A year ago and after weeks of demonstrations and protests, George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin. On Thursday, Zimmerman’s mother celebrated the anniversary by angrily denouncing the justice system and the media for the pushing for the arrest of her son “solely to placate the masses.”
Zimmerman, 29, has acknowledged that he shot 17-year-old Martin to death on the rainy night of Feb. 26, 2012, while the teenager was returning from a convenience store in Sanford, Fla. After weeks of protests that roiled the national debate on civil rights, racial profiling and self-defense law, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder; his trial is scheduled for June 10.
“April 11 2012 will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses,” Zimmerman’s mom, Gladys, wrote in a letter distributed via Twitter by her son, Robert.
She went on to accuse the lawyer representing the Martin family of “confusing the public and manipulating perception in order to sway the 'court of public opinion.'” Later in her letter, she also lashed out against the media for spreading what she called misinformation about her son’s case.