Trayvon Martin’s Family Responds To Gladys Zimmerman’s Letter
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Trayvon Martinâs Family Slams Gladys Zimmermanâs Letter As Disingenuous And Disrespectful
The family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Black teenager who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in 2012, has issued a statement in response to a letter written by Zimmermanâs mother, Gladys Zimmerman, on the anniversary of her sonâs arrest.
In the letter, which was published by The Orlando Sentinel on April 11, 2013, Gladys Zimmerman claimed that her son was innocent and that he was âwrongfully accusedâ of murder. She also accused the justice system of being âcorrupt and manipulativeâ and said that her son was a victim of a âfalse narrativeâ that portrayed him as a âracist and a murderer.â
âApril 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,â she wrote.
The letter sparked outrage among many supporters of Trayvon Martin and his family, who saw it as an attempt to rewrite history and deny the reality of racial profiling and injustice. Trayvon Martinâs parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, released a statement through their attorney Benjamin Crump, calling Gladys Zimmermanâs letter âdisingenuous and disrespectfulâ to their sonâs memory and to the millions of people who demanded justice for his death.
âFor the Zimmerman family to allege that the justice system doesnât work, simply because they are unhappy their son was arrested in the first place, is disingenuous and disrespectful to the very system that is currently affording him every available opportunity to defend himself,â they said.
âThe arrest of an admitted killer is not a violation of due process, it is due process. Most will agree that no one has been given greater consideration by the justice system for killing an unarmed child, than George Zimmerman,â they added.
The statement also pointed out that George Zimmerman had admitted to killing Trayvon Martin on the night of February 26, 2012, when he followed him in his gated community in Sanford, Florida, despite being told by a 911 dispatcher not to do so. Zimmerman claimed that he acted in self-defense after Trayvon Martin attacked him, but many witnesses and experts have disputed his version of events.
âThe truth is that our son was stalked, chased down and killed by George Zimmerman. They are aware that we have turned down numerous interview requests after learning that George Zimmerman had been arrested for our sonâs murder. We chose to wait until this trial is over before we speak out publicly,â they said.
âThe only âfalse narrativeâ is that which was presented by George Zimmerman and those who continue to support him,â they concluded.
George Zimmerman is currently awaiting trial on charges of second-degree murder. His trial is scheduled to begin on June 10, 2013. aa16f39245