Zimmerman Blames Obama, Quotes Anne Frank

He says he has no guilt over Trayvon death
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2015 2:58 AM CDT
Updated Mar 24, 2015 4:05 AM CDT
Zimmerman Blames Obama for Racial Tensions
George Zimmerman listens during a 2012 court hearing in Sanford, Fla.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool, File)

Three years after he killed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman says he has a clear conscience, but he knows who to blame for racial tensions around the case: "Barack Hussein Obama." In a video posted on his divorce lawyer's website, Zimmerman accuses the president of persecuting him by pursuing a "baseless" federal prosecution, and of inflaming tensions with his comment, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon," reports the Orlando Sentinel. The video was recorded earlier this month, a couple of weeks after the Justice Department decided not to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman over the black teenager's death.

Zimmerman calls Obama's comments "clearly a dereliction of duty, pitting Americans against each other solely based on race," and accuses him of breaking the law to the point "where you have an innocent American being prosecuted by the federal government, which should never happen." He says that in his case, the legal process worked, but there should have been a probe into whether his own civil rights were violated, CNN reports. He says he has no guilt about how he acted in what he calls a "life-or-death" situation with Martin, and while he's not the same person he was five years ago, he believes "that people are truly good at heart, as Anne Frank has said, and I will put myself in any position to help another human in any way I can." (Read more George Zimmerman stories.)

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