THE PROSECUTION DOCUMENT DUMP on Thursday released a lot of information. The audio clip via Think Progress, which is above, is an interview with a witness and reveals something that shows up in the Sanford Police Report and surfaces in multiple depictions of George Zimmerman.
It goes back to his 46 calls to 911 over several years, as well as his refusal to listen to the 911 operator and not pursue Martin, with his determination to insert himself into what should have been police business upon reporting Trayvon Martin as “suspicious” a main cause for Trayvon Martin’s death.
It’s why the Sanford Police Report says the fatal incident between Zimmerman and Marting was “ultimately avoidable.”
The man being interviewed in the audio paints a picture of George Zimmerman as a bully. Zimmerman also continually called human resources: “he was fired for calling HR hotline so many times…he would complain about each and every manager and employee.” The witness was clearly affected by what he depicts as George Zimmerman’s relentless badgering that made his life miserable.
Zimmerman, according to the witness, targeted him because he was Middle Eastern. He repeatedly called the man a “fucking moron” and mocked him using the voice of “Achmed the terrorist.” Zimmerman’s stories about the man would involve “bombing,” “I’ll kill your family” and other “jokes” about “Middle Eastern stuff.” According to the man, this went on “for days and days.” [Think Progress]
The prosecution has reportedly withheld 10% of their case from the public at this point. Expect more character depictions of Zimmerman that flesh out the type of person he is, as well as anecdotes that could reveal more about why he was prescribed medication for anxiety and insomnia.
The audio also puts into perspective some of the language used by Zimmerman with the 911 operator.
UPDATE: I would have skipped Mr. Dershowitz’s efforts today completely, because he leaps over the biggest problem with his analysis, which is really quite embarrassing considering his vaunted resume, minus his myopia on the Middle East. But Dave Weigel offered the perfect rebuttal and where I would have started, so I’ll at least post it.
Problem: Dershowitz is missing the reason why this became a national story in the first place. Had Zimmerman been arrested on the fateful night, this current discovery/autopsy process would have begun immediately. Benjamin Crump, the main attorney for the Martin family, has said that he only got involved in the case because he expected Zimmerman to be arrested, and he wasn’t. That’s how this became a national debate about “stand your ground” and the standards of the Sanford PD. That’s why ABC News and other news outlets drip-drab-dripped out the details as they reported them. That’s why the police chief resigned and the city distanced itself from the department’s work.