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. godfrey

    Watch Hard Core PAWN in Detroit and that will show what is happening to our country. Wake up dumb people that voted him in. This country is shot........

    March 25, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. godfrey

    What about racism against WHITES, watch HARD CORD PAWN and you will see the trash in Detroit. USA is becoming another Africa.

    March 25, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • abson09

      stupid ua is europeans either. Go to school and try educate yourself idiot.

      March 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larrold of Schlomo

      I know that's where I get my news, fake shows made to look like reality programs. Haven't cracked a book in years, not since Jersey Shore came on.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • T-Bone

      If this were another africa I could make your sister my bride. Hand her over chump.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. godfrey

    "Just an observation here: Three days after an obviously deranged member of the US military goes on a shooting rampage killing more than a dozen innocent people, there are calls at the highest level - Petraeus, Panetta - to try this guy speedily and execute him. Three days after this incident in Kabul. Three years after the shooting at Fort Hood by Major Nadal Hasan during which he shouted,

    March 25, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. godfrey

    If he was WHITE no one would be saying or doing anything. WHITEs are the minority now.

    March 25, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Larrold of Schlomo

      Whites are a minority now, is that what you said? I mean Really?!! How do people like you survive? So abviously stupid you must constantly put your life in danger, things like wearing a Hoodie, or carrying an iced tea, or walking off a cliff. Oh, dear God, who can help America?

      March 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jack

    yeah right, you've got a 9mm and you're yelling for help? Why? Zimmerman knows people heard the kid screaming so he had to claim it was himself pleading for help. This guy is a liar and a murderer.

    March 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dee

    I am praying that justice will be done...... God help Zimmerman. He is a cold-blooded KILLER.

    March 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Cold Blooded, i don't think so, but from what i read of those call transcripts, the guy has a severe issue with being the good guy and hero. He clearly wanted an event like this to happen. 'Oooh Booy a guy in a hoody walking around at night, here's my chance to be a hero!!!'. His carelessness cost the life of a kid.

      I hope he realises the magnitude of his mistake.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The level of idiocy by the majority on here is truly and utterly amazing. All you have to do is read these transcripts. You will see that this is not a cold blooded murder. If you were being attacked and you had a weapon you would use it also. God help all of you for crying for the lynching of a man before his day in court. Your no better than the klan. When they did the same to the poor souls they murdered.
      Zimmerman should have let the police handle the situation. Once that situation escalated to the level it did, it sounds like both had a role in that. Trayvon should not have been killed and something should change with that law but as it stands now Zimmerman is protected by that law. If the roles were reversed and Trayvon would be at home and Zimmerman dead. The law would protect Zimmerman and this wouldn't be such a national outcry. If Zimmerman is such a cold blood racist, why are all his black friends standing up on his behalf. You people need to get some education and think for yourselves once in a while.

      March 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dee

    Zimmerman will be ARRESTED within the next couple of days. He will be questioned by the JUSTICE DEPT. and I hope
    he is ready to tell the TRUTH....... because the TRUTH sets you FREE..........................................

    March 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Doug

    Lets just all jump on the bashing bandwagon why don't we? You are all misled and are allowing yourselves to be misled. Read the story, all of it. Doesn't seem so "clear" cut that zimmerman was in the wrong.
    All of you are being led by anger and misinformation by the types who are leading you that way.
    Your stupid for making these comments and probably lead the rest of your life that way.

    If the investigators determine that he killed him out of hate/anger, then he should be punished accordingly.

    But what you people have done is judged him before he even got a fair chance. Your the lemmings that the politicians and civil rights leaders feed off of.

    Myheart goes out to the kid. He shouldn't be dead and I will pray for him. But it is possible that he initiated this exchange. Just look at the hate crime statistics and then see if you feel the same way. Most are committed against white's these days.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larrold of Schlomo

      Why not just shut up, Doug, seriously, muzzle it you Moron.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • concerned

      I disagree......when a trained cop shots someone they immediately place them on leave to investigate and in most cases their shooting are justified so why is Zimmerman still walking around.....Yeah he may be innocent until proven guilty but there needs to be some form of charges filed because he went against police orders All of this could have been avoided had Zimmerman stayed in his car and not confront, he would not have had a bloody nose or bloody head had he not confronted, Trayvon would be alive had Zimmerman stayed in his car and not confronted, Zimmermans house wasnt being burglarized so he should not have fired and if Trayvon meant him any harm he would have plenty of time to attack Zimmerman prior to him getting out of the car since his 911 call says he was coming towards him....AND if Zimmerman had just drove off none of it would have happened.....Zimmerman even said something stupid on the 911 call about not giving out his address to the dispatcher....what???? why not????did he think Trayvon would over hear him give it out and come to his house? Doesnt sound right to me....sounds like he didnt want them to get to where he was right away. So where is the call to Zimmermans phone since he told the dispatcher to have the cops call him when they arrived? Since he said he needed help and no one would come had he gave his true location then they would have helped him and and all i can say about his injuries is what when you approach a scared person that adrenalin gave Trayvon the strength to defend himself from someone stalking him at the time and for all he knew he may have thought he was being targeted and decided to defend himself but unfortunately fists and head bashing just is no match for a bullet. I hope forensics will paint the true story of how Zimmerman was able to pull his gun rather than fight to get Trayvon off him since he says he needed help....Seems to me Zimmerman should have been trying to get Trayvon off him or shielding his head because if Trayvon was a real danger he too would have had a gun and FACT IS HE DID NOT. Moral of story.....none of this would have happened if Zimmerman had followed orders and that alone means he should be arrested for negligence or some other law im sure he broke which some lawyer will point out....He may not get a murder or manslaughter charge but he will see his day in court and the civil suits will break him because he shot and unarmed boy regardless and killed him. Im waiting for someone to post the nose bleed and head trauma photos of Zimmerman but still will only tell us that he was getting his tail kicked by a teenager and needs to find another line of volunteer work.

      March 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • joemash

      Well Doug, you can see what you say is true just with Larrod of Schlomo reply! Facts, valid empirical statistics, read the various cities newspapers (Chk out daily, its imploding with crime) and just look around, but most people don't 'see' the truth. With unemployment so high and never really coming down, danger lurks in the near future. A long Hot Summer!? Reader's have mentioned the MANY Black on White torture murders that get scant news except locally, certainly without the media fanfare. No Jessie or Al to be seen protesting these crimes. I lost all hope long ago when very few Americans complained about government police forces shooting and killing Americans over pot! They didn't thirty years ago and still don't! Young or old, didn't matter. Amazing. We surely have gone crazy when we 'rise-up' over one and ignore the many. Albeit this 'one', I sense a smoldering fire about to erupt in the cities this summer.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Shay St.Fleur

      you clearly have a one-tracked mind. Listen to the calls again....he followed Trayvon to confront him, than he's heard screaming for help on the 911 calls made by the neighbor's. Really!, Really? all of this information speaks for itself, a eyewitness can confirm it, but you ain't don't dumb.

      March 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Doug, Do you have children? No, it may not be clear cut, but have you read what the dispatcher said to this man after he asked if he should follow? The dispatcher said no don't do that sir. So here is my question why are you out I the street with a 9 mm and why would you pursue someone after you are told not too? I have a seventeen year old and he wears a hoodie soooo......that gives someone the right to follow him then shoot him? Maybe try an did hit this Zimmerman but, if he was being followed maybe he was scared and just trying to get away. I think you are the one we should feel sorry for.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick

    The Zimmerman call has an audible click in it where he's loading his pistol with a magazine, and then concludes the call with the police officer to chase trayvon.

    This flys in the face of Zimmerman's testimony that he was attacked as he stepped out of the car, the fight occurred in a backyard some distance away from his truck.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bn

    Sounds Likd Self Defense! Why is the media trying to convict him?

    March 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shay St.Fleur

      you're joking right????

      March 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shay St.Fleur

    this story has been the highlight in almost every family home. My best friend in Germany is outraged! Every day it seems there is some new information about this case. I didn't realize that that child was screaming for help prior to gunshots ringing out. I am "P-ed off" with anger and frustration because this 15 year old was coming from a store minding his own business, Zimmerman, does what we all are aware of, but it hits me after actually listening to the 911 calls on the video clip from Anderson Cooper..that Trayvon was crying for help because Zimmerman was clearly doing something to him. I believe he attacked Trayvon and in return Trayvon was defending himself. That explains the moron's bloody nose and bruised back. Zimmerman took the opportunity to pull his gun out, maybe because a 15 year child was beating his rear,lol. He shoots the boy,which, unless you are hearing impaired, we all heard on the 911 call. But Zimmerman, Mr. "Head of Neighborhood Watch, Zimmerman, was defending himself. How can you sleep at night knowing what trayvon, yourself, god, and the whole world knows. You started the altercation, that's not self-defense. Furthermore, you lost yourself "self" defense when you told the police that YOU were following him and they told you it was not needed. These charges need to flow because we all know it would have turned out a little different had the tea bag been dropped into the cup of clear water....the color changes!!!!

    March 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shay St.Fleur

    this story has been the highlight in almost every family home. My best friend in Germany is outraged! Every day it seems
    there is some new information about this case. I didn't realize that that child was screaming for help prior to gunshots
    ringing out. I am "P-ed off" with anger and frustration because this 15 year old was coming from a store minding his
    own business, Zimmerman, does what we all are aware of, but it hits me after actually listening to the 911 calls on the
    video clip from Anderson Cooper..that Trayvon was crying for help because Zimmerman was clearly doing something
    to him. I believe he attacked Trayvon and in return Trayvon was defending himself. That explains the moron's bloody
    nose and bruised back. Zimmerman took the opportunity to pull his gun out, maybe because a 15 year child was beating
    his rear,lol, respectfully. He shoots the boy,which, unless you are hearing impaired, we all heard on the 911 call. But Mr."Head of Neighborhood Watch, Zimmerman, was defending himself. How can you sleep at night knowing what trayvon, yourself, god, and the whole world knows. You started the altercation, that's not self-defense. Furthermore, you lost your "self" defense when you told the police that YOU were following him and they told you it was not needed.These charges need to flow because we all know it would have turned out a little different had the tea bag been dropped into the cup of clear water....the color changes!!!!

    March 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ClutchMarine

    Why Florida v. Zimmerman Is Necessary......"Lynch mob?,,,whose lynch mob now!...seriously...,,,8 out of 10 violent crimes...according to the FBI..when interratial are perpetrated by blacks against whites...never national news...when will the race bating ever stop?...and Zimmerman is Latino...very sad the young man was shot.and to me he was God's son..I lost my teen age son I know the pain his father is going through now and my prayers are with him and his mother and family..But...race bating and saying "They killed my son" "they" did not kill your son...Zimmerman one else..collective and selective guilt..please read the following and try and keep some type of open mind...if Zimmerman is found guilty in a court of law...then he should face the toughest possible penalties...if it was self defense he should go free...and the young man was 6feet two ...and a football player...not the "
    thirteen year old" picture that the lamestream media is always posting...

    In the Roman Coliseum the crowd voted thumbs up, or thumbs down based on the performance they had just witnessed. Life or death depended on the fancy of a mob who had come out to view blood sport. I wonder how different we are today.

    There is no dispute of fact about what caused the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. He was shot to death by George Zimmerman. Whether the shooting was justified is what stirs passions. Virtual mobs were quick to form: Prosecute Zimmerman, we are told. This white man shot a black boy for the crime of "walking while black." The failure of Florida lawmen to act enrages, proving, as though further proof were necessary, that black boys are expendable in the South.

    It is a compelling narrative. But for the press of a hectic court schedule and illness, I might have joined the chorus. The color line remains a scar that separates and divides in the United States. There is no doubt about it.

    But I stumbled upon an opinion piece in a South Carolina newspaper that shocked me. The paper reports on a news release issued by the Sanford Police Department that relays the following, together with other facts under-reported in mainstream press accounts:

    1. An eyewitness told police that Martin was observed on the ground punching Zimmerman moments before the shooting. This is different that Gospel version circulating online, the narrative that has a young boy walking home, eating candy, when he is suddenly attacked by a white racist.

    2. The witness reports that Zimmerman was on the ground screaming and yelling for help. Apparently this was a moment in which Martin was not reaching into the package of Skittles for another treat.

    3. When police arrived, Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of his head and had grass stains on his back, facts consistent with the eyewitness account.

    4. When police played the 911 tape for Martin’s father, the father said the screaming voice was not that of his son.

    5. The shooter in this case, described as a white male, in fact appears to Latino/Mestizo.

    6. The neighborhood in which Martin was shot was ethnically and racially diverse, and not mostly white.

    7. Far from being a model student, Martin was on a five-day suspension from school for reasons unknown.

    8. Martin was not the scrawny, pre-teen displayed in a photo released to the press by his grieving family; he was a 6'2" football player.

    None of this justifies the shooting of this Trayvon Martin. It merely reframes the confrontation from one in which a racist vigilante went hunting for black boys to one in which a man may have overreacted in self-defense, or, and I am not prepared to say this, been justified in his use of force. The point is that witnesses report information that changes how one perceives what went down in Sanford.

    Florida’s permissive self-defense law imposes no duty to retreat when one is in one’s own home. A confrontation on the street is, however, different. Did Martin assault Zimmerman? If so, did Martin reasonably believe either that his life was in danger or that he was at immanent risk of serious physical injury? If so, was his use of deadly force reasonable given the events as he perceived them? These are the lawyerly questions that inform a legal analysis of this case.

    Our national love affair with firearms makes these sorts of cases inevitable. Our inability to have a meaningful discussion about race and the color line makes politicization of such cases inevitable as well. This case, much like the Casey Anthony case, should be resolved in the relative calm of a courtroom, and not on the Internet’s version of the coliseum, where flash mobs respond to those inclined to confirm what they already believe about events they have not witnessed.

    There are too many guns on the streets. Period. We will keep killing one another because it is easy and satisfying to do in some primeval way we care not to acknowledge. In the case of the Trayvon Martin homicide there are serious questions about what happened and why.

    There is no doubt that George Zimmerman killed Trayvon White. The only question is whether he was justified in doing so. That question should not be answered by opinion polls. It should be answered in a courtroom. That requires charging George Zimmerman with a crime, cloaking him in the presumption of innocence, and then testing the theory that has now become dogma on the streets: Zimmerman killed a young boy out for a stroll, minding his own business, merely eating candy. If that’s true, the crime is murder; if it is not true, the killing still might not be justified, a jury might conclude that the shooting was an overreaction.

    But let’s let a jury decide. Appealing to the crowd in the Coliseum for a verdict in this case makes no sense. None of us where there to witness what went down when Martin was killed. Let’s hear from the witnesses. If nothing else, this trial can indict firearms manufacturers for turning our streets into killing fields.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      You are right none of us were there but, Zimmerman put himself in that position. If you read the 911 transcripts he was told not to follow this person, and what did he do he followed anyway. This young man had no weapons and how do you know that he was not afraid for his life? I don't think race should be an issue but, that is the way we operate in this country every time happens. I don't care if this young man is black or that he was on suspension from school it does not condone using a weapon. As far as I am concerned he should not have had it with him period or left it in his vehicle or here is a novel thought he should have called 911 and let the police deal with it!!!!!!

      March 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • GearGrinder

      When will you marines learn to shut your traps.

      March 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Connie

    This is sad and unjustified. How could a murderer be on the streets to murder again. George Zimmerman father is a retired judge and his mother is a clerk in the justice system, of course he knows what lie to use. George Zimmerman is a killer that needs to be in jail.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Christoipha

    What right did he have to think that a black guy wearing a hoodie don't belong to walk the same sidewalks as him? Furthermore, he had the nerve to state that he called for help and no one helped him! People that deny the wrong Zimmerman has done is just like him!

    March 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
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