George Zimmerman’s attorney is worried about the tweet his brother Robert wrote that was deemed “insensitive” and what impact it will have on the Trayvon Martin murder case.
Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney says Robert, whose tweets compared the recent killing of a baby in Georgia with Trayvon Martin, does not does not represent his brother or the defense.
“Having said that, I’m not sure where (Robert’s) heart was, but I’ve always said for the past year that we have to have a conversation about race, and the Zimmerman case has brought it to the forefront, particularly the way young black males are treated in the system,” O’Mara said Thursday on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “These type of tweets … were insensitive to that, and quite honestly are the opposite of what I hope the conversation would be to try and figure out what’s wrong with the system and maybe a good way to fix it.”
O’Mara wanted to make the clarification because everything that’s been happening in Zimmerman’s case is already “hyper-focused upon.”
“… And certainly when a family member of my client says something that comes across as totally insensitive — if not much, much worse — (it) has an effect, and now we have to deal with it.”
George Zimmerman acknowledges he shot and killed Martin last year, but said it was in self-defense.
His brother recently tweeted a photograph of Martin and one of 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins, one of two teenagers charged with killing a baby in Georgia. Both teens are black.
In their photos, Elkins and Martin, 17, appear to be flipping off the camera.
“A picture speaks a thousand words. Any questions?” Robert Zimmerman’s tweet reads.
Another tweet Robert Zimmerman posted: “Lib media shld ask if what these2 black teens did 2 a woman&baby is the reason ppl think blacks mightB risky.”