WASHINGTON – CBS “This Morning” continues breaking interviews since it was launched, besting many of the cable infotainment shows, getting Mayor Michael Bloomberg who spoke out today.

“It doesn’t make any sense because you don’t want people being vigilantes… “They don’t have the training. They don’t have the expertise. There is no oversight. That is the police department’s job…” – Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg is the co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, also found on Facebook.

The Mayor goes on to say “you are betting off not having a gun,” with which many may agree, though I absolutely do not. However, I’m against the N.R.A.’s vigilante extremism.

The sponsor of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, State Senator Dennis Baxley, who was the advocate for legislation for the N.R.A.’s Marion Hammer, had this to say about George Zimmerman and the intent of the law on CNN.

“There’s nothing in this stature that allows for a person to be able to pursue and confront other people.” – State Rep. Dennis Baxley, Stand Your Ground Co-Sponsor on “AC 360″

It’s what I’ve been writing since the news of this tragedy exploded.

However, developments now have manifested that lead us into the weeds, including an interview of George Zimmerman’s father, which is above, telling what his son told him after the fatal altercation that left Trayvon Martin dead.

Here’s part of the transcript:

Even though a dispatcher told George Zimmerman not to follow Martin, his father said his son continued his pursuit to locate an address to give to police.

“He lost sight of the individual, he continued to walk down the same sidewalk to the next street, so he could get an address for the police,” he said.

“He went to the next street, realized where he was and was walking to his vehicle. It’s my understanding, at that point, Trayvon Martin walked up to him and asked him, ‘Do you have a [expletive] problem?’ George said, ‘No, I don’t have a problem,’ and started to reach for his cell phone… at that point, he (Martin) was punching him in the nose, his nose was broken and he was knocked to the concrete.”
Robert said Trayvon, “continued to beat George, and at some point, George pulled his pistol and did what he did.”

When asked about the screams for help which were heard on a 911 call, Robert replied, “All of our family, everyone who knows George, knows absolutely that is George screaming. There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind.”

George Zimmerman has a problem, which is that he had no business pursuing Trayvon Martin. That act alone puts him outside Stand Your Ground, because there was no reason to follow Martin, except Zimmerman’s judgment.

ABC News has exclusive video of George Zimmerman after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, which is below that shows no head wound whatsoever.

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The investigation continues, with more and more information coming out as the days tick by, with public opinion lining up on a chosen side, while innocent until proven guilty is disregarded.

A “Kill Zimmerman” account is now live on Twitter to prove it.

…and what would this unspeakable tragedy be without a public opinion poll, dutifully done by Rasmussen, proving yet another reason I don’t cite that organization?

American society has become the Roman arena.

There’s a hint of a Rodney King event percolating underneath the surface, with fairness and justice having been locked out.

Taylor Marsh is the author of The Hillary Effect, which is available on Amazon. Marsh is a veteran political analyst and commentator. She has written for The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, among others, and has been profiled in the Washington Post, The New Republic, and seen on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic, as well as on radio across the dial and on satellite, including the BBC. Marsh lives in the Washington, D.C. area. This column is cross posted from her new media blog.

TAYLOR MARSH, Guest Voice Columnist
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EEllis
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EEllis
4 years 5 months ago
I think it’s a bit much to assume that because there was no wound visible on the tape that there was no wound at all. The tape is pretty good but certainly not HD and is not meant to capture evidence in that manner. Certainly there was no massive open wound but you can crack a skull and barely break the skin, I’m sure that if the argument is made that GZ was assaulted there will be better more accurate and representative pictures that were taken by police that will be used as evidence. Legally you seem to be taking… Read more »
dduck
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dduck
4 years 5 months ago

I thought the lady did a good calm job of interviewing GZ’s father, but I wish she would have nailed down the “injuries” or lack thereof. Has he been with the family all this time, how soon after the event? What medical help did he receive? Any names of medical providers? Any pictures or other evidence of blood. Describe what he looked like. What was his involvement with the police and/or DA?

StockBoyLA
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StockBoyLA
4 years 5 months ago

Too bad Martin can’t offer his side of the story, thanks to Zimmerman.

JMNash
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JMNash
4 years 5 months ago

“George Zimmerman has a problem, which is that he had no business pursuing Trayvon Martin. That act alone puts him outside Stand Your Ground, because there was no reason to follow Martin, except Zimmerman’s judgment.”

So if I understand your position correctly:

If someone gets out of their car to see where someone they think looks suspicious went, by that act alone they waive their right to self defense?

zephyr
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zephyr
4 years 5 months ago

Any father who loves his son doesn’t want to see him go to prison. How far will he go to protect him? Some would go pretty far.

Also what StockBoy said.

EEllis
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EEllis
4 years 5 months ago

Too bad Martin can’t offer his side of the story, thanks to Zimmerman.

While that’s true it doesn’t constitute evidence on GZ’s guilt. Honestly if Martin had killed GZ and claimed self defense I think he may very well walk also. It’s not necessarily about just facts, if someone life was really in danger, it’s also about what people thought and felt, as if they may have believed in that one second they were at risk.

isilwath
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4 years 5 months ago

Martin may not be able to speak, but his body can. The funeral director who prepared Trayvon’s body stated in an interview that there was no evidence of any altercation on the boy’s hands. If he had punched Zimmerman’s face and slammed his head, there would have been cuts or bruising on his hands from the blows.

Wyldon
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Wyldon
4 years 5 months ago
Just as some people believe the 16 y/o is tailoring what she claims she heard to benefit Trayvon, the same can be said for Zimmerman’s father’s statements. Just because he says he was looking for an address to give to police, doesn’t mean that’s what he was doing. When did he plan on calling them with the address he, presumably, secured? When he got back to his vehicle? He pulls out his phone after Trayvon allegedly confronts him? None of this makes any sense. George’s father wrote a letter to the local newspaper stating, “At no time did George follow… Read more »
bluebelle
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bluebelle
4 years 5 months ago
If Trayvon was truly slamming GZ’s head into the concrete and had broken his nose with a punch, it ought to be evident –not only in the surveillance video, but in the police report and in the notes from the f/u hospital visit. There would be xrays– and pictures of the head wound. I’m thinking he had no bandage on his head, there was no trace of blood on his clothes, his nose did not look swollen or reddened- so his account of the attack is weakened. Perhaps, this all was predetermined as a legal out for him– the injuries… Read more »
EEllis
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EEllis
4 years 5 months ago
The funeral director who prepared Trayvon’s body stated in an interview that there was no evidence of any altercation on the boy’s hands. If he had punched Zimmerman’s face and slammed his head, there would have been cuts or bruising on his hands from the blows. Now this, if it’s in the autopsy, seems to me to be important. Also the ballistic recreation of the event. If Martin was on top of GZ we should see a close range shot with a upward trajectory. These are the facts that should come out in court. I personal would wait on the… Read more »
EEllis
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EEllis
4 years 5 months ago
Just as some people believe the 16 y/o is tailoring what she claims she heard to benefit Trayvon, the same can be said for Zimmerman’s father’s statements. While that is true there is a major difference between the two. The girlfriend is acting as a witness the father is acting as a spokesman. He just gave GZ’s side of the story. Just because he says he was looking for an address to give to police, doesn’t mean that’s what he was doing. Sure but in a legal proceeding there is supposed to be some evidence before concluding something is a… Read more »
EEllis
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EEllis
4 years 5 months ago
If Trayvon was truly slamming GZ’s head into the concrete and had broken his nose with a punch, it ought to be evident –not only in the surveillance video, but in the police report and in the notes from the f/u hospital visit. There would be xrays– and pictures of the head wound I somehow don’t find the video as conclusive as you do. I agree that if he is trying to use those injuries in his defence he will have to show proof and I’m just as sure the police have pictures that show his injuries, or lack of… Read more »
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thanks Taylor. I think if Mr. Zimmerman insists he was injured, the DA will exhume Trayvon’s body if Zimmerman is charged and goes to trial. Even with preservation and some deterioration, it would be evidence. God, this whole thing is sad.

EEllis
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EEllis
4 years 5 months ago
If Martin wasn’t given a full post mordum then his parents should sue and they should replace the police Chief, DA, and ME’s office. Of course I think the likelyhood of that should be zero and the whole idea is why I think the speculation is a bit strange. Sure the funeral home said something but why people are treating that as evidence when everyone should know there is a full autopsy report the ME will have to submit to the DA. We will not, should not, get to see this until after a trial but because it isn’t on… Read more »
EEllis
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EEllis
4 years 5 months ago

sorry post mortem

Wyldon
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Wyldon
4 years 5 months ago
“While that is true there is a major difference between the two. The girlfriend is acting as a witness the father is acting as a spokesman. He just gave GZ’s side of the story.” The reason this information is important is because the father is making statements to “facts” that he is getting from his son and has already been proven not accurate. Do you really need me to cite a link to the 911 call where he confirmed he was following Trayvon? I believe everyone who’s following this case has heard that. My skepticism is aroused by Trayvon’s, based… Read more »
DaGoat
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DaGoat
4 years 5 months ago

I would echo EEllis – there should be no need to exhume the body if an adequate autopsy was performed.

EEllis
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EEllis
4 years 5 months ago
EElis, with the exception of my obvious conclusion, everything I’ve related has been widely publicized. You can find the info online. I don’t mind if you disagree with my take on events that makes me question, “what the hey?!”, but are you really questioning what has been reported? Questioning the framing of that info and how it’s presented. First don’t care who was telling GZ’s side of the story that it’s his dad and might lie seem minor when he is just repeating his story.As to the following……I don’t care that he did follow as it’s legal and to me… Read more »
dduck
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dduck
4 years 5 months ago

EE, do you have a link for this?
He and his wife volunteered and reported by the LA times they mentored 2 black teenagers taking them on day trips, seemingly similar to a big brother program. What a racist!!

EEllis
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EEllis
4 years 5 months ago

Not off hand but the story has been around and can’t be hard to find. I just remember reading it at the end of one of their stories.

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