The family that George Zimmerman helped save from a car wreck last week backed out of a news conference to thank him publicly because they feared “blowblack” from the mere association with him, Zimmerman’s attorney said.
Mark and Dana Gerstle had planned to speak out Wednesday about how Zimmerman helped rescue them and their two children after their SUV flipped off the road last week, just days after a jury acquitted Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
“In any way connecting yourself with George Zimmerman is right now very toxic, so though they wanted to thank him publicly, they could not for the possibility of blowback against them,” defense attorney Mark O’Mara told CNN.
O’Mara said Zimmerman was leaving the scene after helping the family with another bystander when law enforcement arrived and recognized him. Despite police reports documenting Zimmerman’s presence, theories have sprung up that the accident was somehow staged to rehabilitate Zimmerman’s image.
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Trayvon protesters beat on cars during a rally in Houston this week.
The ‘protesters’ beat on a car, beat a grandmother and wouldn’t let a local family take their child to a hospital.
The protesters smacked the grandmother in the car as she was trying to get to the hospital.
Hundreds of people marched in protest to the George Zimmerman verdict on Monday.
“No justice, no peace,” they yelled as they walked from the Byrd Funeral Home in the 2500 block of Wheeler to the Southmore Street overpass bridge near Highway 288.
Just after 7p.m. Monday, the demonstrators spilled out onto the road and blocked traffic for about 15 minutes.
“I looked up and I see all the protesters, they’re everywhere,” said Georgia, who asked that her last name not be used. “So, we got into the traffic and they’re stopping us and not letting us go.”
Georgia was on her way to Texas Children’s Hospital in the Medical Center because her 7-year-old granddaughter was having an allergic reaction to some medication.
Georgia’s daughter was driving and tried to go around the demonstrators by driving on the grassy shoulder.
“One of them was hitting the windshield and I was just screaming, ‘We’ve got to get to the hospital,’ and they were screaming and chanting,” she said. “All I could think of was, I got to get my granddaughter to the hospital.”
“My mom rolled down the window,” said Georgia’s daughter. “She said, ‘We’re trying to get my granddaughter to the hospital,’ and a guy just started hitting her.”
Obama’s Race Wars–
Instead of stoking rage and making empty promises at the annual NAACP convention today, Eric Holder should have been calling for peace.
Matt Quain poses for a portrait at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, a few days after he was attacked, part of the “knockout game” by black youths. (Photo by Johnny Andrews, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The latest FBI statistics show that violent attacks on whites have increased by 18% from 2010 to 2011. At the same time, violent crimes against blacks only increased by 2 percent.
On Sunday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) asked for the Justice Department to prosecute George Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday night in the killing of Trayvon Martin. “I think the Justice Department is going to take a look at this,” Reid told NBC’s Meet the Press. “This isn’t over with and I think that’s good. That’s our system, it’s gotten better, not worse.”
Reid did acknowledge the verdict, stating, “I am a trial lawyer and have [brought] over 100 cases to a jury. I don’t always agree with what the jury does but that’s the system and I support the system.”