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George Zimmerman named in 911 road rage call | USA Today
George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013 in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, has had another encounter with police in Lake Mary, Fla., this time over an alleged road-rage incident, according to local media.
Lake Mary police said the man, who was not identified, called after a truck pulled up next to him and the driver yelled, "Why are you pointing a finger at me?" WKMG-TV reports. The man told police he recognized the truck driver as Zimmerman. He said Zimmerman allegedly followed him into a parking lot while he made his 911 call, but left before police arrived. The man said Zimmerman allegedly asked, "Do you know who I am?" before saying, "I'll (expletive) kill you," WKMG reports.
The same person called 911 the following day, claiming that Zimmerman was waiting for him at work and that he feared for his safety, but declined to press charges.
The report quotes police as saying Zimmerman acknowledged to officers that he had exchanged words with the man the previous day, according to WSVN-TV.
George Zimmerman’s Entire Family Oppressed By Internet | Wonkette
It’s been a little while since we’ve checked in on the escapades of Completely Innocent Teen-Killer George Zimmerman, at least not since he got fired from his pretend duties as a night watchman at a gun shop that hadn’t invited him to watch it anyway, followed about five seconds later by an alleged incident of gun-waving road rage.
But today, GQ brings us all the Zimmerman news we need until the next stupid goddamn thing the former GOP presidential frontrunner thinks of. Zimmerman himself is only a second-hand presence in the article, because the great icon of freedom and the Second Amendment refused to talk to reporter Amanda Robb unless GQ would pay for him to stay in a nice hotel for a week. But because of the magazine’s cheapness, Robb had to settle for talking only to the other Zimmermans, who turn out to be a pretty interesting crew themselves.
George Zimmerman's Family Describes Living in a Paranoid World of Color-Coded Threats | Mother Jones
In an incredibly absorbing article in GQ, the family of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted after fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager, discusses its attempts to "rebrand" while living in paralyzing fear.
The Zimmermans' stories, which are both simultaneously tragic and bizarre, show a family eager to move on from the April 2012 "incident" in which George killed Trayvon Martin. They're also struggling with debt and paranoia:
They watched the movie Argo to learn how to live like CIA. Code names for everyone. No mail delivered to the house. No visitors. No talking to the few neighbors they had. No long phone conversations — keep it short and vague to outwit surveillance. Never discuss your whereabouts via phone or text. Keep a weapon close by at all times. Robert slept with his gun. Still does.And in case someone — or multiple someones — decided to mount an attack on the house, the Zimmermans pre-packed their own "go-bags" filled with everything they would need to flee in a rush, as well as what they called "footballs" — like the one President Obama has with the nuclear codes — that contained laptops, cell phones, and other essential electronics.They also memorized a color-coded threat-ID system. Code blue: Law enforcement at the door. Code brown: Draw your weapons. Code black: Come out guns blazing.
The Zimmermans wonder if a reality show starring George or a sit-down with Fox's Sean Hannity will restore their name. In an upsetting and absurd twist, George's brother Robert, the family's most vocal member, describes hoping to cash-in on their newfound infamy with a show inspired by the Kardashians. He rationalizes: "Like, use the shit you've got."
Read the full feature here.
George Zimmerman civil rights case set | WKMG Orlando
A federal grand jury was scheduled on Wednesday to begin hearing the civil rights case against George Zimmerman in Orlando.
During the closed proceeding, they'll likely hear testimony on whether Zimmerman violated Trayvon Martin's civil rights when he killed the unarmed teen in 2012.
At least one witness has been subpoenaed to testify, believed to be Zimmerman's friend and neighbor Frank Taaffe.
George Zimmerman federal grand jury | Orlando Sentinel
In following the Zimmerman trial, we saw Frank Taaffe make many media appearances defending him.
This is from February, 2014:
This was published today:
Former Zimmerman supporter appears for grand jury, says Trayvon was profiled | Orlando Sentinel
Once George Zimmerman's vocal defender, Frank Taaffe said Wednesday that he wanted to "make amends" with the family of Trayvon Martin by testifying for a federal grand jury convened in downtown Orlando.
The grand jury is believed to be hearing testimony in the civil rights probe into 17-year-old Trayvon's shooting in Sanford. Zimmerman said he shot the teen in self-defense. He was found not guilty of second-degree murder at trial last year.
Taaffe, a former Zimmerman neighbor, was subpoenaed by a U.S. Department of Justice attorney to testify Wednesday.
Before entering the courthouse, Taaffe spoke to reporters, offering a complete about-face from his original stance on the case. Asked why his views had changed, Taaffe's reply was blunt: "Death."
Taaffe explained both of his sons died recently, leading him to reflect on the loss felt by Trayvon's parents.
"This is a young man who didn't deserve to die," Taaffe said.
Pressed on his motivation to testify, Taaffe said he has a daughter in the U.S. Marine Corps who was ostracized due to his role as Zimmerman's primary supporter. It damaged their relationship, he said.
"I miss her and I love her," said Taaffe, who wore photos of his deceased sons on a lanyard around his neck. "She's my only child I've got left."
George Zimmerman Arrested For Aggravated Assault With Weapon | NBC News
George Zimmerman was arrested late Friday for aggravated assault in a domestic violence case, according to Florida's Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
Then 31-year-old was detained at 10 p.m in Lake Mary, near Orlando, and has been denied bail, according his booking record. He is due to appear in court at 9 a.m. Saturday.
"Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault and is currently on a no bond status," the Sheriff's Office said. "The next step in the process is first appearance. At this time, the judge may address bond status."
George Zimmerman is arrested for 'throwing wine bottle' in domestic dispute - the THIRD time he has been held by cops since he was cleared of murder
George Zimmerman Goes With Wine Jug For Lady-Beating, For Variety
George Zimmerman arrested for aggravated assault
George Zimmerman released from jail after arrest in Florida on aggravated assault charge
1. He is on trial for assault
2. He is convicted
3. He is placed in general prison population with the brothers
No federal charges for Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin death | USA Today
The Justice Department will not file charges against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, a Justice official told USA Today.
Justice officials planned to notify Trayvon's family before announcing the decision, according to the official who was not authorized to speak publicly.
George Zimmerman will NOT face civil rights charges after Justice Department complete investigation just days before third anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death | Daily Mail Online
Federal Officials Close Investigation Into Death of Trayvon Martin | Department of Justice
The Justice Department announced today that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service met today with Martin’s family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision.
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy. It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young man’s premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface. We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”
Following the shooting, a team of some of the department’s most experienced civil rights prosecutors and FBI agents conducted a comprehensive, independent investigation of the events of Feb. 26, 2012. The federal investigation was opened and conducted separately from the state of Florida’s investigation of the shooting under local laws. Once the state initiated the second-degree murder prosecution, federal investigators began monitoring the state’s case and halted active investigation in order not to interfere with the state’s trial. Federal investigators provided reports of interviews and other evidence they obtained to the state’s prosecution team.
Shortly after Zimmerman’s acquittal in state court on July 13, 2013, federal investigators resumed active investigation. Federal investigators reviewed all of the material and evidence generated by the state of Florida in connection with its investigation and prosecution of Zimmerman, including witness statements, crime scene evidence, cell phone data, ballistics reports, reconstruction analysis, medical and autopsy reports, depositions, and the trial record. Federal investigators also independently conducted 75 witness interviews and obtained and reviewed the contents of relevant electronic devices. The investigation included an examination of police reports and additional evidence that was generated related to encounters Zimmerman has had with law enforcement in Florida since the state trial acquittal. In addition, federal authorities retained an independent biomechanical expert who assessed Zimmerman’s descriptions of the struggle and the shooting.
The federal investigation sought to determine whether the evidence of the events that led to Martin’s death were sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman’s actions violated the federal criminal civil rights statutes, specifically Section 3631 of Title 42 of the U.S. Code or Section 249 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, as well as other relevant federal criminal statutes. Section 3631 criminalizes willfully using force or threat of force to interfere with a person’s federally protected housing rights on account of that person’s race or color. Section 249 criminalizes willfully causing bodily injury to a person because of that person’s actual or perceived race. Courts define “willfully” to require proof that a defendant knew his acts were unlawful, and committed those acts in open defiance of the law. It is one of the highest standards of intent imposed by law.
The federal investigation examined whether Zimmerman violated civil rights statutes at any point during his interaction with Martin, from their initial encounter through the fatal shooting. This included investigating whether there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman violated Section 3631 by approaching Martin in a threatening manner before the fatal shooting because of Martin’s race and because he was using the residential neighborhood. Investigators also looked at whether there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman violated Section 3631 or Section 249, by using force against Martin either during their struggle or when shooting Martin, because of Martin’s race.
“Although the department has determined that this matter cannot be prosecuted federally, it is important to remember that this incident resulted in the tragic loss of a teenager’s life,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Civil Rights Division. “Our decision not to pursue federal charges does not condone the shooting that resulted in the death of Trayvon Martin and is based solely on the high legal standard applicable to these cases.”
After a thorough and independent investigation into the facts surrounding the shooting, federal investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a violation of these statutes. Accordingly, the investigation into this incident has been closed. This decision is limited strictly to the department’s inability to meet the high legal standard required to prosecute the case under the federal civil rights statutes; it does not reflect an assessment of any other aspect of the shooting.
The Justice Department is committed to investigations of allegations of bias-motivated violence and will continue to devote the resources required to ensure that allegations of civil rights violations are fully and completely investigated. The department aggressively prosecutes criminal civil rights violations whenever there is sufficient evidence to do so.
Zimmerman: A person in his circumstances can't feel guilty | Associated Press
George Zimmerman says in a newly released video that a person in his circumstances can't feel guilty over surviving a confrontation like the one he had with Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old he shot and killed three years ago in Florida. He also criticizes President Barack Obama's reaction to the case.
In the video released Monday by his attorney, Zimmerman said he would feel guilty only if he thought he could have done something differently that would have saved both their lives.
"Only in a true life-and-death scenario can you have mental clearness to know that you cannot feel guilty for surviving," Zimmerman said in the video.
I have edited this post to remove the video titled George Zimmerman - March 2015, which was deleted from here: vimeo.com/122857498
Its caption read:
George Zimmerman opens up and discusses recent events now that the Justice Dept has declined to bring charges against him. An interview by Howard Iken with Ayo and Iken PLC, Orlando, Florida.
According to multiple sources, not only has George Zimmerman said that he is the victim, he has also stated that Trayvon's death was the plan of God. He stated in an interview that,"I feel that it was all God's plan, and for me to second guess it or judge it... *shakes head*." He has no regrets AT ALL, and "wishes" that there could have been another way.
Of course he regrets nothing his only chance at this point is making money off dumb Rednecks somehow....
I HATE ILLUMIN4T1 , C0MMUNlSTS Z!ONlST AND B@NK3RS . THEY ARE THE BEAST WITH MANY HEADS AND THERE IS MANY OTHER NAME I COULD PUT IN ! THIS BEAST DO TRY TO KILL US ALL. AND THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO KILL THE WHITE RACE.. SO ANONYMOUS PUT THIS ON IN YOUR HEAD !
WHITE RIGHTS IS ALLRIGHT NOT MORE RACIST THAT OTHER RACE, WE WHITE CAN T LET ZIONIST EXTERMINATE US.. WHITE MAN IS NOT AGAINST OTHER RACE.. WE HAVE A COMMON ENNEMY , SO PLEASE ! STOP BEING PART OF Zl0NIST ANTIFA C0MMUN1STS
Karla Ray @KRayWFTV · 45 minutes ago
#BREAKING - George #Zimmerman was just shot during a road rage incident. Minor injuries - headed to the scene.
George Zimmerman shot in face in Lake Mary | WFTV
Channel 9 has learned that George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting incident Monday in Seminole County on Lake Mary Boulevard.
Authorities said Zimmerman was shot in the face during a confrontation with a driver. They said the injury appears to be minor.
Karla Ray @KRayWFTV · 9 minutes ago
Inside sources say #Zimmerman injuries may only be from glass - shot was fired through passenger window.
Did he say DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM
Karla Ray @KRayWFTV · 2 minutes ago
#BREAKING - Matt Apperson is confirmed the shooter in the Lake Mary case.
This is from September of 2014:
'I will fucking kill you. Do you know who I am?' George Zimmerman is accused of threatening to shoot driver in road rage incident
Matthew Apperson, 35, reported Zimmerman pulled up next to him and the passenger asked, 'Why are you pointing a finger at me?'
'Do you know who I am?' Zimmerman followed up, and allegedly threatened the life of the other motorist
In 911 call, Apperson says Zimmerman, threatened to 'kick my ass and shoot me' and said 'he was gonna shoot me dead'
The driver also reported seeing Zimmerman in his truck parked outside his work two days later
Police: George Zimmerman shot at in road rage incident with man he knew | WFTV
A bullet missed George Zimmerman's head when he was involved in a shooting Monday in Lake Mary, his attorney said, but the former neighborhood watch volunteer wasn't seriously hurt.
The shooting stemmed from a road rage incident on Lake Mary Boulevard and involved Matthew Apperson, a man involved in another road rage incident with Zimmerman in September.
Zimmerman was sprayed with glass from his vehicle's windshield and other debris, said his attorney, Don West.
"His injuries would be considered minor," West said. "The bullet missed his head. I think it broke a window and lodged in his vehicle."
Damn you Obama!
This promises hours of lulz
ABC News @ABC 26 seconds ago
JUST IN: Police: Suspect arrested for allegedly shooting at George Zimmerman "without provocation" Monday.
Man accused of firing shot at George Zimmerman arrested, police say | WESH
Matthew Apperson was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance, police said.
Apperson has been arrested and convicted at least four times, according to police records. In 2005 a woman accused Apperson of punching her window in a road rage incident, police said. That woman decided not to press charges. Winter Springs police said they have been called to Apperson's home at least 15 times since July 2012.
A perfect bro- mance
George Zimmerman -- Cops: Shooter Said 'I Hope I Got Him This Time' | TMZ
The guy who shot at George Zimmerman during a road rage incident this week allegedly taunted Zimmerman moments before opening fire, yelling "You remember me, you fat motherfucker?"
Matthew Apperson was arrested by Lake Mary PD on Friday and charged with 3 crimes: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, and firing a deadly missile.
According to police a detective on the crime scene overheard Apperson say, "I hope I got him this time." As we've reported, Apperson and Zimmerman had another road rage incident last year, and cops say it appears Apperson is now obsessed with Zimmerman.
Zimmerman told police Apperson pulled up behind him and started yelling the "fat" comment, and also "You owe me your life. The only reason I didn't press charges on you is because I wanted to kill you myself."
Moments later Apperson pulled up next to Zimmerman's truck and fired one shot into his vehicle.
Apperson tells a slightly different story, claiming Zimmerman pulled out a gun and said, "I'm going to kill you", prompting Apperson to shoot. Apperson's maintained he fired in self defense.
Man Who Shot At George Zimmerman Will Use Stand Your Ground Defense
Ready to hear a familiar story? Matthew Apperson, the man on trial for shooting at George Zimmerman (the man who got acquitted for shooting Trayvon Martin), will argue he acted in self-defense by standing his ground against George Zimmerman (the man who argued he acted in self-defense, essentially by standing his ground against Trayvon Martin.)
According to the AP, Apperson plans to request a Stand Your Ground hearing before his trial begins — a step Zimmerman skipped during his 2012 murder trial.
Such a defense would entitle Matthew Apperson to a hearing, ahead of his trial, during which a judge would decide if he deserves immunity from prosecution because he feared imminent death or bodily injury. Apperson was charged earlier this month with aggravated assault and battery for firing a gun into Zimmerman’s car during a traffic run-in. Zimmerman had minor injuries.
Zimmerman wasn’t hit by Apperson’s bullet, but did get cut by glass from the pickup truck’s shattered window. Still, he’s also dealing with must be a deeply painful agony: waking up every morning and still being George Zimmerman.
Thank you. Just when I thought the lulz had died.
A man who shot at George Zimmerman just got sent back to jail | Reuters
A Florida man returned to jail on Friday to await trial on attempted murder charges in a roadway shooting involving George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
A judge revoked the bond of Matthew Apperson, 36, following a complaint that he had violated its conditions by urinating on a neighbor’s front door.
Apperson, who has pleaded not guilty to the alleged assault on Zimmerman, has a history of mental illness, including bipolar disorder and general anxiety disorder, prosecutors previously told the court.
In June, prosecutors filed an additional charge against Apperson for disorderly conduct based on the urination complaint.
At Friday's court hearing, Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson sent Apperson back to jail with no bond, according to jail records.
'Muslim-Free' Gun Store Now Selling George Zimmerman's Confederate Flag Paintings
It's totally not about race, though.
By Hilary Hanson, The Huffington Post
George Zimmerman, who rose to national notoriety in 2012 after shooting and killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, is now selling prints of a Confederate flag painting, in part to benefit a Florida gun store owner who is facing a lawsuit after declaring his business “Muslim-free.”
The prints -- copies of an original work hand-painted by Zimmerman -- are available for about $50 each at Florida Gun Supply in the city of Inverness. Andy Hallinan, the store’s owner, declared his store a “Muslim-free” zone in a July YouTube video, on the grounds that he did not want to “arm and train those who wish to do harm to my fellow patriots.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations subsequently filed a lawsuit against Hallinan, WFLA reports.
Zimmerman had initially set out to paint an American flag, but after hearing about that lawsuit, he “decided to scrap the original American Flag painting and repaint it with a Confederate (Battle) Flag,” according to an FAQ section about the painting on the Florida Gun Supply site.
The painting is emblazoned with the words “The 2nd protects our 1st" -- a reference to both the Bill of Rights and the way Zimmerman changed his painting from an American flag to a Confederate flag.
"You cannot have the 1st amendment without the 2nd, and you cannot have the American Flag if you remove the Battle Flag," the FAQ reads -- evidently a nod toward the idea that the rights represented by the American flag, like free speech, protect the rights of citizens to display the Confederate battle flag.
The FAQ says that proceeds from the prints will be split between Zimmerman and Hallinan to “support their legal funds, living expenses and advancing their mission to change the country,” and that the men will donate an unspecified percentage to the Boys & Girls Club. Everyone who buys a print will also be entered into a raffle to win the original painting, which the site says “could be worth up to $100,000.”
Zimmerman brags about killing Trayvon Martin: ‘We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me’
George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, has apparently perfected the art of tough guy tweeting.
The killer-cum-Twitter troll on Thursday threatened someone by raising the specter of Trayvon Martin’s death and insulting the slain teenager in the process.
“I’m sorry I’m a day late for your slapping,” someone tweeted at Zimmerman with a meme labeled “It’s slap-an-idiot Wednesday.”
“We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me. Give it a whirl cupcake,” Zimmerman responded.
George Zimmerman was suspended from Twitter after doxing an alleged ex-girlfriend | The Washington Post
George Zimmerman’s Twitter account was suspended on Thursday, after the man who was acquitted of criminal charges for killing teenager Trayvon Martin posted what he said were semi-nude photographs of an ex-girlfriend, along with her email address and phone number.
In the tweets, which are now inaccessible along with Zimmerman’s entire Twitter account, Zimmerman accused the woman of sleeping with a “dirty Muslim” and of stealing from him. The tweets were accompanied by two photographs of a semi-nude woman. His account was suspended shortly after the tweets — which we’re not reproducing here — were posted.
A spokesperson for Twitter said that the social network doesn’t comment on individual Twitter accounts, citing privacy and security reasons, but pointed us to the company’s policy banning the posting of confidential information, including “revenge porn.”
That policy specifically prohibits the nonconsenual posting of “non-public, personal phone numbers,” “non-public, personal email addresses” and “intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.”
Twitter Suspends George Zimmerman's Account After He Posted Revenge Porn | ThinkProgress
Florida resident George Zimmerman, who was acquitted for the shooting death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, is no longer welcome on Twitter. The micro-blogging platform temporarily suspended Zimmerman’s account Thursday after doxxing and posting intimate photographs of a woman he claimed to be his former girlfriend, the Washington Post reported.
The posts included the woman’s name, phone number, email address and the accusation that she cheated on him with a “dirty Muslim.” Twitter suspended his account for revealing someone else’s personal information, including revenge porn, without expressed consent.
No tell me plox
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