ORLANDO, Fla. — Despite what some people think they heard, prosecutors say George Zimmerman did not utter a racial slur in his call to 911 on the night he shot Trayvon Martin.
The disputed words on the recording turned out to be “these (epithet) punks,” prosecutors said in an affidavit filed Thursday in support of the murder charges brought against the neighborhood watch volunteer in the Feb. 26 slaying of the unarmed black teenager.
In another passage in the affidavit that caught the attention of those watching the case, prosecutors said Zimmerman “profiled” Martin just before the shooting. The document did not elaborate, and a spokeswoman for special prosecutor Angela Corey refused Friday to explain it.
Legal experts warned that “profiling” does not necessarily mean “racial profiling.” “Profiling” is a common law enforcement practice of using a set of facts and circumstances to determine whether someone may be committing a crime. Police typically look at a person’s behavior and appearance, as well as other factors.
In the Martin case, Zimmerman told a police dispatcher, “This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something.”
Zimmerman reported that the teenager had his hand in his waistband and was walking around, looking at homes in the gated community in Sanford, which had had several break-ins in the past year.
Zimmerman, 28, has claimed self-defense, telling police that Martin attacked him as he was walking back to his truck.