A reader sent me links to two interesting blog posts.
The first is by a former police investigator who gives some insights into what probably happened at the crime scene. Most if it isn’t really relevant to understanding what happened before the police got there, although it’s relevant to whether you think the cops were a bunch of incompetent racists—there’s no evidence that the cops were incompetent racists.
But this sentence makes you think:
The media says he walked to 7-11 to buy an iced tea and some skittles. According to Google the nearest 7-11 is almost two miles away and it was dark and raining. My kids wouldn’t walk next door on a rainy night, but then I’m from California. What time did he arrive at 7-11? There should be a register receipt showing a purchase of an iced tea and Skittles with a time and date stamped on it.
Did Trayvon really got to a 7-11 and buy Skittles and an iced tea?
One key part of the narrative of the Martin shooting is that Skittles and Arizona Ice Tea were being carried by Martin. This ABC News report is typical: “He [Martin] has no weapons on him, only a pack of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea.” The Sanford Police incident report makes no mention of finding such items. What is the source of this fact that Skittles and a bottle of ice tea were found with Martin?
It came out in the comments that family lawyer Benjamin Crump reported this to the media. But we really don’t know if that’s merely what Trayvon told his family, or if the police actually found those items on Trayvon’s person.
I also wonder what else they found on Trayvon’s person. Maybe Trayvon just left the condo to do some drugs? That sounds more likely than walking 2 miles in the rain just to get some candy. And it would explain why Trayvon had a guilty mind which caused him to run away when he saw Zimmerman looking at him from his car.
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Looking at a map, it seems like the nearest 7-11 is only one mile away. Still, it seems like a really long walk in the rain just to get Skittles and an ice tea. The story makes no sense. Trayvon making up some excuse to leave so he can do some drugs makes a lot more sense. And would be consistent with Zimmerman's comments on the phone call that Trayvon looked like he was on drugs. And the fact that Trayvon was on a ten-day suspension from school for drug activity.
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People assumed that Zimmerman is just too stupid and racist to know the difference between a guy on drugs, and a sweet innocent kid walking home with candy for his little brother, but maybe Zimmerman was right about that part. I'd love to find out what's in the toxicology report.