George Zimmerman is back in the news after being arrested for aggravated assault. There are many who believe that the writing has always been on the wall that this man is angry at the world, and he has developed a reputation for violence against the innocent. He has had several run-ins with the law. Not counting the 2012 shooting of an unarmed teen, he had an arrest prior and five incidents in 2013 alone.
In July 2005, when he was 21, he had two charges. One was for physical violence, and that was dropped because he agreed to do a pre-trial diversion program dealing with anger management and alcoholism. The other was in August when his former fiancé filed a restraining order against him.He immediately counter-filed. Both were granted, and no charges were filed.
The year 2012 was pivotal to changing George Zimmerman’s reputation forever. It was this year in February that he fatally shot the unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claimed to have shot the teen in self-defense. This sent shock waves throughout the country. He was charged with second degree murder and manslaughter. In July 2013 he was acquitted. The nation was divided on this decision. In the same month of the acquittal, Zimmerman was stopped for speeding in Texas and released with a warning. It has become a source of aggravation for many watching these events unfold, an assault on the rational mind that George Zimmerman could be repeatedly arrested, yet still not be behind bars.
In September of 2013 in Florida, Zimmerman was stopped by Lake Mary police for once again speeding. At this time he was ticketed. Also in that same month, his estranged wife called 911 and reported that Zimmerman had hit her father and threatened her with a gun. Later Shellie, his estranged wife, decided to drop the charges against him. Yet again in September, he was stopped by a Florida State Trooper for vehicle tag violations, trying to stay under the radar, and his choice of window tinting being too dark.
In November of 2013 came another arrest. This time it was in his home in Seminole County, at the behest of his then-girlfriend, Samantha. She alleged that Zimmerman pointed a shotgun at her and was breaking up her things. The police reported that Zimmerman barricaded himself inside the house, where he was subsequently taken into custody. He was arrested on assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic violence battery and criminal mischief. The then-girlfriend later had the charges dropped.
This man does not have a stellar track record with the law. He has managed to avoid consequences and receive second chances more often than most others are lucky enough to do. More recently in 2014, Zimmerman was accused of road rage and making deadly treats. Once again, he was not arrested. It has become a source of aggravation for many watching these events unfold, an assault on the rational mind that George Zimmerman could be repeatedly arrested, yet still not be behind bars.
Now it is 2015 and Zimmerman was arrested yet again on Friday night for aggravated assault and domestic violence. This is the third domestic incident for this man with three separate women. This incident involved him allegedly throwing a wine bottle at a girlfriend. Judge John Galluzo, who is hearing the case, has ordered that there be no contact between the two, and that he stay out of Volusia county. He was also required to turn all weapons in his possession over to a third party. People across the country are watching to see if he manages to once again escape these current charges.
By Crystal Ball
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