- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2015

George Zimmerman said in a newly released video that someone like him cannot feel guilty for surviving the type of deadly altercation that led to Trayvon Martin’s death.

“Only in a life or death scenario can you have mental clearness to know that you cannot feel guilty for surviving,” he said. “Had I had a fraction of a thought that I could have done something differently, acted differently, so that both of us would have survived, then I would have a heavier weight on my shoulders.”

The video was released Monday on the website of Howard Iken, attorney for Mr. Zimmerman.

The 31-year-old Hispanic man gained national attention in February 2012 after he fought with and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was staying in a gated Florida community. Mr. Zimmerman was participating in the community’s neighborhood watch program when he and Mr. Martin had the fatal fight.

During the new 13-minute video, Mr. Zimmerman blasted President Obama for taking sides in the legal battle and inflaming racial tensions in America.

“Unfortunately after even after Jay Carney, his press secretary, stated in the White House briefing that the White House will not interject in a local law enforcement matter and at most a state criminal matter, President Obama held his Rose Garden speech stating ‘if I had a son he would look like Trayvon,’” he said. “To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race.”

He also accused the Department of Justice of doing little to protect his civil rights.

“They had various numerous examples of bounty being place on my head, credible threats placed against myself and my family from [people] whom they know to be domestic terrorists, and the president and the attorney general and the federal government failed to do anything about it,” he said.

A jury acquitted Mr. Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in July 2013.

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