Geraldo Rivera has apologized to Trayvon Martin‘s parents for his controversial comments that Martin’s hoodie was as much responsible for his death as shooter George Zimmerman.
“A week ago I ranted against hoodies like the one worn by Trayvon on the evening he was shot dead by George Zimmerman because in Zimmerman’s words, ‘Trayvon looked like he was up to no good’. I said then that Trayvon’s hoodie killed him as surely as George Zimmerman did.”
“What I was trying to do was caution parents allowing kids to wear hoodies or similar clothing in certain circumstances, particularly if they were minority young men could be dangerous. But I never intended to hurt anyone’s feelings and certainly Sybrina and Tracy, I never intended to hurt your feelings. I want to personally convey my deepest apologies to both of you. I am sorry, Tracy, if anything I said added to your misery.”
Tracy Martin told Rivera:
“Your apology is accepted.”
Martin was also asked about his son’s death ‘dividing the country’. He said:
“This isn’t a race issue. This is an issue about what is right and what is wrong.”
Martin’s parents today asked federal investigators to look into allegations of interference by State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.
Sanford police had wanted to arrest Zimmerman but were over-ruled by Wolfinger.
Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said he wants to know why the Sanford police chief, Bill Lee, and Wolfinger overruled the lead homicide investigator on the case.
Crump also said that the Martin family believes that some of Zimmerman’s family were present at the police department the night of the shooting, which they feel raises even more questions.
Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott replaced Wolfinger as lead investigator as the outrage on the shooting built earlier this month.
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