Skip to comments.George Zimmerman's Father: My Son Is Not Racist, Did Not Confront Trayvon Martin
Posted on 03/23/2012 10:06:45 AM PDT by Lmo56
The Sanford Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, did not instigate the encounter but has received death threats and moved out of his home, his father told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday.
George Zimmerman, 28, has not been arrested, something that has put him and the Sanford Police Department at the center of a firestorm. Critics say Trayvon, who was visiting family from his home in Miami, was a victim of racial profiling.
Zimmerman's father, 64-year-old Robert Zimmerman of Lake Mary, delivered a one-page letter to the Sentinel on Thursday, saying that the depiction of his son in the media has been cruel and misleading.
George Zimmerman is Hispanic and grew up in a multiracial family, the statement says.
"He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever ...," the letter says. "The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth."
The letter does not provide details about what happened Feb. 26 on a walkway in the gated community where George Zimmerman lives and where Trayvon was visiting. But it does challenge one basic assumption of the family's lawyers: that Zimmerman's intent when he got out of his sport utility vehicle was to confront Trayvon after calling police to report a suspicious person.
(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...
But, the eyewitness account seems to indicate that there was some sort of scuffle that occurred prior to the shooting.
A fact CONVENIENTLY left out of all of the MSM reports that I have seen prior to this ...
The FACT that they are covering up the FACT of a fight PROVES that they are not reporting, but propagandizing.
Bob Zimmerman?! aka Bob Dylan?......
Sadly, I see some Freepers who have bought into the propaganda put out by the media and the race pimps.
I don’t know what Zimmerman did or didn’t do but I can tell you with Holder as AG and Obama and Black Activists putting pressure on people....This guy is going to jail for a long time no matter what. Obama needs to win Florida and it’s an election year. If I was this guy I would disapper FAST and not come back if I was interested in NOT spending the rest of my life in prison.
They want to foment as much turmoil as possible. Next summer they want to burn the country to the ground ala 1968.
They think it is a winning strategy.
I think it is going to lead to a backlash the likes of which this country has never seen.
yeah. good luck getting the truth out now! this has become a circus, and with sharpton, etc. out there fannign the flames of racial hatred, the truth doesnt’ have a chance.
ever see the movie “Ace inthe hole”?
Yeah, yeah, yeah... How 'bout yer son's words on the 911 tape when he began his pursuit of Martin? Was he referring to the neighborhood racoons, or what?
Has there been any background done by the MSM on the deceased?
I read earlier on FR that the family’s lawyer had Martin’s school records sealed, but I don’t know if that is true.
Does he have a police record?
You say that as if that is a reason not to call for the execution of Zimmerman and then life in prison on top of that!
I remember the Rodney King video. Only Pat Robertson showed the unedited version. King kept jumping up off the ground.
This is a good illustration of why responsible citizens should abandon TV altogether.
When I listened to the tape I heard the word "punk" not "coon" as has been widely reported in the news. Several voice experts have also said that he said "punk" and not "coon." Finally, Zimmerman used the word "punk" earlier in the conversation with the dispatcher.
The race baiters are doing everything they can to string this guy up from the nearest tree and claim victory for civil rights. It's a sad commentary that so many are willing to join them.
Forgive me - I was under the insane delusion that [in America] we want to get to the truth ... /sarc
I was just near a TV and watched some CNN coverage as well as MSNBC. It was shameful! Turn those buggers off and stop paying their salaries. Or would that be too much of an inconvienience?
Oh, great idea. Leave teevee for the IRRESPONSIBLE so they can take the information and really put it to good use. Sheesh.
You miss the point. If WE turn off the teevee, it doesn’t stop a thing. It’s like putting your hands over your eyes to stop a train. It won’t work. The train keeps coming, it’s just that you can’t see it running your down.
Unless Zimmermann is in protective custody I think just about any long sentence will be a death sentence once the “Brothers” in prison find out who he is.......
Yeah I don’t know what happened either as everything is filtered through the PC media machine and we all know they are F-ing liars. I know there are no do-overs in life, I just wish Zimmerman had been more covert. Unfortunately, the race baiters are going to milk this incident for all they can. It doesn’t show any respect for the dead boy and Zimmerman will have a rough time getting a fair hearing whether he is guilty or innocent not that the race hustlers care about either.
“adly, I see some Freepers who have bought into the propaganda put out by the media and the race pimps.”
I know what you mean. The other day I got attacked for saying something to the effect of Zimmerman might be getting railroaded and that Martin should have not acted suspicious and that we don’t know all the facts so it’s too early to scream “hang him” about Zimmerman.
So many on here who usually don’t trust the MSM have jumped the shark and now believe every word the MSM has printed on this subject.
When the facts do come out (probably after Zimmerman has been hung or murdered) then there will be a lot of people with blood stained hands who helped out the race baiters and threw away their Conservative membership cards.
The Orlando Sentinel also cut the last half of the 911 tape out in the edited version that it published, which was Zimmerman referring to blacks, and this kid in particular as "f'n coons". Once Zimmerman confronted Martin, all he had to do was shoot off his filthy racist mouth to get Martin, or any other black to toss some punches at him for an excuse and cover for the racist bastard to shoot him and get away with it.
The riots would still continue. It does not matter what happened. Sharpton will have his riots. Farrakhan will have his proclaimed “Revenge”. They don't really care about the issue.
BTW, anyone else notice that no one is talking about the fact that Zimmerman is not White as he is being portrayed.
He is Hispanic with Black relatives. This morning on the radio, one of the race baiters was calling him a White Hispanic. hahaha yeah, right.
They are going to ‘force’ the White thing, even if they have to just simply ‘make it up’.
What does my White Grandmother in Topeka have to do with this kid getting shot by a Hispanic? Nothing right? Not according to Farrakhan and Sharpton. She is guilty because she is White. Well now, isn't that the very definition of racism?
Do you have a link to any of the 911 tapes?
Police said initially that evidence at the scene supported Zimmerman's claim of self defense which was why they did not arrest him.
I have read that one eyewitness saw the two on the ground with the kid on top of Zimmerman.
High tech lynching. Here's what you're looking for.
When police officers arrived, Martin was lifeless, face down on the ground, while Zimmerman was bleeding from his head and his back was covered in grass, as if he had been on the ground, the police report said.
Sanford police issued a statement Wednesday defending their decision not to arrest Zimmerman. They said that when officers arrived, he claimed self-defense, which at the time was supported by physical evidence and testimony.
The police chief said Zimmerman claimed he was attacked by Martin after he had given up his chase and was returning to his truck.(my emphasis)
A man who witnessed part of the altercation contacted authorities.
"The guy on the bottom, who had a red sweater on, was yelling to me, 'Help! Help!' and I told him to stop, and I was calling 911," said the witness, who asked to be identified only by his first name, John.
John said he locked his patio door, ran upstairs and heard at least one gun shot.
"And then, when I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on the top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point."
Ping to #26 on this thread—seems you might have missed this information before forming your “opinion.”
Everybody jumped on the band wagon after "Mr. Tawana Brawley" made his way to Sanford ...
I have the tape published by the Sanford city gov. I just listened to it again. The word is clearly "COONS". That's plural and it rymes with moons, not bunks. It's a "kuh", not a puh". and an "oo", as in moon, not an "uh" as in "duh".
Also you must have missed the several articles this morning over those exact allegations. You know, the articles that said numerous voice and recording experts had analyzed and cleaned up the recordings and COULD NOT TELL what was said.
You might not want to spout your drivel too much more...it's making you look uninformed.
Once again the FRAUD OF THE LEFT is exposed. The socialist anti american MSM wants to hide the truth and play the race angle for political propaganda. This will backfire once again on these PATHETIC FRAUDS. RIVERA blames the HOODIE because the shooter was HISPANIC. He wouldn’t even mention a HOODIE if the person was white. When the REAL TRUTH comes out and the frauds in the MSM have egg on their face they will say move along, no story here.
These rabble rousers don’t give a s—t about Trayvon. Their involvement makes it hard to have much sympathy for Trayvon, as unfair as that may sound.
Link please? You keep saying this, but still no link to the copy you’re listening to.
True, it just disgusts me that so many on FR jumped on that bandwagon too. I guess there are closet liberals amongst us who obviously feel so much white guilt that they would get behind a man known for his race baiting and lying to advance his own agenda. Anyone on FR who gets behind Sharpton has lost my respect. They can burn in hell for all I care.
It was obvious from the beginning when the MSM started pushing a side in this situation that the white guy (Hispanic) was being setup as a scape goat. Too many Freepers swallowed that line hook, line and sinker. They bring shame to themselves for not knowing better.
“Once Zimmerman confronted Martin, all he had to do was shoot off his filthy racist mouth to get Martin, or any other black to toss some punches at him for an excuse and cover for the racist bastard to shoot him and get away with it”
Wow! it would appear AG Holder has weighed in on the situation.
Many FReepers have been acting exactly as their would-be commie overlords want them to. It has been disgraceful.
You also might want to look at the transcripts of the number of times Zimmerman called the police. There are TWO calls he made of young black children in the street (approx age 6). The reason for his call? He was concerned for their safety. He must be a damn evil racist, I tell you what.
Exactly why this case is closed! The cops did a thorough job! If they found evidence to suggest Zimmerman was guilty of anything besides self defense Zimmerman would be charged with a crime. I trust the police did the job they were suppose to do. I’m moving along now. This kind if stuff happen all the time. Geez! It’s only a big story cause the Media, Sharpton, etc are making it that way.
It's disgusting. All that I've been hearing is that Zimmerman caused it etc and nothing about his side of it. I saved a redacted copy of the police report which indicates that Zimmeran was bleeding from his nose and on the back of his head. Also the cop noted in the report that his back appeared wet and had grass on it.
Some poster was claiming that she also had a copy of the report and said Zimmeran caused it and I asked her to copy that section and post it because the report I have (although it is noted it's a partial) indicates nothing about that.
I don't know where everyone is getting their facts but I have yet to see any real account of the facts on what Zimmerman's actions actually were.
Now it's nationwide. Heard some hag congresscritter on NPR screeching that it's been like the 'Wiiiiild West now dat the law was passed (stand your ground or whatever).'
That's what they're really after, the law which allows people to defend themselves.
I haven’t listened to the tape, and 25 years on the flight line means my ears can’t hear anything that isn’t extremely clear anyways.
However, I have met some racists - but none of them would use the word ‘coon’ in talking to the authorities. Folks who talk like that are pretty good at concealing it, unless they are drunk - which is the only time I’ve heard someone say something like that.
Also, I find it highly improbable that the cops would have let the shooter walk free if there was ANY evidence the shooting wasn’t justified.
If you’ll listen to the tape, it’s pretty clear he said “punks”, not “coons”.
It was astounding to see some of the “He is definitely guilty” posts coming from a couple of alleged freepers.
I see Hussein finally had to take “ownership” of the alleged victim... must have been hearing a lot from his racist buddies.
I listened to the tape played last night over and over on CNN and to be honest I couldn’t tell what Zimmerman was saying. Even after the news guy told me what I should be hearing I couldn’t hear the word Coon. Neither could my wife.
So I suspect you may be hearing what they told you you should be hearing. just like those UFO shows keep trying to say that what they have pictures of are real UFOs and the ghost shows keep saying they have videos that prove ghosts were around.
I don’t believe what I’m told to believe unless I see or hear it for myself. The media is too good at brainwashing us and we make it too easy to do. Remember the Rodney King videos that they kept playing showing the cops being evil. Problem is, they only played a small part of the tape that worked in their favor. They ignored a whole section that showed that the cops were justified.
Careful casting your lot with the MSM, they will fool you and make a fool of you each and every time.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah... How ‘bout yer son’s words on the 911 tape when he began his pursuit of Martin? Was he referring to the neighborhood racoons, or what?”
Yeah, yeah, you can always trust the Associated Press.
Remember to always believe what you read.
ABCCBSCNNNBCNPR/AP has your back.
This story would be gone yesterday if the deceased victim had been white. In the media, it would have been cut and dry that a 6’-3” white guy was beating on a hispanic man who shot in self-defense and saved his own threatened life by killing the white man beating on him.
That a black man was killed by a man without a hispanic surname, it is a story in the media, lead by the race baiters.
The sad thing is, a man died, a man shot him or had to shoot him, and somebody was in the right and somebody was in the wrong.
Just, you switch a skin color here or a surname there, and the media jumps ship as to who they declare in the right or in the wrong.
Race relations have never been this bad and things are just going to get worse as we become more PC.
Well don’t let that get in the way of a good self-righteous accusation of racism!
This is a good illustration of why responsible citizens should abandon TV altogether.Yes.
Eric Holder just called; he wants to borrow your sheer speculation for a few months.
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