...or, not so fast, you there with the knotted rope!
More information has washed up in the flotsam of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tidal wave that casts the February 29th homicide in a somewhat different light than what the media and Trayvon-istas have presented over the past fortnight.
Yup, that's a photo of the shooter in his role as a Forensic Loan Review Analyst in the Maitland office of Digital Risk, LLC, handling mortgage-underwriting duties for large banks.
Looks a little different from the widely circulated 2005 image of Zimmerman in an orange corrections department jumpsuit... but then few ever look their best in a mugshot.
(Ever see the one of George Clooney?)
But while the newly uncovered photo of Zimmerman will give a number of people pause in their perceptions of the acknowledged shooter of young Martin, it is the revelations of a witness to the event which may provide the most aide to the man within the legal justice system.
"The witness, known only as John, told Sanford police that 17-year-old Martin was attacking Zimmerman before he fired the fatal shot. 'The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on [Zimmerman] was yelling to me, 'Help, help...' and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,' John told Fox 35 in Orlando."
Now that's just one witness, but the man's statement appears to be consistent with the Sanford Police report which noted that Zimmerman had blood on the back of his head, and the back of his shirt was wet and grass-stained.
Nothing, however, has surfaced to dispell the idea that Zimmerman was following Martin, which likely caused the ultimately lethal confrontation.
Having been immersed in this matter the past two days, the one thing which has bothered me from the beginning is that there has been no physical description of either the shooter or the decedent.
The mugshot photo makes Zimmerman look at the very least "stocky," while even in the most recent one of Martin in his hoodie, he appears slender of stature.
The worrisome part is that had there been a disproportion size differential in favor of Zimmerman, the cynic in me is quite confident that what passes for "newsmedia" today, would have reported that information in the lead of every report, i.e.:
"The 6'1" 225 lb. Zimmerman must have appeared a terrifying presence as he stalked the 5'9", 155 lb. teenager."
Nothing of that sort was ever even hinted at that I could find, but someone apparently could, and wrote OtBB that Martin was 6'2"... so hold those judgements.
If Zimmerman felt threatened, why did he ignore the dispatcher telling him that he didn't need to follow Martin? I think this will turn out to be about a guy who thought he could be a hero, accidentally discharging his weapon and seeing his only way out was to say "self-defense."
- I don't think "Zimmerman felt threatened" until Martin confronted him for his actions in following him.
- From the audio tapes I heard, the 911 dispatcher was a little stronger than that.
- Yes, I suspect that Zimmerman may have had thoughts of heroism in mind, but I'm very much of the opinion that there was no "accidental discharge," rather it was in every sense intentional.
Whether it was out of genuine "fear for his life," or frustration at another "black intruder" in the neighborhood, the fact is that he, Zimmerman, placed himself in that position, and was significantly contributory to Martin's death.