On the one-month anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death, Sanford police have finally revealed the version of events recounted by George Zimmerman. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman claimed that before he fatally shot Martin, the 17-year-old punched him in the nose and slammed his head into the concrete. That's apparently the reason police decided not to arrest Martin on the grounds of Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watchman, had called police to report a suspicious teenager. That teenager was Martin, who was staying at his father's house in the gated community Zimmerman was patrolling. The police dispatcher instructed him not to follow Martin, but he ignored that order and followed him on foot anyway.
Zimmerman says he lost track of Martin and was walking back to his SUV. He then told police that Martin appeared behind him and asked him if he had a problem. Zimmerman says he said no, and that Martin replied, "Well, you do now."
He claims Martin then punched him in the nose. Zimmerman says the single punch knocked him off his feet and that Martin then repeatedly slammed his head against the ground. According to reports, Zimmerman had a 110-pound weight advantage over Martin but was unable to fend him off, according to his story.
Several neighbors say they heard someone shouting for help. The Martin family's lawyer says those shouts came from Trayvon, but Zimmerman says they were his own.
Zimmerman then shot Martin.
Police say that when they arrived, they found Zimmeman with a bloody nose, a swollen lip, and lacerations on the back of his head. He was treated by paramedics but was not taken to a hospital.
So far, the closest account from Trayvon's perspective has come from his girlfriend. She told the Martin family's lawyer that she was on the phone with him shortly before the incident. Trayvon was apparently aware that Zimmerman had been following him and was worried. Trayvon eventually lost him. That appears to be where the two stories diverge.
According to the girlfriend's interpretation of what she heard, she said it was Zimmerman who reappeared and had cornered Martin.
"Trayvon said, 'What are you following me for?' and the man said, 'What are you doing here?'" the girlfriend claimes. "Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the headset just fell. I called him again, and he didn't answer the phone."
In related news, the reason Martin had been suspended from school is because officials found a plastic bag with trace amounts of marijuana in his possession.
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