Skip to comments.Expert: Zimmerman whispered 'punks' before shooting Trayvon Martin
Posted on 04/05/2012 10:56:20 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
SANFORD, Florida (CNN) - A forensic audio expert who analyzed 911 recordings disagrees with speculation that George Zimmerman uttered a racial slur moments before shooting Trayvon Martin to death.
What the neighborhood watch volunteer whispered as he followed the teen leading up to the deadly confrontation could weigh into the decision about charges against Zimmerman.
The garbled word that raised controversy was "punks," not "coons," said Tom Owen, chairman emeritus of the American Board of Recorded Evidence.
When Owen used a computer application to remove cell phone interference, the word became clearer, he said. After discussions with linguists, he became convinced that Zimmerman said "punks," he said.
He provided CNN with a copy of the processed audio.
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I agree. It is sad and it should be criminal the way media has participated and manipulated things.
the audio frequency ability of the cell phone is controlling, was it a wideband cell phone ? What equipment was used to record the calls, what frequency response-likely wider than the cell phone.
“The garbled word that raised controversy was “punks,” not “coons,” said Tom Owen, chairman emeritus of the American Board of Recorded Evidence. “
Is it just me, or do I get the feeling that the word “punks” will be a racist term by this weekend?
There is no evidence that Trayvon wasn’t a punk, like every gangsta’ thug. Whether or not Trayvon got what was coming is a matter the DA, cops, and maybe the courts will have to decide.
While it is getting worked out, white people better start traveling in well armed groups. There are a lot of punks out there looking to hurt and kill innocent crackers. Defend yourselves with deadly force.
So any noise transmitted through a phone will be already be band-passed filtered into the vocal range.
For instance, if Zimmerman slammed his truck door at the exact time he said the word “cold”, it would be difficult to separate the 2 sounds once they become one audio file.
And “Punk” and “Coon” sound so similar.
Geez Louise. CNN won’t be happy until Zimmerman is lynched.
You obviously didn’t read the comment I was responding to. And yes you are stupid for participating. I was stupid for responding. We’re all stupid. Please respond! LOL
It’s make-up-a-word time with Tom Owen, your favorite partisan hack audio analyst!
And you are right also. Preparedness and being informed are important.
He was not a punk. He was a No Limit Nigga thug. There. That should settle it.
Cool........kinda like Dirty Harry.
what is a Black Hispanic?
I’d imagine that cell phone interference is at much higher frequency range than the human voice. It was prpbably quite easy for them to remove it.
Let's assume the phone had a full range 20-20K. Using my previous example of a truck door slamming at the same time he says the word “cold”.
The vocal range for a male can go as low as below 100HZ and has some content above 4KHZ.
The truck door slam is likely to have content below 60KHZ and some content above 1KHZ.
The question is, using a band pass filter, is it possible to eliminate the truck door slam without effecting the voice content? The answer is no. Reducing the frequency range content of a vowel or consonant has the potential to completely change it.
A consistent “noise floor” can be reduced by adding in a reverse phase of the same content. For example...sampling the noise, when Zimmerman isn't speaking, and flipping phase of the noise and overlaying it onto the "f'n cold" phrase might clean it up some, but unless it's a perfect mirror match, it won't be conclusive.
This all assumes a single audio file.
Isn’t most conversation below ~3 kHz, while the noise is high-frequency, like tape hiss?
If so, there’s no separation problem.
The answer is no. Wind noise is almost always all over the vocal range. Ever see those shag carpet lookin’ mic condoms reporters use in hurricanes? Band pass filters won't eliminate wind noise without cutting out a lot of vocal content...so they just cut out the wind.
Soon he will be quoted as saying “Go ahead, make my day.”
the cops and the prosecutor KNOW from forensics if Martin was shot while on top of Zimmerman, what angle etc - they KNOW if he had bought candy and ice tea as has been stated as his business for being in the neighborhood - they KNOW if there was forensic evidence of a struggle over the gun - they KNOW if either man had drugs or alcohol in their system or on their person
so why the silence??????
Punks. Coons. I always mix up those 2 words. They sound nearly identical.