Did George Zimmerman Use a Racial Slur Before Shooting Trayvon Martin?

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CNN reports that the self-appointed neighborhood crime watch activist who shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old Sanford, Fla. teenager may have used a racial epithet while speaking to police dispatchers right before the shooting.

Trayvon Martin was gunned down by George Zimmerman,28, on February 26 in the Central Florida city of about 54-thousand while walking home from the store.

Zimmerman, who is biracial (Hispanic and white), claimed that Martin, an African-American, “looked like he was up to no good” as he walked through the gated Sanford community. Reports later revealed Martin had gone to the convenient store to buy some skittles and tea for his younger brother.

In the police dispatch recording, Zimmerman is heard possibly calling Martin a “F—ing coon.” CNN’s Gary Tuckman reported the story on Anderson Cooper’s 360. One of the CNN’s audio engineers enhanced the police dispatch recording.

Listen to this 16 second YouTube video of the discussion between Zimmerman and a police dispatcher. At seven seconds is where Zimmerman can be heard whispering the reported racial slur.


On Change.org, over 1 million people have signed a petition seeking the arrest of George Zimmerman. Click here.

Sanford, Fla. police chief temporarily steps down. Click Here

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