The found not guilty of murdering man Trayvon Martin said President treated him unfairly.
George Zimmerman said that a person in his situation can not feel guilty about surviving a confrontation like the one he had with Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old who shot and killed three years ago in Florida. He also criticized the reaction of President Barack Obama regarding this case.
Zimmerman said he would be guilty only if he thought he could have done something differently that would have saved the lives of both.
“Only one stage of life and the true death may have the mental clarity to know that one can not feel guilty for having survived,” Zimmerman said.
He also blamed President Barack Obama for having exacerbated racial tension with “inflammatory remarks” after the death of Trayvon Martin.
“Now is the perfect time to say what I think without fear of reprisal time,” Zimmerman told one of his lawyers, Howard Iken, in an interview last March 8 and disseminated to the media on Monday.
Zimmerman criticized his treatment by federal prosecutors and particularly Obama. He said Obama should not create racial tension as he did when he said in a speech at the White House that if I had a child, that child would be like Martin.
“I am also a son of my parents and my life also matters,” Zimmerman said, identifying the president for his full name, “Barack Hussein Obama“.
“For me it was clearly a dereliction of duty, pitting Americans each other solely on race,” he added.
Zimmerman said he was portrayed as a “racist white man”, despite coming from a multicultural family in which he was raised by a Hispanic mother and grandmother.
Zimmerman has repeatedly claimed that he acted in self-defense when he shot the teenager during a confrontation in a residential area in Sanford, Florida, where he worked as a guard neighborhood watch.
Zimmerman was acquitted of criminal charges during his trial in 2013.