Did you catch Robert Zimmerman Jr. on TV last night after the Trayvon Martin verdict was handed down in Florida?
Robert Zimmerman Jr. is George’s soft-spoken but sharp-tongued brother, a fierce advocate for his sibling in the year and a half since Trayvon Martin was shot to death under still largely unclear circumstances on a Sanford, Florida street in February of last year.
Earlier this year, Robert Zimmerman Jr. had been under fire for racially loaded comments he made on Twitter as his brother’s case awaited trial, and last night, his words again enflamed Martin family supporters as he seemed to remain intent on attacking the character of the slain teen.
After the Trayvon Martin verdict, the other Zimmerman appeared on Piers Morgan’s show to speak about the decision, one his family had anticipated in hope since George Zimmerman’s arrest.
During the segment, Robert Zimmerman, Jr. said a lot of things that might come off as insensitive to those displeased with the decision in Florida — among them, he expressed concern for those that might take the law into their own hands, shooting first and asking questions later.
There are factions, there are groups, there are people that would want to take the law into their own hands as they perceive it, or be vigilantes in some sense… They think that justice was not served, they won’t respect the verdict no matter how it was reached and they will always present a threat to George and his family.”
“I want to know what makes people angry enough to attack someone the way Trayvon Martin did. I want to know if it is true, and I don’t know if it’s true, that Trayvon Martin was looking to procure firearms, was growing… marijuana plants or was making ‘lean’ or whatever he was doing. I want to know that every minor, high schooler that would be reaching out in some way for help and they may feel it’s by procuring firearms or whatever it is they may be doing, that they have some kind of help.”
Zimmerman’s brother also repeated the defense’s claim that the unarmed teen was “armed with the sidewalk.”
Watch Robert Zimmerman Jr. on Piers Morgan last night, above.