George Zimmerman, the 911 Operator and the Search for Truth

Feb. 26, 2012 a call comes in to the 911 dispatch for Seminole County, FL.  The following conversation takes place near the middle of the call.

“Dispatcher: Are you following him?

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Zimmerman: Yeah.    

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Dispatcher: We don’t need you to do that.

Zimmerman: Okay.”


The media and Trayvon Martin partisans have reported that this statement, “we don’t need you to do that” spoken to George Zimmerman by a 911 civilian operator was an order and/or a command.

Choosing either to forget or ignore the testimony 0f the 911 operator Sean Noffke during the trial in which he stated “he didn’t order Zimmerman to stop because Dispatchers don’t issue such orders because of liability issues” has done little to quell the misinformation about the content of the call.

However, what may be worse is the way the words, “we don’t need you to do that” have mutated from one person to the next and the way this falsehood continues to spread on TV, radio and the internet.

I’ve personally heard the following from defenders of Trayvon Martin who, in my estimation prove that 1) they’ve never read the transcript of the call or 2) they have no concern for the truth.

“He was told by the 911 operator to cease and desist.”

“Zimmerman was explicitly told to stop following.”

“Zimmerman was told not to get out of his car.”

“Zimmerman ignored the police and continued his pursuit.”

I could go on.

It makes little difference to the media that Zimmerman says “okay” immediately after the 911 operator said “we don’t need you to do that.”  They appear to ignore the fact that Zimmerman does not appear to be out of breath – meaning he was not running after him.  It makes little difference to them that Zimmerman sounds quite calm.

Having the transcript readily available to them and being able to hear the 911 report from Zimmerman word for word, how does pop media respond?  Do they correct the guests who appear on their programs and misrepresent the 911 operator and Mr. Zimmerman? No! They sit there in silence.

And the crazy thing?  They wonder why the American people are turning to the internet for their news coverage.

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