NBC Admits and Apologizes for Misrepresenting George Zimmerman's 911 Call
During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.
I wrote yesterday NBC was investigating the edit error. Good that they followed up swiftly. [More..]
NBC's edited version leaves out that the dispatcher asked Zimmerman the race of the person he was calling about, so that it appeared Zimmerman was the one who brought up race.
NBC isn't saying if anyone has been fired.
On a factual level, there is no more official information today on the fatal encounter than there was yesterday or the day before. I also wrote yesterday as to what has not been released that could help arrive at a conclusion as to what in fact transpired between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin:
The results of the autopsy and the forensic examination of both Trayvon and Zimmerman's clothes; the conclusion of the state's forensic experts on who cried for help (rather than the media's experts); Zimmerman's medical records of treatment; photos of Zimmerman's injuries taken that night; statements of the paramedics at the scene who provided first aid; Zimmerman's recorded interviews the night of the incident, reports from the next day when he reportedly did a reenactment at the scene with police and his subsequent interviews; cell phone records from the phone company (as opposed to a phone bill produced by lawyers for the Martin family); reports and any camera surveillance photos from the convenience store; and witness statements taken the night of the shooting (as opposed to what witnesses later told the media.)
What other evidence (not rumors) might authorities have that the public does not that would be helpful?
Update: George Zimmerman has added an Orlando attorney , Hal Uhrig, to his defense team who told WOFL-Channel 35 that Zimmerman passed a voice-stress test(which he says is similar to a polygraph) at the police station the night of the shooting.
I don't know anything about voice-stress tests and don't have time to look it up right now, but polygraphs are not admissible in most courts because they are not scientifically reliable, so I'm not putting much stock in this at the moment as an indicator of what happened.
As an investigative technique (rather than admissible evidence) it may have some public relations value in explaining why Sanford police didn't arrest Zimmerman that night -- passing the test would support a lack of probable cause to disbelieve his assertion of self-defense and arrest him.
Uhlrig's background, according to the Sentinel:
He's a former police officer, former Florida assistant attorney general, former legal advisor to the Orange County Sheriff's Office and former assistant public defender.
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