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. Ree Timmer

    This is not about race. And all you race baiting, stereotyping idiots need to get a real life. Regardless of the race of the shooter or the dead youth, an unarmed person who was running away from the shooter is dead. Rationalize that fact. When I am afraid of something, I don't run towards it. I run away from it.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James Kelley

    I heard the 911 tape, and the recording of a neighbor calling 911. In the neighbors recording I could hear what sounds like someone who is in distress. I think Mr. Zimmerman went out that night to kill some one,and accomplished his mission. Mr. Zimmerman was told by police not to follow Trayvon. Still without regard for the warning from Police ,Mr. Zimmerman continued. When he fired on Trayvon, the two were conveniently in a position where no one saw what happened. The voice on the neighbors tape sounds like some one getting a beating not like some one asking for his life.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mary

    It sound like this young man was hunted down and stalked by this Zimmerman. Crazy man running loose.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ricky

    Anderson does some twisting here; initially, zimmerman says he "thinks he's black", but anderson says zimmerman said "hes a black male" from the get go. Not true.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Diane

    Mix guns and servere mental health issues and you have a very precarious situation. Mr. Zimmerman needs to face the music for the crime he committed, through due process, and get the psyhcological help he obviously needs.
    How sad for the young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Sadder still that he was a target because of the colour of his skin. Are some people more human than others?????
    Come on people, smile on your brother, everybody get together try to love one and other, right now!!!!!!!!!
    Make guns illegal in your country for a more peaceful life for all.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      Guns don't shoot themselves. Guns are not the problem. You don't blame cars for drunk driving do you?

      March 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. S1N

    Whitepages also lists (407) 804-0348 as his number (I verified that his age and immediate family matches for this one). I am by no means advocating or condoning any form of illegal harassment.... have fun!

    March 20, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TD

    If I was a kid walking down the street being followed by a grown man I think I would feel scared and feel the need to protect myself.
    So for a minor to protect themselves would be completely legit. Thats what i teach my kids. But For a neighborhood watchmen turned commando carrying a weapon to scare the crap out of a kid and force them to protect themselves then turn around and say oh they attacked me back so I shot them in self defense is absolutely ridiculous. Whatever happened to just talking to someone? Asking where they lived. Or better yet waited for police.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      I am just curious, how do you know that Zimmerman did not try to do just that, i.e. talk to the person and ascertain the nature of his business? I would like to remind you that he was not walking on public street, where obviously no one has to answer to anyone's questions, but on private property of condo complex where Zimmerman resided that is on his private property. Let me ask you a question, I am going to walk in your backyard in my hoodie wouldnt you at least want to know what the heck am I doing there? And what is this notion about 17 year old kid? 17 year old athlete is no kid. 18 year old go overseas and bleed for this country, kill and get killed, and all of a sudden a 6 feet 17 year old is a "kid"

      March 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie B.

      Exactly! This guy obviously had a hostile agenda to start with. He even talks about the kid running away, so why did he have to chase him?

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

      TD,

      Very well said.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Stan,

      Hands down you have to be one of those Dumb Americans your argument is that a 6 foot boy is a adult & Judge him based on what he has on. You could not tell the difference by just speaking to the young man. but if he was white just be a cute kid Right……

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

      Florida bunch white trash Americans that seem to not know the rest world has grown up. We don't go around killing kids coming back from a candy stores were I'm from.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • TomCom

      They say the kid was talking to his girlfriend. She heard part of the conversation and it does not collaborate what Zimmerman said

      March 21, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • M-Theory

      I agree. Zimmerman chased the kid down with phone in hand. Zimmerman looks like a nervous racial profiler to the kid. The kid gets angry and throws fists at Zimmerman. Zimmerman takes a few hits and then blows the kid away. Zimmerman is a Poosey and a danger to society himself and brought this on himself. The kid was obviously provoked and although he shouldn't have fought with Zimmerman.. he didn't deserve to die. If it was my decision Zimmerman would get 6-10 years & 2nd/3rd degree murder.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Your an idiot

    @S1n, your an idiot! And what if there are two? You just opened up a big ball of crapnfor a person not even connected with this...immature and stupid to the core you ignoramus...

    March 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Erik

    How come that a paranoid racist jerk is given the job of "neighborhood watching" and is allowed to drive around with a loaded gun??? That is asking for tragedy, exactly what happened here! I am from Europe, this society is just sick!

    March 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Dear Erik, I understand that you are from Europe and in your country carrying a gun is reserved only to those higher being (cops)who possess super powers while the rest of the flock is not permitted to defend themselves with anything better than a kitchen knife. We here in America, however, still remember that a free man is an armed man. And would like to keep it this way.

      March 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jamaicanbailey

    where is my comment?

    March 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg

    I believe that Mr. Zimmerman was roll playing a fantasy and once he went with it he could not turn back. No training. Just happened to have a gun. He was looking for a confrontation. He started and provoked then preseeded to attack his victim.
    In the police recording you can clearly hear Mr. Zimmerman being told to not intercept and to wait for police. His own words clearly show his state of mind and he just let loose. Zimmerman need to be mentally evaluated. I do believe this is as close to being premeditated as you can get. G-d give the Martin Family straight to carry on.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie B.

      Amen to that. I think *Zimmerman* is the one who must have been high. Exactly how scary can a bag of Skittles and a soft drink be, for Pete's sake? And these days, if any person of any color thinks they are being followed by a stranger, they are likely to try to speed up or otherwise put distance between themselves and a possible threat. Zimmerman, on the other hand, *against police instructions,* clearly went looking for trouble. I hope he gets charged with homicide.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. mmohammad

    It seems like the only thing that can bring justice for this young man's murder is the voice analysis, is it even possible to conduct voice analysis to make sure who was yelling or who was not? But then again its Florida, I really don't have high hopes for justice being done.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dd

    I need more opinion on this plz..... Anyone

    March 21, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. bs1

    For all the claims of there being witnesses, the transcripts show that there are no actual witnesses to what happened, just a handfull of people who heard Mr. Zimmerman calling for help after Mr. Martin attacked him and then the single shot which was no doubt fired while Mr. Zimmerman was on the ground being attacked. Ni vigilante chasing a kid and shooting him in the back, just a young thug who decided to attack Mr. Zimmerman instead of behaving in a civilized manner and talking to him.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • hounddog

      Really...the 911 transcript of one call says the man on the top is wearing white...the child (yes, 17 is still a child in this country although for some reason people like to contort this definition to their liking) was not trespassing (he lived there) but rather walking home and per his girlfriend (who might just have their recorded conversation) was scared of someone pursuing him. The last time I checked behaving civilized means minding your own business and not questioning innocent people.

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

      The kid was on the telephone with his girlfriend until the point of attack by Zimmerman. She confirmed the kid was trying to get away. She heard portions of the conversation.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • real1

      I'm sorry are you reading the same news or hearing the same tapes the rest of the world is? Or are you just another racist like Zimmerman??? Keep your ignorance to yourself.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • M-Theory

      Nice theory except that one 911 caller said the man screaming for help was the same man shot. I think Zimmerman was itchin' to catch somebody and this kid saw Zimmerman tailing him while talking on the phone. This angered the kid because he's innocent (but being profiled). the kid starts throwing fists at Zimmerman. Zimmerman gets hit a few times and then fires the shot. Zimmerman killed someone for throwing fists at him...WHAT A POOSSY.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. TomCom

    Zimmerman will go to prison. The police department will pay for thier pathetic investigation. Since when do you close a case with no investigation just because the shooter said it was in self defense?

    March 21, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Leslie B.

      I bet he won't. I bet he'll get a walk, or have to go to a sensitivity class or something. As if that's going to help someone with a head that thick and a heart that hard.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Zimmerman wont go to prison, because you are not an attorney and you do not understand law. People like you thought that Casey Anthony would be fried, when I was telling everyone that every lawyer I knew including myself thought it was a weak case. 1) Zimmerman acted lawfully by asking an unfamiliar looking individual what was he doing on private property that Zimmerman resided on (i.e. on Zimmerman's property) 2) There was a physical altercation that between two as evidenced by injuries that Zimmerman sustained and which were observed by police 3) Florida Stand your ground law allows an individual who is lawfully present where he is present to meet force with force including deadly force. Case closed.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
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