ORLANDO – 7:09 a.m. – Following protests calling for the arrest of a Florida neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot an unarmed black teen, the U.S.Justice Department says it will investigate the case.
George Zimmerman, 28, claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last
month in self-defense during a confrontation in a gated community.
Police have described Zimmerman as white; his family says he is Hispanic
and not racist.
Zimmerman spotted Martin as he was patrolling his neighborhood last
month and called the police emergency dispatcher to report a suspicious
person. Against the advice of the dispatcher, Zimmerman then followed
Martin, who was walking home from a convenience store with a bag of
candy in his pocket.