Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman’s Father Tells A Newspaper His Son Is Not A Racist

Source: Julia Dahl / CBS News

SANFORD, Fla. – The father of the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed a teenager last month has written a letter to a local newspaper saying his son is not a racist and has had to leave his home after receiving death threats.

Robert Zimmerman delivered the letter Thursday to the Orlando Sentinel.

George Zimmerman, 28, has been investigated by police for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, on the evening of February 26. Zimmerman, who volunteered with the neighborhood watch, was patrolling Retreat at Twin Lakes, the gated community where Martin’s father lived, when he saw Martin and called 911 to report him as a suspicious person. Before police arrived, the two apparently got in a scuffle and Zimmerman shot and killed Martin.

Zimmerman claimed he shot the teen in self-defense and Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee has said he has no grounds to arrest him. The case has been turned over to the State Attorney’s office, which according to the Sun Sentinel newspaper may take several weeks to review the case.

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  • Anthony Batiste

     I certainly can’t wait till Zimmerman is executed; cold and methodically, with scalpel-precision.  He’s a disgusting piece of trash.

  • Freemind206

    No he’s not a racist he’s a MURDERER!  If the State’s Attorney General does not prosecute I have a feeling the people will take matters into their own hands… SERVE JUSTICE or have JUSTICE SERVED… Florida

  • The child was hunted, period. This child did not have any motives or some plan to get into a “scuffle” with anyone. The child was trying to return home with candy and tea. Zimmerman clearly has hate for African-American males. He was “armed” for a neighborhood watch; he lied to the police in report and on the phone; he made racially biased and derogatory comments concerning those “a…….. always get away’; he followed the child by vehicle; the child ran (as we tell children to do to get away from strangers); he admitted to following the child; he was told by law enforcement to not continue following the child; yet, he got his gun, got of the car, ran behind the child, we hear the child scream, and the screams ceases after the gun shot. Obviously, the man with the gun, running behind a child (something he was told not to do) was not crying, begging for his life, and screaming for help. I do not blame a child if he scuffles with someone he is trying to run away from if that was the case. I do not think that was the case. Zimmerman left his home that night with a gun and a mission to one day get away with taking an African-American life. Zimmerman’s father, who is making excuses for him, obviously sees nothing wrong with that murderer son he molded. Zimmerman was not tested for drugs, alcohol, and a background check was not done. When you hear the tape, it appears Zimmerman was trying to lay the self-defense ground work while talking to the dispatcher before shooting the child. That man wanted to kill an African-American, period. The chief of police needs to be fired immediately!


    The main reason mr.zimmerman was let go without bail is because he is white he murdered trayon martin because of racial profiling  but if trayvon shot and KILLED zimmerman he would be an immediate threat to the community and they probally would have opened fire this is what i think

  • Even if he isn’t racist, (which he prolly is)  he’s still a MURDERER…

  • His father needs to give it a rest trying to convince people that his son isn’t a racist. His son the killer made too many calls to 911 about black people. What was all that heaving breathing, it’s like a vicious dog that wants to jump the fence and attack an innocent person. Give it a rest pop and just pray that your son repents before he leaves this world.