According to an Orlando Sentinel exclusive:
With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk, leaving him bloody and battered, law-enforcement authorities told the Orlando Sentinel.
That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say. There have been no reports that a witness saw the initial punch Zimmerman told police about.
Zimmerman has not spoken publicly about what happened Feb. 26. But that night, and in later meetings, he described and re-enacted for police what he says took place.
The story has more details that could change, however slightly, the tone of the "conversation" over this homicide. For the first time, we hear the other side of the story. Some things to keep in mind: The story cites unnamed sources, but that's how a lot of journalism is done these days, as someone leaks information that for one reason or another favors his cause. But it is the other side of the story, and it ought to be weighed against the side that has mobilized politicians, activists, the media and others. This is why I said that the story needs to be weighed from both sides, and if the only way to do it is through a grand jury, so be it.
My concern now is that the Jessse Jacksons of the world and others that stir up anger for their own purposes will have muddied the process so badly that no one now will look at the it objectively and allow it to be played out. Instead we get outfits like the New Black Panthers, putting a $10,000 bounty on Zimmerman and calling for the mobilization of 2,000 black men to chase him down.
Yes, the lawyer for Trayvon is right to condemn "vigilante justice" if it is indeed what was carried our by Zimmerman. But it is particularly ironic that the New Black Panthers are carrying out their own form of vigilante justice.