The Florida jury which acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin believed the 17-year-old initiated the violent confrontation against the neighborhood watchman, and perhaps his underlying reason was a homophobic assumption that Zimmerman was a sexual predator.
Last night in an interview on CNN prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel said the following to Piers Morgan:
"People need to understand, he didn't want that creepy ass cracka going to his father or girlfriend's house to go get -- mind you, his little brother is there. Mind you I told you, I told Trayvon, [Zimmerman] might have been a rapist."
In further remarks the following exchange occurred as reported by Drudge Report:
MORGAN: You felt that there was no doubt in your mind from
what Trayvon was telling you on the phone about the creepy ass cracka
and so on, that he absolutely believed that George Zimmerman, this man,
you didn't know who he was at the time, but this man, was pursuing him?
MORGAN: And he was freaked out by it?
JEANTEL: Yes. Definitely after I say may be a rapist, for every boy, for every man, every -- who's not that kind of way, seeing a grown man following them, would they be creep out?
Although state prosecutors repeatedly insisted with sinister innuendo in their closing argument that Trayvon Martin had the right to defend himself against being followed by a strange man, surely they did not intend to legally bless a violent assault against Zimmerman simply because the younger man may have thought he was being cruised.