George Zimmerman arrested on suspected domestic violence
LAKE MARY, Fla. — George Zimmerman — the man acquitted by a Florida jury over the death of Trayvon Martin — was arrested Friday in Florida on suspicion of aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon, local authorities said.
The 31-year-old Florida man was arrested by police in Lake Mary around 10 p.m. and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility, according to that facility’s website. That facility, like its website, is run by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.
Zimmerman became a national figure in 2012, after he spotted Martin — a 17-year-old African-American — in his Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. The two ended up having a confrontation that climaxed with Zimmerman fatally shooting the teenager, who was unarmed.
That incident, and authorities’ decision not to immediately charge Zimmerman, spurred large-scale protests demanding justice for Martin. In April of that year, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, with an affidavit accusing him of profiling Martin and ignoring a police dispatcher’s request that he wait for police.
After a high-profile trial, a jury found Zimmerman not guilty.
That made him a free man — but did not end his issues with the law.
About two weeks after the verdict, he was pulled over for speeding in northern Texas. Much bigger troubles came in November 2013, when Zimmerman was taken into custody at his then-girlfriend’s Apoka, Florida, home after the two allegedly had a heated fight.
He was arrested then on aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic violence battery and criminal mischief, accusations that he denied. He posted $9,000 bail days later.
But after the girlfriend asked that the issue be dropped, State Attorney Phil Archer announced that prosecutors would not press charges.
More recently, in September 2014, Lake Mary police said that a man claimed that Zimmerman threatened him during a road rage incident. “I will … kill you,” Zimmerman allegedly said, according to police. “Do you know who I am?” He was not arrested and has not been charged.