by Yvette Carnell
Now that Zimmerman has been found not guilty in the k!lling of Trayvon Martin, we should be careful not to allow a whitewashing of history by those who have a vested interest in portraying Zimmerman as a hero. We should keep in the forefront of our minds that George Zimmerman is a man who has projected irrational fears, as evidenced by his past behavior.
In March of 2012, The Daily Beast released Zimmerman’s 911 calls to police. They revealed 46 calls, many of which were to report the “suspicious activity” of black males. That much we knew. But remember also that Zimmerman once called police to report the suspicious behavior of a black child, approximately 7-9 years of age.
Here’s the 911 dispatch log from The Daily Beast:
36. April 22, 2011 – 7:09 p.m.
Subject: Suspicious activity
Report: Juvenile black male “apprx 7–9” years old, four feet tall “skinny build short blk hair” last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and blue shorts
Before you forget, a 7 to 9 year old child is an elementary school student, most likely in the first, second, third, or fourth grade. To Zimmerman, this child posed a threat to either himself or someone else. Even if Zimmerman was calling authorities to get help for the boy, doesn’t it strike you as strange that he didn’t approach the child? Ask questions? Seek out a parent or caretaker? More has been done to protect stray dogs.
In addition, Zimmerman also called police to report “trash in the roadway,” and to report on his landlord who Zimmerman said was “trying to take [Zimmerman’s] money for rent … and home in foreclosure.”
These 911 calls do not represent the suspicions of a stable human being. Most normal people don’t abuse the 9-1-1 dispatch system to report every black man who enters the neighborhood or non-physical disputes with their landlord. Zimmerman has been off his rocker for some time. It is just heartbreakingly grievous that Trayvon Martin crossed paths with such a disturbed man on that rainy night in February of 2012.