Witness’ Mom Says Police Told Her Trayvon Martin Shooting Wasn’t Self-Defense [Video]
The mother of a 13-year-old witness in the slaying of Trayvon Martin said Wednesday that police waited five days before seeking to question her son and then told her they didn’t believe the shooting was self-defense.
Asked by host Al Sharpton on MSNBC TV’s “PoliticsNation” whether the boy, who called 911 at the time of the incident Feb. 26, believed George Zimmerman, 28, shot Martin, 17, in self-defense, Cheryl Brown firmly replied, “Not at all.”
(Msnbc.com is not naming the boy because he is a minor. Sharpton has been active in protests and petitions seeking to have Zimmerman arrested.)
ABC NewsÂ reported this weekÂ that Sanford, Fla., police sources told it that the boy saw a man fitting Zimmerman’s description lying on the grass crying for help seconds before he heard the gunshot that killed Martin. Many news organizations, including msnbc.com, linked to and referred to the ABC News report. Advocates for Zimmerman have argued that the report supported his attorney’s claim that he fired in self-defense.
Sanford police, who have previously said they wouldn’t take questions about the case, didn’t answer calls seeking comment from msnbc.com on Wednesday.
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