Jeffrey Toobin on Trayvon Martin 911 Calls: "Suggest Zimmerman... Was the Aggressor"

 If you somehow haven't heard about the Trayvon Martin murder down in Florida, here's a rundown: Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old kid, was murdered by George Zimmerman, a 22-year-old white male, essentially because Martin was walking while black. (He was carrying an iced tea and a pack of Skittles.) Zimmerman followed Martin in his car because, as he told 911, he "looked suspicious." He then pursued Martin and shot him, but has not been arrested, claiming that he was acting in self-defense, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. 

This morning, Soledad O'Brien played some of the recently released 911 tapes from the incident, during which Zimmerman was essentially told by responders to stop following Martin. In a neighbor's 911 call, Martin is clearly heard in the background screaming "help," which eerily stops after the sound of a gunshot. Upon hearing it, O'Brien's guest, CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin, states that the tapes "suggest that Zimmerman was the aggressor," but explains why Florida's expansive self-defense law might actually protect Zimmerman despite the murder. A terrible, tragic story. Watch below, via Mediaite


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at March 19, 2012, 5:51am

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