failure of police to arrest George Zimmerman, who has admitted killing Trayvon but claimed self-defense, sparked protests
The U.S. Department of Justice launched an investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Florida by a captain of Neighborhood Watch, in a case that sparked a national scandal.
following a wave of public protests, which saw almost 500,000 people signed a petition on change.org site, the Department of Justice intervened to announce that his civil rights and division of the FBI to investigate the murder of 17-year Trayvon Martin, who was shot while returning home a convenience store with a pack of skittles and iced tea in a gated community in Sanford, Florida.Aa Teat
case will also go to a grand jury on April 10, the Florida attorney Norm Wolfinger said Tuesday.
"The public has a right to nothing less than a thorough, thoughtful and just the facts," said Wolfinger. "We intend to honor that commitment."
Trayvon was shot by the guard of Hispanic volunteers Captain George Zimmerman, 28, who saw the boy as he was patrolling the neighborhood on a rainy afternoon in February. Zimmerman said he shot the teenager in self-defense during a confrontation.
The failure of local police to arrest Zimmerman in the three weeks since the shooting - and the release of 911 tapes reveal that Trayvon continued despite a warning by a police dispatcher not - has attracted a lively debate on race, self-defense and "stand firm" in Florida law that allows people to defend themselves using deadly force.
In a statement released Monday night, the Department of Justice said: "The Department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all evidence, and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation" .
civil rights activist Al Sharpton, are expected to join the leaders of the city of Sanford, in a meeting room on Tuesday night to discuss how the investigation is dealt with residents. The Department of Justice said his service to community relations will be in Sanford this week to meet with authorities, officials and community leaders of civil rights "to respond to tensions in the community."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott directed the state Department of Law Enforcement to assist local authorities in their investigation. The governor said in a note to Commissioner Gerald Bradley of the circumstances surrounding the death "have caused great concern in the community of Sanford and the state."
Earlier Monday, students around Florida gathered to demand the arrest of Zimmerman, although the authorities may be limited by Florida's "stand firm" law, which allows people latitute range claiming self-defense.
tax may not be able to load Zimmerman because of changes state law in 2005. Under the old law, people can use deadly force in self defense as if they had tried to escape or avoid danger.
Under the new law, any obligation to retreat, and gives you a Florida resident the right to "stand your ground and meet force with force, including deadly force" if it or threatened it.
The 70 protesters at the rally chanted Sanford "And if it was your son?" and held signs that read ". It's not about race" Many have bowling.
Trayvon parents and other advocates said the shooter had been arrested was black.
"One might think that Sanford is still in the early 1800s, [by] saying that this man can be called self-defense in shooting a defenseless child," said restaurant owner Linda Tillman.
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