Zimmerman’s African-American Defense Intern Addresses Racist Comments

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A case initially represented as an issue of racism finally reaches a verdict and the jurors in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was found not guilty. Protests have erupted and the case has paved the forum for debates on gun laws and race in America, but defense intern, Channa Lloyd, says that’s not what the trial was about.

The 3rd year law student’s first question to defense attorney, Mark O’Mara,  before she accepted her position in the trial was if Zimmerman was indeed a racist. When Lloyd was asked why that was important to her, she replied: “Being African American, even if he [Zimmerman] was a client in need of representation, I don’t know that I would have been able to divorce that, and you have to have the proper representation and people who can do that.” Lloyd was a volunteer in the case, and worked for free in the duration of the trial.

When asked how she knew where Zimmerman stood on the basis of racism, the 34-year-old replied, “I can just kind of tell. I’ve been African-American, and you encounter people who are racist; I just know that he’s not.”

Check out her interview with CNN below: