July 15, 2013
With his acquittal in hand, George Zimmerman plans to resume his defamation lawsuit against NBC News for its coverage of the call he made to police the night he came face-to-face with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The neighborhood watch volunteer contends the network’s March 27, 2012 “Today” broadcast painted him as a racist by editing out significant portions of the discussion he had with police, The Washington Post reports.
NBC’s abridged version of the conversation stated that Zimmerman told police, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
The full tape of the call went like this:
Zimmerman: 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 black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
Zimmerman started the lawsuit against NBC in December, but the case was put on hold pending the outcome of his trial.