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George Zimmerman

Sues NBC Over 911 Tape --

I'm Not a Racist!

12/6/2012 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Trayvon Martin
shooter George Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against NBC over the way it edited his 911 call -- placed moments before Martin was shot -- claiming the network falsely made Zimmerman look like a "hostile racist."

You'll recall, NBC launched an internal investigation over the tape after it aired the edited recording -- which made it sound like Zimmerman immediately told police that Martin was black, without being prompted.



In actuality, the full 911 tape reveals Zimmerman only referred to Martin as "black" when responding to a question from the dispatcher about Trayvon's race.

Zimmerman accuses NBC of creating a "false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmerman's own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create the illusion of statements that Zimmerman never actually made."

He's suing for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, demanding unspecified damages.

Zimmerman -- a former neighborhood watch coordinator for a gated community in Florida -- fatally shot 17-year-old Martin on February 26th. George has claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

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46.

david    

he didnt do anything wrong and they tried to make him look bad....i hope he sues the crap out of them....dont break in other peoples property and you wont get shot......we have the right to keep and bear arms....and protect ourselfs

581 days ago
47.

tgrfan42069    

funny how the many people blasting zimmerman.would have done the same thing if their life was in danger.its easy to sit on a keyboard and join the mob mentality.yet people never stop to think.hey i could be in zimmermans shoes one day.defend myself and the mob is after me

581 days ago
48.

BB not bb    

He is Jewish, black and Peruvian. If I just looked at him not knowing, I would think he was some sort of Hispanic, not white as we know it. How then is he racist against himself for killing someone the same race in part as he is? It is not as if he looks like he identifies as white much or is taken for that. I don't think any KKK chapter is welcoming him with open arms.


It is a shame that the blacks are trained to be so racist against anyone even partly white. They blame them for hate that doesn't exist and wish extreme evil on them. They are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. This guy was basically trying to protect a black townhome neighborhood from a black kid gone astray and behaving as a black predator.

581 days ago
49.

Roberta     

I am not surprised that NBC did that. Many decades ago I considered it legit for news--but no longer. They only report what THEY want you to know-not the truth...it's all about money and rating these days...

581 days ago
50.

diane    

I would sue their ass off. We don't have legitimate news providers anymore....rather we have entertainment news. Like so many things in this country that r going down the crapper real investigative truth finding news is a thing of the past. U f with my life though NBC and I'm gonna make u pay

581 days ago
51.

Shaunie    

None of this would've happened had he stayed in the car in the first place. I just don't get why you follow a strange person you think is up to something. Call the police and let them do their jobs.

581 days ago
52.

scottfhree    

George stood there and he DID take a beating. He took it because he NEVER had malice or intent to harm ANYONE. The shooting was a last chance act of desperation to stop a viscous attack All he wanted to achieve was to gather information as to the whereabouts of a possible criminal in his midst. and to relay it to police. He never got the chance. Traybum RETURNED with a motive... two fists and a classless display of his "values". He got EXACTLY what he asked for deserved. I would LOVE to have seen his face when he realized just how badly he screwed up by attacking George. The world is a better place without people like him.

581 days ago
53.

BB not bb    

The whole thing was a media sham and circus from the start. They showed a picture of an eleven year old Trayvon in his little hoodie, when the kid was a grown seventeen year old football player with tattoos. The reporting was just insane all around. They framed him in the media like Sacco and Venzetti. They needed a person to be their white sacrifice to ignite a black rage induced civl war.

581 days ago
54.

Dddcupp    

Smh... white people

581 days ago
55.

msmoeliss    

His public donations must be drying up. Time to line the pockets from another source.

581 days ago
56.

KCINDY    

Zimmerman you are going to jail. Wannabe cop, daddy's failure! Punk do what cowards like do scare your wife with that gun and let your daddy cover it up!

581 days ago
57.

lmanilow    

Hooray for George Zimmerman!! I hope he walks. He should get a medal. One less entitled punk on the street.

581 days ago
58.

MiaNatalia    

I live 20 mins from where this happened. I have to say that if he is found not guilty like Casey Anthony, I'm going to get the hell out of FL. How can it be self defense when he's the one who pursued Treyvon even though the 911 operator told him not to. Dude is racist....they played those 911 tapes so many times on the news and he clearly called the kid a coon.

581 days ago
59.

paul a.    

Even if you think this guy is guilty, you have to hope that he wins this lawsuit. Cuz it was the worst kind of "journalism" imaginable.
If you think Z is innocent, the story was extremely damaging to any kind of defense. If you think Z is guilty the story clearly has generated all kinds of sympathy for Z. But most importantly, to me at least, is the total disregard for public safety and property by putting out a clearly inflammatory false rendition of the events. A riot could have started.

581 days ago
60.

Sarah     

Beside the fact if he would have stayed in his car as instructed to do if you listen to the 911 tape you can hear Georgie arming the gun on the 911 tape. That means he knew he was going to use it before he left the dang car.

581 days ago
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