In 2012, George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old walking home from a nearby store. At the time, Zimmerman was associated with a type of neighborhood watch program and believing that Martin was up to no good, he took things under control rather than wait for police to show up as directed by dispatch. The outcome was some type of scuffle that left a young man dead.
One year later, Zimmerman was acquitted of the charge of second-degree murder associated with the shooting, claiming the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. The nation was outraged by the crime but more by the acquittal. Since that time, Zimmerman’s name has come up on occasion but now, he is once again in the headlines, this time for a Florida road rage incident.
Since the Martin case, police have encountered Zimmerman on two separate occasions. In September of last year, Shellie, his estranged wife, said he had threatened both her and her father although she declined to press charges. Then in November 2013, Zimmerman was actually arrested after his girlfriend accused him of domestic violence. As with his ex-wife, the girlfriend dropped all charges.
Zimmerman is once again in the headlines, this time having to do with a road rage incident in Florida. According to a CBS reporter in Miami, a driver reported that Zimmerman had threatened to kill him after a road confrontation. The driver of the other vehicle called law enforcement after a truck being driven by Zimmerman pulled up beside him. Allegedly, Zimmerman yelled at the driver asking why he was pointing a finger at him.
Recognizing Zimmerman, the driver of the second vehicle told police that he had been yelled at with Zimmerman asking the man if he knew who he was. The man said he was frightened by the unprovoked incident but even more scared when two days later, Zimmerman’s truck was seen parked outside his place of work. The driver again contacted police but as with the other two cases, charges were dropped.