Police: Encounter Between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin Was ‘Avoidable’
Sanford police believed the confrontation between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman could’ve been avoided had Zimmerman just remained in his car, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Evidence released by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s office includes a police report which states that the encounter between Martin and Zimmerman was “ultimately avoidable” if Zimmerman had “remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement.”
“There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter,” said one police report released on Thursday.
Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump responded to the news, saying, ”First of all, we’re happy that all the evidence is out.” When asked about Zimmerman’s minor wounds to the back of his head, Crump explained that Trayvon Martin ”was fighting for his life” against “a man with a 9 mm gun.”
“Whatever happened was because George Zimmerman made his decision to profile and pursue Trayvon Martin,” Crump said. Based on the evidence, “you have to conclude that the only reason Trayvon Martin is dead is because George Zimmerman profiled him that night.”