Zimmerman: Hey we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy, uh, [near] Retreat View Circle, um, the best address I can give you is 111 Retreat View Circle. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy is he white, black, or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
Dispatcher: Did you see what he was wearing?
Zimmerman: Yeah. A dark hoodie, like a grey hoodie, and either jeans or sweatpants and white tennis shoes. He’s [unintelligible], he was just staring…
Dispatcher: OK, he’s just walking around the area…
Zimmerman: Yeah, now he’s coming towards me.
Zimmerman: He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male.
This was an excerpt from a 911 call made by George Zimmerman on Feb. 26, 2012 to the Sanford Police Department as he was following 17-year-old Trayvon Martin through a local neighborhood. Zimmerman shot Martin after the teenager had left from a convenience store in Sanford, Florida, where he purchased a pack of Skittles candy and iced tea. Zimmerman told police he killed Martin in self-defense. Martin was unarmed.