George Zimmerman Patrols Florida Gun Store, Nobody Seems To Know Why
The coast has been clear of George Zimmerman for a few months — so, naturally, it's time for him to pop up again. These days, it seems that George Zimmerman is busy patrolling a gun store, masquerading as a (sort of) security guard. Zimmerman's new gig is the latest in a string of odd projects since he was acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges related to the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012; since then, he's done stints as amateur painter and DMX's (almost) opponent in a celebrity boxing match.
According to a police report obtained by Florida's News 13, officers spotted a suspicious-looking dark-colored truck parked behind Pompano Pat's Motorcycles early Sunday morning and found Zimmerman sitting inside the vehicle with his dog. When asked what he was doing there, Zimmerman reportedly told the officers that the owner of the store, Pat Johnson, had asked him to keep an eye on the establishment after a recent burglary. The police tried but failed to reach Johnson to corroborate Zimmerman's claims, and let him go without a citation.
Johnson and the manager of Pompano Pat's both tell a very different story, however.
"I didn't OK it. I didn't know about it. I didn't authorize it. I didn't pay for it," Johnson told Orlando's WKMG-TV. "He had just watched Facebook and the news and just took it upon himself to come up here and sit."
The store's manager, Sam Porter, confirmed the bogus security gig, telling the Associated Press that Zimmerman was "in no way, shape or form" an employee of Pompano Pat's.
Since being acquitted, Zimmerman has popped up in the news for seemingly unrelated projects that further illustrate just how much free time he has now.
Celebrity Boxing Match
Zimmerman almost fought DMX in a celebrity boxing match — although that's an extremely liberal use of the word "celebrity" — but the fight was canceled after backlash from the public. Naturally, the fight was Zimmerman's idea, as he told RadarOnline, because boxing had been a favorite hobby of his "prior to the incident." After Celebrity Boxing founder and organizer Damon Feldman put out a call for opponents, he settled on DMX, who had promised to "beat [Zimmerman's] ass," according to the rapper's rep.
Weird Political Paintings
Another project that Zimmerman partook in after the trial was, oddly, painting. But these aren't just regular portraits, landscapes, or shower nudes. Nope, these are political statements... by George Zimmerman. Last December, Zimmerman was even able to sell a painting on eBay for more than $100,000. The painting is of the American flag painted in shades of blue with the caption "God One Nation with Liberty and Justice For All."
Another Zimmerman masterpiece made an even stronger statement with its controversial subject matter. Zimmerman painted a portrait of Angela Corey, the prosecutor who charged him with second-degree murder in the Trayvon Martin case, with her index finger and thumb together, along with the caption "I have this much respect for the American judicial system — Angie C."
In the item description for the painting on eBay, Zimmerman wrote:
My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors.
Huh. Perhaps you should focus on the remaining indoors thing, if only so we don't have to hear about your next project.
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