Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket and staff at The Smoking Gun spent part of yesterday exposing the very objectionable actions of LA resident Marcus Davonne Higgins. Since the middle of last week, Higgins – who on Twitter goes by the handle of @MACCAPONE – has been tweeting out to celebrities a South Florida address he claimed belonged to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin.
Never mind the insensitivity (and possible criminal liability) of such an action. Greatly complicating matters is the fact that the information, which was re-tweeted by filmmaker Spike Lee last Friday, has now been shown to be completely incorrect. Per Picket and TSG, the address is that of a namesake man who has not lived at the tweeted address since 2005. This Zimmerman is the son of a senior citizen couple still at the residence. From the Smoking Gun report:
The original tweet was sent to Lee (and numerous other celebrities like Will Smith, 50 Cent, and LeBron James) last Friday afternoon by Higgins, a 33-year-old Los Angeles man… Higgins first began disseminating the address to his Twitter followers last Wednesday…
Higgins’ dissemination of Zimmerman’s purported address was not, however, limited to cyberspace. At a protest rally last Thursday in an LA park near his Crenshaw home, Higgins held a sign containing Zimmerman’s name, address, and phone number.
TSG says Higgins did not respond to repeated inquiries for comment via email. Meanwhile, the innocent Florida couple caught up in this insane social media mess tells the outlet they are living in fear right now. Higgins and Lee should be ashamed.
Update – 03/28/12: Late this evening east coast time, Lee tweeted out the following apology: