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article imageOp-Ed: Why haven't the police arrested George Zimmerman yet?

By Nicole Byerly
Mar 26, 2012 in Crime
Does evidence show that Zimmerman truly is innocent? Or was information provided during the initial investigation full of errors?
After the release of my last article, I took it upon myself to dig a little deeper into why George Zimmerman has not been arrested for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
All over television, we are flooded with images of a much younger Martin and a much grizzlier appearing Zimmerman. Whether this is an attempt for the media to further justify the murder is unknown, however I have decided to publish some facts in the case.
Police reports provided by Officer Ayala state that he arrived on the scene at 9:17 PM. Upon arriving, he and Officer Smith were met with the same scene.
Both Officers agree that when they arrived they were introduced to these circumstances:
A male (Zimmerman) dressed in a red jacket was standing in front of a male on the ground with a grey hooded sweatshirt.
Zimmerman was bleeding from his face and back of his head.
The back of Zimmerman’s jacket was wet and covered with grass stains, indicating that he was on the ground.
Martin was laying on the ground, face down.
Martin had his hands under his body.
Martin had been shot in the chest.
Some things missing from the report:
Was Martin’s back also wet? This would indicate that, at one point or another, he was back down on the ground as well.
Some questionable information:
If Trayvon Martin was on top of Zimmerman attacking him, how would he fall with his arms under his body? Did this statement provide half-truth, or were his arms partially under his body, which could indicate fighting? In my opinion, if a man is laying on the ground with his arms entirely under his body, it does not indicate that he was on top of a person fighting. But then again, he could have fallen on to the ground and that is just how it ended up. I am not an expert on crime scene investigations, so I will leave this up to Law Enforcement to determine.
If Zimmerman was on the ground, underneath Trayvon at the time of the shooting, wouldn't there be blood on Zimmerman from Trayvon? Was there? No reports have been made by law enforcement to determine this. Nor were any reports of whether or not the clothing of Zimmerman was taken into evidence.
Zimmerman stated that he was screaming for help, but no one would help him. This is backed by the 911 calls, which display a male screaming in the background. Whether or not a voice-over has been conducted to match the screams in the 911 tape to Zimmerman’s voice has not yet been determined.
Eight witnesses were questioned at the scene. Six of the witnesses were white, one witness was black, and one was classified as “Other.” All eight witnesses provided statements that reflect the claims of Zimmerman.
The crime scene was taped and all physical evidence was collected to further investigate. No information regarding any of these findings have been released other than the police agree that evidence collected does match the claim of self-defense from Zimmerman. Zimmerman was arrested and brought into custody and interviewed by law enforcement agents; later he was released.
The body of Trayvon was identified the next day, within 24-hours, after Trayvon’s parents made a missing persons report. Law enforcement agents then showed up at their house, after the call, and brought his parents down to the station to identify the body on February 27, 2012.
No telephone call between Trayvon and his girlfriend was reported to police. Information regarding the telephone call between these two individuals, which could be extremely beneficial to law enforcement agents, was not reported until late March 2012.
Whenever an instance such as this occurs, it sparks the interest of individuals all over America. Was justice actually served? Or was the police report full of errors? Although rallies continue across the United States for justice, they portray only one side of the story.
America is still waiting to find out whether or not the FBI is convinced this is a murder. Grand Jury hearing is set for April 11, 2012.
Click here for a complete, unbiased report of the investigation by Sanford Police.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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