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George Zimmermanís History of Violence

By March 31, 2012

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Details are trickling in about the past of George Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who killed Trayvon Martin, a black youth he deemed "suspicious." As you know, Zimmerman cited Florida's Stand Your Ground Law to make the case that he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon on Feb. 26 in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., in self-defense. This claim allowed him to avoid arrest. But as details about Zimmerman's life prior to the murder pour in, it appears less and less likely that Travyon initiated a fight with the 28-year-old, which Zimmerman told authorities. Why? Because Zimmerman has a history of violence and a criminal record to prove it.

Zimmerman has been arrested for assaulting a police officer and for domestic violence. In addition, he reportedly lost his job as a bouncer because of his temper. A onetime coworker of Zimmerman told the New York Daily News:

"He had a temper and he became a liability," he recalled. "One time this woman was acting a little out of control. She was drunk. George lost his cool and totally overreacted. ... It was weird, because he was such a cool guy,†but he got all nuts. He picked her up and threw her. It was pure rage.†She twisted her ankle. Everyone was flipping out."

That happened in 2005, the same year he faced charges of "resisting officer with violence" and "battery of law enforcement officer." He got the charges dropped by undertaking an alcohol education program. Knowing that Zimmerman had a pattern of violence certainly casts doubt on his version of events and that racism alone motivated the killing of Trayvon.

Did Zimmerman kill Trayvon only because the teen was black? I think it's more complicated than that. Zimmerman's history of violence reveals a man easily provoked.† But Trayvon never would have wound up in Zimmerman's crosshairs had the former bouncer not considered the teen to be a suspicious person, and I do think Zimmerman would have viewed Trayvon in a different light had the student's skin been lighter.


April 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm
(1) FrancisFarmer says:


Wow — it seems so obvious to me that
Zimmerman’s “self-defense” claim — is
based on nothing more than a sack of…


and how he feels the world is unable
to see him for what he really is —
as he piles up and throws his


based “self-defense” claim at us all.Ē





April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm
(2) Shelley says:

Thanks for this information, Nadra! I have been
wondering if the photo of Zimmerman (the one where
he appears to be wearing “Correctional Orange”) was
a mug shot!

Although I thought I could not BE any more outraged
over the murder of Trayvon, my head almost blew up
when I read what his “family and friends” had said
as part of his defense; that Zimmerman had lots of
Black friends, thereby making it impossible for him
To be a racist!!!

From under what primordially-oozed rocks did this bunch

This is BEYOND sad; it’s unconscionable.

April 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm
(3) Osei says:

The real reason for this tragedy goes beyond racism; it’s reached a point in this society that it’s almost traditional and part of our culture to kill black kids. Why? Simply because of immunity. lack of prosecution and societal indifference and the fact that it happens hundreds of times a year here in the USA. It’s thought of as a psychological privilege or an entitlement of the racists. Malcolm once said that self preservation is the first law of nature. We can’t expect law enforcement to protect us when in fact they represent 90% of the murderers. They tried ro protect this animal and should be locked up in the cells next to Zimmermans’.

April 3, 2012 at 2:05 am
(4) Dee says:

I suspect that Zimmerman’s “stand your ground” defense – if it works – will be met with “take the law into your own hands,” by someone who sees Zimmerman for exactly what he is: a sick, lying, power-hungry child murderer who has no place in civilized society.

April 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm
(5) Mc says:

@osei, 80% of percentages are made off the top of your head buddy ;) and it certainly is not apart of our culture to kill black kids. They are good people and bad people in all walks of life, it is not specific to any race.

April 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm
(6) Ajincali says:

I understand that the death of Treyvon is a tradgedy, as are all murders. But thousands of black men are murdered annually by other black men. Where is your outrage over those killings. Thousands of them a year!?!

The Leadershiop of the Black Community (Al Sharpton and Jessi Jackson) are only interested in self-enrichment and self-aggrandizement. They only want to maintain the current racist status quo because otherwise they would loose their powerbase. If there is no difference between us and them, then they have nothing to sell.

They are not out nighly protesting the genocide of black men by other black men. Murder, in their eyes, is only outrageous when the victim and killer ar of different races, and then only if the victim is black.

April 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm
(7) Shelley says:

It sounds to me that a lot of you don’t remember
Matthew Shepard.

April 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm
(8) Jim Jackson says:

Wow! MC and Ajincali! Its great to hear the voices of reason in times like these! Thats what this case and this country need more of.

Ajincali, I couldnt have said it better. Ive asked the same questions about Sharpton and Jackson. While I dont know nor have I ever met either I almost suspect them to be racist. Dont get me wrong. Its good to stand up for you race, but to be so selective and only do it when it has to do with a person of another race and when it puts you up from an center to get media attention. Thats pretty questionable IMO.

I would guess statistically that there are more murders of blacks by blacks than any other race. Im proud of my race, but I can also see the facts. I am not blind to them as so many others these days are.

April 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm
(9) Art says:

First let me bring it to your attention that the case was closed after the Trayvon Martin shooting. The lead investigator determined that it was a negligent homicide. Georges’ father is a retired Supreme Court Justice from the state of Virginia had the attorney general from the state of Florida
go to the Sanford police station and overrule the lead investigator opinion
and through out the filing and free George of any wrong doing. The case was closed that night.Trayvon was seventy yards from his home,his father filed a missing persons report that same night,yet it took three days before
he was contacted that his son was Dead!! Sharpton got involved after the Martins asked him to help them get Justice in the death of their child!!!

December 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm
(10) Jaime says:

Oh, the author of this article is not biased at all. Let’s see:
George Zimmerman was arrested for confronting an undercover cop who may or may not have identified himself. The man was arresting (legally assaulting but in plain clothes) Zimmerman’s friend. Zimmerman was a kid at the time and may have shoved the cop. When it went to court, the first charges were dropped to resisting arrest WITHOUT violence. Later, the charges were dropped altogether, NO CONVICTION.
The second accusation is hearsay by an anonymous claimant. Was he a Security Guard or a Bouncer? What Bar? etc. Unverifiable. The last thing, not mentioned is a mutual restraining order with his ex, where neither was prosecuted and she had no marks, while he had rake marks on his face. Neither here nor there. The fact remains is that he was never CONVICTED for any violence, and has a clean record for over 5 years after those non convictions.

June 30, 2013 at 1:51 am
(11) Tom Massey says:

Trayvon was a proven violent burglar. He was suspended for having a sack of women’s jewelry and a pry-bar in his locker. Is that suspicious enough for you?

July 9, 2013 at 5:21 am
(12) Jess says:

Tom Massey

A proven violent burglar ?
He had a screw driver, in his locker not a pry bar and there never was any proof that the jewelry was stolen.

Exaggerate much?

Trayvon had a whistle clean record as far as any criminal charges. George on the other hand had been charged with assault twice, once against his fiance and once for an unprovoked attack against a cop, was fired from one of his jobs because of his violent behavior, had a restraining order issued against him, and had to take alcohol counselling.

George also admits that he takes medicine and sees a shrink for mental health reasons and also stated he has ADHD. One of the most obvious symptoms of ADHD is very impulsive behavior which would be right in line with Georges impatience in waiting for the cops and over reacting to a threat that never really existed.

July 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm
(13) ryan says:

That is all a lie.. he has a license to carry concealed.. if any of those accusations were true it would have been revoked.. he is an over weight man with asthma never a bouncer.. he acted within his rights to protect himself..

July 17, 2013 at 10:06 am
(14) Ronald Harris says:

Wow, good information. Because this supposed Pee Wee Herman weakling, whose trainer would not even let him shadow box for fear of him losing, picked up and threw a woman and committed assault and battery on a police officer. This does not sound like someone who was afraid to take on his own shadow because he was so weak and inept.

July 18, 2013 at 11:51 am
(15) Brian says:

This kind of “media” with the half truths is why idiots are out rioting. 1. George Zimmerman didn’t not use stand your ground as a defense. 2. You say that George Zimmerman lost his cool and over reacted but you have no sources. “A one time coworker” is the source you use to get the natives all riled up. Why don’t you talk about Martin and his past?

July 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm
(16) Nadra says:

You do realize that when I mention Stand Your Ground, I am discussing his arrest not his trial. Citing Stand Your Ground was one of the factors that allowed Zimmerman to evade arrest. Moreover, I am using the NY Daily News as a source and you have a link there to verify it. A coworker could be a source as well as the fact that he did push a police officer and did have a restraining order taken out on him. Those are facts that constitute a history of violence.

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