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. M24

    This child was yelling for help before he was murdered. Why hasn't Zimmerman been arrested? How can this happen in 2012? Shamefull

    March 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. remy

    If he doesn't get arrested it will be a shame... he did not stand his ground... he chased this poor young man and shot him.... i hope to god that he is arrested, charged with murder, convicted, and sentenced.

    March 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JT

    I can't believe one person actually said..."lets not judge, Zimmerman acted irresponsibly...mistakes were made". WHAT? A young boy DIED. That is not a mistake. I cannot understand how anyone can try to justify what this guy did. I don't care what this teen was doing. He was unarmed and Zimmerman is not a cop. I am speechless over this story.

    March 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Papajohn

      It is unclear from the 911 calls who is yelling "Help". GZ made the mistake of pursuing the kid... and based on the statement of the girl he ws talking to, the kid was scared... He may have felt threatened by being pursued by GZ and turned to confront him... causing a paranoid GZ to think he was under threat... the result is a needless confrontation that resulted in death... If GZ just pursued and shot the kid, there is no way he would have cuts on his face and a wet back from laying in the grass.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Babs

    Bloody South

    March 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    Zimmerman just a Dirty Harry Want to be.......Stand your ground law is leading to bunch of idiots who think they are cops, going to shot first and ask questions later

    March 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BobSaget

    If I pick a fight with someone and end up killing that person its not called self defense, its called murder. That's essentially what zimmerman did. He chased this poor kid down and shot him.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vietvet518

      It's that wonderful Florida law, I guess if you go to Disney or visit the state you should go armed. I wonder if the law is posted on travel sites for the state? It's kind of unfair to invite people to your state and then not tell them they should bring a weapon.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DPatriot

      They leave out there had been 16 home invasions there , kid was prob casing houses . Glad the shooter wasnt white yall would be losing your minds lol

      March 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas

      that is pure speculation.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Razz

    This society has become sick. Violent crimes all around and the ones who commits these violent crimes always feel like they are justified. This guy should be arrested for murder, plain and simple. Maybe I'm old fashioned cause I just don't understand how noone's held accountable for their actions anymore, whether killing innocent black kids, killing kids at a school or shooting congresswomen. How many people have to die before this country re-addresses the right to bear arms. The britishish aren't coming, neither is anybody else. God help this country.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa D

      My sentiments exactly, Paul Revere is dead... People scream their love of God but carry a gun, "just in case." If you believe, there's no need...Nobody is above an "error" in action (anger inclusive of a gun).

      March 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CCL Holder

    Exactly what NOT to do...Zimmerman should get his day in court and be found guilty of murder.
    Dispatcher: "He's running? Which way is he running?"
    Zimmerman: "Down towards the other entrance to the neighborhood."
    Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"
    Zimmerman: "Yeah."

    March 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott.

    READ ALL the calls and the whole story people. Zimmmerman was bloodied and HE was the one calling out for help.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kane

      He was also the one who chased down an unarmed kid who was probably scared for his own life. He was a black kid living in the south being followed by a white man in a truck. In my opinion, it was Trayvon who acted in self-defense, not this wanna-be cop.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keiona

      Obivously you didn't read the whole thing because it clears says...

      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."

      ZIMMERMAN WAS NOT THE ONE LAYING IN THE GRASS IT WAS TRAYVON WHY WOULD ZIMMERMAN BE YELLING FOR HELP IF HE'S THE ONE WITH THE DAMN GUN IN HIS HAND STANDING OVER THIS YOUNG MAN?? AND IT ALSO SAID 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?"

      SOO WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU???

      March 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • FL Girl

      Just because Zimmerman said he was calling for help, doesn't mean he was. He could realize that people would have heard the boy calling for help and be trying to cover himself. They will do voice analysis on the recordings and figure out who it actually was. The boy was described as wearing a dark hoodie. One caller said it was someone with a white shirt on top. Perhaps you should read all the calls as well. Finally, Zimmerman was told not to follow the kid, but didn't listen. The whole thing could have been avoided if Zimmerman had just listened.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Doesn't matter at all. Trayvon actually had a clear case for self defense. If I saw a 260 pound guy staring me down and then chasing me entirely unprovoked, I may have instinctively fought him even though I am not violent at all. Do you not see that? Put yourself in this kids shoes. You can't chase after someone and claim self defense. Even the hick self defense law that is being thrown around doesn't allow it.

      March 20, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Den

      Scott what would you do if a strange man who is twice your size steps out of a vehicle and physically tries to restrain you when all you are doing is walking down the sidewalk to a house where your father is visiting? I know I would assume that some crazy person is attacking me and I would fight with all of my might to get away, and I assume that is what Trayvon did. So am I to assume that in the act of defending myself for this attack from out of the blue, that this crazy person who has accosted me for no reason has the right to shoot me and then claim self defense? I would hope not, but that is what the Police is saying about Trayvon. The police are saying that it is fine for a person to stalk another person who is doing nothing wrong, initiate a confrontation and then kill that person. I'm sorry but the way I remember it the person who initiates a fight is not the defender but is the attacker, and the plain truth of the matter is George Zimmerman who was unprovoked followed, attacked and murdered poor Trayvon.

      March 20, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Delite

    We must remember the faces of the the teens who have been murdered and will never get the opportunity to live their lives. There is no justice because of the color of his skin. It happens more than you think there was a case in West Memphis Ark where police killed a boy younger than this victim and what do you think happened..nothing..However if you kill a pet or mistreat a pet you are headed to jail. My son was home from college last year and headed to his friends house which stay in a neighborhood behind our neighborhood and two white males chased him calling him names , my son busted in his friends front door which his father is a pastor asked them why are you chasing him then they told him it was a misunderstanding.... I am praying for the family...

    March 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cjones

    Man...no way.. This is a clear shut case of an abuse of authority.....on taaaape!

    March 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rob Burns

    George Zimmerman- someone should follow George Zimmerman and claim stand your ground... anyone know is address.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. factual observer

    there are a few interesting facts to take into account: zimmerman did follow the kid when he was told to stay in the vehicle (1 point for trevon) now assuming that the police report is accurate, there is potential proof of zimmerman acting in self defense: the cop states that zimmerman's back was wet and covered in grass (he was on the bottom of the altercation?) that would make him the threatened party in such altercation: lastly; zimmerman states as he is being put in the patrol car that he was 'yelling for help, but noone came' which would once again show that he tried to find other means but must have felt threatened sincerely. it is a tough case, when i first heard the audio on anderson cooper, i definitely thought it was unjustified, however after reading the transcripts, i am not so sure that it was unjustified. it sucks that this happened and definitely do i not condone killing in this situation, but it is very hard to say that he killed becaused he is a racist, proof is there and the odds are with zimmerman in this one since there are no witnesses

    March 20, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Finch

      I think claiming self defense is a stretch when your the one who initiated the confrontation. If anybody was acting in self defense it was the young man.

      Sounds like you could make a case for premeditation. I mean he knows he has a gun, maybe he purposely started a fight knowing he had the gun and could claim self defense.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob Burns

    Yeah lets see how long Mr. George Zimmerman stay in Florida... I bet he's not walking around town...

    March 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tonya Lay

    A local tow truck driver here in Bluffton SC killed a hispanic dad out on the curb of his home on Christmas Eve . He also claimed self defense. The Hispanic mans back was turned and he was shot execution style I believe. They took a few days to arrest him. Hes out on bond now but its crazy. This Preston Oates is known to be a racist jerk who I have personally had bad dealings with. He was itching to hurt someone. It seems like Zimmerman was itching too.
    To Trayvons parents. I pray that you find peace. I am so sorry for your loss. Your son was a beautiful human being.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
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