UPDATE (May 13, 2016):
In less than 24 hours, the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin has been put up for auction on two different websites, been removed twice, been put up for auction again and, finally, hit the $65 million mark for bids, with four days left to go. Thankfully, it appears that the current auction — which we are not linking to — has been taken over by trolls, with the leading bid of $65 million originally being posted by someone calling themselves “Racist McShootFace.” (The account has since been deleted.) Other big bids have come from bogus account holders like “Donald Trump” and someone grotesquely calling themselves “Tamir Rice,” in reference to the 12-year-old Black boy who was killed by Cleveland police.
Also, the Smithsonian Museum vehemently denied Zimmerman’s claim in one of the auction ads that they had expressed interest in acquiring the gun, which Zimmerman called “a piece of American history.” The Smithsonian released a brief statement on Twitter:
UPDATE (11:54 a.m.):
Well, that was quick! The gun broker website that George Zimmerman was using to sell the gun that killed Trayvon Martin has taken the auction offline just 45 minutes after bidding began. According to Raw Story, the link to the auction has been disabled and returns an error message, while website’s social media profiles have also been disabled or made private.
George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watchman who killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 and has been gleefully unapologetic ever since, has somehow managed to out-evil himself. Zimmerman has decided to auction off the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm gun he used to kill Martin on a gun broker website, calling it “an American firearm icon.” Bidding starts at $5,000 and Zimmerman says he will be donating the money to “fight [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers” – which, BTW, is not actually a thing – and to finance “the demise of Angela Correy’s persecution career” (he’s referring to Angela Corey, the prosecutor who failed to get him convicted).
Zimmerman says his life has been threatened since announcing this latest effort to further exploit the death of the child.
“What I’ve decided to do is not cower,” Zimmerman told local news station WOGZ, as if proudly auctioning evidence from a murder trial somehow makes him brave. “I’m a free American. I can do what I want with my possessions.”
Zimmerman may have been acquitted by a Florida jury, but his trouble with the law hasn’t stopped. There were five incidents in 2013 alone, including allegations of domestic violence, and a 2015 arrest for aggravated assault.
The auction began this morning, but CrimeFeed will not be linking to the website or referring to it by name for reasons we hope are obvious to anyone with some semblance of a conscience.
Read more: NBC News
Photo: AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File
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