In the aftermath of the jury verdict in the Zimmerman case, much has been considered about the possibility of a federal charge based on an allegation of a hate crime. Eric Holder has signaled that a hate crime charge may be filed. I previously posted an article setting out the evidence available from the state court proceeding, and why it appeared to me that there was insufficient evidence to support a hate-crime charge. Mother Jones has exposed the neighbor of Zimmerman, Frank Taffee, as the person who may be the missing link to justify federal charges being filed.
Frank Taffee was a neighbor of George Zimmerman. In fact the home where Zimmerman had parked his car the night of the shooting was Taffee’s residence. Taffee’s home was also the target of a previous break-in. After the shooting Taffee was interviewed repeatedly as a defender of Zimmerman. However I perceived that Taffee was only relevant because he was a neighbor at the Retreat at Twin Lakes.
The report out today by Mother Jones reveals that Taffee’s involvement with Zimmerman was much greater than the mere fact that he was a neighbor. Taffee was the person Zimmerman sought out after the shooting, and two days before his arrest, to get “talking points” and get advice. Taffee was not only a violent man, but he has been charged with crimes almost a dozen times and been convicted twice. One of his sons was so afraid of him that the son jumped out of a speeding car. The other son died of a drug overdose, leaving a note for his father, Mr. Taffee. Before his death, Taffee’s son left a note for his father… “Fuck you, Dad, I never thought a father could be so bad…I’m your son, the one you ditched.”
However being a bad father didn’t cause Mr. Taffee to be a racist. But he was that too! Read the entire article from Mother Jones, and learn about the person George Zimmerman sought out for his wisdom, advice, and counseling before he was arrested for the killing of an unarmed black teen. It’s unclear if this evidence would be admissible in a court of law because it happened AFTER the shooting. However for the rest of the country, we will understand that Zimmerman was a racist and that he valued the opinion of a man who said:
“how much nigga cock do u suck an one day or maybe u like it pounded up ur hebe ass.” In another he wrote, “the only time a black life is validated is when a white person kills them.”
Thanks Kaye for sending this article!