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    that you can't say anything favorable about him without getting "blow back?"

    Family Rescued by George Zimmerman Fears 'Blow Back' - ABC News

    The family rescued by George Zimmerman when they were trapped in an overturned SUV canceled a scheduled news conference today and is pleading for privacy.

    Zimmerman was one of two men who came to the aid of Dana and Mark Gerstle and their two children, who were trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had rolled over after traveling off the highway in Sanford, Fla., about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

    The Gerstles were expected to hold a press conference today at the office of Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara, but cancelled a few hours before it was supposed to take place.

    "They have expressed to us that they are not comfortable doing media interviews at this time and they continue to ask for privacy," the Seminole City Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

    Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, said the family had asked to speak, but then got concerned about the anger surrounding the controversial verdict.

    "The family called because they wanted to address the media. I knew that if we did it in an organized way, it would help them get back to a normal life.. But they called today and said they were more worried about blow back from saying anything that would be favorable to George, and decided they did not want to do any media," O'Mara said.

    The lawyer said that when he spoke to the Gerstles "their voices were trembling" and that they feared saying anything positive about Zimmerman "would be toxic."

    O'Mara wouldn't say whether Zimmerman is now carrying a weapon since the Department of Justice asked that the gun and other evidence be sent to federal prosecutors who are reviewing the case.

    But Zimmerman "should be [armed] given the threats against him," O'Mara said. He added, "If I were him I would leave" the country.

    The Gerstles could not be reached for comment.

    Zimmerman has been in hiding since he was acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin and his acquittal prompted a flood of negative reactions and dozens of protests across the country. Zimmerman as well as his parents have received death threats.

    The Thursday crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route Route 46, police said, less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot Martin.

    By the time police arrived, two people - including Zimmerman - had already helped the family get out of the overturned car, the sheriff's office said. No one was reported to be injured.
    Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after speaking with the deputy, police said.
    Assuming this story is true, do you think that the couple was right to be concerned about saying something favorable about George Zimmerman? Does it seem odd that there was going to be a press release about this in the first place? Any other thoughts?
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    This is totally cynical, but my first thought was that since it was only a mile from his house, he probably heard about it on the police scanner that you just know he has. I acknowledge that I shouldn't think that way though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    This is totally cynical, but my first thought was that since it was only a mile from his house, he probably heard about it on the police scanner that you just know he has. I acknowledge that I shouldn't think that way though.
    He doesn't live there anymore.
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    I'm pretty sure the New Black Panthers sill have a bounty on his head. I don't blame them for being scared.

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    Do you really think the NBP (or anyone else) would actually hurt this family just for admitting that GZ helped them when their car crashed? That seems like a pretty big stretch to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    Do you really think the NBP (or anyone else) would actually hurt this family just for admitting that GZ helped them when their car crashed? That seems like a pretty big stretch to me.
    Yes. If they using it as an excuse to attack random people why wouldn't they hurt someone who is known to sympathize with him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Yes. If they using it as an excuse to attack random people why wouldn't they hurt someone who is known to sympathize with him?

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    i don't think that actually has anything to do with GZ, it was just people taking advantage of the opportunity to rob people, which happens, sadly. I still don't believe that then means that this family would be targets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    i don't think that actually has anything to do with GZ, it was just people taking advantage of the opportunity to rob people, which happens, sadly. I still don't believe that then means that this family would be targets.
    Well I certainly wouldn't want to put my name out in the media and take that chance if it was me.

    Just look at this article and see how their FB pictures are now posted all over the media.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...hate-mobs.html

    The media is not interested in helping race relations or printing the truth. They will play up anything that will sell papers, including making GZ out as a racist no matter who it hurts.
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    I think it is a really sad situation. I do think that Zimmerman has a big heart and was doing what he thought was best to protect his neighbourhood (whether or not it was misguided), and then again to protect this family. I do think the anger and heat in this situation puts him, his family, and anyone who openly speaks in his favour in danger. I do not think it is a stretch at all to think that this family would be attacked if they spoke out in favour of Zimmerman.

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    Totally toxic. I wouldn't want to be associated with him in any way. And I have NO doubt that he heard this on the scanner and tried to entangle himself. I think he's a fame and attention junkie at this point. We will be hearing more from him, I've no doubt. His ego will guarantee it. He needs the attention.

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