Zimmerman: A person in his circumstances can't feel guilty

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George Zimmerman Releases a New Video

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- George Zimmerman says in a newly released video that a person in his circumstances can't feel guilty over surviving a confrontation like the one he had with Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old he shot and killed three years ago in Florida. He also criticizes President Barack Obama's reaction to the case.

In the video released Monday by his attorney, Zimmerman said he would feel guilty only if he thought he could have done something differently that would have saved both their lives.

"Only in a true life-and-death scenario can you have mental clearness to know that you cannot feel guilty for surviving," Zimmerman said in the video.

He also blamed President Barack Obama for stirring up racial divisiveness over Martin's death.

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This image taken from a video released by attorney Howard Iken on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, shows George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, during an interview in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, March 7, 2014. The video was made by Iken who is representing Zimmerman in his divorce. In the video, Zimmerman says he'€™s trying to be a good person and he thinks he can help others after what he has gone through. (AP Photo/Howard Iken)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, listens in court, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend. Prosecutors announced Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, that they will not file domestic violence charges against Zimmerman. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)
George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, leaves court Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., after his hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend. Looking on are his defense counsel Daniel Megaro, left, and Jeff Dowdy. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, appears at the Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Shellie Zimmerman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband's arrest, and she was sentenced to a year's probation and 100 hours of community service. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
FILE - In this July 20, 2014 file photo, Alvin Duplessis, 10, left, and Thomas McGriff, 5, foreground, hold signs with others from the Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Church of New Orleans, at a rally in New Orleans held after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network organized "Justice for Trayvon" rallies nationwide to press for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
People walk in a community march for justice for Trayvon Martin, Monday, July 22, 2013 in Phoenix. Dozens of people participated in a protest march in Phoenix on Monday, calling for federal civil rights charges to be filed against Florida neighborhood watch activist George Zimmerman. A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Dream Defender members and their supporters hold up a banner in memory of Trayvon Martin, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Martin, 17, was killed Feb. 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. by George Zimmerman. Dream Defenders are demonstrating and organizing pressure in response to the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman trial and other civil rights issues in the state. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Protestors sit on a couch in Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday July 16, 2013 at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Dream Defenders organized the sit-in of Scott's office in response to the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, and other civil rights issues in the state. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Demonstrators walk along Las Vegas Boulevard for a a "Justice for Trayvon" march, Tuesday, July 16, 2013, near Las Vegas. Following George Zimmerman's Florida acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin the Rev. Al Sharpton announced Tuesday he'll lead a national "Justice for Trayvon" day in 100 cities this weekend to press for federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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When asked by his attorney who brought "the highest level of unfairness" to his case, Zimmerman named Obama. After Martin's death gained international attention, Obama said if he had a son, he would look like Martin.

Zimmerman said those comments were racially charged.

"To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty, pitting Americans against each other solely based on race," Zimmerman said.

When asked by his off-camera attorney, Howard Iken, if he thinks he did anything wrong, Zimmerman said, "no." When asked if he had a clean conscience, he replied, "yes sir."

Zimmerman said in the video that he was speaking publicly, now that a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the case is over. Last month, the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Zimmerman for a hate crime.

Zimmerman has maintained that he acted in self-defense when he shot the teen during a confrontation inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, just outside Orlando, where Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer. Martin was black, while Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic. Martin's family and prosecutors said Zimmerman was profiling their son.

The case spurred national discussions about race and self-defense laws.

Zimmerman was acquitted of criminal charges during his 2013 trial.

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