Trayvon Martin was considered guilty before the trial even began. Juror B37 harbored the same irrational fear and prejudice toward black people that caused George Zimmerman to profile Trayvon as a thug before he opened his mouth.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper, she sympathized with Zimmerman, whom she affectionally called “George,” saying he just really wanted to catch “these people” [read: blacks] and things “got out of hand” [read: he killed an unarmed child]. We are truly living in the Twilight Zone.
Here are 10 shocking and revealing moments from her interview, that show she should’ve never been on that jury:
1. She believes George Zimmerman’s heart was in the right place when he killed an unarmed teenager. He just wanted to catch “these people” so badly.
She said to Cooper: “I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods, and wanting to catch these people so badly, that he went above and beyond what he really should have done. His heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong.”
2. She is confident that the cries for help were from a man carrying a gun and not the child who was shot to death.
She told Cooper she “was sure” the voice heard screaming for help on a 911 tape was George Zimmerman. “All but probably one” of the jurors believed the screams were Zimmerman, she said, “because of the evidence that he was the one that had gotten beaten.”
3. She looks at Trayvon Martin and Rachel Jeantel as “others” and uses “they” to refer to them.
When asked about Trayvon’s use of the word “cracker,” she answered: “I don’t think it’s really racial. I think it’s just the everyday life, the type of life that they live, and how they’re living, in the environment that they’re living in.”
During earlier questioning by Zimmerman’s attorney, she described Trayvon Martin as a “boy of color.” At that time, she also referred to peaceful protests in Sanford after Trayvon Martin was killed as “riots,” saying: “I knew there was rioting, but I guess [the authorities] had it pretty well organized.” Note there were no riots in Sanford, Florida following Trayvon’s killing.
4. She said she was moved by Sanford, Florida cop Chris Serino’s testimony that Zimmerman was not influenced by race, but by Trayvon’s attire.
Serino said: “Zimmerman’s actions were not based on Trayvon’s skin color, (but) rather based on his attire, the total circumstances of the encounter and the previous burglary suspects in the community.”
5. She believes they’re both responsible for Trayvon’s death, though Zimmerman was the one who pulled the trigger.
She told Cooper: “It was just hard, thinking that somebody lost their life, and there’s nothing else that could be done about it. I mean, it’s what happened. It’s sad. It’s a tragedy this happened, but it happened. And I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think both of them could have walked away. It just didn’t happen.”
6. She admitted Zimmerman shouldn’t have gotten out of the car but believes the 911 operator “egged him on.”
She revealed she thinks Zimmerman is guilty of “not using good judgment. When he was in the car and he called 911, he shouldn’t have gotten out of that car. But the 911 operator also, when he was talking to him, kind of egged him on.”
7. She believes Zimmerman would’ve reacted the same way if Trayvon was white.
She told Cooper: “I don’t think [race played a role in the case]. I think if there was another person, Spanish, white, Asian, if they came in the same situation where Trayvon was, I think George would have reacted the exact same way. […] I think all of us thought that race did not play a role.”
8. The jury was divided initially. Three jurors were ready to to vote for acquittal, two were leaning toward a manslaughter verdict and one wanted second-degree murder but Juror B37 believes there was no “other place to go” but to let a killer walk free.
She revealed: “There was a couple of them in there that wanted to find him guilty of something and after hours and hours and hours of deliberating over the law, and reading it over and over and over again, we decided there’s just no way, other place to go.”
9. She believes Rachel Jeantel was not a credible witness because she couldn’t understand Jeantel.
She said Jeantel was not a good witness because the phrases used during Jeantel’s testimony were terms she had never heard before. She believes Jeantel “felt inadequate toward everyone because of her education and her communication skills. I just felt sadness for her.”
10. She said she would want Zimmerman on neighborhood watch in her community.
When asked if Zimmerman was the kind of person she’d like on a neighborhood watch in her community, she responded: “If he didn’t go too far. … He just didn’t stop at the limitations he should have stopped at.” She continued saying, since “he’s learned a good lesson,” she “would feel comfortable having George” on her neighborhood watch.