The whole world knows by now about the vigilante gunman who shot and killed a 17 year old kid in Sanford Florida. The Teen was walking home from the store when the gunman, a neighborhood watch volunteer called police to report him. The gunman then followed the unarmed teen, attacked him, evenutaly shooting him, ending in the teens death. Today marks a month since the child Treyvon Martin was killed, yet the gunman who was never arrested,Â walks free.
The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have opened an investigation into the "facts and circumstances" surrounding the unnecessary killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot and killed last month by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain in Sanford Florida. The teen was shot to death on Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a Vigilante neighborhood watch captain who told police he fired in self-defense. Zimmerman confronted the teen after calling 911 and reporting Martin as a "suspicious person."Â Though a dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow the teen, Zimmerman disobeyed by still following,Â confronting, acosting, andÂ then shootingÂ him.Â The seventeen year old died fromÂ ZimmermanÂ bullet wound to the chest.
Â Police questioned Zimmerman and released him without charges claimingÂ Zimmerman was licensed to carry a gun and that they found no evidence to contradict his self-defense claim, basicaly letting him go free.
The announcement comes as the drumbeat around the case continues to grow, becoming national news and shining a brighter media spotlight on the city of Sanford, where the murder occurred, and its police department, which handled the initial investigation that so far after 3 weeks has failed to bring any charges,.
The Justice Department statement said it also would provide assistance to Florida officials. The Seminole County State Attorney's Office recently took over the case from local police.Â Â Emanuel Cleaver, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in a statement Monday afternoon that he was "outraged by the way in which this case has been handled by the Sanford Police Department in Florida." "Those who are meant to protect us and our children have blatantly turned their backs on fairness and justice," Cleaver (D-Mo.) said. "We urge the Department of Justice to immediately and thoroughly investigate the shooting death of Trayvon Martin as a hate crime. This case compromises the integrity of our legal system and sets a horrific precedent of vigilante justice."
Taking his neighboorhood volunteer position as some sort of real authority, the gunman has been a nusance to the police departmantÂ making over 46 callsÂ to the police reoporting suspisious activityÂ
In October 2010, he called to report a woman in a blue Jeep Grand Cherokee who appeared to be yelling at elderly passengers.
But starting in 2011, Zimmermanâ€™s calls increasingly focused on what he considered â€œsuspiciousâ€ characters walking around the neighborhoodâ€”almost all of whom were young black males.
On April 22, 2011, Zimmerman called to report a black male about â€œ7-9â€ years old, four feet tall, with a â€œskinny buildâ€ and short black hair. There is no indication in the police report of the reason for Zimmermanâ€™s suspicion of the boy.
On Aug. 3 of last year, Zimmerman reported a black male who he believed was â€œinvolved in recentâ€ burglaries in the neighborhood.
And on Oct. 1 he reported two black male suspects â€œ20-30â€ years old, in a white Chevrolet Impala. He told police he did â€œnot recognizeâ€ the men or their vehicle and that he was concerned because of the recent burglaries.
Â In 2003, he pursued a 24-year-old Lake Mary man he had seen shoplift a 24-inch TV from an Albertsons supermarket, following the suspectâ€™s car until a deputy arrived. The next year, he followed a man who he claimed had spit at him while driving.
Records show injunctions were later issued in both cases. Reached by e-mail, the woman would not comment on her past with Zimmerman or his current situation.
In late 2007 he resurfaced in court documents as a credit-card company pursued him for unpaid debts.
Capital One accused Zimmerman of failing to pay more than $1,000. He settled with the company for $2,135.82, records show, to cover his debts with interest, as well as attorney and court costs. However, the credit-card company soon reported that Zimmerman wasnâ€™t making the payments he had agreed to.
Zimmermanâ€™s employer at the time, CarMax, agreed to garnish his wages. That arrangement was canceled in late 2008 because Zimmerman was no longer employed by CarMax.
Itâ€™s unclear how Zimmerman was employed when he encountered Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, but he took his role as a Neighborhood Watch volunteer very seriously. Police say Zimmerman had called to report suspicious people on multiple occasions, just as he did when he saw Trayvon.
Â And the list goes on and on. It's obvious the police has had a long history of Zimmerans vigilante antics . This man should have been arrested the day it happed, if he was then this situation would not have been elevated to this level. At least hold him for further questioning, tell him not to leave the state, or doÂ somthing. For the Police to just let him go was a big indiscretion. Not wanting to be involved Cheif of the Sanford Police Department Bill Lee, has temporarily stepped down as cheif, but said he will resume after this case has blown over. What? I think the People of sanford Police department has alot of explaining to do, especially if they can just pick and choose which cases they want to work on and those they don't want be responcible for. Â To Stay informed on this case, follow me "Plusize Popstar"on Twitter.