A forgiving professor asks George Zimmerman to surrender

A forgiving professor asks George Zimmerman to surrender

Dear Mr. George Zimmerman:

My name is Dr. Garrard McClendon, an education professor from Chicago State University. I am humbly asking for you to surrender to the authorities for the incident occurring on February 26, 2012.

Two teenagers murdered my parents (Milton and Ruby McClendon) two days after their 54th wedding anniversary. It took 7 days for the FBI along with county and state police to foster a surrender and apprehension. The time period felt like decades as my family prayed, hoped, and wished for a surrender.

I prayed for the perpetrators, and forgave them before they were apprehended. Once the suspects were in custody, a burden was lifted.

The burden of scrutiny from protests and marches may be taking a toll on your quality of life and your family's privacy. This is not a pleasant situation in the least. The incident has changed the lives of thousands of people in our nation and worldwide, especially the Martin family and your family. Climates of stress, anger, and uncertainty have been brewing, and the point of outbreak is near.

I want George Zimmerman to know that Garrard McClendon forgives you. I do not speak for the family of the victim. I do not speak for anyone other than myself. I simply ask you to surrender to your responsibility in the death of Trayvon Martin. I ask your legal team to offer your surrender to your responsibility in the death of Trayvon Martin.

I do not write this letter to judge you or Trayvon Martin. I write this letter to quell the fears, anger, and potential destruction of our belief in human dignity, humanity, and civility.

George Zimmerman can maintain his dignity and humanity by surrendering to the authorities. As a professor, I will give my best effort to protect you, protect your right of a fair trail, protect your rights as a U.S. citizen, and to give my best effort to support your right to your choice of plea.
As each day passes, the world awaits your agreement to surrender. This is your opportunity to take full responsibility as a man who is responsible for the taking of a human being's life.

The world awaits your courage, your sensitivity, your hope in a free society, your willingness to step forward and claim your rightful place. We are counting on you to restore our faith in humanity.

I, Garrard McClendon, ask George Zimmerman to surrender to authorities for the events leading to the death of Trayvon Martin.


Garrard McClendon, Ph.D.
Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60619

cc: Benjamin Crump @attorneycrump
Hal Uhrig


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  • LOL surrender? Hes not on the run. The cops questioned him the night of the shooting and let him go. He's not being sought after by anyone but the black panthers and those trying to collect their bounty to catch him.

  • This is Crazy! His lawyers quit and are saying that Zimmerman is no longer in the state of Florida.

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    So what, he hasn't been charged with a crime as of yet so he can go anywhere he pleases! Why would someone surrender themselves when we're not even sure a crime has been commited yet in the eyes of the law?

  • I don't usually leave negative comments, but IMHO this article is lacking.

    As the original comment points out, what is there for Zimmerman to surrender for? He "surrendered" immediately after Trayvon's death, was questioned and released without being charged with any crime.

    The way I understand it, he has already volunteered to turn himself in if he is charged, is that correct?

    I'm sorry but this is nothing like the author's situation, Zimmerman isn't running or hiding for the law, only from vigilantes who seem determined to start a race war.

    I pray to God they fail

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    Regardless, he is responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin. He got out of his car to pursue him. The Sanford police explicitly told him not to pursue.

  • In reply to Don Ellis:

    I respectfully disagree that this is a race war. There are plenty of non-blacks who don't see the justice in this case. Trayvon Martin was an unarmed minor who committed no crime and was shot dead in the street without repercussion. We can't live in a society that thinks this is okay. What if it were my kid? Or yours?

  • Great comment. Very thoughtful and caring.

  • He may want to confess. Facing responsibility can be a big stress relief!

  • Jenna: Yes, his stress would definitely dissipate if he turned himself in. Only he knows what really happened that night, but the 911 tapes are surfacing.

  • We did it...great work. Zimmerman in custody. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57412675/zimmerman-charged-with-2nd-degree-murder/

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