IN RE: http://tinyurl.
December 26, 2012 – Lake Mary, Florida
FROM THE DESK OF ROBERT ZIMMERMAN JR
Dear Francis, I read your article and all-in-all I think it's a decent summary. Part of it also makes it clear why I must be very careful what newspaper, if any, I speak to. Newsprint is a waning format and as a consequence more and more print journalists publish mythology they over-sensationalize. (Lie about). When I declined to review our policy regarding speaking to the Miami Herald, it was in part because no matter how many of your questions I had answered… it would probably be the case as has been in the past, that the Herald would ultimately see to it that a dangerous lie or two would make its way into your story. Simple internet research alone would have shown an objective person seeking truth, that George Zimmerman was advised to stop "following" Mr. Martin - when he was on foot after leaving his vehicle and he replied “yes” to the dispatcher when asked if he was following Mr. Martin. Research would also show Al Sharpton (at Sanford city hall meeting) and his contemporaries: Crump, Jackson (Natalie/Jesse), NAACP, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus on numerous occasions repeating the falsehood of George being told not to get out of his truck and that then George "got out anyway". That assertion is a myth, It is completely false, and repeating it serves one purpose: to advance the racially driven narrative that relies on the sound-byte "murdered by a racist white man" to advance the notoriety of a select few who profit from dividing us. That narrative depends on the proliferation of, and is plagued by mis-truths, such as that one. I'm particularly disturbed because every time a member of the press repeats that egregious lie - more & more people are inclined to believe it. Is there a reason you want us to believe that? That assertion makes people, particularly some black people direct hatred at all of the Zimmermans. It is the proliferation of lies like that one in particular which confuse people and "slit your throat" death threats - that threaten our Mother’s life while simply checking the mail – that are left on our neighbors' answering machines (as referenced in your article) is what we are now facing. Unless people call your neighbors to threaten to kill your mother in such a violent way, I don’t think you’d be able to appreciate how that makes her children feel. For the record, as a result of numerous death threats – our mother like Mr. Martin’s mother, until recently, slept mostly in hotels as well: at her own expense. The apparent lack of sympathy from Tracy Martin referenced in your article does not surprise me. Referring to George, he says “he took that on”. He still is unwilling or unable to publicly acknowledge his repeatedly suspended-from-school son could ever be capable of attacking George. George did not “take on” anything but his assailant, and referring to preserving his life in his own words says “I shot to save my own”. I don't think we get very far calling journalists liars but it is December now, and it’s hard to believe that any journalist would still report that George being told to not get out of his vehicle is true... It’s even harder to believe that they would be permitted by their employer to publish it as truth. The unwritten implication is that George is somehow defiant and that he dismissed the dispatcher’s words – Nothing is further from the truth. Again, as I have said since March 29, if you actually listen to the tapes in evidence, you'll clearly hear the dispatcher tell him "we don't need you to do that": a reference to George following Mr. Martin, well after George had left his vehicle. George acknowledges the dispatcher’s suggestion as if it were an order and stops following, and in fact loses sight of Mr. Martin. If you listen to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Ben Jealous & other "civil-rights" celebrities/personalities, you might come to a different conclusion. You might also be inclined to refer to George, as your article does, as a “gunman”. George is not and was not a “gunman”. George, like many Americans was a qualified citizen trained and licensed by his state to carry a firearm on his person in order to defend himself and possibly others against imminent threats of grave bodily harm or death. George was following the law. It is unfair and gratuitous of you to portray my brother as a “gunman” – there is absolutely no evidence his weapon was drawn. Mr. Martin was sitting on him and beating him, prompting George to move his head and upper body into grass attempting to prevent even more grave bodily harm to his head at the hands of his attacker; evidence shows this is what exposed his firearm. Mr. Martin never knew George was armed before that moment. George showed tremendous restraint despite the savagery shown him by his attacker.
In the interest of clarity, let me correct you on another point: you write “Zimmerman did what he had done several times before when he spotted black men he didn’t recognize. He called the police”. Allow me to be perfectly clear, George did not call the police when he saw black men he didn’t recognize, not that night, and to my recollection – not ever. George called the police when anything in his crime-riddled community was out of place, including anyone he did not recognize, regardless of their race. Dispatchers solicit descriptions of alleged suspects as part of their job. When a caller describes an alleged suspect – including the race they appear to be – they are being truthful and thorough in their interaction with police. When a journalist writes that George calls police when he doesn’t recognize black men, they are not being truthful. Unless you can find a call where George says he is calling the police because he doesn’t recognize a black man – you are most likely lying. Did you ever hear such a call? Did you listen to the February 26 recordings? George initially and immediately makes it clear he is calling police because a rash of break-ins in his community, combined with a person he does not recognize loitering in the rain aroused his suspicion. He never mentions Mr. Martin’s race until he is asked to describe Mr. Martin. In light of what has already happened to NBC - if I were a journalist, I would not want to be the one to publish stories that include fabrications or stories that put words in a dispatcher's mouth he never said. Fortunately, I'm not a journalist - I'm simply a reader and listener: I read official documents submitted as evidence and I listen carefully to audio evidence.
Respectfully, Robert Zimmerman, Jr - @rzimmermanjr
Official evidence can be found at: Gzlegalcase.com The Definition of a “gunman” according to Merriam-Webster: 1: a man armed with a gun; especially: a professional killer 2: a man noted for speed or skill in handling a gun The Definition of a “gunman” according to Bing™: 1: man with gun: a man armed with a gun, especially a criminal or an assassin 2: skillful shooter: a man skilled in firing guns The Definition of “libel” according to Merriam-Webster: 2b: (1): a statement or representation published without just cause and tending to expose another to public contempt (2): defamation of a person by written or representational means The Definition of “libel” according to Bing™: 1: defamation: a false and malicious published statement that damages somebody's reputation. 2: attacking of somebody's reputation: the making of false and damaging statements about somebody.