George Zimmerman Suing NBC News; Says They Edited Police Tapes From The Night Of Murder To Make Him Look Racist

October 4, 2012  |  

According to New York Post’s Page Six, George Zimmerman plans to sue the folks at NBC over what he and his people claim was botched editing of 911 tapes from the night of Trayvon Martin’s murder. As Page Six says, his attorneys are looking to go after NBC and its top executives, including news president Steve Capus, and reporter Ron Allen, a black man and a veteran reporter, who was the correspondent who handled the story on both “Today” and “NBC Nightly News.” It seems that he feels the calls were edited to make it seem like off top, he mentioned the fact that Martin was black, when the full tape allegedly shows that he only told police Martin was black when he was asked what the person of interest looked like. Therefore, Zimmerman thinks that the edited tapes make it seem as though he was targeting Martin specifically because he was a black man in a white neighborhood (Hmmm…I’ll let you marinate on that, because it still seems to be the case).

In the edited tapes, Zimmerman was quoted as saying the following: “Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”

But according to Business Insider, in the transcript, Zimmerman actually said,

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

According to Page six, a few people under the NBC news staff were fired after it was found that the video had been cut up in such a way. NBC news has also apologized since then for the editing mistake, as they put out a statement in April. “During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.”

Zimmerman’s lawyer didn’t get to comment before the New York Post ran the story.

The tapes are of course what spurred the public to take interest and can definitely make those watching think the whole things was racially motivated, but of course, NBC’s actions doesn’t automatically mean his motives weren’t racially motivated either. I still don’t get how someone in the rain with a sweet tea can and Skittles looks like they’re on drugs and don’t belong in the neighborhood (or worse, as some commenter on Business Insider said, “a thug”).  I’ll give Zimmerman this, who seems like he’s looking for some money these days since that website was shut down, if the tapes were edited and cut up to make it seem like he said things about Martin’s race when it was actually taken out of context, then no, that’s not cool, and that’s not good journalism of course. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that this grown man was explicitly told by the police not to get out of his car and go after Martin, but of course, he did anyway. No lawsuits can take away from the fact that he thought he knew more and better than the police, and his lack of listening skills cost and innocent kid his life. But hey, if a lawsuit keeps him warm at night, go for it.

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