Yvette Carnell: The 3 Most Important Things We Learned From George Zimmerman’s Newly Released Statements
by Yvette Carnell
In the past few weeks, a good deal of new information has been released about the night George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. And although all of the newly released evidence is important to the case, the most important information released could arguably be statements which reveal Zimmerman is a 1) boldface liar 2) aggressor and 3) racial profiler.
First off, George Zimmerman initially said he remained in his car as Trayvon Martin walked past and disappeared. When asked by police why he followed Trayvon after his disappearance, Zimmerman told officers that he was following the instructions of the 911 dispatcher who’d asked whether Zimmerman could re-establish eye contact with the teenager. As it turns out, that was a lie. The dispatcher never asked Zimmerman to do that.
When pressed, Zimmerman says he got out of his car to get the name of the street Trayvon was travelling on. But how could Zimmerman get the name of the street Trayvon was on if Trayvon had, as Zimmerman said, ”disappeared”? And how is it that Zimmerman doesn’t know the name of the streets in the subdivision where he himself lives? Zimmerman, a man who claims Trayvon stood out to him because he knows the name of every person in his subdivision, wants us to believe that he doesn’t know the names of the streets as well? And even if he didn’t know the name of the exact street on which he saw Trayvon traveling, he did know the name of the connecting street. That was more than enough for the officers who would’ve undoubtedly patrolled the entire area, had Zimmerman not slain Trayvon before they arrived.
Which brings me to the the second most important thing we learned; Zimmerman had, based on his own account, at least two opportunities to extricate himself from the situation. Since the dispatcher never told Zimmerman to re-establish eye contact with Trayvon, Zimmerman could’ve just as well driven home unencumbered, but he didn’t. By Zimmerman’s own account, he followed Trayvon, and then, according to Zimmerman, Trayvon circled his car and disappeared - again. Even if Zimmerman is telling the truth, this was his second opportunity to extricate himself from the situation. He chose not to take it.
Number three, and this is a biggy; when police asked Zimmerman about what happened the night he murdered Trayvon, Zimmerman asked, “just tonight?”, and proceeded to tell police about a string of break-ins in his neighborhood.
“I had called before, and the police had come out,” he said in an interview, “but these guys know the neighborhood very well, and they would cut in between buildings and lose …”
From that admission, it is clear that Zimmerman profiled Trayvon as being one of “these guys” connected to the break-ins, and took aggressive action. He took the law into his own hands. And that’s not self-defense. That’s vigilantism. That’s why he’s on trial. That’s why he deserves to be convicted.
Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.
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