1. Medical reports that Zimmerman's injuries were more severe than previously reported:
Zimmerman was diagnosed with a "closed fracture" of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation.2. Martin had bloody knuckles and drugs in his system.
3. Witnesses confirm Zimmerman's account, and even Martin's father told investigators that it was not his son's (i.e., Martin's) voice calling for help on the 911 tape.
Two police reports written the night that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin said that Zimmerman had a bloody face and nose, according to police reports made public today.This includes one witness, who told police "that he saw Trayvon Martin straddling George Zimmerman and pummeling the neighborhood watch captain 'MMA style' shortly before the unarmed teen was felled by a gunshot to the chest."
The reports also note that two witness accounts appear to back up Zimmerman's version of what happened when they describe a man on his back with another person wearing a hoodie straddling him and throwing punches.
It has been such a contentious case that even the evidence is being disputed.
The police report states that Trayvon Martin's father told an investigator after listening to 911 tapes that captured a man's voice frantically callling for help that it was not his son calling for help.
In short, as one commentator noted, the evidence is such that "[n]o jury – except one frightened that the New Black Panthers might kill them if they vote for an acquittal or that they might cause race riots – no fair jury would find anyone guiltily here of second degree murder."
I think it is almost certain that we will see an increase in racially motivated black-on-white violence and, perhaps, even riots because of the Martin/Zimmerman matter. Unfortunately, it will be hard to track the trend because the media and police actively suppress reporting of black-on-white hate crimes. As Thomas Sowall writes in the National Review:
When two white newspaper reporters for the Virginian-Pilot were driving through Norfolk, and were set upon and beaten by a mob of young blacks — beaten so badly that they had to take a week off from work — that might sound like news that should have been reported, at least by their own newspaper. But it wasn’t.Sowell's concern is that, at some point, there will be a violent backlash from Whites. But it could just as well come from other minority groups. Certainly the Hispanic community cannot be too thrilled with what is happening to Zimmerman.
The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel was the first major television program to report this incident. Yet this story is not just a Norfolk story, either in what happened or in how the media and the authorities have tried to sweep it under the rug.
Similar episodes of unprovoked violence by young black gangs against white people chosen at random on beaches, in shopping malls, or in other public places have occurred in Philadelphia, New York, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, Los Angeles, and other places across the country. Both the authorities and the media tend to try to sweep these episodes under the rug.
In Milwaukee, for example, an attack on whites at a public park a few years ago left many of the victims battered to the ground and bloody. But when the police arrived on the scene, it became clear that the authorities wanted to keep this quiet.
One 22-year-old woman, who had been robbed of her cell phone and debit card, and had blood streaming down her face, said, “About 20 of us stayed to give statements and make sure everyone was accounted for. The police wouldn’t listen to us, they wouldn’t take our names or statements. They told us to leave. It was completely infuriating.”
The police chief seemed determined to head off any suggestion that this was a racially motivated attack by saying that crime is color-blind. Officials elsewhere have said similar things.
A wave of such attacks in Chicago were reported, but not the race of the attackers or victims. Media outlets that do not report the race of people committing crimes nevertheless report racial disparities in imprisonment and write heated editorials blaming the criminal-justice system.
What the authorities and the media seem determined to suppress is that the hoodlum elements in many ghettoes launch coordinated attacks on whites in public places. If there is anything worse than a one-sided race war, it is a two-sided race war, especially when one of the races outnumbers the other several times over.
Just be aware that there are black leaders that really hate whites, and will attempt to stir up trouble if Zimmerman is acquitted. You may want to reconsider travel to high density urban areas if and when Zimmerman goes to trial--especially once the matter is submitted to the jury and a verdict is imminent.