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. raymonde

    enought its enought god do something when is this going to be over,we lost
    to many innocent soul

    March 22, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      MARTIN PUNCH ZIMMERMAN. ZIMMERMAN FACE WAS BLOODY.....MARTIN IS 6–3..ZIMMERMAN 5-2.. MARTIN IS NO KID, HE'S 17–18 YEARS OLD...CNN BEING SHOWING YOUNGER PICTURES OF MARTIN.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DLangley

    I can't believe that this is an ongoing issue. What else needs to be proved. The fact that he admitted to shooting this kid who was unarmed, who posed no threat. Last time I checked walking through a neighborhood isn't threatening. If someone doesn't have a weapon and you have a gun, why would you need to call for help. They say Zimmerman called for help but in all actuality it was the teen who called for help. #racialprofiling (now another innocent life is lost)

    March 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JOSE0311USMC

      stop saying that kid......he was 17–18 years old..6–feet 3 inches tall.....Zimmerman was 5-2.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessie J

      Why don't all the blacks shut up and read the other story on CNN about BLACK Trevor Dualy killing WHITE David James in front of his 4 year old daughter for no reason, in Florida for no f__cking reason? And SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pat

    The Officers told Zimmerman to cease the chase yet he decided to continue only to shoot an unarmed teen. Self defense has no play here, nor does standing your ground when Zimmerman should have let the properly trained authority handle what was truly not a situation until Zimmerman created it.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rosalind

      Agree.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kerry

    Please people. Stop blaming the media for portraying Zimmerman as a criminal. The facts from 911 tapes, the two women, and the testimony from the girlfriend give the world a reasonably accurate picture of what really happened. CNN hasn't left out facts or exaggerated facts. If the story seems one-sided, if the media seems to be siding with Trayvon it's not because of media bias. It's because Zimmerman was wrong on multiple levels. If Zimmerman didn't want to face the wrath of the court of Public Opinion he shouldn't have fired the fatal shot.

    March 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dean

    I live in a state that has a "right to defend" law similar to FL's. I am also a gun-owner. However, I do not think my state's law would protect Mr. Zimmerman. I think that the act of running after Trayvon would be perceived as an aggresive act. I think if you go looking for a fight, the self defense claim gets thrown out the window.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lindel

      I agree with you 1,000 percent, self-defense ran when Zimmerman chased him down!!

      March 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      POLICE CHASE BLACK KIDS WHEN THEY RUN, WHAT IS THE DIFF HERE ?? YOU SEE IT ON POLICE STORIES ALL THE TIMES...POLICE NEVER STOP A CHASE BECAUSE A KID RUNS....ZIMMERMAN WANTED TO ASK MARTIN WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE , THE MARTIN TOOK OFF RUNNING.. A MISTAKE.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      ZIMMERMAN WANTED TO ASK MARTIN , WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE ? IF MARTIN STOPPED AND SAID I LIVE DOWN THE STREET? NO PROBLEMS..NO SHOOTING.....BUT MARTIN TOOK OFF RUNNING LIKE HE HAD SOMETHING TO HIDE....KEEP IN MIND 4 HOMES WERE BROKEN IN IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD BY 4 BLACKS 4 WEEKS PRIOR.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosalind

      I agree 100%
      Additionally, people do not even have to answer police questions. They have a right to remain silent. Trayvon could have just ignored him and kept walking and Mr. Zimmerman should have just followed as instructed by authorities who are TRAINED to handle these situations, although this has been revealed as no situation at all.
      This is why non-law enforcement individuals should NOT carry arms in Neighborhood "Watch" (not Neighborhood Shoot) programs.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lindel

    Zimmerman admitted, but not arrested, Sanford police Department, you all were trained better than that i hope. Let's look at the picture. Zimmerman and Martin, Zimmerman could have over powered Martin any time. Grass on his back, his back is wet, when you arrived on the scene, Zimmerman is walking around. Zimmerman laid on the ground and got the grass on his back and wet, walked around , cause his was scared, he knew he had wrongfully shot this child. You all searched for a weapons, on Martin, nothing found, but a bag of skiddles. Zimmerman stated he was defending himself. Did you all ask Zimmerman this, DID YOU SEE A WEAPON, IF SO WHERE IS IT!!! You placed him in handcuffs, placed him in the back of the police unit, Good. But you dummies release him and let him go free, as if to say to him(Zimmerman), WAY TO GO, JUST ANOTHER ON DID, YOU SAID THEY ALWAYS GET AWAY, BUT YOU STOPPED THIS ONE !!!! You gave him high fives and later took him out to dinner, had a few beers and laughed about!!!!!
    Everybody is saying it is not a race card, you all are blind!!!! Put this picture the other way, black security guard shots a white 17 year old child, cause he looked strange. The black man would be in JAIL!!!! Racism DO STILL LIVE ON, you don't know that, until you walk in our shoes, everyday. I am not ashame to say this,but it has happen to me. Have a cop ever stop you, for a traffic violation and asked you this," Is there anything in the vehicle, that is illegal, guns, knife, dead bodies or drugs, before i write you this ticket!!! To be honest no you have not, we face this kind of mess, everyday and what will you call that, if it not racism!!! i know how they do it and i have not only been on that side, but the other side aswell. I was a police officer and have been on traffic stop( black and white), black asked that question and the whites were not asked it. I asked why was it like that and was told by my high raking officers this," JUst to search the car for drugs!"" It is never about the traffic issues, thay think every black person deals drug or commits crimes.
    There are some good black and white people out here, but the bad ones make it harder for us to see the good, cause they out wiegh us( 20 to 1).

    March 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lindel

      I no longer a police officer, cause of thing like that, but i am MAN with a Heart, for what is right and they are wrong in this. WE just ned to start loving each other and stop hating each other. we all got to live together, so why can't we love each other! We came from the same place, Adam and eve, think about!
      Love you all!!! regardless of how you feel about me, i still love you!!! I got ;love my eneimes, in order to go to heaven!!!

      March 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jennifer

    My daughter lives in FL in a gated community and you can't get in unless you know the passcode. If you don't have the passcode you have to press a button and let them know who you are there to see.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. sahil

    it is fact that there was fight between watchman and victim no need to fight with army man ,officer,security guard or whosoever doing kind of job one mistake from victim created other big mistake there is no hate crime or intention just moment of heat !

    March 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • gilbert

      it either you are racist or you are outright dumb excuse my language who are you to conclude there was a fight and were you there. Get your facts right just because he is black does not mean he is confrantational, blacks are human beings too my friend no need to be trigger happy just because there is a black in town.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rosalind

      I disagree, the victim made no mistake. Law enforcement told Zimmerman to stand down. If he thought this was a robber, as long as he was watching him, he couldn't steal anything and the police where on the way. Mr. Zimmerman made the mistake and someone is dead as a result.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yeah Right

    Stupid, Stupid, Stupid. Arrest the a s s hole already.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jessie J

      He got killed. Too late.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    In Florida it is now okay to protect the murderer. Zimmerman is a cold blooded killer who hunted and tracked down his prey even though he was told to stop by the operator on the phone under the disguise of a neighbor watch employee.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. John

    The kid had a right to stand his ground. Unfortunately he was too busy trying to run away from the crazed gunman who finally caught up to him and murdered him under the disguise of self defense...

    March 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. CH

    We presently live in a society where race matters, and it has always mattered.. History has shown us that if you were black you were less than, and subject to being treated inhumanely in this great nation of ours. It saddens me to see that in 2012, very little has changed. Trayvon is a Martyr in my eyes, and he gave his young life for the world to wake up, and see what is currently going on in this country. I have a young brother almost the same age as Trayvon, and when I look into his eyes its hard to hold back the tears, because I know for a fact that could have been him. I think that Mr. Zimmerman's intent and the actions that followed speak volumes in regards to why Trayvon's precious life was stolen away on that February evening. I keep seeing the question of WHY is it all about race? Its because for 100's of years black men and women have been beaten, killed, hanged, and treated less than human beings.. And the fact stil remains that this is going on till this day. There is no excuse for Trayvon to not be with us right now.. There is no cause for debate on whether or not this was a crime. In this great nation, race will always remain a factor until African-Americans are treated EQUALLY. If it were a white young man walking in Mr. Zimmerman's neighborhood he would have probably let that young man go on his way freely. In my heart, I believe that he should have used the same judgement in Trayvon's case. My only prayer is that instead of dividing an already racially divided country that it will shed some light on the morals and ethics of those in this country who use hate as a vehicle to express their disdain for the African American race. My prayers go up for both the Martin and Zimmerman familes, and furthermore for this great nation that I entrust my faith and tax dollars too. May justice be served.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. JoshNY

    I read three different reports about this situation, and now that I actually have read the 911 calls and the words from the girl that Martin was on the phone with, I can CLEARLY see what happened:
    1) Martin is walking through the neighborhood to his soon-to-be step mom's house, which he has probably done 1,000 times. He was not a stranger to this neighborhood, and had a legitimate reason to be there.
    2) Trigger-happy neighborhood guy who thinks he's a cop sees him and doesn't want any black kids in his neighborhood.
    3) Zimmerman follows the kid, despite the 911 operator saying "we don't need you to do that."
    4) The kid is on the phone with his girlfriend and he notices this lunatic following him in a threatening manner.
    5) Zimmerman probably said "Hey what the F are you doing over there" and Martin probably said "Whatever the F I want to, so get the F away from me old man". Martin started walking really fast to get the heck away from Zimmerman, who he clearly sees is NOT a friendly guy.
    6) Zimmerman catches up with Martin and gets close enough to initiate a fist fight.
    7) Martin gets some punches in, as evidenced by Zimmerman's bloody nose and the wet grass on his back from a struggle.
    8) Zimmerman gets one good shot off at an unarmed kid at point blank range. He only needed to fire ONE shot, THATS how close he was to Martin, who OBVIOUSLY had surrendered or tried to run away at that point.

    The poor kid was found face-down, meaning he was probably shot IN THE BACK and fell forward as he was trying to get away from this nut job. ZIMMERMAN MUST GO TO JAIL FOREVER FOR THIS !! Unbelievable.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Founding Father

    Every teenager that puts up the hoodie and puts the hand in the waste band knows that those actions are hallmarks of gang movements or actions. In saying that, I in no way shape or form am condoning the actions of Mr. Zimmerman. I can see the young mans' actions as being interpreted as threatening. Perhaps if Zimmerman had identifying logos on his vehicle, The young man would have reacted differently and they would have established mutual identification of each other; quite possibly producing a peaceful resolution. It is not a matter of race. I too live in Florida. My house has been robbed, and I have been physically threatened both by white and black teens. The letter of the law was followed by all accounts. The Sanford police did not write zimmerman off-they forwarded the case to the State's Attorneys Office. I am sure they will find him the aggressor in time, and he will be arrested. The moment he began to pursue that young man, he stepped over the boundries of "The stand your ground" law. I am a two -time serving military veteran, and have stood in the ranks with all races. This was tragic enough already; I hope the media finds a way to remove the race issue, and focus on the prosecution, and justice for that young man and his family. And to our youth, please put the hoodies down, and keep your hand out of your waste band- you will never benefit from it.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Ivan

    THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A GUN IS IN THE HANDS OF A BLOODY FOOL RACIST.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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