Exclusively on AC360, a key witness to the Trayvon Martin shooting says police turned away what could have been important information about the case.
It's been almost six weeks since George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin fatefully crossed paths, yet we still don't know with absolute certainty what happened that night. What caused the scuffle in the first place? Did Martin confront and attack Zimmerman, and pose a mortal threat? Or did Zimmerman act with unprovoked lethal aggression? There are plenty of conflicting claims, and very few incontestable truths.
This eyewitness account brings us closer to understanding what really happened. We at AC360 have been trying our best to stick to what is knowable about the case, and discard what can only qualify as speculation. We have confirmed she is in fact a resident of the gated community where the shooting took place. We have confirmed she was present that night; she called 911 after witnessing a scuffle that resulted in gunfire and a dead 17-year-old boy. Her account is credible, and she has recounted her experience with police. She spoke to us last week on the air, on condition we preserve her anonymity. Tonight she came in person to our bureau for an interview, and she had a lot more to say. She spoke with Ashleigh Banfield about what she saw and heard the night of February 26. To conceal her identity, we are showing her only in shadow.
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