George Zimmerman: I Was an 'Innocent' Man Prosecuted by the DOJ

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman: I Was an 'Innocent' Man Prosecuted by the DOJ

Zimmerman releases first public statement since Justice Department decided not to file federal charges.

Published March 23, 2015

George Zimmerman had some choice words for President Barack Obama and the U.S. government in his first public statement since the Justice Department decided not to bring federal civil rights charges against him in the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012.


“President Obama held his Rose Garden speech stating, 'If I had a son he would look like Trayvon,' ” he said in a video interview with his divorce attorney Howard Iken. “To me, that was clearly a dereliction of duty, pitting Americans against each other solely based on race.”

“He took what should have been a clear-cut self-defense matter, and still to this day on the anniversary of the incident he held a ceremony at the White House inviting the Martin-Fulton family and stating that they should take the day to reflect upon the fact that all children’s lives matter,” Zimmerman continued. “Unfortunately for the President, I’m also my parents' child and my life matters as well. And for him to make incendiary comments as he did and direct the Department of Justice to pursue a baseless prosecution, he by far overstretched, overreached, even broke the law in certain aspects to where you have an innocent American being prosecuted by the federal government, which should never happen.”

When asked if he had wished the events leading up to Trayvon's death had turned out differently, he said he does not feel "guilty for living."  

"God does everything for a purpose, and he had his plans and for me to second-guess them would be hypocritical and almost blasphemous."

Zimmerman also commented on his continuous brushes with the law and asked that people think twice before they judge him on his troubles. He has been suspected of domestic violence of his girlfriend and a traffic violation, to name a few.

"I would ask them to put themselves in my shoes, and again when you have a speeding ticket or a speeding infraction, any traffic citation, and it makes international news, appearing all the way to the UK, you have to sit back and ask what is the media’s agenda," he said.

Watch and read the full interview here.

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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