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George Zimmerman just did the unthinkable.
In what is probably the most inhumane, despicable act you can think of after killing someone, Zimmerman retweeted a picture of Trayvon Martin’s lifeless body on Twitter Friday.
Remember that exclusive interview he had done on Sean Hannity before his trial began where he told the Martin family how sorry he was? He looked unflinchingly into the camera, in an appeal to the nation:
“I do wish that there was something, anything that I could have done that wouldn’t have put me in the position where I had to take his life. And, I do want to tell everyone, my wife, my family my parents, my grandmother, the Martins, the city of Sanford and America, that I’m sorry that this happened. I hate to think that because of this incident, because of my actions, it’s polarized and divided America and I’m truly sorry.”
Well, those words went straight to hell on Friday.
To show an ounce of decency, Addicting Info has blocked out Trayvon’s face. But, Zimmerman did no such thing. The full unedited tweet still shows up on his Twitter account.
***UPDATE*** Enough people flooded Zimmerman’s site to report the offensive “unedited” photo. Twitter just removed it.
In case you have been living under a rock the last couple of years, George Zimmerman caused a national controversy after shooting the teenaged Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, and during his subsequent trial. While Zimmerman says it was in “self-defense” the facts are as follows:
- George Zimmerman was told not to get out of his SUV by a 911 operator. He got out of his vehicle, regardless, and started following Martin whom he expected of being a criminal (he wasn’t). This doesn’t appear to be the actions of someone running away from something – more like making the situation worse.
- Zimmerman tells the dispatcher that a black male was “just walking around” and “looked up to no good.” Since he was worried about possible break-ins in the area he voiced in frustration: “These a*******, they always get away.”
- Martin was on the phone with his friend at the time via an earpiece. Call records confirmed the time of the call took place shortly before the altercation occurred. Martin’s friend says she heard someone ask Martin what he was doing to which Martin responded “Why are you following me?”
- Trayvon Martin was unarmed.
- While George did sustain some injuries, it was a situation that could have been avoided. If Martin were looking to get into a fight, or hurt anybody, he wouldn’t have been talking to his friend on the phone.
Zimmerman’s trial was a national sensation, and while he was eventually acquitted in a court of law (because of reasonable doubt), the nation has never fully forgiven the incident.
Since his release Zimmerman has taken to social media and used a number of racial slurs. To this day, he regularly refersto African-Americans as “apes” and proudly displays the Confederate flag as his profile image on Twitter.
While he has hasn’t exactly painted himself in the best light up to this point, this certainly is a new low.
Featured image via Twitter