A partially redacted police report from the night Trayvon Martin was killed has surfaced, detailing the events of what happened the night George Zimmerman shot the 17-year-old.
Reuters reporter Matthew Keys first posted scanned copies of the redacted report to his Twitter account and telling by the document, some of the details conflict with many of the rumors surrounding the case.
The new report says that Zimmerman’s gun “was placed into evidence” and not returned to him, and the scene of the shooting was secured with crime scene tape.
According to the report, Sanford police spent more than seven hours at the scene and interviewed six witnesses, whose names were redacted from the report.
The partial report contains information from the first two officers to arrive at the scene, namely officer Timothy Smith and officer Ricardo Ayala. Below are their statements.
The first to arrive was officer Timothy Smith. From Smith’s report:
“While I was in such close contact with Zimmerman, I could observe that his back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass, as if he had been laying on his back on the ground. Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and back of his head.
Zimmerman was placed in the rear of my police vehicle and was given first aid by the SFD. While the SF was attending to Zimmerman, I overheard him state, ‘I was yelling for someone to help me, but no one would help me.
At no point did I question Zimmerman about the incident that had taken place.”
From officer Ricardo Ayala, the second to arrive:
“I attempted to get a response from the black male, but was met with negative results. At that time, Sgt. Raimondo arrived and attempted to get a pulse from the black male but none was found.
At that time, Sgt. Raimondo and I turned the black male over and began CPR. Sgt. Raimondo did breaths and I did chest compressions.
Sgt. McCoy arrived and relieved me continuing compressions. Sanford Fire Rescue arrived on scene and attempted to revive the subject but could not. Paramedic Brady pronounced the subject deceased at 1930 hours.
The scene was then secured with crime scene tape by Ofc. Mead and Ofc. Wagner. Ofc. Robertson began a crime scene contamination log. Lt. Taylor arrived on scene and notified dispatch to have Major Crimes responds to the scene.
Ofc. Mead and Ofc. Wagner were able to make contact with neighbors in the area. They were able to obtain statements from all witnesses on scene.
“The scene was turned over to SPD Major Crimes.”
On Feb 26th, Trayvon was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Trayvon was returning from a local 7-Eleven after buying a bag of Skittles and iced tea.
He was then spotted by Zimmerman while returning to his father’s girlfriend’s apartment inside their gated community.
Zimmerman then called 911, explaining that Trayvon, who was wearing a hoodie at the time, a pair of blue jeans, and red/white sneakers, looked suspicious.
Zimmerman pursued Trayvon even after he was told not to by the 911 dispatcher.
When Zimmerman approached Trayvon, the two got into a scuffle, resulting in Trayvon taking a bullet to the chest at point blank range.
Zimmerman claimed that he shot Trayvon on grounds of self-defense, although Trayvon was unarmed.
Since the murder of Trayvon, the entire nation has expressed outrage, from celebs tweeting pictures rocking their hoodies to President Obama saying that if had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.
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