RollingOut Outlet Reports that Zimmerman, Son of a Retired Judge, Had Three Closed Arrests

This just in from RollingOut.com. The outlet did a search of arrest records in Florida and found some very pertinent information about Zimmerman, who is the song of a retired judge. It writes: "According to a records search on George, he was previously arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer without violence and most shockingly, resisting an officer with violence — a felony charge that surely could have landed him in prison. All three of those arrests, however, were mysteriously closed with no semblance of charges for the Florida resident. So how was someone with a violent past including that of battery against an officer able to carry a 9 mm handgun?"

This is what RollingOut.com found out:

George Zimmerman had felony assault on police officer charge in ’05 & 2 domestic assaults

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From the Orange County, FL Circuit Court Clerk of the Court Records page: [link to myclerk.myorangeclerk.com]
Record Count: 4
Search By: Party Exact Name: on Party Search Mode: Name Last Name: Zimmerman First Name: George Case Status: Closed Date Filed On or After: 01/01/2005 Date Filed On or Before: 01/01/2006 Sort By: Filed Date
Case Number Citation Number Style/Defendant Info Filed/Location/Judicial Officer Type/Status Charge(s)
2005-CF-009525-A-O
ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE MICHAEL
10/05/1983

07/18/2005
Div 10
OKane, Julie H

Criminal Felony
Closed

CR-RESISTING OFFICER WITH VIOLENCE
BATTERY ON LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
2005-MM-010436-A-O
ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE MICHAEL
10/05/1983

07/18/2005
Orlando
Miller, W Michael

Misdemeanor
Closed

CR-RESISTING OFFICER WITHOUT VIOLENCE
2005-DR-012980-O

ZUAZO, VERONICA vs. ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE M

08/09/2005
Div 44
44, TBA

Domestic Violence
Closed – SRS

2005-DR-013069-O

ZIMMERMAN, GEORGE M vs. ZUAZO, VERONICA A

08/10/2005
Div 46
White, Keith F

Domestic Violence
Closed – SRS

 

While the Sanford Police Leak Martin Investigation Details, They Overlook Other Key Witnesses

First of all, in a new media word, the Trayvon Martin case has now reached the court of the public Internet. For those who see this as unfair, this is now the new media, where everything gets shared and anything can go viral. Like we said from Day 1, if the Sanford Police actually handled their investigation on February 26 correctly (and there are serious questions about it), there would not be a social media firestorm about this brutal tragedy.

So this week, we see law enforcement leaks to newspapers about what the police have as evidence. Yet they seem to be forgetting the following witnesses who were interviewed by The Miami Herald last week:

Three witnesses contacted by The Miami Herald say they saw or heard the moments before and after the Miami Gardens teenager’s killing. All three said they heard the last howl for help from a despondent boy, and believe the sequence of sounds shatters the notion that Trayvon was killed in self-defense."

“I heard someone crying — not boo-hoo crying, but scared or terrified or hurt maybe,” said Mary Cutcher, 31, who lives in the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhome community where the shooting occurred. “To me, it was a child.”

Zimmerman said he tailed Trayvon in a mission to find out if the teen was up to no good. Zimmerman was out to put a stop to recent burglaries. He dialed police — his 46th call since 2001 to report shady people, reckless drivers and other disturbances around his neighborhood.

He offered to follow his suspect, but the dispatcher told him: “We don’t need you to do that.”

Some minutes later, Trayvon was killed with a gun the watch volunteer was licensed to carry.

“This was not self-defense,” Cutcher said. “We heard no fighting, no wrestling, no punching. We heard a boy crying. As soon as the shot went off, it stopped, which tells me it was the child crying. If it had been Zimmerman crying, it wouldn’t have stopped. If you’re hurting, you’re hurting.”

She and her friend say they heard the sounds from a few steps away, where they were inside beside an open window. Seconds later, they dashed out to find a boy face down on the ground and a man standing over him, a foot on each side of the body on the ground, with his hands pinning the shooting victim down.

“I asked him, ‘What’s happening here? What’s going on?’ ” said Cutcher’s friend, Selma Mora Lamilla. “The third time, I was indignant, and he said, ‘just call the police.’ Then I saw him with his hands over his head in the universal sign of: ‘Oh man, I messed up.’ ”

The women, who were the first on the scene, said they saw Zimmerman pacing back and forth.

“I know what I heard. I heard a cry and a shot,” Mora said. “If there was a fight, it did not happen here where the boy was shot. I would have heard it, as this all happened right outside my open window.”

The Herald also wrote about another witness:

A neighborhood eighth-grader out walking his dog said his family also called 911.

“I saw someone lying on the ground, and I heard screaming,” said Austin, 13, whose mother asked that his last name not be published. “I don’t know that it was the person on the [ground] who was screaming, but to me it sounded like a kid who was crying. It was a yell for help, and I think it was Trayvon.”

Austin wasn’t sure if the person was in a fight or had slipped and gotten hurt. Austin’s boxer puppy got off the leash so the boy went chasing after the dog and lost sight of the scene for a moment. Then, he heard a gun go off.

He ran home and told his sister to call the police.

The boy, who is black, has been rattled ever since. He feels angry and disconcerted, and wonders whether he’s at risk too.

“That people can stereotype like that makes you scared,” he said.

Austin’s mom said he’s been acting out in school and seems mad all the time.

“My son has a terrible feeling of guilt, because he did not do anything to help. He’s angry,” said Austin’s mother, Cheryl Brown. “They are saying that Trayvon looked suspicious, because he was walking slow. So I guess I have to tell my son: make sure you always run fast.”

Sanford Police Department Response to Orlando Sentinel Report About Martin Investigation

 

 
 
Sanford, FL, March 26, 2012: In response to the recent article in the Orlando Sentinel, the information was not provided to the media through an authorized source at the Sanford Police Department, but possibly by a leak from within the department.  The information in the article is consistent with the information provided to the State Attorney’s office by the police department.   
 
“We do not condone these unauthorized leaks of information,” said City Manager, Norton Bonaparte, Jr.  “Acting Chief Scott will be doing an internal investigation within the Sanford  Police Department as this type of action compromises the integrity of the law enforcement agency which has pledged to uphold the law”.  
 
Mr. Bonaparte stated that disciplinary action including possible termination will be taken against anyone found to have leaked the information.

Martin’s Mother: “They’ve Killed My Son, and Now They’re Trying to Kill His Reputation”

As developments continue to be reported by The Associated Press and other outlets about the killing of Trayvon Martin, Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, spoke to reporters today.

Screen Grab from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57404609/trayvon-parents-son-disrespected-even-in-death/

"Even in death, they are still disrespecting my son, and I feel that is a shame."

"They've killed my son, and now they're trying to kill his reputation"

The Rev. Al Sharpton also weighed in:

"As much as it will hurt, they will try to make your son a junkie, a thief, assaulter, everything else before this is over. If you want to discuss something relevant, discuss what Zimmerman might have had in his system. Discuss his past. "Why are we asking about what Trayvon is capable of, when you have records of Zimmerman assaulting law officers? You have domestic violence. No one asked his lawyer about his character that has been documented. He has the record of violence. … So why are we going out of our way to try and create something in Trayvon's background when you have documented stuff in Zimmerman's background and won't even question his attorney about it? Let's not play this double standard of trying to demonize who is dead and sanitize who was the cause of the death."

Our orginal report erronously aattributes the quote to Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father and not Sybrina Fulton. We have since corrected it.

City of Sanford Publishes February 26 Trayvon Martin Police Report

The City of Sanford posted a version of the Trayvon Martin police report. We posted a few screen shots of the report and a video embed as well (you can see the whole report here.)

 

 

 

 

Tonight’s Full Interview Between Zimmerman’s Lawyer and CNN’s Anderson Cooper

Tonight, George Zimmerman's lawyer was on Anderson Cooper.

Here are the takeaways that the attorney is saying: neither the attorney nor Zimmerman have heard the 911 calls on TV,  Zimmerman is not a racist, there was a scuffle between Martin and Zimmerman, and he hasn't really spoken to Zimmerman that much about the incident. And it was self-defense, but in the end, the attorney was very vague, except for the fact that he said that Martin broke Zimmerman's nose.

Cooper then discussed the interview with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Zimmerman’s Lawyer in @AndersonCooper CNN Interview: Client is “Not Racist”

Tonight at 8 and 10 PM EST, the lawyer for George Zimmerman will be on with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

CNN released a teaser of the interview. Here is the clip:

What The GOP Candidates Are Saying About The #Trayvon Tragedy… Not Much

The GOP presidential candidates weighed in on the death of Trayvon Martin.

First off, Newt Gingrich. Newt defended the Stand Your Ground rule and was pretty muted about the whole situation. Sure, you can be defending the system of justice in America, but Gingrich straddled the fence. A lot. This is what he told reporters today in Louisiana:

“I think it’s exactly right for the district attorney to empanel a grand jury. They have to review, as I understand it, this particular person had been calling something – again this is just hearsay I haven’t investigated it and I don’t want to pre-judge – apparently there have been 50 cases in the past year of him calling 911…”

Gingrich suggesting that the shooter, George Zimmerman, might have been outside the bounds of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

“The law involves somebody who’s coming at you and as I understand he was trailing the young man,” he said. “The young man wasn’t trailing him so I suspect that justice will be done. … I believe that there are some things that go to the other extreme where you can’t even defend yourself when somebody breaks into your own home. So there has to be some common ground.”

Gingrich Thursday called for letting officials continue with their investigation on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

“I have faith that the American system of justice will in fact work. … I think that Americans can recognize that while this is a tragedy, and it is a tragedy, that we’re going to relentlessly seek justice and I think that’s the right thing to do.”

Here is the video clip from CNN last night.

This is what Rick Santorum said (as reported by ABC News):

“Stand Your Ground is not doing what this man did. So, there’s a difference between Stand Your Ground and doing what he did and it’s a horrible case. It’s chilling to hear what happened and of course the fact that law enforcement didn’t immediately go after and prosecute this case is another chilling example of you know obviously horrible decisions made by people in this process.”

When asked whether the Justice Department should get involved, Santorum said, “I think that the local and state can do a great job here – whether the justice department get involved, I think it’s pretty clear the problems that we’re seeing in this case and that hopefully the state attorney general as well as the local committee has reacted and responded and hopefully this matter will be an example of what law enforcement has to do in a case like this.”

As for Mitt Romney, this is what he said (spoken like a true corporate hero):

“What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said in a  statement today. “There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”

President Obama Addresses #Trayvon Tragedy

Today in Washington President Obama addressed the Trayvon Martin tragedy:

Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy I think about my own kids and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.

I’m glad that not only the Justice Department is looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place.

I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened. That means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.

But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon. If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

 

CNN Runs Isolates Audio of Controversial Zimmerman 911 Call and Questions Still Remain

Last night, CNN's Anderson Cooper ran a segment that showed the network's enhanced audio technology to determine if in indeed George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin on February 26 but still walks the street, said the racial slur "f-ing c—ns" on the 911 call Zimmerman made just minutes before the shooting. Here is the segment:

 

Our take is pretty simple: even with all the audio enhancements, the evidence is still inconclusive. Is it possible that Zimmerman said the slur on the call? Sure. Do we think they he said it? Yes. Did he 100% without a shadow of a doubt say it? No one can confirm that yet, even the CNN reporters who carefully couched their comments to protect their opinions.

Of course, if proven (and basically, unless Zimmerman admits to it or if an eyewitness testifies saying that he did indeed say the slur), then a true "hate crime" charge can be brought against Zimmerman. However, outlets like CNN should know better. There is the reporting of fact, and then there is conjecture and circumstantial fact. We think that no outlet can actually prove that Zimmerman did indeed say the offending and racist slur, but they can sure speculate about it and use technology to advance their speculation. In the meantime, any competent defense lawyer would have plenty of information already to suggest that someone like Zimmerman is already being singled out. We also think that the Sanford police failed big time in missing the audio from the call in the first place, which leads to more serious questions about the investigation.

To all those who think we are defending Zimmerman, that is just not true. Believe us, we so wanted definitive proof of the call because then the DOJ would take like an hour to charge Zimmerman with a hate crime. However, we also think that there is enough of a case (Zimmerman's "paranoia" of young black men) to bring it to a case. This is not about what Zimmerman said, but can it be proven that he said it? We are just questioning the tactics of how the mainstream media uses "possibilities" and "alleged" in certain cases to raise issues. Of course, if there were definitive proof of a racial slur said, it would be huge. Nonetheless, even if everyone is 99.9% sure, there is still doubt, and that is why eventually this case will need to be brought to trail (we see no reason why it won't at this stage) and a real legal discussion begins.

As much as we despise the act and the tragedy, we think that major media outlets are just sensationalizing this part of the story. Is it an important part of the story? Yes. Can anyone right now prove that he said it defnitively by listening to it? No. Are there other parts of the story and case offering more compelling evidence that Zimmerman killed Martin and it was not in self-defense? Yes. And that should be the key issue here. If Zimmerman does admit to saying the slur, then it is a different story. Right now, it just makes for good old-fashioned razzle-dazzle news entertainment.