Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by William George Zimmerman in an altercation. Police were called. Witnesses were questioned. Police were convinced at the time that the shooting was self-defense and did not arrest Zimmerman.
The media storm that has followed is a perfect representation of media malpractice.
No matter the color, race, or nationality of the victim or the shooter, police need evidence before making an arrest. The prosecutors need evidence before they can ask for an indictment. No prosecutor worth a damn will take a case to court without evidence to prove intent, malice, motive or guilt. At worst, charges of Manslaughter were discussed. Not a hate crime. Not murder.
The investigation is continuing, new investigators will re-interview witnesses and determinations will be made.
Liberals have accused Zimmerman of racism, of murder, making Martin out to be a shining example of a kid killed for no reason but the color of his skin but the police have not found evidence to prove those assertions. The media took up the mantle and continued to stoke the tensions, again, no evidence proving those assertions. Politicians, Barack Obama and everyone and their brother rushed to make statements, again, not waiting for an investigation to come to completion.
While their has not been sufficient evidence to charge Zimmerman, there is ample evidence to a hate crime, not by Zimmerman against Martin, but by Spike Lee and the Black Panthers.
The Black Panthers publicly threatened Zimmerman offering a reward for his capture, inciting a lynch mob mentality, creating "Wanted: Dead or Alive" posters, passed them out and deliberately incited violence. That is a hate crime.
Spike Lee, published the address of an elderly couple, claiming it was Zimmerman's address, causing that elderly couple to fear for their lives and forcing them to move from their homes.
While ample evidence has not been collected to arrest Zimmerman as of yet, why haven't the members of the Back Panthers that publicly made those statements been arrested for inciting violence?
Why hasn't Spike Lee been arrested for inciting violence?
Why are the true provable hate crimes not being reported on as fervently as the liberal and media manufactured one has?
[Update] Justice Department’s official definition of Hate Crime:
Hate crime is the violence of intolerance and bigotry, intended to hurt and intimidate someone because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious, sexual orientation, or disability. The purveyors of hate use explosives, arson, weapons, vandalism, physical violence, and verbal threats of violence to instill fear in their victims, leaving them vulnerable to more attacks and feeling alienated, helpless, suspicious and fearful.