March 28th, 2012
05:47 PM ET

A collection of public documents in Trayvon Martin shooting

[Updated April 12] Police and other officials in Sanford, Florida, have released a number of documents relating to the investigation of the February 26 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin and the arrest of George Zimmerman on a charge of second-degree murder. In this post, we’ve collected some of the documents that show what police initially found at the scene, what authorities have told the public about the case, and other official documents.

Martin, a black 17-year-old, was unarmed when he was shot to death by Zimmerman, a Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer, as Martin was walking back to the house of his father's fiancee in Sanford.

Zimmerman had called police to report a suspicious person and said he was following Martin, despite being told by a dispatcher he didn't need to do so. He says he killed Martin in self-defense after the teen attacked him in the gated community. Zimmerman was questioned but not charged, police said, because they lacked evidence to contradict his account.

The case has sparked a national debate about, among other things, race and self-defense laws. Between Zimmerman’s account to police, tapes of 911 calls and accounts from witnesses and others, much is in dispute. (See CNN’s breakdown of what witnesses say happened.)

The initial police reports

Sanford police have released initial reports from the officers who first responded to the shooting scene on February 26. The reports detail what the officers saw when they arrived, officers’ attempts to resuscitate Martin, and a very brief account from Zimmerman. They do not include statements from other witnesses or any investigative information beyond the officers’ initial observations.

The initial police reports describe the case as "homicide/negligent" and "manslaughter/unnecessary killing to prevent unlawful act." City officials have said that all reports need descriptions to help track types of incidents.

“This code does not indicate a formal charge that will be lodged against an alleged offender,” the city said in a news release on Tuesday. “It is used for internal processing and to type cases.”

Citing multiple sources, ABC News reported Wednesday that the lead investigator in the case recommended that Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter after the shooting, but the state attorney's office determined that there was not enough evidence to lead to a conviction.

February 27 letter to neighborhood

In this letter to residents of the neighborhood where Martin was shot, the Sanford Police Department informs the residents of the fatal shooting and gives a brief description of the incident. The letter is dated February 27, the day after the shooting.

It also tells residents that an investigation was being conducted and that the department would hold a community meeting.

Answers from police chief

On March 21, with national public interest in the case rising, the Sanford city manager released a letter in which the city police chief answered what he said were frequently asked questions about the shooting.

The letter addresses issues such as why Zimmerman was not arrested and why he was armed. It also answers why the city Police Department hasn't released 911 tapes, though readers should be aware the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office had done so.

Those tapes now can be heard on the city’s website.

City: Newspaper's report on Zimmerman’s account consistent with inquiry

More than a month after the shooting, the Orlando Sentinel, citing “authorities” as its source of information, reported that Zimmerman told police that he had lost sight of Martin after trying to follow him and that he was returning to his vehicle when Martin confronted him.

The Sentinel also reported that Zimmerman claimed to police that Martin attacked him before he shot Martin.

On Monday, the city of Sanford released a statement in which it condemned what it called "unauthorized leaks," but confirmed that the newspaper account "is consistent with the information provided to the State Attorney's office by the Police Department."

Affidavit: Zimmerman 'profiled' Martin

In an affidavit of probable cause, a Florida investigator says that the neighborhood watch volunteer "profiled" the victim, Martin, and disregarded a police dispatcher's request that he await the arrival of police.

Zimmermann arrested and booked

On April 11, Zimmerman turned himself in to authorities in Florida. He was was transported that evening to the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, charged with second-degree murder and booked into county jail. On April 12, 47 days after Martin was shot and killed, Zimmerman made his first court appearance. His arraignment was set for May 29.

In the meantime, Zimmerman will stay in jail, segregated from the other inmates. He has access to the commissary, where he purchased $79.84 worth of items.

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  1. Jason

    I have an honest question. Are you talking about the black hatred of whites? Because I always judge sombody by their actions, not the color of their skin. Don't get me wrong, if you are dressed like a gang banger and acting like one, it would be moronic to not be concerned for the safety of your person and belongings. I do not get the same from many people of color. NAACP, UNCF, Urban League and many other organizations exist for people of color only. That is racisim.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • poftravel

      Blacks hating of whites isn't racism, not in the USA.

      March 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • kamanakapu

      It's tribalism, not racism. Racism is the fraud that people of the white race are separate, distinct and superior to people of the afro-centric (human) race because the ancestors of the white race came from somewhere else (i.e., another planet).

      April 5, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Until all whites are gone, most people of color will not be happy

      April 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • SMILEandWave

      just like butter doesnt go on popcorn right?

      April 13, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Hammerdog

      Of course it's racism. Hate of a race other than your own. If you believe in the idea of race, that is. Me, I'm pink.

      April 17, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Hammerdog

      poftravel-- Of course it's racism! Hating a "race" other than yours. If you believe in race at all... Me, I guess that I'm of the pink race.

      April 17, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • matt

      I doubt you would see it the same way if an armed black man fired his gun with intention to kill at a white teenager armed with iced tea and skittles.

      March 29, 2012 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      8 Months ago in the Tampa area a White Iraq veteran went to the park with his 8 year old daughter. At the park a black older man harassed a skate boarder for skate boarding in area not authorized too, when the veteran told the man to chill, an arguement began ending with the veteran being shot and killed in front of his daughter for stand you ground, Was this a hate Crime ? Not by the police and the shooter had no charges against him. Stand your ground may not be a good idea, but doesn't make you a racist.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Shuffler

      ...or when 5 blacks douse a white kid with gas and burn him..... oh wait that did happen.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • ITRIEDEL

      Its happened before... the question comes down to this

      Did the white kid become physical first?

      Yes? Then the black man has a right to defend himself

      Skittles and Tea is irrelavent... just blank ammo on the TRAYVONS

      ZOMG He just had skittles and tea

      March 29, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Here's the problem matt...

      "I doubt you would see it the same way if an armed black man fired his gun with intention to kill at a white teenager armed with iced tea and skittles."

      Why do you have to play white versus black? George Zimmerman self identifies as Hispanic.

      Are you so white-guilted or black-jaded that you cannot inject a comment without blaming the white race?

      March 29, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      Nope, wouldnt feel the same way.
      Because the black man wouldhave done it and took off running to save his rear.
      Blacks kill people just for something to do.
      Zimmerman was protecting his life.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Terrie

      We hear about a killing or three in an all black neighbor ‘every weekend.’ Shootings! EVERY weekend! Why? They’re killing each other daily! So no. It wouldn’t be news just a repeated program. THAT’S where all this attention should be on! Spike Lee should step up and help his brothers but no, he jumps on the band wagon with the defeated to try and regain control like his brothers. Maybe he’s due part of the t-shirt sales!?

      March 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • alimarst

      Amen!

      April 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • pingrat

      Enough about the skittles and tea, the horse is dead let the flogging cease

      April 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stoplettingunderlyingbigotrycloudyourcommonsense

      a situation such as you describe would have never happened. A black Zimmerman would have been arrested on site. His claim of self defense would have resulted in a plea to a lesser charge because his public defender would have advised him about the challenges that we would have convincing the jury at trial.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sosha

      Injustice is injustice no matter the color

      April 15, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Bert

      So was Martin dressed like a gang member?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Diamond

      ...and how do gang bangers dress?

      March 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BroadCasting

      I'm an old lady and I wear my hoodie out to get my mail and newspaper. Does that mean I belong to a gang?

      April 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • uniquevawoman

      How does a gang member dress?

      April 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • redeemed

      These organizations exists because of the way black people have been treated in the past I.E. SLAVERY and are still being treated. Until your skin turn black you will never know what it's like, the way white people (Hispanics also) act towards you and your not even bothering anyone just trying to live like everybody else. Clutching their purses, clicking their alarms when you walk by their car, one day I was on the elevator, a Hispanic couple get on holding their child who could barely speak and just as I was about to say how cute the child is, the child looks at me and says "Nicca Nicca" everyone knew what the child was trying to say and the mother just keep saying "no no" but that's what people are teaching their kids these days that's way racism will always be, the Devil he's winning right there, but he has already lost like so many others if they don't repent and believe and get HATE out of their hearts, so until you become black YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE.

      March 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Quit acting like you are something special, and maybe you'll start to be treated like the rest of us.
      Did you really bring up slavery? Seriously? how long ago was that abolished? Get over it and move on!

      By far, the racism I see in this country is black -vs- everyone who's not black. Oh woe-is-you, the downtrodden!

      Get a job, get off welfare, cleanup your neighborhood, learn to speak, and act like a civilized member of society and you'll be treated like one.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zonnique Wells

      You are so trrue. Blacks are human beings,too!

      April 2, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • thesilverpen

      Well, said. I am not "black", but your words are well said and I empathize. It truly is sad in these days of so many modern things, that we still fight over race, religion and such. I have had little trouble from anyone of any race, even when I worked in the most "dangerous" neighborhoods. Either I was lucky or maybe the "scary" people were not as bad as society would want me to believe. Seems we could all benefit from sharing the wonderful new things in our diversity, instead of fighting.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Yes, you are right. I am white – my mother was a racist. She never could say much of anything positive about blacks. When I was 10 she made us move because the neighborhood was becoming too black. That was years ago, I'm 53 now, but I still hear people talk like that. It's not everyone. Still, a lot of people don't get it. All I can say is that it's really sad that we have not learned much over the years. I really think our whole culture is messed up and it's going to take a lot of work to fix it.

      April 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tesla

      i really don't want to say this. i really, really don't. but i feel it's necessary. what i'm about to say can be taken as racist, and definitely as euro- or amerocentric. i truly mean no offense, but i know offense will be taken.

      you are aware that, with your slavery argument, that many, possibly most of the slaves from africa were sold to europeans either directly in bondage or indirectly through having their locations provided by other africans, are you not? those same africans that sold these slaves are the ancestors of the warlords and tribals that currently populate the african continent. additionally, many countries in africa controlled by african people are havens for pirates and criminals, or are run by genocidal maniacs.

      the long and short of what i'm trying to say is, isn't it possible that african-american citizens (many of whom were descended from slaves) actually ended up with a somewhat better deal? i know slavery was horrifying, and i wouldn't wish it upon anyone, but you do realize that while the slaves were working long hours under harsh conditions for very little reward more than food, water, and housing, africans were busy killing each other en masse in tribal warfare over worse (and less) food, impure water, and unforgiving desert, correct?

      i don't want to make waves. i just think that bringing up the whole slavery argument every time something race-related comes up is a cop-out argument. then again, i don't think race ever should have come into play in these arguments. ah well.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Signing

      Redeemed,
      You stated that the child could barely talk and was saying Nicca Nicca, how do you know that the child was not trying to ask for a pacifier or some type of food he or she liked. The mother may have been saying no, no because it was not time for a snack or something. Just like the Zimmerman case people forming their own perceptions of what others think, say or do.

      April 17, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • pgcreativeadvertising

      If you don't know why the NAACP exists, you should open a history book. And if you think racism doesn't exist today, you are naive. I can introduce you to some racists myself if you'd like. I'm unfortunately related to some.

      March 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      your choice!
      don't associate with them!
      pretty simple

      March 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      Jason is evidence that racism exists today. Why is he dressed like a gang banger because he's wearing a hoodie. Everybody where's hoodies. The gang banger connotation is because he's black. Tell me one person, black or white who doesn't have a hoodie in their wardrobe. Exactly what action did Trayvon take Jason that was gang-like? Walking, drinking his iced tea, eating his skittles or talking on the phone with his girlfriend.

      Zimmerman was carrying a loaded gun and Trayvon was acting like a gangster? If Zimmerman is such a bad ass, put him out on the street with his 9mm weapon and let him stand his ground now! Tough guy - so brave with his gun against an unarmed teen ager running away from him.

      April 13, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • oliver

      unless you are totally ignorant of history, then you will know that these organisation exist because of how blacks have been treated in the past, these treatment continue today with cases like this

      April 2, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • BEE

      Wow, look in the mirror, and please deal with the facts that are presented by the prosecutor.Trayvon was profiled.. end of story...

      April 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • CornerKidFromNJ

      Wow, now the 100, 000 dollar question: What's YOUR definition of "profiling"???

      April 16, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • CornerKidFromNJ

      And now the million dollar question....what's YOUR defintion of "profiling"?????

      April 16, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • CROOK8000

      ITS SPELLED RACISM BY THE WAY

      April 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • tyrone

      FYI these organizations were formed during the civil rights era because of racism in the 60's when people of color had to fight for these basic human rights, some of which we are still fighting today... or did you forget about that?

      April 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara

      I am very into citizen involvement and self- defense, But when he called 911 Zimmerman was told NOT to follow Martin. If I had been Martin and realized that someone had been following me, I probably would have turned and confronted rather than risk having a stranger follow me to my family. My prayers go out to Martins family ,I hope they get justice,although it will never bring their son back.

      April 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    Zimmerman didnt look beat to a pulp in the police video as so many want to claim. No blood, no torn shirt, no lacerations.....

    March 28, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wannetta

      II am curious, did Treyvon have any wounds on his hands? If he was beating on Zimmerman that bad, he should have had bruised knuckles or something, would he not?

      March 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      The video was taken as he was leaving the police station 5 hours after the incident.
      Do you really believe the cops wouldnt have allowed him to clean up before the questioning?
      This is really grasping at straws now.
      I suppose the witness that saw Trayvon slamming his head into the sidewalk must have been wrong too.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • BMcGee

      T-bone the video was taken at 7:54 pm, barely a half hour after the shooting!

      March 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      There's a cut on the back of his head you can see in the uncut version of the video. ABC ran the uncut version. CNN ran the video with that part cut out.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. ci

    WITNESS TESTIMONY: Zimmerman was standing over the body with - basically straddling the body with his hands on Trayvon's back," Cutcher said. "And it didn't seem to me that he was trying to help him in any way. I didn't hear any struggle prior to the gunshot....ZIMMERMAN DIDNT SEEM TO BE REMORSEFUL

    March 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      I guess you missed the BLACK TEEN witness that SAW Martin on top of Zimmerman and Zimmerman screaming for help. He was on TV interviewed by Diane Sawyer.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      dont forget the part where it was said he was trying to put pressure on the bullet hole and when he couldnt get it to stop he freaked out and was pacing around crying.
      I suppose no one wants to ask why a man who had just shot another would stick around.
      Maybe, just maybe, because he didnt feel he had anything to run from.
      How many Blacks have shot people and then stuck around waiting for the police to arrive?

      March 29, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      The media reported he cried for days after he shot Trayvon. Kinda hard to tell where the truth is, isn't it?

      March 30, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ralph

    Doesn't neighborhood watch mean to watch what is going on. It doesn't mean to stalk and attack. 911 was called, police were on the way, why not stay in his vehicle like he was instructed to do and wait for the police. Was the kid vandalizing? Was he doing anything except going back to his father's house? Why engage him until he is observed doing something wrong. Especially when you had been told by the police, who were en-route, to back off and leave the matter to them. How would any of you feel if you were in the kid's shoes? There is a man in civilian clothes stalking you. You do not know he is a neighborhood watchman! He tries to physically detain you, you would probably be scared to death. Then you try to defend yourself and he shoots you. At a minimum, this is manslaughter, if not murder.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • V-man

      There is no evidence Zimmerman tried to physically detain him

      March 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Zimmerman was not instructed to do anything "We don't need you to do that" is not a directive "Don't do that" is a directive.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      "It doesn't mean to stalk and attack" – You will never come to grip with the truth if you keep making things up.
      He was following from a distance, thats what watch groups do, he NEVER confronted Martin. He returned to his vehicle and Martin arrived there and broke his nose.
      Try reading.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • BMcGee

      Martin died in someone's backyard, not by the street or vehicle. Maybe you should read!

      March 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      There's less evidence that he stalked and attacked as there is that he defended himself.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. brian028

    I am curious why this story makes so much news and the White 13yr old kid in Kansas City in February that was burned alive on his front porch by four black youths didn't?

    March 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      Because the brothers don't care about blacks killing whites. Only the reverse. Black killing blacks is ok too.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Brian I am black I think those kids should be put under the jail for burning that kid. I'm going to assume the blakc kids got arrested? Well Zimmerman didn't and for all intents and purposes he should have been.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Well this makes so much headlines while other cases don't because other cases where white people are the victims actually get investigated thoroughly and the criminals go to jail. On the other hand, in this case, investigations were not done, there was no background check or drug check done on Zimmerman while Treyvon was checked for drugs. How does that make sense? Its not the crime itself, because sadly crimes do happen everywhere, its the fact that Zimmerman has not been arrested.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ci

      wow seriously thats awful im about to look that story up

      March 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      This story is on the news because Mr. Zimmerman was not arrested. I am sure the boys that committed the crime you are referring to were arrested.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Because it doesn't fit with the liberal dogma about racial hate that the media wants you to believe.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • O

      If you are referring to the case where the boy was doused with alcohol and set afire by 4 other boys for reporting them to the police, that case was followed by CNN and my local newspaper. It was followed through the arrest and sentencing of the boys. They jent to juvenile prison. They were punished for their crimes, and Mr. Zimmerman has not been. THAT'S why this case has so much attention

      March 29, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      because white people getting murdered by blacks is commonplace.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      Dennis,
      If you shot and killed a man in self defense, would you feel that you should be locked up?
      I know i wouldnt.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bud

    Why does the media keep showing pics of this kid when he was 12/13. Looks so innocent. Show what he looks like today!

    March 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deidre

      So what was he guilty of that night?

      March 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Bud he was only 18 when he died if you see recent pics they aren't much different! Those pics may have been when he was 16 or so, he's a small kid

      March 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ci

    i dont care what color trayvon was NOBODY should shoot a unarmed teen in the middle of their chest for no reason...trayvon had every right to defend himself against a stalker...zimmerman should have never pursed him and disobeyed the dispatcher that all it comes down to

    March 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      What it comes down to is, don't come into my hood looking like a hood. Your gonna get challenged. If you don't like it, stay home, where you belong.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • V-man

      How about if they are beating you to death on the sidewalk? Is that reason enough to defend yourself? If GZ could win the fist fight, he wouldn't have been losing. If Trayvon had simply talked, there wouldn't be a fist fight to win or lose. Once Trayvon turned to violence, the situation spiraled out of control. GZ shot him in the middle of the chest because that is where you shoot someone trying to kill you. It is the biggest target. It is likely to stop your assailant. It is less likely the bullet will miss and hit someone who isn't trying to kill you.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      He had arms, arms capable of taking Zimmerman's gun away or beating him. He was shot for good reason. You attack a stranger and you will get shot. Now blacks in Florida know this.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Show me the FACTS!!!

    ok, lets get some things cleared out here... for all of you that are calling for Zimmerman to be arrested LOOK AT THE FLORIDA STATUE between 726 and 733 and tell me what can you charge him with, with a clear understanding that he broke this law... thats the first thing, now lets get another FACT clear, the MEDIA cannot say that Mr Martin has done any wrong BECAUSE HE IS A MINOR therefor he will not have a public record because he is under age... but I know he has had a few encounters with Seminole County, To the Media, please stop posting a picture of a little kid, at 6'2" inches he is anything but little. Mr. Zimmerman was beaten up pretty good, a little kid could not really beat up a grown ass man.. So,with all of this being said, lets see what the medical records say about what lacerations or injuries Zimmerman had, let the media take a look at Mr Martins juvenile log from both dade county and Seminole. and can someone please tell me what the hell is his mom putting trademarks on "justice for travis" and other stupid things like this?? WOW if someone is going to get paid might as well be the mom huh??? I was blown away with this one.. Anyways, enough of the venting, if Mr. Zimmerman did it with bad intentions there is one law and one answer that he will have to give that is our Mighty GOD!! who sees all.. Please be open minded, and ask yourself, do you really want to see him arrested and then freed because of lack of evidence or not enough grounds to prove without a reasonable doubt??? if so you would be more ignorant than the group who "put a bounty" on the guy.. ok, ok, im done!!!

    March 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deidre

      Don't forget to get Zimmerman's arrest record while you are gathering the facts.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      We will know the facts IF AND WHEN HE IS ARRESTED and hopefully soon, too much time has passed and that's the problem SO, LETS GO TO COURT AND SEE

      March 29, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Redman6ft4

      FACT:
      Zimmerman has had two charges against him…one was for aggravated assault on a police officer and the other was an restraining order from his ex girlfriend...sounds like to me that he had a quick temper and could not control himself..

      Also Zimmerman caused the conflict when he got out of his SUV and went looking for Martin on foot. If someone followed me in the SUV for three blocks and then chased after me on foot at that point I do not know what your intentions are so I will defend myself....Zimmerman went looking for trouble and shot an innocent kid in the process.....

      March 29, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Zimmerman refused medical treatment.

      March 30, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      Scottish Mama - Zimmerman went to the doctor the day after. I'm sure the doctor has records and maybe photos of Zimmerman's condition.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. AllBlack85

    Many people on here are just listening to half the facts. Zimmermans' father is a former judge snuff said.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    A mockery? So the family should wait until all the facts are determined? And how do the police get all the facts? Who do they interview? The police don't want to talk to Zimmerman for some reason like they are scared and he is the number one witness. So he should go free like nothing happen? Maybe that is a good idea just let him go FREE! and let see what happens!

    March 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      How do you know these things???? How do you know the police don't want to talk to Zimmerman?

      March 30, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. MIKE

    I want to say how sorry I am that this happen to Trayvon and his Family.. It is wrong and Zimmerman messed up big time.. He made a big mistake, but why aren't people talking about how we do have young black men that are knuckle heads doing stupid things like robbing people and shooting people. We need to use Trayvon's death as a call to get are own young men to act better so the public will not think of us this way... I am scared sometimes in the hood myself.. Guns have been pulled on me. My best friend was shot for nothing... LET'S USE THIS TO FIX ARE BAD KIDS SO WE WILL NOT BE RACIALLY PROFILED..But what people must know, it is obvious that Trayvon was not a bad kid, but we do have bad kids who do bad thing and they happen to be people of color and white, so lets fix are bad young men... But Media usually show the kids of color mostly...LETS TALK ABOUT THAT.. You can wear anything, but the bad kids have made hoodies look bad..LET TALK ABOUT THAT... Very sorry Trayvon and Trayvon's family had to suffer for the knuckle heads...

    March 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • AllBlack85

      Bad kids come in all colors and sizes, the difference is that black kids are unfairly profiled without evidence.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Exactly. Black male teens get racially profiled not for being black but for the violent and criminal behavior that all too often goes along with it. Racial profiling will stop when blacks stop the very disproportionate amount of stealing and violence they commit.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      A lot of kids emulate rappers who flaunt criminal activity. That certainly doesn't decrease the amount of profiling.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. santosaint

    Zimmerman should have never got out of his car, period. He was the one that excalated the situation. It's about a wanna-be cop that knows he messed up and now is trying to get out of a murder charge.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      What's worse Zimmerman getting out of a car or Martin assaulting someone? Get real.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Redman6ft4

      B

      Who did Martin assualt???

      Zimmerman caused the conflict when he got out of his SUV and went looking for Martin on foot. If someone followed me in the SUV for three blocks and then chased after me on foot at that point I do not know what your intentions are so I will defend myself....Zimmerman went looking for trouble and shot an innocent kid in the process..... C'MON dude these are the facts....

      March 29, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      Redman, i hope youre just being a troll because you cant truly be that stupid.
      Zimmerman had walked all the way back to his car and thats when Martin showed up and escalated the incident.
      The gun never came out until zimmerman was on the ground getting his head smashed.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      Redman - There's evidence and witnesses who saw Martin assault Zimmerman.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. ABC NEWS HAS VIDEO

    George Zimmerman on Police Surveillance http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/george-zimmerman-police-surveillance-16024475

    March 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      AllBlack85
      Do you have a comprehension problem as well?
      When told to not pursue his response was "OK" IT WAS CLEAR AS DAY ON THE 911 CALL TAPES.
      he returned to his car at that time.
      Lying and making up stories isnt going to make your thug wannabe Trayvon seem like the victim.
      He was the one who initiated the confrontation, until that point Zimmerman had not said a word to him.
      In reality, Zimmerman probably saved a lot of lives by shooting the thug.
      He was already busted for Drugs, Attacking a bus driver, and posession of burglary tools and stolen jewelry.
      All by the age of 17.
      Your community must be proud.
      This is the kind of guy i would hang my reputation on the line for.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. ankenyman

    Martin was a criminal/thug who was walking inside a gated community. What the hell was he doing there? The evidence clearly shows he attacked Zimmerman and was shot in self-defense. All those wearing hoodies in honor of this thug should be ashamed.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • AllBlack85

      Zimmerman was a self-appointed vigilante who is being protected by his "judge" father. Evidence clearly showed he was informed "not" to pursue, but chose to anyway.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • santosaint

      Another ignorant nobody spewing lies and misconceptions.
      ONe, he was staying in the community so he had every right to be there. Two, Zimmerman pursued and confronted the kid, which he had no authority to do so because he was just walking, not breaking any laws.

      Read before you regergetate your ignorance.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Because his fathers' fiance lived in the community? Do you even know how to read?

      March 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ci

      so you're saying if you wear a hoodie you are a thug zimmerman didnt see trayvon doing anything wrong it would be a different story if trayvon was breaking in someone house

      March 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Redman6ft4

      Ankenyman, what evdenice does Zimmerman have?? His step-mother and father lives in the neighborhood that's what he was doing there.. So Zimmerman following Martin for three blocks in his SUV, then got out and chased him is self-defense?? If that's self defense then we all are screwed!!!!

      March 29, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      ci,
      Wearing a hoodie with the hood up in 80 degree weather in a gated community is more than enough to get anyone to at least do a double take.
      Especially when your not normally in that area.
      Martin did not have to go after Zimmerman, he could have just continued on.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      AllBlack - 911 operators are not the police. They said, we don't need you to do that. They didn't say don't do it. Zimmerman perhaps wanted to keep up with and not lose sight of Martin until the police came.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ptrue

    At this point, several news organizations, commentators, and anchors; and several people whose whole claim to fame in this world is based on expressing outrage; are all up to their noses in the stink they have made painting Mr. Zimmerman as a cold blooded killer. They can't back off now, no matter how clear it becomes that Zimmerman was the real victim, and was forced to defend his life against a physically agressive attacker.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      Assault with deadly skittles. lol. Maybe I'll smash you in the face with my ice tea bottle. Not in Florida, cuz yer gonna git shot.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minnie

      So next time when you try to push or punch me off because I am obnoxious and a pest, I get to shoot you dead.

      Yeah!!!! I am already rubbing my hands with glee. Now I get to follow, pester, badger, initiate fights with people and then shoot them if they try self defence. Because then I will claim self defence and go scott free. MUahahahaha!!!!

      March 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wown

      Well said Ptrue.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • texan111

      I guess the EMS performed plastic surgery on George Zimmerman before they got the the police station. No gashes on the head, nose looks fine, clothes not bloody....

      Facts Ptrue....Facts..... I amazes me how facts can still be distorted when a persons biases and stereotypes blind there vision to the truth

      March 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • forwardbias

      Do you base this "zimerman the real victim" deduction based on zimmerman's statement? Really?

      March 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • august washington

      Are you high?

      March 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Use your head

      Think about what you just said Bubba. You pretty much hit someone in the face with a ice tea bottle your probably going to get a pretty violent response anywhere your at.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • august washington

      Z who assaulted a police officer is the real victim???? What are you smoking?

      March 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Punch a cop in the face and then jump on him and see if you get shot.

      Zimmerman did what he had to do. He could not risk having Martin take his gun away from him.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Redman6ft4

      Ptrue

      please explain your comment

      March 29, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      Minnie - You've just demonstrated the main argument against the "stand your ground" law.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      Forwardbias - Don't be silly. Everyone knows it's OK to believe everything the Martins and their lawyer and the girlfriend say and at the same time arbitrarily disbelieve everything from the Zimmerman camp. Makes sense to me.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
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