George Zimmerman's parents launch website
Family: Our lives have been threatened
- Duration 5:57
- Date Jul 27, 2012
Family: Our lives have been threatened
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-- the parents of the Central Florida neighborhood watch man George Zimmerman who admits to shooting and killing the unarmed teenager trade on Martin have launched a website.
Jordan Zimmerman already has his own side as you may know what you -- for donations to help pay for his legal fees and more.
And now his parents have launched a site which also asked for donations to help with -- quote.
Greatly increased living expenses the site also apparently seeks to give George that woman's life story and claims.
That people have targeted the Zimmermann family with death threats.
A statement on the site reads in part quoting here one in particular was alarming because it threatened to kill anyone -- Georgia's DNA.
It was not nailed but was left at our front door these threats were in addition.
To the constant media calls and visits and it was time to go ending the quote.
Phil Keating with the news he's live -- our South Florida newsroom Phil Jordan Zimmermann -- parents are pretty much still in hiding right.
Absolutely trades very much so just like there's -- George issue continues to be living in a -- -- free on bond.
Somewhere in Seminole County George's father Robert Zimmerman testified.
All on the stand at his most recent bond hearing.
And in this ten page all web site story recounts going from hotel -- hotel having his and his -- retirement dreams.
Disappear because of all of this.
As for his son George being accused of racial profiling quote.
Although the media and numerous self serving individuals have continually -- for George is a racist vigilante and even horror.
Absolutely none of those names come anywhere close to -- and in the real George Zimmerman.
George has always been and continues to be a truly caring loving and selfless individual we are extremely proud.
Of George Robert Zimmerman adds that there have been other severe hardships they've incurred throughout all of this but because of security reasons on names.
They can't disclose what those are right now -- What about -- on Martin's parents Phil what are they saying about all this.
-- Tracy Barton answering -- -- did not comment directly on this of course they lost on -- -- six their teenage son a junior in high school who.
Was a fan of aviation.
And even though they've been divorced for years they've always remain close they tell me.
To provide a model example to -- on -- that divorced parents can be good parents that are attorney.
Ben -- reacted to Roberts governments posting like this quote.
They still have their son George Zimmerman Sabrina and Tracy still don't have their son -- -- Of the two sets of parents seem that Tracy and Sabrina got the short end of the deal here.
Some of our parents have never probably ask for any money they continue working both of them -- -- separate jobs their only public appeal Trace.
Has been for justice.
And Phil Keating -- force in South Florida Phil thank you let's get out of our legal panel former prosecutor Jeff gold and criminal defense attorney Regina Tom but not -- I'm not sure -- has cooled talk about that minute Jack I'm kind of curious is that went through this whole website -- sermons parents which by the way Jeff lost -- -- so he's a little bit darker than the normal but you look fantastic Jeff.
They they talk a lot about kind of defending him against racist charges saying that.
You know he one time push the Sanford police department to bring charges against somebody who assaulted an African American homeless man and he mentor.
What what's the push here we know that racism Jeff is gonna play a big part of this case what are the parents trying to accomplish here.
While they're trying to have a media award to try to fight -- that the bad press so to speak but you're doing it in exactly the wrong way if you asked me.
If you want to have a media war about this you don't make it about George Zimmerman himself you may hit a cause celeb for.
For victims rights with him not being the defendant in the case but him being the champion of victim right.
And they could do that they could make a website where it's about other victims it's about and and George is the champion of it.
That might make some sense what they're doing right now does not make sense.
And Regina really mean this website the -- it is kind of talking about what.
Held their life is better in recent months mean really that they're kind of saying that.
All but living in witness protection program they're kind of cut off from the outside world.
Absolutely got to remember these were normal people.
-- for a living normal lives nobody knew what they -- they had the luxury of being able to be normal people that's gone.
Why did they do anything now that their son is accused of a crime.
And they have to be getting death threats.
How is that any different from.
That what was done in this case murdering this is about a murder so we're gonna threaten -- murder.
The accused family.
Is that justice for -- bond does that equal the same thing I think that there -- sick and tired of being portrayed as this horrific.
Family that it is is racist and bad and they want to speak out and clear up some of these misconceptions that's a normal -- There's and it's a -- or whatever because.
Yeah it's a brilliant he's got to jump -- because Roseanne Barr Roseanne -- and it came out and tweeted that the parent's home address so.
They they really are handling vilified here and I guess.
I have to ask what's the what's the point of the website I mean they're trying to defend their son of the trying to raise money -- try to raise awareness and why would you do this if you were there attorney Jeff would you would you advise them not to.
Yeah I wouldn't do it in this way as I said I mean I there is a way to use the media I just don't think he ought to make it all about them and all about George and the accusations they should take it away from George make George into hero into a man who was trying to do the right thing.
He was doing in neighborhood watch -- organize neighborhood watch and he's the champion of victims they -- about the other victims in the world not about this case.
That would do a lot of good.
Jeff gold Regina -- -- knock us stand by thank you both.