George Zimmerman Devastated By Trayvon Martin Shooting, is Not a Racist, Friend Says

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George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, is not a racist and is devastated by the recent events, according to a friend.

The Feb. 26 death of Martin, and the Sanford, Fla., police department's decision not to arrest Zimmerman, has turned the case into a national obsession.

It has devastated Martin's parents, sparked widespread debate over racial profiling, gun rights and self-defense laws. President Obama even weighed in.

Almost entirely silent throughout the firestorm of the last month? The neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed the 17-year-old.

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There has been near-universal backlash, and some might say heavy media bias against Zimmerman, who friends say is going through his own torment.

"He's not the man that I knew before the shooting," Joe Oliver tells People in its cover story. "He's a completely different man; he'll never be the same."

"He prays for Trayvon and he prays for the Martin family. He is so distraught that he took a life. That's the price he had to pay for saving his own."

Oliver says he stands behind his friend, who says Martin was the aggressor in the self-defense slaying, and who he insists is not a racist human being.

"He's not a racist," says Oliver, an African-American. "I wouldn't be speaking out on his behalf if he were. This didn't have anything to do with race."

"George was looking out for his neighborhood and he saw someone he didn't recognize acting suspiciously. In his mind, he shot in self-defense."

"He felt he had no other choice."

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@Neci- Pick a side DumbASS- 1st you say he is Racist now you say he is not! You just want some blood don't you! That's why it's about! Neci- Do you know who THEY is? Tell me Neci/ Call on me Neci. Who is they?

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@ Katy
Perhaps just an idiot or a maniac would be most appropriate. I think most people find themselves calling that slow driver they are stuck behind to be an "idiot" and that fast driver who goes speeding by them to be a "maniac."

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@Arcangel We're glad you don't live in the ole U.S. of A., too! You don't need to come for a vacation either. I hear Newfoundland's nice in the summer...go for it!

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Hey arcangel go f--k yourself eurotrash....GUNS ARE GOOD ! Our prez is a low IQ race-baiting TARD who only got into office because of liberal,white guilt,feminists and because blacks here are racists who ONLY voted for him because he was a 'ger.

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Im so piss! Ok then Zimmmerman is not a racist, but he killed a kid that was minding his own damn business. What also piss me off is that Zimmerman was following the kid and to me, that is so wrong. People don't get it at all! Of course people is going to take up for him and I see that this ass hole with not get any jail time.

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You Americans Kill me- Get some gun laws - Could you???
Oh BUT we can't because, criminals will always have guns - REALLY- because Zimmerman wasn't a criminal until until he killed a mouthy, belligerent , but UNARMED black kid- and this was self- defence- do you guys have sh_t for brains-???... when God said brains u thought he said "trains" so u didn't get in line???
President Obama should act federally and have mr. zimmerman arrested for violating Trayvon's civil rights. It's been done in the past & should be done now.
Glad I live I live in Soviet Canuckistan instead of the United States of Dumfuckistan!!

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Pulling the triger is a life changing experence.But I am behind Mr Zimmerman all the way. It's time for the good overcame the bad. America has waited too long. It was not racist. The racist ones here is the New Black Panthers.

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@Rick Depends...terms like "acting out"..."aggressor"...."bully"..."attacker"...."violent"...and you can then put "non-racist" in front of the appropriate term.

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If a white person gets belligerent with a black person, he may generally be labeled a racist. How do you label that same white person who gets belligerent with another white person?

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The only time it is ok to shoot and kill someone.....is when you or someone else is in danger of getting killed. In danger of getting hit or beat up but a little skinny azz kid.....is never a reason to shoot and kill. Even if he saw this kid breaking into someone elses house....its still no reason to shoot and kill. Bottom line is.....how could he feel soooooo threatened to the point where he felt he had no other choice than to end this kids life? OK....so....he was tossing tea on him....chucking skittles at him.......and using very bad language.... So....MURDER HIM? Thats what we call self defense?? Zimmerman is not a racist....he is a little bitch! They say karma is a bitch.....what goes around comes around. Jail might be the safest place for his dumb ass. How dare anyone try to defend his actions! How in the hell.....could anyone older than 12 feel threatened by the kid??? I mean...look at him! Seriously?? Really??