Following George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict, his attorney said his client would never have faced criminal charges if he were black.
“I think that things would have been different if George Zimmerman was black for this reason: He never would have been charged with a crime,” defense attorney Mark O’Mara said at a press conference.
A jury of six women in Florida found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter late Saturday for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
“It seems as though what happened was an event that was being looked into by Sanford Police Department and quite honestly — as we now know — looked into quite well,” O’Mara continued. “I have taken advantage of police departments who have not done a good investigation of crimes because that’s what I do for a living. When I looked at the Sanford Police Department investigation, they had done quite a good job, and you can compare what they did across the country to see who does good or bad jobs with their investigation, but they were doing quite a lot.”
He said people used Zimmerman to create a false “civil rights violation” by claiming his suspicion and subsequent pursuit of Martin was racially motivated.
“So the if only those who decide condemn Mr. Zimmerman as quickly and as viciously as they did would have taken just a little bit of time to find out who it was that they were condemning, it would never have happened,” O’Mara said. “And it certainly wouldn’t have happened if he was black because those people he decided that they were going to make him the scapegoat would not have.”
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