It’s absolutely appalling the way that angry Trayvon Martin supporters have made George Zimmerman’s life a living hell.
After Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of Martin, an unarmed black teenager, it was clear that there was a cabal of people out there who would not let the man live in peace.
First, there was the Texas cop who pulled him over in July, allegedly for speeding. Zimmerman, 29, who had a gun in his glove compartment, was given a warning and let go. “He should be carrying a firearm,” his defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, told ABC News, “because more than ever there are people who are actively angry against him.”
So true. Like that other really mean cop, who stopped Zimmerman on Sept. 3 for – you guessed it — speeding. This time, though, clearly out to terrorize a man who already lives in fear for his life, the police officer ticketed Zimmerman for going 60 in a 45 mph zone.
Oh, the brutality.
Then on Monday, Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, 26, the only person involved in the Trayvon Martin case thus far to be found guilty of a crime (perjury; she told a judge at a bond hearing that they were broke when they’d collected thousands of dollars from supporters), announced she’d filed for divorce from her husband of seven years.
George Zimmerman, she claimed, was verbally abusive and selfish. “It’s just time,” she told ABC News. “I kind of feel like he left with with a bunch of pieces of broken glass that I’m supposed to now assemble and make a life.”
Tuesday, clearly the victim of some kind of plot, Zimmerman was questioned by police in Lake Mary, Fla., in connection with a domestic disturbance.
Shellie Zimmerman’s divorce attorney, Kelly Sims, alleged to ABC News that George Zimmerman had pulled a knife on his wife after she found a gun in the home they shared, then pulled a gun on Shellie and her father, Colin Morgan, after a verbal altercation. [Updated at 3:17 p.m.: The Orlando Sentinel reported she has decided not to press charges against Zimmerman.]
George Zimmerman’s attorney has not responded yet to the incident.
But his brother, Robert Zimmerman, who became his brother’s spokesman during the trial, tweeted a caution: “We’ve learned from GZ case not to ‘jump to conclusions,’ to wait for facts & to avoid speculation.”
Well, of course.
No one’s convicted Zimmerman of anything.
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