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George Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape

George Zimmerman Sues NBC For Defamation

George Zimmerman is suing NBC Universal, claiming that he has been defamed by the network after it edited his 911 call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman alleges that the edited call makes it sound like he is racist.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer who is currently awaiting trial for Martin’s death is seeking an undisclosed amount of money from the network in the defamation lawsuit, reports CBS News.

Zimmerman is suing, claiming that NBC edited the call he made to a 911 dispatcher in February. In the call, the man, who has been charged with second degree murder in the case, describes how he followed Martin in the gated community where he lived moments before he confronted the teenager and fatally shot him.

A statement on Zimmerman’s defense website explains that the suit alleges:

“NBC News saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain.”

The Washington Post notes that George Zimmerman’s lawsuit may have some legal standing, because, in the recording heard by viewers of NBC, the former neighborhood watch volunteer appears to say without hesitation or prompting, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”

In reality, Zimmerman only made the comment about Trayvon’s race after the dispatcher asked if the suspicious person was “black, white, or Hispanic.” Along with naming NBC as a defendant in the lawsuit, Zimmerman has also named reporter Jeff Burnside, as well as NBC correspondents Ron Allen and Lilia Rodriguez Luciano.

Rodriguez, Burnside, and a producer at NBC were fired after a network investigation uncovered that the 911 tape of Zimmerman’s call was edited. NBC Universal released a statement about Zimmerman’s lawsuit, saying:

“We strongly disagree with the accusations made in the complaint. There was no intent to portray Mr. Zimmerman unfairly. We intend to vigorously defend our position in court.”

Zimmerman’s decision to sue NBC comes after he offered his autograph in a “thank you” card for anyone who donates to his defense fund. Do you think that George Zimmerman is right to sue NBC for defamation?

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23 Responses to “George Zimmerman Sues NBC Over Edited 911 Tape”

  1. Bonnie Robles

    He is a racist, if he only followed Martin because he was black.He was told not to follow, but he did, shoots an unarmed kid.He claims self defense after he started the confrontation.

  2. Rebecca Maier

    Unless the entire conversation on both sides is heard, edited transcripts should not be allowed to be entered as evidence in a court of law.

  3. Melanie Lledo

    What does this have to do with the case! Not a damn thing! How we the public feel about him should have no bearing on the case. Only the facts! Like the fact he shot someone because he got beaten up in a fight he started! He's an instigator and a sore loser, and a liar! Also he should not be able to sue until the criminal trial is over. Isn't this trying to "profit" from his alleged crimes?

  4. Linda Sadler Pritz

    You better believe that if were me I would be doing the same thing. Obviously there is truth in it otherwise the NBC producer wouldn't have gotten fired for editing the 911 call.

  5. Sarah Kline Roege

    He followed him because he was suspicious, not because he was black. he would have done the same thing if he had been Mexican or white. GET OFF THAT TRACK., maybe those who claim racism…..are themselves racist

  6. Sarah Kline Roege

    Just by doing what NBC did ….they biased all of their audience

  7. Shane Smith

    It's about time the media gets a good lawsuit over their "selective" clips. If not for what the media did, and their commentary on trying to portrait Zimmerman as a racist, we wouldn't have the ignorant comments on it being about racist white people killing blacks. In any case, both were in the wrong, just 1 person lost their life for almost killing the other person. The media helped start the fire on people jumping to false conclusions before evidence was put into court. Same thing happened with the Oscar Grant trial: the media jumped to the fact that only Oscars side could speak openly what they thought, with Mehserle, under court order, couldn't defend. It's sickening, hope he gets millions and lessons should be learned.

  8. Brenda Turner

    Amen! Now that this has come out I believe Zimmerman was made to look racist by the media but may actually not be. I'd sue too

  9. Jamie Wilson

    ABSOLUTELY! What would happen if Ziimmerman was killed because of NBC potraying him out to be a racist. It is good someone is finally taking action for defamtion. But if Zimmerman did kill Martin without it being self defense then kill him. There are to many people who use the self defense plead and it really is not self defense. Even if it were self defense he could hae shot him were it wouldn't have killed him.

  10. Stephanie Lynn Lease

    ok this all goes around in a big circle. Zimmerman is the only one who can answer the question of why he followed him,( if he speaks the truth about it) still he would be the only one to truly know. I guess my question is "Why did he find this Unarmed teenaged kid suspicious?"" Why do any of us watch somebody walking down the street because they look suspicious to us? Because we all have our stereotypical views based off of what we self determine to be unacceptable behavior (i.e. style of dress, color of skin, popularity group…) Either way keeping an eye on someone or making the report to the proper authorities is one thing… following him, confronting him and then shooting him? Absolutely no excuse for this

  11. Stephanie Lynn Lease

    and I totally agree with this… shoot to wound not shoot to kill. In the service we are taught to use only the amount of force necessary to defend or defeat our enemies. this means if they are unarmed we don't have the right to shoot to kill them and we can get in trouble for it. Same for the police force and other public service providers. I don't believe the self defense approach to this and I also don't agree that the police who took this call should have made that determination without fully investigating it. On top of that I used to work at a jail and ALL incoming suspects or detainee's get evaluated by medical personal right away as part of the booking process. so If Zimmerman had injuries there should be a report of these.

  12. Pat Yocolano

    I hope he gets a fortune! I'm not for or against Zimmerman since we'll never know exactly how it happened. It's a pity that any civilians have to die over avoidable chit. NBC edited the tape in a hateful way and should be penalized for their crime!