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April 3rd, 2012
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George Zimmerman's neighbor Frank Taaffe tells Soledad Trayvon shooting was 'perfect storm,' said prior burglaries in area by black males meant everyone was suspicious

Frank Taaffe, neighbor of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, talked with Soledad O'Brien on "Starting Point" in defense of his friend.

In the series of videos below, Taaffe explains that he could tell from security footage inside the Sanford Police Department that Zimmerman was hurt. He also explained that the neighborhood watch was suspicious of many people walking in the area, as there had been eight previous break ins involving young black men.

See the interviews below.

Taaffe: Prior burglaries by black males

Taaffe: Martin shooting 'a perfect storm'

Taaffe: Everybody looked suspicious

Taaffe: Zimmerman welts 'clear' on tape


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  1. Chris

    Taaffe is 55 years old. Is this his mug shot?

    http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Florida/Seminole-County-FL/Frank-Taaffe.2787986/details/

    April 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Betty Kiel

    Trayvon Martin's Latest Development:

    The following excerpt from CNN's Alina Cho and Ashleigh Banfield's program “Early Start” (Wednesday morning, April 4, 2012) included the heart-touching story of Mr. Frank Taaffe, Former Neighborhood Watch Man in Sanford, FL:

    “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:31

    “Operative Words: Excerpt: “Zimmerman stopped a burglary at my house, called the Sanford Police:

    “WAITED FOR THEM.” -Frank Taaffe

    Graciously Submitted,

    Betty and Kimberly Kiel
    Pearland, Texas

    “7”

    April 4, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Bridget

    She did a great interview with him stuttering over his words.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John Paul Jones

      Mr. Taaffe, gave great answers and shed some light on facts that the media might not want to share for some reason. He wasn’t stuttering but trying to choose his words so very carefully so not to offend anybody. He got his point across, his neighborhood was being burglarized frequently so of course everybody who doesn’t live there is a suspect. Just like Mr. Taaffe said, black, white, hispanic who ever they didn’t know was suspect and what’s wrong with that? The interviewers seem to be trying their best to get him to say something contradictory but Mr. Taaffe didn’t fall for it.

      My neighbor’s house was burglarized just a few days ago while we were all at work trying to earning a living and I wish there was a George Zimmerman keeping an eye on my neighborhood.

      April 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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