The killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman would have been just a local event if it had been properly handled by the Sanford Police Department (SPD). In cahoots with the previous State Attorney Norman Wolfinger, the then police chief Bill Lee of the SPD thought they could cleanly sweep this case under the rug and let the killer go free based solely on the face value of his words that he shot and killed Trayvon in self-defense. After all, what is the value of the life of a black kid who was considered to be “up to no good” by his killer?
The perversion of Justice by the now defunct and fired ex-police chief Bill Lee and his minions at the SPD from day one is so glaringly apparent with their bungling of the investigation and their attempt to influence eyewitness testimony to Zimmerman’s favor.
If Bill Lee and his officers had done their job diligently in their investigation, they would have already looked for blood evidence on the concrete surface where Zimmerman claimed his head was repeatedly slammed into for nearly a minute. Wasn’t that a basic and logical step in an investigation?
Mr. Bill Lee, why didn’t your investigators use luminol chemiluminescence test on the concrete blocks to look for traces of blood evidence instead of digging for excuses to protect Zimmerman from arrest and charges?
Instead of doing your job diligently and impartially in your investigation of a killing event, you and your minions had taken sides already and were playing politics to change the outcome. Remember the leaks from your SPD on Trayvon’s school trouble?
What’s that all about if not to sway public opinion from Zimmerman towards an unfavorable sentiment against the slain victim that persists even to this day?
Using your position and power to influence the course of the investigation to your desired outcome, you attempted to preclude proper investigation that would lead to stronger probable cause for an arrest and charges (not that there weren’t sufficient probable cause for an arrest already).
While Lee was in charge of the Sanford Police, they did not test Zimmerman for drugs or alcohol, “corrected” a key witness, and amended the police report to bolster Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense.
Another thing, Mr. Lee, you said:
The call taker’s suggestion is not a lawful order that Mr. Zimmerman would be required to follow.
Isn’t that very obvious that you will go overboard to put down your own police dispatcher and degrade him into merely a call taker in your effort to bending over backward for an armed killer of an unarmed child?
Your call taker’s suggestion may not be a lawful order but it was a damn good advice for a reckless behavior which you, as a police officer, seemed to condone and encourage. That’s a disgrace for your position!
The outright internal manipulation of the police investigation, the public backing of Zimmerman by Bill Lee at all cost and his apparent bias against Trayvon who couldn’t speak on his own behalf, all stink to high heaven.
Instead of being an impartial police chief, Bill Lee bent over backwards and acted like he was Zimmerman’s surrogate father and defense counsel both wrapped into one and overzealously sided with Zimmerman with false declaration, saying, Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense was corroborated by all physical evidence and testimonies, which we all now know that is not true.
Here is what Bill Lee said as reported by the Miami Herald:
“Mr. Zimmerman’s claim is that the confrontation was initiated by Trayvon,” Police Chief Bill Lee said in an interview. “I am not going into specifics of what led to the violent physical encounter witnessed by residents.
All the physical evidence and testimony we have independent of what Mr. Zimmerman provides corroborates this claim to self-defense.”
To claim self-defense, someone has to show there was danger of great bodily harm or death, Lee said. “Zimmerman had injuries consistent with his story,” Lee said.
Zimmerman had a damp shirt, grass stains, a bloody nose and was bleeding from a wound in back of his head, according to police reports.
“If someone asks you, ‘Hey do you live here?’ is it OK for you to jump on them and beat the crap out of somebody?” Lee said. “It’s not.”
Mr. Bill Lee, what you claimed above were not and are not true in any way shape or form and you knew it then as you know it now since you have access to all the evidence and testimonies at hand at your disposal at all time.
From the evidence dump which we the public have seen so far, there are so many physical evidence and eyewitness testimonies that contradict and refute Zimmerman’s various versions of event surrounding that night when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Even Zimmerman himself couldn’t get his own stories straight and had to put words into the non-emergency dispatcher’s mouth to explain away why he had to get out of his truck to look for a nonsensical address that nobody asked.
Now, back to your words of defense in Zimmerman’s cause. First, you made the claim that “Zimmerman had a damp shirt, grass, stains …”
What the heck does a damp shirt prove, Mr. Lee?
Don’t you know that it was raining on and off that night? So, of course Zimmerman would have a damp shirt. That doesn’t prove he was a victim of a vicious attack by Trayvon, if you know anything about logic at all. By the way, Zimmerman looked totally dry and pristine in the picture both of his jacket and his jeans, front and back.
He even had his inner shirt neatly tucked in while being in handcuff as seen in the SPD surveillance video despite his alleged shimmy act through 47 feet of wet and grassy ground on his back while being pinned down.
For your information, Trayvon also had a damp hoodie jacket and a damp inner sweat shirt as noted by the medical examiner. By your logic, does that also prove that Zimmerman viciously attacked Trayvon?
About your assertion of grass stains, where are the grass stains according to your own SPD’s evidence? Here is the picture of Zimmerman’s orange-red jacket that was taken by your SPD a few hours after the shooting incident:
Now, tell me Mr. Lee, where are the grass stains you had talked about? Apparently, they weren’t there, were they?
Mr. Bill Lee, you also claimed that “Zimmerman had ….. a bloody nose and was bleeding from a wound in back of his head, according to police reports.”
However, Mr. Lee, where is the conclusive medical evidence to support your claim based on your police report? Where is the X-ray or CAT scan of Zimmerman’s nose on the night of February 26 when he claimed Trayvon broke his nose?
Right, there wasn’t any X-ray or CAT scan to prove conclusively that Zimmerman had a broken nose because he refused to be transported to the hospital. The diagnosis by a physician assistant of his family health care provider he visited the next day for work related requirement merely stated “probable broken nose” based on what Zimmerman told her.
Your police officers who wrote the reports were not physicians and therefore their obvious bias opinion should not be in the reports in the first place let alone being cited by you as conclusive medical proof. Obviously, you are so bias in favor of Zimmerman that you would sell out your professional integrity, if there was any to begin with, to pervert justice to benefit the killer of an unarmed teenager.
Pro-zimmerman supporters, fueled by your public support and lies for Zimmerman about his bloody broken nose, claimed that Zimmerman had two black eyes to prove he had broken nose.
But, take a look at this SPD picture below taken some four hours after the tragic event:
Now, tell me, where were the so-called “two black eyes”?
There was no skin puffiness, not even the slightest sign of mild swelling or impending ecchymosis (bruise) forming around the eyes. Everything looked normal on his facial shot except for a mild to moderate nose swelling and a tiny scratch on the top of the bridge of his nose that appeared to have scabbed over already. How did a fresh wound scab over so fast within a few hours?
Now, if his nose could show some sign of swelling within few hours, why wouldn’t his eyes showed some puffy tenderness if there was to have impending black eyes to follow?
It’s highly unlikely that he got his nose scratch from a punch to the nose by Trayvon’s fist. Some suggested that Zimmerman might have suffered the scratch from Trayvon’s fingernail. But, the forensic evidence showed no DNA evidence of Zimmerman in Trayvon’s fingernail scrapings.
More than likely, Zimmerman suffered a scratch to his nose when he bumped against the tree while trying to detain Trayvon as Trayvon pulled away from him towards the south direction. Or, he might have a fight with his wife, Shellie, sometimes or a few days before he encountered Trayvon, which could explain the scab formation. Remember his jail house telephone conversation with Shellie in which he said that their previous problems they had against each other have become pale in comparison to what he is now going through?
But, but, but ….. I can almost hear pro-zimmerman supporters screaming in the background insisting that Zimmerman had two black eyes on the following day when he showed up for the reenactment video taping,
Anyone here agree with me that Shellie not only did a good job in decorating Zimmerman’s head with those oversized butterfly ribbon knuckle bandages but she also did a marvellous job of applying her eye shadow makeup on Zimmerman’s eyes?
For sure. one thing Shellie forgot to do for her hubby’s reenactment video was applying magic with her red lipstick on Zimmerman to make him all bloodied up if not only for the rosy red lip appeal which she apparently did on him in his “begging-for-money” video as seen here below:
However much facial make-over performed on Zimmerman by his dutiful wife, he still could not come up with a puffy eye to compliment the eye shadow job she did on him to fool anyone with a keen eye.
But, have you ever wondered why the MMA fighters often ended up with swollen bloody face and puffy eyes almost immediately during the fight, sometimes within minutes, and not after the next day?
Remember, we are talking about very skilful and very well seasoned MMA fighters, such as Chris Tuchscherer above, who know how to duck and block incoming punches versus Zimmerman’s claim that he was just laying there taking in all the face pummeling and head slamming for almost a minute.
These people whose carreer is nothing but fighting for most of their adult life, taking punches and having broken nose and swollen bloody face almost all the times.
Yet, lo and behold, Zimmerman scored much better than any well-trained and well-seasoned MMA fighters , even after being beaten viciously in the face and having head pounded for nearly a minute to near death, only to come out virtually unscathed and looking like he just had too much fun from a dance party when he arrived at the police station:
In any event, a broken nose does not necessary mean Zimmerman was punched in the face by Trayvon. He could have bumped his nose against the tree or hit the ground face down while slipping on wet surface. Again, Mr. Bill Lee, you are very short on logic at every turn.
Now, regarding your much ado about Zimmerman’s “bleeding from a wound in back of his head”, how do those two tiny cuts proved the injury was consistent with his story?
First, you don’t get two tiny linear cuts from head being savagely pounded into a rough concrete surface for nearly a minute. Try pounding a piece of steak for a minute with a pounder. I promise you, Mr. Lee, you won’t get two tiny linear cuts at the end of the nearly one minute pounding. What you ended up getting is a cube steak. In order to get two tiny clean cuts, you would use a knife or a sharp instrument and make two quick nipping cuts on the surface.
Second, if Zimmerman’s head was pounded on the concrete, he won’t get two tiny cuts so high up near the top of the top sidewise apart as seen in this SPD picture:
Notice in the above picture the occipital prominence protruding like the size of a grapefruit from the mid-section of Zimmerman’s head?
If Zimmerman was truly pounded senselessly into the concrete that night, we would have seen a round meshed like bloody wounds co-mingled with embedded dirty grits and debris at the occipital prominence instead of two clean tiny cuts at the location high up on his head, not to mention the likely fracture of the skull at the protruding occipital prominence and concussion and contusion to the brain from the repetitious traumatic impact on hard surface.
Third, as you said, Zimmerman ” was bleeding from a wound in back of his head”. If he was lying down at the bottom while Trayvon was allegedly on top of him doing the head pounding into the concrete for nearly a minute, how is it that the blood was trickling downwards and slightly sideways towards his neck and the side of his face near his mustache? How was that even possible? Notwithstanding the fact that none of the trickling bloods got down onto the neck collar of either of his clothings.
You, being the police chief, yet you couldn’t even tell apart such glaring inconsistency and contradiction between the blood flow evidence and Zimmerman’s account of the event?
Yet, you had the audacity to step up onto the podium and publicly declared that:
“All the physical evidence and testimony we have independent of what Mr. Zimmerman provides corroborates this claim to self-defense.”
What a bold face liar you are. Who did you think you could fool when you publicly declared that “Zimmerman had injuries consistent with his story”?
Yet, these are just the tip of the iceberg concerning the inconsistency, contradiction and impossibility that made up the bulk of Zimmerman’s various stories. To cover all his inconsistency, contradiction and his impossible acts, I would have to write a whole book in order to accomplish that.
However, the most hideous thing about the whole thing is that you not only perverted justice in favor of letting Zimmerman walk free with your discretionary abuse of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, but you also went overboard to make it a personal matter in publicly attacking the good name of Trayvon who was the unarmed child being chased down and gunned down by a killer who defied his law enforcement and criminal justice related training and had completely ignored the instruction of a police dispatcher.
Here is what you said during an interview in March:
“If someone asks you, ‘Hey do you live here?’ is it OK for you to jump on them and beat the crap out of somebody?”
To which you answered your own question:
Of course it is not OK to jump on someone and beat the crap out of him for simply asking, “Hey do you live here?”
But, where is your evidence that Trayvon suddenly turned into a psychomaniac for no apparent reason except for trying to run away at every turn from a stalker?
Where is your concrete evidence to support your implicated allegation that Trayvon “beat the crap out of” Zimmerman besides relying solely on the killer’s words?
The problem with you is that in your attempt to protect your buddy you fell head over heels in swallowing Zimmerman’s words hooks lines and sinkers without regards to what your own SPD evidence showed despite the aftermath of a blundered job.
Besides that, Zimmerman’s various versions of his stories didn’t even include the utterance: “Hey do you live here?”
In all Zimmerman’s accounts, he said he simply answered “NO” when asked by Trayvon, “Do you have a problem?”
The “Hey do you live here?” that would be something in the line of “What are you doing here?” which came from another source. And that would be from Deedee’s statement which showed you couldn’t even get your story straight.
Now, if you want to go by Deedee’s account, it would not be Trayvon jumping on Zimmerman. Instead, according to Deedee, Trayvon was on the phone talking to her when suddenly Zimmerman appeared out of nowhere and then he came near to Trayvon to which Trayvon asked him, “Why are you following me?”
Zimmerman then asked, “What are you doing here?” Then the next thing she heard was there was a push and Trayvon’s earpiece fell onto the grass. So, the evidence clearly suggests Zimmerman was the aggressor since he started profiling and chasing Trayvon up to this point.
Physical evidence from the medical examiner also showed that there was no evidence of Zimmerman’s DNA in Trayvon’s nail scraping. Also, there was no Zimmerman’s blood found on Trayvon’s cuffs and sleeves with all that brutal and bloody face punching, head slamming and nose/mouth smothering going on. Besides, there was also no mention of any trace of visible blood stain noted on Trayvon’s hands either. In addition, Trayvon’s DNA was also not found on Zimmerman’s gun or holster.
Evidently, according to forensic findings, there was no physical evidence whatsoever that showed Trayvon had his hands on Zimmerman or his weapon. On the other hand, there were forensic evidence of foreign blood and DNA profiles on Zimmerman’s clothing and weapon that neither belonged to Trayvon or Zimmerman himself but to a third and/or more parties. There was even a finding of blood DNA evidence that was non-human in origin found on Zimmerman’s clothing.
Now, tell me Mr. Lee, how is it possible if we were to believe Zimmerman’s story of his brutal attack by Trayvon and there was no forensic evidence of any kind on him from Trayvon with all that savage attack but there were bloods and foreign DNA evidence from other third parties and one from some animal?
Trayvon also had no history of violence against anyone in his past while Zimmerman had past history of violence, one domestic and the other battery against a law enforcement officer on duty at that time.
This pertinent aspect of Trayvon’s non-violent past versus Zimmerman’s violent history somehow escaped Bill Lee’s attention just as he conveniently ignored Zimmerman’s expetive language in his police non-emergency call right before he gave chase in pursuit of Trayvon.
To unilaterally suggest that Trayvon would beat the crap out of somebody without having all the evidence and testimony laid out before the judge and jury and cross-examined by the counsels, it is a disgrace that you had even once called yourself the police chief.
So, you see, Mr. Bill Lee. These are just the tip of the iceberge of the inconsistencies and contradictions that I addressed in response to your public statements. There are more to Zimmerman’s inconsistencies, contradictions and impossible maneuvers he described and reenacted in his reenactment video. But, you have the audacity to appeal publicly in your uniform to lie about there being no contradiction to Zimmerman’s stories and that all physical evidence and testimony were consistent to his claim of self-defense?
Zimmerman would plead not guilty is understandable. But as an officer of the law your overzealous behavior in defending an armed killer of an unarmed child with illogical justification in the face of bungled investigation is just odd.
But, it would be a great travesty of justice if you and your minions at the SPD and Wolfinger would get away with obstruction of justice in the case of Trayvon Martin’s death.
If the FBI or the appropriate authority would have failed to diligently pursue this perversion of justice which you and your minions tried to pull off, I hope the good people would rise up and demand justice for Trayvon Martin.