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  • hoozdik_hertz_765 hoozdik_hertz_765 Mar 28, 2013 9:18 PM Flag

    Zimmerman's Incendiary Rant


    George Zimmerman's brother says Twitter rant a "mistake"

    By Barbara Liston

    ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The brother of George Zimmerman, the man charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, said on Wednesday he was wrong to tweet a series of racially charged comments about his brother's case.

    "I made a mistake," Robert Zimmerman Jr. said during an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Live. "It unfortunately may not have helped George."

    George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for killing Martin, who was 17, after an altercation in a residential neighborhood in Sanford, Florida.

    Prosecutors contend George Zimmerman, then a neighborhood watch captain, racially profiled Martin, then pursued and shot him while Martin was returning from a convenience store to a townhouse where he was staying with his father.

    Robert Zimmerman this week posted side-by-side photos of Martin and one of two teenagers arrested last week in a fatal shooting of a 13-month-old boy as his mother was pushing his stroller down the street in a coastal Georgia town.

    The separate photos showed Martin and the teenager posing while making an obscene gesture.

    Robert Zimmerman wrote in a tweet, "a picture is worth a thousand words ... any questions?" In another tweet, he said, "Lib media shld ask if what these2 black teens did 2 a woman&baby is the reason ppl think blacks mightB risky."

    Morgan, in his interview with Zimmerman, called the tweets "incendiary" and "bordering on outright racism."

    "I understand this was controversial and I apologize," Robert Zimmerman said.

    Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman's lawyer, has criticized Robert Zimmerman's tweets.

    George Zimmerman's trial is set to start in June.

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