No, he didn’t. But the false claim that George Zimmerman racially profiled a seven-year old back child has been floating around the Twittersphere for awhile now:
THEY SAY ZIMMERMAN CALLED THE POLICE ON A 7 YEAR OLD BLACK BOY B4 TOO. KNEW THAT MARK ASS NIGGA WAS RACIST http://t.co/rWx0UUpW4i
— PUBLIC ENEMY #1 (@uhRealNigga1st) July 23, 2013
I think I'm still mad George Zimmerman got off, dude called 911 46 times for suspicious ppl.. He even reported a suspicious 7 year old smh
— King $olo (@MindOfPryze) July 21, 2013
Zimmerman called police on a "suspicious" black 7 year old, he was obsessed
— Tierra Leone (@PaintingDaBlues) March 24, 2012
Earlier this month, The New Republic published an article in which a law professor repeated the falsehood:
… Zimmerman was an edgy basket case with a gun who had called 911 46 times in 15 months, once to report the suspicious activities of a seven year old black boy.
As Michelle N. Meyer notes, not all of those calls were to 911 (some were made to a non-emergency police number) and they were placed over a period of 7.5 years not 15 months. Most importantly,
Zimmerman’s call (to the non-emergency police number) regarding a seven-to-nine-year-old black boy was placed because Zimmerman was “concerned for [the] well being” of that child, who was walking unaccompanied on a busy street (see page 37).
From the police log:
The New Republic revised the article in response to complaints. Here’s what it says now (the typo is in the original):
… Zimmerman was an edgy basket case with a gun who had called the polics 46 times in 15 months, once to report on a seven year old black boy.
— Avik Roy (@Avik) July 26, 2013
Well, would you look at that.
— Sister Toldjah ツ (@sistertoldjah) July 26, 2013
Here’s TNR’s new correction:
This article has been corrected. Zimmerman called various law enforcement officials 46 times, not just 911, as originally stated. He made the calls over an eight-year period, not over the course of 15 months, as originally stated. The original sentence also cited a call Zimmerman made about a seven-year-old boy; the clause has been removed as it implied that Zimmerman was reporting suspicious activity. It appears that Zimmerman made the call out of concern. We regret the errors.