America Reacts To the Innocent Killing Of Trayvon Martin [Full Story + Videos Inside] **UPDATE** President Obama Comments 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon..."

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Trayvon Martin, is a black teenager who was shot by a neighborhood watch officer, George Zimmerman, last month. For those just catching up to the case that has galvanized the nation -- raising legal and social issues about race, guns and self-defense -- here's some background.

What do we know?

The first phase of the case happened the night of Feb. 26.

Martin, 17, was walking back to his father’s house in a gated community in Sanford, a suburb of Orlando, Fla. He had bought a package of Skittles and an iced tea from a convenience store in the city of about 53,000 residents. A majority of the city's residents are white; just under a third are black.

Zimmerman, 28, was patrolling the neighborhood when he saw Martin. He called police to report his suspicions and then followed the teenager, though police recordings quote the dispatcher as saying he should stay away.

Moments later, Zimmerman -- identified as a Latino by his family, and as white by critics of the subsequent investigation -- was in a confrontation with Martin, ultimately shooting the unarmed teenager once, killing him.

What happened next?

The controversy begins with the second phase -- the aftermath of the shooting.

Local police responded to the incident and questioned Zimmerman; authorities did medical tests on the dead teenager but not on Zimmerman.

According to various reports, police say Zimmerman told them he chased Martin but gave up and was returning to his truck when the teenager attacked him. Police say Zimmerman had blood on the back of his head.

Zimmerman, who is claiming self-defense, was released and has not been charged in the shooting.

What is the family’s position?

The family, backed by national and local civil rights leaders, say that Martin was in danger -- as is any other African American teenager out alone after dark, they add. Because of his race, Martin immediately appeared suspicious to a white person on patrol, especially one whose training was far less than that received by professional police.

Further, the family insists, if a black officer had shot a white teen, he would have been charged and held -- and drug and alcohol tests would have been carried out on the officer and not just the victim, who in this case was drug-free.

“They are making it look like Zimmerman is the victim,” Benjamin Crump, attorney for Martin's parents said of the police, according to several media interviews. “And their son is in the grave. It's about equal justice.”

What is the local police position?

Police insist they investigated and let Zimmerman go because officers were “prohibited from making an arrest based on the facts and circumstances they had at the time,” including the physical evidence.

“The Sanford Police Department has conducted a complete and fair investigation of this incident,” police chief Bill Lee said in a prepared statement.

What happens next is up to prosecutors who have convened a grand jury for April 10.
Actual Full 911 Call

Trayvon's Parents Speak to Anderson Cooper

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The peaceful protest was organized by black and white college students, many wearing grey hoodies to symbolize the racist stereotyping that led to the death of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin. [Source: SandraRose]

R.I.P. Trayvon Martin!!!

Obama: 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'

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Comment by Jus P on March 24, 2012 at 1:31am
get off here with yall g*y a** mix tapes...this some real sh* look like Zimmerman
Comment by REZA on March 24, 2012 at 1:10am
REZA blown out my mind suckah!!!!!! mixtape out like me on
Comment by Big Reed1 on March 24, 2012 at 12:55am
Dude didn't get a gun charge or nothing? The government down there better get to business, before they riot.
Comment by Antony on March 23, 2012 at 11:33pm
DAMN whats the world coming to R.I.P My n**** Karma gonna come back on that n**** of Real
Comment by STARSCREAM on March 23, 2012 at 11:09pm
I'm amazed this guy still alive.
Comment by thisisMe@50 on March 23, 2012 at 10:39pm
its sad little dudes life got taken away so early, they had a witness who said it didn't look like self defense, and the police report was called a murder,the lady on the phone said dont follow him, but he did and a bad situation happen, its sad, i feel for there family and any family that loses a loved one, its happens every year,but when the media and politics use it in there favor to push certain agendas (anti gun laws) and use this against the American people, that im against, i wouldn't want media or any politics to use my sons death to there advantage, thats the fucced up part, they said they got two weeks to lock up that dude who shot the kid, and i guarantee this will go on two weeks and more, the feds no damn well that dude should be locked up, to let him go is very fishy to me, RIP to the kid, prayers for his family and prayers for this country because we need it, PeaceLoveAndUnity homies Trend that
Comment by steven on March 23, 2012 at 9:37pm
Trayvon Martin Guilty? we need justice for him..............RIP BRAHHHHHHHH
Comment by steven on March 23, 2012 at 9:37pm
good job obama
Comment by repeatsayagain on March 23, 2012 at 8:33pm
Trayvon Martin Guilty?
Comment by Lyds on March 23, 2012 at 8:25pm
Very sad :( this was a kid!That guy shouldve left him alone, the dispatcher told him not follow thoughts and prayers for Trayvon's family

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