A patron at a restaurant in Florida reportedly assaulted George Zimmerman over the weekend for bragging about the death of Trayvon Martin, claims the New York Post.
Zimmerman, 32, was said to have been eating with a friend at the Gatorside Restaurant in Sanford when he took notice of another customer’s body art. After approaching the unnamed party, several witnesses heard him say, “I love your tattoos. My name is George Zimmerman, you know, that guy who killed Trayvon Martin?” He then displayed his ID to confirm that he was indeed the man who was acquitted of murdering the unarmed teenager back in February of 2012.
It was then, according to the Post, that another patron approached him and implored, “are you really bragging about [killing Trayvon Martin],” before punching Zimmerman square in the face. After being pulled away from the attacker, Zimmerman immediately called 911.
“He recognized me,” Zimmerman explained during the conversation to law enforcement, which was noted by WFTV-9. “He told me he was going to kill me, he told me he’d f**king shoot me, and [then], he punched me in the face. You need to send, like, three or four cops.”
When police did arrive, they arrested Zimmerman’s attacker for assault.
Since that fateful day four years ago, Zimmerman has repeatedly found himself in the headlines for both repeated acts of violence, as well as his constant goading of the crass connection he has to the departed Martin.
Earlier this year, as mentioned by the New York Daily News, the Florida native publicly auctioned off the weapon that took Trayvon’s life as the young man made his way home from a convenience store. Noting the pistol as a “piece of American history,” a group of people who opposed the sale managed to raise the price to around $65 million on one auction site in hopes of getting the item pulled. Eventually, he was able to sell it through another auction company for around $250,000.
In 2013, Zimmerman found himself charged with felony aggravated assault after pointing a shotgun at a former girlfriend and threatening to kill her. CNN reported that following a verbal altercation between himself and Samantha Scheibe, George broke a table in her home before targeting the barrel at Schiebe, because she asked him to depart her residence. That instance occurred just a month after a similar domestic dispute between him and his now-former wife, Shellie Zimmerman.
One year later, Zimmerman would find himself in the cross-hairs of the law again for two separate “road rage” incidents with the same man. While driving in Lake Mary, a suburban city in Seminole County, Florida, in September 2014, Matthew Apperson claimed that Zimmerman approached his vehicle while at a red light, and allegedly said to him, “do you know who I am?” Apperson attempted to get away, but was followed by Zimmerman and another passenger. He called the police, but George quickly departed the scene before they arrived.
Eight months after that incident, Apperson and Zimmerman had another heated interaction that ultimately saw Zimmerman pulling out a gun. Apperson was also armed and fired first, missing Zimmerman’s body, but hitting the window of his car, which shattered and injured the infamous neighborhood watchman. It was unknown at the time whether or not any charges would be brought against Matthew. As for George, he was quickly tended to at a nearby hospital and released.
Social media immediately dived into the conversation surrounding this latest violent act involving George Zimmerman. Unsurprisingly, most of the comments being made are less than sympathetic.
No word on whether or not this current situation impacts any of the verdicts made from Zimmerman’s previous arrests and charges.
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