According to the Huffington Post, police have turned over the investigation into the murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office.
Amid rising tension and outrage, the State Attorney’s Office will decide if 28 year-old neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman will be charged for Martin’s murder.
Police chose not to charge Zimmerman after he claimed that the shooting was in self-defense. But as news of the bizarre circumstances surrounding the shooting, Zimmerman’s violent criminal record, and allegations of police misconduct have surfaced, a second look into the case seems more than appropriate.
“‘State Attorney Norm Wolfinger recognizes that Trayvon Martin and his family, interested persons, and the public-at-large are entitled to no less than a thorough, deliberate and just review of the information provided, along with any other evidence that may or may not be developed in the course of the review process,’ a statement released from the State Attorney’s Offices Tuesday evening said. ‘We intend to honor that commitment.’
The shift from local to state officials comes amid suspicion about the department’s investigating techniques, according to reports. The case outraged many residents of Sanford, which is about 20 miles north of Orlando, particularly those in the African American community who have suggested a history of strained relations between the police department and blacks.”
As we reported to you last week, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed last month in his gated community by white neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, who’d found him to be “suspicious.” Zimmerman has yet to be arrested or charged in relation to the shooting.
Check out an ABC News report on the murder of Trayvon Martin below:
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