#Trayvon: 2 months after shooting, MSM finally gives a more complete background on Zimmerman

Posted by: ST on April 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Read this. It’s a lengthy and detailed account about the life of George Zimmerman prior to the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin, and once you read it, you’ll get the same impression of  Zimmerman that I and many others have gotten over the last couple of months in spite of the mainstream media’s desperate campaign to make him out to be a cold-blooded racist who set out to “murder” a black teenager: A quiet but enthusiastic and ambitious man concerned about his family and his neighborhood after a series of break-ins, not a nosy busybody/racist who wanted to snoop around in everyone’s business, specifically black people’s business because of some alleged “ingrained hatred” for them.

The story details his early life, his family make-up – which is decidedly mixed, and talks about the reason Zimmerman began arming himself in the first place: Not due to crime, but instead a dangerous neighborhood dog who at one point cornered his wife and had also scared his mother-in-law’s dog. It also mentions how Zimmerman opened up an Allstate insurance satellite office in 2004 in partnership with … a black man.

Not only is the background of George Zimmerman key to determining who he is and why it is likely he took the actions he did that late February night, but it’s extremely important to note the criminal history of the Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood where the incident took place. Reuters provides context:

By the summer of 2011, Twin Lakes was experiencing a rash of burglaries and break-ins. Previously a family-friendly, first-time homeowner community, it was devastated by the recession that hit the Florida housing market, and transient renters began to occupy some of the 263 town houses in the complex. Vandalism and occasional drug activity were reported, and home values plunged. One resident who bought his home in 2006 for $250,000 said it was worth $80,000 today.

At least eight burglaries were reported within Twin Lakes in the 14 months prior to the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to the Sanford Police Department. Yet in a series of interviews, Twin Lakes residents said dozens of reports of attempted break-ins and would-be burglars casing homes had created an atmosphere of growing fear in the neighborhood.

In several of the incidents, witnesses identified the suspects to police as young black men. Twin Lakes is about 50 percent white, with an African-American and Hispanic population of about 20 percent each, roughly similar to the surrounding city of Sanford, according to U.S. Census data.

One morning in July 2011, a black teenager walked up to Zimmerman’s front porch and stole a bicycle, neighbors told Reuters. A police report was taken, though the bicycle was not recovered.

But it was the August incursion into the home of Olivia Bertalan that really troubled the neighborhood, particularly Zimmerman. Shellie was home most days, taking online courses towards certification as a registered nurse.

On August 3, Bertalan was at home with her infant son while her husband, Michael, was at work. She watched from a downstairs window, she said, as two black men repeatedly rang her doorbell and then entered through a sliding door at the back of the house. She ran upstairs, locked herself inside the boy’s bedroom, and called a police dispatcher, whispering frantically.

“I said, ‘What am I supposed to do? I hear them coming up the stairs!’” she told Reuters. Bertalan tried to coo her crying child into silence and armed herself with a pair of rusty scissors.

Police arrived just as the burglars – who had been trying to disconnect the couple’s television – fled out a back door. Shellie Zimmerman saw a black male teen running through her backyard and reported it to police.

Here’s another key excerpt from the article:

A criminal justice student who aspired to become a judge, Zimmerman also concerned himself with the safety of his neighbors after a series of break-ins committed by young African-American men.

Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.

“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”

Hello? This is what many of us who have actually read between the lines on this story and dug for details most in the national mainstream media have ignored or misrepresented have been saying for weeks! There was a crime wave in Zimmerman’s neighboorhood and he was doing the neighborhood watch thing by looking out for his family and fellow residents. Nothing more and nothing less. I strongly believe he did not intend to catch up with Trayvon Martin that night when he got out of his SUV – that he merely meant to keep up with Martin’s whereabouts until police arrived so he could tell them where Martin was. My theory is that he was on his way back to his SUV, as implied by the 911 dispatcher than he needed to do, and Martin confronted him – and that’s when the physical encounter ensued.

If more details of this case come to light when it plays out in court – details that paint a far different picture than the one I see – I’ll admit I’m wrong. However, if what we know about this case so far is the extent of it, and I’m right about not only Zimmerman’s character but also his intent that night when he spotted Trayvon Martin walking in the neighborhood, I will NOT hold my breath awaiting apologies from any of the lynch mobbers in the mainstream media (ABC and NBC, for starters), opinion media (like columnists Charles Blow and commentators Keith Boykin and Roland S. Martin), and the race hustlers (like Sharpton and Jackson), all of who have a vested interest in stirring the pot and sensationalizing the hell out of this tragic story based on a pre-determined (and false) narrative – at the expense of a man’s day to day life, character,  and that of his family and friends.

Yes, Trayvon Martin, a teenager, is dead and that is unfortunate and heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his mother and father, and other family and friends. I hold absolutely nothing against them in wanting to seek answers and justice. But must the tragedy of h is death be compounded with another tragedy in what I see as the unjustified character assassination of George Zimmerman?

Assuming I’m right about what happened that night, the mainstream media will have a lot to answer for for the toxic, violent atmosphere they’ve been largely responsible for generating and fostering in the aftermath of the killing of Trayvon Martin. I’d like to think they’re slowly but surely learning their lessons as they dig and more information comes to light about George Zimmerman and the neighborhood in which he lived, but I’m not stupid. Once this case eventually fades out of the limelight another one will come along and they’ll do exactly as they did in this one, all in the name of  -once again – shaping narratives created to 1) soothe the liberal white guilt complex which permeates every fiber of our society, 2) turn it into a “Republican vs Democrat” issue (with Republicans being the evil raaacists, natch), and 3)broaden viewer/readership, sell advertising, earn the respect of colleagues and ultimately win journalism awards.

The beat will, unfortunately, go on.

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  1. Phineas says:

    Oh, man. The defense is going to have a field day with these facts.

  2. Jeff Woods says:

    8 burglaries to a community of 250+ in a 14 month time period constitutes a “crime wave” in your mind? I suppose so in a time where non-white collar crime is at an all-time low in American history, there could be some overly paranoid people out there who may think so. But fear over being robbed of one’s mere possessions, valid or not, justifies how many murders of unarmed children in your mind? Could the armed man not have simply wounded the child if he felt the need to disobey police and confront him in the first place? Whom is this unelected vigilante answerable to? What adult with a triple digit IQ is in authority over him? What specialised training or job skills does he have to fight crime with? If he had such abilities and motivation, why not – I don’t know – find gainful employment as such and not become a lawbreaker himself? Could it be because no decent law enforcement agency would hire such a loose cannon? Are any of these criticisms of Zimmerman’s actions answered by simply commenting on a tangentially-related data about his local crime rate? Would any of that make the murder of an unarmed teen into self-defence against a clear and present threat to one’s life?
    Respectfully submitted
    - Jeff

  3. Tony says:

    I think the problem will be the fact that he chased him when the 911 operator specifically told him not to.

  4. Libertarian Advocate says:

    I’m guessing the trial will begin after the election. I’m hoping Botus and Eric find themselves with plenty of time on their hands allowing them both to watch the proceedings in person and see how REAL law is practiced.

  5. Great White Rat says:

    Oh, where to begin with this one….

    Jeff’s trotted out all the usual DNC-approved talking points, so let’s look at them in turn and examine how the left-wing mind operates.

    8 burglaries to a community of 250+ in a 14 month time period constitutes a “crime wave” in your mind?

    And right off, we see that the left wing mind carefully filters out any inconvenients facts. First, if you do the math, that’s about a 3% chance of a burglary in your house every YEAR. Unless you live in a core Democrat inner city neighborhood, yes, I’d say that’s a high rate.

    But wait! There’s more! Jeff skipped past this part (which appears all of one sentence later):

    in a series of interviews, Twin Lakes residents said dozens of reports of attempted break-ins and would-be burglars casing homes had created an atmosphere of growing fear

    Let’s be conservative and say “dozens” only means two dozen. Add that to the eight successful break-ins and you have at least 32 incidents in the space of a little over a year. In other words, if you live in that neighborhood for 14 months, you have at least a one in eight chance that someone will at least try to break in. And your odds may be worse.

    The Mexican drug cartels don’t have that high a hit rate. So yes, I think the good people of Twin Lakes have ample reason to be concerned about a crime wave.

    Let’s continue….

    non-white collar crime is at an all-time low in American history

    Due, of course, to the magnificence of the Lightworker, I’m sure. By the way, you have no data to back that up, I notice.

    fear over being robbed of one’s mere possessions, valid or not, justifies how many murders of unarmed children in your mind

    Notice the non-sequitur here. Jeff is assuming because people have a valid concern about crime, Zimmerman is out stalking people with bloodlust on his mind (that’s what “murder” is).

    And the use of the phrase “how many murders of unarmed children” is priceless. Jeff wants you to envision madman killers emptying full clips of automatic rounds into toddlers in playpens and fresh-faced tykes playing hopscotch. The fact that this image has nothing at all to do with the facts of this case as we know them is irrelevant. What’s important to Jeff is the narrative.

    Could the armed man not have simply wounded the child

    Again with “the child”. Question for Jeff: if someone bigger and stronger than you has just broken your nose with a sucker punch, thrown you to the ground, and is now repeatedly slamming your head into a cement sidewalk, how do you propose to decide where to fire to make sure the poor dear does get more than an ouchie? Quickly now….you may only have a few seconds before the “child” splits your skull open.

    if he felt the need to disobey police

    First, it wasn’t the police, and there was no order to stop following Martin, and second, from the timelines we’ve seen, there’s no proof that he didn’t stop tracking Martin anyway.

    and confront him in the first place

    All the evidence seems to indicate that Martin did the confronting, not Zimmerman.

    Whom is this unelected vigilante answerable to?

    So if you defend yourself from assault, In Jeff-World that makes you a vigilante.

    What specialised training or job skills does he have to fight crime with? If he had such abilities and motivation, why not – I don’t know – find gainful employment as such and not become a lawbreaker himself?

    Are these questions relevant to what actually happened that day? No, but keep in mind Jeff’s purpose is not to find out the truth about that, but make ugly insinuations so you don’t want to know the truth.

    Could it be because no decent law enforcement agency would hire such a loose cannon?

    And your painting him as a “loose cannon” is based on what information, other than the Martin incident? I’d rather believe the neighbor who described him as “mellow and calm, very helpful and very, very sweet” than someone like you who has a political axe to grind.

    Are any of these criticisms of Zimmerman’s actions answered by simply commenting on a tangentially-related data about his local crime rate?

    No. Your criticisms are answered by pointing out that they are untrue and/or irrelevant.

    Would any of that make the murder of an unarmed teen into self-defence against a clear and present threat to one’s life?

    Let’s try one more time to get this through to you: the “unarmed teen” was a football player who was bigger than Zimmerman, and stronger than Zimmerman. From eyewitnesses (you know, people who actually SAW what happened, not people like you who want to use a dead child for partisan gain) we know he was inflicting potentially lethal injuries to Zimmerman.

    Now go and find yourself some new talking points. The ones you brought this time were woefully weak.

  6. DanZee says:

    Great White Rat covered all the important points. I would amplify that I live in a suburb of 14,000 people and three or more break-ins constitutes a crime wave around here. Eight break-ins and dozens of attempted break-ins in a small gated community of 250 constitutes a huge crime wave!

    As for the often-stated comment that Zimmerman continued to pursue Treyvon after the police told him to stop, that may not be true. Zimmerman did stop following Treyvon and returned to his SUV where Treyvon apparently came up in back of Zimmerman and attacked him. Based on Treyvon’s previous criminal history, I wouldn’t be surprised if Treyvon was one of the people doing the break-ins. That would explain why he was trespassing through people’s backyards!

    Also, shame on the American press for not highlighting the issues covered in this piece before. The media carefully tried to make Teyvon look completely innocent, but the more you look into it, the more it looks like Zimmerman was attacked, he was fighting for his life, and he pulled his gun and shot.

  7. Sefton says:

    GWR with the logical rebuttal to, at best, an elaborate straw man and irrelevant conjecture from Jeff.
    It’s as simple as this, for the emotional and agenda driven:

    a) Man sees suspicious character in crime-saddled community.
    b) Man calls to report suspicious character and relays movements for authorities.
    c) Man loses sight of suspicious character and attempts to track on foot but told to retreat.
    d) Man retreats back toward vehicle when he is confronted by suspicious character.
    e) Confrontation and physical attack between man and suspicious character is begun.
    f) Man (as reported by witnesses*) ends up on ground in struggle with teen, with teen on top of man beating his head into the sidewalk (photos prove both witness and defendant’s testimony, including the statement from defendant that he was punched in the nose by teen to the ground).
    g) Teen is shot by man with 9mm handgun IN ACT OF SELF DEFENSE.

    *One witness (a teen walking his dog that night), who has since talked to local television news reporters, told police he saw Zimmerman on the ground with Trayvon on top, pounding him — and was unequivocal that it was Zimmerman who was crying for help.

    Closing statement – The law, whether it involves Stand Your Ground or simple self defense, is on the side of Mr. Zimmerman. He was assaulted and he defended himself from serious bodily harm or possible death.

  8. #3 tony…the dispatcher did not order zimmerman not to follow martin. the dispatcher asked zimmerman are you following him. zimmerman answered yes. the dispatcher said you don’t have to do that. he didn’t order zimmerman to do anything. listen to the entire tape not to the edited tape and the lies and distortions of the democratic party-media complex.

    i don’t know about sanford, fl but in most places dispatchers are civilian employees and don’t have the authority to order anybody to do anything. when did neighborhood watch people become the bad guys. ithought they were the good guys, concerned citizens helping their community.

  9. Drew the Infidel says:

    One feature that has already become obvious in all this is two parents with an out-of-control son who got himself killed. So their method of atonement to soothe their guilty consciences becomes publicly milking this for all it is worth to gain sympathy, blameless people be damned. Old story as pointed out above.

    Jeff, you are a victim waiting to be inconvenienced, shall we say?

  10. Drew the Infidel says:

    @Tommy McDonnell–After the dipatcher told Zimmerman he did not need him to follow Martin he replied, “OK”, something the LSM also conveniently left out.

  11. BE says:

    Jeff did not read the article. Cognitive dissonance is too painful to deal with. The other incident in the article that should mentioned is the home invasion by two thugs while a young woman and her newborn hide in the baby’s nursery. The absolute terror that that young woman faced would have upset the entire community. Funny that Jeff did not address that either.

  12. TexasMom2012 says:

    It is also true that after GZ’s problems with the neighbor’s dog the police (or animal control officer) told him to get a gun because the pepper spray he planned to use for protection would not incapacitate the animal quickly enough for his own safety. Thereafter Zimmerman and his wife both took classes and the CCW course not because he was a wanna be cop but for their protection. Btw, they both bought pistols which is good because at least the wife can protect them from Sharpton’s mob.

  13. Papa Whiskey says:

    George Zimmerman was trying prevent a burglary. What he ended up preventing was his own murder. Trayvon Martin, that self-styled “NO LIMIT NIGGA,” was pissed ’cause he got dissed and tried to get his first kill by applying blunt force trauma to Zimmerman’s head. That he instead received his own condign quietus is not heartbreaking at all. I wish the same had happened to the “brothers” who subjected me to a home invasion years ago. It didn’t, because back then I was a silly little hippie who didn’t believe in guns — and my head looked a lot worse than Zimmerman’s when they were through.

  14. Gravelagitator says:

    I love the “CHILD” B.S. about this little angel. The guy was seventeen and as far as I know nobody has mentioned just how close to eighteen he was. Plenty of sixteen and seventeen year old “children” have been tried as adults when the nature of their crimes warrants it. I was seventeen when I joined the Army in ’69 and I was certainly capable of causing great bodily harm in a physical confrontation. I just had brains enough to keep myself under control.

  15. TillieGlockenspiel says:

    Regarding being “unarmed” as being the only threat- in Austin, Tx a few days ago, a man was beaten to death by his neighbor using an electric guitar. I suppose one could say that the neighbor was “unarmed” when he killed the other man, since the neighbor did not possess a firearm. However, the victim is still dead. Being “unarmed” does not mean that you cannot do grievous bodily harm or kill someone.

  16. Biggie says:

    Unarmed? I think if your were to turn the the world downside up then it would seem that he was armed with a rather large rock (sidewalk).

    The MSM’s spin around jump shot on this will be interesting but not really shocking for me since I have been numbed by their antics.