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Welcome to TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, a new website where you can express your support for The Real George Zimmerman, who has “been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life,” just like the kid The Real George Zimmerman killed, except for the fact that The Real George Zimmerman is still alive.

Our tour begins with an American flag in the background, signifiying that shooting unarmed kids is nothing more than a selfless patriotic act.

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We’ve been ignoring the police-station video of George Zimmerman, because it’s wayyyyyy too easy to read into it what you want to, and we don’t think the images support any definitive conclusions.

We’re more interested in the visit police paid to Trayvon Martin’s dad two days later, and his account of how they explained the shooting to him:

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“Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.” —Gregg Harper to Bobby Rush, who donned Inappropriate Headwear on the House floor today. [ThinkProgress]

[Washington Free Beacon, via BuzzFeed/Blogenfreude]

Orlando Sentinel:

With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.

That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say.

The Sanford police report indicates that a number of witnesses were interviewed the night of the shooting, but their statements are not included. The Sentinel story does not indicate whether the reporter saw the witness statements, but suggests reliance on a police summary.

Not that there’s any reason to doubt the police summary, but the events of that night are an Adventure in Epistemology. Also, police typically withhold evidence that might prove useful in an investigation, so there’s no reason to expect full disclosure.

With that, a more detailed police summary:

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‘Goon’ is apparently a term of endearment in the high schools these days.” —George Zimmerman’s (black) friend Joe Oliver, explaining how some people have misinterpreted what they think they hear on the 911 tape. [ThinkProgress]

Back on February 27, Fox Orlando reported on a local shooting that happened the night before:

A man who witnessed part of the altercation contacted authorities.

“The guy on the bottom, who had a red sweater on, was yelling to me, ‘Help! Help!’ and I told him to stop, and I was calling 911,” said the witness, who asked to be identified only by his first name, John.

John said he locked his patio door, ran upstairs and heard at least one gun shot.

“And then, when I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on the top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point.”

This corroborates a few details we already know. There was a fight. George Zimmerman was wearing a red jacket. Zimmerman was the man yelling for help on the 911 tapes. His back was wet and covered with grass. He was bleeding out the nose and the back of his head.

It does not, however, tell us anything new.

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