From the same link:
VI. Today on a law professor listserv I frequent, one of the members was fulminating about how Zimmerman had once called 911 because he was afraid of a seven-year-old black boy, and this shows how racist Zimmerman is, and so forth and so on. The professor cited to this blog post at breakingbrown.com. The post cites to a Daily Beast post about Zimmarman’s interactions with the police. The first thing that raised my suspicion was the Beast made it clear that the call was to the police non-emergency number, not 911. The Beast reported the call log as:
April 22, 2011 – 7:09 p.m. Type: TEL Subject: Suspicious activity
Report: Juvenile black male “apprx 7–9” years old, four feet tall “skinny build short blk hair” last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and blue shorts.
This presented me with two possibilities: this was either strong evidence that Zimmerman was truly a paranoid racist nutjob, or the “suspicious activity” he reported was something along the lines of an unsupervised child. So I spent less then a minute googling and found the more detailed police description of his call (page 37 of the link), which paraphrased Zimmerman as follows:
And thus a call from Zimmerman expressing concern for the safety of a young boy walking alone on a busy street gets turned into Zimmerman calling 911 on a seven year African American boy that he feared because of his racist paranoia. Unfortunately, lots of people seem to be only reading websites like BreakingBrown and not bothering to check on what they read so long as it fits the narrative they’ve already adopted.
“Advsd is walking alone & is not supervised on busy street compl concerned for well-being.”
As noted, even law professors, who one would think would try to investigate before spreading libelous rumors, aren’t immune (though I should note based on blogs and social media I’ve seen, most crim law and evidence professors, including most liberal ones, think that the jury came to the correct conclusion based on the evidence presented).
I cut and pasted so did not preserve the links to the source material, but they are there if you want to follow them. Needless to say, the cumulative effect of the kind of mis-information deliberately or lazily disseminated has colored people's perceptions of not just Zimmerman (and of Martin, too, I am sure), but also of what happened on the evening Martin was shot. This is a bad way to go about having a national obsession. Way earlier, in the beginning of this thread, and long before the trial, I suggested that anyone who feels entitled to an opinion on this topic should make for themselves a timeline of everything that happened or is said to have happened and annotate it with how they think they know it, going back to an original source. Otherwise, people are just repeating stuff that was likely made up by a kind of game of "telephone".
I never did that, which is why I have said very little about anything other than regarding specific points that I could verify, but I would love to know if there is anything like it around.