George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin's Shooter, Arrested For Domestic Violence — Again
Florida's most famous "stand your ground" resident, George Zimmerman, was arrested for aggravated assault on Friday in Lake Mary, Florida. According to Seminole County's booking records, Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in 2013 for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, is currently being held on $5,000 bail. This is the fourth time Zimmerman has had a run-in with police since he was found not-guilty in Martin's untimely death.
Seminole County lists Zimmerman's charges as "aggravated assault - DV - weapon" on its website. However, it's unclear if weapons — or at least, firearms — played a part in Zimmerman's latest arrest. According to The Christian Science Monitor, Zimmerman was allegedly apprehended for throwing a bottle of wine at his girlfriend earlier in the week. However, a Florida judge made him surrender all his weapons when Zimmerman appeared in court on Saturday morning.
Zimmerman has been either arrested on domestic violence charges or accused of domestic assault before. In September 2013, just months after he was acquitted, Zimmerman was accused of destroying his estranged wife's property and threatening her with a gun. His former wife alerted local police, but decided not to press charges.
Then, in November 2013, Zimmerman was arrested on domestic violence charges for attack his then-girlfriend Samantha Scheibe. He allegedly pushed a gun in her face, physically attacked her and smashed her coffee table, according to The Associated Press. However, those charges were eventually dropped by Scheibe.
Zimmerman has also been stopped by police multiple times over the last year for traffic violations. In September 2014, he reportedly involved in a "road rage" incident with a truck driver, who said Zimmerman was armed at the time. Zimmerman allegedly told the truck driver, "I will kill you."
Although Zimmerman, a symbol of gun rights for many gun-toting Americans, had been involved with police numerous times before, Saturday was the first time a judge ordered the 31-year-old to surrender all of his firearms. According to The Orlando Sentinel, Zimmerman has until Tuesday to hand over his weapons.
In early 2012, Zimmerman was volunteering as a security patrolman when he spotted 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walking along the sidewalk, wearing a hoodie and holding a bag of Skittles. Zimmerman found Martin suspicious and began trailing him in his car. When Martin realized he was being followed, the two men reportedly got into an argument, which ended in Martin's death from a gunshot wound to the chest. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.
The case, preceding Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, sparked national outrage. Many questioned how racism — Martin was African-American — played a role. In many ways, Martin's death and Zimmerman's acquittal was the tipping point for violence against unarmed black men in the United States.
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