Police released Monday neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman’s account of on why he shot Trayvon Martin one month ago, claiming that the slain 17-year-old punched him in the face and slammed his head into the sidewalk.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman said he was walking toward his SUV on February 26 when Martin approached him from behind and attacked him after the two exchanged words. Zimmerman and his lawyer said he shot Martin in self-defense.
Police indicate in their details that Zimmerman called them to report Martin as a suspicious person and followed him before the two met face-to-face, as the widely heard 911 tapes describe. Police are unsure about what took place between Zimmerman’s call to them and the shooting, but said their evidence found that Zimmerman was crying for help. Lawyers from Martin’s family said the cries came from the teenager.
Martin’s parents and lawyer have said that Zimmerman, who is still free, should be arrested for pursing Martin despite police urging Zimmerman not to follow him on the 911 tapes.
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