While gathering some reference materials on the Zimmerman case I happened to come across a piece by CNN entitled “Trayvon Martin Shooting Fast Facts” (I’m not giving them a link, Google it if you want to see the actual piece). It should instead have been entitled “Playing Fast and Loose with the Facts”. In this piece, which is indicated as having been updated only days ago–August 29, 2013, 10:36PM EDT–CNN writes the following:
Timeline: February 26, 2012 – George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, calls 911 to report “a suspicious person” in the neighborhood. He is instructed not to get out of his SUV or approach the person. Zimmerman disregards the instructions. Moments later, neighbors report hearing gunfire. Zimmerman acknowledges that he shot Martin, claiming it was in self-defense. In a police report, Officer Timothy Smith writes that Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and back of the head. (emphasis added)
Anyone who has followed the case knows that, in fact, Zimmerman was never instructed not to get out of his vehicle, and so of course could not have disregarded such an instruction. It is also known that when asked by the dispatcher if he was following Martin–in direct response to the dispatcher asking for information about Martin’s direction of flight–Zimmerman acknowledge that he was, to which the dispatcher said, “We don’t need you to do that.” This can hardly be be termed an “instruction”, and in any case the dispatcher testified in court that he would not give commands remotely to a person on the scene. In any case, Zimmerman immediately assented to the suggestion.
Indeed, here is the relevant transcript of that non-emergency call:
Zimmerman: Shit, he’s running.
Dispatcher: He’s running? Which way is he running?
[Sound of car door opening.]
Zimmerman: [Grunts.] Down towards the other entrance of the neighborhood.
[Sound of car door closing.]
Dispatcher: OK, and which entrance is that he’s heading towards.
Zimmerman: The back entrance. . . . [mutters] Fucking punks [puddles?].
Dispatcher: Are you following him?
Dispatcher: OK, we don’t need you to do that.
And if you’d like to link to the actual recording of that portion of Zimmerman’s non-emergency call to police, February 26, 2012:
Shameless, CNN–but then, it’s what we’ve long grown to expect. Is it any wonder that you have roughly one-third the total viewers as Fox in 2Q2013 (673,000 to 1.984 million, respectively, accordingly to the Huffington Post)?
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About Andrew F. Branca
Andrew is an Massachusetts lawyer in his third decade of practice and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition” now available at www.lawofselfdefense.com and also at Amazon.com as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.
He is also an attorney-member of the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, a Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-member and Certified NRA Instructor, and an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13) and Master-class IDPA competitor in CDP and SSP.