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03/20/12

On the nights that wasn't right like when a good friend died

I'm reading about the Trayvon Martin case, and I'm finding ABC News's coverage of the case representative of coverage as a whole:

Sanford Police have decided to release emergency and non-emergency calls placed during the incident.

"These a**holes always get away," Zimmerman says in a call to a non-emergency number.

Dispatcher: "Are you following him?"

Zimmerman: "Yeah."

Dispatcher: "We don't need you to do that."

An altercation soon ensued. A few moments later a torrent of 911 calls flooded in and Martin was killed by a single bullet. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and has yet to be arrested, stoking outrage and claims of prejudice against the police department.

The Associated Press covers, in part, the racial factor:

Zimmerman spotted Martin as he was patrolling his neighborhood on a rainy evening and called 911 to report a suspicious person. Against the advice of the 911 dispatcher, Zimmerman then followed Martin, who was walking home from a convenience store with a bag of Skittles in his pocket. Police have described Zimmerman as white; his family says he is Hispanic and not racist.

None of the major news organizations at this point have pointed out that Zimmerman called Trayvon "a fucking coon." The above linked ABC News story even goes as far as to beep it out of the 911 call, sans mention of Zimmerman's use of racial epithets.

UPDATE: There appear to be multiple videos on the ABC News link. Several of them do mention the language in question.

  11:19:00 am by Ragamuffin, Categories: News

4 comments

Comment from: grygus [Member]
grygus

To be fair, your last sentence doesn't seem to be true; I saw a couple of videos and they don't even play that part of the call. The word they area beeping out is, "assholes."

I would say that the epithet has not gone unnoticed however, since the FBI is talking about a hate crime. I agree with the father that Zimmerman wouldn't have even noticed him if he were white.

Can't understand how Zimmerman wasn't arrested; don't you have to use self-defense as a legal defense? Can you really just murder a motherfucker and say that to the cops and walk away? I don't think that's how it is supposed to work.

03/20/12 @ 11:50
Comment from: ragamuffin [Member]
Ragamuffin

"To be fair, your last sentence doesn't seem to be true"

I was talking about the ABC clip. They don't mention it, and they beeped it out. I'm clueless as to what could be untrue.

03/20/12 @ 13:10
Comment from: grygus [Member]
grygus

The part where they didn't beep it out? I think I was pretty clear.

03/20/12 @ 19:28
Comment from: ragamuffin [Member]
Ragamuffin

Hrmph. They changed the whole video from when I watched it.

03/21/12 @ 00:31
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