911 Calls Released In Death Of Trayvon Martin

SANFORD, Fla. (CBSMiami) – Emergency calls made to police in Sanford, Florida showed that a black teenager was terrified as he fled from a white neighborhood watch volunteer who eventually shot him and that the volunteer was not acting in self-defense, according to the family of Trayvon Martin, 17.

Sanford Police released eight 911 calls made during and after the shooting of Martin. George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer told police on the first call that he was following Martin and said Martin was running.

A dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow Martin.

“This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher. He also said the teen had his hand in his waistband and was looking at homes as he walked.

“These *expletives.* They always get away,” Zimmerman told the 911 dispatcher.

Zimmerman has claimed that he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Martin. The family of Martin has said that is far from the truth and that Zimmerman chased Martin before shooting him.

“He was yelling for help, and no one could help him,” Tracy Martin said. “He saw his life being taken away from him.”

Just after Zimmerman’s first call, 911 dispatchers were inundated with calls about a scuffle between two men, some screaming, and then a gunshot.

“There is somebody screaming outside,” one female caller said. An unknown male voice can be heard crying in the background before a shot is heard.

“I just heard a shot right behind my house,” a male caller said. “They’re wrestling right behind my porch. The guy is yelling, “Help!” I’m not going outside.”

Sanford Police refused to file charges against Zimmerman for the shooting. The family of Martin said Friday they’d like the FBI to take over the investigation because they no longer trusted the Sanford Police.

According to the Associated Press, several residents said there would have already been an arrest if the shooter had been black and the victim had been white. The residents said that across racial lines, people agreed that an injustice had been done with no one arrested.

The case is currently before the state attorney’s office which will decided whether to file charges or present evidence to a grand jury.

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  • reddotmiami

    Wow and this guy is still not in custody? Guess it’s ok to just execute people on the street now.

  • Ari

    How far did Zimmerman chase this innocent child? A map with timeline of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford Florida would help in showing how the shooter chased this child, possibly cornered him.

  • Jim

    What time did this happen ?? where did this happen, behide a house- on the sidewalk in the road ??? Where was the father ?? if they went to a friends house where was the friend ???
    Hate to tell people this but Zimmerman is not White, this is not a black and white thing.

  • George

    Zimmerman is not white.

  • George

    The Communists are simply using their 2 most effective tools: Black activists who support criminals vs. jewish people portrayed as white, to alter the very good and sensible self defense law which Florida has. They hate Florida’s self defense law and will stop at nothing to change it.

  • Tenisha Payne

    Ok this is a very said situation…but now let me clear something up or should i say get a better understanding of what is said…now they say that Zimmerman wasn’t White he was a Jewish man but wait, isn’t ajewish people skin WHITE??? Last i check the skin was White… Long time ago in Hartford CT a mail man was killed by a Jamaican American but all over the news and the radio it was said that it was a BLACK MAN that had killed the mail man. They didn’t care if he was a Jamaican, African or African American. The media did not say “a Jamaican American man has killed a Caucasion man. They used the terms BLACK & WHITE. So @ the end of the day the killer of Trayvon Martin was a WHITE MAN. Don’t sugar coat for one and not the other. Lets call it what it is, the man was WHITE and has MURDERED someones BABY BOY. My prayers are with the Martin family. There are no word to explain this tragic event. TRAYVON THE WHOLE WORLD IS ON YOUR SIDE AND YOUR FAMILY WILL GET JUSTICE.

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