by Scott Creighton
George Zimmerman isn’t some “out of control” freak running around the neighborhood spying on everyone with his pop-gun at the ready. His father isn’t a retired judge from that county using his influence to get his son off the hook. And it certainly doesn’t look like he stalked and killed Trayvon in cold blood while the kid was begging for his life.
That narrative simply isn’t true.
By all eyewitness accounts Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman in a physical confrontation when the gun went off and quite possibly it was Trayvon who approached Zimmerman as he was heading back to his car. So why the deliberate distortions of the story in the press and why is no one even curious about Al Sharpton standing around in the background as this case starts looking more and more like deliberate misinformation the likes of which we saw Sharpton peddle in the Twanna Brawley fiasco long ago?
What happened to Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman on Feb. 26th 2012 is certainly a tragedy. But what’s been developing ever since the MSM decided to stop ignoring the case and to exploit it for various reasons is appalling to say the least.
Yes, George Zimmerman was by all accounts a wanna-be cop ( “I hold law enforcement officers in the highest regard and I hope to one day become one.” George Zimmerman) who was the official neighborhood watch officer in his middle class gated community (46 911 calls in the past year). And yes, the least reported facet of this case is the fact that his daddy, Robert Zimmerman, served as a Supreme Court magistrate in the Virginia court system.
When I first heard about the case, I figured it was yet another example of privilege rather than prejudice. Zimmerman’s father was reported as being a retired judge in the same area, so that misinformation led many to say the prosecutor was cutting his son a break as a professional courtesy. But that story doesn’t really hold up to further scrutiny. His was father was a retired magistrate which is not the same as a judge but he served in Virginia, not that county in Florida. He just happened to live there.
Zimmerman nor his father weren’t wealthy by any standard of measure. The median incomes for their respective neighborhoods are around 66k and 49k. The “gated community” was hardly an upper middle class location. His father’s home is only valued at 119,000 dollars. Not what one would call the 1%
The picture of what happened that fateful night is now becoming much clearer. Yes, they did struggle and yes it looks like Treyvon was on top of Zimmerman and the latter was calling out for help prior to the gunshot which took Treyvon’s life.
“When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point,” John said.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper also reported from another witness that the two were rolling around on the ground when the gun went off and that the larger man, Zimmerman (described as “Hispanic” by the witness) was the only one to get up.
A recording of a 911 call by a neighbor who didn’t actually see the confrontation captured the cries from help which seem to have come from Zimmerman, though many people say the high pitched quality of the voice shows it was Trayvon’s voice and not Zimmerman’s but that flies in the face of the police reports and the eyewitness testimony no provided by two witnesses who saw the confrontation.
When I listened to the video it sounds like Zimmerman’s voice calling for help. It sounds like Zimmerman’s voice which you can hear in his 911 call to the cops. Just for the record, I didn’t hear Zimmerman use a racial slur during that call and neither did the audio experts hired by CNN. The racial slur angle is important because without a racism motive assigned to Zimmerman, the Obama justice department cannot get involved in the case.
Apparently what happened was Treyvon saw Zimmerman in his vehicle watching him so Trayvon decided to approach the car. Perhaps Treyvon saw Zimmerman on the phone calling the cops and Trayvon split. Zimmerman pursued on foot against the orders of the police dispatcher who clearly told him they didn’t want him to do that.
According to Zimmerman’s statement as best as we can ascertain at this point, Trayvon disappeared into a cul-de-sac of some kind and Zimmerman started to return to his vehicle having lost sight of Trayvon. But then Trayvon approached Zimmerman from behind asking if he “wanted something” from him. A verbal confrontation took place at that point but according to Zimmerman he continued toward his vehicle and a few moments later Trayvon approached again and the physical confrontation began.
This version of events is somewhat supported by the witness interviewed by Anderson Cooper who claimed he heard a loud confrontation at first, then it stopped, and then it continued a few moments later, this time closer to his window. That’s when he looked out and saw them on the ground and the gun went off.
Zimmerman should never have gotten out of his car. He should have done what the police dispatcher told him to do. But whatever one thinks about the case you have to accept at this point that there was in fact a physical confrontation between these two people and according to 100% of the witnesses, Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman while Zimmerman was calling for help.
Had his neighbors responded, perhaps Trayvon wouldn’t be dead. That’s a harsh statement, but it’s true. That scuffle seems to have gone on long enough for someone to have gotten out there and helped out rather than hiding behind their locked doors calling the cops.
As far as I can tell, this is what happened that night.
As tragic as it is for the Martin family and the Zimmerman family both, the tragedy has continued and been exasperated by anyone and everyone looking to make this case into something that it isn’t.
Spike Lee tweeted an address of some elderly couple claiming that is where Zimmerman was in a clear effort to mobilize people down in that area to harass that household, or worse. Turns out it was some elderly couple who had to live in abject fear for a couple of days until Lee apologized publicly for giving out the wrong address.
Lee should be charged for that. If I or you or anyone else put out what is effectively a call to cause harm to someone on the internet or in tweets, we would be arrested. Not someone as famous as Spike Lee though.
The fake “New Black Panthers” group put out a bounty on George Zimmerman.
Why Eric Holder hasn’t arrested them at this point only goes to show they are taking their orders from the same sources. Putting out a hit on someone is clearly against the law and they should be arrested. If you want to find them, try looking at the nearest FBI or NSA office.
I watched a couple of Keith Olbermann’s segments about this story just before he was fired from Current TV and to be honest, I’m glad he was fired.
You could not present a more one-sided view of this case if you were paid a million dollars by Obama himself for doing it. There was no mention of eye-witnesses, there was no evaluation of the cries for help in the audio recording, and the only thing he seemed interested in doing was justifying a seated president for exploiting a tragic shooting incident for his own political gain, which I tell you right now, no one can convince me his administration is not doing. Not only does he associate himself with Treyvon claiming his son would look like him, the White House website offers a hoodie for sale with the tag line “Show everyone which side you are on”
That is a despicable intrusion into an ongoing case which as you can plainly see, is far from as open and shut as the MSM and the White House would have you believe.
But perhaps most despicable of all (and that includes the fact that they are biasing the general public by using out of date photos of the perp and the victim to make the differences seem much larger than they really are) is the fact that the “Rev” Al Sharpton is advising the family of Trayvon Martin through all of this.
For those of you who don’t remember, Sharpton got involved with a little story some years back where a young girl claimed to have been kidnapped and raped by police officers and others in the woods for a couple of days. It never happened. Neighbors of the family claimed they heard the mother of the girl talking to Sharpton saying things like he should have taken the settlement before the truth came out. A security guard also reported something similar. They even at one point accused the prosecutor of raping her til that fell through then they changed the story again.
In the end the grand jury decided they hathe lawsuit even though Sharpton did everything he could to derail the case including shouting “racism” at the judge and storming out of the courtroom nearly everyday.
Sharpton was a sleaze then and he’s a sleaze now. If anything is disrespecting the memory of Trayvon Martin like his father said, it’s not someone looking into his criminal background, it’s associating his death with a shyster and blatant opportunistic liar like Al Sharpton. How MSNBC gave him a show of his own is beyond me. You would expect that kind of thing from Fox.
My heart goes out to the families involved. Especially to the mother and father of Trayvon.
There is no indication that they believe anything any different than what they say on tv and in various interviews that they have given so to that end, there really is no comparison between this case and that of Twanna Brawley. My guess is they are being intentionally misled by Sharpton and others who have a stake in making this a big story and a racially based hotbed of controversy.
Even I had fallen for some of the early misinformation surrounding the coverage of this case (some of it on MSM and some on alternative sights like Jack Blood’s show). But now I think it’s starting to look a lot different than originally presented.
Fact is, as the official neighborhood watch officer, Zimmerman was doing what he was supposed to do when he called in the suspicious person standing around looking at houses that night. Whether or not we THINK he was suspicious looking to Zimmerman because he was a young black male wearing a “hoodie” is an assumption. For the most part, his neighbors and his black family members wouldn’t agree with that assessment.
From all of the witness reports and the audio recording of the 911 call, there in fact WAS a physical confrontation and no matter how many times Keith Olbermann claims Zimmerman didn’t have ENOUGH wounds on his head in that processing video, the fact is, the police report shows that his wounds were treated prior to returning to processing and again, the witness reports DO corroborate his story of a fight between him and Trayvon.
The media has clearly been presenting a biased view of this case, even going so far as presenting old middle school pictures of Trayvon next to arrest photos of Zimmerman from 2005… 7 years ago. They certainly want to present a marked difference in these two that doesn’t exist now and didn’t exist when they met on Feb 26th 2012.
Also of note, the autopsy report is not going to be released nor has the phone records in which “Dee Dee’ claims to have been on the phone with Trayvon during some of the first part of this conflict.
Jessie Jackson is out there calling Trayvon a “martyr”. That’s going a bit far in my opinion.
While the Supreme Court is evaluating the case of the insurance industry bailout law and the economy is slowly sinking back into further decline, this case is providing a certain measure of distraction from the otherwise incendiary news which should be grabbing headlines.
I thought I understood this case from the start, but I didn’t. You’re not going to find the solution to it from one side of the fake left/right divide or the other. Everyone has an agenda in this matter.
Is it race baiting on the part of the White House? Yes.
Should George Zimmerman be prosecuted for involuntary manslaughter? Yes. He should have done what the cops told him to do and stayed in his car.
And if you can’t take a little 170 pound 17-year-old kid (140 pounds my ass… he was 6′-2″ tall) in a street fight without whipping out your gat, you got no business trying to be a cop in the first place.
So yes, George should be charged with involuntary manslaughter regardless of the “stand your ground” law.
But is Zimmerman some out of control racist running around shooting black kids and getting away with it because he’s white and living in Florida with a retired judge as a father? Absolutely not.
People are being manipulated just like they were in the Kony 2012 campaign. That’s easy to see. What the desired effect is, I cannot tell.Do they want race riots to distract the people from the wholesale theft of the country? Do they want to explain Obama’s reelection by claiming the black population finally came back to support him because of this case? I don’t know.
But using this kid’s death in this way is deplorable.