Florida Shooter Had Vigilante Reputation

    In this undated family photo, Trayvon Martin poses for a family photo. The family of the black teenager fatally shot by a white neighborhood watch volunteer arrived at Sanford City Hall Friday evening March 16, 2012 to listen to recordings of 911 calls police previously refused to release. Police agreed to release the recordings earlier that afternoon. Officials are allowing the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to hear the recordings before making them public. Martin's parents previously sued to have the recordings released. A hearing for the case was scheduled for Monday. Martin was fatally shot last month as he returned to a Sanford home during a visit from Miami. His parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, accused Sanford police of botching the investigation and criticized them for not arresting 28-year-old George Zimmerman, who says he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense. Martin was not armed. They say the police department hasn't arrested Zimmerman because he is white and their son was black. (AP Photo/HO, Martin Family Photos)

    Martin Family via AP Photo

    A 28-year-old who took it on himself to keep an eye on crime in his gated Florida community has come under scrutiny after he shot an unarmed black teenager, Travyon Martin, whom he thought looked suspicious. George Zimmerman was a regular 911-dialer, placing 46 calls to the police since Jan. 1, 2011, and patrolling the neighborhood in his car. The criminal-justice student called the police again on Feb. 26, the night Martin was killed, to say that he saw “a real suspicious guy” in the community who looked “like he’s up to no good,” according to emergency-dispatch recordings released Friday. Residents of the Retreat of Twin Lakes community say Zimmerman, who was licensed to carry a firearm, would sometimes go door to door, asking that they be on the lookout of suspicious characters, and young black men in particular.

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