Trayvon Martin's Family In D.C. While Group Back Home Offers Bounty For Zimmerman
Protests are also planned outside the White House to call on President Barack Obama to fully investigate the Sanford, Fla. case that has swept the nation.
Those demonstrations would join the 18 that took place on Monday. Some members of Congress appear to be paying attention to protesters' outrage.
"Trayvon Martin is one of the two people who at least deserve a fair trial," Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said. "He deserves a fair hearing on what happened that day. He cannot speak for himself but there is evidence that speaks volumes about what happened on this occasion."
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the case tragic, but declined to comment beyond that.
"It's being investigated by state and federal officials, which I think is appropriate, and I think I'll leave it at that," he said.
Prosecutors are still working through the case as incident details continue to come out. Again, from CNN:
Special prosecutor Angela Corey said Tuesday that two top homicide investigators from her office worked through the weekend on the case. She investigators would be looking into the allegations that Zimmerman might have uttered a racial slur, as well as the possibility that Zimmerman's gun might have gone off accidentally, which she said investigators do in all shooting probes.
On Monday, more questions arose in the already murky case, with Sanford police confirming the details of an Orlando Sentinel report, which cited unnamed authorities saying Zimmerman told them Martin punched him in the nose after the two exchanged words.
Police said Monday the Sentinel account is "consistent with the information provided to the State Attorney's office by the police department." The newspaper reported that Zimmerman said Martin then repeatedly punched him and slammed his head into the sidewalk.
And according to the Los Angeles Times, a group calling itself the New Black Panther Party isn't making the investigation any easier. They protested outside the Sanford Police Department. They're offering a $10,000 bounty for the citizen's arrest of George Zimmerman, sparking concerns about "vigilante justice."
From L.A. Times:
Neither the Sanford Police Department nor the Florida State Attorney's office would discuss Zimmerman's whereabouts on Tuesday, citing the ongoing investigation.
But the Sanford law enforcement agency issued a recent press release "requesting calm heads and no vigilante justice."
"The City of Sanford does not condone the actions and recommendations of the New Black Panther Party," the police department said in a response statement. "Attempts by civilians to take any person into custody may result in criminal charges or unnecessary violence."
Zimmerman and his family have been driven into hiding in the wake of the Feb. 26 fatal shooting of Martin in Sanford, Fla.
…The Orlando Sentinel, which reported on the bounty, said leaders were making statements such as "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
Zimmerman has not spoken publicly about the case and has been in hiding since the incident, according to friend and former CNN anchor Joe Oliver.