On February 26, a young black man, Trayvon Martin left his home to walk to the local gas station to buy up some ice tea and a package of candy for his brother. As he was walking back home, George Zimmerman, who was the head of a neighborhood watch program, shot and killed the 17 year old. As of right now, there have not been any charges filed in the shooting. The family of the dead teenager wants justice and after the tape of the 911 call was released, state authorities have now entered the investigation.
Zimmerman, who is white, can be heard talking to a police dispatcher and it appears that he said a racial epithet. Martin was talking to his girlfriend right before he was shot and killed. Her account of what she heard on the phone was different from what Zimmerman has told police. The dispatcher told Zimmerman that police were on the way and not to make contact with Martin. Zimmerman claims he went to his truck and was attacked by Martin; however, Martin’s girlfriend said that Zimmerman was the aggressor based upon what she heard.
The story has gone now for three weeks. There has been a petition started at change.org and it now has thousands of signatures. Now, the case has grabbed the attention of many Hollywood celebrities and they have taken to Twitter in a social media campaign to see that Zimmerman is charged.
Stars like, Spike Lee, and have called for justice for the teenager. There tweets have led to thousands of others getting interested in the case. Florida police have now announced that a grand jury will be convened and the Department of Justice will investigate Martin’s death as a possible hate crime.
The city’s police chief received a vote of no confidence from the city’s council members this week; however, they do not have the power to fire him because he reports directly to the city manager. The city manager said that he will take the vote of no confidence under advisement.