Crime and PunishmentJamie R. -- Monday, August 18, 2003 -- 07:48:13 PM
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There are other photos at the site, including of Martin's tattoos.
Gotta love those gold teeth.
The family's story also doesn't make sense. Martin supposedly just stepped outside for a skittles and can of iced tea, and like a good boy was quickly walking home to catch the second half of the basketball game, when Zimmerman cruelly cut him down for no better reason than being black in America.
And yet no one in the house watching the basketball game heard a shot? Or saw the commotion of numerous police squad cars less than a football field away? Even though there were multiple witnesses in the area who called 911?
Martin's father had to wait until the next day to wonder where his son might be?
The story hasn't been completely made public, that's for sure. I know the boy's body was tested for alcohol and drugs, and I assume the autopsy report would be presented to the grand jury. If he had an adult arrest or conviction record, that should be a matter of public record as well. You would think all of that would come out during the grand jury as well.
That police report says Martin was 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. I'm guessing that's an estimate, since I find it hard to believe they would weigh or otherwise measure the body at the scene, and I assume the report has to be filed before the coroner can do his examination. (Although maybe paramedics have a way to weigh and measure the body at the scene.)
The report also says that Zimmerman is 5' 9", which means he must grossly obese if he's really 250 pounds. For some reason, the police report does not give Zimmerman's weight.
Zimmerman was handcuffed, arrested, and taken to the police station for questioning. I also counted six witnesses that were interviewed on scene. Zimmerman's account must have matched up with the witness accounts of what happened for him to be released.
With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk, leaving him bloody and battered, law enforcement authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.
That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say. There have been no reports that a witness saw that initial punch Zimmerman told police about.
Zimmerman has not spoken publicly about what happened Feb. 26. But that night, and in later meetings, he described and re-enacted for police what he says took place.
In his version of events, he had turned around and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from behind, the two exchanged words then Trayvon punched him in the nose, sending him to the ground, and began beating him.
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One witness, who has since talked to local television news reporters, told police he saw Zimmerman on the ground with Trayvon on top, pounding him — and was unequivocal that it was Zimmerman who was crying for help.
I've just been waiting for this to happen.
You can tell when the government has decided somebody is guilty. The same thing happened in the Rodney King case, where a convict, addict, and bum resisted arrest and assaulted some police officers and deservedly got his ass beat, but ended up with millions of dollars instead of a long stint in jail. The police officers who were initially acquitted ended up getting the sentences.
Such a model citizen, this kid.
As I suspected, this sweet-faced kid of eleven (whose photo we've all seen) was a thug in the making by seventeen.
I'd love to see those of you who attempted to make light of the one ten-day (or five-day) suspension that came to light last week, as the sort of thing any kid could get, also make light of these new details about Martin's multiple suspensions.
This just keeps getting better and better: Zimmerman a registered Democrat
One thing that's really irritated me is the two photos virtually all outlets put up: One of Trayvon as a happy, fresh-faced smiling young teenager, and Zimmerman as all ratty and sullen.
You guys are being just too hard asking your questions. Can't you see a black child has been murdered? Prediction: NPR is going to using this picture of Treyvon during the trial: