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. Rustydog

    Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense. Self defense? Sounds like Martin was the one trying to stay alive after being followed by a complete stranger, armed with a deadly weapon, at night, and in his own neighborhood..

    This case needs to go to trial, and it is my hope that after all the facts are made known, it is proven that Zimmerman made a terrible mistake in profiling that young man, and that his overly aggressive actions lead directly to Martin's tragic death.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Rob

      No crime in his neighborhood cause him to be aggressive. Sounds like it could have been avoided had he asked a few questions and not tried to fight. But of course it was a racial thing, but if that would have been a white kid it happened to? What then? Stop playing the race card at every turn. All you're doing is starting a new fight. One that you and whites will both lose.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HoustonSteve

    It seems to me (not knowing all the evidence) that Zimmerman is likely guilty. But playing the devil's advocate, he could have politely approached the kid IDing himself as neighborhood watch and the kid said F-you and started beating him. He was on the ground getting pummeled and screaming for help and finally out of desperation, draws his gun from his position on his back and fires in self defense. To all the people who say "what if Martin were your kid", I retort "what if Zimmerman were your kid". It sounds like two people of limited intellect and in Zimmerman's case no proper training handling a situation badly. Throw in a gun, and you have a disaster. I agree Zimmerman looks kind of guilty at this point, but let us reserve judgement until all the facts are out. If Martin were my kid I'd be pretty upset. But if Zimmerman were my kid, even exercising the bad judgement he did bring a gun along, and it turned out that the above scenario were true, I'd also be upset that a group of people not knowing the facts wanted to act like a digital lynch mob.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. honey

    The cops did not follow proper procedures therefore they should be remove from the force....

    March 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      And what? Be put in charge of security like Zimmerman was! Wake up!

      March 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sam

    Horrible! Clearly these 911 calls should be enough to prove that Zimmerman was way out of line and his fears caused him to kill a completely innocent person. More proof of why we need tighter fire arm restrictions. From everything stated it would appear to me that Zimmerman confronted Martin, Martin tried to defend himself against an armed person (remember this is a volunteer NOT A POLICE OFFICER!), Martin was over powering Zimmerman, so he shot and killed him. If Zimmerman would have just let police do there job this would have been avoided. Fear and guns dont mix well. Zimmerman obviously wasn't trained well enough to be carrying a gun around with him.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barbara

    This is so so sad. My heart goes out to your whole family. I am a white mother of three. A Child for gods sake is a child. That poor baby. May the Good Lord of Ours open the gates of heaven for your child. A let's All get back to what John Lennon (from the beatles) wanted all those years ago! Peace and Love people. Life is hard enough without all this volience. Good Bless us all.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HoustonSteve

    How do the 911 tapes prove Zimmerman's guilt? In fact, they seem to support his innocence more than his guilt. Someone is heard screaming for help and then a gun goes off. The cops find zimmerman with his back wet and blood all over his face and he sates that HE was the one who called for help. I'm not saying that's how it went down, but the 911 tapes HELP zimmerman more than they hurt him.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Yeah, I would agree with HoustonSteve. I still think Zimmerman went way overboard, but now it turns out he was the one on the ground, the boy standing over him, Zimmerman was bleeding in a few places. However, I think he brought it on himself. But nothing in the least to do with race, just a horrible, horrible thing to have happen and an overzealous guy with a gun.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sara

    I have a question:
    Could George Zimmerman be an informant and that is why Narcotics didn't do their job and arrest him?

    March 20, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sylv

      He sounds too dumb to be an informant.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ed

    Zimmerman should have stayed put, waited for the police and told them which way Martin was heading. End of story, that fulfills his obligation as neighborhood watch. If I was being chased by someone other than the police that I did not know I would try to evade them and then defend myself if necessary. This appears to be what happened by all accounts including Zimmerman's. The person defending himself here was clearly Martin.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ivy

    Can we please just know that 75% of Hispanics have European Orgin. Being Hispanic is not a race. Hispanics can be white! Does it matter he killed a child. The heart of the matter is this crappy Stand Your Ground Law that is being abused by this nutcase. The sad thing is that he will probably get away with it.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HoustonSteve

    People on here are letting their emotions cloud their judgements. Here are a couple of facts that don't add up: (1) if Martin had simply calmly explained to Zimmerman after he caught up with him that he wasn't doing anything and was visiting someone in the area and only had Skittles in his bad, and would be happy to prove that to the police, I doubt he would be shot. Why would he not do that? (2) If he is just a "sweet innocent good little kid" as he's been portrayed, then how is it that he was able to beat the tar out of a guy 100 lbs heavier than himself? ALL the facts need to be considered. The forensic evidence (e.g. angle the shot entered his body, location of the bullet if it exited his body-in ground, for example- injuries to him and zimmerman, evidence zimmerman was on his back) as well as witness testimony. We've heard some 911 callers account, but if that many CALLERS heard and saw things, probably others heard and saw even more. Let's get all the facts before we rush to judgement.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • areacode952

      Sounds good to me. Next time some guy starts chasing me on a dark street I'm just gonna stop and calmly explain to him, "Sir I'm an innocent person. Please just be on your way." I'm sure everything would turn out just fine.

      March 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sacmar

      I know you're trying to be rational, but this was a kid. They do not think rationally like adults do. He saw a stranger following him and he reacted in the same way I was taught whenI was a kid. Secondly, he was a football player so he was probably in good shape and Zimmerman doesn't look like he goes t the gym regularly. His getting his butt kicked could have been what set him off and he shot the kid.

      March 20, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jim

    Bingo! A young guy is dead, and an idiot who shouldn't have been there with his gun is the most hated guy in the country, for now. But CNN and all the others with this racist crap? Even the parents with this racist junk? Man, talk about hate, hate, hate....

    March 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      Always ask yourself one question, how would you feel if the boy was white and more importantly, if he was your son?

      March 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dott

      So far all we have head if the one side of the story. Don't pass judgement until you have heard the other side. Of course the family will make it appear that the shooting was not justified but what if it was? Should color of skin make any difference?

      March 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      I would start a racisal roit like the rest of the blacks do!

      March 23, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jamaicanbailey

      The only crap is deliberately blind fools like you who believe that racism does not exist or rather the miost pernicious form of racism is that of reverse racism. LOL

      Dismissed!!!

      March 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jamaicanbailey

      I am a proud gay black man don't want to see any young ones go.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • jamaicanbailey

      The only crap is deliberately blind people like you who claim that racism against blacks is dead or better yet, argue that reverse racism against whites is the greatest racism of all. LOL

      Dismiised!!!

      March 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • isaac

      I honestly don't know if this is race related regarding Zimmerman, but the police...it sure is. There is not one reason for the Police to not at the very least arrest this man. You have the shooter & the gun there, 911 tapes where he admits to following the kid, a supposed altercation..and a dead body with witness saying they saw Zimmerman ontop of the body. Manslaughter should be the crime at the very least...WTH is wrong with these Policemen? This is crazy!!! There is too much evidence that show this may have not been self defense. What do the police need to charge someone with a crime now?

      March 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      man...dead kid dead kiid dead kid.....and you are a jerk jerk jerk. Do you have kids...if someine chased him or her down and shot them...would you nominate them for a medal or something? George the hero needs to be george the inmate...he had no right to do any of this. Its called community WATCH for a reason. And this is still America where anyone of any color is supposed to be allowed to walk down the street.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • erik

      Jim, Its racist because had it been a white kid Zimmerman probably wouldn't have questioned him. Had it been a white kid Zimmerman probably would have been arrested. Its easy to dismiss things as not being racist when you don't have to wear the shoes. But believe me these shoes suck. It sucks growing up in a nice neighborhood because your parents are educated and were successfull and move to the burbs only to be harrassed by cops or stared at by people in the very neighborhood you live in. To hear all the non stop crappy racist jokes that the other kids tell in school and have to hold your breath and tolerate it, praying for the day you graduate high school so you can escape it. Eff Zimmerman and his supporters, he wasn't a cop, he's not dick tracy, he did the right thing by calling 911 and the wrong thing by trying to be a Vigilante

      March 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Rotchitches

      Don't fear the truth. I'm as White as this background, and I'm as Conservative as William F. Buckley, but this guy is guilty. And I'm not so self-absorbed in the victim mentality to think that if Trayvon had been White, or if Zimmerman had been Black, we'd be having this conversation. You can call racism or some other type of "ism", but the police did not follow proper protocol for a homicide. We can't move forward with meaningful race relations without complete honesty.

      March 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cut the Crap

    History Lesson: ..if your a black man or woman and you were born in America and so were your parents then you are an American NOT an African American.......just like I'm not an English American just because many years ago someone in my family came from England, Britian or where ever.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Youre Right

      That's right! Many Blacks have said they prefer not to be called African Americans because they were born here and not in Africa. They prefer being called just "Black."

      March 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GOD

    There are only a few FACTS that matter in this case. First, the kid was walking/running AWAY from the murderer and this Zimmerman dbag chased after him and initiated a confrontation. Second, the kid was UNARMED. Third, the kid was found by police lying FACE DOWN and DEAD. Fourth, Zimmerman was carrying a 9mm handgun and admits he shot the kid. There is nothing else about this story that matters... 2nd degree murder. Let this idiot rot in jail the rest of his life... race may not be the reason he shot the kid, but it sure as hell is the reason he's still free... And I'm a middle-aged white guy if you care to know, so no, I'm not playing the race card. If a black guy had done this to a white kid, this Zimmerman character would probably be electrocuted already.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jj2625

    Wow, another tool who shouldnt have a G O D D A M N gun. I hate people!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big B

    S happens, if it wasn't for the animalistic behavior of certain segments of American society
    unfortunate incidents like this would occur alot less frequently.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
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