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George Zimmerman Is Now Criticizing Trayvon Martin's Parents

In his latest interview, Zimmerman says Trayvon Martin's parents capitalized on their son's death and treated him "like a dog without a leash."

By Jamal Andress | May 18, 2016

George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, told the Daily Beast that Trayvon Martin's parents "didn't raise their son right." 

When asked about Martin's family and selling the gun he used to kill Trayvon, he said, "Sure, I'm sorry for any parent that has lost a child ... That being said, I also believe it's their duty to have an internal dialogue to see what they should have done better. ... They didn't raise their son right."

Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has been in the news for one scandal after another — from his original Confederate flag painting sold in the "Muslim-free gun store" to his arrest on suspicion of domestic abuse.

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"It's time to move past the firearm, and if I sell it and it sells, then I move past it," Zimmerman said. 

Last week, Zimmerman made headlines for attempting to auction off the gun he used to shoot and kill Martin. After one site deemed the auction inappropriate and took it down, the item was picked up by another. The bidding currently sits at more than $137,000. 

Zimmerman told the Daily Beast he wants to use the money to fight the Black Lives Matter movement: "I would take that money, and I would make sure that every law enforcement officer and every single civilian who is affected by the Black Lives Matter fraudulent, violent campaign — those officers, those civilians, their entire families — were made wealthy beyond their wildest imaginations."

The Martin family's attorney said last week that "the family does not want to dignify this with a response" when asked about the gun auction. So far, they're treating these latest comments the same way. 

This video includes images of Getty Images and clips from Florida Gun SupplyWOFL and ABC.

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