Trayvon Martin Case Goes To Grand Jury

    March 20, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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The Associated Press is reporting that a central Florida prosecutor has announced a grand jury will convene to look at the evidence surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. This comes a day after the U.S. Justice department also announced it would investigate the incident.

Martin is the 17-year-old Floridian boy whose death has sparked protests across the nation, including a change.org petition boasting more than half-a-million signatures.

Also this morning ABC News is reporting that they have an interview with the girl on the phone with Martin at the time of the shooting. In that interview the girl, whose name has not been released, recalls: “Trayvon said, ‘What, are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”

The shooter, George Zimmerman, has not been arrested. The same ABC report states that the shooting took place while Zimmerman was on the phone with a non-emergency number with police. Zimmerman began following Martin, and a scuffle ensued which ended with Martin dead of a gunshot wound. Martin’s family, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, state in the change.org petition that Martin was walking back from a convenience store after buying candy.

As a result of the incident, Florida’s gun laws are also coming under scrutiny. Specifically, a law passed by the Florida Legislature in 2005 allows a person to use deadly force in self defense even when the person did not first attempt to retreat. The law, statute 776.012 is nicknamed the “Stand Your Ground” law.

Hear Martin’s friend recall her phone conversation in her own words in this clip from ABC’s Good Morning America:

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The reactions on twitter tell of frustration and anger:

Can’t stop thinking about trayvon martin. As a parent, I am dumbstruck with sadness and rage. As a human 2. How is Zimmerman on the street?(image) 3 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Man am I glad people are free to have handguns to defend themselves from black kids eating skittles http://t.co/SuP8IAvU via @prismatic(image) 2 minutes ago via Get Prismatic ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Whilst we look abroad, what will we do about the slaughter in our own backyards…? http://t.co/sf30CN4a #justiceforall(image) 4 minutes ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

we all need to advocate for Trayvon Martin & his family. Speak out & let your voice be heard. Zimmerman needs to be thrown the book!!(image) 2 minutes ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

What do you think? Could Zimmerman have been in danger? Was this a tragic accident or something closer to a hate crime?

  • j roberts

    Sympathy and condolences go out to the parents and family of Trayvon Martin. What has the world come to when a paranoid and racist person is allowed to shoot an innocent young man carrying a bag of skittles and an ice tea! What was a man like Zimmerman doing on a neighbourhood watch anyway! He should have been in a mental hospital getting treatment. Now we have to have justice for Trayvon and this man has to stand trial for murder! He should spend the rest of his life locked up away from good, God fearing people! Heaven help us!

  • Kandy

    As a mother raising a nine year old black male I grieve with the parents of Trayvon. This could have been my son. We have to stand up and stand together for justice in this young mans untimely death. Our children are just as valuable as any others. Praying and tears streaming for this family.

  • Kaniesha

    God Is Good R.i.p Baby Boy Justice will be Served for this Hatred Crime i have no respect for Florida police station or anyone who agreed that this was due to self defense cause it wasnt at all Trayvon was minding his own business and was killed for NO reason at all it just shows how sad this world really is to know that killers cand be Free to do whatever and when ever that want and i hope the Jury can see the truth My prayers goes out to his family and Love one May you Rest in peace it really hearts my heart to hear those 911 calls and to hear you yelling screaming crying for your life & for help and no one helped you We are all standing bye you now and you will forever be in our lifes and this cas will NOT go away until WE GET JUSTICE . I Love you baby boy and im so sorry you had to go threw this ……

  • Dwayne Pennywell

    What blows my mind about this saga of injustice is how can the so called authorites in charge ie the police can say it was no probable cause to arrest this guy.After someone child died for no apparent reason.This was just out right murder and the police investigating and let this guy go free with the weapon should be held accountable also.I pray for this family.The law that is on Florida books essentially say shoot first and ask questions later.This is how the police handled it.They definately need to rescind this law.

  • Eliza Gonzalez

    With the evidence of a hate crime, and murder, I think the death penelty would to easy, let him rot in prison. From what we heard , seems like an open and shut case to me !!!