Affidavit says Zimmerman 'profiled' Martin

teigan 2012/04/12 23:47:50

Sanford, Florida (CNN) -- An affidavit of probable cause in Florida's case against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of an unarmed 17-year-old says that the neighborhood watch volunteer "profiled" the victim, Trayvon Martin, and disregarded a police dispatcher's request that he await the arrival of police.

The affidavit, which was drawn up Wednesday but not made public until Thursday, was prepared by investigators for the state attorney, who charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder Wednesday.

Zimmerman's relatives say that he did not profile Martin and that he shot him in self-defense. They say Zimmerman killed Martin after the teen punched him and slammed his head on the sidewalk.

One of the responding officers reported seeing a wound on the back of Zimmerman's head, and surveillance video appeared to show an injury.

The affidavit offers little new about what happened on the night of February 26, when Martin was returning to the Sanford house where he was staying after having walked to a nearby convenience store, but it may offer some insight into how the special prosecutor views the case.

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"Martin then walked back to and entered the gated community and was on his way back to the townhouse where he was living when he was profiled by George Zimmerman," the affidavit says. "Martin was unarmed and was not committing a crime."

It says that Zimmerman, who lived in the same community, was in his vehicle when he saw Martin "and assumed Martin was a criminal. Zimmerman felt Martin did not belong in the gated community and called the police. Zimmerman spoke to the dispatcher and asked for an officer to respond because Zimmerman perceived that Martin was acting suspicious. The police dispatcher informed Zimmerman that an officer was on the way and to wait for the officer.

"During the recorded call Zimmerman made reference to people he felt had committed and gotten away with break-ins in his neighborhood. Later while talking about Martin, Zimmerman stated 'these a**holes, they always get away," and also said 'these f****** punks.' "

As the incident was unfolding, Martin was on the phone with a friend, the affidavit says. "The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn't know why. Martin attempted to run home but was followed by Zimmerman who didn't want the person he falsely assumed was going to commit a crime to get away before the police arrived. Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin. When the police dispatcher realized Zimmerman was pursuing Martin, he instructed Zimmerman not to do that and that the responding officer would meet him. Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher and continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home.

"Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued. Witnesses heard people arguing and what sounded like a struggle."

Calls to 911 captured a voice crying for help; that voice belonged to Martin, according to his mother; the neighborhood watch volunteer's relatives have said the voice was Zimmerman's.

"Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest. When police arrived Zimmerman admitted shooting Martin. Officers recovered a gun from a holster inside Zimmerman's waistband. A fired casing that was recovered at the scene was determined to have been fired from the firearm."

The affidavit says that an autopsy determined that Martin died of the gunshot wound.

Asked Thursday why his client had followed Martin, Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara told CNN sister network HLN, "I know so little about the evidence."

O'Mara, who began representing Zimmerman on Wednesday, said they had not yet discussed the facts of the case.

Immediately after the shooting, Sanford police questioned Zimmerman and released him without charges. They said then that there were no grounds to disprove his account that he'd acted to protect himself.

The affidavit was released the same day that Zimmerman made his first court appearance Thursday, wearing gray jail coveralls and saying little as his arraignment was set for May 29.

Seminole County Judge Mark Herr, who spoke via a closed-circuit television connection during the four-minute hearing, said all matters including bond and further motions in the case will be handled by Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler.

O'Mara did not ask that Zimmerman be released on bond, although he had said earlier that he wanted his client released as soon as possible.

He added, however, that Zimmerman's safety could be jeopardized if he were released.

"I think nobody would deny the fact if George Zimmerman is walking down the street today, he would be at risk," he said.

Zimmerman, 28, was in hiding until he turned himself in Wednesday after authorities said he would be charged in the case.

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  • Racefish 2012/04/13 15:04:55
    This is all fine but it does not give any background into the burglaries that had been gong in in the community. Was Zimmerman right to assume Martin could be a suspect? It's hard to tell.
  • teigan Racefish 2012/04/14 05:30:41
    What background, for instance?
  • Racefish teigan 2012/04/14 16:31:24
    Ther4e had been burglaries in the community that were touched upon during the first investigation, and, there was some speculation that Martin had been involved after some items were found in his school locker. Somehow all this has been swept under the rug.
    You see, when the media get a story like this they do their best to make the victim look like a saint. Is it a wonder the only picture they used for a long time was when he was 10?
  • teigan Racefish 2012/04/14 17:01:57
    He didn't attend school there. He attended school in Miami. How often did he visit his dad. Are you saying that Zimmerman knew him and knew about the jewerly? Because Zimmerman never indicaded to the dispatcher that he knew him. Or did he assume that he was up to something and on drugs because he was a black teen?
  • Racefish teigan 2012/04/15 14:19:07
  • teigan Racefish 2012/04/15 17:49:43
    Oh he can try that.
  • Racefish teigan 2012/04/16 18:04:56
    Well, I guess Miami doesn't have the best schools in the country either.
  • teigan Racefish 2012/04/16 20:32:56
  • Racefish teigan 2012/04/17 15:20:40
    The meaning of "speculation".
  • teigan Racefish 2012/04/17 21:33:50
    Try the meaning of profiling, most of his calls were about suspious black teens.
  • Racefish teigan 2012/04/18 16:16:53
    So? I'm just wondering about the question the 911 operator asked if the suspect was Hispanic. What race is a Hispanic?
  • teigan Racefish 2012/04/18 19:05:30
    So? LOL
  • Racefish teigan 2012/04/19 15:05:08
    So what race Is "Hispanic?
  • teigan Racefish 2012/04/20 00:56:47
    "Hispanic" is not a race, it's an ethnicity.
  • Racefish teigan 2012/04/24 17:18:12
    Why did the 911 operator ask then?
    As for ethnicity, there are many "Hispanics" that have absolutely nothing in common with others.At best, we could only agree it being a "linguistic commonality". Taking the long view you present would place the Philippines in the same category as Argentinians.
  • teigan Racefish 2012/04/24 17:25:43
    I guess they don't know that Hispanic is not a race.
  • Racefish teigan 2012/04/24 17:28:16
    Well, it was Florida.
  • teigan Racefish 2012/04/24 17:30:31
    I guess they should have asked if he was Cuban.
  • Racefish teigan 2012/04/25 17:46:52
    Still come up with a mixed bag the same as "American".
  • 2sly 2012/04/13 09:18:57
    The artical above is the same old stuff we already know it's nothing new since the shooting. You won't know much of anything untill the trial. The will keep this under wraps for several months to let it cool off before they take it to trial. And to be honest he will probably get aquited by the jury if they are able to up hold the stand your ground rule.
  • teigan 2sly 2012/04/13 14:06:50
    She holds her cards close to the chest. We'll have to wait and see how her evidence stands up. But Zimmerman's attorneys will also have to explain what he based all his assumptions about Tryvon on.
  • Flamingolady 2012/04/13 02:52:50
    The trial will shed some light. Not sure the same jury pool area as Casey Anthony's can come to the right conclusion, though.
  • Ken 2012/04/13 01:27:41
    Overcharge from the hype by media and the racist bounty hunters.
  • teigan Ken 2012/04/13 04:30:26
    I don't believe that she took the hype in consideration. She has all the evidence at her disposal, the public does not.
  • Ken teigan 2012/04/14 02:01:27
    It still will be decided by the Judge or the jury.
  • teigan Ken 2012/04/14 05:31:34
    I agree.
  • stevmackey 2012/04/13 01:10:57
    Wait till the man has a trial. Or are you ready to hang him now?
  • teigan stevmackey 2012/04/13 04:31:16
    Just reporting the news honey. :-)
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/04/12 23:53:13
    So his lawyers will now punch holes in it.
  • teigan Temlako... 2012/04/13 00:40:22
    It's going to be hard to dispute his words on the 911 tape. He did presume that something was wrong with him, he did presume that he was up to no good and he did presume that he was on drugs or something. He did us the words stated above about punks.

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say that perhaps the toxicality tests showed that Tryvon wasn't on any drugs or alcohol and that's why she is using this. Only my opinion of course. I could be wrong.

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