George Zimmerman Suing Pocahontas and Mayor Pete for Defamation in the Trayvon Martin Case
The Hill reported that George Zimmerman is suing Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for comments they made about Trayvon Martin’s death.
Zimmerman garnered controversy in 2012 when he killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense after he was brutally assaulted.
The altercation was initiated when Zimmerman followed Martin on the suspicion that Martin was scoping the neighborhood for a potential robbery attempt. Martin opted to escalate the situation when Zimmerman confronted him, which compelled Zimmerman to use lethal force once it became clear that Martin was savagely pummeling him.
Newsweek reported that the lawsuit accuses the two Democratic presidential candidates of defaming Zimmerman by attributing Martin’s death to “fear” or “gun violence.”
The suit centers on two tweets the candidates posted, which included accusations of “white supremacy” and “racism.”
“My heart goes out to [Martin’s mother] @SybrinaFulton and Trayvon’s family and friends. He should still be with us today. We need to end gun violence and racism. And we need to build a world where all of our children-especially young Black boys-can grow up safe and free,” Warren tweeted.
“Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today. How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear?” Buttigieg said in another Tweet.
“The only ‘fear’ Zimmerman experienced, as established in the 2013 trial and well-covered in the media, was in the context of Zimmerman believing he might go unconscious and die from the repeated beating of his head against the sidewalk pavement or by choking to death from the blood going down his throat due to his broken nose during the beating by Martin,” Zimmerman’s attorney responded in court documents. These court documents accuse the two candidates of pursuing a “political agenda to garner votes in the black community.”
Zimmerman argued that he shot Martin in self-defense.
He ended up not being found guilty of second-degree murder in the Martin case in 2013, which received national coverage.
Contrary to the mainstream media’s portrayal of Martin as an innocent young man, Martin had a list of suspensions in high school and was suspected of robbery in one of the suspensions, although Martin never faced criminal charges.