Prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel, whose testimony hurt the state's case against George Zimmerman according to a juror, continued the damage Monday night in a CNN interview, apparently acknowledging that Trayvon Martin was beating George Zimmerman before he was shot and presenting conflicting interpretations of the term for which she will forever be associated, "creepy a-- cracka."
In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, Jeantel insisted that Zimmerman and the jury didn't have the cultural awareness to understand that Martin wasn't giving the defendant a "bashing" but merely a "whoop-a--," Breitbart News noted.
Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin shortly before he was shot by Zimmerman Feb. 26, 2012, explained: "They don't understand, they understand, 'Oh, he would just bash, or was kill.' When somebody bash somebody, like, blood, people, trust me, in the area I live, that's not bashing. That's just called "whoop-ass." You just got your ass whooped. That's what it is.'
Breitbart's Joel Pollak noted Morgan tried to save Jeantel's statement by asking her whether Martin would have "whooped a--" in self-defense, but the damage was done. The camera, he pointed out, caught a member of the audience reacting in shock at Jeantel's admission.
Zimmerman was acquitted Saturday night by a six-member, all-female jury in Sanford, Fla. The news has been followed by protests nationwide and a call for a civil rights investigation by the Justice Department.
In the interview, Jeantel also expounded on Martin's alleged use of the term "creepy a--cracka" to describe Zimmerman but gave two different definitions.
At one point, she suggested it meant somebody acting as a police officer, which fit the prosecution's portrayal of Zimmerman as an overly zealous cop-wannabe.
But she also used the term to describe a homosexual rapist:
MORGAN: You felt that there was no doubt in your mind from what Trayvon was telling you on the phone about the creepy ass cracka and so on, that he absolutely believed that George Zimmerman, this man, you didn't know who he was at the time, but this man, was pursuing him?
MORGAN: And he was freaked out by it?
JEANTEL: Yes. Definitely after I say may be a rapist, for every boy, for every man, every -- who's not that kind of way, seeing a grown man following them, would they be creep out?
"And people need to understand, he didn't want that creepy ass cracker going to his father or girlfriend's house to go get -- mind you, his little brother was there. You know -- now, mind you, I told you -- I told Trayvon it might have been a rapist."
CNN's Anderson Cooper previously interviewed a member of the jury, identified only as juror number "B-37."
The juror said she didn't find Jeantel's testimony credible but felt sorry for her.
"She was embarrassed by being there, because of her education and her communication skills, that she just wasn’t a good witness," the juror said.
Cooper asked the juror about Jeantel’s “creepy-a-- cracka” statement, and she said Martin probably said it, but it's not "really racial."
"I think it’s just everyday life. The type of life that they live, and how they’re living, in the environment that they’re living in," the juror said.
Morgan asked Jeantel to react to the juror's comment.
"Well, the jury, they see their facts. My thoughts of the jury, they old, that's old school people. We in a new school, our generation, my generation," Jeantel said.
When Morgan asked if it's true that the term "cracka" is used by black people to describe a white person, Jeantel replied, "No!"
She maintained it's "a person who act like they're a police (officer), who, like a security guard who acting like -- that's what I said to them. Trayvon said creepy a-- cracka."
Morgan asked for clarification: "It means he thought it was a police or a security guard?"
"Yeah," said Jeantel, "he acting like the police. And then he keep telling me that the man is still watching him. So, if it was a security guard or a policeman, they would come up to Trayvon and say, 'Do you have a problem? Do you need help?' You know, like normal people."
Read today's full report about the Zimmerman case:
- DOJ wants your tips on Trayvon civil rights
- More evidence ties Martin attorneys to protest agitator
- Obama's race-baiting on Trayvon 'political tactic'
- Jeantel admits Trayvon 'whooped' Zimmerman's 'a—'
- Next Trayvon-style trial? Starts in September
- Zimmermans fear Obama tapping their phones
- Fed case against Zimmerman 'very unlikely'
- Holder, Obama: Sharpton-style race-baiting criminals
- Stunning rescue reported from black mob attack