In the Zimmerman-Martin case, an interesting development for those of us who’ve paid a lot of attention to the loads of information to be gleaned from social networks which the mainstream media refused to entertain.
The judge in the case has ruled that the social media activities of both Trayvon Martin and DeeDee, the ‘girlfriend’ of Martin and ‘earwitness’ to the fateful interaction between Zimmerman and Martin, are in play. Since Zimmerman is pleading self-defense, he can corral this evidence to call into question both Martin’s character and DeeDee’s social media behavior. They can also compare her social media timeline to what’s been reported by Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, about her state of mind in the month or so after Martin’s death.
A few items of interest and other trains of thought:
First, on the willingness of the Martin family to help Sanford Police – a SPD detective asked Trayvon’s father, Tracy, about Trayvon’s cell phone records about a week after the shooting. According to the detective’s report:
“On March 5, 2012, I contacted Mr. Martin (victim’s father) via cell phone and asked if I could obtain the pin number (sic) from the victim’s cell phone. Mr. Martin stated he would contact his lawyer before releasing that information.”
But Benjamin Crump said in a press conference that Tracy Martin discovered his son’s cell phone conversation almost two weeks later, on March 18. He then went to Crump who contacted the girl and set up an interview with her. ABC News reporter Matt Gutman recorded their phone conversation and reported on it, and all of this went national. The judge in the case now wants a copy of Benjamin Crump’s recording of that conversation. She also wants to know who else was present during the phone interview. Since Matt Gutman has a full copy of the interview, he may be brought on as a witness.
But the clear purpose here was to circumvent the police and get the narrative out to the public rather than through the traditional police channels. It’s a pure PR ploy. Tracy Martin seemingly did this because he didn’t trust Sanford PD. But the police didn’t even get a chance to contact DeeDee – the only real supportive witness for Trayvon Martin. And there’s always the question of why DeeDee didn’t approach the police, though it has been reported that the girl’s mother did approach police with information about her daughter’s conversation but never came into contact with detectives. The fact that Crump had to force DeeDee to tell her version of the events that night does not bode well for her testimony.
But at the very least, the Sanford Police Department was interested in investigating the contents of Trayvon Martin’s phone. This counters the narrative that they were sitting on their hands.
I only recently listened to the interview given by DeeDee to the assistant state prosecutor. Her testimony doesn’t fill us with much confidence that she is a reliable witness, not that we ever thought she was. Through the course of her interview she has to go back and add facts that she left out in her first telling. She also doesn’t seem to grasp the importance of the situation calls for a proactive telling of the facts of the case. DeeDee only gives unclear answers to the questions she’s asked rather than providing a smooth timeline of events – you know, as if she actually heard them go down.
Hearing her lay out the events leading to the shooting, it seems even clearer than before that Martin doubled back and confronted Zimmerman. DeeDee claims at once that Martin was close to his father’s house and that he’d “lost” Zimmerman, yet they somehow ended up in a quarrel of some kind. The logistics of the apartment complex where this went down mean that Martin didn’t run straight home in fear after he saw that a “creepy” man was following him. This is where Martin’s character comes into play, and it’s why his parents and Benjamin Crump want to block the evidence. Trayvon had a recent history of violence. He had transitioned into a fighting stage which many young men his age go through. He’d swung at a bus driver; he got in a fight with a guy who snitched on him; he had a backpack full of burglar tools; he was involved with drugs; he “liked” guns on his StumbleUpon page; he associated with people and enjoyed rap music which hated on “crackers”.
So with this judge’s ruling, it’s all come full circle. A lot of the unknown timeline of this case gets down to Martin’s character. And contrary to what his parents and DeeDee and Crump and the world says, Trayvon Martin was no angel. No devil either, mind you, just a kid who likely confronted and then hit a man who was carrying a loaded weapon. Martin may have initially been freaked out by Zimmerman following him, but at some point he decided to confront him just as he’d begun confronting other people in his life who mess with him.
Here’s an oddity though and something which goes against my theory of who DeeDee actually is.
Conservative Treehouse was the first outlet to put a face and a name to DeeDee. I had independently come to the same conclusion and had pieced together the same items of interest.
But I’m not as sure as I once was that the girl who operated this Twitter feed (who did interact a lot with Trayvon) is DeeDee. In her interview (at 20:00), DeeDee has a hard time recalling what television event Martin was heading back home to watch. The assistant state attorney asks her if it is the NBA all-star game, and she remembers that it was and says that she wasn’t paying any attention to that. But the Twitter feed attributed to the girl believed to be DeeDee shows that on the night of the All-Star game, the night that Martin died, she was rooting for the NBA East All-Stars. She Tweeted that she liked Derrick Rose. She mentioned Lebron James.
How would she have forgotten what game she was watching, and why would she pretend that she didn’t care about the game when her Twitter feed suggests that she was watching it and very interested in the game?