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Rachel Jeantel Says Police Didn't Even Try to Contact Her Over Trayvon's Death

“He told me a strange man, who we now know as George, kept following him toward his father’s fiancée’s house,” Jeantel said.

Rachel Jeantel
Rachel Jeantel

(SANFORD, FL) - HLN's Vinnie Politan held a one-on-one interview with Rachel Jeantel – the prosecution’s star witness in the George Zimmerman trial. The 19-year-old Jeantel testifies in Zimmerman’s trial about the final moments of Trayvon Martin’s life. Jeantel was the longtime friend of Trayvon Martin, and was on the phone with him moments before he was gunned down by 29-year-old George Zimmerman in Florida.

Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges related to Martin’s death. The verdict has caused a nation wide outcry over the perceived injustice, while some called the verdict “correct”.

Rachel Jeantel believes otherwise. In the interview, Jeantel had a personal message for Zimmerman.

“I don’t know how you sleep at night,” exclaimed the distraught friend of slain Trayvon.

Jeantel went on with HLN host Politan in the interview, explaining what really went on in the courtroom during the trial, and what jurors never heard about her final conversation with Martin.

“He told me a strange man, who we now know as George, kept following him toward his father’s fiancée’s house,” Jeantel said.

Jeantel admits that she told Martin during the phone conversation that a r@pist could be following him, and after that, Martin started to sound worried about the man behind him.

“He started walking back from that area toward his father’s house,” Jeantel told Politan. She said Martin told her he was going to take a shortcut, and he said nothing about attacking the man who was following him.

“He was trying to get home,” Jeantel said. “He did not sound like he was quiet. He was talking loud, he was breathing hard. The defense’s claim that Trayvon was hiding behind a tree, that was ridiculous.”

Jeantel continued, stating that after she heard Martin ask Zimmerman why he was following him, she also heard Zimmerman say, “What are you doing around here?” “And then I heard this punch, not punch, but a push, and a fight started. I’m hearing Trayvon say ‘get off, get off.’”

The case has been criticized by experts and state prosecutors. Jeantel exclaimed that she wasn’t contacted by the police initially.

“It was Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin,” Jeantel told Politan. “It’s ridiculous how officers who had Trayvon’s phone couldn’t have called me or looked at the last number.”

Jeantel was harshly criticized nation-wide, as her unclear testimony in court was continuously plagued by her rude demeanor, manner of speech and credibility. But she also has defenders, who say that she isn’t a dumb or bad person, just misunderstood.

When asked by the HLN host if she had any regrets about her taking the stand, she replied with, “Control my attitude. I had an attorney attacking me.”



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Anonymous July 21, 2013 8:51 am (Pacific time)

Justice was carried out and this Jeantel helped Martin appropriately.

Anonymous July 20, 2013 10:10 pm (Pacific time)

Bill Arnett had George Zimmerman had the kind of convictions that you assert he would not have been given a CHL. The bottom line is our Judicial Process has dealt with the criminal charges,and that's it. Of course we appear to have those who want mob justice, and if that happens maybe the Hispanic community will respond? If Zimmerman was black or even white, would many of you feel the same? Or is it easy to go after a Hispanic who appears to have convinced the jury "beyond a reasonable doubt" along with several alternate jury members of his innocence? The U.S. Constitution makes it clear that Mr. Zimmerman did not have to testify, but since the prosecution put on several hours of taped testimony by Zimmerman, why should he? Even many of the prosecution witnesses ended up helping the defense including the lead detective who testified that he believed Mr. Zimmerman. How about those government employees, numbering at nearly 150 in the Clinton and Obama regimes that took the 5th? I guess that's okay for some of you, but not for Zimmerman?

Bill Annett July 20, 2013 11:25 am (Pacific time)

John, Zimmerman was not a security guard. He was a self-appointed "Neighborhood Watch" member, a jerk with a mixed past including raps for wife beating and resisting arrest, and a cop wannabe with a loaded gun playing at vigilante.The fact that they avoided putting him on the stand says it all as far as the defense is concerned - among any group of attorneys, that's an admission of guilt.

Anonymous July 20, 2013 9:09 am (Pacific time)

She is not that idiot who can't even read. She was a big help. Not.

John Atkins July 20, 2013 4:15 am (Pacific time)

I'll admit that I didn't watch any of thye trial and so I am somewhat in the dark. Somewhat. However, prior to the trial, I was watching the news about the jury selection and profiled the jurists. The prosecution wanted white women who they figured might be intimidated by blacks. But that is not what really bothers me here. According to this article, this woman says that Trayvon told her he was being followed by a strange man. Think about that a minute. If Zimmerman is acting as a security guard, why wasn't he in uniform and clearly identifiable? Personally, I think Zimmerman is guilty as hell. So where are all of the lawsuits for wrongful death?

Anonymous July 19, 2013 5:02 pm (Pacific time)

Bill - Jeantel is actually a 19 year old who will begin her senior year in a couple months.

Bill Annett July 19, 2013 4:38 am (Pacific time)

You're so right, Anon. One of the jurors commented on Rachel's lack of education. She was 18 and just finished high school despite her Creole background. By the standards of the white attorney's wife making the comment,who carefully maintained her own anonymity - like you - Rachel should have a Ph.D. by now. Don West did a great job of picking her to pieces.

Anonymous July 18, 2013 9:50 pm (Pacific time)

Utterly misleading article. Anyone with a pulse who listened to her testimony see her for what the defense so easily demonstrated!

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