Recently, this case has been spotlighted in the mainstream media for lack of action taken by local authorities due to a racially-motivated murder. Once news broke, civil rights activists became outraged. Even R&B music artist Janelle Monae has been pushing this Twitter message online in support of calling this case to justice:
— Janelle Monae (@JanelleMonae) March 19, 2012
Anderson Cooper has also tweeted out this story in question of what actually happened:
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 19, 2012
Here’s the report from AP via CBS News:
The FBI and Florida state investigators released statements Monday stating that they would be looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida last month.
Martin, who was black, was shot to death by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, described by police as white, during a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has claimed self defense, but Martin’s parents and supporters claim there was a racial motivation to the killing.
In a statement, Department of Justice spokesman Xochitl Hinojosa said: “The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the FBI opened an investigation into the facts and circumstances of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation.”
In the statement, Hinojosa cautioned that proving civil rights violations require removing all reasonable doubt, and that “negligence, recklessness, mistakes and accidents are not prosecutable under the federal criminal civil rights laws.”
The federal government is now getting involved with #TrayvonMartin's murder. This is not a coincidence tweeps.
— AJ (@aj_simonton) March 20, 2012
— Archbishop Molloy (@RAscion) March 20, 2012
Its abt time FBI & DOJ do their part in lookin into the #TrayvonMartin case! It shouldnt take a tragic death to finally get their attention!
— mhelissa (@just_lissa) March 20, 2012
There was cross cultural outrage at Kony. There should be cross cultural outrage at #TrayvonMartin's shooting.
— Sheila Carter (@revealingmia) March 20, 2012
— Ayan.Margherita (@Ayan_MA) March 17, 2012
Twitchy will continue to monitor this case and update this post as needed.