March 20th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

911 calls paint picture of chaos after Florida teen is shot

The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen who was shot while walking in his neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, has sparked allegations of racial profiling and calls for the gunman to be charged.

Federal prosecutors and the FBI will investigate the incident.

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has acknowledged shooting Martin, has not been charged and says it was self-defense.

Martin, 17, was killed while walking to his father's fiancee's house in Sanford from a nearby convenience store.

Zimmerman first called police at 7:09 p.m. ET with concerns about a suspicious teen in the area, according to 911 tapes released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Department.

A 16-year-old girl who was on the phone with Martin most of the day last spoke to him around the time the incident allegedly began and lasted until 7:16 p.m. ET, when the call dropped. Almost immediately, 911 calls began coming in.  Police arrived on the scene at 7:17 p.m.

Several witnesses called 911 at 7:16, 7:17, 7:18 and 7:19 p.m. ET.

Below are the transcripts of the calls as Zimmerman and witnesses describe what they saw and heard that night:

7:09 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Zimmerman: "We had some break-ins in our neighborhood ... and there is a real suspicious guy. ... This guy looks like he's up to no good, he's on drugs or something. It's raining, and he's walking around looking about. "

Dispatcher: "Is this guy white, black, Hispanic?"

Zimmerman: "He looks black."

Dispatcher: "Did you see what he's wearing?"

Zimmerman: "A dark hoodie, grey hoodie, jeans or sweatpants or white shoes. He's walking around staring at the houses. Now he's just staring at me."

Dispatcher: "Location?"

Zimmerman: "He's near the clubhouse right now. Now he's coming towards me. He has his hands in his waistband. He is a black male. Something's wrong with him. Yep. He's coming to check me out. He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is. Send officers over here."

Dispatcher: "Let me know if he does anything else."

Zimmerman: "These a**holes, they always get away. When you come in go straight to the left ... when you pass the clubhouse ..."

Dispatcher: "Clubhouse?"

Zimmerman: "Go straight in. Oh, s***. He's running ... down towards the other entrance of neighborhood."

Dispatcher: "He's running? Which way is he running?"

Zimmerman: "Down towards the other entrance to the neighborhood."

Dispatcher: "Which entrance is that, that he is running towards?

Zimmerman: "The back entrance."

[inaudible]

Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"

Zimmerman: "Yeah."

Dispatcher: "OK. We don't need you to do that. What's your name?"

Zimmerman: "George. Zimmerman."

Dispatcher: "Do you want to meet with the officer ..."

Zimmerman: "Tell them to come past the clubhouse and make a left then past mailboxes and they will see my truck ..."

Dispatcher: "What's your apartment number?"

Zimmerman: "It's a home. ... I don't want to give that out. I don't know who this kid is."

Dispatcher: "I will let them know where to meet you."

Zimmerman: "Have them call me, and I will let you know where I'm at."

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During part of this time, Martin is on the phone with a 16-year-old girl. Below is an account of the phone call as relayed to In Session's Sunny Hostin by a lawyer for the Martin family:

Martin told the girl someone was following him, and she advised him to run. Martin said he isn't going to run but will walk quickly. Zimmerman caught up with him, and Martin asked Zimmerman why he was following him. Zimmerman then asked Martin his name and why he was there. The girl on the phone says she heard Zimmerman push Martin, and then the call drops. She tried to call Martin back, but he didn't respond.

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7:16 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "Maybe both. I'm not sure. There's just someone screaming outside."

Dispatcher: "Is it a male or female?"

Caller: "It sounds like a male."

Dispatcher: "You don't know why?"

Caller: "I don't know why. I think they are yelling 'help,' but I don't know. Just end someone quick, please."

Dispatcher: "Does he look hurt to you?"

Caller: "I can't see him. I don't want to go out there. I don't know what's going on."

Dispatcher: "So you think he's yelling help?"

Caller: "Yes. There's gunshots."

Dispatcher: "How many?"

Caller: "Just one."

[inaudible]

Dispatcher: "Is he right outside?"

Caller: "Yes. Pretty much out the back, yes."

Dispatcher: "Is he in front of it or behind it?"

Caller: "He's behind my house."

Dispatcher: "I don't hear him yelling anymore. Do you hear anything?"

Caller: "No, I don't because I'm hiding upstairs. The gunshot was outside our house. You sent somebody, right?"

Dispatcher: "Do you hear any vehicles leaving or anything else?

Caller: "There's people yelling down there, but I don't want to go down there."

Dispatcher: "People are yelling now?"

Caller: "Yeah."

Dispatcher: "We do have officers on the way. Call us back if you see any vehicles leaving or anything."

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7:16 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "There's someone screaming outside."

Dispatcher: "Is that at where you are at?"

Caller: "Oh, my God, there is a gunshot, hurry up."

[inaudible]

Dispatcher: "Do you see anybody? I don't need you to go outside."

Caller: "There is someone screaming. I just heard a gunshot."

Dispatcher: "Do you see anything? I don't need you to go outside. Do you hear screaming or anything?"

Caller: "Hurry up, they are right outside my house."

Dispatcher: "OK, we [have] police and emergency, OK. Are you in Sanford?"

Caller: "I see police now."

Dispatcher: "You see the officer?"

Caller: "Yeah, but like it's behind the house. There is a dead body there. It's not the front entrance. Oh, my God."

Dispatcher: "Please tell me so I can tell them."

Caller: "If you are looking at my house, it's behind by my back porch."

Dispatcher: "Coming from behind your house?"

Caller: "Yes, the back porch."

Dispatcher: "Stay on the line and update me."

Caller: "I just heard screaming and a gunshot."

Dispatcher: "We have an officer there. Did you hear any more gunshots?"

Caller: "No, I don't hear. Hurry up, hurry up."

Dispatcher: "OK, we have officers out there, OK? If anything changes, give us a call back, but we do have officers there. One officer is there."

Caller: "OK, did he see anything?"

Dispatcher: "I'm not sure, ma'am, I just know he is there, and two other officers are on their way, OK? If anything changes or anything more, call us back. As far as you know, it's coming from behind your house near your back-porch area? When you hear screaming, was it screaming of female or male?"

Caller: "Male."

Dispatcher: "So, when you heard screaming, it was a male screaming?"

Caller: "Yes. And the guy on top had a white t-shirt."

Dispatcher: "What do you mean guy on top? Did you see a fight?"

Caller: "I don't know, I just looked out my window, and there was a guy on top wearing a white t-shirt."

Dispatcher: "A white t-shirt. Did you see what kind of pants? He was on top of what?"

Caller: "I couldn't see the person he was on."

Dispatcher: "But he was on top of a person?"

Caller: "Yes."

Dispatcher: "The guy with the white t-shirt, did he get up and run?"

Caller: "I don't know. Went to the phone to call you

Dispatcher: "White, black or Hispanic?"

Caller: "I couldn't tell, it was completely dark."

Dispatcher: "We have several units en route."

Caller: "Thank you."

7:17 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "I’m looking out my deck, and someone is screaming 'help,' and I don’t know. … I heard a bang. I’m looking out my window, out my backyard, and someone is yelling and screaming 'help.' "

Dispatcher: "You are not the only person calling. We have more than one officer on the scene and another on the way."

Caller: "Oh, my God. I see the person now. I see him walking. There’s a man coming out and people coming out with flashlights. Oh, my God. I don’t know what he did to this person. I can see there is a man walking out with a flashlight right now."

Dispatcher: "Was it a male or female voice?"

Caller: "The man is up right now. Someone is coming over. I’m glad other people called."

Dispatcher: "We should be out there right now."

Caller: "I can open my window and hear it."

Dispatcher: "You can still hear it?"

Caller: "I don’t know what is happening. Someone is laying on the ground."

Dispatcher: "What’s happening? Someone is on the ground? Someone has been shot? Calm down, stay on the line with me. Like I said, we have an officer on the scene, and we have other officers on the line."

Caller: "Oh, my God. They better hurry up. Someone is on the ground. Oh, my God! I see out my back window, sidewalk, grass, something is really bad. There is a man out here with a flashlight."

Dispatcher: "Is this person laying down in the street?"

Caller: "No, it's from my back window."

Dispatcher: "So is the person laying down in the street or in the grass?"

Caller: "The grass. Oh, my God! I think there is another gentleman with a flashlight. ... I think police. Oh, my God! He shot, he shot the person.He says he shot the person. He said he shot the person."

Dispatcher: "Who saying they shot who?"

Caller: "The people out there, a guy is raising his hands up, he's saying he shot a person. I think it's a police officer that's with him right now. arrest - uh - oh, my God, why - why (inaudible)"

Dispatcher: "Our officer is there, he has somebody at gunpoint. They're going to handle the situation from here."

Caller: "Oh! Oh, my God, somebody would be shot!"

Dispatcher: "It's probably going to be best if you stay inside your home for the time being, OK?"

Caller:" I know. I can't believe somebody's killed. He was saying help. Why didn't someone come out and help him?"

Dispatcher: "Listen, we don't know if they been killed ..."

Caller: "Yes, the person is dead, laying on the ground."

Dispatcher: "Just because he's laying on the ground don't mean he's passed. We have an ambulance on the way, and we are probably going to pick him up and take him to the hospital."

Caller: "I didn't see cause it was too dark, and I just heard people screaming 'help me, help me.' And this person shot him! He was like wrestling with him, you know what I mean, on the ground, from what I can see it was very dark. The man didn't try to run away or anything. I don't want to be a witness or anything. I'm scared. Oh, my god, a young boy, I can't imagine, I haven't seen anyone killed. This is a nice neighborhood. Oh, my God, I'm too scared to live here."

Dispatcher: "You don't have to worry right now. We have many officers on the way. Two officers on scene right now, we are on scene, OK?"

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7:17 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "Police. I just heard a shot behind my house. They are wrestling outside the back of my porch."

Dispatcher: "You just heard one shot go off?""

Caller: "It was either that or a rock at the window or something else. The guy's yelling 'help,' and I'm not going to help."

Dispatcher: "So you can hear someone yelling for help?"

Caller: "I'm pretty sure the guy is dead out here. Holy s***"

Dispatcher: "OK, we have several people calling in. Anything else that you heard?"

Caller: "A guy yelling, 'help.' Oh, my God! There is a guy with a flashlight in the backyard now. I think there's flashlights and a guy. ... I don't know if that's a cop. "

Dispatcher: "OK, we have several calls. Are you sure when you heard voices it was one person yelling, right?"

Caller: "There were two guys in the yard with flashlights, and there is a black guy down like he's been shot, and he's dead."

Dispatcher: "I have several officers going out there."

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7:17 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "Medical. I think someone has been shot."

Dispatcher: "Why do you think someone has been shot?"

Caller: "Because they are laying in the backyard and a gunshot and they said 'call 911.' Now there are people coming with flashlights ..."

Dispatcher: "And it's in the backyard?"

Caller: "Yes."

Dispatcher: "And someone is laying in the backyard?"

Caller: "Yes, there are people around him now."

Dispatcher: "You there with kids?"

Caller: "Yes, my daughter. He is a black guy."

Dispatcher: "We have units on the way. What do you mean it's a black guy?"

Caller: "There is a black male standing over him."

Dispatcher: "Can you tell me what he's wearing?"

Caller: "I think someone else called 911."

Dispatcher: "You do see officers out there?"

Caller: "Yeah, I think that's the flashlights that we see."

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7:18 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "This is 911, correct? Police or medical. Someone is yelling two doors down from me, screaming, hollering 'help, help, help.' There is an elderly man that lives down there. I don't know. I heard a gunshot. I don't know if it would be ambulance."

Dispatcher: "How many shots did you hear?"

Caller: "One."

Dispatcher: "How long ago?"

Caller: "As soon as I heard that I picked up the phone and called."

Dispatcher: "Before calling 911?"

Caller: "Yes. There is somebody out by my back porch. ... There is someone walking around with a flashlight. The police may already be here. I don't know. Someone is out there with a flashlight, but I did hear something."

Dispatcher: "We do have units there."

Caller: "Oh, my God."

Dispatcher: "And the screaming, was it a male or female you heard?"

Caller: "It sounded to me like a male, and from what I know and I've been here four years, there is an elderly man that lives like four doors down, um, north of me, and I'm inside."

Dispatcher: "Do you think it's coming from your area?"

Caller: "I don't know, ma'am, I'm standing at my back sliding glass door. I don't see anything but a flashlight shining around, but I did hear someone yelling 'help, help, help' or 'oh, my gosh' and something, then moaning and a boom, and I picked up the phone and called."

Dispatcher: "Did you see or hear anything else like a vehicle pulling away?"

Caller: "No, ma'am, because I'm in the back, and in the back there is just a walkway. It could have been someone in the front with a car, I don't know, but I was in the back. It was scary. There is someone still back there with flashlights walking around."

Dispatcher: "There should be someone on the scene ..."

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7:19 p.m. ET

Dispatcher: "Do you need police, fire or medical?"

Caller: "My brother said someone got shot behind our house."

Dispatcher: "Is your brother out there right now?"

Caller: "No, he ran in the house."

Dispatcher: "Do you know who was shot?"

Caller: "No idea. ... I'm inside. It's behind our house. ... Yeah."

Dispatcher: "You didn't see or hear anything else? Did you hear the shot?"

Caller: "I heard something, and my brother ran in the house."

Dispatcher: "My brother saw it."

Dispatcher: "What did you see?"

Caller: "I saw a man laying on the ground screaming who needed help. I was going to go over there to try and help him, but my dog got off the leash, and I ran and got him, and I hurried around and down, and the screaming stopped."

Dispatcher: "Did you see the person get shot?"

Caller: "No."

Dispatcher: Did you know the person who got shot, or did you see the person with the gun?"

Caller: "No, I just heard a shot, and the screaming stopped."

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Officers arrived on the scene at 7:17 p.m. ET, according to a police report.

Officers Timothy Smith and Ricardo Alayo said they noted a black male in a gray hooded sweatshirt lying face-down in the grass, as well as a white male in the area.

"Zimmerman stated that he had shot the subject and was still armed," Smith wrote in a police report.

Smith said he asked Zimmerman to hand over the weapon, a Kel Tec 9 mm, and handcuffed him.

"While I was in such close contact with Zimmerman, I could observe that his back appeared to be wet and he was covered in grass, as if he was laying on his back on the ground," Smith wrote in the police report. "Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and the back of the head."

The officers also made several attempts to revive Martin.

When police put Zimmerman in the back of the cruiser, he said, "I was yelling for someone to help me, but no one would help me," according to the police report.

soundoff (1,408 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    Googled Zimmerman pic. Hefty looking Hispanic, almost twice the kid's age and weight. So not what I expected!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Debbie

    No one is saying that Black males do not commit crimes, our jails are full of them so they are being prosecuted. There are also alot of hard working black males who go to school and work like anyone else does. And yes he was suspended from school but many kids are so why is that an issue. The fact is, this Zimmerman is an overzealous neighborhood watch guy and his commands hold no weight because he's not an officer of the law. The dispatcher advised him not to pursue the guy but he did anyway, he pursued him because he was a Black male in a white neighborhood. And granted, the neighborhood may have had break ins that Black male were committing or were thought to be commiting. So Zimmerman was on edge but he still acted irresponsibly and when you have a weapon you are not allowed to make mistakes. He pursued a guy simply because of his race, he should have lt the police do their job..period..and he should and will end up being charged.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Leo

    Wow how is it even possible for this guy to be free, is he allow to chase people around just because, if there has been any breakins, where are the reports.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. larry

    Once again people, rush to judgement instead of getting the facts straight. Let law enforcement do their job instead of trying to trump up a racist killing without all the facts. Read the 911 tapes and it suggests something different than a muder. Why is the shooter all cut up with his blood, not that of the kids. HMMM??? give it some thought first...

    March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • kev

      no you nut the he kill the young man

      March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • profart

      Well, if someone was following me on a dark rainy night, then caught up to me and started accosting me, I'd probably fight back. I'm sure Mr. Martin did his best to protect himself from an attack from a stranger. Unfortunately, the stranger also had a gun... and used it.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jellomundo

      If you would read the transcripts of the NUMEROUS 911 calls from a number of different callers, you would see that the young man was screaming and moaning from being hurt by Zimmerman and in fear of his life before he was shot. The young lady who was on the phone with Martin says she heard the scuffle where Zimmerman pushed her friend. Zimmerman initiated the aggression and Martin tried to defend himself...until a bullet ended his life. Zimmerman has admitted to pursuing him despite being told to stand down and he admits to shooting; he shot a CHILD who was "armed" with candy and tea (not even sodapop) and committed the crime of walking home from the store in the rain and trying to flee from an agressive weirdo stranger who was following him with a deadly weapon, asking him questions that were none of his business, and attacking him physically.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rae

      Larry, if you were a kid being followed around at night wouldn't you be scared? If a stranger came at you aggressive with a gun, wouldn't you try to fight back? I know I would, and if it was me Zimmerman would have way more than a few bruises and a wet back.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paula

      Bc the girlfriend on the phone heard Martin get pushed to the ground...you dont think maybe he fought back!?!?!?!? Is a grown man really going to sooo threatened by a teen that he feels the need to shoot him!? Seriously.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jake

      the man should not have followed the teen. he was wrong and know the teen is dead. if u follow me and have a gun i will fight to. he is wrong and now he should pay for his wrong

      March 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The police can do their job and the family can sue the Zimmermans in a separate court. Zimmerman is scared and has fled his home. Doubt he will be back any time soon. And with the public attention, doubt he'll be able to go to work either. Hope he has a lot of vacation. He better be saving for a lawyer. Civil court can be very expensive and has an entirely different set of rules than criminal court.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      Hey Larry,
      You might want to give some thought to this. A family's little boy was killed trying to reach the safety of their home. The boy is dead, and the triggerman is off on his merry way.
      Just think about that for a while, or are you to busy communicating with little green men?

      March 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • trex

      ...............older, BIGGER, ARMED, mounted with a car Zim, SHOOTS unarmed, teen after a CHASE..................sounds like a hate crime to me and MOST PEOPLE THAT THINK>>>>.................

      March 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. robert

    PLEASE KILL THIS ZIMMERMAN GUY somebody..........I hope they find him one day walking on the street and KILL HIM KILL HIM KILL HIM!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mirrorview

      Let the police do their job. Changing the law to suit public opinion and outcry is no different from lynching.
      I would charge Zimmerman and let a jury of equal races try him.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zaphod2010

    This is what happens when nuts and people who shouldn't come near a gun have them!
    If I had somebody stalking me like this zimmerman was I would be running also. Trayvon might have thought this guy was a pervert.
    This shooting is inexcusable and this guy should go to jail and become somebody's *itch!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TRoss

    Until all the details are released we have to trust the officers on the ground. Anderson tries to stir the racist waters in this ridiculous report, certainly for political purposes. However it doesn't matter, 90% of all African Americans vote Democrat no matter what the policy or the candidate stands for. This is not helping Obama's cause. Anderson could care less about this family! He makes no mention of the fact that there had been multiple break-ins in this community in recent weeks!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      TRoss,
      This is not a story about how "the liberal media is taking over your brain."
      This is the story of a yound man with a bright future who had that future snuffed out due to the wanton judgement of George Zimmerman, his killer.

      It is an outrage, period. IF race had something to do with it, that only increases that outrage.

      This is not about race. This is about justice.

      Something you need to learn more about.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BHF

    This is a matter for the police to handle. It is not something that I want to see or read about in a public forum. None of us were there to see what actually happened. It is a sad thing that happened, but we shouldn't rush to judgment. If either of these two young men were your sons, you would want to see justice served, whatever that justice might be and would not want other people pitching in their two cents and causing more confusion and heartache. Let the justice system work and leave it alone.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      You're right. Who are we to care that creeps in Florida have a license to kill our young people?
      Who are we to feel sympathy for this family that lost their son, and must suffer further by watching his killer face no criminal sanctions whatsoever?

      This is precisely the kind of story that needs attention. When justice is not being served, it is the media's responsibility to draw public attention to it.

      Keep playing ostrich, if you wish, but the rest of us with a heart and a brain DO care. And we want justive

      March 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sarah

    So if you go looking for a confrontation and shoot someone because they didn't do as you demanded, its not murder? If that's the case, no one is safe.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      I totally agree!!

      March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mad Rocket Scientist

    Zimmerman told the police that he was screaming for someone to help him?!?!?!?! That was not on the phone between the kid and his girlfirend. If he was lying about that, then what else did he lie about? If one only has to say "Self Defence" and get away with murder, our society has become far too unsafe. And a man who weighs over 100 pounds more then a kid and they wrestle, the man will get wet on the back with grass, but who will win a wrestling match with that much inequity? Who was being asaulted? Only a moron can not see what really happened here. Let's see justice done,no matter where things lead. Also get rid of these laws that allow vigilante justice to prevail and for people to get away with murder. (This is likely not the first case where injustice has prevailed, let us stop it here and now.)

    March 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • crowgan

      zimmerman's yelling for "help" is recorded on the 911 calls. the voice experts will probably conclude it is his voice. Don't think he's lying about that

      March 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The kid may have tried to leave and Zimmerman was afraid that he would get away before the police got there and grabbed him, knocking the phone from his hand and dropping the call to his girlfriend. Zimmerman may have yelled for help to get someone to help hold him – or the kid was the one yelling for help while Zimmerman was grabbing him. Either way, the kid was innocent and Zimmerman didn't have any right to hold him. That's not part of Stand Your Ground. That's murder.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andy

    This "child" beat the crap outta Zimmerman before he was shot and this "child" im sure looked nothing like the 12 yr old photos the family is giving the media to display

    March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Zimmerman stalked that Kid as he was walking, and if he pushed that kid, he deserved to get his ass kicked cause he had no right to stop him especially when Dispatch told him not to. A Kid is dead!! doesnt that bother you!!! race doesnt matter

      March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      Stalk someone, chase them, demand their name and see if they don't beat the crud out of you? lol. I know plenty of women who would have given him a face full of mace for that and he would have deserved it.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elsie

      Zimmerman had NO RiGHT to approach him after the officer told him CLEARLY not to approach the "suspect". Why would he have approached him with a weapon anyway. Put yourself in Trayvon shoes & i bet your mind would change about this situation.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      who cares of the kid got a swing in? Zimmerman chased him down with a gun after the cops told him not to. I wish I could flip the switch to fry Zimmerman myself.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jellomundo

      The child had every right to defend himself from an attack by an armed stranger who was pursuing and hitting him for no reason. No doubt any sane person would do the same.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Matt

    Did anyone actually read the end of the article? ""While I was in such close contact with Zimmerman, I could observe that his back appeared to be wet and he was covered in grass, as if he was laying on his back on the ground," Smith wrote in the police report. "Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and the back of the head."

    The officers also made several attempts to revive Martin.

    When police put Zimmerman in the back of the cruiser, he said, "I was yelling for someone to help me, but no one would help me," according to the police report."

    Sounds like he was being attacked.......

    March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      If you believe that, your lost

      March 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      And well deserved. Tell me you wouldn't have hauled off and hit someone up for stalking, chasing and pushing you? Especially if that person had a gun. Any man would have gotten maced if he'd done that to a woman and everyone would take her side for it.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy D

      Well if he would not have FOLLOWED the kid, then he would not have been attacked....and anyone who can listen to the 911 tapes and conclude that Zimmerman is not at fault is an idiot. I don't care if you're the chief of police or a lawyer or what kind of credentials you have. Zimmerman was mad about the recent break-ins, he had his mind set that "those people" were not going to get away this time, and he intentionally disobeyed the dispatcher and chased down a kid with a soda and a pack of skittles who was talking to his friend on a cell phone. And yes, the kid had EVERY right to attack Zimmerman to protect himself. There are perverts and kidnappers out there, this kid had no idea what his intentions were and I certainly would not give him my name or stop to answer any questions. Some idiot chases me down, I am going to fight back too. And so would you. It is not a crime to walk down the street. MURDER is a crime.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Oscar

    Zimmerman decided the kid was guilty of something while talking to the police. He said they always get away. Zimmerman was told not to follow the kid. He disobeyed a police order. Zimmerman called 911 41 times on New Year's day. The guy is unstable.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. areacode612 2

    areacode612:

    Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"

    Zimmerman: "Yeah."

    Dispatcher: "OK. We don't need you to do that.

    Liberal media lying again? Go tune into KTLK, because "you deserve the truth" LOL

    March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rich

    Its appalling that all people are upset that Zimmerman is hispanic and being called white in the media. Are yall serious!!, The fact a Kid is dead should be the focal point. It doesnt matter if the Kid is black, white, blue or brown. Its an unarmed KID!!! no matter the race society should have the same outcry for any child.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
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