The family that George Zimmerman rescued from mangled car wreck on Florida highway last week were WHITE
- Two children and their parents were in overturned vehicle
- First time Zimmerman was seen since being acquitted just four days earlier
- Went into hiding after he, his family and attorneys received death threats
- Rallies against the verdict took place all weekend
The rescue came after a series of frantic 911 calls following the incident on a stretch of Florida highway just yards from where Zimmerman shot 17 year old Trayvon Martin.
The 29-year-old has not been seen since he was acquitted of all counts against him on July 13 for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
The heroic rescue took place just four days later, less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot the teen in a gated Sanford community in Seminole County.
Sanford Police Department Capt Jim McAuliffe said that Zimmerman was identified by one of the crash victims as the man who pulled him and his family from the mangled vehicle.
Cleared: George Zimmerman has been labelled a hero after pulling a family from their overturned vehicle
Scene: The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route Route 46, pictured, less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin
‘George Zimmerman pulled me out,’ firefighters were told by the unidentified driver, according to McAuliffe.
The responding deputy said that when he arrived at the intersection of I-4 and Route 46, two men – one of whom was Zimmerman – had already gotten the family, which included two children, out of the overturned vehicle.
Zimmerman left after telling the deputy what happened for his accident report, though he is not thought to have been a witness to the crash.
No one was injured.
‘There has already been the backlash of people saying this is some sort of PR stunt but it isn’t. We’ve had it confirmed by the Sheriff.’
Asked if Zimmerman was being called a hero, sheriff spokeswoman Kim Cannaday said: ‘We’re not going that far.’
Since being acquitted, his family – and even his lawyers – as well as George himself have received numerous death threats.
His brother Robert Zimmerman said last week: ‘We have had an enormous amount of death threats. George’s legal counsel has had death threats, the police chief of Sanford, many people have had death threats.
“Everyone with Georgie’s DNA should be killed” — just every kind of horrible thing you can imagine.’
Their side: Gladys and Robert Zimmerman spoke out for the first time in an interview taped on Monday, saying that they fear for their son’s life
Over the weekend, nationwide rallies took place to press for federal civil rights charges against the former neighborhood watch leader.
The case has become a flashpoint in separate but converging national debates over self-defense laws, guns, and race relations.
High profile: Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton, third from left, was joined by Beyonce, Jay Z and the Rev Al Sharpton at New York’s protest Saturday
Star support: Beyonce and Jay Z join a Justice for Trayvon rally in New York
The Rev Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized Justice for Trayvon rallies and vigils outside federal buildings from noon in at least 101 cities, from New York and Los Angeles to Wichita in Kansas and Birmingham, Alabama.
On Saturday morning he told supporters in Manhattan he wanted a rollback of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
‘We are trying to change laws so that this never, ever happens again,’ he said.
‘We have the strength to wipe our tears away. Last Saturday we cried. This Saturday we march.’
Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, also spoke at the New York rally, telling the crowd: ‘Today it was my son. Tomorrow it might be yours.’
She added: ‘Of course we are hurting. Of course we are shocked and disappointed, but that just means we have to roll up our sleeves and continue to fight.’
Emotional: Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton is joined by her son, Jahvaris, left, and the Rev Al Sharpton as she speaks in New York
Ms Fulton, her son Jahvaris, and the Rev Al Sharpton, joined the rally as it marched to One Police Plaza at noon, where they were joined by Jay Z and his wife Beyonce, according to the New York Post.
Although they did not speak at the rally, the Rev Al Sharpton told the crowd: ‘Jay Z told me, “I’m a father. Beyonce is a mother”. We all feel the pain and apprehension – the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn’t protect anybody.’
He added: ‘We do not come from hate, we come from love of children,’ according to the Huffington Post.
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