Matthew Apperson is a suspect in the assassination attempt on George Zimmerman. The treatment by the old media of the assassination attempt on George Zimmerman has been astounding in the degree to which it’s been spun. It’s clear that Zimmerman was attacked without provocation by a mentally unstable man who was obsessed with him. He narrowly missed being killed after attempting to escape the situation, and there are numerous witnesses who corroborate his version of events. Apperson has been arrested on three serious charges. They are . . .
Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance.
Under Florida law, these charges have a mandatory minimum 20 year sentence.
An accurate headline reporting the latest would read, ‘Suspect arrested in Zimmerman assassination attempt.’ Yet here are some of the headlines from the mainstream media:
Matthew Apperson Accused of ‘Intentionally’ Shooting at George Zimmerman’s Car
Man charged with shooting into George Zimmerman’s truck, Florida police say
George Zimmerman Shooting: Matthew Apperson Charged
Man who shot at George Zimmerman arrested
From the orlandosentinel.com:
Matthew Apperson arrested after shooting involving George Zimmerman
Man accused of firing at George Zimmerman arrested
Matthew Apperson arrested in George Zimmerman shooting
You have to go to a paper based in the UK to find the following:
From the dailymail.co.uk:
Man who shot at George Zimmerman told cops: ‘I hope I got him this time’…as he is charged with aggravated assault
A man who shot at George Zimmerman during a confrontation earlier this week along a busy central Florida road has been arrested.
I don’t think most people would characterize a mentally unbalanced man who stalks a famous person, attempts to kill that famous person, and who says “I shot George Zimmerman” immediately afterward, and ” “I hope I got him this time” to police later, as a “confrontation.” A confrontation implies at least some degree of fault on both sides. George Zimmerman appears, from the witness accounts, merely to have attempted to flee from Apperson.
Kenneth Cornell says that Apperson approached him immediately after the shooting:
Kenneth Cornell told WESH 2’s Gail Paschall-Brown that he called 911 after the alleged shooter approached him and said, “I shot George Zimmerman.” Cornell said the alleged shooter then got on the phone with dispatch and explained what happened.
The media are trying to spin this event to blame Zimmerman for an assassination attempt on his life, but facts, as they say, are stubborn things.
This wasn’t the first run-in between Zimmerman and Apperson. In September 2014, the Associated Press reported that Apperson was stopped at a light in Lake Mary when a passenger in the car next to him started yelling, unprovoked.The truck’s driver, who Apperson believed to be Zimmerman, then reportedly said to Apperson, “Do you know who I am?”Apperson pulled over, he said, and the truck followed him, blocking him in. Apperson claimed both men threatened to shoot and kill him, the AP reported. Apperson said he called police, but the truck was gone when officers arrived.Two days later, Apperson said he saw Zimmerman outside his office and was worried Zimmerman was waiting for him, the AP reported.
What they ignore is that all of the above was completely unsubstantiated, unless they accept the word of Apperson who we know now has mental problems.
It wasn’t a “run-in between Zimmerman and Apperson” but a stalking of Zimmerman by Apperson. Only one reporter asked Zimmerman for his side of the event; that reporter did not publish Zimmerman’s version.
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