From the very beginning, the case against George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin was beset by the specter of racism. Even before the trial, Zimmerman was already enjoying the bonuses of being a non-Black criminal suspect when police declined to charge him with murder until after enough people started complaining and petitioning.
So it is little wonder that the medical examiner who testified in the case, Dr. Shiping Bao, has recently accused the medical examiner’s office (the head of the office, presumably), state attorney’s office, and the Sanford Police Department of bias against Martin, according to WFTV.com. The WFTV.com article goes on to say:
Attorney Willie Gary said Dr. Bao was made to be a scapegoat and was wrongfully fired from the medical examiner’s office. He said his client was prepared to offer proof that Martin was not the aggressor.
“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,'” Gary said.
What’s especially interesting is that the medical examiner’s office has never given a public statement as to why Dr. Bao was fired, which leads one to infer that he may have been fired for expressing his discomfort for testifying in a manner that helped the police and Zimmerman. He was the one who examined Martin’s body, so his testimony was meant to help the jury understand what happened the night Martin was shot.
It’s also important to note that his testimony took some twists and turns during the trial, as reported by WFTV.com:
On the stand, Dr. Bao changed his testimony about key statements he’d made and said he’d changed his mind about Martin only being alive for as many as three minutes after the shooting.
Dr. Bao and his attorney are now planning on suing for $100 million. The reports I read didn’t specify who they are suing, but it seems likely that it will be the current medical examiner’s office head, or the county the case took place in. There are very few news reports on this so far, which is strange since you’d think this story would be huge given it has to do with the Zimmerman trial.
There is also a video of the report at WFTV.com.
I’ll post any updates I find.