Holly Lebowitz Rossi
March 20, 2012

An unarmed Florida teenager who was shot and killed by a man doing a Neighborhood Watch patrol has become a symbol of the perseverance of racial profiling in the U.S.  Seventeen year-old Trayvon Martin, who was African American, was killed by volunteer George Zimmerman as Martin walked from a convenience store to a friend's home.  Zimmerman called the police to report his suspicions of Martin, but the police reportedly told him to stop following Martin.  Moments later, the 911 call records the fatal shot being fired.

Image: Neighborhood watch sign, via Shutterstock.

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