A Good Deed Goes Punished: Family Rescued By George Zimmerman Wants Nothing To Do With Him, Cites Possible Blowback From Being Associated With Formerly-Charged Murderer
A Florida couple rescued from an overturned SUV by George Zimmerman last week have cancelled a planned news conference over concerns about being associated with Trayvon Martin’s killer.
Zimmerman and another man pulled Mark and Dana Gerstle and their two young children out of their blue Ford Explorerunharmed following an accident last Thursday not far from the spot where Zimmerman shot and killed Martin.
Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lawyer, had planned to host the news conference in his office, but was forced to call it off after a last-minute change of heart from the Gerstles.
"The family does not want to be associated with George," O’Mara told reporters.
In a separate statement, the Seminole City Sheriff’s Office said the couple “expressed to us that they are not comfortable doing media interviews at this time and they continue to ask for privacy.”
A family friend who spoke with The Daily Mailsaid the Gerstles were “grateful to Zimmerman for what he did,” but were worried the media would interpret any praise directed at Zimmerman as “making him into a hero.”
"[T]hey called today and said they were more worried about blow back from saying anything that would be favorable to George," said O’Mara.
O’Mara took advantage of the opportunity to address the conspiracy theory that the entire thing was a stunt to boost Zimmerman’s public image.
"I will acknowledge it was coincidental four or five days after the verdict, but it was not set up, or staged," he said. “Really, do you think we would’ve set up a family of four on the side (of the road), destroying an SUV?”
Zimmerman himself has also remained hidden from public view since he was acquitted of murder, and his exact whereabouts are unknown.
[photo via AP]
UPDATE 1: Below is a picture of the Gerstle family that George Zimmerman allegedly rescued from a car accident. Notice something very striking here. The family he saved was white. If he thought this would help his case, he was sadly mistaken. [Picture from International Business Times]
UPDATE 2: The responding officer to the scene to the accident is a family friend of George Zimmerman. Officer Patrick Rehder called Zimmerman the minute he noticed that there was an accident nearby. Zimmerman appeared out of nowhere to the accident, then “saved” the family from harm’s way.
Here’s the catch: The accident was 100% real, however, what happened after was entirely staged.
Newsball has an entire investigative report on the accident and all things related to it, including explanations on how the accident was indeed real, but the response to it was staged.
The response to the accident was a PR stunt to help attempt to garner more public support for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who was recently acquitted of second-degree murder charges in Sanford, Florida.