Over a period of years, George Zimmerman phoned authorities to report suspicious persons in his gated community in Sanford (Fla.)—call reports are posted online. Zimmerman reported white males and hispanic males, black males and a female or two. He also reported young children playing in the street and deliberately running in front of cars. He reported open garage doors and non-residents partying at the pool house.
Nothing in Zimmerman’s reports suggests he was racist. The people he reported as suspicious were dressed in a variety of ways—shorts, t-shirts, pajama pants and a hoodie or two. He made calls about drivers speeding or driving carelessly. He called about potholes.
How did a sequence of events spanning minutes end up with Travyon Martin being shot by George Zimmerman?