Mark O’Mara, the no-nonsense attorney for George Zimmerman, took his defense of Zimmerman out of the courtroom this week and deliberately infused race in a trial where racial profiling remains an emotionally explosive issue.
O’Mara is trying hard to drum up support for Zimmerman in the court of public opinion, but I’m not buying it.
In an interview with CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live,” O’Mara portrayed his client as a victim – even though Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a scuffle on a rainy night in Sanford, Florida last year. It’s hard to make a compelling argument that Zimmerman was the victim when he’s still alive and Trayvon Martin is dead.
O’Mara claims that Zimmerman’s safety is at risk and implied that his client will be looking over his shoulder forever regardless of whether he’s convicted or acquitted.
“First of all, my client will never be safe, because there are a percentage of the population who are angry, they’re upset, and they may well take it out on him,” O’Mara said. “So, he’ll never be safe.”
It was overly dramatic.
And regardless of how O’Mara portrays Zimmeman, several critical facts are etched in my mind: Trayvon Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin when police told Zimmerman to stand down; he profiled Trayvon anyway for no legitimate reason, he told the police dispatcher that “these assholes always get away,” and then he shot Trayvon in the heart.
That’s a real problem for me.
O’Mara, however, said Zimmerman is innocent and told viewers that fair-minded people – both black and white – should come to the conclusion that Zimmerman is not guilty after reviewing the facts in the case.