Trayvon Martin Case: Did George Zimmerman Whisper a Racial Slur During 911 Call?

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It's been almost a month since George Zimmerman tracked down and fatally shot 17-year-old Miami native Trayvon Martin in a Stanford, Florida, gated community, and Zimmerman remains a free man with no charges filed. Today, the state attorney for Brevard and Seminole counties announced that a grand jury will look into the case. The federal Justice Department has also announced that it will review the killing of the unarmed black teenager.

Zimmerman's call to 911 was released over the weekend -- the one in which he was told to not follow Martin -- and in the tape it sure sounds like Zimmerman mutters a racial slur under his breath.

Journalist Touré, a regular contributor to magazines like The New Yorker and Rolling Stone, pointed out on Twitter this morning that Zimmerman may have whispered "fucking coons" under his breath during his 911 call. The utterance can be heard at about the 2:21 mark in the video below:



Though, others have proposed that Zimmerman may have whispered "fucking tools" or "fucking punks."

Zimmerman's father Robert has said that his son isn't racist, and as a Hispanic is a minority himself.

"George is a Spanish speaking minority with many black family members and friends," Robert wrote in a letter released to the Orlando Sentinel.

Here's the rest of what Robert Zimmerman had to say about his son:
He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever. One black neighbor recently interviewed said she knew everything in the media was untrue and that she would trust George with her life. Another black neighbor said that George was the only one, black or white, who came and welcomed her to the community, offering any assistance he could provide. Recently, I met two black children George invited to a social event. I asked where they met George. They responded that he was their mentor. They said George visited them routinely, took them places, helped them, and taught them things and that they really loved George. The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth.
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Gzimmerman
Gzimmerman

Fuck this stupid kid! He didn't deserve to die but he is not the perfect little kid the media is making him to be! He attacked someone and unfortunately got killed. Every action has a reaction!

Jujube
Jujube

Negro Trayvon Miller was guilty of a thug attack. In hell he is living his ignorance, over and over.

Mater1
Mater1

I think its sad ,that Trayvon got shot but he was high on weed beating the poor guy up .Trayvon looked like trouble pants hanging below his but hood over his head. I think I would of shot if he was beating me up.But you see they always call the race card but if a black person shots a white person you dont see us use the race card or protest.

Jj
Jj

So is anyone even asking the question: what was Martin doing there? Was he trying to rob a house, visiting a friend? To me that seems to be pretty important...if he is there trying to rob a house, zimmerman's story seems credible.

Pavlov
Pavlov

People may be making this case into something it isn't.  Race may not play any role at all in this case. People like drama, they like conflict... Consider that you weren't even there, there is no way to know what actually occurred. It is really scary how people immediately jump to conclusions without even really knowing anything. Just because you hear a racial slur, does not, in fact, mean that it is there. He most likely said "f'ing cold". You all are very scary individuals, speaking like this while knowing absolutely nothing. Really, you seem very uneducated and quite unintelligent. Get out of your little box and consider that there are many sides to a story. Scary, scary people...

goober
goober

A voice expert on CNN today (4/4/12) said that Zimmerman said "effing COLD." And I would not give any credence to that Toure fool after his disgraceful appearance on Piers Morgan. MSNBC has become a joke. The liberal equivalent of Fox News.

Layla Marie Rodriguez
Layla Marie Rodriguez

how can he say its fucking cold if he was wearing a jacket,,,he said fucking coons

AnAmerican
AnAmerican

What a load of racist crap this is!

HankM00dy
HankM00dy

Blacks are making themselves look retarded.  It is not clear what he says on the phone call, but it sounds like "punks" to me.  If he was a cold-blooded killer with a hatred of black people, why wouldn't he just murder a random black guy without all this phoning the police and reporting it.  It was obviously an act of self-defence, but race baiters like Al Sharpton are trying to make political capital out of it.

Really
Really

He's looking for the guy...   could it be he said..  [where did he] f'ing go...  Thats as believable as anything else here...

Matt E.
Matt E.

So, ultimately there is really only one person who knows what was said and even he may not recall completely due to the adrenaline that was pumping as he was attempting to ensure another burglary did not occur in his neighborhood (not saying Trayvon did the previous ones, just that he fit the description police had in the police reports of the suspect who was previously found with stolen property on two occasions).

With all of that said and after listening to this multiple times I think he said one of two things first was offered by the author of the article and the second was offered by another commenter and I didn't think it made sense until I did some homework and looked up what the weather was so here we go. First, it may have been "f***ing tools." Now, the second one makes a bit of sense if you have ever been in high humidity and it is cool outside (it has the opposite of high humidity and hot outside which everyone general hates). So I looked up the weather at 7:17 PM (well, 6:53 was the closest I could get) when the 911 call were recorded as shots being fired. http://j.mp/SanfordFLWeather26... shows Sanford was only 63 degrees but was at 90% humidity. Add in a 6.9 mile/hr. wind and a light rain and I could see how someone may say, "f***ing cold" as they jumped out of their vehicle and just started running further decreasing the perceived temperature on their skin.

I scrolled straight to the video only looking for a time and not looking for what the author thought  in an effort not to bias my opinion before hear the recording.

getwithitpeople
getwithitpeople

Clearly he says "it's fucking cold" Jeez people get that racist crap out of your head and actually listen.

NikkiNikki
NikkiNikki

Honestly let me say i am black white Indian and latino and i can careless what anyone says it does not matter what zimmerman said under his breathe. What matters is the fact that this was clearly a racist attack in the police call he clearly pointed it out that he was black when the police asked but then he felt the need to point out the color of his skin once more when they asked what he was wearing!!! Come on now!!! The police specifically asked if he was following him and after told yes told him not to do that!!! Then there were two ladies saying that it was clearly Trayvon crying and Zimmerman was holding him face down when they came out the house that is in no form self defense!!! You ppl need help!!!

Youfail
Youfail

it sounds to me like the same sounds someone makes when they put their cell phone in their pocket and it makes a call, just random noises from the phone rubbing on something, maybe Zimmermans face when he gets out of the car, or maybe the wind blowing into the mouthpiece.  ZERO of you are experts on this so your opinions matter as much.

Fpetersen
Fpetersen

A child is dead at the hands of an adult that was chasing him with a gun. When did it become okay for a stranger with a gun to chase a child? How many times do we tell our children to RUN  if someone approaches them, and if someone grabs them to fight as hard as they can so they can get away. This is true for the little girl in LA who fought off her attacker said her father in tears. Any mature adult would not follow a child of any age, they would call the police. If you come toward me with a gun I will run thinking you are trying to abduct or rape me. We live in a world with SICK PERVERTED child predators and children should be protected first and foremost with this in mind.. . In fact let’s just say this man was a predators he chased a child.  And for the record many children act up in school because they are going through hormone changes during puberty and some more than others thus causing some behavior issueshowever that does not give a stranger that is possibly trying to do harm to an unarmed child.  And when did it become a crime to wear a sweatshirt with a hood. 

outraged
outraged

THE $64,000 question is why did he CHASE HIM, 2) Why did he get off the phone, 3) how is it self defense if zimmerman FOLLOWS Martin? Zimmerman clearly states " He is Running from ME!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hispanics hate Blacks too. 

Outraged
Outraged

He isn't arrested because his father is a damn JUDGE!  He's pulling strings.

Licit
Licit

There is just so much wrong with this entire incident. First, at best it is "fucking punks." Zimmerman is over zealou, however, I doubt highLy that he is a racist. Just listen to the conversation, quite frankly, he is being overly cautious and polite. What is really wrong and what this incident should highlight is the prevalence of guns in America and the fact that our young people have a reason to be afraid as they are witness to so much violence. I don't think Zimmerman would have reacted any differently had trayvon been white, hispanic or asian. Many facts are coming to light and as with all thinkgs pertaining to black and white in America, there is a lot of gray. I hope trayvons death is not in vain, that all Americans will examine their society and the love affair with violence that we embrace.

Mick Ronson
Mick Ronson

I listened to this a week ago and thought he said " fucking coons' and i was like WTF ? is wrong with the cops and media ?

No to mention that the "stand your ground" law doesn't allow you to shoot people merely because you feel threatened, there has to the threat of deadly force involved also.

And the cops could have identified Martin using his cell phone which they didn't which leads to me to believe there was a cover up due to Zimmerman's dad being a retired judge which the MSM seems to have not caught on to either.

Deandownunder
Deandownunder

Excuse my bad typing, 'he said'  not he say....

Deandownunder
Deandownunder

I'm listening in to all this from Australia, and he say fuck'n coons,  Disgraceful

Guest
Guest

There he didn't actually say coons. Don't know if there is something else. He said, "these fucking assholes always get away." But as someone said below, what he said does not matter. He killed an unarmed child and should be in jail.

Tay Payton
Tay Payton

Okay Mr. Zimmerman, so you say your son isn't prejudice because of this & that(blahblahblah).  Well Please explain why he felt the need to Gun an unarmed young black male down! Prejudice & Discrimination has nothing to do with color itself!!! UNDERSTAND to misjudge a person based on dress code is still Freaking ABSURD!!!!!!

Tay Payton
Tay Payton

Okay Mr.Zimmerman, so you say your son is prejudice because this & that..well Please explain why he felt the need to Gun an unarmed young black male down! Prejudice & Discrimination has nothing to do with JUST color itself!!! UNDERSTAND to misjudge a person based on dress code is still Freaking ABSURD!!!!!!!!!!

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

All of you who make statements as if you were there and know what happened and want Zimmerman hanged are as bad as what they think Zimmerman is.

Ronnie Angel
Ronnie Angel

Do not care if he uttered a racial slur.... the fact is he cold-bloodedly killed an unarmed teenage boy. He committed murder and it was unprovoked.... justice is screaming to be heard.... there is no defense for a man with a gun against a boy without one.... why isn't justice being served?

Lori Bustamante
Lori Bustamante

i heard this for the first time and i heard fucking coons, when is this all going to end we should be called by are names not white, black, hispanic, asian; His name is Trayvon Martine

Sue Deaunym
Sue Deaunym

Amazing how this works.  I asked three acquaintences who hadn't been following the news story about Martin and Zimmerman, and all three heard "punks."  Three other friends who had read about the "racial slur" heard "coons."  I have little doubt that Zimmerman gunned down Martin in cold blood, but I clearly hear the 1st consonant of the word as P, and it sounds a whole more like "punks" than "coons."

Hrothgleas
Hrothgleas

Couldn't make out what he said...  Any chance we can wait until the actual trial, when the evidence is presented, to decide what happened?

No?  I didn't think so.

Defeedme3
Defeedme3

FORREST GUMP: Hi, Earl! What’s goin’ on?

EARL: Coons are tryin’ to get into school.

FORREST: Coons!? Well, raccoons try to get on our back porch, Momma just chase ’em off with a broom.

EARL: Not raccoons, you idiot, niggers. And, they want to go to school with us.

FORREST: (with much surprise) With us? They do?

the one
the one

This Zimmerman deserves life in prison, or he deserves to just die for taking a life. If Trayvon were the neighbourhood watch man, and Zimmerman were Trayvon you know exactly what would have happened. Zimmerman you're a cold hearted animal you deserve to rot in hell you dirty old bastard.

Kellygrn72
Kellygrn72

I think Zimmerman should go to jail for life or fry! He went looking for trouble and shot a kid who only had "skittles" in his hands. He does not say "coons" though.. He does say "F'in Punks" but he was told not to follow and he did and he shot an unarmed 17 year old kid who did nothing at ALL! They better arrest him soon because to not do so is to let Zimmerman get away with cold blooded murder!

michael wind
michael wind

lets review all mami dade police conversation,and you will find a lot of racial conversations.

aspromised
aspromised

I don't care which word he used, he shot an unarmef Martin in cold blood.

no
no

George Zimmeran lied to his dad Robert Zimmerman about following Trayvon Martin before he murdered the young man.  He also said  okay he would stop following the boy but you could hear the wind blowing when he told that lie because he was out of the car following him anyway

no
no

You do not have to be white to be prejudice against another persons race..religion or sexual orientation...etc

Liwumi66
Liwumi66

Interesting George didn't want to give his address.  It was like he knew (as a criminal justice student) these tapes would be requested behind his premediatated Murder!

Jon Lachonis
Jon Lachonis

First of all, Hispanics are a MAJORITY in many high population areas.  This is beside the point that Racism is NOT white guys not liking anybody else, it can be any race that views any other race as sub-human and not as deserving of the perks of civilization.  I'm tired of people saying Zimmerman, who is ... i'm sorry ... clearly racist, can't be a racist because he isn't white.

Next... pretty clearly he says "fucking coons" - if you don't hear it, it's because you don't want to.

Superman1of2
Superman1of2

The police really messed up here. The state's attorney should be asking for the badges of the incompetent officers on the scene. If an officer kills a suspect there is a process. So I can go down the street start a private argument with my neighbor then shoot and kill him and all I have to say is I felt threatened? My words will be taken at face value? Let the killing begin! Sounds Absurd Right?

Randy Cravey
Randy Cravey

He was told not to follow,, but choose to become judge and jury, and finally Executoner too, it's my understanding the victim had broke no laws or rules, then why the use of DeDly force,, because he's a chickenshit racist,, Fry His Ass !!!!!

Oaden
Oaden

Being a minority or half a minority yourself does not mean that you are not and cannot be racist against other minorities or whites. I have met Hispanics that hate Blacks and blacks that hate Blacks. Hate is not just black vs. white!

toptwome
toptwome

The police should show they have the public's interests foremost and arrest Zimmerman for this hate crime and for murder. Take action. The police should arrest Zimmerman. They are showing themselves to be incompetent. 

goober
goober

You need to listen to the 911 tape again. Zimmerman says "I think he's black" when asked by the dispatcher what race he is.. Then when Martin turns around to face him, and Zimm. could see him clearly, he says "he's black." 

It's not racist to give a description of somebody.

goober
goober

He wouldn't have called the police and given them his name and location if he was planning to kill someone. Duh.

goober
goober

Today CNN had on a voice expert who analyzed the tape and said that it was effing COLD. 

They haven't charged him, so that tells me that they do not have a case because of the Stand Your Ground Law. That law should be repealed.

Poguemahone22
Poguemahone22

 EYEWITNESS states TRAYVON was beating the shit out of zimmerman and smashing his head into the sidewalk...So the Self Defense statement and the stand your ground law applies. 

Poguemahone22
Poguemahone22

 So read up before you jump to your conclusions.  That is why this is all BS, nobody waits for facts we just hang people before a trial even takes place.

goober
goober

One of the 911 calls said that  a man in white was on top of the other guy. We know that Zimm was wearing red.

Jazzy
Jazzy

Shut the fuck up dumbass no one was around to see it most ppl came to see after the boy was shot

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