Former George Zimmerman supporter Frank Taaffe testified before a Grand Jury Wednesday (Nov. 12) to disclose a racially charged conversation he had with a man he believes was George Zimmerman. Taaffe spoke with reporters outside of a downtown federal courthouse in Orlando.
While Taaffe didn’t go into detail about the specifics of the conversation, he said he thinks Trayvon was targeted because of race and has decided to come forward to make amends with the Martin family as well as repair a broken relationship with his daughter in the U.S. Marine Corps, who was ostracized because of her father’s support of Zimmerman.
Although Zimmerman, 31, was found not guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin almost a year ago, Taaffe said it was during the trial he was able to glean some of what life is like for black men America, which helped him to come forward.
“During the Zimmerman trial, I heard that African-American men need to have a talk with their sons…it shouldn’t be that way,” Taaffe says. “It’s none of your business. If the music is too loud, move!, Michael Dunn. If there’s a young man not doing anything but talking on his phone in the rain, sauntering about let it go. That’s why we have law enforcement. Do the right thing.”