1. Where is George Zimmerman?
2. Why hasn’t he been arrested for killing Trayvon Martin?
3. Has he been officially stripped of his Neighbourhood Watch coordinator position in Sanford, Florida?
4. Why did he view Martin, a 17-year-old kid who was talking to his friend on his cell phone while returning from a local variety store en route to his dad’s place, with suspicion on February 26, the night of the killing?
5. Did Zimmerman ever encounter Martin while on the job or otherwise before that night?
6. Did he first talk to Martin on February 26 while still in his vehicle?
7. When did he exit his car in order to confront Martin?
8. Who made the first move regarding physical contact in their face-to-face confrontation?
9. Why did Zimmerman follow Martin when the 911 operator specifically instructed him not to?
10. How did Zimmerman sustain that gash and goose egg on his head?
11. Why did he shoot an unarmed kid?
12. How much evidence did the Sanford Police Department in Florida actually collect from Zimmerman and the scene of the crime?
13. How much did Zimmerman and Martin each weigh at the time of the killing?
14. How many times overall has Zimmerman called 911 since becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator and over what period of time?
15. Has Zimmerman ever fired his gun in any similiar situation while on duty before February 26 of this year?
16. Have there been any documented complaints against Zimmerman while he was being a volunteer Neighbourhood Watch coordinator in the past?
17. How does Florida’s unloved “Stand Your Ground” law apply to this case, if at all?
18. Was Zimmerman given a thorough background check before becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator?
19. Who gave him this volunteer position?
20. How long has he been a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator?
21. What legal authority, if any, does a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator have while on patrol?
22. Is it possible for Zimmerman to get a fair and honest trial in Florida considering the flood of media reports day in day out?
23. Is there enough physical evidence to convict him of a possible second degree manslaughter charge?
24. If there isn’t, how difficult would it be for the prosecution to obtain a guilty verdict?
25. If the evidence in a possible trial corroborates Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt, will Martin’s family and supporters accept a possible not guilty verdict?
26. Did Zimmerman utter a racial epithet on one particular 911 call? If not, what did he actually say?
27. Who was screaming on another 911 call?
28. Why weren’t certain eyewitnesses interviewed by the Sanford PD in the immediate aftermath of the killing?
29. Can the embattled department be trusted to properly solve this case?
30. Will this case lead to the striking down of any or all state “Stand Your Ground” laws?
31. Since the National Rifle Association endorsed and campaigned for “Stand Your Ground” several years ago, has the growing outrage over the law and this open case weakened their considerable political lobbying power?
32. Why does MSNBC, specifically Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O’Donnell, continually mislead their viewers with misinformation about particulars of the case, specifically elements that are still in dispute?
33. Speaking of Sharpton, how can he be an on-air commentator and an advocate for Martin’s parents simultaneously? Is that not a conflict of interest?
34. Why did Zimmerman contact Sean Hannity of Fox News?
35. Why did Zimmerman try to get in touch with the prosecution without consulting his lawyers beforehand?
36. Why did Zimmerman stop communicating with his recently resigned legal team? Who will represent him now?
37. Why did The New Black Panther Party think it was a good idea to put a bounty on Zimmerman’s head?
38. Will they come to their senses and cancel it?
39. Why won’t the prosecution convene a grand jury?
40. Will there be justice for Trayvon Martin?
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
UPDATE: Zimmerman is in Florida in the custody of law enforcement after turning himself in. He’s charged with second degree murder, the most serious possible charge that can be laid without involving a grand jury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. He’s being held without bail. Also, he has new legal representation in the form of Mark O’Mara. So some of the questions posed in this piece have thankfully been answered. Speaking of unanswered questions, here’s another one: how did Zimmerman get a bloody nose the night of Martin’s killing?
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
UPDATE 2 & CORRECTION: Rachel Jeantel, the last person to talk to Trayvon Martin before he was killed, was actually his friend, not his girlfriend as originally stated here. (I didn’t mention her name in the piece.) The correction has been made to number 4. My apologies for the mistake.
Now that the trial has concluded, we can now resolve quite a few of these unanswered questions. Regarding number five, the answer is no, Zimmerman didn’t encounter Martin before the night of the killing. As for number six, no, he didn’t talk to Martin while still in his car. Moving on to seven, Zimmerman exited his car while in the middle of a 911 call when he saw Martin running. This happened between 7:09 and 7:13 p.m. It was during the foot chase that the dispatcher told him that he didn’t need to follow the teenager, not while he was still in his vehicle. Zimmerman said, “Ok” and apparently stopped running to continue the conversation before hanging up a short while later. This means that question number nine, unfortunately, is misleading and doesn’t require an answer at all. If there was another chase, it hasn’t been mentioned.
The answer to number twelve is police took Zimmerman’s gun (contrary to what was reported endlessly on MSNBC), his clothing and his car, plus Martin’s clothing and all the items he had on him at the time, including the stuff he had just bought from the variety store. On to thirteen: Zimmerman weighed 185 pounds and Martin weighed 158 pounds that night. The answer to fourteen is Zimmerman called 911 seven times over an 18-month period. The answer to fifteen is no, he never shot anyone before. The answer to sixteen is no, prior to the Martin killing, there were no documented complaints about his actions as a Neighbourhood Watch volunteer. As for seventeen, Stand Your Ground didn’t really play much of a role in the case although, curiously, it was mentioned in the jury instructions.
Number nineteen: Zimmerman was given the volunteer gig by the attending residents of The Retreat at Twin Lakes during a Neighbourhood Watch meeting in September 2011. Twenty: He had the job for about a year and a half. Twenty-one: a Neighbourhood Watchman can call 911 in the case of an emergency and carry a licensed firearm even though the Florida police department doesn’t encourage this. The answer to twenty-two, based on the verdict, is an obvious yes. Twenty-three turned out to be a no and obviously the answer to twenty-four is “very difficult”. Judging by all the protests, the not guilty verdict, once speculated in question twenty-five, is a resounding no. Many feel Zimmerman got away with either murder or manslaughter, depending on who you talk to. Regarding question twenty-six, no, Zimmerman didn’t utter a racial epithet, at least not on one particular 911 call. He said “fucking punks”, not “fucking coons”.
As for question forty, the answer so far is no. But with wrongful death lawsuits and a re-opened Department Of Justice investigation pending, that might change.
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Thursday, July 18, 2013