The trial of George Zimmerman, accused in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, has once again lifted debates of race relations, gun policy and the legitimacy of state laws to the highest levels in the land. The public will never know what happened on the night of Martin’s death, but that has not stopped the country from formulating theories and turning them into convictions. The past month’s trial, which ended with enough reasonable doubt for the jury to acquit Zimmerman, heard considerable testimony from witnesses and family, but the court of public opinion has a way of hearing only itself. Below are two key pieces of evidence heard in the courtroom. They establish neither guilt nor innocence, but I found them enlightening as to what actually happened February 26 of last year in the Sanford, Fla. community.
If you have not heard them, take a listen. Also, whatever your feelings on the case, check out President Obama’s very measured, thoughtful response.
The initial 911 call from George Zimmerman, reporting Trayvon Martin to police.
The 911 call from a neighbor reporting screaming outside. Calls for help and a gunshot heard in the background.