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March 24, 2012

New Witness Says Trayvon Martin Was on Top of George Zimmerman*

*Headline changed away from the MailOnline's take to more accurately reflect the quotes in the story. --rdbrewer

That "white Hispanic" George Zimmerman was provoked. According to the MailOnline:

The witness, known only as John, told Sanford police that he saw Martin on top of George Zimmerman shortly before the fatal shot that has led to a national outcry, including a huge 'hoodie' march in Philadelphia last night.

He recounted the details to Fox 35 News in Florida.

The witness told FOX 35 in Orlando that he saw evidence of a fight between Martin and Zimmerman, which could lend credence to the gunman's claim that he was acting in self-defence.

'The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: "Help, help… and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,' he said.

Zimmerman was wearing a red sweater; Martin was in a grey hoodie.

He added: 'When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point.'

And from the the Orlando Sentinel:

Police found blood on [Zimmerman's] face and the back of his head as well as grass on the back of his shirt.

It's important to note that the picture we've seen circulated that makes Trayvon Martin look like a little boy might be misleading. Reports are that he was 6'2" tall and a star football player. Apparently that picture is old, which makes one wonder whether it was selected for a reason.

I'm not saying Trayvon wasn't a wonderful guy and that this isn't a terrible case. I am suggesting that he wasn't some little kid who must be innocent simply because he looks so young and small. We shouldn't be forming opinions based upon the pictures we've seen.

There shouldn't be a rush to judgment like there was during the Duke lacrosse team case or the case of Richard Jewell, as Ace points out. And I would add Tawana Brawley to that list. (Note that race hustler Al Sharpton was involved in that one too.) Let's not push an agenda on this, okay? Forget about The Narrative.

Added: Spike Lee, who also involved himself in the Tawana Brawley case, tweeted Zimmerman's address. Nice going, Spike. Maybe someone will shoot him, huh?

Thanks to @JammieWF for the MailOnline link.

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