Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head

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.

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  • Would Trayvon Martin have had the opportunity to defend himself against this man following him had ZImmerman NOT FIRST ignored the 911 dispatchers request that he NOT pursue Martin?

  • Political rope-a-dope by Obama and the Acorneasta's to deflect from the poor economy and the debate over healthcare.

    These protesters sprang up faster than crabgrass, fertilized by the offal of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and the mopey media.

    Let's count 'em week-by-week:

    Catholic Church
    Sandra Fluke
    Trayvon
    Next?

  • From the looks of the two males in their photographs, I find it very difficult to believe that a slightly built 17 year old could floor a hefty guy like Zimmerman with a single punch and then keep him down there. Also, given that Tayvon's phone conversation with his female friend had him sounding scared and very unwilling to court trouble, it seems unlikely that he would start a fight in such a way. However, all the "evidence" and witness stories must come out and be assessed in a court of law. Zimmerman should be made to justify his actions given the doubt that his life was actually in danger, but the vigilante attitude of groups like the Panthers is as alarming as the original act of Zimmerman.

  • Expat is right. Also, in the police surveilance video, Mr. Zimmerman shows absolutely no sign that he was beaten up by this kid. There is no visible sign of a broken nose. No blood. No grass stain on his back as he alleged. Still, the justice system must do its job and examine this thoroughly however the chips fall. The point is though that unitl there was public pressure-- and you needn't be a liberal to be upset about this -- no one was doing anything. As suspicious as the incident is, it would have been gone and forgotten.

  • Exactly. Which is why I have argued for at least a grand jury hearing, but preferably, if the facts warrant it, a trial, where the facts can be objectively presented under the rule of law. This is too important for speculation or the aggrandizement of any political interest, either of the right or the left.

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