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And the case may come down to the interpretation of Florida stand your ground self defense law which many including the law's authors.
Have said does not apply because Zimmerman had been following trade on prior to the fight and trades on had been running away.
Now listen carefully to part of -- -- -- called the police as he followed -- -- on in his truck when trade bonds starts to run away.
You can -- Zimmerman get out of the truck to follow him you can listen for the door opening the car beeping to indicate the door -- opened.
And shutting as Zimmerman follows on foot.
-- -- -- We've had -- break in -- -- you're gonna -- -- real social shift key is this guy looks like he does no -- editor is on -- -- home.
It does -- -- 101000 -- his feelings but.
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And worried about what can you get out that we don't digital won't -- what we're -- people who didn't -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- By joining me now with reaction Joe Oliver who was a friend of George -- -- and Shannon Butler who has been following the story.
For our affiliates fox 35 in Orlando guys welcome to the program and -- thanks for being -- shadow let me start with -- We -- originally told that it was originally reported.
That in fact there were no eyewitnesses to the case.
You have interviewed the one person.
That we're now told was an eyewitness from the very beginning is that -- that to be true is that true.
Get there have been several witnesses to come out sense initial report the witness I think you referring to is John and John is the one that.
Said that he actually saw the scuffle between the two other people.
That we interviewed said they heard the screams.
They -- there was some kind of confrontation but this guy told us.
That he actually saw what he said was to trade -- -- on top of George Zimmermann beating him.
And that's when he called 911 he said Zimmerman was actually saying to hand please help me please help me he said that he went upstairs while I was calling -- -- wanna buy that it was.
Too late that gunshot had already gone off.
What can you tell us -- he was saying that in fact if it was George Zimmermann on the bottom and Zimmerman was beating up does that not corroborate.
In spite of all the media coverage and all those that have been speaking out politically about this.
Does that not contradict the narrative that's been -- the media to this point.
What we hadn't heard George Zimmermann side really of the story except for a few.
Of those witnesses like John but today the Sanford police.
Did make it clear that what George Zimmermann told them.
Was that he was actually getting back into his SUVs when he said scrape on Martin came around the left hand side -- -- and he's says that trade on Martins said you have a problem and he said no and that trade bonds said something like -- you do now.
Then George Schmidt Zimmerman told the cops they got punched in the nose he hit the ground and that's when -- bond market jumped on top of -- and slammed his head into the sidewalk.
And that's when he began to yell for help.
I mean that's what Sanford police tell us the George Zimmermann told -- And it would be this and again to just to be clear about those because those -- really important point as far as we know at this point this this would be the only eyewitness that we know in this case.
That we know of that has actually come forward on this case not the only white eyewitness the only eyewitness that says he -- -- on -- on top of Robert Zimmerman -- dealer interviewed other witness says.
Who have said that screaming on the tape was not George -- it was great on Martin's right now job the other witnesses of sad.
All right Joey I know -- -- friend -- and -- you've been on some other TV shows the implication.
Any allegation by many that this was a case of racial profiling.
That some of suggested this is racially motivated.
This is somebody you know somebody that your friend hey have you spoken with him.
And what does he told you.
Oh yes -- have spoken to -- I spoke with George earlier today and a I actually got the that some.
-- what he told me is the reason why he's not in jail right now I wish I could tell you what he told me and what the investigation.
Has turned up.
That's information that's not coming out until the grand jury convenes if there is a grand jury.
For George and for everyone.
Who's involved with this is that there hasn't been enough information out there to get a clear picture of what happened.
And the biggest missing pictures what happened from the time.
George says okay after being told that he didn't have to follow -- Yvonne.
To the time that someone saw -- -- of -- on top of George and heard the gun go off.
Is is there an answer to that show because the one thing that that struck me as I listen of that tape and they should know don't know we don't need you to do that.
I think -- -- just trying to put myself in that position assuming what he's saying that this area had been hit particularly hard with crime recently.
For whatever reason he saw somebody recognize in the neighborhood he called -- -- one they told them do that is there an answer to that question why he followed when they said don't.
Well no there's an not an answer that question because we don't know for sure that he actually did follow it.
Well you can hear I could actually -- it would take Palin running on I know hang on hang on I hear him running.
And then you hear the the dispatcher telling him asked after asking if he was following him.
That he said you don't have to do that George responded.
So we don't know if George was following -- gone after that.
And the information has come out since today says he was returning to his vehicle when he was.
Confronted by -- on YouTube you've heard about the.
The apparently Spike Lee has sent out the address of -- -- friend.
You know other comments that have been made by reverend Jackson and the Reverend Al Sharpton and then some others in this case.
You've known him for how long a period of time.
About six years now I've known him ever since he started dating his wife what -- would we've also gotten reports.
That not only himself was he a minority had minority.
Family members but -- -- also tutored and he and his wife would tutor.
African American kids minority kids for free on the weekend is that true.
That is true George Will help anybody regardless of race creator color that what do you make of this allegation that those have said that somehow this is a racial incident.
Because of the history of the Sanford police department in particular in the early characterizations.
That -- is white.
That's according to inflame anyone as we continued to see those pictures of -- Vaughn as a young child.
And -- pull for one we'll tell you that if I didn't know George because of the history of the Sanford police department that I am familiar with.
I would have been.
Screaming for an arrest along with everyone else yeah but I do you know George Zimmermann and I know he's not a racist and I know what he's told me and I know what the evidence is.
And until the evidence comes out we're not going to be able to start turning the corner but what we're seeing now which -- Expected to happen because it's taken so long to get information out is that what -- information is.
Put out there is being discredited -- -- it does not put -- -- and a good light.
I AM I have said from day one mission.
There's a rush to judgment and I can see in the media will discuss this in the next segment.
And I think maybe now the more information -- come out people might be a little more responsible specially in the media Shannon one last question for you.
Did the police Shannon no.
That this eyewitness existed back somewhat corroborated the story.
And that they did they they knew this from the beginning -- that would answer a question may be why an arrest was not made.
Yes they did according to John John told us they did talk to the -- because he said that he actually shot picture that the police showed him.
-- George Zimmermann had said was this the guy so according to John yes he has spoken to the police which would speak to.
Kind of somebody backing up what George Zimmermann had told them originally.
All right Jeff Shannon great reporting thank you for being with us and Joseph thank you so much for your time appreciate it.
And coming up next we're gonna continue.
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