George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., has echoed his lawyers’ sentiments that race was not a factor in the Trayvon Martin trial.
Robert, who acted as the family spokesman throughout the trial, said he’s received numerous threats in the two days since the George Zimmerman verdict.
“They’re on my Twitter feed,” he said. “I get hate emails saying ‘I wish someone would blow up your family with grenades’ [and] ‘I will find you on the streets.”
“That’s just [at me] … there’s no way, really, to direct those threats at George, I guess because he doesn’t have right now a social media presence.”
“It’s a reality that some people don’t respect this verdict and think they want to take justice into their own hands,” he said of his brother’s situation.
As for his thoughts on the racial component of the case, he echoed the defense team’s assertion that race “wasn’t an element,” and blamed the media.
“NBC had a lot to do with pushing that narrative,” he said.
George Zimmerman reportedly plans to sue over NBC’s editing of a 911 call that made it sound as though he were profiling Martin.
NBC, Robert said, is to blame for making the public think “George called the police to report a person who was suspicious because he’s black,” he said.
Asked whether he ever questions his brother’s decision to shoot during the fatal confrontation of February 26, 2012, Zimmerman said “absolutely not.”
“I never have a moment where I think that my brother may have been wrong to shoot,” he told NPR. “And I think it’s not really important what I think.”
“It’s important what the jury thinks and what the jury found.”
The jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murder, which his family believes proves another narrative fostered by the media is simply false:
Martin was “unarmed” just because he didn’t have a gun.
“He used a sidewalk against my brother’s head,” he said.
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