The Sanford Police Department removed much of the content from the Trayvon Martin Investigation page today, per the request of the State Attorney, replacing it with the following note:
The office of the State Attorney, 4th Judicial Circuit, State Attorney Angela Corey has requested that the City of Sanford remove all reports, videos and audio pertaining to the Martin/Zimmerman case from the website. Their office has provided legal justification for the action and they believe further access to the information will have an adverse effect on their efforts to come to a resolution to this investigation.
It appears that the three main PDFs removed were these:
The Sanford police station intake videos are also now private on YouTube. Which isn’t a big loss because there isn’t much interesting in them beyond what we’ve already seen and discussed here.
Zimmerman’s emergency call and the other 911 calls are gone as well.
So here they are, rehosted on a different YouTube account and synced with the proper timestamps for each.
Zimmerman’s police call:
911 calls before the shot:
911 calls after the shot:
These videos are backed up as well.
Inside NBC, there was shock that the segment had been broadcast. Citing an anonymous network executive, Reuters reported that “the ‘Today’ show’s editorial control policies — which include a script editor, senior producer oversight and in most cases legal and standards department reviews of material to be broadcast — missed the selective editing of the call.”
NBC appears to be backpedaling pretty quickly on their coverage. It seems like a lot of people had to “accidentally miss” such blatant changes to a police call; it doesn’t show much regard for depicting the events of the evening accurately.
Mother Jones has come to the conclusion that Zimmerman is “unlikely to ever be convicted.”
Reuters reports that police probably gave Zimmerman a “voice stress test” that evening, and the results may have contributed to his release.
And the city of Sanford is preparing for the special prosecutor’s decision.
“We’re planning for the ‘what-if’ case scenario and that would be to make sure all of our citizens get the protection they pay their taxes for,” the Mayor told reporters on Thursday.