OLIVER: Hang on. Hang on. I know. Hang on. Hang on. You hear him running, and then you hear the -- the dispatcher telling him after asking if he was following him that he said you don't have to do that. George responded OK.
So, we don't know if George was following Trayvon after that, and the information that has come out since today says he was returning to his vehicle when he was confronted by Trayvon.
HANNITY: Yes. You've heard about the New Black Panther Party, I'm sure you probably know that apparently Spike Lee has sent out the address of your friend. You know other comments that have been made by Reverend Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton and some others in this case. You've known him for how long a period of time?
OLIVER: About six years now. I've known him ever since he started dating his wife.
HANNITY: We've also gotten reports that not only himself, was he a minority, had minority family members, but that he also tutored and he and his wife would tutor African-American kids, minority kids for free on the weekend. Is that true?
OLIVER: That is true. George would help anybody regardless of race, creed or color.
HANNITY: And what do you make of these allegations that those have said that somehow this is a racial incident?
OLIVER: Because of the history of the Sanford Police Department in particular and the early characterizations that George is white. That's going to inflame anyone as we continue to see those pictures of Trayvon as a young child. And I for one will tell you that if I didn't know George because of the history of the Sanford Police Department that I am familiar with, I would have been screaming for an arrest along with everyone else.
OLIVER: But I do know George Zimmerman and I know he's not a racist, and I know what he's told me, and I know what the evidence is. And until the evidence comes out, we're not going to be able to start turning the corner. But what we're seeing now which I expected to happen because it's taken so long to get information out, is that whatever information is put out there is being discredited because it does not put Trayvon in a good light.
HANNITY: I had said from day one, there's a rush to judgment and I can see it in the media. We'll discuss this in the next segment and I think maybe now that more information has come out, people might be a little more responsible, especially in the media.
Shannon, one last question for you. Did the police, Shannon, know that this eyewitness existed, that someone corroborated the story? And did they -- they knew this from the beginning because that would answer a question maybe why an arrest was not made?
BUTLER: Yes, they did. According to John, John told us they did talk to police because he said that he actually saw a picture that the police showed him of George Zimmerman and said was this the guy. So according to John, yes, he has spoken to the police which would speak to kind of somebody backing up what George Zimmerman had told them originally.
HANNITY: All right, Shannon. Great reporting. Thank you for being with us. And Joe, thank you so much for your time. I appreciate it.
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