Web exclusive: Zimmerman talks mentoring
Accused shooter on dealing with racism claims
- Duration 7:29
- Date Jul 20, 2012
Accused shooter on dealing with racism claims
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You remember detective Serena disputes he'd written -- report suggested that you be charged with manslaughter.
A lot of what he said and he said no one could refute.
That -- -- attacked you without provocation.
When you hear that -- and yet he thought man -- will eventually you're charged with which second degree.
Want you to make that conclusion.
I Kansas and what was -- through his mind.
And he tried to make the case -- neither one of you need to unit were -- on were trained in hand to hand combat.
Any any kind of dismiss the idea that anyone had a quote exceptional and you know disadvantage and you think it was just a judgment on his part as one detective coming in after the fact.
Again I hate to -- and monitors button round.
The the police seem to be pressuring you throughout a lot of this and when they were interrogating you they talked about -- on was a child.
That was just carrying candy to remember it was interrogations it's.
We think -- at the time.
It hit me really hard.
The young men that I mentors.
And very close in age to -- wrong.
I thought of him.
And -- launches and it.
It broke my heart we'll talk about that because a lot of people Al Sharpton was one of them that suggested and and we saw the edited tape on NBC news and the suggestion was that they actually took out the part with the dispatcher.
What was the race of the person that you were describing.
And even the family gone to congress -- -- on Martin's family went to congress and wanted to talk about the issue of racial profiling in this case.
The suggestion being that that played a part.
In in the shooting.
You have a background.
And the FBI's matter of fact last week looked into the issue of race and they didn't find anything that suggested you -- racist and anyway.
What do you want people to know about you your meant to you mentioned he was about the same age as -- -- you mentored.
What I read that you mentored minority children.
Yes my wife and I we're fortunate that the program that we.
Movement toward in.
Com pairs -- -- the boy in female with the team now -- just so happened that they were brother and sister and we -- him.
-- -- -- -- -- -- and able to see them.
How long -- of import.
In about a year maybe.
That and -- long enough.
And that was that's my concern is that they told us when we sort of -- -- that.
We sign a contract obviously we don't get paid and there's no fiduciary duties.
-- is given our word that we would mentor for at least a year because children that participate in this program if you.
Don't give them at least a year.
They tend to.
Act out more.
Com and if you had never mentor them at all and these are minority children African American children disorder and this is something that for how many years.
Thousand about a year.
And maybe a little bit more.
Here we are in the middle of -- presidential race and the president of the United States Barack Obama.
In the middle of this case weighs in and said it's absolutely imperative that every aspect of this killing be investigated.
Of -- on unarmed black.
What did you think when he -- and I didn't see that you heard about a lot of people told me about it.
Frankly they knew that I was a supporter of -- -- when he was a senator.
Tom supporter of the president said.
Do you think it was appropriate for the president to weigh in on this.
You know I had a different perspectives a lot of friends and family -- said you know he said that.
-- he -- -- on.
Politically and let him.
And I interpreted it as he sees himself in the youth of America.
He sought as a positive.
-- -- -- My my colleague rob over her the Fox News Channel actually took a lot of heat he suggested.
The fact that kids war could -- leads to suspicion.
To be among them -- I -- You can even use -- term and one of your interviews and from jail you said.
You know you're hiding in a -- and some people took issue with the fact that maybe you were making light of were joking about the tragedy that happened.
That's the reason we're starting up the real George -- dot com we're going to talk about the good -- the support I've received from people.
Necessarily the financial support I mean I received.
Over 26000 emails in the first 24 hours of support.
But to debunk some of those stories I mean the Orlando sentinel.
Said that I was making a joke about it.
Yet they're the ones that printed the picture.
Of -- going to jail with a black sweater around me to.
You've mentioned that actually one of the phone calls.
You you called this controversial pastor.
-- is about to -- rather well that was involved in the Koran burning.
And you asked him not to hold.
Not to hold I guess this rally that he -- and hopefully.
It was you felt you mentioned the community.
-- And I guess that's maybe why you wore a watchman and why you -- involved -- why you are manager I'm just assuming.
And you asked him not to do it apparently you start rather perplexed.
And you've even said so when you look at what has happened in the community in country got so involved in this case.
You know not every case becomes as high profile just.
I remember hearing that he had planned on coming I remember being in myself.
And thinking you know well there's nothing I can do about it.
Later that evening.
I realize that I can do something he's coming.
In effect saying that he was coming from me and if he was gonna take my anybody's phone call -- hoping that he will take mine.
And frankly if he said he was coming to pray and I.
Feel that god couldn't hurt him -- from gains vote just as easily as he could from -- I think that.
It was a detriment to the community and I.
So guilty enough as it is about.
The hardship that Sanford and -- count Florida has come under this class not com.
Short thank you Tony Stewart -- you very much for thank you very much appreciate it thank you.