Trayvon’s friend Rachel spoke in public for the first time since giving her testimony in court, saying the nearly all-white female jury cleared George Zimmerman “because of race.”
Trayvon Martin‘s friend Rachel Jeantel, a key witness in the George Zimmerman murder trial, spoke to Piers Morgan on CNN on July 15 in her first appearance since she testified in court. Rachel revealed that she “had a feeling” the jury of six largely white women found George, 29, not guilty “because of race.”
Trayvon Martin: Racial Profiling Victim? — ‘What If Trayvon Was White?’
Rachel is standing by her defense of Trayvon, and in an interview with Piers on CNN, she posed the question: “If Trayvon was white and he had a hoodie on, would that have happened?”
Rachel denied George’s claim that Trayvon was looking into the windows of houses on his walk home though the gated community where he was killed, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.
“Trayvon is not a thug, they need to know a definition of a thug to judge,” she said.
In the CNN interview, Piers played tapes of anonymous jurors who questioned Rachel’s intelligence and education, asking for Rachel’s response.
One of the jury members anonymously told Anderson Cooper that Rachel’s testimony was not credible.
“I didn’t think it was very credible but I felt very sorry for her… I think she felt inadequate in front of everyone because of her education and communication skills,” she told Anderson.
Rachel said she was angry about the comments, adding that the jury misinterpreted her testimony, particularly when she said Trayvon described George as a “creepy ass cracka” when he was following the teen through the gated community.
Rachel said Trayvon didn’t mean the phrase to be a racial slur. She said it’s a common way to describe “a person who acts like they’re like a police, a security guard acting like a police (officer).”
Trayvon Martin Trial — Thousands Gather Across U.S. To Protest Verdict
Rachel said she felt “disappointed, angry, upset, question, and mad” after George was found not guilty of Trayvon’s murder.
Her feelings are echoed by the thousands of protestors who gathered in support of Trayvon in Atlanta, Ga., Birmingham, Ala., New York City and Washington D.C.
— Tierney McAfee