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.

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  1. v1ze

    Zimmerman's wounds and wet shirt indicates to me that the innocent kid was afraid and defending himself. It also sounds like Zimmerman was losing the fight and so he shot the kid, pushed him off and left him face down. At least I hope that's the case because if it isn't it would seem to be an execution – like he shot the kid while he was on the ground. I'm totally speculating of course. Self defense isn't a valid argument for the aggressor. Have fun in prison, Zimmerman.

    March 21, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. AH

    Let me get this straight. THE ONLY proof we have that Zimmerman followed this kid was the statement of the girlfriend who was supposedly on the phone with the kid at the time? Yet the first responder stated, "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." So somehow Mr. Zimmerman ended up on his back on the ground and randomly sustained wounds to the back of his head and to his nose.

    So we think that Mr. Zimmerman accosted this innocent boy, shot him, then fell on his back hit his head and then turned over and bloodied his own nose? I'm somewhat confused as to how 29 pages of posters missed all of this very interesting "coincidental" information. Perhaps they were too busy looking for "justice"?

    Should neighborhood watches carry weapons, probably not. Did he over-react to a kid in hoodie walking down the street, probably. However, did he really chase the boy, then push him around and decide to shoot him? That seems a fair stretch too. Let's use some deductive thinking here, not emotional reaction-ism.

    March 21, 2012 at 2:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • goodgrief

      Did you bother to read the article? Zimmerman told the dispatcher he was following Martin. It's on a recording that most of us have heard a dozen times on the news now.

      March 21, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • 1benza

      Well the evidence does seem to point toward a confrontation between Z and T. Z was informed directly by dispatchers to not follow T, but Z ignored those orders and pursued Z.That is clear in statements made by Z to the police. It is highly likely that Z and T were in a scuffle, with T appearing to defend himself from Z. 911 tapes shows that someone was screaming for help and there was moaning followed by a single gunshot.
      As to your statement of Z inducing self inflicted wounds upon self to cover up for the shooting that is highly unlikely, and I am in agreement. As to whether Z pursued T it is a fact stated by Z. The accosting of T by Z seems likely as Z did confront T. Z it appears did not identify himself to T, T acting on self defense would have had a right to engage Z if Z appeared in a threatening manner. As to what happened prior to the gunshot that killed T it is currently unknown. The Stand Your Ground law was violated as statements from Z to responding officers show.
      So most of the comments on this article are relatively correct in stating that Z should be punished for something, the minimum charge should be accidental homicide, this based purely on statements made by Z along with 911 call records released to the public.

      March 21, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • LOLLY`

      There's also, in Zimmermans call with dispatch, evidence that he was following the kid. Dispatch asked him if he was following and when he replied that he was, he was asked not to do that. I'm struggling with the notion of self defense when the guy clearly put himself in that situation, provoked a confrontation and the kid ends up dead.

      March 21, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      I have a CCW (Concealed Weapons Permit).. This guy should be charged in my opinion..

      Having a CCW does not give you police powers. You are to use it in self defense from possible death or serious injury to yourself or someone else; or to stop any forcible felony from taking place.

      Being part of a neighborhood watch does not give you police powers. Neighborhood watches are organized and trained through the police department – the number 1 rule is NEVER approach someone.. He should have known that... the dispatcher even said "we don't need you to follow him.. You are to observe and report only as neighborhood watch.

      He broke both the CCW and Neighborhood Watch rules – and tried to do the job of a police officer when he isn't a peace officer. There is a reason why police are trained to do things – to preserve life.. Someone who feels empowered because they get a CCW and joins a neighborhood watch does not have the right to act without consequences. He broke the laws (which should of been explained to him in detail in the course you need to take to get a CCW) and should face the consequences.

      March 21, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Ah-HA

      Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"

      Zimmerman: "Yeah."

      Dispatcher: "OK. We don't need you to do that.
      ******
      Learn to read num-nuts

      March 21, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Zimmerman told 911 he was pursuing the boy and 911 told him "don't do that". The boy was holding a cell phone, skittles and a soda and according to Zimmerman walking the other direction. So you think the boy was roughing Zimmerman up? Wow.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • TomCom

      The girl did mention that Zimmerman pushed or attacked her boyfriend and that's when the phone connection was lost.

      March 21, 2012 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Darius

      Please just go find yourself.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      Read all the FACTS in the case. Zimmerman called 911 from his car. Was told by the dispatcher NOT to follow Trayvon but continued to do so. Got out of his car and confronted Trayvon. I believe that if you were in Trayvon's shoes, being followed by a complete stranger, you would be fearful as well. Trayvon was fighting for his life, not Zimmerman.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • V

      The sad ths is that Trayvon is now dead and he can not provide a the 2nd side of this story. But based on the Zimmerman's phone call to the police this entire situation could have been avoided had Zimmerman just stayed in his car and waited for the police. He did inform the officer that it look like Trayvon was coming his way but it sound more like he was just walking in is direction because he was still on the phone with the officer and he was not attacked.

      Neighborhood watch is suppose to just do that.....WATCH...and honestly regardless of self defense Zimmerman should have been arrested and charged while this case was investigated not the other way around and regardless of race that is standard police procedure why did it differ in this case is all everyone should be focused on the race thing is not the main factor of this case and it sickens me that in th end race always plays a factor.

      So sad, I am sympathic to Trayvon's family and could not imagine the pain they are enduring and Mr. Zimmerman needs to prey for forgiviness because it does not sound like he needed to kill this child.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Wells said.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • wayne

      We're having a hanging party before the investigation is even off the ground. One of you want to tie knot?

      March 21, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • una amiga

      actually, they do have proof from phone logs that he was on the phone w the girl just before the attack. have you listened to the 911 call from Zimmerman? He basically admits that he's going after the kid, that he knows he's a kid and that he's sick of "them:" always "getting away with it". He sealed his own coffin. The police in that town are incompetent racists. If Z were black, they'd have arrested him immediately. They thought Z was white.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fauxhawk70

    As a private citizen and legally licensed concealed pistol carrier myself based on the facts that I have heard from the news I believe that Zimmerman did not act in self defense and I will tell you why...

    -Zimmerman followed him even after the 911 dispatcher told him it was not necessary and asked him not to.

    -How was the victim supposed to know Zimmerman was not trying to rob him? He had no uniform on and probably did not identify himself as a neighborhood patrol. For all the victim knew he could be a thief.

    -Zimmerman provoked and caused the confrontation.

    -It sounds like the victim did not even have a weapon and Zimmerman was on top when the victim was shot.

    -And last but not least... According to the castle doctrine the victim was legally able to be where he was allowed to be... If they got into a struggle after Zimmerman confronted the victim and the victim shot Zimmerman instead then it would be self defense. Not the other way around... The victim first of all had rights and Zimmerman violated them first.

    Zimmerman made a mistake and should pay according to the law.

    March 21, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Tess

    Sounds like one big misunderstanding fed by fear and dicided by the gun. Take away the gun and these 2 men could have given eachother a good beating but both would be able to talk about it today. Sad story for both sides.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. 3n1

    I'm white and can tell you that this Zimmerman needs his head checked out. I don't believe him for one minute. This dude was going after this young boy for no good reason other than he was black and was stereotyping. May God comfort this boy's family and friends. I hope the truth comes out soon.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Josh

    As a white male living in central Florida, trust me when I tell all of you. The police don't give a damn. Zimmerman goes to prison anyway, just for the fact that Florida loves sending people up the road.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Yani11

    This is tragic. It makes me sick to my stomach for someone to take an innocent life, lie and still be free... with absolutely no remorse.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Tony

    Zimmerman's own words while on 911 call: "These a**holes, they always get away." This tells me that Zimmerman was dead set on confronting and not allowing Trayvon to get away. I amazed that it is taking this long to arrest and charge him.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Pam

    Yapping about that stand your ground law is just that, yapping. It clearly states that you have no duty to RETREAT when faced with an aggressor.

    Since Trayvon was not the aggressor and clearly by Zimmermans statement Trayvon was leaving, this law has nothing to do with the case. What a waste of time and energy to be led around by the media suggesting he will get off because of this. You don't need to be a judge to see it doesn't apply.

    Zimmerman probably got the injuries while Trayvon was defending himself, I read he was smaller and lighter than Zimmerman.

    Zimmerman not expressing remorse? His lawyer probably told him not to make any public statements. Once the lawyers are involved, everything happens behind closed doors. We only get what the news speculates.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Lynn

    That poor kid. Zimmerman should be charged. Why would he chase someone he was so afraid of, especially once the dispatcher told him not to follow him?

    March 21, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. scott

    Arrest him already.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • ganyobi

      this is the worst i have heard this year. if this happened to an emrican in the far east, it would have been the beginning of another big case. if the victim was white, it would have been a different case. the dispatcher says don't follow him, you do and he is left dead. took a family's jewel away. God will surely take 10 folds away from him and his family.

      people have to realize when you kill an individual, u don't only free him of their worlds burdens but u place a heavier load on his friends and family who will be waiting for you on the next block !

      March 21, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Antwoine in Atlanta

    What is wrong with Orlando, Florida? FirstCasey Anthony goes free and now George Zimmerman can't even get arrested. How broken is the criminal justice system in Florida right now?

    March 21, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • No justice

      And that is the same Florida that rigged the 2000 presidential election and put George W. Bush in the White House to destroy America and the world!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    1001 half assed opinions, with most of us not knowing many facts.

    The police have investigated, the DOJ will not investigate. Whatever the facts bear out, then they need to be followed. The problem now is that this has become a political issue. It has the ting of racism.

    The first thing everyone started screaming was this kid was shot because he was black. As if there could be no other reason. This was accepted as fact immediately as if we had a tiny little screen on the side of Zimmerman's head that says this is why he shot him. The media fed this fire and every moron with an opinion keeps throwing gas on it.

    At this point the facts have become irrelevant. Politics and public outrage have given this issue momentum and it won't be stopped.

    It is sad that a young man is dead, yes. Is Zimmerman in the wrong, probably. Whether he was in the right or not, or whether Trayvon did something else to cause the incident that we don't know about, nobody cares. They only see a white on black issue.

    Facts be damned.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      mistype. DOJ WILL investigate.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • No justice

      That's nonsense! In the history of the United States, no "UNARMED" white male has ever been murdered by a law enforcement person of the white race or some other race! Its only black and Hispanic males and in some cases women who OFTEN get murdered by white cops. It just doesn't happen to unarmed whites! Let's face it, this is the most racist country in the history of the world!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • No justice

      Perhaps you didn't read the transcript! How could you say that people are using the race card when it was the shooter who did so? First of all, Zimmerman followed, stalked and murdered this kid in cold blood so its not selfe defense! Secondly, in the phone transcript to the police, Zimmerman used the stereotypical phrase "its they who usually get away." So who is "they?" I believe Zimmerman was referring to black males in America!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      Forget the whole this is about white on black, the guy was in the wrong, and needs to hang, and please spare me the details about the police doing there job, police are humans like the rest of us and it's obvious these fools are incompetent or don't really care, It's sad that the kid had to die while out getting some damn candy, if ppl can break into homes, get shot in the back, and can successfully sue the home owners, then Zimmerman should be on deathrow, he ran the boy down and shot him like an animal. My condolences to the Family, I've had a family member murdered and all the killer got was 2 years probation, so to all u doubters stfu with all this talk of police doing their jobs, Anyone with a fully functioning brain can see how wrong this entire situation is

      March 21, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      He killed this child in cold blood! He is not a police officer, just another fool with a gun. He had his whole life in front of him before this idiot decided to kill him over the thought that he MIGHT be trying to take their worldly positions. He was told to stand down and he chose not to follow the directions of the dispatcher. He deserves the death penalty or a public hanging!

      March 21, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • isaac

      @ Bill, that is not true. People want the guy arrested & to let judge & jury decide on the facts. What I have a problem with is that the cops are taking everything this guy is saying as true. No arrest, no ballistic reports, no reports on how the victim was shot to prove self defense...nothing. The guy is not arrested even though a crime may have happened. How is this? He should be arrested & let the State prove his guilt...not let the cops decide that nothing wrong happened. This is an unarmed kid that got gunned down. To protect the civility of this nation...the cops should do their jobs & charge this man. Just from the 911 calls alone it sounds like an investigation of the events should occur. This is just wrong on so many accounts.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • rafael

      Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"

      Zimmerman: "Yeah."

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

      Zimmerman: "George. Zimmerman

      March 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe Smith

    You know, every day black kids are killed in our neighborhoods and I don't see outrage like this. Odd that people get so worked up when not black on black crime. Sad for this kids family and for the black families around this globe that lose children every day at the hands of people of their own race fighting over a street corner.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • No justice

      Yes, its true that black kids get killed in the black community by other blacks but that doesn't mean that when a black kid is killed in cold blood that demands for justice shouldn't be persued! So do you think that when black kids get killed by other blacks in the black community, justice is not persued? You people are just pathetic!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • iowiigian

      Kids are killed daily in the USA but you are confused, it is not only black males. Maybe the outrage is because you have an adult with an ego that is obviously a racist that killed a KID. That is what bothers me, not the race part of the whole deal. An armed adult patroling the neighborhood. I was the neighborhood watch captain in my neighborhood but NEVER was armed, I did what the PD suggest.... CALL and REPORT. He could have made a NON-VIOLENT citizen arrest if he was that concerned. Zimmerman is not a small man, I'm sure he could have tackled the kid and held him down until police arrived. Jux saying......

      March 21, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. PR

    This makes me so sick and so sad. Treyvon must have been TERRIFIED. George Zimmerman is a rogue wannabe hero who took the life of a young man for NO REASON. I wish they would arrest him. He needs to pay.

    March 21, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
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