It will be interesting to see if this story makes it into the wider news coverage.
In late 2010 and early 2011 George Zimmerman, the Hispanic Sanford, Fla., man who shot and killed 17-year-old black teen Trayvon Martin, publicly demanded discipline in a race-related beating case for at least two of the police officers who cleared him after the Feb. 26 altercation, according to records obtained by The Daily Caller.
In a letter to Seminole County NAACP president Turner Clayton, a member of the Zimmerman family wrote that George was one of “very few” in Sanford who publicly condemned the “beating of the black homeless man Sherman Ware on Dec. 4, 2010, by the son of a Sanford police officer,” who is white.
TheDC has confirmed the identity of the Zimmerman family member who wrote the letter but is withholding that person’s specific identity out of concern for the family’s safety.
But there is still hope, it seems.
NBC News has fired a producer for editing a recording of a neighbourhood watch volunteer’s call to police the night he shot a black teenager, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.
The producer’s dismissal followed an internal investigation that led to NBC apologizing for having aired the misleading audio.
NBC’s Today show first aired the edited version of watch volunteer George Zimmerman’s call on March 27. The recording viewers heard was trimmed to suggest that Zimmerman volunteered to police, with no prompting, that Trayvon Martin was black: ”This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
But the portion of the tape that was deleted had the emergency dispatcher asking Zimmerman if the person who had raised his suspicion was ”black, white or Hispanic,’‘ to which Zimmerman responded, ”He looks black.”
Apparently someone in the news wasn’t interested in reporting the truth, but was much more interested in making it seem like Zimmerman was the white racist that everyone wanted him to be.