Joe Oliver has known Zimmerman for the past six years. In a recent discussion, Oliver said Zimmerman revealed health issues he has developed since the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17.
“George has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. He’s depressed. He has insomnia. He’s having a hard time eating,” Oliver says. “He’s taking it harder than anyone will ever know.”
Many of the details reinforcing Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense have yet to be revealed by investigators. That has only perpetuated the rally cries of racial injustice and police misconduct. Oliver believes once all the facts come to light, people may judge Zimmerman diferently.
“He was doing what he thought was the right thing and it turned out horribly wrong,” said Oliver. “If he handled it differently he’d probably be dead.”
The 911 calls released in the case detail how Zimmerman was following Martin in his neighborhood. Once the dispatcher realized that, he told Zimmerman, “we don’t need you to do that.”
It has yet to be revealed what happened next. Oliver says Zimmerman complied with the dispatcher.
“He stopped following him. And the evidence has shown he was on his way back to his vehicle when Trayvon approached him,” Oliver said.
The taped 911 calls also reveal repeated cries for help. While initially believed to be Martin’s voice, Oliver says he has no doubt the cries for help were coming from Zimmerman.
Oliver unequivically believes Martin’s death was not caused by a racial profiling incident. He says if he had any doubts , he would have been standing shoulder to shoulder with ralliers in Sanford.
“I know what they’re crying about,” Zimmerman says, “I know what they’re protesting about. If I didn’t know George, I’d be out there with them.”