What you are about to read is part one of a two-part update. As of this writing we are very close to revealing shocking information that will lead to a remarkable new understanding of this entire event. What you are reading today is background information needed to fully comprehend the complete measure of how this horrific shooting was turned from an unfortunate and horrible event into a full-blown Tawana Brawley type media circus.
Many side questions that followers of this story have carried could be resolved in the information below. But the real tragedy, the intentional manipulation of the event, will be revealed tomorrow. So let us first re-establish the known truths, before we reveal the jaw dropping revelations that will outline the unfortunate, but intentional, hijacking of Trayvon’s death at the hands of agenda driven interests.
However prudence dictates caution and we are still waiting on a few confirmations before a conclusion can be honestly outlined. It is my expectation that update #10 Part-two will be the final update on substance. What happens beyond that point will lay squarely with authorities and the legal system.
So we begin this understanding where it all started.
On Sunday February 26th Trayvon Martin was at the home of Brandy Green, the girlfriend of his father Tracy Martin. He was home alone with the younger 14-year-old son, Chad Green, of Brandy Green. Brandy Green and Tracy Martin went out to a downtown Orlando restaurant for dinner. Sometime around 5:30pm Trayvon decided to go to a local 7-11 located approximately .8 miles from the townhouse. According to Tracy Martin he never returned.
Tracy Martin and Brandy Green returned home. Tracy stated he went to bed figuring Trayvon must have gone to the movies, perhaps with a cousin, and Tracy turned off his phone. According to Tracy he arrived home around 10:30pm. Why he never saw the police activity at the end of the townhouses, or why Chad did not know of the shooting, remains a mystery.
Upon waking and noticing Trayvon still wasn’t home in the morning, Tracy Martin called the police.
After a flurry of phone calls back and forth, a Sanford police officer told him a police unit was on the way. “So I went outside waiting for Trayvon to show up,” Martin said to a Reuters news reporter.
Instead of one squad car with his son in the backseat, three vehicles pulled up: a police cruiser, an unmarked sedan and another official-looking car. Martin would discover the third car belonged to a chaplain. This all occurred prior to 8 O’clock in the morning on Monday February 27th. About 13 hours since the shooting that took place about 70 yards away, and Martin was still unaware of the fate of his son.
When Tracy Martin greeted the police that morning, a plainclothes detective asked him to describe his son. “He asked me what he last had on. He asked me if I had any recent pictures,” Martin said.
“I showed him a recent picture in the camera and he shook his head and said, ‘OK, let me go to my car and get something.’” The detective returned with a folder.
It was drizzling, and he asked Martin if they could go inside. When they were seated he pulled out a photo. It was Trayvon, dead at the scene – his eyes rolled back, a tear on his cheek, saliva coming from his mouth. “From that point, our nightmare,” Martin said.
Tracy Martin, 45, who was divorced from Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, in 1999, is a truck driver from Miami who has a long-distance relationship with Brandy Green, a resident of the Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision in Sanford where Zimmerman also lived.
Tracy Martin would visit Brandy Green on weekends, making the four-hour drive to the Orlando suburb of Sanford from his home in North Miami. In late February he was able to bring his son because Trayvon, a junior, was serving a 10-day suspension from Miami’s Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School. He’d been caught with a plastic baggie that contained traces of marijuana and a marijuana pipe in his backpack at school.
This was Trayvon’s third suspension this school year. The first suspension for being in an “unauthorized area” of the school. The second time for graffiti writing “What The Fuck” with a marker on the school lockers. During the search of his backpack for the marker he was found in possession of stolen women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that a school security staffer described as a “burglary tool”.
Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described the screwdriver as a burglary tool.
“Martin was suspended, warned and dismissed for the graffiti,” according to the report prepared by Miami-Dade Schools Police.
On Tuesday, the day after receiving the horrible news from Sanford Police, Martin went to the Sanford Police Department looking for answers – and his son’s body. Police took him to a room and played some of the 911 recordings of neighbors who called to report a disturbance followed by a gunshot. Martin listened to the recordings and told police the voice screaming for help was NOT his son Trayvon Martin.
They did not play the earlier call to a police non-emergency line from George Zimmerman, during which Zimmerman reported a “suspicious guy”. Investigator Chris Serino then took Martin to another room and told him Zimmerman’s version of events.
Detective Chris Serino has never spoken publicly about his role in the case or his investigation, but here is how Martin recalls what Serino said as told to Reuters:
“He told me Zimmerman’s story was that Zimmerman was of course following him and that Trayvon approached his vehicle, walked up to the car and asked Zimmerman, ‘Why are your following me?’ Zimmerman then rolls his car windows down, tells Trayvon ‘I’m not following you.’ He rolls his car windows up.
“Trayvon walks off. Zimmerman said he started running between the buildings. Zimmerman gets out of his car. He comes around the building. Trayvon is hiding behind the building, waiting on him. Trayvon approaches him and says, ‘What’s your problem, homes?’ Zimmerman says ‘I don’t have a problem.’
“Zimmerman starts to reach into his pocket to get his cellphone, and at that point Trayvon attacked him. He says Trayvon hits him. He falls on the ground. Trayvon jumps on top of him, takes his left hand and covers Zimmerman’s mouth and tells him to “shut the Fuck up” and continues to pound on him.
This part of the scuffle was witnessed by a neighbor who lives at the closest townhouse named “John”. John has verified this segment of events as described by Zimmerman.
“At that point Zimmerman is able to unholster his weapon and fire a shot, striking Trayvon in the chest. Trayvon falls on his back and says, ‘You got me.’”
The Martin family continued to tell this segment of their story as part of a campaign to have Zimmerman arrested. Zimmerman himself has kept quiet.
Zimmerman has not spoken publicly, since any statements he makes could affect future litigation against him. The public outcry driven by the media and a New Black Panther Bounty drove Zimmerman and his family into hiding until he voluntarily turned himself in at the request of the Special Prosecutor.
His father, brother, and former defense lawyer, Craig Sonner, have said in interviews that Zimmerman is not racist and has been unfairly vilified. He feared for his life during his altercation with Trayvon Martin, they say, and was justified in using deadly force. In his conversation with Martin, Serino referred to Zimmerman’s background as “squeaky clean.”
Zimmerman had been arrested in 2005 for shoving an undercover state alcohol agent officer during an argument at a bar. Charges were dropped after he entered a special program for first-time offenders.
After 6 hours of interrogation Sanford police released Zimmerman without charge, but Tracy Martin says Detective Serino told him he would challenge Zimmerman’s account. “The detective’s words were, ‘I want to interview him again to see if I can catch him in a lie,’” Martin said.
Some news agencies have even reported that Sanford’s lead investigator, Chris Serino, wanted Zimmerman charged with manslaughter that night but Wolfinger’s office put a stop to it. The city of Sanford issued a statement saying that is completely not true.
Police did that night prepare an incident report that lists “manslaughter” as the possible crime being investigated, but in every case in which an officer prepares an incident report, he or she fills in that spot with some crime and statute number to allow the agency to properly report crime statistics to the FBI.
Two weeks ago, during an exclusive interview with the Sentinel, Lee disclosed certain details of the investigation and during that session, attended by Detective Serino and others, Serino said his investigation turned up no reliable evidence that cast doubt on Zimmerman’s account – that he had acted in self-defense.
“The best evidence we have is the testimony of George Zimmerman, and he says the decedent was the primary aggressor in the whole event,” Serino told the Sentinel March 16. “Everything I have is adding up to what he says.””
So it would be prudent for the media and Trayvon supporters to stop with whole “The lead investigator wanted to charge him but it was shuffled under the rug” narrative. It really only further diminishes the search for truth in this case.
Immediately after the shooting, while waiting for police to arrive, neighbor Selma Mora Lamilla saw Zimmerman pacing back and forth, holding his head in his hands. “He was like, ‘Oh my God, what just happened?’” said Mora Lamilla’s roommate, Mary Cutcher.
Zimmerman understood the magnitude of his situation right away, said Joe Oliver, a family friend and colleague of Zimmerman’s at mortgage risk management firm Digital Risk LCC.
“The day after, he went into his job to let them know what was going on,” said Oliver, who has spoken to Zimmerman at least twice since the shooting. That was the last anyone saw of Zimmerman prior to his arrest.
Zimmerman and his wife moved out of the townhouse they rented in the Twin Lakes complex almost immediately, Oliver said, and they were forced to live in seclusion.
However, across town in Sanford’s black neighborhood, word spread quickly that a black teenager had been killed. The shooter, mistakenly reported to be white, had gone free.
Sanford has a checkered history of racial tension, and a divisive mistrust of the police runs deep in some circles. In 2011, a previous Sanford police chief was forced out of the job after a white police officer’s son was captured on video sucker-punching a black homeless man outside a bar.
Ironically it was George Zimmerman himself who led, and coordinated, the black community to protest until justice was served in that case.
Sanford police did not arrest the assailant until video of the attack surfaced on local TV and provoked an outcry from Sanford civil rights leaders. Now, once again, anger was building. A rumor that superiors had quashed an investigator’s intent to charge Zimmerman had already made the rounds in the black community, said Velma Williams, the only black member of the five-person Sanford city commission. The media smelled a great story and did nothing to stem the building animosity.
“People were getting suspicious, saying we knew that was going to happen based on history,” Williams said in an interview. She went to see Police Chief Bill Lee on Thursday, March 1, four days after the shooting.
“I told him, ‘I can see a train coming down the track at 50 miles an hour, and you better get a handle on this,’” Williams said. “He said to me, ‘You can rest assured that it’s a thorough and objective and fair investigation.’”
Three weeks later, on March 22, when there was still no cause for arrest and the media interest was boiling driven by the entrance of Family Attorney’s Parks and Crump, along with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP applying pressure, the city commission voted “no confidence” in Lee by 3-2 margin.
The police the chief Bill Lee announced his temporary resignation of the case. Lee told a news conference that while he stood by the Sanford Police Department, he was stepping aside to remove any possibility of distraction caused by him.
“It is apparent that my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process,” he said. “I do this in the hopes of restoring some semblance of calm to the city, which has been in turmoil for several weeks.”
At the time of the shooting, Trayvon Martin was not carrying any identification – only $22, a cellphone, and a reported, now familiar bag of candy and can of iced tea. His body, taken to the Volusia County Medical Examiner’s office, was tagged as a John Doe.
Martin had identified his son to police on Monday, February 27, and asked Serino the next day, Tuesday, to issue police clearance for releasing the body. Wednesday a funeral director named Richard Kurtz was permitted to drive it back to South Florida.
However, what struck many including myself as odd, was in Miami, Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, 46, a program coordinator for the Miami Dade Housing Authority, stayed home. After receiving notification of Trayvon’s death on Monday morning she chose to remain in Miami. She never visited Sanford and instead awaited the delivery of Trayvon’s body.
“Every little thing kind of frustrates you, especially if you don’t have the body … Just to know the funeral home had the body gave us some comfort,” Fulton said.
“I cried every day. There was nothing else I could do as a mother. Thank God his Dad was able to run around and take care of things,” she said.
The family held a viewing on Friday, March 2. The memorial service and interment were Saturday March 3rd at Roy – Mizell and Kurtz Funeral home in Fort Lauderdale. It was during this time that Benjamin Crump reported, at a March 20 press conference, Trayvon’s girlfriend, DeeDee, was unable to attend because she was in the hospital distraught and devastated. (Press Conference Transcript Here)
It was further reported by Reuters News Service that Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton wanted George Zimmerman arrested. They believed he stalked their son because he was black, and they were outraged that Sanford police had accepted Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. They wanted more information, they wanted a deeper investigation, they wanted more.
Bill Lee, the police chief, would contend under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, and even under common Self-Defense laws, police could not arrest Zimmerman without evidence to contradict his story.
Tracy Martin turned to Patricia Jones, his sister-in-law.
Patricia Jones is an attorney herself, she knew exactly whom to call: Benjamin Crump, the state’s best-known civil rights attorney, and a personal injury/wrongful death lawyer based in Tallahassee.
Crump and law partner Daryl Parks had previously gained renown representing the family of a black teenager who died in a boot-camp-style youth detention center in 2006, winning the boy’s family $7.2 million in damages from the state of Florida and Bay County.
On Tuesday, February 28, Crump was at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, about 125 miles north of Sanford, arguing that public records should be released in civil litigation over Antonio Cooks. Cooks, a black bail bondsman, had been shot and killed by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Jason Bailey while Cooks was serving a warrant and Bailey was responding to a burglary call.
During a break in the hearing, Crump noticed messages from Tyrone Williams, another attorney he knows, and Jones. They urgently asked for his help. Soon Jones put him in touch with Tracy Martin.
“I told him to believe in the system,” Crump said of that first call. “I really believed they were going to arrest Zimmerman. I said, ‘ If he’s a neighborhood watch person with a gun. Of course they are going to arrest him just for that.’” “Then 48 hours passed and they still hadn’t arrested him,” Crump said. “After that we just had to do what we had to do.”
He took the case pro bono. Realizing he needed a lawyer who knew Sanford and Seminole County, Crump turned to Natalie Jackson, a former Navy intelligence officer who founded the Women’s Trial Group, which specializes in cases for women and children. Her mother lives in Sanford.
Now Crump and Jackson needed a media strategy. On March 5, Jackson brought in Ryan Julison, a publicist who had worked with her on a number of high-profile cases. After speaking with Tracy Martin, Julison said he also took the job for free and went to work pitching the story to national media.
Crump knew from his experience on the boot-camp case that publicity could force officials to act, but it would require persuading two people who had never stood before a television camera to withstand the spotlight.
“I got on the phone with Tracy Martin and I told him, ‘It’s not going to be any fun, but this is the only way to find justice,’” Julison said. “You are going to have to bare your soul and express your emotions and your inner grief.” Martin and Fulton agreed. There was only one problem. At first, the media weren’t interested. Julison pitched the story to a long list of media contacts.
Eventually, on March 7, Reuters published a story titled “Family of Florida Boy Killed by Neighborhood Watch Seeks Arrest.” The next day, CBS News aired a segment on “This Morning,” and by 10 a.m. a crowd of reporters gathered at Natalie Jackson’s law office for a news conference with Ben Crump and Tracy Martin. A media firestorm had begun.
The day after the news conference, on March 9, Sanford City Council Woman Velma Williams went back to see Police Chief Bill Lee with community activist Kenneth Bentley. “We said, look, chief. Last time I was here I told you a train was coming down the tracks and it was going 50 miles an hour,” Williams recalled.
“I said it’s going 150 miles an hour now. And it doesn’t have any brakes.” Back in New York, civil rights activist Al Sharpton was monitoring events, his interest piqued by an earlier call from Crump.
After the police chief told reporters on March 12 he lacked any probable cause, or contradictory evidence, to arrest Zimmerman, Al Sharpton took up Trayvon Martin’s cause on his MSNBC show, fueling cable television competition.
The twist that catapulted Martin’s shooting into a world story was the release of recorded 911 emergency calls, including one that captures screams for help in the background that end with a gunshot. Then President Obama took to the Rose Garden to deliver remarks and said “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon”.
The media circus went into 24/7 overdrive. The tempest in the teapot was created.
After those events attorney Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks enlisted a full media campaign on virtually every channel at all times of day demanding an arrest. Just an arrest, we only want an arrest.
On March 20th Benjamin Crump held a major press conference where he revealed that he was in possession of a sworn affidavit from Trayvon’s 15-year-old girlfriend DeeDee.
We took another step in this — what has been a daily journey for the past three and a half weeks.
Mr. Martin, on Sunday evening [March 18th], was working with his cell phone account, trying to figure out Trayvon’s password. And he looked on it, and he saw who the last person was that Trayvon Martin talked to while he was alive.
He called me late Sunday night and told me that he had called the young lady, and he told me, and I was just utterly shocked when he told me the time that they talked. They had talked all that day, about 400 minutes, starting that morning to the afternoon. Like many teenagers do, they talked on the phones.
And all his family and friends knew Trayvon would have his ear plugs in his ear and he would have his phone on the side of his pocket. It was no different that day. His father and mother talked about, a lot of times, they would wake up and he’ll be on the phone talking to his friends.
Well, what George Zimmerman said to the police about him being suspicious and up to no good is completely contradicted by this phone log, showing, all day, he was just talking to his friends. And in fact, he was talking to this young lady when he went to the 7-11 and when he came back from the 7-11. I’m going to get into that in detail because her testimony, her testimony that is shown on these phone logs, connects the dots. Completely connects the dots of this whole thing.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s really important to note, and you can follow along because we now have the 911 calls. And we have Zimmerman’s call to the phone, the police dispatcher. And you can follow audio, every account now. Never, in any account, other than George Zimmerman, this neighborhood association loose cannon, does anybody say that Trayvon Martin was up to no good, that he seemed high or anything and in fact.
This young lady details it completely, the tone of the conversation and the nature of the conversation, and what was happening the last minutes of his life. I will ask you — her parents does (ph) not in any way want to reveal her identity. She is a minor. Her parents are very worried about her. She is traumatized over this. This was her really, really close personal friend. They were dating.
And so it’s a situation where to know that you were the last person to talk to the young man who you thought was one of the most special people in the world to you, and know that he got killed moments after he was talking to you, is just riveting to this young lady.
In fact, she couldn’t even go to his wake she was so sick. Her mother had to take her to the hospital. She spent the night in the hospital. She is traumatized beyond anything you could imagine. And we all were teenagers, so we can imagine how that is when you think somebody’s really special, and you call it puppy love or whatever you want to call it. Then suddenly and tragically, this is taken away and you have, unfortunately, a first-hand account of it.
So I will ask you again on behalf of the family and on behalf of the young lady’s family if you would please respect their privacy. She is a minor.
And this has been the Keystone of their contention from that moment on. The entire construct of the Trayvon family version of events is entirely, and completely dependent on DeeDee. She has been the audio-witness that outlines their entire narrative.
She is also, as expected, included in the Probable Cause affidavit presented by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey:
Tomorrow we hope to be able to reveal a considerable factual shift in the Parks and Crump media narrative. It might, just might, help set this man on a totally divergent course.
Justice is within the Truth….. And the truth ain’t always pretty.