The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman took place on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Trayvon was a 17-year-old African American male who was unarmed; George is a 28-year-old man of mixed ethnic descent who at the time of the shooting was a community watch coordinator. Martin was walking to the home of his father’s girlfriend in a gated community where he was staying when Zimmerman began following him, while contacting the Sanford Police Department to say he witnessed what he described as suspicious behavior. Soon afterward, there was a confrontation that ended with Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin once in the chest at close range. When police arrived on the scene, Zimmerman told them he shot Martin in self-defense because Martin had attacked him. According to police, Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and had a wound on the back of his head.Responding officers took Zimmerman into custody, and transported him to the Sanford Police Department where he was questioned by investigators. Zimmerman was released without being charged because police said they did not find evidence to contradict his assertion of self-defense. The lead homicide investigator reportedly said he did not believe it was self-defense and he wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter, but the state attorney’s office said there was insufficient evidence for a conviction. Watch as Plies pays homage to Trayvon » Read more..
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