Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Questions about the Trayvon Martin shooting...

This list started out with one question, and quickly grew to many. I would love to add more.

This is not a list of political questions, these are all questions that could be (or rather should be) asked at a Legal proceeding, and answered with hard documentation.  The fact that we don't know the answers...and may never know the these questions terrifies me.

In the end, I think George Zimmerman is going to get away with murder, because the Police have hopelessly botched the case.  I also think they hopelessly botched the case on purpose.

Where is the gun?

Where are Mr. Zimmerman’s clothes, along with any physical evidence of an assault?

If you needed these pieces of evidence, now way after the date, could the Sanford Police Department get them from Mr. Zimmerman?

Where is Mr. Zimmerman now? Could the Sanford Police Department find him if they needed to?

Is there any documentation backing up the claim that Mr. Zimmerman was assaulted?

Is there a Medical Report showing that Mr. Zimmerman was assaulted?

Was an ambulance called to treat Mr. Zimmerman because of this alleged assault?

Where there photographs taken at the scene? Of Trayvon’s body, of Mr. Zimmerman’s head and face?

Why did the Sanford Police Department  hold onto Trayvon’s body for three days without identifying him?

Did anyone at the Sanford Police Department make any attempt to look at Trayvon’s phone during those three days?

Who made the decision to hold onto Trayvon’s body for three days without identifying him?

What position was Trayvon found in?

Was Trayvon shot in the back or front?

Were any nitrate tests done on Mr. Zimmerman’s hands to determine if he had fired a weapon? If not, why not?

Were any nitrate tests done on Trayvon to determine how close he was to the weapon that killed him? If not, why not?

If the Lead Homicide Investigator was overruled at the scene as to whether or not to charge Mr. Zimmerman with manslaughter, who overruled him?

Who are the eyewitnesses to the assault?

Does the Sanford Police Department have records of testimony from these eyewitnesses to the alleged assault on Mr. Zimmerman?

What was Mr. Zimmerman’s height and weight at the time of the incident? What was Trayvon’s? (Goes to the relative threat Mr. Zimmerman is alleged to have faced).

What is the status of ALL the 911 Recordings from the night of the incident? Will they be released in their entirety?

Do we have a complete timeline of the incident, collating with hard evidence, because even Mr. Zimmerman’s own alleged account seems to leave out about a minute of time.

And because it can’t be asked enough...where is the gun?

If you've got any more, I'd love to hear 'em.

Now, it's also fair to ask Trayvon's parents some questions, but I'm betting I don't know the answer to these out of my own ignorance rather than a concerted effort to conceal them:

When did you call Police to report Trayvon missing?

Did you hear the shots?

Did you notice the Police activity nearby?

How close was Trayvon to getting back to his Dad's Girlfriend's place when he was killed? (I saw the walk through the father gave on Reverend Al's show, but all the distances were relative. I want to know in terms of feet and yards.)

Was the place where Trayvon was shot actually visible from the Girlfriend's House?

UPDATE: 10:54pm Pacific: Well, I got one of the answers. From Joy Ann Reid at the Griot (Thanks Dirk!)

A source with knowledge of the investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin tells theGrio that it was then Sanford police chief Bill Lee, along with Capt. Robert O'Connor, the investigations supervisor, who made the decision to release George Zimmerman on the night of February 26th, after consulting with State Attorney Norman Wolfinger -- in person.

Wolfinger's presence at the scene or at the police department in the night of a shooting would be unusual, according to the source. On a typical case, police contact the state attorney's office and speak with an on duty assistant state attorney; they either discuss the matter by phone or the on duty assistant state attorney comes to the crime scene - but rarely the state attorney him or herself.