“That man [George Zimmerman] carried a 9-millimeter handgun,” wrote the New York Times’ Charles Blow last April in a typically reckless bit of media disinformation. “That boy [Trayvon Martin] carried a bag of candy.”
That boy also carried a hell of a punch, and now the evidence has emerged that proves it – a front-on, high resolution, color photo of Zimmerman, sitting in a police car, blood dripping from his swollen, disfigured nose.
“This type of evidence should have come out day one,” Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, told CNN’s John King recently.
As O’Mara observed, had this photo been shared with and by the media last March, it would have quelled much of the anger against Zimmerman. In fact, it might have killed the controversy altogether.
More evidence is still being withheld. This includes the unedited interview of the mysterious “DeeDee” by Martin family attorneys. DeeDee is the alleged 16-year-old who was on the phone with Trayon before and during the fatal incident.
In fact, however, DeeDee was not 16, as claimed by the state of Florida and the media, but 18. She was an adult and should have been treated as one. “That is crucial evidence,” said Omara of the unedited interview. “I deserve it and my client deserves it.”
Finally, O’Mara has learned that an additional police officer witnessed the playing of the 911 tape for Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin. When he heard this tape, Tracy Martin said it was not Trayon who was crying out for help. Tracy has since fudged his testimony, but the officer confirms his initial reaction.
Zimmerman is scheduled to be tried in June 2013. There will likely be a “Stand Your Ground” hearing set for April or May 2013. If the judge determines that the law does apply, the charges against Zimmerman could be dropped right there.
Given the political pressures that have been brought to bear, it is hard to imagine a judge in Florida with the fortitude to do the right thing and kill the case before it goes to trial.
If the case does go to trial and is televised, as seems likely, this will be the biggest judicial ratings bonanza since the O. J. Simpson case went to trial in 1995.
This time, however, justice, or something like it, will be done. Zimmerman may not get all 12 jurors to vote for acquittal, but he will get enough to prevent conviction.
The jury – and America, too – will learn what really happened that fateful night in February 2011. Kudos to theconservativetreehouse.com for their good work on this case.
Trayvon Martin is seen on the security video through the 7-11 window approaching the store from the direction of the townhome of his father’s girlfriend, Brandy. In major media accounts, the helpful Trayvon ventured out in the rain in a mile-plus round trip to buy some Skittles and Arizona Ice Tea from Brandy’s young son. Not likely.
Trayvon grabs two items – Skittles and Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail. Trayvon, in fact, had become a devotee of the druggy concoction known as “Lean,” also known in Southern hip-hop culture as “Sizzurp” and “Purple Drank.” Lean consists of three basic ingredients – codeine, a soft drink and candy.
Trayvon pays for his purchases. He then appears to point to an item behind the counter, but the clerk seems to reject that option. Trayvon turns from the counter with a couple of dollar bills still in his hand.
Trayvon leaves the 7-11. Three squirrelly young men enter the 7-11 seconds later, all of them with their faces concealed in part or in full.
One of the three appears to be holding the two bills Trayvon walked out with. He buys two cheap cigars from behind the counter and then a third one as an afterthought. Seconds after he exits, Trayvon, can be seen through the window heading back toward Brandy’s house.
Zimmerman calls police while watching Trayvon near the gated community’s clubhouse. The walk to this point should have taken 10 minutes. It took 40 minutes. It seems likely that Trayvon got a “blunt” – street slang for cannabis rolled in a cigar wrapper –from the dude at the 7-11 and smoked it.
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good,” Zimmerman tells the police. “Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” Trayvon’s autopsy showed the presence of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in both his blood and his urine.
It is possible, too, that Trayvon was up to no good. Trayvon had a history. Months earlier, a security guard at his school found 12 pieces of jewelry, a watch and a “burglary tool” in his tote bag.
“He’s coming towards me,” Zimmerman tells the police about Trayvon. “He’s coming to check me out. He’s got something in his hands.” Zimmerman sounds a little anxious, “Please, get an officer over here.”
After Trayvon passes his truck, Zimmerman says, “Sh–, he’s running.” Trayvon is heading toward “the back entrance,” says Zimmerman. That entrance is in the same general direction as Brandy’s townhouse.
When asked by the dispatcher, Zimmerman agrees not to follow Trayvon, and his heavy breathing ends. “He ran,” says Zimmerman. Even if running slowly, Trayvon could have made it to Brandy’s house in a half a minute.
“I don’t know where this kid is,” Zimmerman tells the dispatcher and heads back to the truck.
7:14 – 7:16
Trayvon comes back to confront Zimmerman. According to Zimmerman – and the new photo confirms this – Martin landed a sucker punch on Zimmerman’s nose, knocked him down and started banging his head against the pavement.
According to the autopsy report, Trayvon was 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed 158 pounds. He was not the skinny little boy with the Skittles half of America still believes him to be.
Trayvon had clearly fallen victim to urban America’s lost-boy culture. In the past year or so, his social media sites showed a growing interest in drugs, in mixed martial arts style street fighting and in a profoundly vulgar exploitation of “bitches.”
A reckless and corrupt media made Trayvon a cause célèbre, but the obfuscation will end in court. There, the truth will out. When it does, the major media will lose a good chunk of whatever credibility they have left, and our nation may lose a good chunk of its urban real estate.