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Reverend Al Sharpton responds to 911 calls surrounding Trayvon Martin's shooting death

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Civil Rights Activist Reverend Al Sharpton will make his way to Sanford Thursday.  In an interview with FOX 35 on Saturday, he said he will be rallying with leaders to call for the arrest of George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, said he shot and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin, in an act of self-defense.  Martin was unarmed.

"Clearly, you have an unarmed man killed, and there seems to be no reason this person could claim self-defense," Sharpton said Saturday.

He also responded to the 911 calls police released late Friday, almost three-weeks since the fatal shooting.

"The most disturbing part was when I heard them calling for help, which appeared to be the young man," he said.

After hearing the calls made to the police on the night Martin was killed, people who live in the community where it happened are outraged.

"To hear the tape, 'Help me! Help me! Help me!' leaves me with the impression he was pointing the gun at him [Martin], then he fired," said Jonathon Wilson.  "It's not self-defense. It's murder. Justice has to prevail."

Several rallies are expected next week, beginning on Sunday.

Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett told FOX 35 he is working with other city leaders to figure out ways to handle traffic and crowd control for the peaceful protests.

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