Police: George Zimmerman Claims Trayvon Martin Slammed His Head Into Concrete

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On the one-month anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death, Sanford police have finally revealed the version of events recounted by George Zimmerman. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman claimed that before he fatally shot Martin, the 17-year-old punched him in the nose and slammed his head into the concrete. That's apparently the reason police decided not to arrest Martin on the grounds of Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watchman, had called police to report a suspicious teenager. That teenager was Martin, who was staying at his father's house in the gated community Zimmerman was patrolling. The police dispatcher instructed him not to follow Martin, but he ignored that order and followed him on foot anyway.

Zimmerman says he lost track of Martin and was walking back to his SUV. He then told police that Martin appeared behind him and asked him if he had a problem. Zimmerman says he said no, and that Martin replied, "Well, you do now."

He claims Martin then punched him in the nose. Zimmerman says the single punch knocked him off his feet and that Martin then repeatedly slammed his head against the ground. According to reports, Zimmerman had a 110-pound weight advantage over Martin but was unable to fend him off, according to his story.

Several neighbors say they heard someone shouting for help. The Martin family's lawyer says those shouts came from Trayvon, but Zimmerman says they were his own.

Zimmerman then shot Martin.

Police say that when they arrived, they found Zimmeman with a bloody nose, a swollen lip, and lacerations on the back of his head. He was treated by paramedics but was not taken to a hospital.

So far, the closest account from Trayvon's perspective has come from his girlfriend. She told the Martin family's lawyer that she was on the phone with him shortly before the incident. Trayvon was apparently aware that Zimmerman had been following him and was worried. Trayvon eventually lost him. That appears to be where the two stories diverge.

According to the girlfriend's interpretation of what she heard, she said it was Zimmerman who reappeared and had cornered Martin.

"Trayvon said, 'What are you following me for?' and the man said, 'What are you doing here?'" the girlfriend claimes. "Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the headset just fell. I called him again, and he didn't answer the phone."

In related news, the reason Martin had been suspended from school is because officials found a plastic bag with trace amounts of marijuana in his possession.

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ZZZZZZZZ
ZZZZZZZZ

If I had a jackass, it would look like Obama. 

Davesnoon
Davesnoon

That ISNT the mugshot from the shooting . Dont be IGNORANT of the facts!

David Sims
David Sims

This story repeats some of the lies I've heard from the mass media.

First, Zimmerman did NOT outweigh Martin by 110 pounds. Zimmerman had lost weight since the old mugshot used by the press was taken, while Martin had gained weight since that photo of him at age 12 was made. The actual weight difference on the evening of the encounter was only 10 pounds, with Zimmerman at 170 and with Martin at 160.

Second, Zimmerman did NOT pursue Martin to the point of catching up with him. He followed Martin to see where he was going, but he stopped following him 12 seconds after the 911 operator said that following was unnecessary. Listen to the audio tape and you can hear when Zimmerman stops breathing heavily into the phone. That's when he turned around and began walking back to his vehicle, still talking to the 911 dispatcher.

Martin, who could have gone into his father's girlfriend's residence and watched TV until bedtime, chose instead to intercept Zimmerman. Closing the distance to zero was Martin's idea. Instigating combat was also Martin's idea. Martin began the fight in which he died.

There are witnesses who say that during the fight Martin was on top of Zimmerman, slamming his head into the concrete sidewalk. And there are witnesses who say that Zimmerman was on top of Martin, beating him up. Obviously, some of the "witnesses" are lying. Which ones? Well remember that the black funeral home director said that Martin's body didn't look as if it had been in a fight.

The one thing you can be sure of, if the funeral home director is telling the truth, is that Martin wasn't on the receiving end of many blows, which means that Zimmerman couldn't have been beating up on Martin. Which means that the "witnesses" who say that Zimmerman was on top are lying. Which means that the other witnesses, who say that Martin was on top are telling the truth.

That would dovetail nicely with the injuries on the back of Zimmerman's head—the gashes that the mainstream media professed not to see for a week, even though the Daily Caller and others did notice them. The gashes that ABC News grudgingly admitted were present, after they'd had a forensic expert enhance the video from the police station garage. Zimmerman has injuries consistent with his story, consistent with what the funeral home director said, and consistent with the stories told by the witnesses who say that Martin was slamming Zimmerman's head into concrete right before Zimmerman shot him.

I see no reason even to put Zimmerman on trial. If he does stand trial, the evidence that he's telling the truth and has been doing so since the beginning is overwhelming. His story is the one which is both self-consistent and in accord with the physical evidence.

rons
rons

trayvon was just an innocent kid, not a punk who was kicked out of school for drugs in school, not a ciminal forget about that time busted with criminal tools or some lady's jewelery. show his pictures from this and last year. he was just "keepin it real".  street cred. unarmed 6 foot plus young adult, 17 yrs old, attacks you good luck. i carry a .45 pistol and hopefully a get a couple of shoots off. which ever side you believe it is b on b crime black on brown or brown on black. if trayvon attack a little old white lady and people demanded that he be locked up with out the legel system running it's course the naacp and al and jesse would be crying lynch mob. that's just thoughts from a dumb cracker, redneck. there will be no race riots in my town atleast not for more than a couple of minutes.

Payton_vege
Payton_vege

Amazing write-up! This could aid plenty of people find out more about this particular issue. Are you keen to integrate video clips coupled with these? It would absolutely help out. Your conclusion was spot on and thanks to you; I probably won’t have to describe everything to my pals. I can simply direct them here!

Bosco
Bosco

OK Now....!Did anyone here happen to SEE the recent GMA report concerning the surveillance video???????? Expert enhancement analysis was used as per ALL professional issues involving videos.   It certainly LOOKS LIKE he has back of the head INJURIES  after-all.As Eddie York, myself and a few others here have been saying..WAIT FOR ALL OF THE FACTS before you pass judgement. Now, when will we start be able to see RECENT PHOTOS of Martin?? Not when he was a child but when he was a YOUNG MAN? 

King
King

The fact is Zimmerman shot an unarmed 17 year old.  And regardless of circumstances...it is NOT OK to shoot and kill someone!!!   If Zimmerman had followed police and watch group rules, perhaps the outcome of the confrontation would have been different.  If Z was scared, he should have waited for help.   Someone that cannot follow the rules is NOT credible. 

rons
rons

you can be a threat to someones safety even without being armed. no problem with him shooting an unarmed person. and trayvon was not some 12 yearold little kid. he was a 17 yr. old adult thug. lets call it dsaf, and move on.

Bosco
Bosco

 King you would be correct IF we had ALL of the FACTS to this case. WE DO NOT . The State is still conducting the investigation into the killing!!! Zimmerman's claim in the police report is that he shot Martin because he was being ATTACKED. Suppose someone(white/black/yellow/brown) was on top of YOU beating you to the point that you were about  to go unconscious. If you had a gun on your person WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE? Wait for help to arrive?????  Also ,,we are not sure what he did as yet in re to the 'following Martin' facts. It has also been stated that Zimmerman turned back to his auto when Martin confronted him. If that is the case Martin was out of line to APPROACH him based on your words.

Andrew
Andrew

 Google: "Trayvon's father: it wasn't my son's voice screaming for help"There are witness who seen the fight and who say it was Zimmerman screaming. Also the title is self-explanatory

od3052004
od3052004

 Zimmerman claimed that before he fatally shot Martin, the 17-year-old punched him in the nose and slammed his head into the concrete. That's apparently the reason police decided not to arrest Martin on the grounds of Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

you mean they decided not to arrest Zimmerman...

Bosco
Bosco

 You had better spend more time READING instead of parroting what you hear   'od3052004' , The police wanted to arrest Zimmerman. The States Attorney said not yet. There is an investigation pending.

Denzellé Wright
Denzellé Wright

I'm sure this is a typo. 

The only thing that really bothers me is that we are trying to justify actions. Zimmerman should have never followed Martin armed. He is a neighborhood watchman, not a police officer. Period. If he felt threatened, he should have called the local police department and let them handle it. That is what neighborhood watch people are ADVISED and TRAINED to do. 

As far as photographs are concerned, those are posed still shots that are to depict a story at that time. Whether it is Zimmerman smiling for an identification photo or Martin posing with a hoodie, they are distracting us from the facts. Zimmerman, armed, killed an unarmed young man. There has been no proof of assault from either party other than one person, Treyvon Martin, is dead and didn't have to die. 

What we need to officially rule on this case are autopsy and ballistic reports (official evidence) to prove how the gun was fired. Also, if this was self defense, why wasn't there any more investigations such as crime scene photos? Is the law stating that all we have to do is say "self-defense" and shoot? No other evidence will be collected? 

If we prove otherwise, then so be it. But so far, nothing is pointing to self-defense, other than hearsay. Am I wrong?

Bosco
Bosco

Denzelle , you stated "...nothing is pointing to self-defense, other than hearsay. Am I wrong?"Your correct BUT  nothing points to Zimmerman shooting Martin in cold blood OTHER THAN HEARSAY as well. You are CHOOSING to go with the idea that Zimmerman is a cold blooded killer.  You are CHOOSING THAT. There is a State investigation going on for a REASON.  Can you allow yourself to rationally consider a hypothetical situation in which YOU were being beaten by someone ontop of you? Beating you to the point that you feared for your life. IF you had a gun in your pocket what would YOU DO??? Not saying that Zimmerman's explanation is 100% true but in order for everyone to be unbiased and FAIR, you NEED to CONSIDER ALL VIEWS and AWAIT all the facts. No rushing to judgement

wazdatu
wazdatu

According to the First two responding officers Zimmermans story is collaberated by six eyewitnesses interviewed that night. Paramedics, EMT, individuals were called. their police reports that Mr Zimmerman was covered in grass stains and pieces of grass and that he had blood coming from his nose and the back of the head.  Those are facts that can be looked up on line Yahoo posted the Associated Press story in which you can read the police reports.  They also listed it as a homcide/manslauter/ and one other charge I can't remember at the moment. So to be fair none of this has been reported by the Media but a lot of misinformation has been. That to me is shameful what they do report on has been doctored, overturned and out and out lies primarily by NBC and MSNBC. We have the laws we need in place and people should not be tried and convicted in the arena of public opinion that's what our court system is for to give a fair hearing of the FACTS. We do not convict on EMOTIONS none of that matters only the facts. And we haven't seen all the facts yet in this case.

seep
seep

I want a GZ pussy ass cracker shirt!

Black kid was stupid
Black kid was stupid

Black youth need to learn to show respect to rednecks. Some rednecks carry guns.

wazdatu
wazdatu

Your post was uncalled for and it is exactly what cause more harm than good. You should be ashamed of yourself for such a racist comment.

Bosco
Bosco

and apparently a lot of blacks carry guns based on the fact that a disproportionate amount of blacks are KILLED by BLACKS.  No one wants to march against that though. 

Stop the Madness
Stop the Madness

"Show respect to rednecks"....are you serious?!?! Zimmerman was looking for trouble. He should have kept his behind in the car as the 911 dispatcher advised. He could have stayed in his car and attempted to follow the "suspicious looking person." He did not have to get out on foot with his weapon. If I am being followed by someone I am going to defend myself if they approach me...by any means necessary. So, if Zimmerman was getting his ass whooped for rolling up on someone, that is his fault. He should have remained in the car until the police arrived. He is NOT the darn police. What gives you the right to act like CSI and start patrolling the neighborhood on foot with a gun?!?!? He had every intention of harming the "assholes who always get away!" Unfortunately, we will only have one side of this story since Zimmerman made the decision to kill Trayvone Martin. He could have made the decisio to shot him in the leg, arm, etc. He shot this young man in cold blood! He should be convicted for this crime....bottom line point blank!

Bosco
Bosco

How do YOU KNOW Zimmerman was looking for trouble???? Do you have a shiny crystal ball or are you being biased and maybe RACIST?

James Ruderson jr.
James Ruderson jr.

Do you have a crystal ball that say he was not looking for trouble Sr. Bosco? Please don't even answer that question. Common cents tales me you don't have any of that in your brain. All that did you see or facts that a person needs to see it for them self is nothing but a mind game. It seems to me if you kid or your mother said she was rape by a person all you would say well mom I was not there to see it so how do I know if your telling me the truth or not.

wazdatu
wazdatu

it's called the emotional outrage license where facts don't matter and you can assume to know or make up the facts as you go along. This comes from those who are uninformed, don't want to hear facts, and Like our President want to be seen as the guy who knows it all. Truth is Bosco is most likely glued to the MSNBC channel where nothing if fact checked and outrage is the norm. It's unfortunate too that our TV stations run at a sixth grade level and few will ever break free of that mentality.

Jack Webbb
Jack Webbb

The media is manipulating the masses with this story. The thing with tragedies like this is all the facts have not come out. Did you know Zimmerman mentored two black kids? Did you know Trayvon was 6' 3"? Did you know the media is using old photos.

 

Anyone else get a different impression from the updated pics? M

Gustosic
Gustosic

There is no excuse for murder. Zimmerman know how tall Trayvon was the entire time he was following him. If that was so scary to him, he should have waited for the cops to get there like they told him to

StefanieX
StefanieX

Please, if he was on a ten day suspension and I am saying if, What the Hell does that have to do with him getting killed. I know plenty of children that have been suspended from school, are they criminals? no, as a matter of fact they are Doctors, Lawyers and Investment Bankers. The issue at hand is an unarmed young black man was shot and killed for no reason. I guess the crime he was committing was "being black" I am not sure but has a law been passed that you are not allowed to walk in the rain or wear a hoodie or live in an affluent neighborhood.... no, I did not think so, this law only applies if you are Black. If he(Zimmerman) was asked "are you following him" and he responded "yes" and then was told "we don't need you to do that" and a confrontation for what ever reson occurs..... how is this self defense. If he(Zimmerman) is heard taking the safety off of his gun, how is this self defense, if you hear his breathing pick up(chasing) Trayvon doesn't this mean Trayvon was trying to avoid a confrontation.... so again, I am confused, how is this self defense. JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON..... WE LOVE YOU!!!!

wazdatu
wazdatu

There is a difference between facts and emotional outrage.

You have taken the latter path, with that comes the same result not enough evidence that is factual to make a case. We don’t convict people on emotional outrage. Our courts need to try a person on the facts of the case. Until all of those are known we should not be convicting him in a public form either. Who do you trust? Certainly not the Media who have doctored the 911 calls, NBC; Said that Mr. Zimmerman uttered a racial slur and then retracted it. CNN; Made up their reporting without subsequent facts such as the EMT’s, cleaning up Mr. Zimmerman before he went to the police department. He was questioned for six hours after he was arrested concluding that there wasn’t enough to lead to a conviction. It was also mentioned in the police report that Mr. Zimmerman was returning to his vehicle after he had lost track of Trayvon. It was then when he was blindsided by Trayvon. Emotions run high when anyone is shot but that didn’t give Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton to go down there and promote this as white on black crime. Neither one of those two will ever apologize when it is found that they were wrong. Remember that. Both operate by raising the level of emotion. It isn’t enough for the police to do their job of investigating the incident when these two men try to make something out of the story at a time when no one knows all the FACTS. Jessie and AL are shake down artists and play on the black community and that is shameful.

Yourgay
Yourgay

 you idiot he followed the kid then LOST him and went back to his car. And then trayvon jumped him. I guarantee you get jumped by anyone and you got a gun on you your going to pull it out and shoot. especially when someone bashing your head in the ground. Witnesses already said they saw zimmerman screaming for help with trayvon on top of him who is 6 foot 3. What more does need to happen before he needs to defend his life? until he has his head bashed in the ground 20 more times? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

kulanapan
kulanapan

Look at Zimmerman's mugshot. Not a single trace of injury to his face. He's flat out lying, and the Sanford Police should be indicted on conspiracy charges for attempting to cover up this murder.

wazdatu
wazdatu

You do know that was from a piror arrest and not the night of the shooting. 

Dgfella662
Dgfella662

That is not his mugshot from the Trayvon shooting. He wasn't arrested for the shooting that is an old mugshot from a crime Mr.Zimmerman was arrested for previously.

Joesmoe
Joesmoe

fing idiot mugshot was from 2005....................

kulanapan
kulanapan

So where's his mugshot from that night?

David Sims
David Sims

There are probably Sanford police officers who'd like to see Zimmerman in jail for personal reasons. Zimmerman had been instrumental in a campaign to have the son of one of the officers arrested because he'd punched a black homeless man.

That's right. The son of a Sanford cop hit a black homeless man, and Zimmerman took up the black guy's cause and called for the bully's arrest. Zimmerman isn't a racist. Zimmerman is a guy who had to defend himself from attack by Trayvon Martin, and he did so. He wasn't arrested because self-defense isn't a crime. Not even a little one.

David Sims
David Sims

I think Zimmerman was arrested on one of those catch-all charges that the police use to get someone down to their station for questioning. Disturbing the peace. Discharging a firearm inside the city limits. Something like that. The police wanted to charge Zimmerman with something, and 'negligent manslaughter' was the charge that was least inappropriate. But the district attorney told the police that the evidence (he would have all the police reports and the medical records) wasn't sufficient even for a manslaughter conviction. Since there was no criminal charge that fit the facts, Zimmerman was not charged. Since he wasn't charged, the police had to let him go.

kulanapan
kulanapan

That's the whole point. It is a known racist PD, with a history of treating African Americans unlawfully, and they should be investigated.

I want PROOF that Zimmerman suffered any injuries. His word and the word of the Sanford PD are inconsequential. They mean nothing now.

kulanapan
kulanapan

I guess trolls will be trolls...

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

 Derp.  Have you been following this story AT ALL?

Gustosic
Gustosic

He never got arrested. The police took his side and he has been free this whole time

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