George Zimmerman in a recent interview accused President Barack Obama of a "dereliction of duty" by using "racially charged comments" to divide the public against him during his murder trial.
Although Zimmerman turned down many requests for interviews after he was acquitted for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, he spoke to his divorce lawyer about the case in an interview recorded earlier this month.
"I feel that now is the perfect time to speak my mind without fear of retaliation by the president, the attorney general, the federal government etc.," Zimmerman explained. "Initially I was extremely alleviated. Quickly that turned into realization that the Department of Justice finding that there was no basis to pursue [federal] charges was just the beginning of a journey -- my personal journey -- to correct the wrongs that the federal government did. To ensure that it never happens to any innocent American ever again."
The former neighborhood watchman insisted that he had a "clean conscience" after he was found to be not guilty.
"I believe God has his plans, and for me to second-guess them would be hypocritical, almost blasphemous," he said when asked if he wished the encounter that ended Martin's life would have turned out differently.
And according to Zimmerman, "Barack Hussein Obama" was the government official who was the most unfair to him "by far."
"President Obama held his Rose Garden speech stating if I had a son he would look like Trayvon," he explained. "To me, that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race."
"He took what should have been a clear-cut self-defense matter, and still to this day on the anniversary of the incident he held a ceremony at the White House inviting the Martin-Fulton family and stating that they should take the day to reflect upon the fact that all children’s lives matter," Zimmerman continued. "Unfortunately for the president, I’m also my parent’s child and my life matters as well. And for him to make incendiary comments as he did and direct the Department of Justice to pursue a baseless prosecution he by far overstretched, overreached, even broke the law in certain aspects to where you have an innocent American being prosecuted by the federal government, which should never happen."
Zimmerman argued that instead of "making racially charged comments and pitting American against American," the president should have told people not to "rush to judgement."
"Ask for the Martin-Fulton family and their attorneys not to incite violence and asked for calm from the entire community," he remarked.
Zimmerman concluded by saying that it was "up to God" if he would ever be the person again that he was when he killed Martin.
"It’s up to God and I put it all in his hands and I do have faith that whatever he has planned out for me is what’s best for me. So whatever he’s determined whatever he has planned out for me I am along for the ride and I just hope to be strong enough to see his will be done."
Video of the entire interview is available here.
The following report is from The Orlando Sentinel, broadcast March 23, 2015.