17-year-old Trayvon Martin was laid to rest as his killer, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, remains free and a national community fiercely fights for justice.
Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, neighbors and concerned citizens of all color across the U.S. speak out in a crescendo of outraged unison for some semblance of justice in the teen's murder. Yes, murder. Many are using the M word, for new information is casting a heavy shadow of suspicion on the self-defense story of Zimmerman.
So much so, that the U.S. Justice Department has reportedly opened an investigation into the shooting death of the unarmed teen, and the Sanford police department, under intense pressure from the angry community, have handed things over to the State Attorney's office. A Grand Jury will convene on April 10 and State Prosecutor Norm Wolfinger have reportedly vowed to "accurately collect and evaluate" all the facts pertaining to Trayvon's killing.
One witness, speaking on ABC News 7 Wednesday morning, said Zimmerman's claims of self-defense do not add up for he was on the teen's back when she ran out after hearing the shot on the night of Feb. 26. Taryvon's 16-year-old girlfriend who was allegedly on the phone with him on that fateful night, said she heard the neighborhood watch captain muttering racists slurs as her boyfriend ran away from him.
Community activists, along with the NAACP, are now calling for the resignation of the Sanford police chief, whom they say has done a shockingly incompetent job with the investigation. Police have yet to speak to Trayvon's girlfriend and many witnesses.
"A million hoodies march" aimed at keeping the spotlight on justice for Trayvon by collecting one million signatures calling for the arrest of Zimmerman is planned in New York City on Wednesday, and another 'Skittles march" is sheduled for Sanford, Florida on March 28. The Skittle symbolism comes from what the slain teen had in his pocket when he was shot in the chest and killed and the "hoodie" is because Trayvon was wearing one the night Zimmerman claimed he was acting "suspicious."
Racial profiling is suspected here and a young black male in a hoodie probably fit into Zimmerman's idea of "a suspicious person" or "criminal on the loose."
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