Last week during the height of the Trayvon Martin social media reaction led to a series of over 80 tweets by @maccapone asking for high profile celebrities to tweet out an address that @MACCAPONE said was that of George Zimmerman. We were one of the first outlets, besides those of a few conservative blogs that actually didn't provide you with all the facts (Spike Lee's Twitter account retweeted the original tweet by @MACCAPONE), to provide a Twitter account of what happened.
Yesterday The Smoking Gun did some more investigative digging and offered more details about this. Here is what they reported (and reported it well):
Higgins’s dissemination of Zimmerman’s purported Edgewater Circle address was not, however, limited to cyberspace. At a protest rally last Thursday in an L.A. park near his Crenshaw home, Higgins held a sign containing Zimmerman’s name, address, and phone number.
Except, of course, none were accurate.
The man who shot Martin is George Michael Zimmerman. Higgins has repeatedly identified him as “George W. Zimmerman.”
The residence on Edgewater Circle is actually the home of David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine, 70. The McClains, both of whom work for the Seminole County school system, have lived in the 1310-square-foot lakefront home for about a decade, records show.
In an interview tonight, Elaine McClain told TSG that she and her husband were “afraid” due to the online linking of her address to Zimmerman. “We're keeping everything locked,” she said. McClain added that the couple was particularly unnerved by a letter mailed to them at their home. On the envelope, she said, were printed the words “Taste The Rainbow,” the slogan for Skittles. Martin was carrying a pack of Skittles and a can of ice tea when he was gunned down by Zimmerman.
McClain said her husband returned the envelope unopened to the post office.
In the meantime, Higgins' Twitter account continues to tweet justice for Martin and late last night he claims in his tweets that the address he found was correct (Higgins has also seen an increase in his Twitter following):
Higgins is also replying to profiles on Twitter about the controversy:
Lee has also been very active on Twitter since learning of the Martin tragedy and as of now has not offered an apology for his RT: