Geraldo Rivera: George Zimmerman Jury Would Have Killed Trayvon Martin Too (VIDEO)

Source: Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post

Geraldo Rivera, already famous for saying that Trayvon Martin’s hoodie got him killed by George Zimmerman, said Friday that he thought Zimmerman would dodge a murder conviction because the nearly all-white jury would probably have killed Martin too.

Rivera was speaking on “Fox & Friends” just as Zimmerman’s defense attorneys prepared to deliver their closing argument, thus bringing the trial to a close. He said he had always felt that the case was one of total self-defense on Zimmerman’s part, and he blamed Al Sharpton for the case having been brought to trial at all.

Then, he said that the jury would convict because the jurors–all of whom are women and five of whom are white–would have killed Martin too:

I see those six ladies in the jury putting themselves on that rainy night, in that housing complex that has just been burglarized by three or four different groups of black youngsters from the adjacent community. So it’s a dark night, a 6-foot-2-inch hoodie-wearing stranger is in the immediate housing complex. How would the ladies of that jury have reacted? I submit that if they were armed, they would have shot and killed Trayvon Martin a lot sooner than George Zimmerman did. This is self-defense.

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  • David Ramirez

    Geraldo is completely right.

    • Mo’Kelly, Inc.

      Except for the part about Trayvon being 6’2″ and it being self-defense. Other than that…yeah, he’s right. Oh wait…that means…

      • David Ramirez

        True, that part he got wrong, Trayvon was 5’11”. But he was right about the rest.

  • Daryl Grant

    So if I follow someone while they’re on foot and I’m in my vehicle and I eventually exit my vehicle and approach them and they subsequently feel that their life could be in danger and they then approach me, I can kill them because I now feel that MY life is in danger??? Interesting…

  • Ramona Rapley

    I just have one thing to say……..Geraldo and Al Capone’s Vault ….April 21, 1986!!!!

  • Alterarr

    Grown man with a nine millimeter; 17 year old kid with candy and tea. Grown man profiles kid; Grown man follows kid. Grown man calls cops on kid. Grown man confronts kid. Grown man shoots kid in the heart. Yet the grown man is seen as the victim?

    I am the father of three boys much like Trayvon. Let me tell you…There is another kind of emotion that rises up at the thought of a society who feels they have a legal right to kill our kids with impunity. We are not criminals by virtue of our skin color. But this precedent, if it is set, has the potential to criminalize many.

  • bid316

    Let’s go beyond the obvious stupidity (if we can)…

    (1) Geraldo says how the jurors may have felt. Calling it self-defense says a lot about Geraldo!

    (2) Even “IF” Geraldo was correct in his assertions about what they may have felt, in this country, we value life over property. So, you can’t arbitrarily threaten nor take someone’s life because you THINK that they MIGHT be “out of pocket.” So, shooting Trayvon sooner would have been even more wrong!!

    (3) Trayvon was a Black kid walking while wearing a hoodie (he had his head covered) in the rain and that was his major transgression. He was WWB (Walking While Black). Black kids have to have their identity completely unconcealed (even in the rain) and must submit to harassment by any and everyone whom they may encounter and we have to teach them this at a younger age than 17 because Trayvon (who had just turned 17) didn’t already know this.

    (4) Geraldo is all Foxed up! You’d think that a real journalist with a history of “getting to the truth” could not be this stupid! I guess Fox News has got him all Foxed up!

    (5) Lastly, 8 reported break-ins over the course of a year is not necessarily a “crime wave.” I’m not even sure that the 8 break-ins are supposedly related. Obviously, you’d like to prevent as many break-ins as possible. I’d like to know the history of the exact dates of the break-ins.

    We must ask: Were the 8 break-ins considered related? Are the 3 or 4 break-ins, which Geraldo references, supposedly related? Over what period of time did these related break-ins occur? And why are we SO sure that the break-ins occurred by Black kids from an adjacent community?

    If we believe that the break-ins are related and that the break-ins were committed by outsiders who happened to be Black, does that mean that every Black person whom you encounter (wearing a hoodie in the rain or not) is planning or committing a crime?

    It sounds like that community was under Martial Law to prevent any Black kid from walking through the streets after dark AND that we should see nothing wrong with the concept. After all, there had been several break-ins. Where there’s a Black kid, there’s a break-in! Is that what we’re saying?!!

  • bid316

    I wouldn’t expect a minority to suggest that it’s “open season” on any Black you just happen to see in your neighborhood… But that’s what it sounds like.

    No reason to be sure and check facts. Shoot first and lie about facts later!

    “Officer, I had to shoot him. He’s Black. I don’t know him and he wouldn’t submit to my questions nor my will… Self-defense, right?!!”

  • Kimble

    So, when did Geraldo cross over?