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Police investigating the February shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a neighbourhood watchman admitted today investigators may have missed a racial slur by the gunman during his 911 call moments before the killing.
In a call to dispatchers released at the weekend, George Zimmerman can be heard muttering what sounds like ‘f***ing c**ns’ under his breath as he followed 17-year-old shooting victim Trayvon Martin, police say.
The admission is the latest embarrassing misstep in the investigation, which has sparked outrage in the Sanford, Florida gated community as citizens call for Zimmerman’s arrest.
ABC News reports police admitted they may have missed the possible racial remark.
It comes after the Justice Department yesterday announced it would probe the incident as a possible hate crime.
‘The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,’ the agency said.