George Zimmerman Out on Bail, Attacked by “Twitter Lynch Mob”

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Shortly after George Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bail early Monday morning in Florida, he went into hiding, and for good reason. The shooter of Trayvon Martin has already received death threats, and his family too—but he was slapped with a new slew of them via Twitter this morning. One source dubbed it a “Twitter Lynch Mob.” The people tweeting the threats are probably “all talk no action,” but it’s quite amazing to see such a collective hatred toward one person.

Some of the tweets were pretty violent, saying things like: “someone pass me a gun, imma go follow zimmerman, shoot and kill him and say #imstandingmyground.” Another person tweeted, simply: “I would kill George Zimmerman.” Others expressed hope that someone else would do it: “@AP Kill george zimmerman,” and “Somebody kill this dude already!”

Zimmerman’s family had to testify by phone at his bail hearing last Friday because they feared for their safety, having received hate mail and death threats, and the man himself appeared to be wearing a bullet-proof vest in court. His location is being kept under wraps as he awaits trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. He is being charged with second-degree murder. It is one thing if he is receiving death threats, but quite another if the hatred is turned toward his family. Do you think he will be convicted—or killed by “the Twitter Lynch Mob” first?

Photo credit: The Daily Beast

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