July 16th, 2013
12:34 AM ET

Zimmerman Juror B37: 'Race did not play a role'

Tonight on AC360 Anderson Cooper spoke exclusively to George Zimmerman trial Juror B37 about whether or not race played a role in the case.

The juror said she didn't think Zimmerman viewed Trayvon Martin as suspicious because he was an African-American. She said race did not come up as part of the jury's deliberation discussions. "I think he just profiled him because he was the neighborhood watch, and he profiled anybody that came in acting strange."

She said that if, for example, the person walking through the neighborhood was someone from a different race, "Spanish, white, Asian ... George would have reacted the exact same way."

Juror B37 thought the entire incident started because Zimmerman was trying to protect the neighborhood. "I just think circumstances caused George to think that he might be a robber or trying to do something bad in the neighborhood because of all that had gone on previously. There were an unbelievable number of robberies in the neighborhood."

The reason she said Zimmerman found Trayvon suspicious was because of George's description from the night of the shooting, he saw someone he did not recognize cutting through the back of the neighborhood in the rain. "He said he was looking in houses as he was walking down the road, kind of just not having a purpose to where he was going. He was stopping and starting. But I mean that’s George’s rendition of it. But I think the situation where Trayvon got into him being late at night, dark at night, raining ... Anybody would think anybody walking down the road stopping and turning and looking, if that’s exactly what happened, is suspicious."

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  1. Susan Henderson

    'Georgie' had the gun......scared? Stand what ground? With a gun?? following a young teen??? What child, teenager, hell an adult, being followed is the one scared, fearful...
    What else can really be commented on, reviewed, 're-pondered' from all the credible evidence, witnesses, tapes, ...that we have offered, reviewed a whole LOT LONGER THAN WHAT THEY DID AND it's QUITE OBVIOUS THE JURORS DISREGARDED, DIDN'T HEAR, PONDER, hell again, as per b-37, none of them believed too much anyway, nor did she know half the evidence as she explained deliberations. Were the rest of them in another courtroom than the one THE WORLD WAS WATCHING AND LISTENING TO?
    We can only continue to pray for the Martin & Fulton family, as well as other families who have endured such tragedy

    July 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  2. Sally

    Did Florida's D A say that nobody is arrested the same day after killing someone the same night?... "what if" they wanted to kill someone else?

    July 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
  3. Sally

    Stanford Police Department rubber stamped Zimmerman's verbal, written and walk thru interviews, never questioned him on his story sent him home to sleep in his own bed "after discharging his weapon, KILLING a CHILD", they took his word and verified it with a seal of approval in court under Oath for the WORLD to see and NOW they want people to BELIEVE RACE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS CAUSE... OMG And now the State of FLORIDA has to pay for this one man's lie. look at what unfairness and unequal under the LAW can cost Florida and the U.S. We need you LORD in this moment "eb body say amen".

    July 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    I think this juror should be more concerned with Trayvon Martin's heart (shot at close range) than the murderer's heart which seems to be lacking any remorse.
    This guy said on insanity's show that if he had the chance to do it all over again he would do the same.
    Too bad that a lot of calls from the neighborhood cop wannabe could not be brought up in court. The ones that show that the killer has a thing about blacks.
    I hear she was sitting closest to the murderer so maybe her heart skipped a beat or two during the trial. I am speculating because, as a woman, I find "George" disgusting.

    July 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
  5. kelvi brink

    Juror B37 I think she is in the Zimmerman pocket, she thinks she knew what happened only Travon and Zimmerman knows what happened, and one cannot defend himself.

    July 16, 2013 at 4:29 am |

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