George Zimmerman

The special prosecutor appointed to the case of the 17-year-old black teen shot in Sanford will not be using a grand jury to determine what charges, if any, will be brought in the case. Lynn Hatter reports the news comes a day before a Grand Jury was supposed to meet.

Twenty-eight –year-old George Zimmerman is accused of shooting Trayvon Martin and the Sanford Police Department has caught flack for the way it handled the case. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self-defense and hasn’t been arrested. The case has sparked national outrage and charges of racism.

The death of a black teen at the hands of a neighborhood watchman has caught the attention of the nation, dominated media headlines and put a spotlight on Florida’s gun laws. But Lynn Hatter reports in the weeks since the death of Trayvon Martin, the focus on the circumstances surrounding the teen’s death has also created backlash against the media for misleading and sometimes inaccurate coverage.

NBC has been criticized for the way it edited 911 calls that portray the alleged shooter, George Zimmerman, as racially insensitive. Here is the original audio tape:

The shooting death of a 17-year old teen has drawn national attention to the central Florida community of Sanford. Lynn Hatter reports Trayvon Martin was killed in February by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman while walking in the neighborhood where his father's girlfriend lives. Now state and federal officials are looking for answers, and the nation is having a conversation about race, profiling, and a Florida law that critics say is at the center of the case.

It starts with a phone call:

The shooting death of a black teen in Orlando by a neighborhood watchman has brought attention to a Florida law that has been implicated in the case. But as Lynn Hatter reports, a group of attorneys say the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, isn’t to blame, and that it has been misrepresented in the case.

State Sen. Gary Siplin wants Governor Rick Scott to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into the death of an unarmed black teen in Sanford. Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman. The case has sparked national allegations of racism.

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