Former Florida neighborhood watch worker George Zimmerman can’t stay out of the national news as reports claim he was recently stopped by police in Texas.
According to reports, Zimmmerman was armed with a weapon when approached by cops in North Texas last weekend.
George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station. The officer then told Zimmerman he could go on his way if he had no criminal issues. The incident was captured on the officer’s dashcam. (CBS News)
Reports also claim Zimmerman referenced his publicized trial over the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin.
At some point during the traffic stop, Zimmerman asked the officer whether he recognized him from television and the officer said he did not, the station reports. When asked where he was going, the 29-year-old Zimmerman reportedly told the officer, no place in particular. He was released on a warning. Zimmerman had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. His acquittal prompted rallies nationwide calling for a civil rights probe, and the case has sparked debate about race and self-defense laws. (CBS News)
This news comes just weeks after Zimmerman was painted as a hero for helping a family out of a truck crash.
George Zimmerman, who has been in hiding since he was acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, emerged to help rescue a family who was trapped in an overturned vehicle, police said today. Zimmerman was one of two men who came to the aid of a family of four — two parents and two children — trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had rolled over after traveling off the highway in Sanford, Fla. at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route Route 46, police said. The crash site is less than a mile from where Zimmerman shot Martin. (ABC News)
Police arrived shortly afterward and briefly questioned Martin.
By the time police arrived, two people – including Zimmerman – had already helped the family get out of the overturned car, the sheriff’s office said. No one was reported to be injured. Zimmerman was not a witness to the crash and left after speaking with the deputy, police said. It’s the first known sighting of Zimmerman since he left the courtroom following his acquittal last week on murder charges for the death of Martin. Zimmerman, 29, shot and killed Martin, 17, in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, 2012. The jury determined that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense. (ABC News)