It looks as if George Zimmerman will court trouble as long as he is upright and mobile.
Zimmerman first made headlines on Feb. 26, 2012, when he as a neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whom he mistook as a suspect in Sanford, Fla. The killing of the unarmed black teen drew national attention because of Florida’s liberal stand your ground gun law.
Police slayings of unarmed black men continue to make headlines in such places as Ferguson, Mo., Cleveland, New York and North Charleston, S.C.
Zimmerman was acquitted in the slaying of Trayvon.
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But trouble has continued to followed Zimmerman or maybe the other way around. The latest was his nearly being shot on Monday in a dispute.
Authorities in Lake Mary, Fla., said the bullet was fired by a man who was involved in a road-rage incident with Zimmerman last year. Matthew Apperson called 911 to report the shooting, police told The Associated Press.
Apperson told police that Zimmerman last September had threatened to kill him, saying, “Do you know who I am?” during a confrontation in their vehicles. In other incidents, Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault after being accused of throwing a wine bottle at an ex-girlfriend. That case was dropped in January after the woman changed her story and refused to cooperate with authorities.
Zimmerman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief after a girlfriend said he pointed a gun at her face during an argument, smashed her coffee table and pushed her out of the house they shared. The woman also decided not to cooperate with authorities.
Zimmerman was accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad during an argument at the house they lived in. Shellie Zimmerman had told a dispatcher Zimmerman had a gun, but she later changed her story. No charges were filed, and the dispute happened days after Shellie Zimmerman had filed divorce papers.