Skip to comments.A Travesty In Florida Part One: How Zimmerman Lied To Avoid Murder Conviction
Posted on 09/02/2013 8:41:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
First of a series:
In addition to the several columns already published here, over the next few weeks, in a special series The Black Star News will review the George Zimmerman case to analyze what happened and to question: why did this killer of Trayvon Martin escape justice in Florida?
Was the case against Mr. Zimmerman doomed from the time Floridas Stand Your Ground law was invokedespecially, since the victim was an African-American who fits the profile of those deemed "the usual suspect" criminals?
To begin analyzing this case, lets first go back to the awful night of February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. On that fateful night, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin visiting his father, in the gated-community of Twin Lakes, walked to a local convenience store and bought ice tea and Skittles.
On his way back, neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman saw Mr. Martin and decided he was suspicious. Zimmerman called 911 and said We've had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there's a real suspicious guy just walking around looking about. He also told the dispatcher "This guy looks like he is up to no good or he is on drugs or something.
Many argue the charges of racial profiling in this case are unwarranted. But, given some of the dubious conclusions Mr. Zimmerman came to, its clear he did profile Trayvon. The notion he did so because of the way Trayvon was dressed just doesnt quite cut it. Is wearing a hoodie in the rain so suspicious, or, is it only suspicious when worn by African-Americans? Zimmerman defenders point out it was the dispatcher who first asked the race of Trayvon. Thats true. However, on the 911 tape Zimmerman reiterated, unasked, that Trayvon was a Black male possibly armed. The 911 tape gives us clues to the dangerous mindset of Zimmermannot Trayvon.
Chillingly, Mr. Zimmerman did something NYPD officers, who kill innocent Black men, in New York, often do: he told the dispatcher hes coming to check me out, hes got something in his hands. Was this the signal from Zimmerman telegraphing his intention to use deadly force against Trayvon? As a criminal justice acolyte, and police wannabe, Zimmerman was surely well aware of justifications used by police when they kill unarmed African-Americans.
Mr. Zimmermans next question and statement likely tells us why this tragedy occurred. Zimmerman asked the dispatcher How long until you get an officer over here? He then complains These *ssholes they always get away.
A little later he says Sh*t hes running. This sequence of question and statements gives insight into Mr. Zimmermans thought processes. Zimmermans comments exhibit a hatred for these *ssholes that always get away. And, worrying that officers wouldnt get there in time, is it any wonder he defied the dispatchers order not to pursue Trayvon?
At trial, it was alleged Trayvon attacked Zimmerman, supposedly, after Zimmerman decided to heed the advice of the dispatcher and turn from following Trayvon. Is this believable, especially, given the contradictory statements Zimmerman made?
During his second interview, with lead Investigator Chris Serino, Zimmerman repeatedly insisted he didnt follow Trayvon. He said he only got out of his car to check the street sign to give cops his location. This is curious since Zimmerman lived at that location for yearsand there are only a couple of streets there. And, was it necessary to get out of the car to locate the street name?
Its not hard to see why Zimmerman abandoned this earlier version of the story. First of all, he must have, eventually, realized the 911 tape would thoroughly refute this tale. If this concoction was to be believed, how would he explain the extended distance between where his truck was parked and where Trayvon body was found? If Trayvon attacked Zimmerman by his truck, how did Trayvons body end up so far from Zimmermans truck?
In the second interview, with Inspector Serino, Zimmerman when asked about the screaming voiceon another 911 tape recordingstated the screaming voice doesn't even sound like me. During the trial, Zimmermans defense was that voice was his. How do you forget something like this? Zimmerman, at some point, obviously, understood if he wasnt the one screaming for his life, that, this would undermine his fable of being the one under duressforcing him to fire the fatal shot.
Sanford authorities, initially, declined to press charges against George Zimmerman, supposedly, because his self-defense story couldnt be challenged. However, its interesting to note that on March 13, 2012, Lead Investigator Chris Serinowhose actions and statements are also puzzlingly contradictorysent an arrest warrant for negligent manslaughter to the State Attorneys office. The wording of the warrant, in part, states "the encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and waited the arrival of law enforcement or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog in an effort to dispel each party's concern. There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter.
But State Attorney Norm Wolfinger stated there was insufficient evidence to press charges.
Many claim this case had nothing to do with race, but, thats hard to square from the facts in this case. If Trayvon was White does anyone think George Zimmerman wouldnt have been arrested the very night he killed Trayvon? Heres a question to consider: did Zimmermans profiling of Trayvon as a possible Black burglar cloud the minds of Florida law enforcement because of their own perceptions of African-Americans as "usual members" of the criminal class? Is this the reason Zimmerman's inconsistent statements, his provocatively deadly actions, and, his history of violence were ignored?In other words the end --eliminating a "usual suspect"-- even though wrong in this case, justified the means, even though wrongful and unlawful. Much was made about Trayvons use of marijuana and minor brushes with the law. But why wasnt Zimmermans rap sheet and historyincluding his violent streak put under the microscope? Lets look at a few of the violent episodes on Zimmermans dossier. Reportedly, between 2001 and 2005, Mr. Zimmerman worked for two agencies that provided security for parties. Zimmerman was fired from both and according to a former co-worker Zimmerman had a temper and he became a liability because he was like Jekyll and Hyde. When dude snapped, he snapped. The co-worker related a particularly violent incident. One time this woman was acting a little out of control. She was drunk. George lost his cool and totally overreacted... He picked her up and threw her. It was pure rage.
Was this the same rage animating Mr. Zimmerman when, on the 911 call, he talked about these *ssholes that always get away? In August of 2005, Zimmermans former fiancé sought a restraining order against him citing domestic abuseshe said in a fit of jealous rage he slapped her.
In an ironic twist, Zimmermans current wife said she may seek a divorce, supposedly, because her husband hasnt been supportiveeven though she was just sentenced to one year probation for committing perjury in lying about their finances during the bail hearing. And Zimmermans own cousinWitness#9accused him of molesting her for 10 years. It allegedly started when she was six years old and included vaginal penetration with his fingers.
Mr. Zimmermans apparent penchant for violence was again on display one month before his former fiancé filed a restraining order. In July, 2005, Zimmerman was arrested for resisting officer with violence for fighting with cops who questioned Zimmermans friend about alleged underage drinking. Charges were reduced when he entered an alcohol program. Mr. Zimmerman should be glad he isnt Black. African-Americans who fight cops dont usually live to kill innocent people later. Did Zimmerman escape serious charges because hes a judges son?
How much thought did Florida authorities give to Zimmermans violent past when they werepresumablyassessing whether to arrest him or not? Did they think about him fighting with cops when he flagrantly disregarded the command telling him not to follow Trayvon? Did they remember this past when they listened to him profiling Trayvon as one of these *ssholes who always get away?The truth is if George Zimmerman were African-American its doubtful he wouldnt have been arrested on the spot after this killing.Given the particulars here, along with Mr. Zimmermans history of violence, flagrant disregard for the law, his aggressive actions and statements and inconsistent stories, he should have been arrested from the beginning.
The second column in this series will explore the case further by looking at the appointment of Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, the eventual arrest of George Zimmerman, and some other early evidence in this case, including the other 911 tapes.
Please post comments below.
“defied the dispatchers order not to pursue”
Repeated often enough, a lie becomes believed
Mmmmmm, Mmmmmm, Mmmmmm!
Er, the author may want to look into the street drug made from Skittles and the particular brand of “tea” that Travon purchased, plus a certain brand of cough medicine. And Trayvon’s documented history with such drug.
“Black Star News”
That sounds fair and balanced. /sarc
I stopped reading when this liar asserted that Stand Your Ground was invoked, because it wasn’t.
Traydmark never bought tea, he bought watermelon juice. Would take about 10 seconds to research.
Obviously named for the practice of shoving one hundred dollar bills up his behind.
No, he didn't.
There is one comment on the story at the link, and it thoroughly disassembles this racist’s column.
God, don't these people see what they have become?
I couldn’t read the garbage. Right up front he lies when he says the “stand your ground” law was invoked.
Then you’ve got the prosecution AND the Martin family attorneys saying it wasn’t about race.
People like this author are going to cause more and more people to get killed.
If you say it enough, a lie becomes the truth..
Watch a liberal or even average black person’s head explode when you dispute the talkings this idiot displays in this article.
If Trayvon had been wearing a windbreaker then he might not have looked so suspicious.
Never heard that one before. Seems like ABC News would have tried to twist that.
The "stand your ground" law was never invoked, nor played any role in the trial whatsoever.
What a waste of time and words, Colin, you ignorant moron!
So, if Zimmerman was not attacked, how did he sustain those injuries? Did he smack his own head into the concrete?
These people are nuts. They will believe what they want to believe.