Never on schedule but always on time…
The FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida will investigate the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old Florida high school student, who was shot by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman.
“The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,” a statement released by the Justice Department this evening said. “The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident.”
George Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense in shooting Martin, has not been charged with any crime in the fatal shooting of the teenager on Feb. 26.
Outrage over the incident has only grown, as irregularities in the police investigation have been uncovered and 911 tapes released last week showed Zimmerman ignored a dispatcher’s directive not to pursue the teen.
Zimmerman also blatantly violated major principles of the Neighborhood Watch manual, ABC News has learned.
The manual, from the National Neighborhood Watch Program, states: “It should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers, and they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles. They should also be cautioned to alert police or deputies when encountering strange activity. Members should never confront suspicious persons who could be armed and dangerous.”
It has been revealed that Trayvon’s girlfriend was actually on the phone with him as he attempted to evade George Zimmerman.
Her account of his final moments are after the flip.