Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot in the chest and killed at point-blank range by a vigilante on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Martin was unarmed as he was returning from a store when his young life was tragically cut short. The man who shot him, George Zimmerman — who lived in a gated community — has not been arrested as of this writing.
The 911 tapes of the exchange between the two, including the shot that killed Martin, have been released to the public. On these tapes, Martin can be heard pleading for his life before Zimmerman pulls the trigger.
In 2005, Florida passed the “Stand Your Ground” law, which allows citizens to use deadly force if they “feel” threatened with injury or death, which Zimmerman has used to claim “self-defense.” But other evidence has come forth disproving Zimmerman’s claim that he shot Martin in self-defense, along with the fact that on the 911 call, he was asked not to pursue the teenager. (Workers World)