Trayvon Martin shooting 'avoidable'

2012-05-18 13:38

Miami - A police report said the confrontation that led to an unarmed black teenager in Florida being shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer was "ultimately avoidable."

The report on the Trayvon Martin case was released on Thursday along with an autopsy of the 17-year-old, which revealed traces of marijuana in his body.

Martin was killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman on the night of February 26 as he was returning to his father's home after buying iced tea and candy, in a gated community in the city of Sanford.

Incident 'could have been averted'

The racially-charged case has attracted national attention, with Zimmerman - who was later charged with second-degree murder - claiming he shot Martin in self-defense and police initially deciding not to press charges.

The incident, authorities said, could have been averted if Zimmerman had "remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement."

There was also "no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter," the police report said.

Released evidence included pictures that Sanford police officers took of Zimmerman, showing evidence of a fight that night.

In one photo, Zimmerman appeared with a bloody nose that seemed to be broken.

An officer who attended to Zimmerman on the night of the shooting was cited in the report as saying the watchman was bleeding from the nose and back of his head, and his "back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass," as if he had been on his back during the altercation.

Legal action

The 183 pages of evidence, while police said the incident was avoidable, appeared to support Zimmerman's claim that he fired in self-defense, which is permissible under Florida law.

Under the "Stand Your Ground" law, a person with a permit to carry a weapon can shoot when they feel a reasonable threat to their life or that they risk serious injury.

Martin was shot through the heart, the autopsy report said.

Separately, a new legal defense fund for Zimmerman has raised about $1 000 a day so far this month, his lawyer said.

Attorney Mark O'Mara said the fund - collecting donations at - raised $15 425 between May 3 and May 16, with most donations ranging between $25 to $100.

Zimmerman had raised more than $200 000 through an earlier fund set up through the online payment system PayPal, but it was shut down in favor of the new account which is maintained by a third party.

He was arrested April 11 following weeks of public outcry and released on bail April 23. Since then, he has been living at an undisclosed location, amid preliminary hearings and a continuing state investigation.

  • James - 2012-05-18 14:01

    The Facts he was arrested after the shooting, questioned and released. After race hustlers like Al Sharpton { Tawana Brawly} Jesse Jackson {I spat in white peoples food} and some black demo's raised hell he was re-arrested. Prof Dershowitz reviewed the complaint and said the charges are very weak.BTW about a dozen innocent whites have been brutally beaten by blacks.

      Fidel - 2012-05-18 14:54

      That your comment already has so many recommendations is an indication that too many people switch their fingers on before their brains.

      wesleywt - 2012-05-18 15:38

      James you don't seem to know the facts. Zimmerman stalk the teenager because he was black then confronted him. Martin thought a mugger was attacking him. Zimmerman has a history of violence and made numerous 911 calls about black people in the area. The Sheriff department has a history of racial profiling and arrests. These are the facts.

      Michele - 2012-05-18 18:33

      What the article fails to mntion is the evidence that has been released, see SKY and CNN 1 Mathews had Cannabis in his system at the time of his death. 2 Pictures showing the head injuries suffered by Zimmerman in the attack. 3 The skin on Mathews knuckles was removed and this was the only injury he sustained other that the gunshot wound which killed him. 4 The 911 audio tapes are inconclusive and cannot tell whether the voice screaming is that of Zimmerman or Mathews. SO. After all of the race baiting and using theb race card once again to the maximum it lookslike Mathews was nothing more that some little punk who got what he deserved. Zimmerman stated from word go it was self defence and the police did not press charges. Public pressure ensued and now ( from the looks of things ) an innocent bloke has been put through hell.

      Fidel - 2012-05-19 07:34

      What does him having cannabis or tik in his system have anything to do with him being murdered. You do not grasp the race relations in the US and such shouldn't make comments based on your own ignorance or stupidity or both.

  • Antin - 2012-05-18 15:24

    Right, in the end the very loud-mouthed paranoid black unconscious crapololgists and the bleeding heart liberals will not get their way. Good,

      wesleywt - 2012-05-18 15:44

      A 17 year old middle class boy got murdered close to his home by a racist...You are a sick S.O.B.

      joseph.moabi - 2012-05-18 15:55

      i think best thing the family to get justice is for someone in the family to get a gun and kill one or all of his kids in cold blood. fair!!.

      Jonathan - 2012-05-18 16:10

      @Joseph your comment is too disgusting. Expect the evil you wish upon others to befall upon yourself

      Michele - 2012-05-18 18:36

      Wesley before you make a bigger fool of yourself, go to either SKY or CNN ang get the full picture. From the looks of things Mathews was just another little punk.

      wesleywt - 2012-05-19 09:37

      You just made yourself the fool Michele. The child's name was Martin not Mathews. Clearly you are too ignorant of the facts to even comment on this case. Zimmerman was told by 911 not to follow Martin. He did anyway. Clearly Martin was too black to walk in his OWN neighbourhood to be left alone. Just before Martin was murdered he phoned his girlfriend that a strange man was following him and he was trying to get away because he thought he is going to get mugged. Logic dictates that Martin was defending himself from a stalker. But you swallowed the demonization by the rightwing racist in the US. Or perhaps you are also a sick S.O.B.

      wesleywt - 2012-05-19 19:07

      I see more News24 readers rather downvote my defence of a 17 year old boy, who was carrying ice-tea and chips. Must be the same people who use to support the killing of children in the townships by the security police. You are sick sick sick.

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