Zimmerman’s former neighbor Frank Taaffe testified before a grand jury on Wednesday, and revealed details about a racially-charged conversation he had with a man he believes was George Zimmerman. Taaffe, who was one of the neighborhood watch volunteer’s biggest supporters, claims he wants to make amends with the family of Trayvon Martin and bring a sense of justice and closure to Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict.
Before Taaffe entered the courthouse, he spoke with reporters about his decision to come forward with the evidence. He also added that he believes Trayvon was targeted because of his race.
“This is a young man who didn’t deserve to die,” Taaffe said. “In my heart of hearts, I do believe that….If there’s a young man that’s not doing anything but talking on the phone, in the rain, sauntering about, let it go. You know, that’s why we have law enforcement — let them handle it.”
In a statement to the Orlando Sentinel, Martin family lawyer Benjamin Crump says they’ve always believed their son was profiled.
“This is what we said before Frank Taaffe’s testimony to the grand jury, this is what we said all along, and we’re grateful that the grand jury will get to hear it,” Crump said.
Chances of federal charges on Zimmerman remain unclear, but Taaffe says with the loss of his two children and broken relationship with his daughter over the trial, he’s ready to do the right thing.
Pressed on his motivation to testify, Taaffe said he has a daughter in the U.S. Marine Corps who was ostracized due to his role as Zimmerman’s primary supporter. It damaged their relationship, he said.
“I miss her and I love her,” said Taaffe, who wore photos of his deceased sons on a lanyard around his neck. “She’s my only child I’ve got left.”
You can check out Taaffe’s statements to the press in the video above.
SOURCE: WFTV | VIDEO CREDIT: WFTV
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