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March 28th, 2013
09:37 AM ET

Trayvon Martin's family attorney responds to Robert Zimmerman's controversial tweets

George Zimmerman's brother Robert is facing a major backlash over controversial tweets he sent comparing Trayvon Martin to De'Marquise Elkins, one of the teens arrested in the shooting of a baby in Florida.

In one tweet, Zimmerman writes that the liberal media should "ask if what these [two] black teens did [to] a woman&baby is the reason [people] think blacks might be risky."

Zimmerman has apologized, saying that he was simply trying to generate discussion about the media and it's portrayal of his brother and Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon Martin's family attorney Benjamin Crump discusses Robert Zimmerman's tweets on Starting Point this morning and comments on the content of an interview from "witness 9," revealed to be a cousin of George Zimmerman.

In the interview, Zimmerman's cousin says, "growing up, they've always made - him and his family have always made statements that they don't like black people, if they don't act like white people.  They like black people, if they act white.  And other than that, they talk a lot of bad things about black people."

Crump discusses Robert Zimmerman's tweets in relation to the interview from "witness 9," saying, "within 72 hours after Trayvon was murdered, she called the Sanford police department to say that she knows George Zimmerman, she knows he’s confrontational, she knows he doesn't like black people. She went on farther to say that his brother, mother, sister and father don’t like black people. So when you look at these tweets of Robert Zimmerman... he didn't say Trayvon Martin, he said blacks, meaning the entire black race, that tweet tends to be very consistent in supporting what his cousin said when she first called the Sanford police department."

Filed under: George Zimmerman • Trayvon Martin
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. DavidM

    Let's just hope George can get a fair trial and he's not judged by the color of his skin or the ethnicity of the alleged victim, but by the facts of the case.

    April 15, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. American

    by acting white does he mean NOT being a thug, pervert, criminal, on the government dole, looking for an opportunity to steal, speaking the English language, can utter coherent intelligent thoughts in a cohesive manner, Dressing with their pant waste actually at the waste? If so I totally get what Zimmerman is trying to say. So quit defending the indefensible.

    March 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. charles116

    The whole Zimmerman family seems quite dumb.
    I can't believe brother Robert actually thought his tweets would do George some good.

    March 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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