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George Zimmerman: Obama, DOJ Heightened Racial Tensions in Trayvon Case

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In this November 19, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman. (Joe Burbank/POOL/Reuters/Landov)  

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 12:49 PM

George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, released a 13-minute video this week in which he accuses President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of ratcheting up racial tensions, which influenced the country's opinions on the case.

In a video and transcript posted on the website of the law firm of Ayo & Iken, Zimmerman said that Obama brought the race issue into the forefront by commenting on the shooting.

He specifically took aim at Obama's remarks on March 23, 2012, in which the president briefly mentioned the case in the Rose Garden.

"If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon," Obama said in those remarks, according to CNN. "I think [Martin's parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened."

"To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race," Zimmerman says in this week's video. "He took what should have been a clear-cut self-defense matter and still to this day on the anniversary of incident he held a ceremony at the White House inviting the Martin-Fulton family and stating that they should take the day to reflect upon the fact that all children's lives matter."

"Unfortunately for the president, I'm also my parent's child and my life matters as well," he continued. "And for him to make incendiary comments as he did and direct the Department of Justice to pursue a baseless prosecution he by far overstretched, overreached, even broke the law in certain aspects to where you have an innocent American being prosecuted by the federal government which should never happen."

In February, the U.S. Justice Department closed its federal civil rights investigation into the Martin shooting, concluding that there was no evidence that Zimmerman killed the teenager based on his race, The New York Times reported.

"I believe that the American judicial system failed in the sense that I should not even gone to trial but I do believe that the jury process succeeded and ultimately justice was served and I was acquitted and I am a free man," Zimmerman says in the video interview.

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George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, released a 13-minute video this week in which he accuses President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of ratcheting up racial tensions, which influenced the country's opinions on the case.
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