George Zimmerman, the acquitted shooter in the death of Trayvon Martin, faces a Seminole circuit judge during a first-appearance hearing on charges including aggravated assault stemming from a fight with his girlfriend November 19, 2013 in Sanford, Fla.
Zimmerman was arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon following the alleged attack at his home in Florida. The recent arrest raises further questions about his 2013 acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed Black teen Trayvon Martin, which sparked ongoing protests in the Black community for reforms in the criminal justice system.
Zimmerman, 31, a former volunteer neighborhood night watchman in Sanford, Fla., accosted the teen in 2012 as he walked home from a convenience store, despite warnings from a dispatcher not to pursue the youth.
Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has been accused of attacking at least three women, who described him as the aggressor in the assaults before dropping charges against him.
In Saturday’s assault allegation, an ex-girlfriend, whose name is redacted from the Florida police report, says she became involved with Zimmerman late last year when she was “emotionally vulnerable.” She reportedly leveled charges against Zimmerman after police pulled her over after noticing her driving away from his house amid the sounds of shattering glass, the Associated Press writes:
She explained that Zimmerman became angry after she told him she didn’t want to take the relationship further, and they also argued over a painting she had that he wanted returned. Zimmerman made threats and threw the wine bottle, which didn’t hit her, she said.
Detectives described her as “extremely emotional, crying, mad, and upset” and said she became reluctant to cooperate when she realized that officers might be conducting an investigation. She called her former boyfriend “that psycho, George Zimmerman” and said several times that she should have known better than to get involved with him.
For his part, Zimmerman reportedly denies throwing anything at the woman and the charges against him may disappear like so many others because the alleged victim has stopped talking,
New York magazine notes:
Given the victim’s “reluctance” to speak with the officers about Zimmerman, this incident seems to be headed in the direction of his other domestic violence cases, which were both dropped after his ex-wife and another former girlfriend declined to help investigators. Some people have all the luck — or something.