George Zimmerman has been the subject of the most transparent and vicious media and law enforcement lynchings since the FBI tried to blame hero security guard Richard Jewell for the 1996 Olympics bombing carried out by Eric Robert Rudolph.
Jewell’s actions to move people away from a suspicious backpack bomb saved countless lives. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, shot Trayvon Martin during a beating he suffered at the hands of the teen. Zimmerman had been attempting to keep him in sight for police responding to the scene to determine why Martin was loitering on a cold rainy night in front of a home that had been recently burglarized.
Zimmerman’s defense team released a collection of files to the public and media last month. The files included Zimmerman’s written statement to police about the shooting, audio interviews of Zimmerman with Sanford Police Department investigators, a video interview of Zimmerman passing a computer voice stress analyzer (CVSA) lie detector test, and a video walk-though by Zimmerman (incorrectly described as a re-enactment) of the incident 22 hours after the shooting.
Despite erroneous media claims, George Zimmerman’s next-day account tracked well with both the physical and medical evidence recovered at the scene of the shooting and with the recording of the non-emergency call he made the night before.
An underreported fact of the investigation: the almost foolishly transparent way Zimmerman cooperated with police, refusing to obtain an attorney until long after he’d completed his interviews and follow-up interviews with the Sanford Police’s investigators.
When local, state, or federal law enforcement officers are involved in a shooting, they are immediately told not to say anything about the shooting to investigators for at least two to three days — more importantly, two to three sleep cycles – -after the incident. The same advice holds true for civilians with competent attorneys. The reasoning behind this delay is based upon how the mind stores and accesses memories of high-stress events, and how the same chemical cocktail of hormones that triggers the “fight or flight” response impedes the accurate collection of those memories. There are numerous incidents of police officers being interviewed after an event and having no recollection of even the highly significant act of firing their gun, or of providing investigators a widely inaccurate underestimate of the number of shots fired.