Trayvon Martin Family Seeks FBI Investigation of Killing by Neighborhood Watchman


The family of Trayvon Martin is asking the FBI to get involved in the investigation of the killing of the unarmed 17-year-old Florida high school student, who was shot last month by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman outside his stepmother’s home.

Martin, a black high-school junior, was making his way home with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea on Feb. 26 when George Zimmerman spotted him, called a non-emergency dispatch number to report Martin looked intoxicated, followed him, and then minutes later after an altercation, shot him.

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Zimmerman, 28, who is white, claimed self defense. He was never arrested and has been charged with no crime, sparking national outrage.

ABC News has learned police seemed to accept Zimmerman’s account at face value that night and that he was not tested for drugs or alcohol on the night of the shooting, even though it is standard procedure in most homicide investigations.

Now Martin family attorney Ben Crump has written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, and it’s being circulated by several members of congress who are putting pressure on him to get the FBI involved.

An FBI spokesman told ABC News: “We are aware of the incident, we have been in contact with local authorities and are monitoring the matter.”

The night of Feb. 26, Zimmerman made a non-emergency call to police before fatally shooting Martin, in which he told a dispatcher, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, on drugs or something.”

But law enforcement expert Rod Wheeler who listened to the tapes tells ABC News that Zimmerman, not Martin, sounded intoxicated in the police recordings of the 911 calls.

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8 Comments for “Trayvon Martin Family Seeks FBI Investigation of Killing by Neighborhood Watchman”

  1. Buddha

    Please make this article mre visible. It’s kinda tucked away at the bottom right corner of the page. I think more people should be aware of this case and the fact that this kids ki*ler is still free.

  2. Vanq

    You will drive yourself crazy with this. No one can help her until she is ready to help lseerhf, and it seems like she likes where she is. Sorry.If she has no money, she is most likely trading sex for drugs. If you see no marks on her arms, she probably has found new veins to use. Ankles, tongue, between fingers or toes, the possibilities are nearly endless. Unless you are a glutton for punishment or want to enable her more, you need to distance yourself from her and that lifestyle before you either become part of it or get robbed or ki*led to support it.

  3. Bully

    not self defense at all – what else do you need to know?

  4. Wolfman Thomas

    the news media in America sucks as their race baiting tactics will some day start a race riot in this country and if this sad situation was reversed you would not even hear about it.

  5. Wolfman Thomas

    if this kid was white you would not even hear about it

    • Changeling

      If the kid was white, he would not have got shot and he would not have been profiled, and he would not have been pursued. period.

  6. Breno

    Thanks guys, I just about lost it looknig for this.

  7. Henrik Danielsson

    31% not sure and 28% will free George Zimmerman not doing a crime. It´s only in America a white man have sympathy for murder and a woman who drank to hot coffee on McDonalds got over a million dollar.
    I think this is very scaring and prove that ignorance, racisme are still a big problem in the States. If Abraham Lincoln should see this situation today in USA, he would have been really disappointed.
    But I hope and think that NY and California and some other states in the US should have been voting some different and more like common-sense people all over the world. By the way, I am a 51 year old History-Teacher who is a world-traveller and know a lot of different culture.

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