Some who believe that justice was not served in the murder trial of George Zimmerman have taken the law into their own hands. In this vigilante brand of justice, threats are being made not only on the life of Zimmerman, who was acquitted by a jury of his peers last Saturday, but on his parents.
ABC News reports that Zimmerman and his parents are in hiding because of “an enormous amount of death threats.”
Two days after a Florida jury found their 29-year-old son not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Martin, 17, Zimmerman’s parents, Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman … opened up about how their son’s murder trial has affected their family and how he and they are struggling to cope with the aftermath.
‘Under the circumstances, we have not been able to talk to him,’ Gladys Zimmerman told Walters. ‘To tell you the truth, we don’t trust anything, not even the phones.’
‘We have had an enormous amount of death threats. George’s legal counsel has had death threats, the police chief of Sanford, many people have had death threats,’ Robert Zimmerman said.’’Everyone with Georgie’s DNA should be killed’ — just every kind of horrible thing you can imagine.’
According to a report in the Baltimore Sun late Monday, street justice has also been meted out to individuals who lack “Georgie’s DNA.” An Hispanic man was beaten there on Sunday by a gang of blacks youths who reportedly said, “This is for Trayvon” as they punched and kicked him.
In general, outrage and protests have been reignited across the country, something George Zimmerman’s mother called “hurtful,” adding:
This is America, and we went through all of this with the judicial system. They wanted an arrest for my son. They got an arrest. Now let’s, you know, find a verdict … now they have a verdict. … He went through the whole process they were pushing for, and now they are not happy with the verdict, and I pray. I pray for them, for God to touch their heart.