The recording viewers heard suggested that Zimmerman volunteered to police, with no prompting, that Martin was black: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
But the portion of the tape that was deleted had the 911 dispatcher asking Zimmerman whether the person who had raised his suspicion was “black, white or Hispanic,” to which Zimmerman responded, “He looks black.”
Later that night of Feb. 26, Martin was fatally shot by Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. Though Martin was found unarmed, Zimmerman told police he fired in self-defense after Martin attacked him.
On Tuesday, NBC said its investigation turned up “an error made in the production process that we deeply regret.” It promised that “necessary steps” would be taken “to prevent this from happening in the future” and apologized to viewers