by ELLEN LEWIS
The 911 transcripts of George Zimmerman’s emergency phone call made prior to the shooting of Trayvon Martin were released this morning.
The public and media have criticized the Sanford Police Department because the tapes weren’t released earlier.
“Many times specific information is contained in those recordings which is vital to the integrity of the investigation,” said Chief Bill Lee.
According to the transcripts, Zimmerman called 911 to report a suspicious black male teenager in his residential community on Feb. 26.
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something,” said Zimmerman to the dispatcher, “now he’s coming toward me.”
Zimmerman was a part of a neighborhood watch program, and was concerned due to recent break-ins in the neighborhood. He told dispatcher that he was following the individual so he didn’t get away until responding officers arrived.
It was after the 911 call that dispatch received reports of shots being fired in the same area, according to the police report.
Upon arriving at the scene officers found 17-year -old Martin facedown shot on the ground and Zimmerman armed.
According to the police report, responding officer Ricardo Ayala reported that Zimmerman’s back appeared to be wet and covered with grass, as if he had been lying on the ground and was also bleeding from his nose and back of his head.
Zimmerman was not arrested because he stated that he acted in self-defense, which at the time was supported by physical evidence, said Chief Lee.