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. santosaint

    The only one to blame here is Zimmerman. He should have waited for police and just shown him the direction in which Trayvon walked. No one was in imminent danger, no one was being beaten and no one was in any danger when Zimmerman called 911.

    Everyone is tryine to make it about Trayvon. Zimmerman (a wanna-be cop) was a vigilante acting as the police. The police were on the way, there is no reason why they should have encountered one another.

    Nuf said.

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

      Would it be any better if the police shot him instead?

      March 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minnie

      @Bubba: For what? Carrying skittls and an ice tea bottle? Whatever happened to "Stand by or we will shoot"? Or is it that somehow it's now ok to whip out a gun and shoot someone because things are not gong your way??

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

      well that settles that.. the santosaint has spoken.

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

      I don't think its zimmerman's fault. Its our sorry politicians' fault who fail to understand that we don't need any gun anymore. Different lobbies blind them to do what is right. Common, this is 21st century, not 18th..

      March 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Motley Sage

      pretty much.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      Oooh! We don't need guns? Hmm?? Let me see now, young children shot in crossfire from gangs (ILLEGAL GUNS) some children hit while sleeping in their own bed, (NO MARCHES) Inner city violence (ILLEGAL GUNS) .... NO PROTEST...

      One kid gets shot in self defense with a legal gun and the looting


      March 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      If Martin only had ignored Zimmerman he would be alive today but he chose to assault him and he paid the price.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. GA3672

    Here we go again with AC360 playing Colombo on CNN.Wake up and smell the roses you are not a detective and stop pushing your point of view. You lost big time AC.
    can't trust you anymore.

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

      Cooper now has no more credibility than Sharpton.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. HMMM

    At first I was very upset that this vigilante was not in custody, and I couldn't believe that the Police would be so grossly negligent. Then I looked up the details of the case: Miami Herald reports Trayvon's official records show him to have been a burglar and a drug user, his 4 year old twitter account have him being congratulated on assaulting a bus driver by a friend recently. The only eyewitness in a local interview places Trayvon as brutally assaulting a man screaming for help. Even if Zimmerman was a bit more direct than he should have been, it seems it was because he was needlessly placing himself in danger being alone with such a dangerous person.

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

      So now we actually assasinate a kid after killing him in cold blood.

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

      Just another hoodlum. Wawawa. Poor black people, always getting shot at. Except, 90% of the time it's from your own kind. And never a protest. But the 1% when its a white cop or citizen. Ya all cry race. Get over it. Now yer all wearing hoods? ?? Great idea! So you can be profiled by your clothes. Which is very legal and effective tool. Duh! That's why you take your shoes off now, before you board a plane.

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

      if having burglar's tool makes a person (Trayvon) burglar, then I am a serial killer because I have knives in my possession.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      And what of George Zimmerman's three arrests? He was arrested for domestic violence and was accused of choking his girlfriend. He was arrested for resisting arrest non-violently. He was arrested for resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

      You can play that both ways, but it's pretty irrelevant what Trayvon's history (which includes ZERO arrests) was. Trayvon Martin is dead. He's not here to tell his story. Are you really going to take the word of a man whose best interest it is to claim self-defense, even in light of claims from witnesses about the mishandling of statements, etc.?

      In my experience, nosebleeds are messy. Zimmerman is claiming that he was treated for a broken nose in the days following the incident. Why was there no blood on his shirt, jacket, head or face in the police surveillance video? Why was there no visual evidence of a bloody altercation on that tape?

      March 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • stella ndukwe


      March 31, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nutz

    Back in the 80's walking in a park I got randomly knocked the bleep out by a very large black man. Even if I had a gun I would not have shot the man and claimed self defense. Why? Because you don't shoot and kill people when you get a beat down.

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

      Your screen name describes you perfectly.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      Yes you do... or you may not get up next time. Defend yourself and your family. Don't be a wuss.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba™

      Always shoot when you are being assaulted...


      March 28, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anotheronebitesthedust

    reaching for the gun of the watchman your viciously attacking and getting your a** sent to hell = PRICELESS

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


      March 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 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 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 1608

    What do you think of the ABC NEWS VIDEO?

    March 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AllBlack85

    You probably think Rodney King attacked those officers too. Ignorance is truly bliss. Feel free to share....

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

      You're right AllBlack85


      Reginald Denny

      March 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      You know where crackhead rodney king is now. He's locked up lol

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

      And your point being that it was ALRIGHT TO HAVE THE COPS BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF HIM?
      What a MEAN SPIRITED ignorant, and stupid comment to make!

      March 29, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      My point is all these so called victims are not victims at all they are criminals who use the race card. What happened to king and martin is sad but look at all facts to include their character.

      March 29, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      My point is all these so called victims are not victims at all they are criminals who use the race card. What happened to king and martin is sad but look at all facts to include their chara

      March 29, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      i thought that addict was dead
      oh well!
      goes to show you how I keep up with current events!

      March 29, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • wombat

      kid got what he asked for in my opinion. his parents were shotty too. he just got suspended for drug paraphanalia on school grounds. definately not a showcase child to begin with. wrong place wrong time to say the least, and sometimes when that happens you get shot.

      March 29, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      I do not necessarily agree with the "wrong place, wrong time" analogy....that doesn't mean that it isn't true. What I don't understand (especially as a parent) is his parents' attempt to copyright their son's name, likeness and sayings relating to him and this unfortunate incident. Seems to me like they couldn't wait to take the opportunity to make financial gains from the tragedy that happened to their son. That to me is callous and very unlike what a parent's feelings for their child should be. As for Mr. Zimmerman, I don't know what story to believe but I do believe that some sort of inquiry should be made. With sentiments turning against him, I would think that he might want to seek protective custody!

      March 29, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Redman6ft4

      REALLY!!!!! Got what he asked for!!!!! Because he was suspended from school makes him a bad person??? Last I checked getting suspended from school does not make you a thug… it’s a kid being a kid....He was not suspended for anything violent.... Zimmerman on the other hand, 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 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      An empty baggie does not stack up to the assault charges and physical altercations of Zimmerman, we are creatures of habit? Which was likely to be the agressor?

      March 29, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • NR

      Really?!? Just because he was caught with a bag of marijuana that makes him a "shotty" kid, for your information go look at the stat of marijuana use in high schools... my guess over 80% of high school students do it. I don't think anyone asks to get shot by some stranger, I do agree with you that Martin was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that doesn't give Zimmerman the right to shoot a teenager. Just think if that was your kid, or younger brother. I don't think you would be saying the same thing, now would you?

      March 29, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Yea Wombat...any teen smokin pot deserves to be shot by a vigilante.....never mind that it gonna be legal in many places soon. People like you are the reason the USA is so screwed glad I live in Canada... Here its still not ok to shoot unarmed kiddies....even black dope smokeing ones.

      March 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JUST SAY'N

      wombat, sure hope you cross in someone's path that thinks you should not be there..... could not happen to a better narrow minded, self centered individual. You will have to answer to somebody above you someday and your thoughts are on record... Amazing how people think so much of themselves, hope you have no children and you are spreading your diseased mind on to the future.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • stella ndukwe


      March 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned Mom

      Just heard Prosecutor Angela Corey is no longer answering questions regarding the case, and is no longer releasing public information relating to the case. In my opinion, this is a welcomed, overdue, non-official gag order. I want to know what happened as much as anyone, but when I read such hateful comments about both Zimmerman and Martin, it breaks my heart. I am eager to find out what really happened, so that I can join the efforts of those who are genuinely interested in taking steps to prevent this from happening to another human being.

      March 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      No, but he endangered the public by driving like a complete maniac which is just as dangerous as shooting off a gun.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • t-bone

      Is Rodney King really the guy you want to use to make your point?

      March 29, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Nar

      It is bliss! All the people who have decided Zimmerman wasn't defending himself are feeling very blissful right now. They're not worrying about the truth - hardly any evidence has been released by the police so far.

      March 30, 2012 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • james glass

      Of course Rodney King was the one to blame for what happened. I look thing from a Fox News pov...and I have seen that video. Rodney is beating the crap out of those cops.

      March 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Odizzeus

    this is 100% race baiting propoganda meant to split people into tribal groups, im disgusted by the way this story is being presented...It will be used to destroy the 2nd ammendmant and self defence laws. Was this man wrong in shooting the guy? Perhaps but how can you say you know, you werent there. Why is this one murder out of the thousands that have happened this year getting so much attention? It fits into a narrative that will play on the sympathies of the weak minded so they will accept tyrany, Heigelian Dialectic. Theres so much wrong with this, but i think thers a main point to be garnered: When you give groups of people different rights than one another, it degrades all groups involved. Just like slavery was a blemish on the soul of the white man even more than the black man. If you give one group of people more rights than another, it is basically saying that that group isnt wise enough to make it through life on their own...AND THAT IS THE MOST RACIST THOUGHT PROCESS... obvious racism issues that this news peice conjurs aside, it is being used as an event to de arm the american people which will lead to the complete destruction of our Bill of Rights.

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

      But black males already have the right to carry ILLEGAL GUNS, even the rappers and athletes they look up to as roll models. NEVER A WORD FROM SHARPTON OR JACKSON..... LOL

      March 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. The Motley Sage

    Let me get this straight...

    Trayvon confronted Zimmerman, who was headed back to his truck, huh? Hmm..... if Trayvon's body was found 70ft+/- from his own house, that would mean Zimmerman must've initially followed him pretty darn close to his home before he turned and walked back to his SUV. And while he was actually walking back to his SUV, he was SO close to Trayvon's house that he didn't even get more than 70ft away before everything unfolded and occurred...??? Okay, so either Zimmerman practically walked onto Trayvon's family's front porch before he decided to turn back...or Zimmerman's lying. (i'd like to see a lanky 140lbs boy pin down a big 250lbs man, too. That's some special kind of UFC MMA skills right there, buddy.)

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

      Oh dear!! You make TOO much sense for these trigger happy nuts to comprehend.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. N. B

    @phearis I think youre the one completely ignorant of the facts!!

    Zimmerman was initially interviewed by a narcotics detective.. not a homicide detective
    when the Homicide detective did interview Zimmerman, even he didnt believe his made up story and recommended that Zimmerman be charged!!
    So Martin had some issues at school, plenty of kids do, including white kids!! he didnt have any of those items on him that night when Zimmerman decided to follow him!!
    As far as Zimmermans account of this story, thats his account, doesnt mean its the truth.. (as I pointed out earlier, even the lead homicide detective didnt believe his story!!)
    And finally, while you want to point out Martins indiscretions, (which by the way only resulted in suspension from school, which isnt a crime!), lets look at Zimmermans brushes with the law. He has a history of being aggressive with police, resisting arrest, to go along with a domestic violence charge!!
    So in the eyes of the law, who is the real criminal here? someone with child like misdemeanors or someone who has a real criminal record?? Sounds like Zimmerman to me!

    March 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Edna Davis

    Why wasn't Zimmerman taken to the hospital for his injuries ? Where is the medical report of his injuries ? Police always take injured people to the hospital. With a broken nose , his face would've been swollen . Fire the whole staff at that police station from the head of the department down to the lowest person . AMEN !!!

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

      burglary kit... is that normal?

      March 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. santosaint

    i watched the ABC video and if someone that looks like Zimmerman was following me and then confronted me, I would have been just as defensive...not matter the color of their skin. Anyway, Zimmerman should have never confronted the kid, he was the one that escalated the situation and that's why we are here chatting about it. Zimmerman should have never got out of his car and should have just waited for the poe poe.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Zimmerman did not confront Martin. Martin confronted Zimmerman. Get your facts straight.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. V-man

    Just speculating, but maybe GZ pursued because he had the same faith in the Sanford police as the Martin family. Leave law to law enforcement? Well, doesn't that apply to the investigation also? If GZ wasn't acting in self defense, I would much prefer an investigation take the time needed to build a successful case rather than rush things and have him walk like OJ.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. santosaint

    Trayvon is the one that was fighting in self-defense. Zimmerman escalated the situation by confronting him. He is not a cop just a wanna be cop. A vigilante trying to beat a murder wrap who is probably being coached by someone that knows the Florida laws.

    March 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • justice2012

      Like his retired father who was a judge? hmmm

      March 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian Bishop

      Ok, first off you are calling Zimmerman a liar. Which is ok, but what if he is telling the truth. Somebody punches him in the face and starts slamming his head. I would shoot him too. Anyone saying that they are disappointed in Zimmer NOT being arrested is probably a hypocrite because in the same situation they probably would have used deadly force. Now if you want to charge him with manslaughter then you are saying that he is lieing and with no actual evidence he should be convicted. Wow, is that what you really want, "CONVICTION ON HERESAY AND OUTRAGE". Maybe for a politician resigning his post but charging somebody with a felony? I think that there will be more outrage if he was convicted than the Rodney King case. Why, because if there is no evidence that is contrary to his statement then where is the legality of self defense. Only if someone breaks into your home. I say IF he was walking back to his vehicle then he is innocent. Again I say, to assume that Zimmer was a "wanna be cop" is also to say Martin was "looking for a reason to fight". It is sad that this young man did not have a chance to live his life.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      That's bs. Martin confronted and assaulted Zimmerman.

      March 29, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
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