Could the Sanford Police handled this case any worse? Probably not. They’ve lost the narrative to race hucksters and anti-gun coalitions. When the story was breaking nationally they should have called a national press conference on the steps of any Sanford municipal building and set the record straight with what they knew to be the facts of this case.
There will always be some misinformation reported by news agencies and then picked up by other news outlets and blogs, myself included, and repeated until they become the truth as seen by the court of public opinion. When a story can be politicized the legacy media will always push left. The Sanford police didn’t offer any resistance.
Before I get to what is being reported below, I still want to say that Zimmerman made his own bed. When you pin the tin star to your chest there are responsibilities, particularly when the Obama administration is pushing an anti second amendment agenda. Zimmerman has handed them a Fast and Furious moment.
I don’t know a lot about the Charleston Conservative Examiner, but they are characterizing themselves as a rare voice in this case. I’m not sure if everything they present helps Zimmerman’s case, but it if true it certainly is indicting evidence against the media. Here is what they are reporting.
-The media … their articles with outdated baby-faced pictures of Trayvon. Very few include that he was a towering 6’2” football player.
-Many news articles have also claimed the neighborhood is “mostly white.” The neighborhood is only 49% white. It is over half non-white.
-The witness reports that George Zimmerman was on the ground and Trayvon is on top of him punching him.
-The witness says that George Zimmerman was screaming and yelling for help.
-Police arrive and find Zimmerman bleeding on his face and the back of his head. He also has had grass stains on his back. All this confirms the story told by Zimmerman and the witness.
-Police play the 911 tape for Trayvon Martin’s father, who tells police that the voice screaming is not the voice of his son.
-Would you be surprised to learn that there were eight burglaries, nine thefts, and a shooting just in the past year? In fact, the local homeowners’ association reports that George Zimmerman actually caught one thief and aided in the apprehension of other criminals.
- In fact the Miami Herald goes on to interview neighbor, Ibrahim Rashada, who is black. Rashada confirms that there has been a lot of crime in the neighborhood and indicates to the reporter that the perpetrators are usually black.
The media also characterizes Trayvon as a “model student.” In fact, he under a five day suspension when the shooting took place. That is why he was staying at a house so far from his school on a school night. A laywer for Trayvon’s family has blocked access to his school records. However, you have to do something pretty bad to get suspended for five days.
ht/ preston farley