George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, is suing Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg over tweets they posted to commemorate the teenager’s birthday, as seen below.
My heart goes out to @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. https://t.co/9lXXlRnvzL
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 6, 2020
Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today.
How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear?#BlackLivesMatter
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 5, 2020
“Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today. How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear? #BlackLivesMatter,” said a tweet posted to the verified Twitter account for Pete Buttigieg on the 5th Feb.
Elizabeth Warren’s verified account said: “My heart goes out to @SybrinaFulton (Trayvon’s mother) 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.”
The attorney representing George, Larry Klayman, posted a copy of the suit online, which seeks damages “in excess of” $265 million.
George shot the Miami Gardens 17-year-old inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes community in Sanford on the 26th February in 2012. Prosecutors said George profiled, pursued and killed Trayvon after calling police to report him as suspicious. George said he fired in self-defense after Trayvon attacked him.
After Sanford police opted not to arrest George, citing his self-defense claim, the case became an international cause célèbre and sparked a debate about racial profiling and unequal treatment in the criminal justice system. George was later charged with murder but acquitted at trial.
The lawsuit against Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren argues that, though the candidates didn’t mention him in their tweets, they unfairly tied Zimmerman to racism, white supremacy and gun violence. The presidential hopefuls used the sad anniversary “as a pretext to demagogue and falsely brand Zimmerman as a white supremacist and racist to their millions of Twitter followers. The false impression of Zimmerman, which Defendants created, caused irreparable harm to him, his business and person and his calling, as well as to his good will and reputation, as well as harmed his family,” states the lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Klayman is also representing George in a lawsuit against Trayvon’s family and officials for $100M involved in his prosecution, based on a filmmaker’s claim that a key witness in the case was faked. The witness, Rachel Jeantel, testified she was on the phone with Trayvon during his confrontation with Zimmerman.
The filmmaker, Joel Gilbert, is known for promoting conspiracy theories, including unproven or debunked claims about President Barack Obama’s parentage and a secret son of President Bill Clinton.
Source: MSN – Orlando Sentinel