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."


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."


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.


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."


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."


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."


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?"


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."


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."


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 ..."


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."


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. tyou45

    A change is coming

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

      tyou45 - what kind of change? Please elaborate.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HEY

    On the 911 recording you can hear the 17 year old sceams for "help" and then you hear the gun shot is very heart wrenching. I have kids and to hear that wow very disturbing. How can anyone shoot some body once you hear them sceaming for thier life!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Because you got it wrong. Read the end of the article. The person yelling help was Zimmerman. Now a month after the incident the father is saying it was his son yelling help. I think it is better to go with the factual information at the time of the incident than to go by emotional family members who have no clue what actually transpired, weeks later.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Zimmerman was yelling for help, not the kid who apparently was fighting with Zimmerman.

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

      Its Zimmerman who was calling for help not the boy. Read the article.

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

      Steve, JT and other idiotic posters: Zimmerman was not yelling for help. He merely claimed he was to the police. The voice heard on the calls were clearly that of a young teen. Listen to Zimmerman's voice on his call to 911 and then listen to the voice yelling for help on the other 911 calls. Not the same.

      March 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carla Vazq

    Take Zimmerman to Three Points, Arizona. Tie him to a cactus and drip honey over his head and let the ants eat his F'n brains out through his ears...Or put him in a car, add a gallon of $4.00 gas and burn bake him. Oh, and he also needs company when he dies...put the Chief of Police out there with him. Watch them both die...

    March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobD

      Wow! Carla Vazq really knows how to hurt a guy...but good idea Carla! Don't waste court on this guy. F'n kill him on the next full moon.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tilmeismoney

    This is a new one on me shooter using a bag of skittles? This will be named the skittles killing.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. steve

    send this racist to jail!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeShawn

      steve - can't do that, because the racist was shot and killed in this incident.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    If the races would have been reversed, this wouldn't even have made the news. Now they are saying the FBI is going to get involved and it may be a hate crime!! How about when the roving gangs of thugs attack whites, just because they are white and then they say that they don't have enough evidence to consider it a hate crime? If this white guy is guilty of a hate crime, then make the punishment fit the crime. Convict him if guilty, however, in the future let's level the playing field. Attack a white person and give the minorities the same punishment. Make the punishment fit the crime!!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Brownstone

      The best thing that happened is that Obama became president, NO MORE EXCUSES

      March 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • prads

      if the race was reversed the shooter would have been charged with Murder and would be in prison now!!

      March 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Martin wasn't a thug. Just an innocent teenager.

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

      Mike, you are just not making any sense. Come out of your basement and don't worry about the "roving gangs of thugs." It's all okay up here. First, Zimmerman is not a cop. A cop could have assessed that kid in five minutes and not even gotten out of his car. Zimmerman is just a guy, probably not unlike yourself, who has a gun and is a LOT paranoid. He has no right to question anyone about what they are doing or follow anyone and he has no right to shoot anyone. The best weapon we all have on us is our brain and we should be using them. How can you say this is not a hate crime; Zimmerman called 911 forty-six times (46!!!) to report black males in "his" neighborhood. I guess you're not allowed to be black in Sanford,except since I live about twenty minutes from there, I can tell you most people who live in Sanford are black!!
      I hope this family does not give up. If it were my kid, I would pursue George Zimmerman all the way to h*ll if I had to.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpw2012

      Well said.

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

      you're half right, if the shooter had been black he would have been charged on the spot for shooting a white unarmed teen.

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

      Yep – you got that right. If the roles were reversed – no story. White v white, brown v brown, black v black, or even black shoots white – NO STORY! I dont know if this was a justified shooting or not. But it sure is sad how so many people ignore the facts and the police report and make their own judgement based on emotion. Its sad when anyone is senselessly killed – but its almost as bad when RACE is the deciding factor over FACTS! You are right, level the playing field for sure!

      March 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ...

      you have got to be kidding me.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. B

      I have to agree with this. If the roles were reversed, that black man would have been in jail already! No doubt about it. So there wouldnt have been much of a story!!! Point blank.. Justice isnt the same for races, despite what you think.. If that were the case, we wouldnt be flling up the jails. (and its not because we commit more crimes, so please dont say that! ) You want to point out gangs and what not, blacks or minorities arent the only ones that belong to gangs. Whites have their gangs, KKK, skin heads and whatever else they participate in.. they are just as guilty of murders, hate crimes and everything. This man is guilty of murder, whether you want to admit it or not. Just imagine if this were your son.. Put your child, your own family member in this situation and tell me you would still feel the same?

      March 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rocksor

    So Zimmerman attacks the kid, the kid fights back, and ZImmerman shoots the kid.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • h

      Since when is walking a crime. This poor child had a can of tea and a bag of skittles. He was not committing a crime. He was followed assaulted and murdered by an ignorant hateful racist piece of trash. He was not armed. He had no need to follow him at all. If he was concerned he shoulf have waited for the police. He was defeding the neighborhood from what exactly. Let him go to prison where there are dangerous people and see how long he lats there.

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

      Beautiful couple and great secens! The bikes were such a good touch. And man am I envious of his shirt black, white, and red shirt. That thing is awesome!

      April 22, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    So I have been reading that this kid was a troublemaker – suspended from school with a criminal background. I'll bet Zimmerman approached the kid with his gun drawn, and the kid fought back and ended up getting shot. Instead of obeying commands, he probably tried to fight the gun away from Zimmerman. I'm not saying it's right, but you need to consider the whole picture, because none of you know really what happened. And to accuse the police of a cover up? Based on what? Zimmerman was handcuffed and questioned. He had a bloody nose and head. A fight happened. Stop trying to accuse the cops! their job is to simply investigate the scene objectively, not to be a lynch mob like everyone else on this board.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • San

      You do realize that the man with the gun was FOLLOWING the child and was told not to by the police dispatcher? And that if he approached him with a gun for doing nothing other than walking around that he disobeyed the police and frightened a person while he was armed? You don't see the sickness in this?

      March 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      No Bob – you've read wrong. The child was not the troublemaker. The shooter had been arrested in the past and had a history of unprovoked violence. This was murder, plain and simple. It was handled poorly by the police. Don't propogate lies against an innocent child who was actually known for being a good student and a good kid. Those of you that don't see that this is a racially motivated murder are fools.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.W

      Wow, I love how you racist try to blame the African American victim. You are the worst kind of idiot

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

      You're an idiot! Funny how NOBODY else has come across those comments! What I read was that the boys teachers had nothing but good to say about him! And once again, Zimmerman IS NOT a police officer! So there is NOTHING that seperates him from somebody that might've been trying to rob this child by pulling a gun. He had NO authority to randomly pull his gun on somebody. I also have a license to carry a weapon but that license doesn't give me the right to put my piece in the face of YOUR daughter, son, mother, father, sister, or brother just because I don't like the color of their skin. Let's be honest about this situation!

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

      Who cares what the boy's background was! He now deserves to be shot because of his background? Apparently you don't know the facts either. What "commands" did Trayvon have to follow from that maniac, racist, ignorant Zimmerman? I command you to not post stupidity on the is site. Are you going to follow? You want a fact, okay here goes: being young, Black, and male is still a lethal combination that obviously gets you shot in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Get over yourself real quick.

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

      You have been reading wrong. The boy had never been in trouble of any kind. The "neighborhood watch" gun toter, was not neighborhood watch at all. And, he was told to not to follow the boy.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.W

      You are a complete fool!

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

      Oh, you've been reading huh? Prove your source that this kid was a troublemaker.

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

      The thug Zimmerman did the lynching.

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

      If a man carrying a gun chases me and then points it at me, I'd fight back too. This man is not a police officer.

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

      Hello Mr. Bob. I don't know what articles you have been reading BUT this kid makes good grades in school & DOES NOT have a criminal history. This young man was into sports, community activities & he comes from a good family. NONE OF US knows the truth & it will be revealed. I have strong feeling Mr. Zimmerman will tell the truth of his wrongful actions. How about you read how Mr. Zimmerman has attacked police officers in his past. Mr. Zimmerman IS the one w/ the criminal history!

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

      were you there? If not then you fictional account if just that, an assumption, and we know what it mean to assume

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

      On what planet do you have to obey a random nutcase who approaches you with a gun? Zimmerman was not a cop, or even a "real" watchmen (as in, a member of any of the relevant organizations). There was no good reason for the kid to cooperate with him. In fact, in Florida, the kid would've been allowed to shoot Zimmerman immediately...if he'd had a gun.

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

      He was not an officer and had not right to question anyone. Once he called 911 and they told him not to follow the young man, that is exactly what he should have done. But did he do that, no he followed the boy.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. B

      And just why did a young black man, walking down the street to his own parents house have to OBEY any commands? Zimmerman was NOT a cop! so therefore he had no right to be making any demands of anyone! And please stop trying to make Mr. Martin the villain here! You people always try to find ways to justify your wrongs! If he did have a criminal background or had been suspended from school, that did NOT give Zimmerman the right to act as a vigilante. What about the fact that Zimmerman too had been arrested in his past?? So he also has a criminal background if that is the case. But you dont wan to talk about that though.. Every piece of evidence points tot the fact that Trayvon, in this situation, was an innocent victim, walking down the street when he was accosted by this want to be rent a cop. No, I wasnt there, you werent there, but it doesnt take a genius to see what really happened here. Now I bet if this were your son, you wouldnt be trying to rationalize this story to fit against your son!!

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

      San – 911 dispatchers are not police and you are in NO WAY legally bound to obey them or their suggestions – AT ALL. Learn the laws before you jump to conclusions.

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

      What gives Zimmerman the right to approach him with a gun drawn? Neighborhood watch? He isn't a police officer- just some guy- how would the kid know he wasn't going to shoot him? Bob- If someone approached you on the street with a gun drawn and didn't announce they were police what would you think their intentions were? If the kid had initiated the attack on Zimmerman it would be different, but he didn't. Zimmerman ran him down so the kid- acting in self-defense- fought him and started to win so Zimmerman shot him.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • NEARO

      I was just wondering after reading Bob and and the real sick one named Steve is Zimmerman your father or a relative of yours. is your comprehensive level that low? all I know is the world is really seeing how corrupt and evil some people can be i don't care if you are white/black of latino. this case is just plain common sense. this man is 200+ pounds and you are going to tell me he is scared of a 140 pound person. come on. he has a gun and he is running behind trevon and he is the one scared. come on! this is one time i wished he had a gun to protect himself from sick people like bob/steve & zimmerman.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Zimmerman is no cop,and has no legal authority to give commands to a citizen walking. Regardless if the kid fought back, Zimmerman approached the kid not the other way around. You cant claim self defense when your the aggressor and police dispatch tells you not to approach him. Forget about race, this is just wrong period no matter the race of anyone.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • silentblue

      Yeah he probable did fight with this man.... I would fight back! How the hell would this kid know he wasn't trying to kidnap him the police need to do there damn job they are just being lazy and did not want to investigate

      March 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • h

      The point is the kid was not commiting a crime he was walking down the street. The guy was not a police officer and no right to follow detain and certainly not shoot him. The kid did not have to obey orders from this guy. How any one can possibly justify this guy's behavior.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      well bob. if it's that simple then what's the hold-up.
      three weeks after the fact and the shooter is free,
      there is no court date, and the family has no closure.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giampaolo

      Hey Bob,
      George Zimmerman is not a cop. Trayvon was not on Zimmerman's property. Trayvon did not have any reason to follow his commands. If I show up in a white van, offer you some candy, waive a gun at you and tell you to get inside, will you stick to this principle of yours and follow my commands?
      You sir, are an idiot.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbrain

      @BoB how bout you follow commands and smack yourself for making stupid comments !!\

      March 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • YourAndIdiot

      Sherlock, you are the only person in the world, who can't comprehend what information that has been given about this killing. THE guy Zimmerman was not an officer, HE should have stayed his butt in the car and not get out! you are writing your response like the kid deserved it? and the cops are cool for letting him walk....u make me sick really.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Justice

    A hoodie in the rain....Let me see, I prolly would put my hoodie on too if I get caught in the rain...! Justice always comes back around, one way or another....Trust that!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Siddabathula

      Hello Mr.Zimmerman and my classmates! Today I had an swoaeme day. I loved meeting my new and old friends! Playing and chatting with my friends always makes me happy and excited. I TOTALLY enjoyed the string game (escape from window) today! I hope we can all show team work and escape the window together . GO MR.ZIMMERMAN CLASS!!!!!!See ya!-Jenny- (1st one to do the assignment!)

      April 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Granger

    This is tragic...absolutely tragic. What's also tragic is the thousands of times black youths wearing hoodies are robbing and killing innocent whites.....but, that doesn't get the media coverage this case has. If the shooter was black, and the kid white, the media would have left it long ago. Too bad the media is exploiting the young kid's death to further a liberal cause.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claude

      Probably because the black guy would have been jailed right away. No need for media coverage in that scenario

      March 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr bip

      So in your fantasy world a neighborhood exists where a black man chases down a white kid and murders him in cold blood and nothing happens? Right.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • h

      African-Americans are actually far more often the victims of crime.

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

      So true! YOU are the victim here Granger! Poor you! The media is out to get you!
      Quick go get your tin foil hat before their micro-waves make you start caring about the murder of an innocent boy without legal ramifications for his killer.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbrain

      @granger so are you saying this situation doesnt deserve media attention?

      March 20, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. infonomics

    "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."

    Very important considerations !!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Facts don't matter when the Race Card is being played....

      March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Facts don't matter when the Race Card is being played....

      March 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      The only thing that THIS shows is that they actually did get in a fight. Let me ask you, if you were being followed and ran down in the dark and rain are you not going to fight back? At that point survival instincts kick in. This proves NOTHING except that Zimmerman was doing what he was NOT supposed to be doing and that's following this CHILD! I teach my 6 year old to fight back if somebody starts a fight with him. I would've fought back! And I'm sure you would've too!

      March 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • N. B

      These are in NO way important considerations.. here is the reason why.... Martin was minding his OWN business, walking down a street.. he was FOLLOWED by Zimmerman, and CHASED down!!! So he has a wet back and grass stains on his back.. so youre telling me if some crazy man was chasing you down you wouldnt try to defend yourself? If you can honestly answer that you wouldnt defend yourself, youre completely delusional!! IF Martin did fight back, he had EVERY right to do so. he was UNARMED.. He is the victim here.. HE DIDNT DESERVED to die. And your comments dont deserve any further attention!!

      March 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BMJK

    Guy murders a 17 year old kid in a crowded Florida neighborhood and doesn't get charged. Surprise, surprise, it's a white male murdering a black child. This guy needs to go to jail or else. Who the hell was in charge of this investigation?

    March 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      yeah, that is a surprise....usually it's a black robbing and killing the white people....check out the demographic statistics of the inmate population of ANY prison in the nation before making such uneducated comments.

      March 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeShawn

      Or else what?

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

    I feel so bad for that kids family.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jim

    Zimmerman ain't white.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeShawn

      Jim - that is correct: Zimmerman is Hispanic (but don't tell anyone because only Whites can commit "hate" crimes).

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

      @ i see what you guys are saying the fact still remains mexican asain or purple an innocent child was murdered in cold blood!!

      March 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. vahellbilly

    I bet George Zimmerman's real name is something more like Jorge Zapata...

    March 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
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