Skip to comments.George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting
Posted on 04/25/2012 1:23:22 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
(Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.
The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.
"Don't use pepper spray," he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. "It'll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you," he said.
"Get a gun."
That November, the Zimmermans completed firearms training at a local lodge and received concealed-weapons gun permits. In early December, another source close to them told Reuters, the couple bought a pair of guns. George picked a Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, a popular, lightweight weapon.
By June 2011, Zimmerman's attention had shifted from a loose pit bull to a wave of robberies that rattled the community, called the Retreat at Twin Lakes. The homeowners association asked him to launch a neighborhood watch, and Zimmerman would begin to carry the Kel-Tec on his regular, dog-walking patrol - a violation of neighborhood watch guidelines but not a crime.
Few of his closest neighbors knew he carried a gun - until two months ago.
On February 26, George Zimmerman shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in what Zimmerman says was self-defense. The furor that ensued has consumed the country and prompted a re-examination of guns, race and self-defense laws enacted in nearly half the United States.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
Do we know if Trayvon had visited that community before the week he was shot?
The more ya hear about this case, the better Zim looks.
So much for the Media lie that Zimmerman was a "self-appointed" neighborhood watch captain.
I’d rather see the outlaw of hoodies.
Just finished reading it. This is what used to pass for journalism. Thanks for posting.
When acquitted a community needs to come forward and ask the Zimmerman family to consider moving to their town. If no community or it’s leaders come forward than this is truly-hate to say it-”A nation of cowards.”
Pepper spray, yes. Oven cleaner, no.
"Let's talk about the elephant in the room. I'm black, OK?" the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. "There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood," she said. "That's why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin."
IGNORED BY THE NATIONAL AND FLORIDA MEDIA: not so much this woman's opinion on the case, but the fact that blacks who do not buy into the Obama/Sharpton lynch mob mentality are afraid to be named!
The New Black Racists ain’t gonna like this.
Not only is he a White Hispanic, he’s also a White Black.
So now it’s a black-on-black shooting. The media can ignore it now.
Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.
“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”
So, George is a white-black-hispanic. Ben Crump is greatly saddened.
Although Reuters is a usually-left-leaning outfit, this article on the whole seems balanced and neutral towards him.
Why is it that we, as Americans, now have to rely on “offshore” news organizations to offer up detailed reporting such as this?
What has happened to American journalism?
Trayvon had jewelry and a screw driver in his backpack. Coincidence?
Good article until the last few sentences but I will give Reuters credit for stepping back from the koolaid stand. When can we expect this story to be picked up by CNN and the NYT?
Crossbows are ideally suited for such 4-legged pests.
I thought he was a self appointed black teen asassin. So much for the mainstream news..
He bought the gun to protect him and his wife from a pit bull. I love a success story!
1/16 Black, 7/16 Arab.
keyboard spew alert
As in laughter at or disgust at my comment? I was being very sarcastic in my comment up-thread. I don’t think the media should ignore black-on-black crime. But the fact is they do.
Why don’t you guys ask Beckwith about how reliable a source Kenneth Lamb is? He asked Lamb for proof several times back in ‘08. To the best of my knowledge, Lamb never responded. I saw a pic of Hussein’s daddy, and at least to the best of my knowledge, he didn’t look Arab at all.
Just about tired of hearing about "neighborhood watch guidelines." That's just another freedom-sucking, rights-stealing federal jack-booted-thug program designed to disarm citizens and get them dependent on unconstitutional non-peace-officer police.
As in irony, I suppose. Is that safe? (I don’t dare venture to say yes these days.)
if this the post-racial world, I want the pre-racial one.
Neighborhood Watch :
Sanford Police Department (they organize and issue the signs)
Sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association, Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in 1972 as a response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs
Click on this link,
then click “...more menu options..”
then click “Crime Prevention”
Seems like they had a major problem with the ferals. And only Trayvon gets shot?
Zimmerman probably didn't think of himself as Afro-Peruvian.
That was a part of his family past, not his own identity.
It only comes out now that he's in the news.
Maybe he was "post-racial" (or pre-post-racial) before all this happened.
And the "pre-racial" world -- how many millennia ago was that?
Do you realize that since his grandmother is a product of a racial mixed marriage like our president, Zimmerman is more of a match to “son of Obama” then TM.
This is an excellent article. Thanks for posting it.
An amusing anecdote about profiling - before Bush came to office in 2001, the disproportionate scrutiny of air travelers who looked Middle Eastern or wore traditional Muslim garb was standard in the American airline industry, due to the historical experience of hijackers and terrorists in fatal attacks against American airlines being mainly Middle Eastern and Muslim. Just before 9/11/01, Bush forbade this increased scrutiny, criticizing it as this fundamental injustice. Then 9/11 happened. 10,000 dead Americans and $1T in war-related expenditures later, the country’s self-appointed elites are still engaged in a campaign of fulmination against profiling.
Yep, falters somewhat at the end but overall better than I expected from Reuters.
So, why is Al Sharpton trying to lynch a black man?
George Zimmerman REFUSES to stay frozen!!!
Check out article, and comments, ... esp # 4.
From previous FR article, now closed:
George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting (Reuters finds that GZ has black ancestors)
The New York Post / Reuters ^ | April 25, 2012
A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.
The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog.
Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again.
An officer came to the house, county records show.
“Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.
“Get a gun.”
That November, the Zimmermans completed firearms training at a local lodge...
The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather - the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him....
A rare case of Reuters flubbing the mainstream media agenda.
As in you win the thread...
Thanks for the info.
And true of all neighborhoods across the nation - except no one in the media ever heard of such a thing apparently.
Strangers don’t wander neighborhoods without many eyes watching them. It’s normal.
Zimmerman cannot be Hispanic or Black, he must be WHITE to fit the dominant narrative.
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