Geraldo Rivera gives "a different take" as he puts it, on the shooting of Trayvon Martin and blames the young man's choice of clothing for his death as much as he blames the person that pulled the trigger.
Friday morning on "Fox and Friends" Geraldo Rivera, host of " Geraldo at Large" which airs weeknights on the Fox News Network attributed the tragic shooting of 17 year old Trayvon Martin to the hoodie Martin was wearing at the time just as much as the shooter himself.
On an overcast and rainy evening late February in Sanford, Florida, a young Travoy Martin was returning home to his father's house after a walk to the local 7-11 for skittles and an ice tea. As he entered the gated community Martin was noticed by a self-proclaimed neighborhood watch volunteer by the name of George Zimmerman, a short time later, Martin (unarmed) lay dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest, allegedly fired by Zimmerman.
The tragic and most say unjustified shooting has become the focus of national and international attention and outrage due to the lack of an arrest and the questionable handling of the case by law enforcement in the city of Sanford.
Rivera said on the morning show that he believed the alleged shooter George Zimmerman in his opinion should be "investigated to the fullest extent of the law" and if found criminally liable he believes Zimmerman should be "prosecuted."
Although, stressing that he believed Martin to be a "wonderful" kid and "didn't deserve to die," Rivera put some of the blame on Martin's parents for allowing him to leave the house wearing a hoodie.
"I'll bet you money, if he didn't have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn't have responded in that violent and aggressive way," said Rivera.
Trying to clarify his remarks Rivera went on to say that he warns his own son about the way he dresses in public.
Saying, "When you, when you see a kid walking — Juliet — when you see a kid walking down the street, particularly a dark skinned kid like my son Cruz, who I constantly yelled at when he was going out wearing a damn hoodie or those pants around his ankles. Take that hood off, people look at you and they — what do they think? What’s the instant identification, what’s the instant association?"
In the words of "Fox and Friends" co-host Steve Doocy, "Uh-Oh."