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Published On: Tue, Mar 20th, 2012

Feds want control in Trayvon Martin shooting case, more details emerge from taped calls

Florida residents are no longer alone in their demand for answers in the case of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager who was walking unarmed through a gated community in Sanford, Fla., last month when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood-watch captain.

Police recordings made the night a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain allegedly shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old boy outside his stepmother’s home sent the boy’s mother screaming from the room and prompted his father to declare, “He killed my son,” according to a family representative.

The series of emergency and non-emergency calls to police depict the apparent progression of events on Feb. 26 that led to the watch captain, George Zimmerman, 28, who is white, allegedly shooting Trayvon Martin, a high-school junior who is black, as the teen made his way home with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.

“He’s got his hand in his waistband and he’s a black male,” Zimmerman can be heard telling the dispatcher, saying he’s following Martin. “We don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher told him. But Zimmerman continued to follow Martin.

Moments later, shots were fired.

On Twitter, social media users were urged to flood the U.S. Justice Department with demands for justice, and several Change.org petitions are being circulated, including: Prosecute the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. It has more than 398,000 signatures so far. Celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and Blair Underwood were using their Twitter and Facebook feeds to draw attention to the case.

The teen’s parents have also formally asked the FBI to step in. Tracy Martin, the boy’s father, told CBS news that the fact that Zimmerman remains free means that his son is being portrayed as the culprit.

“They’re treating this as if my son is ‘the perp,’” he said, “My son is the victim here.” He added: “It can’t be self-defense. What was he gonna do, attack him with a bag of Skittles?”

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