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Trayvon Martin Evidence: Zimmerman "Racist" and Martin Smoked Pot

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Here's George Zimmerman shortly after shooting Trayvon Martin.
Prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin case released a stash of evidence to a mouth-watering press horde yesterday evening, making public hundreds of pages of witness testimony, medical reports and photos. The headline takeaways: Zimmerman was hurt (his nose broken and head bloodied) and a few neighbors told police he was a bullying racist; Martin, meanwhile, was shot through the heart and had traces of marijuana in his system.

What the hell does any of this mean for Zimmerman's murder trial? We've got a field guide for ya:

Zimmerman's injuries
Remember the whole brouhaha over the security footage of Zimmerman showing up at Sanford police headquarters after the shooting, when the Zapruder-esque film was analyzed for 47 straight hours on CNN? In that video, Zimmerman seemed totally unhurt, laying bare his claim that Martin attacked him. Well, you can put that one to bed. New reports confirm Zimmerman's nose was broken, while photos make it clear that his head was bloody:

Who does it help? Zimmerman. There's no longer any doubt that he was hurt in his fight with Martin. Still, his wounds weren't serious enough to go to a hospital and medics on the scene called his injuries "minor."

Martin's injuries
Autopsy results show that the Miami teenager died from a bullet shot at very close range -- between one and 18 inches away. He also had a scrape on his finger that might indicate some punches being thrown.

Who does it help? Prosecutors. Nothing in his injuries changes the narrative about that night. But the image of a gun pressed to a scrawny, unarmed teen's chest and then blasted through his heart will stay with a jury.

Witness statements
The new batch of evidence makes it abundantly clear that witnesses aren't to be trusted. They variously heard only Martin scream for help and only Zimmerman cry for assistance. Some heard two shots. (Only one was fired.) No one saw the full conflict leading up to the fight.

Who does it help? Probably Zimmerman. With no single, clear witness to contradict his version of what led up to the deadly confrontation, it could be tough for prosecutors to establish that he's guilty of murder.

Zimmerman's "racism"
The two most interesting interviews in the new evidence come from neighbors who called police after the shooting. One woman said Zimmerman started fights and "does not like black people." Another Middle Eastern man who worked with Zimmerman said he'd taunted him with a Jeff Dunham skit called "Achmed the Dead Terrorist."

Who does it help? Prosecutors. Combined with Zimmerman's old MySpace account, they shouldn't have trouble showing a jury that the neighborhood watchman wasn't the most racially sensitive character.

Police conduct
As the new evidence came out, the New York Times published an in-depth report into the Sanford police's investigation of the shooting. Basically, they found that Gomer Pyle would have done a better job. The Sanford cops didn't canvas the neighborhood, didn't secure the crime scene or Zimmerman's car, didn't test the shooter for drugs or booze, and took just one photo. (Though the lead investigator did ultimately conclude that the shooting was "ultimately avoidable" if Zimmerman had just stayed in his car and waited for police.)

Who does it help? Zimmerman. Anything the muddies the water about what happened that night helps the defense and the police did their best not to figure out what actually happened that night.

Martin's pot smoking
The teen's autopsy found trace amounts of THC in his blood and urine, suggesting he'd smoked pot sometime in the recent past.

Who does it help? Conservative dbags and Twitter jokers, mostly. Why does it matter if Martin smoked pot? Yet take a look at the New York Daily News or watch Fox programming today, and you'd think the THC test was the only piece of evidence released yesterday. It has given rise to at least 100,000 would-be hilarious Tweets this morning, though:

Big picture
As most of the wishy-washy headlines in the non-Fox media world show this morning, the evidence is a seriously mixed bag. Zimmerman's attorneys feel good that witness reports are muddled and that his injuries were documented, but prosecutors are thrilled with reports of the shooter's racism and the the lead investigators conclusion that the shooting was "ultimately avoidable." It still looks like a tough battle for prosecutors to win a murder verdict.

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Tishka
Tishka

So freekin what Lucinda if some of us choose not to show our names!! Focus on the importance of whats being expressed, knowing every one's name will not make the world a better place. Just saying ..

DivaT
DivaT

No you are the punk bitch, don't hide pu**y just shut the f**k up with your ignorant ass. Maybe your parents need to teach you some common sense.

TT
TT

No you should suck blackpather's dick and shut the f**ck up kirkslade. Just words of encouragement from an educated black person. Thats your next job Bitch..

TT
TT

True dat..

Glenn61
Glenn61

 Nope,,,I'd rather go to Yale.

cristo52
cristo52

 How insightful. Have you applied to Harvard Law yet? You certainly would get in and they'd likely wave tuition and testing, and maybe after spending only a few minutes with you, they'd just make you a tenured professor.

Glenn61
Glenn61

But Zimmerman initiated the confrontation, then he tries to claim he was standing his ground in self defense. He's trying to weasel his way out of a man-slaughter conviction by using the law that was intended to protect people who are not the aggressor.And in spite of all that, Zimmerman and his family are Democrats, he's trying to tamper with a law that was faught for by Republicans and use it to justify his wreckless actions.I hope he is fuckin toast and is sentensed to a long term in prison after the judge throws out his bogus claim of standing his ground.And I would like to read about  the militant hateful niggers in prison killing his sorry ass.I.E. Jeffrey Dahmer

chipowski
chipowski

The bias of Elfrink came out in the article, though ultimately he was unable to avoid the conclusion that the evidence released so far falls almost completely in Zimmerman's favor.  Elfrink's bias?   "the gun was pressed into a scrawny teenagers chest".  1. he wasn't scrawny 2. the gun wasn't pressed to his chest, the coroner stated the range was "intermediate" meaning approximately 3 feet.  The THC result also fails into Zimmerman's favor, because 1. Martin wasn't high; 2. it further corraborates Martin's mother's statement that he wasn't "straight in the head".    Everyone has missed that the witness who stated that Zimmerman was a racist and was bent on killing Martin also stated that the police didn't arrive for "5 or 10 minutes after the shooting" when in fact the first officer was on the scene approximately 30 seconds after the shooting(approx 3 minutes after Zimmerman called).......I predict she'll never take the witness stand.  The one witness who everyone is ignoring is the one who missed the Zimmerman takedown but walked up on the fight immediately thereafter and repeatedly told Martin to stop beating Zimmerman and stated Zimmerman was the person yelling for help.  This witness then walked to his house and called 911, missing the actual shooting. 

Orangeunice
Orangeunice

they shouldhang zimmerman hes guility and knows it

Glenn61
Glenn61

Even if George Zimmerman shot the Martin kid because he was giving George the beat down, it was Zimmerman who initiated the confrontation, it was Zimmerman who was the aggressor.It could be argued that Travon Martin was the one standing his ground and George Zimmerman aggressively perused Martin and escalated the situation by being the one to introduce a weapon into the mix.The whole idea that Zimmerman was acting in self defense is offensive to any one with a brain.

Javelinjockey
Javelinjockey

Here's the link -http://media.miamiherald.com/s...

Looks l like most of your conclusions are based on what you read on other blogs or saw on the news - should know better.

As to this -'and a few neighbors told police he was a bullying racist' - I haven't the foggiest where anyone came up with this and it's a shame that you just parrot whatever you read elsewhere. On page 17 of the released documents one of the officers remarked that several of the neighbors describe Zimmerman as a quiet neighbor ... who never bothered or harassed anybody'.  As to the opposite, the day after the shooting the police department recieved a single anonymous call, the caller stating that Zimmerman was a racist and hung up. That caller has never been found or identified. It's in the documents just released, I forget the page.If you read the documents, all 183 pages, you'll see that most of what your article states is pretty much just repetitive drivel by those who had taken a side long before there was enough information available to do so. Read the report and tell me if you still believe what you read in the newspaper about the police department not securing the scene and taking only one photograph - geez who'd believe that just because someone said it - that's GULLIBLE! If you ever want to buy a used car or some swampland, give me a ring ...

christa belle
christa belle

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IS A MURDER. WITNESSES 5 AND 6 TELLS THIS TRAGEDY INCIDENT IN THE RELEASED REPORTS. IF GEORGE WOULD HAVE OBEYED THE POLICE DISPACTHER THIS YOUNG MAN WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY.HE SHOULD OWN UP TO WHAT HE DID .THIS MAN CAN NEVER LIVE A NORMAL LIFE BECAUSE HIS FACE WILL BE A CONSTANT REMINDER.  MARTIN'S BLOODS IS ON ZIMMERMAN'S HEART AND SOUL.

Anon
Anon

The only conclusion that can be drawn from the above article is that Tim Elfrink really hates Fox news. 

Bob Frank
Bob Frank

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Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 George Zimmerman is a murdererZimmerman decided to take matters, and his gun in his own hands. He used the law as a shield. Zimmerman was actively following Trayvon.

Mistrwrong
Mistrwrong

I'm kinda new to Florida but it seems that if I stalk someone and get into a fight with them even when the police say stay away from him and then I get hit in the fight I can shoot them?  Sweet!  This place is better than freakin Afghanistan.

cristo52
cristo52

 You write, "No one saw the fight." Yet, today, it's being reported that within the newly released evidence is an eye witness report from a 911 caller who said he looked out his sliding glass window and saw Martin on top of Zimmerman and Martin was punching Zimmerman. Please address this point and correct it if necessary.

sinbadsailor
sinbadsailor

"Though the lead investigator did ultimately conclude that the shooting was 'ultimately avoidable' if Zimmerman had just stayed in his car and waited for police."

Of course it would have been avoidable if Zimmerman waited for police in his vehicle. It also would have been avoidable if Trayvon™ wasn't suspended from school for drugs. It also would have been avoidable if Trayvon™ didn't sucker punch Zimmerman and hammer his head into the concrete. You could justify every mugging by saying it would have been avoidable if the victims had just stayed at home. What a stupid argument!

We Won't Get Fooled Again!
We Won't Get Fooled Again!

Our country was not mired in all the talk about racism before Obama came to be our president, the country has since been divided along racial lines by the current administration. Obama's people know that there may be a new president coming to Washington, they have failed the American citizens(economy, blah, blah, blah). Because of this, they foment the disparity between the wealthy and the poor and throw in "bad race relations" to take everybody's mind off of Obama's failed policies. They want to "hope and change" people's minds(brainwash) to vote for their guy "one more time." Americans are not stupid(well... some of them), they know bullshit when they hear/see it!!  We won't get fooled again...

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Link to the report?

Also, you're wrong on this part: "No one saw the fight."

"A witness, whose name is redacted, told investigators he saw “a black male, wearing a dark colored hoodie,” on top of a white or Hispanic male who was yelling for help.The witness, who was looking out the sliding glass door at his home about 30 feet away, said he saw the black male throwing punches “MMA [mixed martial arts] style.”He said he told the fighters he was calling the police, and that he heard a shot as he was making the call. He looked outside and saw the person who had been on top laid out on the grass as if he had been shot. He said the other fighter was standing on the sidewalk, talking to another person with a flashlight."

Another one:

"Yet another witness described the confrontation in emotional terms.

The witness heard "someone yelling, almost crying. Then I heard a gunshot." The witness wrote that he or she "saw a man on top of a guy laying on the ground. He was putting his hands on his neck or chest.""

As far as the traces of THC, contrary to your professional assertion of "Who does it help? Conservative dbags and Twitter jokers, mostly," it goes against all the crying and whining about how he was a good kid that would never do wrong when in fact he was only in Sanford because he was suspended from school for having an empty bag which had traces of weed.

chipowski
chipowski

 Christa Bell, please post your evidence that Zimmerman did not "obey" the dispatcher.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

 Follow != stalk.  Police non-emergency number dispatcher != police.

Lucinda Linton
Lucinda Linton

Uhhh, doesn't matter....you would fight back if you felt threatened. He should have stayed in his damn car!!

Tim Elfrink
Tim Elfrink

I clarified that sentence in the blog. This is what I wrote to Sir Sausage earlier on the same issue:  "As for the witnesses, my point wasn't that no one saw the scuffle -- it was that there's no single, consistent witness who saw the whole confrontation. The eyewitness reports are conflicting, which could help Zimmerman's story rise above the noise for the jury."

Lucinda Linton
Lucinda Linton

Oooohh, another creep afraid to show his name! lol

Yosho2k
Yosho2k

It's good to know that if I push you or punch you in the face, as long as you get the upper hand in the fight, I can pull out a concealed gun and shoot you in the heart and have FOX news send me money.

I'll remember that.

DanielW
DanielW

"Our country was not mired in all the talk about racism before Obama came to be our president,"

I just did a Google search for mentions of the word "racism" in the period 1/2005 to 1/2007 on the FoxNews website alone and found over 100 articles, so it does seem your recollection may be a bit foggy.  Also FBI statistics for 2006 show about 4000 racially motivated hate crimes nationwide, while for 2010 there were about 3100, so it would seem that if anything we're less mired in racism now than we were before Obama took office.

Maybe you personally are more focused on race and imaginary dividing lines now than you were before Obama became president, but for the rest of America ,as a whole, that does not seem to be the case.

Lucinda Linton
Lucinda Linton

Oh, someone else afraid to show their name! The Racism was there already, just a lot of it hidden. No thanks to creeps like you it is back in full force!!  

Boby
Boby

You are bullshit and brainwashed with supremacy fiction.Sensible Americans see injustice when it is committed.

Lucinda Linton
Lucinda Linton

Indict kids parents, Too scared to show your name?? Did you have a personal relationship with Trayvon?? Please..let know how you know so much about him? And why are you hiding?? 

Tim Elfrink
Tim Elfrink

I haven't seen the full evidence file online anywhere; if you know of anyone who's uploaded it, let me know and I'll add a link.As for the witnesses, my point wasn't that no one saw the scuffle -- it was that there's no single, consistent witness who saw the whole confrontation. The eyewitness reports are conflicting, which could help Zimmerman's story rise above the noise for the jury.

Blackpanther
Blackpanther

Hey asshole sausage boy since when does smoking weed make anyone a hardened criminal? You are a sackless piece of shit.

Yosho2k
Yosho2k

1. Yes it is. 2. Yes it is.

Next dumb statement you only need a thesaurus to debunk?

cristo52
cristo52

 And you see, if when Trayvon got back to his father's fiance's condo with his Skittles and his tea, down along that dark path, if he had gone inside the condo when he had the chance, Zimmerman never would have seen him the second time. But no, young Martin decided he wasn't gonna run, that's what he told that young girl, so instead of going inside where he would be safe, he turned and went back after Zimmerman, who was walking back to his car, and he confronted Zimmerman, "What you following me for?" But this was Zimmerman's neighborhood and he likely felt he had a right to defend what was his, so Zimmerman said, "What are you doing here?" And that was just too much for Martin. If only he'd gone back into the condo when he had the chance, no one would know anything about his school records or his Twitter records or his tattoos, and that's the cautionary tale all young children of any color should be told.

cristo52
cristo52

Thanks for the clarification. 

sinbadsailor
sinbadsailor

 No evidence exists that Trayvon was ever pushed or punched. Evidence is overwhelming that Zimmerman was punched and his head hammered into the concrete.

We Won't Get Fooled Again!
We Won't Get Fooled Again!

I do not watch FOXNews, nor do I follow their website, so I didn't see those articles. Statistics can also be manipulated by every administration(Dem/Rep). I am talking about how much we all see it in the news in the last 3+ years. The MSM is very liberal(left) and they hide a lot of "stories" that are on the internet. The MSM feeds the populace what they deem you should know. I am not focused on race, never have been. I went to school in the mid 1960's on and I had latins, blacks and Jews as friends and still do to this day. They would tell you that I don't discriminate against any of them. Obama is the great divider...

We Won't Get Fooled Again!
We Won't Get Fooled Again!

Yawn... Another liberal, throwing out the race card, it's time to fold your deck, Lucinda.Everyone who doesn't agree with the liberal left is a racist, blah, blah, blah...

We Won't Get Fooled Again!
We Won't Get Fooled Again!

I made a comment on the vibe of the nation, I did not specifically mention this case.

Let justice be served by the jury on this case, you are the brainwashed one here, booboo.

I'm not a racist nor do I have anything to do with any supremacy groups, I'm just stating a fact...

kirkslade
kirkslade

Blackpanther I'm impressed. I see you are using verbs and two syllable words. WOW! What's next? A job?

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 George Zimmerman was not only capable of racial profiling, he engaged in it with members of his own ethnicity.

The only one with a police record of assaulting people including women and police officers was Zimmerman.

It's hard to claim treyvon was a thug when there's no record of thug activity. Whereas there is plenty of thug activity on zimmerman's record.

Erickoolkat
Erickoolkat

Black panther, you have no class. Just because a guy has a different opinion than u do, you're gonna call him hurtful names?

chipowski
chipowski

 Ypsho2k, the only dumb person here is you. "Stalk" is a legal term and it doesn't mean follow.  A dispatcher is not a police officer and has no legal authority.  Additionally you can't even prove that Zimmerman "followed" Martin or that Zimmerman didn't comply with the disptacher''s opinion.

cristo52
cristo52

Thank God you got to the root, as you call it. Look, Zimmerman had a right to defend his neighborhood from the thugs who were burglarizing his neighbors' homes. It just happens by chance that the thugs who had committed these robberies were black. That was out of Zimmerman's control.  If he simply wanted to pick a black man to kill, he could have done it in a way that would have drawn less attention. Martin certainly had a right to be where he was, but when he turned back to confront Zimmerman, he took the fatal step of confronting a man he did not know, who happened to also have a gun. That was the mistake made here. There's a lesson to be learned. To date, there is no evidence Zimmerman was a "hot head" or a "vigilante." He was a good neighbor trying to protect his neighborhood, simple as that.

CantTakeItWithYou
CantTakeItWithYou

 And here we have the root of why some people are jumping to defend Zimmerman. Cristo52 is empathizing with Zimmmerman "he likely felt he had a right to defend what was his." Nevermind that Trayvon's father also lived in the neighborhood and Trayvon had every right to be there and not to be harrassed or followed. If the tables were turned and it was Trayvon following Zimmerman would you be saying that Zimmerman should have run into his house and away from the kid in the hoodie who was following him? Why not say that Zimmerman should have run back and got in his truck? It's the fact that Trayvon appears to have been "standing his ground" and not backing down that seems to be getting under the skin of people who identify with Zimmerman. Unfortunately Zimmerman was acting like a vigilante. There's a reason that police have to go through years of training in order to be granted the authority to handle potentially violent situations. Vigilantism is for hot-heads who want to have the powers of police but don't have the training nor the accountability to the people they're supposed to be protecting. That includes protecting people like Trayvon and his family, not just Zimmerman and whoever he thought he was protecting that night.

We Won't Get Fooled Again!
We Won't Get Fooled Again!

That will come out at the trial. I also did some research and found out that he had left his stuff at the condo he was staying at and doubled back to confront Zimmerman. Everybody says(thinks) that Zimmerman stalked Martin, but Zimmerman was headed back to his vehicle when Martin confronted him. The jury will decide if Zimmerman is guilty of 2nd degree murder, everyone should let justice take it's course...

We Won't Get Fooled Again!
We Won't Get Fooled Again!

Follow your orders, comrade. You're one of the useful idiots that Democrats love, ask no questions, follow blindly, etc, etc.(sheeple) If not, you're incredibly naive...

DanielW
DanielW

I suspect you don't follow much news at all, but if you do why don't you try searching for the term "racism" on whatever outlets you do follow, and I think you'll find this is not a problem that Obama created. As for the FBI statistics, I would think if this were some conspiracy to divide the nation the FBI would have, if anything, inflated the hate crime statistics.  But I think the real issue here is that when confronted with evidence that disagrees with your preconceived notions you ignore the evidence or claim it's been manipulated.  As ridiculous as that is, unfortunately there are a lot of people who do that.  Let's hope the jurors at Mr. Zimmerman's trial are not among them. 

Lucinda Linton
Lucinda Linton

Why do you idiots behind fake names always say you are stating a fact?? Why are you hiding Mr Again??

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

 How's your war against the war on women going?

Lucinda Linton
Lucinda Linton

Are you kidding me?? You put your name as sausage, you deserve any sausage names that come your way!!

Anon
Anon

Black Panther just has anger issues cause he is itching for some weed, which he can't pay for. So sad.

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