As the fatal shooting incident of 17 year old Trayvon Martin continues to unfold in Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee temporarily stepped down. This amid public criticism and an investigation by the FBI and Justice Department into the incident involving a neighborhood watch Captain George Zimmerman. The unarmed Martin was allegedly shot by Zimmerman. Authorities in Sanford have not charged Zimmerman with a crime, since under Florida law deadly force is allowed if it is reasonably believed that such force could avert serious harm, death or a “forcible felony”. Critics argue that since the teenager was unarmed, the use of force under that law is not reasonable. Zimmerman has received death threats and friends and family have given interviews defending him. The Justice Department started an investigation to conclude if it was a racially motivated incident. One news radio report has described that Trayvon was on his cell phone talking to someone as he was being chased by Zimmerman. Others report that the 911 tapes recorded a possible racial slur by Zimmerman.
Here is a video from CNN (April 9, 2012)
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