The case in which an overly- zealous, self- appointed, neighborhood watchman shot and killed an African-American teen who only had a bag of Skittles on him has hit a fever pitch. The Sanford police who investigated the killing claim they may have missed a possible "racial slur" Zimmerman may have uttered, under his breath, on the 911 call he placed when he saw Martin walking in the gated community.
Some people think that he may have said "f@cking coon", under his breath, although, it isn't clear as of now what he exactly said.
MSNBC Host, Lawrence O'Donnell, says it doesn't matter what he said, but he feels it suggests that there could be some sort of police cover up. Police didn't immediately release the 911 calls and now some witnesses claim police officers twisted their words. Some witnesses say that when interviewed about the incident, they told cops they heard Martin screaming for help and cops corrected them and said they heard Zimmerman. Zimmerman also told police he had no record when, in fact, he had a 2005 suspicion of battery charge against an officer, which were dropped for unknown reasons.
The Department of Justice & the FBI are now investigating it as a possible hate crime. In the time before the shooting, Trayvon was on the phone with his 16-year-old girlfriend, who has come forward saying Trayvon noticed Zimmerman watching him and he then put on his hoodie. Zimmerman had called 911 around this time and told the operator he saw someone who looked "suspicious". In the end, Zimmerman chased Trayvon down and a scuffle ensued and Trayvon was shot.
Now there has been a national outcry with many weighing in for the arrest of Zimmerman. Celebrities like Cher, John Legend, and Russell Simmons are calling for justice for Trayvon and the arrest of Zimmerman. Sanford police claimed that they didn't have enough evidence to arrest Zimmerman based on a Florida law that a person can claim self-defense if they feel "reasonably theatned". Many are saying how could he claim self-defense when he chased Trayvon down.
Rallies are being planned in honor of Trayvon. Today a rally will be held in New York City at 6:00p.m. in which everyone plans to wear hoodies and support the family of Trayvon. Part of the announcement for the rally states:
[NEW YORK, NY] On March 21st People from across the city and movements come together to stand in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin as they seek justice for the murder of their son. Organizers of the New York City protest are asking people from across the city to throw on their hoodie and join others in Union Square, NYC at 6:00pm as they demand justice for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Those that are unable to attend the event in New York City are asked to throw on their hoodies and share the story of both the life and death of Trayvon and his family’s fight for justice. JOIN US IN NYC – Throw on your hoodies and come gather in Union Square to show your support for justice for Trayvon Martin!