Rivera’s hoodie re­mark spurs out­cry

The Washington Times Daily - - Life - BY DAVID BAUDER

FNEW YORK ox News Chan­nel com­men­ta­tor Ger­aldo Rivera said Fri­day that the hoodie an un­armed black teenager wore when he was killed in Florida is as much re­spon­si­ble for his death as the man who shot him.

The veteran TV per­son­al­ity, speak­ing on “Fox & Friends,” waded in with an opin­ion on the shoot­ing of Trayvon Martin, a story that has at­tracted na­tional at­ten­tion over the past month. He later ac­knowl­edged that his com­ments were “po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect.”

Peo­ple wear­ing hooded sweat­shirts are of­ten go­ing to be per­ceived as a men­ace, Mr. Rivera said.

“I’ll bet you money that if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neigh­bor­hood watch guy wouldn’t have re­sponded in that vi­o­lent and ag­gres­sive way,” Mr. Rivera said.

The un­armed 17-year-old Trayvon was killed Feb. 26 in San­ford. He was wear­ing a hoodie and re­turn­ing from a trip to a con­ve­nience store when neigh­bor­hood watch cap­tain Ge­orge Zim­mer­man started fol­low­ing him, telling po­lice dis­patch­ers he looked sus­pi­cious. Mr. Zim­mer­man hasn’t

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“If you dress like a hood­lum, even­tu­ally some schmuck is go­ing to take you at your word,” Ger­aldo Rivera wrote in a com­men­tary about a Florida teen killed by a neigh­bor­hood

watch cap­tain.

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