"He has his hand in his waistband," George Zimmerman told the 911 dispatcher in Sanford, Fla., shortly before he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. "He has something in his hand.” Presumably Zimmerman thought that "something" was a gun. But Martin was unarmed. It hardly exculpates Zimmerman to suggest that he thought Martin might be armed, because he was a neighborhood watch volunteer, not a cop, and he followed Martin even after the dispatcher specifically instructed him not to. But it's interesting to consider his case in light of a 2006 study by B.
Trayvon Martin was 17, visiting his father in Sanford, Florida. He was also black. George Zimmerman is 28, and had been a self-appointed neighborhood watchman in the area. He called in to the police that Martin was “suspicious,” upon which the police directed him to leave the rest to them. Zimmerman did not, feeling that Martin was “up to no good” or “on drugs or something.” Zimmerman was packing a handgun, and before long, Martin was dead from a gunshot wound in the chest.