A 13-year-old who is one of two key witnesses in the Trayvon Martin shooting felt “pressured” by cops to tailor what he saw, his mom told the Daily News Thursday.
Police in Sanford, Fla., have said that Austin Brown, who went out to walk his dog on Feb. 26 near where Trayvon was shot, saw Zimmerman lying in the grass crying for help just before the slaying.
But Austin’s mom, Chery Brown, told the News that when cops interviewed her son eight days after Trayvon’s death, he told them he saw only one person lying in the grass and he couldn’t tell who it was.
“He kept telling them he couldn’t see anything because it was too dark,” she said. “He said he couldn’t see the race or anything. He never saw a second person. ”
“Then they asked him if he saw what the man was wearing. They gave him a multiple choice question and gave him three colors. He said, ‘I think it was red.’”
Zimmerman, 28, was wearing a red and black jacket. Trayvon, 17, was wearing a grey hoodie.
“Knowing my son, I believe he felt pressured to give the color,” Brown said.
“He really couldn’t see anything,” she said. “I think when interviewing a 13 year old you don’t give them three options.”
The new account is another blow to the case that grows increasingly contradictory.