Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman – debunked

by idebunkforme

Right-wing insanity is in a fever, due to a story that was posted on the WorldNetDaily and to a local Fox television station, that George Zimmerman killed teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense. Three problems exist with this idea.

“John,” as the witness is being called, is anonymous. He claims that he witnessed the altercation, yelled at Martin to stop, then ran in his house to call police. On the second floor of his home, he looked down and Martin was now dead. None of the reports posted have “John” saying when the gunshot happened. There has not been a 911 call released from “John.” No one who did call 911 spoke of hearing anyone yelling at the two, like “John” supposedly did. And his report and interview are released weeks after the incident, when the federal government is taking up the investigation.

Witnesses interviewed at the scene said that Trayvon Martin was on the ground, laying still. George Zimmerman was straddling the body, basically, a foot on both sides of Trayvon’s body and his hands pressed on [Martin’s] back.” When police arrived on the scene, the police report states that Martin “had his hands underneath his body,” and that he was “laying face down.” “Zimmerman never turned him over or tried to help him or CPR or anything.” Another witness says, “He started walking back and forth like three times with his hand on the head and kind of, he was walking like kind of confused.”

Zimmerman and “John” both say that Zimmerman was calling for help. Yet at least three witnesses recall hearing “last howl for help from a despondent boy” before the fatal shot. Martin’s mother identified her son’s voice as the one crying for help on 911 calls. These all contradict “John’s” story.

Zimmerman has been arguing that it was all self-defense, not a matter of racial profiling. Yet, in almost eight years, Zimmerman called 911 46 times, almost all to report “suspicious” activity, including a young boy Zimmerman described to operators as “7-9 years old, four feet tall, with a ‘skinny build’ and short black hair.”

During the night of Martin’s killing, Zimmerman, on the phone with 911 operators, calls Martin a “fucking coon,” and says “these assholes, they always get away.”

To 911 operators, Zimmerman also informs them that he is pursuing Martin. He is told that is not necessary. He then says that Martin “is running” toward another exit, Zimmerman believes.

The police investigation forced a “no confidence” vote in the police chief from city officials. Sanford’s also plagued by the scandal of its previous captain, whose son was video taped assaulting a black man, but wasn’t arrested or charged for it.

“John’s” revelation seems to be contrary to witness statements, and only fuels the right-wing insanity over this situation that Zimmerman acted in self-defense against a suspicious black teenager. They will believe the shakiest of testimony and blog posts, and ignore the substantial amount of evidence against their beliefs.

This, unfortunately, will not die down, even after a federal investigation.