CBS/AP/ March 22, 2012, 6:17 PM

Trayvon Martin parents call for shooter's arrest

The parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin call for justice in his death at rally in Sanford, Fla. on Thursday, March 22, 2012

The parents of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin call for justice in his death at rally in Sanford, Fla. on Thursday, March 22, 2012 / CBS News

(CBS/AP) SANFORD, Fla. - The parents of an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer say they are not satisfied that the Sanford police chief is temporarily stepping down.

Trayvon's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, told hundreds of supporters at a rally Thursday that they want George Zimmerman arrested in the shooting death of their son, Trayvon Martin.

"We want an arrest, we want a conviction for the murder of our son," said his father, Tracy Martin.

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Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, who stood alongside Martin's parents said, "We don't need temporary relief, we need permanent change."

The parents made their remarks just hours after Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee said he would temporarily step aside to let passions cool.

Lee said Thursday he had become a "distraction" in the case and that he would "temporarily remove himself" from his position. Sanford's city manager said that he would seek an interim police chief.

Lee said he stands by his agency's decision not to arrest Zimmerman, who claims the Feb. 26 shooting was self-defense.

Civil rights groups have been holding rallies, saying the shooting was not justified. The 17-year-old black teen was killed inside a gated Florida community on his way back from the convenience store.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has maintained he shot Martin in self-defense, which is permitted under Florida law if the shooter believes his life is in danger.

Martin's parents met with Robert O'Neill, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, and Roy L. Austin Jr., who is deputy assistant attorney general of the department's Civil Rights Division.

The State Attorney's Office is reviewing the case, which will be presented to a grand jury next month.

However, the Justice Department earlier this week agreed to open a federal civil rights probe into the Feb. 26 shooting.

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mfoytek says:
Thank you Florida. for doing the right thing. Now, all killings should be taken to trial and gun carrying people should think before pulling the trigger again.
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occupy_cbs says:
Trayvon Martin Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charge

The lead homicide investigator in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin recommended that neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter the night of the shooting, multiple sources told ABC News.

But Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney's office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn't enough evidence to lead to a conviction, the sources told ABC News.

Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman's version of events.

http://www.drudge.com/news/155060/trayvon-martin-investigator-wanted
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gopgoaway says:
This case feels like we've gone back in time and are stuck there. A white guy shoots an unarmed black kid for absolutely no reason, and he's not even arrested or charged??? And the so-called police chief still defends his stance on that??? And this law that gives anyone with a grudge the right to murder someone whom they don't like for whatever reason suits them, but then get their 'get out of jail free card' by claiming they thought there life was in danger??? Are you effing kidding me??? Note to self: Avoid Florida. You're allowed to murder people there and get away with it. What a backwards, criminal bunch of morality-deficient neandrethals. Let the south cecede.
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visiopher says:
I don't believe the Sanford PD was hampered in making an arrest of Zimmerman by the Stand Your Ground law. I think the Sanford PD decided at the time they responded to the shooting to use the law to get Zimmerman off. Using this law to protect the murderer of a black boy was their idea and during their chat with Zimmerman at their station they likely even coached Zimmerman on what to claim and say. This is why no standard procedures were followed during the investigation such as drug and alcohol testing and the gathering of evidence. The Sanford PD thought they could hide behind this law and make this easily go away. For Bill Lee to claim his department's investigation was thourough, fair, and complete is preposterous. This is one reason he must be fired. Another is that the Sanford PD, by these actions, is actually complicit in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Charges should not only be brought agains Zimmerman but also against those involved at the Sanford PD, particularly Bill Lee.
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PHeBZ2010 says:
As a mother, this story makes me terribly sad that this 17 year-old boy Trayvon lost his life and that his parents lost their son. It also makes me angry how the media reports are helping to fan the flames of racism. What difference does race matter? One human being lost their life at the hands of another human being...period! A life is a life and we are ALL human beings. Racism and hate has no chance of being eradicated as long as people think in terms of race, color, religion, etc. I think the media should only be allowed to print the facts of the case and the age of those involved...not what race they are. We have come a long way in the fight against racism, but we still have a long way to go; and the media and others who continue to classify and categorize people by their race just incites people to draw a line and take sides. When that happens, we lose sight of what is important, the fact that a PERSON is dead. Whether Zimmerman acted within the parameters of the law or not, this boys death could have been prevented had Zimmerman used a little common sense. He was a part of neighborhood watch...not a security guard or a policeman! If he was concerned by seeing a tall, male walking through the neighborhood at night because there had been some burglaries, his job is to phone the police and give them a good description of the person and wait for them to come investigate...NOT follow the person, and certainly NOT try to detain/apprehend them! Had he done this, the boy would still be alive. As it was, the boy may have been frightened because some man was following HIM, and when the man confronted him, he may have felt he needed to defend himself! Did Zimmerman break the law? That's for an investigation to determine...did he act irresponsibly, which in turn led to a young boys death? Most certainly!
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lonestar9000 says:
This also brings some attention to things like Neighborhood Watch programs and whether they are regulated, and these gated communities which breed an atmosphere of "if he's a stranger, then he's a danger". Back in the 1980s some friends and I were once pulled over by police in Carmel, California, while driving down a supposedly public street. The problem: Seems that a number of celebrities, including Clint Eastwood and the late Bob Hope had homes on that street, and since our vehicle was a Ford, not a BMW or Jaguar or whatever, then we were a potential threat. We were politely but firmly told that if we didn't have business on that street to go driving somewhere else. I'm sure that was Mr. Zimmerman's mindset, too.
I also had a friend who was a policeman. He believed that everyone should have a gun for home defense, but you should never, ever take that gun outside. Bad things almost invariably happen. If you think there's danger, stay inside, call police and wait. If someone tries to force their way in, then you shoot them.
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freeamerica31 replies:
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What happens when you get mugged on the street?
lonestar9000 replies:
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If you are on the street, then you are most likely going to be taken by surprise, with no chance to reach for a gun. If the mugger takes your money and runs, then you can't legally shoot them anyway.
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cparedes17 says:
Wow where should i start? first of all freeamerica31 to use your words How do you know that Treyvon Martin threaten to beat up Mr Zimmerman? You don't know that either, unless you were there. I am sharing my opinion based on the information that i have seen from the media.I heard the 911 tapes (just in case you want to know on the Anderson cooper show) with the voice of Zimmerman clearly saying that he is following Treyvon the operator than tells him not to do that and you can hear from the way that he is breathing that he is in pursuit of Treyvon and then proceeds to say something that sounds clearly like a racial slur. Now i can't say with 100% certainty but if i was a betting person i would bet my bottom dollar that, that's what he said. How would these events have been different if he would have stayed put like the operator told him? You keep saying lets wait for the investigation to be complete before we judge Zimmerman but it sounds to me like you have judged Treyvon,when you put out there that he has a FB that shows "gang banger" stuff on it and saying that you like that the good guys win every once in a while. Also your source seems to be the "police" the same police that didn't do there job that didn't conduct a drug or alcohol test and that did not keep his clothing as evidence that would have help justified there actions. It sounds to me that what ever Zimmerman and the police say is what you want to believe. Quit trying to hide behind the "Lets wait for the investigation to be over" Just take a stand for what you believe in and let others have there opinion; all of a sudden you are the one that can judge that anyone that has the opinion: That it was not necessary for this young man who had a full life ahead of him, to be shot to death. All of a sudden that makes us a mob of what ever it was you said. Also(this is in response to someone else's comment) just because you are hispanic or any other race for that matter doesn't mean that you can't be racist towards another race. I don't know if this was racially motivated or not but it was senseless in my book And Mr. Zimmerman based on the evidence that is out there should be arrested under probable cause and a judge or jury should determine what happened that night after reviewing ALL the evidence. Oh and freeamerica31 have you gone out of your way to check out Zimmerman's FB? To the Martin family my condolences to you, my prayers for strength and for justice will be with you!
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freeamerica31 replies:
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Haven't judged anyone, I'm waiting for the actual investigation to be completed.

I've seen story after story and my facts came from CBS news articles. I'm pointing out how this is mob mentality and you've joined right in with them instead of looking at the law. You think the Police covered up a murder then call the Justice Department and ask for an investigation into them but what reason would they have to cover it up?

You even admit your not sure but you think....Don't tell people what you think tell them what you know...which is nothing like the rest of us except for what's passed through the news media and current Police reports.

People are making character judgements on how nice this young man was and how bad is Mr Zimmerman. Didn't mention how Mr Zimmerman was involved in his community and a college student. Didn't mention any bad conduct on the behalf of Mr Martin. Lopsided at best. Be fair to both parties.

I'll take a stand when everything comes out and not before. The only stand I'll take now is Mr Zimmerman had a right to defend himself against any assault by any person regardless if they had a weapon or not.

Nothing has to happen in life in order for things to go bad for one side or the other but you don't rule on any incident based on mob mentality.

You want Mr Zimmerman to be arrested on probable cause...do you know what that means? The Police didn't have probable cause because Mr Zimmerman's story at the scene matched the evidence and since he had no record and good community ties he wasn't going to run if they needed him for further questioning. By the way Judges get request for arrest warrants from the Prosecutors Office and not from themselves.

Your still spouting words to fit your moral anger and mob mentality. Be fair to both sides and wait for the investigation to be completed.
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Again, replying to freeamerica31: If your "so-called facts" actually came from CBS News articles, then cite these sources with dates. Don't expect people to believe anything you write without citing the exact source/date. Try going to college, you'd learn this there.

"Now Chief Lee, who came on the job just 10 months ago for $102,000 a year to clean up a department tainted by racial scandals, finds himself under fire in what promises to be one of the most explosive law enforcement cases of the year."

"In a 3-2 vote Wednesday night, the Sanford City Commission gave the chief a vote of no confidence, adding to the mounting national pressure to oust him."

"What began as misunderstandings, technicalities and poor word choice mushroomed into what critics are calling a deeply flawed investigation, which is now being looked at by state and federal agencies." - Source: Miami Herald, March 22, 2012

Cite some credible sources, freeamerica31, 'cause your memory has ZERO credibility. You're just a "cheerleader" for Zimmerman; watch how Americans from coast-to-coast help bring real justice to Treyvon Martin, you racist. You're not hiding anything from anyone, you uneducated fool.
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hharrison22 says:
The one positive thing that I see from this is the way young people have joined together to see Zimmermann brought to justice. So much of the articles that we read about teens are so negative and I've been so impressed with how young people have formed an alliance to get officials to hear their story. It's refreshing to see them working so hard to be agents of change.

Check out all my thoughts on "Zimmermann 2012" at www.themommypsychologist.com
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What story? More propaganda. What are you talking about other than putting words to paper. Where are you people digging this stuff up.

I'm sure there are a lot of people that want justice. I haven't seen that big of a lynch mob in years. The lynch mob reminds me of those days when whites use to do it to blacks accused of murder without facts but just hate. We have the same thing going on here now with the blacks.

I'm not impressed by any of this mess because it has nothing do with facts but exploitation by a black mob who are just getting themselves worked up without looking at the law and facts. Don't wait for the final investigation...just hang him now. Isn't that what the white folks use to do that brought around the civil rights movement?
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Yes, it is refreshing to see young people working hard "to be agents of change." The only way things ever change is when people stand up for what's right and just!

freeamerica31: With every hateful, racist word that you post here, you're just unraveling layers of ignorance and your complete lack of education.

To even use inflammatory words like "lynch mob" to describe the majority of Americans who want Zimmerman appropriately punished, further demonstrates your racial prejudice. Come out from under your white sheet, you pea-brained ignoramus.

BTW, it's not just African-Americans that are "worked up" about this heinous act, it's Whites, Hispanics and people from all walks of life who are appropriately worked up over this error-laden, cover-up of an investigation by a sloppy Sanford police department.
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FocusedGrl0188 says:
I'm basing my response over the 911 call that I heard on youtube. You can clearly hear Zimmerman running or walking after Martin because the wind picks up. And the 911 operator hears this too and says,"are you following him?" Zimmerman says, "yes." The operator says,"okay we don't need you to do that." And then you hear the wind pick up again.

And then we have Martin who was on the phone with his girlfriend who said,"a man is following me." She tells him,"run." and the phone goes dead.

Zimmerman was STALKING Martin. He CREATED an altercation with Martin, they got into it, he shoots him, and claims self defense. You CANNOT create an altercation and yell self defense. That's bullcrap.

This guy NEEDS to be charged with murder. Period!
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Puffin49 replies:
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NO DOUBT, young Martin was being stalked by Zimmerman, who obviously knew that a back-ass-wards Florida law would protect him when he shot another for saying (lying) that his life was in danger. Zimmerman was the aggressor who INDEED created "an altercation and [then] yelled self defense."

Zimmerman better be charged with murder, or all hell's gonna break loose, AS IT SHOULD!

Florida, stop living in the dark ages and wake up to the 21st Century. If Trayvon Martin doesn't receive full, deserved justice and support from the state of Florida, we could see Rodney King-type rioting just like in L.A. all over again.
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You should be on CSI. You can stand still and the wind could pick up and you can hear it more through the phone....that doesn't mean the guys is walking.

I'm sure the guy was following when he was talking to the 911 operator but the Police report indicates he stopped and was sitting and waiting in his car as reported by CBS news article.

The kid had images of being some bad gang member and he could have turned around a proceeded to attack Mr Zimmerman which got him shot over nothing. See his Facebook Page although I've heard it's been sanitized by now.

Mr Zimmerman was a Neighborhood Watch member and a College Student. Mr Martin as it turns out may have been a troubled young man with images of being a bad guy. Don't confront people and it won't happen. If Mr Zimmerman was following Mr Martin to create an altercation to shoot him, why wasn't Mr Martin shot in the back?

Bullcrap is what you make up to justify your mob rule opinion instead of waiting for the facts to come out.
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truthvtold says:
The parents think they know their child pretty well. They were not there when he was killed. Whether black or white, do any of you on here really think that their calling for the arrest of the shooter isn't FULLY justified???
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I don't think it's justified until the actual investigation is completed. Based on the initial investigation at the scene it looked to be a justified shooting whether or not the young man had a weapon. The guy could have threatend to beat Mr Zimmerman and proceeded to act on the threat when Mr Zimmerman shot him.

Do you know how many people are beaten to death in this country without the use of a weapon?
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