The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited arrival of law enforcement, or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog in an effort to dispel each person’s concern. – Sanford Police Department Report, page 27 (verbatim)
IF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN had not decided to enter the situation, but instead let the professionals do their jobs, perhaps one teen wouldn’t have been shot dead, and a man wouldn’t have ruined his life. Because no matter the outcome, Zimmerman’s life will never be what it might have been.
The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman… if Zimmerman had… or conversely if [Zimmerman] had… ..
The Sanford Police Report puts the blame squarely on the decisions made by George Zimmerman on the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin dead.
It is quite a document dump by the prosecution.
“Investigation reveals that Martin was in fact running generally in the direction of where he was staying as a guest in the neighborhood.”
The autopsy by the Volusia County Medical Examiner on Trayvon Martin showed traces of THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Many things can be said about marijuana, but I’ve never known anyone, seen anyone or personally experienced, pot inducing aggression; sleepiness, perhaps, craving all sorts of snacks, absolutely, but aggressive behavior, no. Of course, that won’t stop the squealing.
The report tells a story that is at times confusing to read and devastating at others.
One investigator wrote:
“… I was also informed that statements made by Zimmerman at the scene were corroborated by several witnesses, and led to the possibility of this shooting having been self defense. Written statements were obtained by…”
One person interviewed recalled “the black male was mounted on the white or Hispanic male and throwing punches ‘MMA (mixed martial arts) style’…” The person goes on to say “a guy… on the bottom getting hit was yelling help…”
A few pages later:
“… I reviewed the 911 calls… [redacted] [redacted] in the background I could clearly hear a male’s voice either yelling “Help” or “Help me”, fourteen (14) times in an approximately 38 second time span. The voice was determined to be that of George Zimmerman, who was apparently yelling for help as he was being battered by Trayvon Martin.”
One anonymous call by a female who refused to give any identifying information told an Inv. Perkins that “George Zimmerman has racist ideologies, and that he is perfectly capable of instigating a confrontation that could have escalated to the point of Zimmerman having to use deadly force.” This means nothing, because it’s anonymous and could be anyone, including someone with a grudge against Zimmerman.
One woman saw “two men chasing each other, a fistfight between the two men..” then she heard the gunshot.
In one telephonic interview one person was “adamant that there was no physical fighting at the time when the gunshot rang out.”
One woman interviewed said she “heard someone crying” before the gunshot rang out. “When asked to best describe the crying or the sobbing she heard, she stated it was coming from a young person, and the tone was that of fear, and/or complaining.”
In another part of the report:
“I asked Mr. Martin if the voice calling for help was that of his son. Mr. Martin, clearly emotionally impacted by the recording, quietly responded, ‘no.’”
According to reports, including the New York Times, not only was Zimmerman’s vehicle not impounded on the night of the shooting, but the Sanford police didn’t cover the crime scene, so blood evidence could not be recovered.
Some time prior to the fatal shooting George Zimmerman had been prescribed both Temazepam, which is prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, as well as Aderall, but we’ll never know what was in his system the night he decided to do the job better left to professionals.
¶ The police did not test Mr. Zimmerman for alcohol or drug use that night, and one witness said the lead investigator quickly jumped to a conclusion that it was Mr. Zimmerman, and not Mr. Martin, who cried for help during the struggle. [New York Times]