Justice Department Opens Probe Into Unarmed Teen's Shooting Death

The federal Justice Department says it has begun an investigation into the fatal shooting death of an unarmed black teen in Florida by a neighborhood watch captain.

The agency said in a statement late Monday that it will perform an independent review of the evidence and take appropriate action. Police have described the man who fired the shot, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, as white; his family says he is Hispanic and not racist.

Zimmerman claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month in self-defense during a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford.

College students around Florida rallied Monday to demand the Zimmerman's arrest, though authorities say they may be hamstrung by a state law that allows people to defend themselves with deadly force.

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  • by concerned citizen Location: eastern nc on Mar 21, 2012 at 09:09 AM
    I am sorry but this is not a white and black issue. Anyone with two eyes can see that the shooter is not white. Now with that being said if this man just gunned this young man down then he deserves death. Finally I am sorry but it's the blacks that wants to play the race card that is racist. This is the 20th century and its time people starts acting like it.
  • by Dennis Location: Martin on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:04 AM
    Sad but true... people are stupid! Carrying a gun in public is an even dumber act. If you are so afraid of being outside that you need to carry a gun... STAY AT HOME!!!! AND STOP WATCHING TV.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:51 PM
    OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!
  • by tgo Location: nc on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:50 PM
    No matter what race he is,if that was my child murdered,I would stand his bond if he was arrested.I would solve my problem.This is wrong.Killing senseless is wrong.What is wrong with us?
  • by 40some on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:52 PM
    Senceless. Idiot with a gun, on a power trip.
  • by Florida, the scared state on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:49 PM
    This gives an insight to the problem with the Fl. law that allowed it. Anyone can shoot you dead because they feared for thier safety. What gets me is that the murderer was not even investigated by the police at the time of the incident, and that they went by his word alone. Now that they have all these tapes they still say he was within his rights. Apparently anyone can kill you in Fl. and get away with it. "I was scared to death so I killed him first" is not valid. Prayers and condolences to the family. Truly a wretched incident that never should have been.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:36 PM
    Hummm my son was shot at and his friend shot in the back twice for ringing a door bell and running away. The boy was shot 2 blocks from the mans home, and nothing was done about it. It seems every fool can shoot someone these days and get away with it. They need to charge Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder.. ENOUGH SAID.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:15 PM
    We all heard the tapes. Even while this idiot was talking to dispactch, he said "f ing coons". He'll be arrested because he is a murderer! No need to argue with these bigots.
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      by Conservative Gun Owner on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:14 PM in reply to ~ALPHA female~
      Don't start another one of your NAACP, pro Obama rants.
  • by Proud Liberal But on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    This could easily be the story from Greenville. Young black males who routinely ambush ECU students on their way home from class, bars or parties. One day someone is going to "take it to the next level". No wonder there are stereotypes. Now, this Zimmerman should be prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law but those who contribute to the stereotype are culpable. The "black community" needs to get their house in order.
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      by ok on Mar 20, 2012 at 05:28 PM in reply to Proud Liberal But
      Thank You for saying what the rest of us are thinking...
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      by Fed Up on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:18 PM in reply to Proud Liberal But
      Very well put. But, "The Usual Gang Of Idiots" (aka Jackson, Sharpton, Simmons, Angelou, Winfrey, etc.) have already spun this story so that this man is guilty until proven innocent. And with race relations having gone down the drain since November 4, 2008, there will be no chance of a fair trial or "justice", which is more than a NAACP sponsored lawsuit and shyster Creflo Dollar preaching wannabe "lawyer".
  • by ? on Mar 20, 2012 at 04:46 PM
    Put this idiot under the jail.

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