Seventeen-year-old shooting victim Trayvon Martin is featured on the cover of the latest issue of People Magazine. Ever since the teenager was shot and killed by Florida neighborhood watch patrol George Zimmerman, his death has made the news on several occasions, it has gotten a cop suspended indefinitely for making bad remarks to the victim, his family in constant mourning and the nation all riled up over the fact that the shooter still walks a free man.
According to reports, George Zimmerman started to follow Trayvon Martin who was wearing a hoodie during while acting as the neighborhood watchman in an upscale neighborhood in Sanford, FL. George got into a fight with Trayvon and ended up pulling his gun and shooting the teenager. The reports also stated that Trayvon was watching the 2012 NBA All-Star game on Sunday, February 26th 2012 while visiting his father in a gated community, he then left the residence to walk to a nearby convenience store to buy a can of iced tea for himself and a bag of skittles for his younger brother.
Police officials has released the 911 tapes which revealed that Zimmerman called the police while following the teenager, after being advised by the 911 dispatcher not to follow him, Zimmerman continued anyways. In his report to the police, he claims that he was injured as a result of his scuffle with Trayvon, but there was no proof of that.
Zimmerman initially called 911 to report a “suspicious” person walking around the neighborhood, he stated: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the 911 operator. “It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking at houses.”
“He’s just staring, looking at all the houses,” Zimmerman said. “Now he’s coming toward me. He’s got his hand in his waistband. Something’s wrong with him.”
Zimmerman, who described Trayvon as wearing a hoodie and sweatpants or jeans, continued, “He’s coming to check me out. He’s got something in his hands. I don’t know what his deal is. Can we get an officer over here?”
“These assholes always get away,” he calmly told the 911 operator. “Shit, he’s running.”
Zimmerman can then be heard getting out of his car in an attempt to chase down Trayvon, despite the dispatcher telling him that an officer was being sent.
“Are you following him?” asks the dispatcher, to which Zimmerman calmly responded, “Yeah.”
“Okay, we don’t need you to do that,” said the dispatcher.
“Okay,” replied Zimmerman, who continued to follow Trayvon anyway.
Within moments, a herd of 911 emergency calls were placed from inside the gated, upscale community describing a scuffle, cries for help and a gunshot.
After the shooting, Zimmerman was taken for questioning without being arrested, he admitted to shooting the teenager in the chest and claimed it was self-defense. He was released right after without any charges being filed for the killing.
911 Call from the Trayvon Martin Case: