Wednesday, George Zimmerman reportedly filed a lawsuit against the family of Trayvon Martin, a publisher, and others for over 100 million in damages of acclaimed ” malicious prosecution”, Washington Post reports.
Zimmerman was the neighborhood watchman that was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2013. Zimmerman is reportedly suing a publishing firm and a law enforcement agency in their roles in his prosecution of the 2013 case. Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, and well recognized Black Lives Matter activist is the lead defendant in this case. Her attorney released a statement yesterday in response to this lawsuit.
“shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others.” They reported saying.
Zimmerman is claiming that police and prosecutors conspired to generate a false narrative of the incident that led to the 17-year old Martin’s death on February 26th, 2012.
The prime allegation in the Lawsuit was that a reluctant witness in the 2013 case, Brittany Diamond Eugene, was assisted in a swap out by civil rights attorney Ben Crump for her half-sister Rachel Jeantel. This was done with the intent to place Zimmerman in prison for the death of Trayvon Martin according to CNN.
“are alleged to either have known about or should have known about the witness fraud, obstructed justice, or lied repeatedly under oath in order to cover up their knowledge of the witness fraud,” – Larry Klayman’s statement about the Trayvon Martin family and their prosecutors in regards to their knowledge of the swap of witnesses. Klayman is Zimmerman’s attorney in this case.
Crump released a book titled “Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People,” which was published by Harper Collins in October. There was a film released telling the story of Trayvon Martin and the case that ensued as well. Zimmerman has built a case on these, claiming the entire case as a “hoax” and built upon ” witness fraud”.
According to the Washington Post, The lawsuit claims to have “have worked in concert to deprive Zimmerman of his constitutional and other related legal rights.”
Crump released more statements on Wednesday in regards to the case, regarding it a reckless and unfounded.
“I have every confidence that this unfounded and reckless lawsuit will be revealed for what it is — another failed attempt to defend the indefensible and a shameless attempt to profit off the lives and grief of others,” Crump said
“The plaintiff continues to display a callous disregard for everyone but himself, revictimizing individuals whose lives were shattered by his own misguided actions,” Crump wrote. “He would have us believe that he is the innocent victim of a deep conspiracy, despite the complete lack of any credible evidence to support his outlandish claims.” Crump
Zimmerman has had a few legal troubles since the Trayvon Martin case, including an arrest in 2013 for aggravated assault on an alleged girlfriend and another one in 2015 for another girlfriend. Both cases were dropped because neither girlfriend wished to press charges.
Zimmerman is also reported to have harassed a prosecutor who was working with Jay-z and Michael Gasparro who were working on a documentary series based on the Trayvon Martin Case. The prosecutor stated that Zimmerman, in the course of two and a half hours called 21 times, sent 38 text messages and left him 7 voice messages according to the Washington Post.
Trayvon Martin’s death was set as the catalyst of the #Blacklivesmatter movement structured to protest and converse about police brutality against unarmed black and brown people in America. the Iconic hoodie with an Arizona Iced Tea can and skittles has been a staple in the movement, worn by celebrities and participants of the movement. One famous photo is of the 2012 Miami Heat, where they all wore the hoodies in support of the movement.