media. Later his father was informed that Trayvon had been killed because he attacked someone and died due to self defense. Trayvons family was devastated; they did not accept what the police told them on March 8, 2012 the family created a petition on change.org to get names for George Zimmerman to be prosecuted. The next day Trayvons parents demanded that police release the 911 calls to the media. In one of the 911 calls that Zimmerman made the operator asked if Zimmerman was following the male and Zimmerman said yes, at that point the operator adv that he did not need to do that. The other 911 calls was from various neighbors calling in the neighborhood because they heard a young male screaming for his life and begging for help. On March 13, 2012 The Sanford police department closed their investigation and turned the case over to the State Attorney Normnl Wolfinger. The Sanford police departments “based their conclusion on Florida’s “stand your ground” gun law. This law says that “residence can use deadly force when they feel threatened.” On May 19 the FBI...
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