SANFORD - April 11 marks the one-year anniversary since George Zimmerman was arrested for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and George’s brother, Robert, has released a letter from their mother.
In the letter said to be written in Spanish from Gladys Zimmerman and translated to English by Robert, she thanks those who have supported George, and she has chastised the media for swaying public opinion with a “false narrative”.
“April 11, 2012 will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses,” the letter states.
She went on to say that the media has failed to share information that would clear up what she says are misconceptions and false rhetoric about her son.
“ It is astounding that despite the vast amount of information and evidence now available that supports George's self -defense claim, the majority of the media avoids its publication. It is indeed alarming that even more media outlets do not regret misinforming the public and have not taken steps to retract the fabrications they are responsible for perpetuating. ”
George Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second degree murder for fatally shooting Martin while the Miami teen was visiting his dad in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26, 2012.
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, told police he shot the teen in self-defense after getting in a scuffle with him.
But some have argued that Zimmerman, who was in his car when he spotted Martin walking through his gated community and found him "suspicious," did not have to leave his car and approach the teen.
He had called police to report his concerns about Martin and was advised by a dispatcher to remain in his vehicle.
The incident has evoked scrutiny and further examination on Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which gives citizens the right to defend themselves in life-threatening circumstances with deadly force.
Zimmerman's trial is set to begin June 10.
Read the entire letter from Zimmerman’s mother below:
FROM THE DESK OF ROBERT ZIMMERMAN JR
Dear Friends: Our Mother, Gladys Zimmerman, has written a letter on the occasion of the 1 year anniversary of her son George's arrest. She has asked me to publish the following letter:
Today, April 11, 2013 is the anniversary of the most unfortunate arrest of our son George. I am writing from my heart and with incalculable gratitude to our family members, dearest friends, and those we have not personally met but who have nonetheless offered their unwavering moral and spiritual support. Those who read this letter should do so of their own free will, and do so because they are interested in its message. If you read this letter with the hopes of finding material to mock or rebuke - please stop reading now, because this letter is not intended for you.
April 11 2012 will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses. George was charged with murder. By confusing the public and manipulating perception in order to sway the "court of public opinion", Benjamin Crump & co. finally achieved their "first base" victory.
A year later, we find ourselves - as Mr. Crump put it - in "third base" posture: we are awaiting trial. Throughout the past year, as evidence came forth and was later published, we have fought at every turn to be certain George is afforded a fair trial and equal protection under the law. It is imperative now more than ever that George receive fair treatment by the judicial system, as this is the quintessential birthright of every American.
From the beginning, this case has been heavily publicized and a false narrative was developed surrounding a very real tragedy when there was little evidence available to the public.
It is astounding that despite the vast amount of information and evidence now available that supports George's self -defense claim, the majority of the media avoids its publication. It is indeed alarming that even more media outlets do not regret misinforming the public and have not taken steps to retract the fabrications they are responsible for perpetuating.
I remember a year ago, when George was arrested, there wasn't a television station in the country or a newspaper in circulation that didn't "break news" of his arrest by placing his picture along with a soundbyte or caption on their airwaves or publications. When George was incarcerated, the food he bought was considered "news", the snacks he ate and even the undergarments he purchased were fodder for even more "news reports" about him.
Those days were particularly disheartening and saddened me profoundly, but as a mother I knew that only strength would see us through.
There was absolutely no justifiable reason my son should have been charged for a crime he didn't commit