George Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against NBC over the way the organization edited his 911 call. Zimmerman claims the network falsely made him look like a “hostile racist” in the call between himself and the 911 operator moments before Trayvon Martin was shot.
NBC launched an internal investigation over the tape after it aired the edited recording — which made it sound like Zimmerman immediately told police that Martin was black, without being prompted.
In actuality, the full 911 tape reveals Zimmerman only referred to Martin as “black” when responding to a question from the dispatcher about Trayvon’s race.
Zimmerman accuses NBC of creating a “false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmerman’s own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create the illusion of statements that Zimmerman never actually made.”
He’s suing for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, demanding unspecified damages.
Zimmerman — a former neighborhood watch coordinator for a gated community in Florida — fatally shot 17-year-old Martin on February 26th. George has claimed the shooting was in self-defense.