Zimmerman Heard On Voicemail, Lawyer Speaks Out

Justice Department Confirms It Will Investigate Trayvon Martin case

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The US Department of Justice confirmed Friday that it has launched an investigation into the circumstances of Trayvon Martin’s death at the hands of neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, as the first comments from that alleged killer hit the internet.

“We have indeed opened up an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin,” said Thomas Perez, of the US Department of Justice, speaking Friday in Jackson, Mississippi.

“We’re doing that investigation jointly with the FBI field office in Florida and the United States Attorney’s Office. We’re cooperating and collaborating regularly with the states attorney’s office as well,” he said.

Perez said the focus is to determine if Trayvon Martin’s death created a civil rights violation that could be prosecuted.

The man could face that prosecution has kept publicly silent at the center of the international firestorm involving his fatal shot to Trayvon that he claims was self defense.

Friday night, a number of websites released a voicemail claimed to be from Zimmerman, allegedly left to Frank Taafe, a member of the crime watch organization and one of his most vocal supporters to date.

“Hey Mr. Taaffe,” the message started. “This is George. Um, first and foremost, I wanted to say I am very sorry for the loss of your son, and, um, I can’t imagine what you must be going through. Um, secondly, I wanted to thank you for doing everything you’ve been doing. Um, I know you don’t have to, and I appreciate it, and you’re truly setting an example for me for the future of, uh, doing the right thing even when it’s tough, and, uh, I appreciate it. I’ll talk to you soon. Thanks. Bye.”

“I think he is stressed but he has the support of family and friends through this,” said attorney Craig Sonner, who represents Zimmerman and who spoke publicly for the first time today. “I am hoping the near future to have more of his friend who come in who are African-American who will vouch for him not being a racist in the near future.”

Sonner wanted to make that point very clear.

“Was it racially motivated?   The answer is absolutely not.  George is friends with people in the African-American community,” he said.

Sonner said Zimmerman served as a mentor for a 14 year old black teen, and also helped the family.

“He took the 14 year old young African-American boy, he’d take them every other week, he’d take the young boy and his wife would take, I think she a 13-year-old daughter, and took them every other week for two or three hours to the mall, to go to the science center, to play basketball, to play lunch, to do things like that during that period.”

Sonner said he has spoken with the teen’s mother, “and she doesn’t believe that he is racist.”

Sonner gave no indication as to where Zimmerman is saying, though he was dismissed from his college for fear his appearance on campus would cause a disruption.

Comments

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  1. poorwhiteboy says:

    Let”s have a RALLY for MR Z

    1. RANDRAND says:

      TO COMMEMORATE “WHAT -EXACTLY”—–NEGLIGENCE AND STUPIDITY…???!

      1. janet says:

        And what color might YOU be?

  2. jadeowl says:

    classic case of media overexposure, the Z should get off for the sake of trying the case in public. racial inequalities and insensitivities are not at stake here

  3. RANDRAND says:

    TWO MARGINAL BLOGGERS WITH NO CLEAR POINTS AS TO WHY WE SHOULD NOT DRAG THIS GUY TO SIT IN JAIL AND THEN TRY HIM ON AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES-AT THE VERY LEAST!

    1. RANDRAND says:

      Oh-you were t-h-e-r-e? Excuse me for stepping on the facts!!

  4. bt20 says:

    So this is what you get when you have uneducated, white-trash as your neighborhood watchman! So we can all sleep safer!!!

    1. Burt Reynolds says:

      You mean uneducated half white half Latino who looked more like a Latino then a white person watchman.

      1. sick dog says:

        he was in college.

  5. bt20 says:

    Also, the cops should have given him a sobriety test because if you want to start stereotyping, this guy looks like a (weak,) version of a thug or someone who has dabbled a bit with methamphetamines!!!

  6. Voice of reason says:

    Only Zimmerman and the victim know what really happened. The problem is that this unfortunate tragedy is being turned into an opportunity for crooks to riot and rob stores pretending to be mourning for the victim. The Southland Mall went in lockdown yesterday after a group of teenagers entered the mall with no good intentions. I would suggest we all stop the blame game and wait for the investigation to continue. Our country is already divided by so many things. Cool heads must prevail.

    1. RANDRAND says:

      UNLESS THEY GET AN ARREST AND SETTLE IT BY TRIAL-YOU ARE DREAMING, SON. I SAW THE 1980 CIVIL RIOT AFTER THE McDUFFIE DEBACLE—-YOU DON’T WANT TO PUSH THIS KEG OF DYNAMITE ANY FURTHER DOWN THIS PATH–

      1. janet says:

        Who’s pushing the keg of dynamite…..YOU.

  7. Rudy Diamond says:

    He was a wannabe cop who went and confronted this black dude. h e aint a cop and if some five foot two guy comes up to you saying stop and is being crazy Im gunna beat the guys ass. The wannabe cop just wanted a reason to shoot anybody

  8. sammy1 says:

    Very stupid article, judging by the writing and spellings i am confounded as to what this blogger is trying to say.

  9. Put Race Aside says:

    Race aside Mr. Zimmerman had no right to pursue or shoot this kid. The parent’s of Trayvon have stated that they just want him arrested and an investigation into their son’s death.They don’t want this to be a racial issue. if the police had done their job this whole thing would not have blown up the way that it has.

    Besides I would have tried to flee from the big palooka myself.He should have stayed car, now he has blood on his hands.

  10. RANDRAND says:

    IN THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE-WE SETTLE UP THESE MATTERS IN COURTS OF LAW–NOT RIOTS IN STREETS-AND CERTAINLY NOT WITH CAVALIER SPINNING SIX-GUNS LIKE THE WILD-WILD WEST!

  11. cmck says:

    Common sense is not so common…..What a sad state we are still in.

  12. RANDRAND says:

    Treyvon was a punk. Zimmerman should have slapped his face but he got his piece and cleanedup the street himself. If you don’t like you can suck brown poodle cakes through a straw

    1. Soldier_Scholar says:

      you are such a hypocrite. so you go from Mr.”land of the free home of the brave, settle things in court not riots in streets” to zimmerman “cleaned up the street himself”…..oh so i guess one race should follow the rules while other races can take “justice” into their own hands…….good job buddy you say trayvon is a punk but you forgot to mention that zimmerman was a violent person. arrested twice for domestic violence as well as assault on an officer….

  13. Barrack Hussein Obama says:

    When some one punches you in the face, then bounces your head off the sidewalk over and over, then that person deserves whatever they get.

  14. janet says:

    Oh, and YOU were there?

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