Constant updates, analysis of the Trayvon Martin incident

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8:08 p.m. – It’s a little hard to hear but on the 911 call, you can hear Zimmerman say “Fucking Coons”.

8:00 p.m. – Zimmerman wasn’t a member of a registered Neighborhood Watch group, violated basic guidelines

6:23 p.m. – Frederica Wilson: “I’m tired of burying black boys.”

5:21 p.m. – Miami lawmaker asks for hearings on Trayvon Martin case.

5:19 p.m. The New Yorker: The Meaning of the Trayvon Martin case.

5:16 p.m. – A 2005 law that lets shooters defend themselves in cases where they feel threatened, rather than retreating first, needs a new look in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting, a state senator said. Gov. Rick Scott said it’s still early and investigators need to figure out what happened, but agreed there’s nothing wrong with a fresh look at the statute. The law, which allows people to “stand their ground,” and shoot back without having a duty to retreat, has come under scrutiny in the wake of the shooting by a self appointed neighborhood watchman of an unarmed teen in Sanford. “The Legislature needs to take a look at Stand Your Ground,” Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens told The Miami Herald for a story Tuesday. “This is a perfect case of where it goes awry. This could only be the beginning of more problems down the road. It has unintended consequences. When the Legislature passed this in 2005, I don’t think they planned for people who would go out and become vigilantes or be like some weird Batman who would go out and kill little kids like Trayvon.” Scott, speaking with reporters following a Cabinet meeting, agreed, though without committing to supporting any particular legislation. “When you see any violence it’s always positive to … go back and look at existing law and see the impact and the consequences of it,” Scott said. “If there’s something that we need to adjust I’m hopeful that the Legislature would be interested in taking that up.” Martin was visiting Sanford, but lived in the Miami area. Federal law enforcement officials are investigating, but so far, the shooter, George Zimmerman, 28, has not been charged in the Feb. 26 shooting.

5:13 p.m. – Seminole State Attorney Norm Wolfinger said Tuesday that he will be “utilizing the investigative resources of the Seminole County Grand Jury,” to help investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford. The grand jury will be called into session on April 10.

“I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin,” Wolfinger said in a statement released by his office.

He also asked for patience:

“The public is entitled to no less than a thorough, deliberate, and just review of the facts,” he said. “We intend to honor that commitment.”

Martin was shot Feb. 26 by a neighborhood watch volunteer who said he was acting in self defense, though Martin was unarmed. The volunteer, George Zimmerman, 28, hasn’t been charged.

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