The George Zimmerman trial has entered its second week and between the defense’s opening “knock-knock joke,” the racist and gendered language around the key witness Rachel Jeantel, and the media’s sensational coverage, the trial has turned into a full-blown media circus.
During the trial coverage today, the jury heard an audio recording of the interview with George Zimmerman from the night he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Sanford Police Detective Doris Singleton: Did you, at that time, ever say to him “I’m neighborhood watch”?
Officer Singleton: Did it not occur to you?
Zimmerman: No, I said, I don’t have a problem. And I started backing away from him
Officer Singleton: But you kinda did have a problem, that’s why you were following him, you had a concern with him.
Zimmerman: I was scared …
Officer Singleton: Too scared to tell him … that you were neighborhood watch? You were afraid to tell him that?
Zimmerman: Uh, … yes ma’am.
Officer Singleton: Look, I’m not trying to put you on the spot, but these are the questions people are going to ask and will seek out an answer. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to say “Look I’m neighborhood watch, I don’t recognize you, are you staying here?”
Like I said, he came up out of nowhere … so when he popped up, he just caught me off guard, and …
Officer Singleton: But can you see how that would frighten him? That you had been following him now through the whole park…?
I don’t know about you, but when I’m scared of someone, I don’t go chasing after said scary person.
In Part One of a special two part #TWiBRadio, we discussed the spectacle of the Trayvon Martin case, we aired our special insider audio from Congress, and rehashed how we spent our week at Netroots Nation 2013.
And this morning on #amTWiB, L.Joy, Imani, and the rest of the #TheMorningCrew are back to talk about lazy Americans, the possible end to stop-and-frisk, and L.Joy tolerates banter.
And we’ll be back with part two of this broadcast shortly, stay tuned!