Monday, March 26, 2012

In Reply: Sure would be nice if we could read Trayvon Martin's account to police, too...

In reply to Trayvon Martin: George Zimmerman's account to police of the Trayvon Martin shooting. - Orlando Sentinel

This story doesn't line up with what the 16 year old girl Trayvon was on the phone with at the time says she heard. She describes Trayvon trying to elude some creep who was folowing him, who again caught up to him after Trayvon thought he'd gotten away from the guy, and who finally asked Zimmerman "Why are you following me?" Zimmerman responded "Why are you here?" After that, the girl hears what sounds to her like a struggle in which Trayvon was hit, before the call lost connection.

In any case, I'm pretty sure from all I've read and seen, that Trayvon was at least as in fear of the creepy guy who kept following him (Zimmerman) as Zimmerman was of that suspicious black guy in the hoodie (Trayvon.) The only difference was, Trayvon kept trying to get further AWAY from the guy he feared, while Zimmerman spent much of the five or so minutes during which the incident moving CLOSER to Trayvon, even going against the advice of the police dispatcher.

There is a pretty good argument to be made that unable to get away from Zimmerman, Trayvon finally stood his ground and defended himself against the unknown creeper following him and whatever harm he thought Zimmerman intended to inflict; an argument Trayvon Martin would've made himself, if he was still alive to tell his side of the story.

memeorandum: Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head (Rene Stutzman/Orlando Sentinel)

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