George Zimmerman’s Mother: ‘Justice System Failed Us As Americans’

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The mother of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman has released a letter to the public today, marking one year since her son was arrested last April, about six weeks after he said he killed the Florida teenager in self-defense. Titled "A Letter of Gratitude from Gladys Zimmerman," the statement thanks supporters and slams the press and law enforcement for vague transgressions without ever mentioning Martin by name. "April 11, 2012 will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses," she writes. "There was absolutely no justifiable reason my son should have been charged for a crime he didn't commit and there was no just reason he should find himself incarcerated either."

Zimmerman's trial for second-degree murder is scheduled to begin on June 10. "From the beginning, this case has been heavily publicized and a false narrative was developed, surrounding a very real tragedy when there was little evidence available to the public," his mother adds. "It is astounding that despite the vast amount of information and evidence now available that supports George’s self -defense claim, the majority of the media avoids its publication."

While she does not mention anything specific, she promises, "The upcoming trial will not disappoint you."