George Zimmerman Told Police Trayvon Martin Punched Him and Slammed His Head Into the Sidewalk
In response to the nationwide outcry demanding that George Zimmerman be arrested for the murder of Trayvon Martin, the Sanford, Florida Police Department has released more “details” about the incident.
Details that are basically more lies from George Zimmerman, who continues to claim he was defending himself when he shot and killed 17-year-old Martin, who was “armed” with a can of Arizona iced tea and a bag of skittles.
Zimmerman, a now former neighborhood watchman, spotted Martin leaving his father’s house in a gated suburban community near Orlando, FL at around 7 pm the night of February 26th 2012 and decided to follow him and call 911 because he thought the boy looked “suspicious.”
The 911 call released weeks after the incident show that the dispatcher told Zimmerman to remain in his SUV, but he did not follow orders, and continued to follow Trayvon, who was minding his own business.
It was reportedly raining at the time, and the 17-year-old was wearing a hoodie, and talking to his 16-year-old girlfriend on the phone.
His girlfriend says she heard Trayvon ask George Zimmerman “why are you following me?” then hearing sounds of scuffle and the line going dead. Police records confirm that the young woman was talking to Martin moments before his death.
According to George Zimmerman’s version of the events, however … he claims to have lost sight of Trayvon, and as he was walking back to his SUV, he says Trayvon approached him from behind.
Zimmerman told police that Trayvon asked him if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no, and he says Trayvon said something like, “well you do now,” and punched him in the nose.
Zimmerman says he fell to the ground, and he alleges Trayvon jumped on top of him and slammed his head into the sidewalk multiple times.
According to authorities, Zimmerman then pulled out his gun and fired once at Trayvon, shooting him in the chest from very close range.
According to the “official” police report, Trayvon’s body was lying face down in the grass with his hands beneath his body when cops arrived to the scene two minutes later.
Officer Timothy Smith wrote in the report that Zimmerman had a swollen lip, and was bleeding from the nose and the back of his head; and his back was wet and covered with grass “as if he had been laying on his back on the ground.”
Smith said Zimmerman told first responders who were giving him first aid, “I was yelling for someone to help me, but no one would help me.”
Several “eye witnesses” back up Zimmerman’s story, telling cops he saw Trayvon on top of Zimmerman, punching him.
Cries for help were heard in the background on several 911 tapes, and were also heard by a number of witnesses, though exactly who was calling out is in dispute, with some saying it was Zimmerman, others saying it was Trayvon.
One of the 911 calls from the neighborhood was made by a teenage boy, who says he was walking his dog when he saw a helpless Trayvon lying on the ground, which goes directly against that so-called police report. “He was screaming,” the teenager said.
Trayvon Martin was listed in the police report was 6 feet tall, 160 pounds. Zimmerman was listed as 5 foot 9, and he is believed to be around 200 or more pounds.
A woman whose back door was steps away from where Trayvon was gunned down said she heard a boy crying, then a gunshot … and then silence.
“I heard someone crying – not boo-hoo crying, but scared or terrified or hurt maybe,” the woman said. “To me, it was a child.”
Prosecutors are saying that the conflicting stories, in addition to Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, adds to the complication of the case.
But even if Trayvon Martin did punch Zimmerman as he claims, Reuters notes that there still may be enough conflicting evidence to imply that the shooting was NOT done in self-defense, which means that an though an arrest is not immediately possible, a grand jury will have to review the case and make that decision.
According to recent reports, George Zimmerman, a mortgage analyst, has been in hiding since a fringe group called the New Black Panther Party put a $10,000 bounty on his head.
Demands for his arrest continues to grow day-by-day as rallies and marches are held nationwide demanding justice for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.