George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch coordinator who is fresh off of a controversial acquittal for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, is back in the news just two weeks after the court case that rocked the nation.
Texas police stopped Zimmerman in the middle of the afternoon Sunday while speeding on Highway 80 through Forney, Texas, reports CBS News on July 31. Zimmerman alerted the officer that he had a weapon in the glove compartment of his vehicle.
Police dash cam video shows the officer asking Zimmerman, “Where you headed?”
Zimmerman responds, “Nowhere in particular,” and then in true pseudo-celebrity fashion asks the officer if he noticed the name on his driver’s license.
“What a coincidence,” was the officer’s response. Zimmerman was checked for warrants and his gun license reviewed, then let go without being cited any tickets.
In a brief statement on Twitter, Zimmerman’s legal team said, “For his safety, we won’t make any comments about Zimmerman’s whereabouts, and we will work to protect his privacy.”
Zimmerman had received multiple death threats even before he was acquitted of the Martin murder. Since the verdict, those threats have increased, which explains the need for the concealed weapon.
Zimmerman’s concealed weapon permit was reinstated after he was freed, and he is legally entitled to carry the weapon on his person over most state lines.
“There are a lot of people out there who actually hate him, though they shouldn’t,” said lead defense attorney Mark O’Mara.