Prosecutors are alleging George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged in the death of Trayvon Martin, profiled the teen when he shot and killed Martin in Sanford.
According to the charging affidavit for Zimmerman, which was released Thursday, Zimmerman talked about people he felt had committed and gotten away with break-ins in his neighborhood to the 911 dispatcher in a recording.
Zimmerman is quoted as saying in the affidavit "these (expletive), they always get away," and also said "these (expletive) punks," in reference to Martin.
The affidavit also says Zimmerman "confronted Martin and a struggle ensued." According to the affidavit, "Martin's mother reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as Trayvon Martin's voice."
The affidavit presents what the prosecutors say is necessary for probable cause for second degree murder.
Channel 4 Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson had several thoughts on the probable cause affidavit, including which sections were important.
"It’s strong word because that’s their assessment from their interviews. He targeted this person," said Jefferson, referring to the portion of the affidavit saying Zimmerman profiled Martin.
Jefferson noted that mentioning Zimmerman didn't listen to the dispatcher in the affidavit shows who the aggressor was.
"He was profiled. He was followed, a struggle, and then he was killed," said Jefferson.
Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second-degree murder on Wednesday. He was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.
Zimmerman appeared in court for the first time Thursday, where he was given a formal arraignment date of May 29.
Although details of the incident remain murky, what is known is that Martin, who was African-American, ventured out from his father's fiancée's home to get a snack at a nearby convenience store. As he walked home with a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, who is Hispanic.
Zimmerman claims the shooting was in self-defense after Martin attacked him and slammed his head against the sidewalk, according to police.
Martin's death has triggered a nationwide debate about race in America and Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury.
On the night of the shooting, Sanford police questioned Zimmerman and released him without charges. Authorities said Zimmerman was not immediately charged because there were no grounds, at the outset, to disprove his account that he'd acted to protect himself.
Thousands have converged on Sanford to join in protests calling for Zimmerman's arrest and criticizing the police department's handling of the case.