Background: Trayvon, a 17-year-old from Miami, was visiting family in the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community when he crossed paths with Zimmerman.
The teen was returning from a nearby 7-Eleven with a bag of Skittles in his pocket when he was confronted by Zimmerman, who had already called the cops to report a “suspicious person” in the neighborhood.
During an altercation, Zimmerman shot Trayvon. That is not in dispute. The crime-watch volunteer claimed he acted in self-defense, and police have said some evidence supports that claim, though they would not release details.
New info on the 911 calls: The recordings were released after Trayvon’s family spent two hours with city officials, listening to the calls that documented the 17-year-old’s last moments alive.
“What you hear on that tape is shocking. It’s riveting,” Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family, said after the group emerged from their meeting with officials late Friday.
Police had previously refused to release the calls. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood crime watch volunteer, has not been arrested and is not charged with a crime. He claimed the Feb. 26 shooting was in self defense.
In one of the eight calls, screaming can be heard in the background as a woman tries to get help. That call is punctuated by two gunshots.
“You hear a shot, a clear shot, then you hear a 17-year-old boy begging for his life,” said Natalie Jackson, another family attorney. “Then you hear a second shot.”
It was the first time that anyone said two shots were fired that night.
So…an unarmed 17 year old black young man, pleads for his life before being shot and killed by a white neighbor because he “looks suspicious” while walking in his own neighborhood. Sounds like self defense in a post racial society to me!