The gunman in the racially charged Trayvon Martin killing once criticized local Florida cops for allegedly covering up the beating of a black homeless man.
George Zimmerman‘s comments at a public forum came a year before he shot the black teen at close range—but his supporters will seize on them as evidence he is not racist.
He spoke out in January 2011 after a video of a white cop’s son beating the black victim went viral—without an arrest being made.
“I would just like to state that the law is written in black and white,” Zimmerman said during the meeting. “It should not and cannot be enforced in the gray for those who are in the thin blue line.”
He demanded that Sanford repeal the pension of then-police chief Brian Tooley for what Zimmerman called “his illegal coverup in corruption,” according to a tape obtained by The Associated Press.