George Zimmerman shot down the Black teenager in 2012 and was acquitted of all charges. It appears he's now on the hunt for more blood.
17-year-old Trayvon Martin was murdered in cold blood by former neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman in 2012. His only crime? Being Black in White America. At the time, Martin's death galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement and thousands rallied across the United States for justice. Sadly, Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges despite being initially accused of second-degree murder. The tragic incident provided insight into the state of race relations in our nation; as long as you're White, you can get away with pretty much anything. Now, it appears that you can get away with murder — and make money off of it, too. In a twisted turn of events, Zimmerman has come forward to suggest there was a conspiracy to frame him. Thus, he is suing Martin's parents and others for $100 million in damages, CNN reports.
Zimmerman announced the lawsuit through his lawyer Larry Klayman, who made it official in tandem with a Coral Gables screening of a documentary titled The Trayvon Martin Hoax. The documentary has since been canceled along with a news conference scheduled for Thursday. Zimmerman was scheduled to attend the conference with Klayman, but will no longer be doing so. The lawsuit alleges that civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the victim's parents, persuaded reluctant witness Brittany Diamond Eugene to swap out with her half-sister Rachel Jeantel, who delivered a scripted speech intended to land Zimmerman in jail for Martin's murder.
As per a news release from Klayman, the lawsuit claims Martin's parents, prosecutors, as well as state authorities simply went along with the reported ruse and "are alleged to either have known about or should have known about the witness fraud, obstructed justice, or lied repeatedly under oath in order to cover up their knowledge of the witness fraud." Allegedly, Jeantel posed as Martin's girlfriend and delivered a "bogus testimony" though Eugene was dating the late teenager. Of course, there may not be any substance to Zimmerman and Klayman's allegations.
Nonetheless, both Crump and Trayvon's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, have categorically denied the allegations. In a statement issued on his and Martin's behalf, Crump affirmed, "I have every confidence that this unfounded and reckless lawsuit will be revealed for what it is - another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others. This plaintiff continues to display a callous disregard for everyone but himself, revictimizing individuals whose lives were shattered by his own misguided actions. He would have us believe that he is the innocent victim of a deep conspiracy, despite the complete lack of any credible evidence to support his outlandish claims." All said and done, this is the sad truth: Years after a Black teenager was shot down, a white man accused with adequate evidence of murdering him is now attempting to fleece the victim's family and make money out of nothing less than a tragedy. But this is White America, and what more can we really expect?