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. Glen

    It's interesting to me that some people have commented that the kid should have stopped and given his name to Zimmerman. Where is it written that anytime a stranger approaches and asks for your name, you have to provide it. Zimmerman is not a law enforcement officer and had no right confronting the young man. That young man was minding his business and Zimmerman, an over zealous murderer, initiated the confrontation. Clear case of murder.

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

      Agreed. You can't just approach people and demand names. He was not law enforcement and he was harassing this young man.

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

      Why go to war with someone just because they ask for a name. Go to war with the police and you get hurt.

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

      So true. Do we tell our little ones "obey orders from strangers with guns." Or do we tell them "stranger danger!" and instruct them to run home.

      It is simply frightening the gymnastics the bigots go to to justify this killing. "you need to obey some freaky looking deadbeat stanger!" Since when has that been our policy?

      March 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • RU Kidding Me

      II couldn't have said it better myself!

      March 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Counter Punch

    Who calls 911 when you hear someone crying for HELP?

    Lady, get off your scared lazy fat ass and HELP.

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

      Would you get off your fat lazy ass and help if you heard gunshots after dark?

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

      Run out there to help a lunatic with a gun? He was an idiot for stalking an innocent stranger and I hope he goes to prison for a long time. If he wanted help, he should have waited for the police.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill

    This George Zimmerman has to be arrested..He did it because he hates blacks, thats it..Why is he carrying a gun anyway..He is just a neighborhood crime watch, which I don't understand either, because he has a record..He is not allowed to carry a gun, but he is the neighborhood crime watch person, why..I am hoping the Sanford Police arrest him before Thursday, because if they don't, and with that group coming in, I think there will be alot of trouble..I think the Sanford police better wake up and arrest this guy....

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatareyoutalkingabout?

      Do you know this guy? Or are you just being judgmental? You weren't there. Why do you assume he hates blacks? How do you know the kid wasn't beating him? Maybe Zimmerman is the bad guy, maybe not. Maybe we'll never know.

      He does have a right to carry a gun. Better check your facts. He had a license.

      It's so sad that a person died. You should be mourning for his family, not making spurious accusations with no basis in fact.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Probably drew that conclusion from THIS:
      Zimmerman: "These a**holes, they always get away. When you come in go straight to the left ... when you pass the clubhouse ..."

      Pretty telling.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      The family is to busy out starting a roit to contend to people who feel sorry for them!

      March 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    Very sad. This kid tried to walk away and this clown followed him, scared the kid, then shot him after the kid tried to defend himself.

    Oh, and Zimmerman is Hispanic. He still a racist, but he isn't white.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • no kidding

      Yes...because we all know that all whites are racists right? If the shooter was white this would also be classified as a hate crime but because he is hispanic it isn't. Explain that to me.

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

      Hispanic is not a race, it's (supposedly) an ethnic origin. But even this is not true. A German emigrant to Argentina suddenly ceases to be a European Caucasian and becomes "Hispanic." Please...

      March 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • RapidOne

      It can be equally a hate crime whether he's hispanic OR white nit-wit. Calm down, you are killing braincells with your irrational stress apparently.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Hispanics aren"t racsist! They don't know the difference! Blacks bring the race card in just as the leftist do!

      March 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mekkuzz

    Police advised Zimmerman to stay clear and he pursued with gun that responsible?
    Disobeying police advice alone, provides evidence of pre-meditation


    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I'm not defending Zimmerman, but disobeying an request from a 911 operator is not a crime nor is it punishable.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • RU Kidding Me

      Good Call! The only one who defended himself was T! Z was told not to follow him and he did! That..ladies and gents is what we call promoting intentional violence!

      March 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jpw2012

    Well, if African American inner city youth weren't thugs who prided themselves on acting gangsta maybe an incident like this wouldn't have happened.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheri

      What a horrible STUPID thing to say. You are ignorant and need a lesson in real life. Just because people live in a certain area or have a certain skin color doesn't mean they all act alike or that innocent people should have to pay for others mistakes. That is so ignorant! There are horrible people in all areas and all skin colors. I hope you grow up one day and quit adding to the evil in this world.

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

      What does that have to do with anything? A young boy deserves to die because it's a stereotype that all young black men are thugs and gangstas?

      March 20, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh

      No one wants to play with you. Go trolling somewhere else.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Folks are so funny...

      Here's a tip: don't go "full moron" before making a post that other folks might read.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexk

      This case highlights exactly how dangerous stereotypes can be. You obviously are too stupid to learn the lesson that is being taught here.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Does anyone watch crime shows anymore or does anyone notice what color those people are mostly! is it any wonder the family wants a roit instead of people mourning for them! Wake up people!

      March 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. betty

    the officers should have taken zimmerman to ad rug test or something.. its obvious theres also something wrong with the Sanford police. i want to believe it had something against blacks they showed uninterest with the case! they should arrest this Zimmerman. im not even sure if his shirt is really stained with grass cos martin was over him when they wrestled. could be he just rolled/ layed down on the grass after killing him. and how tall is Martin?? cos Zimmerman is bigger than him. and hes definitely lying. its Martin who's yelling for help. that Zimmerman wanted to be recognized as a HEro. they say he has this Heros syndromes and he's a cop wannabe. hes a frustrated police officer. he wont be a Hero for killing a 17 yr old black and unarmed boy! i hope u get arrested Zims!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      And I bet your black also huh Betty?

      March 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. antispin

    this is not a "Stand Your Ground" case. it is CLEAR that it was Zimmerman that initiated the confrontation by stalking Martin and then getting into an altercation with him. if anything, Martin had the right of self-defense from being stalked by a bigoted volunteer "security guard" looking to shoot someone.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mel

    In case you don't know, hispanics are part of the White race. I am Hispanic, I am a part of the white race. You my dear are referring to etnicity. Carry on...

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • kewx007

      So why is it when people say a white man killed Trayvon, they get corrected and someone says "no he was hispanic"? Just asking...........

      March 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • S1N

      Beacause they are under the mistaken impression that it actually matters.

      March 20, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      That's not true. I am hispanic, We are a mix of different bloods depending on where we are from. My mom is from South America and my father from the dominican republic. So I am pretty much mixed with spaniard, indegenous, and african blood. You might be only white in race with spaniard roots probably with a but of indegenous too. but not every hispanic is. Get it right please.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Hispanics are not part of the white race, sorry. You can't just claim to be a certain race.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • arthur

      were not white, when were being acused of something ,,,come on

      March 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      No offense meant here:

      So when we are filling out forms that ask if we are:


      You check white? That's what I meant – white people – and this guy sounds like a racist jerk. BTW I have a biracial relative – he is both white & hispanic.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wanna be

      Learn to spell; now in my second response, "carry on." Oh and for the "latinos" that think they are white, try living in Arizona (sad and unjustified) but "they" will assuredly let you know your place.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wanna be

      Learn to spell; now in my second response, "carry on." Oh and for the "latinos" that think they are white, try living in Arizona (sad and unjustified) but "they" will assuredly let you know your place....

      March 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • arthur

      im not white. im mexican ,thats why they have the border control keep non whites out

      March 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • xythinker

      "The butterfly thinks itself a bird." One day, you'll realize there is a name for your ilk, and its not "white! Fool.

      March 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Noel

      You are joking , right ?

      March 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Actually Mel, anthropologists are the ones who are experts on being human, and according to them, (I am one) there is no such thing as race. To qualify as a race, you would need to have the same criteria as all animals do. To name dogs either a Shepard or a Chihuahua, you have to have distinguishing, significant features. Humans do not meet any of these markers. We are all one race. Ask any Anthropologist at any University. It is ALL ethnicity.

      But, if you are talking about government standards, they classify Latinos as "white latino" and europeans as "white non latino". The other "race" that is classified as white are Indians. NOT native Americans, but the People of India.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • No justice

      What I find outrageous is that Zimmerman's father tried to blame the Hispanic heritage on his son's actions by coming out and stating that his son is not white but Hispanic! let's face it, it wasn't Zimmerman's Hispanic side that influenced his crime but his white redneck traits he inherited from his father. And I also find it outrageous that Zimmerman's father would try to defend his son actions by saying the shooting wasn't racially motivated because his son has black and Hispanic friends. But that is rediculous because on the phone transcrip to the police, Zimmerman used the stereotypical phrase "its they who usually get away" in referring to the victim. So who is "they" in Zimmerman's point of view? And what does "they" look like? Perhaps "they" he was referring to was black males in America. Let's face it, Zimmerman has no defense whatsoever and he is guilty of cold blooded murder and he should be executed!

      March 21, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Just a thought...

      The shooter was bleeding from his nose, his head was cracked, and his back was wet from being on the ground.
      We DON'T KNOW what really happened and ANYONE who is trying to condemn this man without due process is party to a lynching.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      White is a color. Caucasian is a race. As a Hispanic, you are part of the Caucasian race.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Motley Sage

      You know, I wondered about that very thing. I have seen places where individuals are listed as White/Hispanic. Thanks for clarifying, Mel.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • testy239110

      People from Spain are considered part of the white race, if you are calling yourself Hispanic then you are referring to your ethnicity. So no, Hispanics are not necessarily white, but they can be.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • plush

      Uh, no You are Hispanic, whites are Caucasian.

      March 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheDood

      That's why college applications have a box for Hispanic NON-WHITE. ZING!

      March 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janice

      I think you better check your facts. Hispanics are not considered part of the white race. Where did you get that information from?

      March 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • greatDayEveryone

      Hi, Latinos or Hispanics can be white, black, native american or, most commonly a mix. I'm Puerto Rican, mostly white and Taino indian. My friend Cathy is from Puerto Rico and she is black. People in Puerto Rico are descended from natives, Spaniards and Africans

      March 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • greatDayEveryone

      Hispanics can be white, black, native american or, most commonly, a mix. I am Puerto Rican and I'm white w some Native american. My friend Cathy is from puerto Rico and is Black. People from Puerto Rico, like other Hispanics, decend from Spaniards, Native Americans and Africans

      March 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • greatDayEveryone

      Hispanics can be white, native american, black, or most commonly, a mix. The 2010 census asked both if you're Hispanic and if you are white or black

      March 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • una amiga

      Mel – the 2010 census, they asked if you were Hispanic and also asked if you are white or black. Hispanics can be white, black, native american or (most common) a mix. My family is from Puerto Rico, but mostly originally from Spain, so I am mostly European (white) with some Taino Indian. My friend Cathy is from Puerto Rico and is Black, None of this miatters tho.....hispanic, white, purple or pink, Zimmerman is a racist murderer. I cannot believe he hasn't been arrested. At least take his gun away for goodness sake, before he kills someone else!!!!

      March 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • alphamale38

      No you are not white pal if you are hispanic and if there is any doubt remeber the one drop rule, Plessy V. Fuerguson.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jammaster

      Some Hispanics are black some are white. The blacks and hispanics are saying "yes, we know this", The whites are saying, "Heck no. You ain't white".
      How silly.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Luis Martinez

      Actually get ur facts straight.....Hispanics aren't part of the white race....

      March 22, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Do you really think you are part of the white race?

      March 22, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Kerry

      That's not the issue. Whether or not Spanish people have white skin or not is irrevalant. There are many hispanics who are racist against black people so don't hide behind the "He's not white, he's hispanic" defense. This is a hate crime. This is murder. I don't understand why so many people are defending George. Boggles the rational mind.

      March 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Actually I am a chemist and I hate to burst your bubble, but not all hispanics are considered to be part of the white race. Some depending on the type of hispanic descent are considered to be people of color. That's why you all have your own separate bubble to fill in when it comes to ethnicity when filling out paper work. Not all of you look white, and not all of you look dark. Now.....continue on

      March 22, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Then you are part of the problem also.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul Revere

      Tell that to the US census....and La Raza while you are at it.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BSF

      Lol! You go on thinking that...

      March 23, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • A.J.

      wishful thinking , Mel 😉 nothing more

      March 23, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • una amiga

      Mel, Mel, Mel.....Hispanics can be white or black. Most Hispanics are a mix of either Spaniards/Europeans, native americans and Africans (from slaves who were brought to the country). Some Hispanics are pretty much 100% black, like my friend Cathy. Others, like me, and sounds like you, are almost all Spanish/European with a bit of Taino indian.

      The 2010 census asked BOTH, are you Hispanic and are white/black?

      March 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Desiree

      Your obviously in a state of confusment. Your not different from being black. Your people fill up the prison facilities just as must as Africian Americans. Your living in a dream world.

      March 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      If hispanics are white, Why do they vote for leftist leaders?

      March 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Hispanics are mexican okay! Black are africans and white are americans okay! Now you know who you might be! If your not here legaly then your not even close to being an american!

      March 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Never heard of a white hispanic! Are our borders being igoned again!

      March 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • nynnc

      Hispanic may be part of the white race but, the white race don't see it that way ! do you not watch the news !

      March 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • nynnc

      not according to statistics !

      March 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • EducationIsTheKey

      Mel I am hoping your comment is a joke. Hispanics are not in anyway white and/or of European decent.

      March 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      You wish you were part of the white race..lmao....They look at you the same as any black person just watch the news

      March 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Displaced

      Dear Mel, if you think that the Hispanic race is a part of the white race please ask a white supremacist this very same question. Hispanics have white decent yes, but they are no more 'white' than someone of shared mixed racial background that appears white.

      March 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracie

      You are not part of the white race.Don't you know you are considered an minority as well as blacks? Latino's were going through a racial time period In los Angeles,Ca in the 80's. The whites was discriminating to them at the time.

      March 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • joemash

      You're probably right! But you sound to me like the Whites who suddenly became Native Indians to join the Pequot Indian 'tribe' being formed, better known as Foxwoods Resort and Casino in CT!!!! LoL's!

      March 27, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Carol

    This is not right. That young boy would be alive if the gunman had listened to the police. Also, why would a "boy" be yelling for help if HE was the attacker... come on; get real. The boy was murdered.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatareyoutalkingabout?

      There's no proof at this point that the kid was the one doing the yelling.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fred Ziffle

    Land of the Freaks

    March 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cheri

    The whole fact that Zimmerman ran AFTER him is NOT self Defense. The boy was running AWAY from him and he chased him. If he would have stayed at the clubhouse until police came no one would be dead right now. Zimmerman is WRONG and should be prosecuted!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Angie Casey

    Lets Boycott Florida.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RU Kidding Me

      HERE HERE!

      March 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rufus

    The kid probably said "don't come any closer or I will Skittle you." This got misinterpreted as "I will kill you." Communication is important, all you peoples.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. alex

    Zimmerman- funny last name.
    Within the United States, it is ranked as the 441st-most common surname.

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