Revealing 911 Tape In Florida Teen’s Killing
March 21, 2012 by staff
Revealing 911 Tape In Florida Teen’s Killing, The Florida police department handling the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a self-appointed neighborhood watch leader admitted to ABC News Tuesday night that investigators missed a possible racist remark by the shooter as he spoke to police dispatchers shortly before the killing.
The admission comes a day after the Justice Department announced that it has launched an investigation into the slaying of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman last month as a possible hate crime.
On a tape of one of Zimmerman’s 911 calls the night of the shooting, he is heard saying under his breath what sounds like “f**ing coons.” Seconds later he confronted Martin and after a brief scuffle shot him dead.
Zimmerman claimed self defense, and was not charged with any crime.
It’s the latest in a series of possible police missteps uncovered by ABC News.
The Sanford Police Department has come under withering criticism for failing to reach out to Martin’s girlfriend, who was talking to the teen on his cell phone and heard the altercation with Zimmerman take place.
Among other issues, police have been criticized for:
Withholding a batch of telling 911 calls, including the one revealing Zimmerman’s possible racist remark.
Sending a narcotics detective to the scene, instead of a homicide detective, as is typical for homicides.
And failing to administer a drug and alcohol test to Zimmerman that night, which homicide investigator Rod Wheeler called a “fatal flaw in the investigation.”
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