Frank Taaffe says he wanted to clear his conscience.
It has been almost a year since a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin. And now Zimmerman's former friend Frank Taaffe, who made rounds at media outlets defending him during his trial, is saying he should have been found guilty of murder.
"My opinion is that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin that night because if that had been a white kid on a cell phone, walking through our neighborhood, he wouldn't have stayed on him like he did, and that's a fact and I believe that in my heart," Taaffe said in an interview to News 13 Orlando.
This contrasts with interviews Taaffe has done in the past. "He wanted to ensure the safety in the community that he lived in and he became the victim," Taaffe said to the news outlet in May 2012.
Taaffe, who says he is now trying to "get right with God," has been emotionally impacted by the death of his brother and his two sons over the past two years. He asks for forgiveness.
"I can only ask for the country to forgive me and today I believe he racially profiled him based on the color of his skin," he continues.
He also had a message for Trayvon's parents.
"I'm sorry that you lost your son. I know what that's like and I wish things were different."
The Department of Justice is still investigating Trayvon's case to uncover whether his civil rights were violated.
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(Photo: News 13 Orlando)