The Facts & Fiction Surrounding Trayvon Martin (LIST)
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1. 1. Amidst the countless reports revolving around the Trayvon Martin shooting case, it's important to sift through the facts and the fiction.
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2. 2. Fact: George Zimmerman would routinely call police to report crimes in the neighborhood including alerting the police about a 9-year-old black kid who he deemed suspicious.
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3. 3. Fact: Trayvon was serving a 10-day suspension from school when his mom sent him up to a quiet, racially mixed gated community in Sanford with his dad.
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4. 4. Fact: On that Sunday, Trayvon talked for nearly five hours on the phone. Before he was killed he talked with his girlfriend up to the moment he was confronted by Zimmerman.
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5. 5. Fiction: Zimmerman said Trayvon decked him in the nose hard, causing him to hit the ground. Then, he says, Trayvon started punching him and slamming his head on the concrete. The video showed no signs of bloody abuse.
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6. 6. Fiction: Zimmerman’s dad told reporters the conversation between Trayvon and George went like- “Do you have a f---ing problem?” to which George Zimmerman replied no and reached for his phone to call police a second time.
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7. 7. Fiction: Robert Zimmerman Jr., George's brother, said Trayvon said something to the effect of ‘You’re going to die now’ or ‘You’re gonna die tonight’ as he beat George, then at some point, George pulled his pistol and did what he did.”
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8. 8. Fact: Meanwhile, Sanford police fingerprinted Trayvon after his death. He had never been arrested, so 12 hours passed before anyone knew his name.
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