Anger Continues to Mount Over Neighborhood Watch Shooting
An angry crowd today is demanding the arrest of a neighborhood crime watch volunteer who shot a black teenager dead. Even though the shooter says he acted in self-defense, there is growing public outrage that he has not been arrested.
The protestors were holding bags of Skittles and ice tea, because that's what 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was carrying when he was shot. The shooting is causing an uproar nationwide.
The protest outside Orlando follows the release of disturbing 911 calls on which, for the first time, you can hear the voice of neighborhood watch captian George Zimmerman. He claimed the teenager was acting suspiciously.
Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something. These (blank). They always get away.
911 operator: "Are you following him?"
911 Operator: "Ok. We don't need you to do that."
Moments later an eyewitness saw the two fighting and also called 911.
Caller: "They're wrestling right on the back of my porch. The guy's yelling, 'Help.' "
It happened at a gated community in Sanford, Florida, last month.
One neighbor says she told police she heard Trayvon Martin crying for help just before he was shot.
"As soon as the gun went off the crying stopped. Therefore, it tells me it was not Zimmerman crying. Immediately we went out the sliding glass doors and see Zimmerman over the body with his hands on the body," said the neighbor.
But astoundingly, she claims after repeatedly calling the police, she was never interviewed about what she saw.
Police have also revealed that Zimmerman made fifty 911 calls over the last year, all of which turned out to be false alarms.
His father, writing in the Orlando Sentinel says he was raised in a multi-racial family and is not a racist:
"He would be the last to discrimibnate for any reason. The portryal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth."
But Martin's mother, Sybrina, appearing on the Today show, says she believes her son was murdered.
"That was my baby and he was pleading for his life. And I don't understand how that's self-defense. You can clearly hear him yelling for help," said Sybrina.
911 Operator: "So you think he's yelling, 'Help?' "
911 Operator: "All right what is your..."
Caller: "There's gunshots!"
And now, community outrage over the tragic shooting is mounting.