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There may be a potential flaw in George Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense should he be charged for the February 26, 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. On March 23, 2012, it was announced that attorney Craig Sonner would represent George Zimmerman. During an interview with CNN, Sonner stated that his client was not a racist.
“Was it racially motivated? The answer is absolutely not. George is friends with people in the African-American community,” Sonner said.
The comment comes after debate regarding what some say is George Zimmerman referring to Trayvon Martin as an F*&#@*^ Coon on his February 26, 2012 911 call where he referred to Martin as looking suspicious, up to something, and possibly on drugs. The 911 call has many nationwide shouting racial profiling while Zimmerman claims self-defense and the Sanford, Florida Police Department answering to civil rights leaders, the U.S. Justice Department and President Obama to explain why they did not arrest Zimmerman and take him into custody. There are even greater questions as to how George Zimmerman can claim self-defense or the “Stand Your Ground” Florida law when he admitted to 911 dispatch he was following the teen.
Combine the factual statements Zimmerman made on the 911 call, and his admittance to following Trayvon Martin, it would appear that the one who had the right to “stand their ground” would have been Martin, not Zimmerman. Zimmerman had a gun. Zimmerman admitted he was following Martin. Allegedly, Martin was on the phone with his girlfriend and stated he was being followed. If an altercation occurred between the two, it would seem logical that according to the evidence the public and media have been given, Trayvon Martin would have had every right to defend himself if Zimmerman charged towards him.
The investigation is under review and there is already great controversy between what witnesses reported, what Trayvon’s girlfriend stated, and what George Zimmerman has claimed in initial questioning. George Zimmerman had a legal permit to carry a concealed weapon, therefore police did not revoke his gun license. Though former Sanford Chief of Police Bill Lee was satisfied with Zimmerman’s account that Trayvon Martin changed course, came after him, and attacked him, therefore he shot him in self-defense, millions across the nation aren’t. Which is more plausible to believe- George Zimmerman who already admitted to following Martin continued to follow him, or that Trayvon Martin was running away, then stopped, turned, and assaulted George Zimmerman?
George Zimmerman made statements to 911 such as these a@@holes always get away and stated that Trayvon Martin was running. These statements alone indicate that Martin was running away from Zimmerman and that Zimmerman was concerned that Trayvon Martin was going to get away. When the 911 dispatcher asked Zimmerman for his address, so that an officer could meet with him at his home, he said he didn’t want to give out his address but for the officer to call him on the phone. Never did Zimmerman say that he felt physically threatened or intimated by Trayvon Martin.
If George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose and gash to the head, as his attorney Craig Sonner claims, there is a high chance he suffered those injuries if he pursued Trayvon Martin before shooting him. Most people, if attacked at gunpoint, will try to fight back. Just what transpired the moments before Trayvon Martin was shot to death may never be known. There is one witness who claims that Trayvon Martin was the aggressor, or that he was on top, beating George Zimmerman. These issues will possibly be debated in a court of law, if there is sufficient grounds to charge George Zimmerman with a crime.
What we do know, for a fact, is what George Zimmerman said on the 911 call. George Zimmerman admitted that he was the one following Trayvon Martin. He did not call 911 to say that he was being followed by a black male and was threatened. He clearly indicated that he was the one following Trayvon Martin.
If Trayvon Martin was followed, approached, then threatened, he would be the one who could justifiably claim self-defense, not George Zimmerman.
Click the video player to the left to hear George Zimmerman’s 911 call. You may listen to the other 911 calls made by witnesses in the link.