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 atĀ 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.Ā Ā 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 realĀ suspiciousĀ 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,Ā 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 hisĀ 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 theĀ 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. ... IĀ don'tĀ 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 girlĀ 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 yourĀ back-porchĀ 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: "IĀ don'tĀ 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 orĀ 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: "Iā€™m looking out my deck, and someone is screaming 'help,' and I donā€™t know. ā€¦ I heard a bang. Iā€™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. Thereā€™s a man coming out and people coming out with flashlights. Oh, my God. I donā€™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. Iā€™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 donā€™t know what is happening. Someone is laying on the ground."

Dispatcher: "Whatā€™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: "YouĀ don'tĀ 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. IĀ 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, IĀ 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 myĀ 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. Mark

    When are we going to put an end to racial profiling. If this was my child, there is no telling what I would do to this neighborhood watchman. Why is he not under arrest? We have a black President and they are still shooting down our black children in the street like dogs. This is crazy.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah34565

      It's a shame what happened to Tyrone Woodfork.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      in most cases they deserve it; just so happens this is not one of those situations.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johan Goetz

      "they"? You just racially profiled. Would you be surprised to learn the shooter was Hispanic.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Brown

      Here are some facts: 1. Police told this person not to follow this young man.
      2. He was in a truck, why did he stay in his vehicle
      3. The young man was shot.
      4. Based on the 911 calls, this individual is guilty of this homicide.
      4. Everyone calls this individual white, why. I guess it makes for a better story
      5. If you look at the shooter, he appears to be Hispanic

      March 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Brown

      Mark, can you explain who "they" are?

      March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Really?

    I truly hope that after the 911 tapes with the screams for help are analyzed, that the truth comes out. This over zealous fool with a gun should be put on trial, and convicted of murder. This story makes me sick to my stomach.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. frankbooth

    First of all, he isn't white... second of all stop whining and get jobs!! Stop living in the past, BIll Cosby moved forward and succeeded... so can you!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johan Goetz

      It's not their fault. CNN reported the guy was white in the initial frenzy to report this 'hate crime' & have not shown the suspects pic since. CNN is purposefully leading readers into thinking the suspect is white.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thegoodman

      Excellent point. Trayvon was trying to live a good life but instead he was murdered by an over zealous vigilante. Zimmerman is a murderer.

      If I am holding a gun, then pick a fight with a guy, then shoot him when he retaliates, how is that self defense? It is clear he pursued the kid and it is clear he started the trouble, and he also ended it by murdering Trayvon.

      P.S. I am a white guy.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MandoZink

      Bill Cosby? What ?!?! Who is living in the past here?

      March 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Intelligent Person

      You can be Hispanic and be White. His last name is Zimmerman. It doesn't matter what he is, what matters is what he was perceived to be by law enforcement. Read a book and learn something.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Brown

      From your post, I would guess you are a bit of a racist.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Folks are so funny...

      Wait a minute. BILL COSBY?

      Can someone please tell me....

      Oh, never mind.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Lynn, why was he not supposed to be armed?

      March 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    I am TIRED of reading stories like this. ABSOLUTELY TIRED OF IT! Guns kill people, PERIOD! This child would not be dead had we banned guns in this country. I hear a couple times a year about kids getting killed by guns and rarely if ever read stories about people saving lifes because of guns. They have ONE purpose and thats to kill. When is America going to wake the heck up and abolish the 2nd Amendment.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah34565

      Keep whining, not going to happen.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • onestarman

      Ironically if we FOLLOWED the 2nd amendment we would not have this problem. The 2nd amendment states: 'A Well REGULATED Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.' – WEAPONS – Muskets when this was Written – were for the 'National Guard'

      March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Yep. Guns kill people. That's why some of us own them legally. Because the bad guys get theirs illegally. You can take away my guns but the bad guys will still have theirs and they will use them to do bad things. If you think legal gun ownership isn't protecting innocents, you're deluded. This watchman may have made a serious error in judgment and may need to face charges, but ending legal gun ownership is not the solution to gun-related crime.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • gtalum06

      If guns were illegal, the only people who would be left unarmed are those who follow the rules. Law abiding citizens would be left with out access to firearms because those who are not concerned with the law will find a way to arm themselves. Abolishing the 2nd amendment does nothing but make it harder for law abiding citizens to protect themselves from morons who can't follow the law.

      Granted, this overzealous neighborhood watch guy seriously needs to spend some time behind bars. Not everyone who legally owns a firearm is as ignorant as that moron. However, I am not ready to give up my right as a law-abiding citizen to protect my home and my own life from those who threaten my safety.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • rb

      AND I AM TIRED OF COMMENTS LIKE THIS! TIRED OF IT! THAT'S RIGHT! Just because some people commit heinous crimes with guns doesn't mean that we should prevent all stable, respectable, law-abiding citizens in this country from owning them. It's not like criminals follow the law anyway, so they'll keep their guns, keep shooting people, start getting rich off of a black market in arms and grin from ear to ear knowing that every man, woman, child, home and car is defenseless against their evil plots and will be easy targets. If someone breaks into MY home and threatens me or my family, I have a right to defend myself and them and YOU don't get to tell me otherwise because you have an irrational fear of guns and think that broad sweeping legislation that strips me of my basic human rights will make you sleep better at night. I know that liberals think dependence on the government is the best way to live life, but I can tell you after Hurricane Ike when we had NO POWER, NO LANDLINE PHONE, NO CELL SIGNAL, TREE BLOCKED ROADS and OVERWHELMED POLICE AND EMS, even IF I wanted to put my life in the hands of the local authorities, I had no way to contact them and they had no way to reach me in time if someone broke in. That was the night my wife told me she was glad we had guns in the house and I knew how to use them. Make no mistake – this story is the definition of tragedy and my heart goes out to the victim's family and everyone who was hurt by this man's actions. To prevent this in the future, we need to fix what's broken with society. Britain banned guns and now the criminals stab their victims instead. Your method does not solve the problem – it just transforms it into a different problem and shifts it to a different group of people. Yes, guns kill people everyday – they also save lives everyday in the hands of ordinary citizens acting in a completely legal and reasonable manner. But of course, you only opine when it suits you. So does Bloomberg. So does the media. Welcome to Amerika.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. prads

    Granger, why is that so ? If your Kid was killed by someone when he was returning from the candy store would you want the killer to go unpunished!! Its not about race its about justice !!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. George

    Following someone ... then shooting them is not self defense nor is it "holding" your ground. You actively engaged in an attack .... this is not "holding your ground"

    March 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sarah34565

    To bad the Justice Department doesn't allow hate crimes charges to be filed against a minority.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUCerious!

    Zimmerman was in a CAR and felt threatened! Please!! put him in jail! Will not bring the young man back (heart wrenching!) but he should not be on the street if he so afraid that he is going to shoot kids in the dark!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scott

    How can Zimmerman say it's self defense if he CHASED AFTER THE KID??? That sounds more like offense than defense...

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. crowgan

    Unfortunately, with no apparant eye witnesses to the final confrontation, this Zimmerman guy is going to be able to make up any version (ie "I stopped, announced I was neighborhood watch, and he came after me"). The key witness is going to be the guy walking the dog, who saw the confrontation before the shot was fired.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Q

    Kid shoulda had his piece. This is America man. Shoot first, figure it out later.....

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    How many murderers call 911 prior to the shooting?

    All we know from the article is that Zimmerman followed the kid and probably chased him. Then they wrestled and Zimmerman shot the kid.

    Zimmerman used some bad judgment but the firing of the shot was likely in self defense. Otherwise he would have just shot the kid and never called 911.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • crowgan

      negligent homicide or manslaughter. not murder

      March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Common sense

      Sorry Bob...you can only claim self defense when you are imminent danger. Chasing after someone while armed who is half your size does not mean you can claim self-defense. It means the person YOU'RE CHASING can claim self-defense. Police told him to stand down, but he was the one who created the confrontation. You can't create the confrontation (while having a gun and a car in which to leave) and then say "self defense."

      Also legally self-defense can NEVER exceed the amount of force needed to end a confrontation, not beyond that. A 280lb man does not need a gun to end a confrontation with a 140lb boy without a weapon.

      Quit reaching.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Layla

    The dude Zimmerman needs to be put to death plain and simple. He shot an unarmed child trying to interpret the firearm law anyway he see fit, by racial profiling a young black boy as a criminal, and then attempt to use "the self defense" law to cover his tracks. He needs to be strapped to an electric chair and have his brains fried. I have sons, so my heart goes out to the victims family.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LYNN

      I have a 14 year old son and It could have been my son.... My heart is bleeding for this family and to know that your son's last words were HELP!!!!. Oh my God! This is MURDER plain and simple. He pursued him with the purpose of hurting him.... now Zimmerman looks stupid..He needs to be in jail right now

      March 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johan Goetz

    Thank goodness for ABC and Fox, they show the suspects picture who is obviously a Hispanic male. In the beginning CNNs articles called the suspect a white man, so they are obviously not showing his pic to save face. But truth will out CNN, truth will out.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RapidOne

      What's the difference if he's white or hispanic? It doesn't matter what race he is except he is a MURDERER and JUSTICE has been disgraced thus far. Racism comes in with people saying idiotic things here as well as reasonable people trying to guess WHY JUSTICE WAS ALMOST MISCARRIED COMPLETELY, if not for the public outrage expressed.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Zinga!

    The police should be able to do voice analysis on the 911 calls and identify who was yelling for help. Right now there are many unanswered questions. I wish people would stop making this a race thing and just focus on whether or not the case is being handled properly. Also, that police department should be investigated because they do Not sound like they did their job at all.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
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