Special Prosecutor Named in Shooting Death of Unarmed Fla. Teen

By Mary Collins
By Scott Sarvay

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM EDT

SANFORD, Florida (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Authorities are trying to quell the mounting anger over the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Florida.

The state's governor has appointed a special prosecutor and called for a task force to investigate the death of Trayvon Martin.

The 17-year old was shot by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman while he was walking home last month.

Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense and was not arrested despite questions about his claims.

Thousands rallied with Martin's parents Thursday, angry at how police have handled the case.

Trayvon's Father, Tracy Martin says, “We want an arrest, we want a conviction, we want a sentence for the murder of our son."

The Sanford, Florida police chief said Thursday he is temporarily stepping down as the department faces criticism for its handling of Martin's shooting.

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